Sunday, August 12, 2012

Post Apocalyptic Minatures by Marc Giai-Miniet

Here's something of a treat for those who like post apocalyptic art, check out the diorama of of French artist Marc Giai-Miniet. They are reminiscent of a Lori Nix post I did a while back.

While it may not fit perfectly in the post apocalytic genre, I thought the works where fantastic and worth a look. The detail and craftsmanship of his art is superb:






Here is a video (in French)



His official site (French):
http://www.marc-giai-miniet.com/index.html

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Geiger Counter for your Mobile Phone

Yep there seems to be an app for everything these days and you can even find a few to help you prepare for the apocalypse.www.Hotray-Info.de/ have an android app that can detect radioactivity. How does it do it? Read a bit more below:

The app uses the sensor on the front or rear camera of your phone as a radiation detector. It’s not a true Geiger counter (unless your phone has a helium-filled glass tube we don’t know about), but it measures the radioactive interference that can be seen on the sensor when no light enters from the lens. The app measures non-light sources of energy from everything from a tiny and harmless radioactive chip to a full-on blast of gamma rays from a lab machine – the stuff that Stan Lee’s dreams are made of.

Check out the video complete with German accents (at first I thought thought Arnold was doing the voiceover).


Get the App here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rdklein.radioactivity

Judging by the reviews it actually seems to work well!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Understanding Radiation Dosage

Nuclear meltdowns/attacks have always been part of post apocalyptic yore, but now we have a nifty chart explaining radiation poisoning to the average bloke. Here's a bit of perspective on radiation poisoning from iapptive.com (via mashable)
We encounter sources of radiation every day, from natural background radiation to bananas. (Yes, bananas emit gamma rays, but you’d have to eat 5 million bananas in one sitting to get any kind of radiation sickness.) The absorption of this radiation is measured in units called the sievert (Sv). As the chart explains, we absorb approximately 0.1 microsieverts (μSv) of radiation per day from eating a banana, 10 μSv from background radiation and 20 μSv from a chest x-ray. That’s more than the radiation you’ll absorb from living within 50 miles of a power plant (0.09 μSv). Even a coal power plant generates more radiation (0.3 μSv) because coal has trace amounts of uranium.
Here is the chart from http://xkcd.com/radiation/: