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.
- A surprising discovery about the atmosphere of Pluto.
- So the Kepler spacecraft launched successfully and here’s a photograph.
- Viewing distant galaxies in three dimensions (more detail).
- Dwarf galaxies protected by cushion of dark matter.
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.)
- We all know about volcano-fueled life in the bottom of the ocean, but it exists at high elevations too.
- Chimpanzee targets humans. Humans retaliate.
Fun Animal Videos:
Linguistics and Language Psychology:
- Babies can distinguish languages by lip reading.
- Link between memory of events and the verb aspect used to describe them.
- Language learning skill linked to sequence memory.
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:
- Survey of how amnesia is portrayed in movies.
- Musicians are better at recognising emotion in sound.
- Some psychological effects of religious belief.
- Simple computer game a tool for studying depression.
- Very fast recharging battery, using nanoballs.
- Progress in Go-playing computers.
- Using substance from crab shells, a coating that repairs its own scratches in sunlight.
- Towards a simulated brain.
- Advanced laser technology to save the world from … mosquitos.
- Artificial muscles made of carbon nanotubes.
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.