Thursday, September 30, 2010

Google Instant banned word list? (Via BBspot.)
Solar cell breakthrough? (Via HR.)
"Paper-Thin Screens With a Twist". (Via A.M.)
"US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth"

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Six scientists tell us about the most accurate science fiction in their fields"
Cartoon of the day: "How to react to a crackpot theory". (Via @shlevy.)
"Titanium Foam Builds Wolverine Bones"
We, robot: What real-life machines can and can't do.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How a "light echo" can make it seem as if an explosion were moving faster than the speed of light. (Via BBspot.)
"A No-Cringe Fix? Filling Cavities Without The Drill". (Via HotAir.)
"This is a news website article about a scientific finding"
New, simple robotic gripper.

Monday, September 27, 2010

If aliens land, obscure Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman will be the UN's designated "first contact" person.

Further thoughts by Kenneth Anderson.
Which jobs are associate with low vs. high divorce rates? The answers may surprise you:
OK, here the ten jobs with the highest relative divorce rates: massage therapists, bartenders, dancers and choreographers, health diagnosing and treating practitioners (all other), physicians and surgeons, gaming services workers, mathematicians, fish and game wardens, pile-driver operators, and first-line supervisor of gaming workers.

Here are the ten jobs with the lowest relative divorce rates: religious workers (all other), audiologists, first-line enlisted military supervisors/managers, shuttle car operators, optometrists, clergy, transit and railroad police, religious activities and education directors, agricultural engineers, and media and communication equipment workers (all other).
(Via Marginal Revolution.)
Safety tip: If you go skydiving, don't go as part of a jealousy-ridden love triangle.
"Pope's astronomer says he would baptise an alien if it asked him". (Via Cosmic Log.)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Video of the day: Giant centipede catches and kills a bat. No, really:



(Via Kottke.)
Animated traffic timelapse of San Francisco harbor shipping.
Heck with the human genome, scientists have sequenced the chocolate genome.

(The Homer Simpson picture is completely apropos.)
"How to Do (Almost) Everything With a Kindle 3"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Music video subtitles lead to a literacy boom in India". (Via SciTechDaily.)
Brain co-processors.
Star Trek pizza cutter!

(Too bad I mostly eat "paleo" nowadays...)
A photo tour of the Large Hadron Collider. (Via Howard Roerig.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"PowerPoint isn't evil if you learn how to use it"
An Infographic Guide to Buying Your Own Island
25 Classic Fonts That Will Last a Whole Design Career
Multiple maps of European stereotypes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Steve Jobs In Email Pissing Match with College Journalism Student".

(I don't think either of them comes off especially well, but I do have a more sympathy for Jobs.)
Patient remarks heard during colonoscopy. (Via Milton Wolf.)
"Could a vampire use a touch panel smartphone?"
"To tame traffic, go with the flow: Lights should respond to cars, a study concludes, not the other way around"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Faster helicopters.
"Texas Chef Successfully Deep-Fries... Beer!"

Who said American innovation was dead? (Via H.V.)
"Tablets are the new laptops, laptops demoted to desktops"
"Watching someone use a computer"

Friday, September 17, 2010

"The Ultimate Field Guide to Subatomic Particles"

(Plus, I think it's super-cool that I get to use friggin' antimatter at work, when reading PET-CT scans.)
"Japanese Researchers Invent Holograms You Can Touch"
"Are androids possible?"
The Most Powerful Colors on the Web
Astronauts' gloves cause their fingernails to fall off.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Miniature nuclear reactors might be a safe, efficient source of power"
Most popular SSH usernames and passwords.

Many of the passwords are pathetically weak! (Via @shlevy.)
Rejected License Plate Mottos.
"Air-dropping Tylenol-stuffed mice carcasses to control the snake population of Guam"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Off-topic: The September 14, 2010 edition of PajamasMedia has published my latest OpEd, "Get Ready For Your Health Care 'Re-Education'".
Tweet of the day from @TylerCowen:
If you want to find out whether Google is making you stupider, where is the best place to start looking? You guessed it: Google.
"If hindsight bias and confirmation bias had a baby, it would be the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy."

(Via @internetcases.)
"What's Wrong With 'X Is Dead'".

Plus some good commentary from GusVanHorn, "Cherry-Pickers Beware!"
Why World of Warcraft is good for you. (Via @BBspot.)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Transcontinental anesthesia.
The NYT has a 7-part "Guide to NFL Defenses".

(The link goes to Part 1. The other 6 parts can be found at their Fifth Down Blog.)
"Dog Poo Powers a Streetlight In Massachusetts Park"
Using the new iPod Nano as a watch.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Crowdsourcing peer review: A claimed proof that P≠NP spurs a massive collaborative research effort"
"The strange case of solar flares and radioactive elements".

Is this evidence for a new "mystery particle"?
NEJM Letter: "Retinal Injuries from a Handheld Laser Pointer". (Via Instapundit.)
Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?
Antibiotics are a bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we're going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it's going to get nasty...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wil Wheaton's note to 15-year old self. (Via Radley Balko.)
"Working Tractor Beam Can Move Objects 5 Feet With Just Light". (Via Neatorama.)
"10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly".

Great advice from Professor Michael Munger of Duke University. (Via GusVanHorn.)
Quantum physics chess. (Via Tyler Cowen.)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

The top Web scams of the decade. (Via BBspot.)
3-D without glasses.

Full playlist. (Via Gregg Favalora.)
Researchers Successfully Translate Brainwaves Into Words
Kitty parkour!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"Why do you soon feel hungry again after eating Chinese food? Or do you?"
Best Buy meets the Thomas Crowne Affair.
The highest-paid athlete of all time (after adjusting for inflation) was Roman charioteer Gaius Appuleius Diocles. His lifetime winnings was the equivalent of $15 billion on today's money.

(Via Kottke.)
How to Remake Life.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I, for one, welcome our new robotic employer overlords!
"Physicists Build A Memory That Stores Entanglement"
Video of the day: "The Evolution of the Star Trek Warp Drive Effect"

Graph of the day: 7 types of s*xual response vs. time:

Monday, September 06, 2010

Now this is an action scene!



(Via BBspot, who notes "They just don't make movies like this any more.")

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Saturday, September 04, 2010

NYT: "The Many Iterations of William Shatner".

Used to love those Priceline commercials! (Via @chasrmartin.)

Friday, September 03, 2010

"Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends"
Hurricane Earl As Seen From The Space Station. (Via Instapundit.)
Can a nuclear plant withstand a direct hit by a tornado?
"What It Looks Like When a Bullet Slices Through a Water Droplet"
Brilliant viral video marketing. (Via @JonHenke.)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Video of the day: "Asteroid Discovery From 1980 - 2010"



From the website:
View of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980, as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones.

The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.

Earth Crossers are Red
Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow
All Others are Green

Notice now the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You’ll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

As the video moves into the mid 1990’s we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you’ll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that’s tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

Currently we have observed over half a million minor planets, and the discovery rates show no sign that we’re running out of undiscovered objects.
(Via Cool Infographics.)
"Top 10 Lost Technologies". (Via Kottke.)
Don't waste too much time playing with this fluid simulator. (Via BBspot.)
How to create space vomit.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"Last week a federal appeals court shut down a challenge to Europe's Large Hadron Collider that was based on claims it could destroy the world."
Major scientific fraud at Harvard.
How to cripple the US military? Encourage it to use more PowerPoint.
The Leidenfrost effect: Why you can safely dunk your hand into liquid nitrogen.

Includes video! (Via Maximizing Progress.)
Cool map of science. (Via Howard Roerig.)