Interesting Stuff: March 2009

Another episode of the series in which I share my personal journey of reading interesting stuff on the Internet and learning more about the world.


Archaeology and Palaeontology:

  • Earliest known domestication of horses, reported here and here (and many other places).
  • Feathers evolving on the wrong sort of dinosaur.
  • An article from last October, about tools left behind by prehistoric chimpanzees. (In an aside, also mentions dinosaurs with opposable claws, which is also new to me.)


Fun Animal Videos:


Linguistics and Language Psychology:

Medicine and Biochemistry:

Physics and Chemistry:

  • Growing microtubes and controlling their shapes.
  • Physicists learn more about the behaviour of matter under extreme pressure, as in the middle of gas giants.
  • Surprising behaviour of sodium under pressure.

Psychology and Brain Science:


I’ve been unsure for some time whether I should publish one or two collections a month, but I wanted to give the monthly schedule a fair go. Because this installment is far too long, though, I will try publishing twice a month for a while and see how that goes. I anticipate that with publication every fortnight or so, small interruptions to life, or changes to my routine, will have quite a large effect on the length of an installment. That’s one reason why I’ve clung to monthly publication for a while, to give less prolific weeks and more prolific weeks enough time to average out.

My plan is to publish an installment during the week that begins on the 7th of a month and during the week that begins on the 21st of a month, with the possibility of skipping an episode now and then. If you don’t want to wait, you can (as always) follow my nominations for upcoming installments on Twitter.

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