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By Dabomb87 and Tony1
A new eye-catching featured picture: Kelvin–Helmholtz instability can result from the turbulent mixing of two fluids of different density. It is sometimes observed in cloud formations, on the surface of gas giants such as Saturn, and when wind blows over a water surface. A mathematically generated GIF animation was converted to a video to be much more friendly to slow internet connections at virtually the same quality.


The Signpost congratulates four editors on their promotion to adminship.

Featured articles

A small stream rushes over rocks through a forest.
A long-exposure shot of Fir Creek, a tributary of Bull Run River
The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum

Seventeen articles were promoted to featured status:

Choice of the week. The Signpost asked FA nominator and reviewer Iridescent to select his best of the week (and of course to dutifully disregard his own nomination). "I chose Silky Sifaka. To me, Wikipedia's great strength is its ability to treat relatively obscure topics with the same thoroughness it gives to the major topics. Readers can find equally good articles on major subjects elsewhere; but there's probably no other free resource which covers this particular species so thoroughly. With its combination of well-written prose neither over-technical nor dumbed-down, thoughtfully chosen images, and informative sound and video clips, this article is Wikipedia at its best." (sound-bite at the top)

Featured lists

Troy Tulowitzki, one of the Colorado Rockies' first-round draft picks

Nine lists were promoted:

Choice of the week. We asked FL nominator and reviewer Chrishomingtang, who specializes in basketball-related topics, for his choice: "I picked List of Watford F.C. seasons as my favorite. The lead flows well and clearly explains the team's history. The table looks great and every abbreviation is explained in the key section. The entire list is well-referenced and well-illustrated by relevant images."

Featured pictures

A cast of the cranium of "Tournai", a member of an extinct hominid species who lived about 7 million years ago
A Chthamalus stellatus barnacle colony
18 images were promoted:

Choice of the week. We asked Makeemlighter, a regular reviewer and closer at featured pictures candidates, to choose his favorite among the past week's promotions: "With several outstanding images this week, it was a difficult choice. I kept coming back to the Freiburg panorama, so I'll make it my pick. This panorama is very sharp and well-stitched. As an American living in a suburban neighborhood, it's fascinating to see such a detailed image of this German city. I really get a great sense of what it must be like to live in Freiburg. It's particularly interesting to see the modern layout of a city that's been around since the 12th century. Be sure to check it out using the 360° viewer. " (below)

Featured picture Choice of the week: a panoramic view of Freiburg, Germany as seen from Schlossberg. Freiburg Münster (cathedral) can be seen in the center.
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  • Thanks for having a more logical CotW this time. J Milburn (talk) 20:31, 24 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • I like the mini-bios of admins ... a personal touch (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 21:26, 24 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
    • Agreed. It takes a lot of work for something to be listed here, and a personal touch makes it all the better. (X! · talk)  · @962  ·  22:05, 24 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
      • Yes, I think that's an excellent touch too. Another great Featured Stuff page for Signpost. Long may they continue. --bodnotbod (talk) 17:19, 25 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
        • I'll chime in and say that i too appreciate this comprehensive format more than the strict lists of six months ago. If only we could see more of the featured pictures; I open about half of them in tabs. HereToHelp (talk to me) 17:18, 27 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]
          • Agreed- why do we have pictures illustrating TFA and others when there are featured pictures which aren't shown? J Milburn (talk) 00:05, 28 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

←Where are the TFAs? We got rid of that a few weeks ago. Tony (talk) 00:10, 28 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]

  • Sorry, yeah, that was a rather stupid comment. J Milburn (talk) 09:57, 28 August 2010 (UTC)[reply]


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