Here’s Newton’s laws at work for your amusement once again. Warning: Do not, I repeat do not try this at home. For those of you who are not patient, the fun starts at 0:50.
I’ve written about octopuses in art before, but today I bring you their cousin, the squid. Squid typically have two tentacles and eight arms, which most people confuse. We often refer to all cephalopods as having tentacles, but that just isn’t the case. A tentacle is a long projection with suckers only on the end; […]
Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson, this is one of the simplest, most straightforward summaries of one of the greatest questions facing modern science today.
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. In the following video, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
This short video, slowed down exactly 300 times, shows the birth and death of a lightning bolt. Enjoy! [Via Scienceblogs]
If you’ve noticed, I’ve got a thing for swords and castles and whatnot. My love of all things medieval is, as far as I can tell, the springboard for geekery in my life. In fact, the whole medieval vibe is so strong with me that I followed it all the way through graduate school. (My […]
Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). In the following video, she demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Are you a living creature? Then, congratulations! You have DNA! That microscopic little building block of life that makes us all the same, but grants us with distinct differences. But for as common as DNA is, it can be a though subject to understand. Below are some of the facts to help you better understand […]
R136a1 may sound like a lame attempt to create a more secure webmail password, but it’s actually the star with the largest mass ever discovered. The British astronomers who found it said this week that though it’s currently 265 times more massive than our Sun, it may well have been as much as 320 times […]
Having just returned from the beach myself, this story particularly caught my attention this morning. Not to mention that, for about two years during my elementary school education, I was convinced I would become an oceanographer or a marine biologist. I was obsessed with dolphins, and did a rather snazzy presentation on echolocation in the […]
In the following video, Youtube user NurdRage shows you how you too can make glow stick liquid at home and walks you through all the chemicals you need to reproduce various colors. He also talks about the chemistry behind the liquid’s luminescent reaction. Enjoy!