Herewith my latest round-up of interesting things from on the Internet:
- New type of galaxy.
- New estimate on the length of Saturn’s day.
- Stars moved fast in ancient galaxies.
- Fertile mice cloned from skin cells.
- Chemical discovery leads to understanding/reduction of anaphylactic shock.
- The latest science on weird insect-infecting fungus.
- Like humans, rats have varying tolerances for being tickled.
- How to sound big, if you’re an orang-utan.
Internet and Social:
- Cute tool to see how many hits a Wikipedia article gets.
- Apparently Australia turns out to be less sexually egalitarian than other countries. This surprises me, and I want it stopped.
Physics and Technology:
- Oldest known animal fossils from lake not ocean.
- Earliest known (Permian) tree-climbing vertebrate. A few more details here.
- Fossil pterosaur gives up its secrets.
- I spent some time browsing some of the TED talks archives on Youtube. Among the best videos I found were two talks by Hans Rosling global statistics versus common assumptions about the world (the second talk is a sequel to the first) plus a talk by Bill Stone about how exploring other planets begins with exploring inside this one. The videos are a few years old, but you definitely want to see them.