Fickleness is an odd thing. Why change your mind for no good reason? Well, if you are a fish, and picking a mate, predators may well be that reason. Choosing a mate is hard enough, especially when you have to invest a lot in reproduction and females often invest the lion’s share in reproduction (perhaps a [...]
So, you think you’re so clever with your lame old ball-and-socket joints? Beat this, weevils have evolved a sophisticated joint which joins their legs to their bodies with a screw-nut locking device. They have a screw-like ending to the leg end, and a nut-like socket that matches the thread on their screw legs, and it locks [...]
One of the most endearing pop culture images associated with nuclear technology, is that of the omnipresent green glow. We have this mental image that radioactive material should put off an unearthly light. The thing is, if you ever see a chunk of uranium, plutonium, or anything else fun, it’s just a hunk of grey [...]
Psychopaths are scary, because, well, they’re just really scary. Movies teach us that, thanks movies, you’re the best!
Bateman, Lector, that guy from 'No Country For Old Men', Cruella de Ville, and some other dude, but you know he's bad because you can see his freaking brain through his skull and he looks super mean.
But what [...]
OK Go’s This Too Shall Pass. The number of takes this would have required [...]
This petition is to make hella- the official prefix for 10^27, or x,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Currently the official 10^24 is yotta-, as in yottameters, or yottanewtons. According to the petition:
For example, the number of atoms in 120 kg of carbon-12 would be simplified from 6,000 yottaatoms to 6 hellaatoms. Similarly, the sun (mass of 2.2 hellatons) would release [...]
Here’s an example about how maths is awesome, hard, but awesome!
Darwin’s finches have been a touchstone of evolutionary biology since, well, Darwin. These finches live on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador and exhibit amazing variation in beak structure. The species of finches on the Galapagos have evolved to utilize a myriad of niches, [...]
The NHS has decided not to waste any more money on homeopathy.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said using public money on the highly-diluted remedies could not be justified.
The cross-party group said there was no evidence beyond a placebo effect, when a patient gets better because of their belief that the treatment works.
The House [...]
Iceland, still attempting to recover from being particularly hard hit by the global economic downturn, is looking to enact some of the most liberal free speech and libel laws in the world. On Tuesday, the Icelandic Parliament is expected introduce the measures, with the aim of making the nation an international haven for journalism, publishers and [...]