Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Light Posting

Admin note: Due to personal obligations, posting may be light for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3D Forms of Graphene

"A team of engineers at MIT has successfully designed a new 3D material with five percent the density of steel and ten times the strength, making it one of the strongest lightweight materials known."

MIT And Exoplanets

MIT: "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds"

Monday, January 16, 2017

Flight Attendant Tips

"Six Things You Should Know About Flying, According to Flight Attendants"

My favorite:
When we say "see you next time" to certain passengers as they deplane after arrival, that's our code word for "f-ck you - I hope you never fly with us again".

Plague Vaccine Update

"In Search Of A Vaccine To Vanquish The Plague"

Misused Words

"A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English"

Friday, January 13, 2017

Animal Fart Database

"Does it fart? There's now a database -- and a hashtag -- for that"

Direct link to the database.

One typical entry:


Domesticated DogsCanis lupus familiarisYesbut often takes blame from nearby hominid, Boston Terriers are famous for their farting; known to scare selves with their farts

Classical Music Mashup

"Perfect Classical Music Mashup Merges 52 Famous Songs Into One Amazing Track". (Via H.R.)

Artificial Spider Silk Update

"Scientists Have Finally Figured Out How To Spin Artificial Silk The Way Spiders Do"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Measuring Pain

"Measuring pain: How much does it hurt?" (Via H.R.)

World’s Oldest Surviving Piano

"What Does the World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sound Like? Watch Pianist Give a Performance on a 1720 Cristofori Piano". (Via K.O.)

Hot Water Freezing

I find it astounding that we still don't really know whether (or why) hot water freezes faster than cold water. (Via H.R.)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Riemann Hypothesis, explained

"The Riemann Hypothesis, explained"

Paper Centrifuge

"This Human-Powered Paper Centrifuge Is Pure Genius". (Via H.R.)

19 Cats Doing Sexy Poses

Ha! "19 Cats Doing Sexy Poses". (Via T.M.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Evolution Of Radiology

Dr. James Chang: "The evolution of radiology".

Yup, this seems about right! (Click on image to see full size version.)


Duvet Cover Trick

Video: "This ingenious duvet cover trick will change your life".

As Jason Kottke says:
Here’s a technique for putting a comforter inside a duvet cover that involves rolling the whole thing up “like a burrito” and then two solid pieces of matter somehow pass through each other? I dunno, that is some goddamned witchcraft that defies the laws of physics and topology...

Analysis Of 2016 Celebrity Deaths

"Was 2016 especially dangerous for celebrities? An empirical analysis". (Via D.B.)

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mine-Sweeping Drone

"These brothers built a mine-sweeping drone to clear land mines without casualties". (Via H.R.)

Sensory Isolation Tank Account

"What a Sensory Isolation Tank Taught Me About My Brain":
Instead of a transcendent excursion into an altered consciousness, sensory deprivation had hilariously underscored the primacy of my body; it was almost a purely physical experience from start to finish. It was like being at a meditation retreat with a runny nose. My brain was simply incapable of escaping the signals my body was sending it.

Unusual Urban Landscape Photographs

"Daredevil Japanese Photographer Explores Urban Landscapes From A New Perspective"

I especially liked this one:

Friday, January 06, 2017

Amazon Echo Murder Witness?

"Police want Amazon Echo to help solve a murder. Should it?"

The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance

"The Confusing Borders of Lake Constance":
Whether there are actually international borders running through the lake depends on what country you are from. One nation claims there are lines. Another says the lake belongs to all three countries. And the third doesn't really care!

Designing Annoying Alarms

"An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways"