This is amazing and beautiful and just darn cool: tree rings translated into music. Not that it’ll be a problem with the tree songs, but just in case, here’s how to get a song out of your head. It’s always fun to consider similarities between music and math. Here’s some new neurological data on the subject. Playing […]
A meteor crashed into the moon and this video camera watched it happen. As a Tetris fiend, this is some video game research I am personally overjoyed by. The California drought is bad. Real bad. I actually think these simple changes to food labels could make a big difference, at least in my own life. […]
I had a friend in college who claimed to have extremely good “gaydar.” She insisted that, generally speaking, lesbians (of which she was one) tended to be better at picking out other lesbians from a crowd and that I, despite my own experimental tendencies, shouldn’t even try. I was basically straight and didn’t know what […]
Oh dear god, they said snow…again. At least if you get to spend your days playing up at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, it’ll be pretty: Video courtesy of Northeastern professor of Marine and Environmental Science, Brian Helmuth‘s lab.
This should have gone up on Friday, but I failed. Sorry guys. Enjoy, this monday morning, three wonderful videos at the end. Whoa. Seal a bullet wound in seconds? Hopefully I never have a need for this, but still, good to know. This is so depressing. Come on, people!
There are two things that govern how we move: our brains and the muscles themselves. Every time we pick up a cup or wave to a friend, neurological stimuli must make their way from the brain to the muscles involved to generate a contraction or relaxation in those muscles and a subsequent movement. But local […]
Antelope Heart by Andrew Langdal ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 28 In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a slideshow of hearts found in nature. All photos from Flickr, used under the Creative Commons License. These guys figured out a way to get skin cells — which scientists have been able to grow in the […]
Online social interactions have created an entirely new way for humans to interact, and the standard operating procedures don’t work. We don’t get the immediate feedback we do with face-to-face interactions–cues about the other person’s reaction through their expressions and gestures, for example. But we subconsciously rely on those cues to proceed in a functional […]
One of the first sensing prosthetic limbs debuted this week. Pretty incredible, really. Agreed: “Climate change will make it increasingly difficult to feed the world. Biotech crops will have an essential role in ensuring that there’s enough to eat.” We lost a great actor last weekend with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Here’s an […]
First of all, just take a look at this and then we’ll talk some more: Okay, now you have the background around which this post revolves. I sometimes play trivia at a restaurant near my house and every time the category happens to be science, the whole room erupts with the distinctive tone of Thomas Dolby’s voice reiterating […]
Okay, folks. It’s Friday afternoon and I sorely owe you a blog post. Not just for this week, but for the last one, too. So, instead of making excuses for my absence, I’m just going to use them as fodder for a post. Here’s a quick rundown of a few things I learned during this […]
Everyone wants to figure out the secret to going viral. It’s become a whole science these days. Ran across two links this week on the topic: first, an infographic on the most oft-appearing words in viral Facebook posts, tweets, and blog posts. Second, a New Yorker blog post on what those words reveal about […]