My series on interesting stuff from the Internet will evolve over time, and this time I’ve decided to experiment with making it monthly. This will mean more time between installments but more meat each time.
Here is this month’s list:
- The world’s oldest footprints.
- The latest in the quest to invent artificial telepathy.
- Some interesting stuff about amputated limbs.
- I’ve known how to pronounce ‘ll’ in Welsh since forever, but until recently I didn’t know how to pronounce it in Icelandic. Via John Wells (scroll down), it’s a laterally released unvoiced alveolar affricate.
- My favourite piece of news in science for this month: apparently bonobos have been caught hunting chimpanzees!
- Is this an annotation for The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett? (You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.)
- An article on the sins of copyright is far from comprehensive, but seems to be quite a good discussion of a few angles.
- Sometimes a news in science article makes one wonder if April has come twice this year. The item on x-rays and sticky tape is one of those.
- What is your favourite picture from www.zooborns.com (a new website by the author of Zooillogix). Perhaps this one? Or how about this one?
- If you’re inclined to judge me, consider doing so over a coffee.
- It seems Phil Plait’s views on Pluto differ from mine, but you should read them anyway.
I’ve also started browsing the archives of the blog Babel’s Dawn from the beginning. It’s hard to point to specific posts as being particularly worth reading, because the style of the blog is something of a stream of consciousness, but it is interesting overall. It’s about one person’s quest to develop a theory of how human speech might have evolved, and how the evolution of speech is connected to the evolution of other aspects of human behaviour.