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bjkeefe 01-05-2010 06:36 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Can't guarantee they'll all be fun and non-depressing post, of course, but this tweet seemed to belong in this thread:

Quote:

seanmcarroll NPR has a new science/culture blog, "13.7." That's one-billionth the number of years since the Big Bang! http://is.gd/5Nh3G

SkepticDoc 01-07-2010 01:07 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...s-first-light/

SkepticDoc 01-07-2010 01:09 PM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/pigs

TwinSwords 01-10-2010 07:59 PM

Pranav Mistry at TED
 
Discussing SixthSense, a wearable gestural computer interface.

http://www.snotr.com/video/3471

bjkeefe 01-13-2010 06:36 PM

Everyone must email this link to Irina Dunn immediately
 
Quote:

Male Chromosome May Evolve Fastest

A new look at the human Y chromosome has overturned longstanding ideas about its evolutionary history. Far from being in a state of decay, the Y chromosome is the fastest-changing part of the human genome and is constantly renewing itself.
The rest.


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bjkeefe 01-27-2010 12:14 PM

I Meta Thread
 
Okay, this is not science. But it was linked to by a science blogger, and it's way fun, especially some of the comments.

==========

On a coincidental note:

Quote:

... I actually wrote something here as I was being driven to Chico, and my phone apparently ate it, making it a blank post. Which didn't stop anyone since it gathered 66 comments.

SkepticDoc 01-27-2010 04:44 PM

A little more Science
 
http://www.cracked.com/article/18361...-cant-explain/

Hopefully funnier...

bjkeefe 02-07-2010 12:12 AM

Fun Science Fiction Post!
 
Who knew Frederik Pohl is blogging? Not I.

Here is part 1 and here is part 2 of his early memories of Isaac Asimov.

h/t: John Scalzi, who linked to the first, saying:

Quote:

You Know

Posts like this are why one of the best blogs you can read right now just happens to be written by a 90-year-old man.
Still need incentive? Pix at the lynx!

AemJeff 02-07-2010 01:03 AM

Re: Fun Science Fiction Post!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 150047)
Who knew Frederik Pohl is blogging? Not I.

Here is part 1 and here is part 2 of his early memories of Isaac Asimov.

h/t: John Scalzi, who linked to the first, saying:



Still need incentive? Pix at the lynx!

Sweet.

TwinSwords 02-07-2010 01:44 AM

Re: I Meta Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 148339)
Okay, this is not science. But it was linked to by a science blogger, and it's way fun, especially some of the comments.

Heh. That is awesome. And brilliant. And as you said, the comments are great, too.

bjkeefe 02-07-2010 02:10 AM

Re: I Meta Thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TwinSwords (Post 150054)
Heh. That is awesome. And brilliant. And as you said, the comments are great, too.

Wow. I just went back and I see there are now about 600 comments.

bjkeefe 02-09-2010 08:22 AM

Re: Fun Science Thread! (only fun science! no depressing stories!)
 
Well, science-y news, at least:

The NYT has an article describing analysis that was done on their "Most Emailed" articles list, based on "checking it every 15 minutes for more than six months."

There are some interesting and uplifting observations, not least of which was the surprisingly large percentage of science articles that were, at least fleetingly, thought worth sharing. (By the coastalibrulintelleckshual elite, I mean.)

Nice bit of snark from Tierney, who says well what I'm sure many of us have thought at one time or another:

Quote:

The results are surprising well, to me, anyway. I would have hypothesized that there are two basic strategies for making the most-e-mailed list. One, which Ive happily employed, is to write anything about sex. The other, which Im still working on, is to write an article headlined: How Your Pets Diet Threatens Your Marriage, and Why Its Bushs Fault.
Anyway, here it is.

bjkeefe 02-24-2010 12:22 AM

Can you guess what this is?
 
http://static.flickr.com/84/277416694_4815a71f46_d.jpg

Answer here.

We are a puny species, but you gotta give it up to us for spunk. That looks like a salmon climbing the falls to get back to its spawning grounds, if you ask me.

AemJeff 02-24-2010 09:19 AM

Re: Can you guess what this is?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152070)
http://static.flickr.com/84/277416694_4815a71f46_d.jpg

Answer here.

We are a puny species, but you gotta give it up to us for spunk. That looks like a salmon climbing the falls to get back to its spawning grounds, if you ask me.

That is a beautiful thing.

SkepticDoc 02-27-2010 09:00 AM

Re: A little more Science
 
http://www.cracked.com/article_18415...stroy-you.html

bjkeefe 02-27-2010 07:06 PM

Teach ...
 
... pedestrian-only driver's ed!!!1!

(h/t: @kriswager)

popcorn_karate 02-28-2010 10:21 PM

Re: Teach ...
 
hehe I appreciated that.

bjkeefe 03-01-2010 01:02 AM

If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
... just remember that we're not all that much evolved from flatworms.

Ocean 03-01-2010 07:26 AM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152685)
... just remember that we're not all that much evolved from flatworms.

Yeah, but whatever little we have evolved from them, I'm thankful for.

TwinSwords 03-01-2010 12:09 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 152692)
Yeah, but whatever little we have evolved from them, I'm thankful for.

LOL!!!

As freaky as that video was, I'm inclined to distance myself as much as possible.

bjkeefe 03-01-2010 12:11 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TwinSwords (Post 152705)
As freaky as that video was, I'm inclined to distance myself as much as possible.

That's just because you feel inadequate, because you only have one and they have two.

SkepticDoc 03-01-2010 01:14 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
PZ may have some sort of penis envy...

http://markc1.typepad.com/relentless...oblogging.html

Quote:

Squidblog consulted Pharyngula's post on Tentacle Sex and learned that "Male squid do not have a penis...they have a specially modified tentacle, the hectocotylus." This non-penis penis is used to scoop sperm from the male's spermatophore storage pouch "and place it inside the buccal or mantle cavity of the female." "...In some cephalopods, the end of the hectocotylus snaps off and remains imbedded in the female."
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2...g_a_massiv.php

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2...as_a_penis.php

Ocean 03-01-2010 06:01 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152685)
... just remember that we're not all that much evolved from flatworms.

See? Look at what you have started in this thread!

bjkeefe 03-01-2010 06:07 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 152742)
See? Look at what you have started in this thread!

Fun! Science!

(Okay, one out of two.)

Ocean 03-01-2010 06:10 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152745)
Fun! Science!

(Okay, one out of two.)

No. Giddy men talking about penises!

bjkeefe 03-01-2010 06:12 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ocean (Post 152746)
No. Giddy men talking about penises!

Fun! (for us) Science! (for you).

uncle ebeneezer 03-01-2010 06:18 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Well at least PZ's mind is gender-balanced:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2...untain_dew.php

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2...malian_vag.php

Ocean 03-01-2010 06:24 PM

Re: If you've ever wondered why guys act the way we do ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 152747)
Fun! (for us) Science! (for you).

I'll refrain from answering this one.

bjkeefe 03-05-2010 01:24 PM

The God(damned) Particle
 
Now appearing on a Twitter stream near you:

Quote:

seanmcarroll A Higgsophobic universe would be pretty easy to manipulate. http://is.gd/9KR7B

bjkeefe 03-05-2010 04:39 PM

"The Science News Cycle" ...
 
... reposted by pourmecoffee.

bjkeefe 03-06-2010 10:59 PM

You know what this world needs?
 
A new SI prefix, that's what.

Admit it. You're not happy about yotta- holding the top slot, and neither is anyone else.

SkepticDoc 03-07-2010 06:05 AM

Re: You know what this world needs?
 
This makes more sense...

bjkeefe 03-07-2010 12:40 PM

Alice in Flatland?
 
There's an interesting piece in today's NYT in which an English lit student looks at Lewis Carroll's seminal work as a satire on the mathematical ideas that were new in his day, and argues that this is what made Alice in Wonderland not only his best effort, but something that would last.

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TwinSwords 03-07-2010 08:14 PM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 153601)
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Awesome book. I actually have a hard copy of that. What a wonderful story it is.

bjkeefe 03-07-2010 11:59 PM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TwinSwords (Post 153661)
Awesome book. I actually have a hard copy of that. What a wonderful story it is.

Great! Always nice to hear that someone else has heard of one of my favorites.

SkepticDoc 03-08-2010 07:30 AM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Is the fractal video Alice's hole?

bjkeefe 03-08-2010 07:54 AM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SkepticDoc (Post 153679)

LOL! I was just coming to this thread to post that same link!

It does seem like falling through the looking glass, doesn't it?

SkepticDoc 03-08-2010 08:02 AM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
It's infinity and eternal life...

bjkeefe 03-08-2010 08:08 AM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SkepticDoc (Post 153681)
It's infinity and eternal life...

Actually, when I first started learning about recurrence relations and the beautiful complexity they can produce, I figured I had gotten a glimpse into how life, the universe, and everything had formed.

AemJeff 03-08-2010 08:23 AM

Re: Alice in Flatland?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 153682)
Actually, when I first started learning about recurrence relations and the beautiful complexity they can produce, I figured I had gotten a glimpse into how life, the universe, and everything had formed.

I'm still convinced by that notion.


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