Archive for the 'Science' Category


Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Antarctica Time Lapse

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Don’t blink!

Time-lapse video filmed in Antarctica, in and around McMurdo Station and Scott Base. Go to for a better quality version of this clip; Blog is here .

Humans can only walk in circles and nobody knows why

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Without visual cues, humans will always ambulate in a circle — and there seems to be no explanation why. Read the whole article at NPR.

Why nobody in our city will ever be sick

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Via Slashdot: Being too clean can make people sick

Got Milk?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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Mona Lisa Was 83 Percent Happy

Monday, May 29th, 2006

How do we know? “Dutch researchers … scanned a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and subjected it to cutting-edge “emotion recognition” software, developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

The result showed the painting’s famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised”

Cool or creepy?

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Climbing robot:

“RiSE is a small six-legged robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences.”

Researchers Identify New Form Of Superior Memory Syndrome

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Scientists awed by `human calendar‘: The woman is identified only as AJ. Her unique ability to perfectly and instantly recall details of her past has led researchers to propose a name for her condition: “hyperthymestic syndrome,” based on the Greek word thymesis for “remembering,” and hyper, meaning “more than normal.”

Loch Ness Monster an Elephant?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006


Best explanation of the Loch Ness mystery yet.

SODAR quake predictions?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Indian scientists have claimed that they may be able to give warning several hours before certain quakes larger than five on the Richter scale using an acoustic meteorological technique called Sonic Detection and Ranging (sodar).

Double helix nebula spotted

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Astronomers report an unprecedented elongated double helix nebula near the center of our Milky Way galaxy. (see large image).

Sound Concept Maps

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Environments for exploring sound concepts from the site HyperPhysics, by Carl Nave from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. (Some sound demo clips here)

Bad Vibes

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

The hunt for the worst sound in the world. See also, What makes a sound annoying, and the Horrible Sounds Mixer.

Truly amazing I/O Brush

Monday, February 27th, 2006

From MIT Media Lab, “I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by “picking up” and drawing with them”. Article here. Direct link to video here.

Mystery of the Booming Sands

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Article explaining how and why sand sometimes seems to croak, burp, sing, and boom.

MP3s: croaking sand; booming sand

Seven minute video on the phenomenon: in quicktime; in windows media


Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Water Balloon Bounce. Also see a woman age, and nine more pages of time-lapse/time-speed animations.

A Condensed History Of Everything

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

From the Big Bang to the year 2079 – in outline form, with amusing observations: “5,000,000 years ago, primitive forms of humanoid break off from the evolutionary ape line, lose their hair and immediately begin to feel self-conscious about it“.

Squashed Philosophers

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Can’t quite recall Wittgenstein’s thoughts on the the totality of true propositions, but you only have five minutes to spare? Never fear, Squashed Philosophers is here. Hey! It has Leibniz, and Turing!

Slow down, you talk too fast

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Video: The History of the Universe in 60 Seconds or Less.

Simple Instructions

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Sam’s Archive – Making an F-16 from a cereal box, some Scotch tape, and a penny.

Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Link: Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists is a club for scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair.

Levitating Frog

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Link: Levitation-movies.

Sam Barros’ PowerLabs!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Link: Sam Barros’ PowerLabs!: one guy’s experimental science site.

Colorization Using Optimization

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Link: Colorization Using Optimization.

Absolutely amazing! Try it yourself with a Java applet.