I’ve been finding a lot of interesting stuff on the Internet this month. Too much to cover in a single installment, so I will post another installment for the second half of February. The quantity of stuff I’ve found is partly due to my decision to add www.physorg.com to my regular sources of news.
- An article on the SIM space telescope, which will look for earthlike planets in other solar systems, among other things. (I was annoyed to see one basic error in the article: the claim that the galaxy rotates like a solid body. No it doesn’t.)
- But coming in the more immediate future is the Kepler space telescope, also looking for such planets.
- Confirming dark energy models over alternative theories is this article. See also this earlier one.
Archaeology and Anthropology:
- Earliest known example of chemical warfare in the ancient world.
- Pygmies as a distinct community only 3000 years ago. To me this article highlights how little we know about African history.
- Linguistic analysis to deduce Pacific settlement routes. (see comments)
- An old article, but new to me, on how snakes hear.
- Dark hair in wolves inherited from domestic dogs.
- 1918 flu pandemic may have owed more deaths to bacteria than to flu virus.
- A study of dinosaur brains.
- From L-form bacteria: an unexpected peek into how pre-bacterial life might have reproduced. [Update: more here.]
Geology and Minerology:
- A list of words introduced into English by Charles Darwin. Commentary here, and I guess you can search for the words here.
Meteorology and Oceanography:
- Before seeing this APOD image, I hadn’t heard of lenticular clouds.
- The role of the Indian Ocean in governing Australian droughts.
- The physics of quantum entanglement is more subtle than we were told. Here’s another article on the same topic.
- Studies show that toddlers don’t relate television to real life.
- Even when they’re only days old, babies can detect musical beats.
- Studies of the brain during musical improvisation. This is of particular interest to me as I like to improvise.
- I learned about a data structure for representing large amounts of editable text.
- A futuristic input device in development.
- The longest carbon nanotubes yet made. But the space elevator is still some way off.
- The latest in mind-reading technology.
- A video revealing American perspectives on Monty Python.
- New type of guitar – acoustic/electric blend.
- Unpleasant mental image of the month.
- Maxwell understood rhyming but had no idea about metre.
There is one other item on my list, but I’m leaving it off for now as it requires a whole post to itself. [Update: here it is.]