I’m publishing this installment of Interesting Stuff in advance of my family’s upcoming holiday in Warrnambool, for which we leave on the weekend.
- Yehuda Berlinger has started a weekly series on card games.
- Ed Yong has an interesting post on Tetris as prevention therapy for PTSD.
- In last month’s edition, I included several links on the theme of brain science. If you found that interesting you’ll also want to read this, which follows on from the body-swapping thing I mentioned (this time it’s about faces).
- Over the Christmas break, I heard an interesting article on the radio about the connection between music and wine. Intrigued, I did some research online and found this article, which is worth a read.
- An article about sneezing (well, partly) on Effect Measure is the first time I’ve heard anything scientific about the Photic Sneeze Reflex (sneezing on exposure to sunlight). My mother has this condition, which until now I’ve always taken as evidence she has vampires in her ancestry.
- I learned some things I hadn’t known before about Roman numbers.
- More mathematics, and an article about really big numbers (way, way bigger than these numbers, for example).
- All sorts of interesting astronomical news has come out of the American Astronomical Society’s recent meeting, especially about our own Milky Way galaxy. For a start, the latest model of our galaxy means that some news I reported in the very first edition of this series is now out of date.
- There is also a lovely new infrared map of our galaxy’s centre.
- The third bit of galactic news I wish to share is some recent research on the formation of galaxies.
- A new project on ScienceBlogs is John Whitfield’s Blogging the Origin, which is well worth checking out. Elsewhere, there are promises of another Charles Darwin related project coming up in Febuary.
- ScienceBlogs maketh and ScienceBlogs taketh away, and sadly, the blog Chaotic Utopia has come to an end.
- Richard Wiseman did a story-writing experiment in which he pitched the women against the men. The results are rather depressing, but for the original stories see here and here; for organised write-ups see here and here; and for analysis see here and here.
- Finally, Phil Plait has an interesting historical article on the first-known map of the moon made with a telescope.
That’s all until next time.