Here is another collection of the most interesting things I’ve found on the Internet lately.
- Lovely video simulation of galaxies colliding.
- Aftermath detected from extra-solar planet collision.
- Device for mapping gravitational fields of other planets.
- Experience The Planets – website with artists’ impressions of views from around the solar system.
- I trust that you are all listening every day to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast, but I must particularly recommend the August 15th episode on astronomy in connection with Chaucer.
- Aesop’s fable of “The Crow And The Pitcher” turns out to be surprisingly realistic. (I’ve shared a comment over on Ed Yong’s report.)
- Possible link between autumn leaf colour and geography.
- Report on shareholder prejudice against female board members.
- Recognising facial expressions in Western and Eastern cultures.
- A new study debunks the popular belief that people who are lost walk in circles with a preferred direction and radius.
Language and Philosophy:
- Fun tool for iterative translation to/from Japanese. (Note that it’s very sensitive to punctuation, and will give a very different result depending on whether or not your sentence ends with a full stop.)
- On a language blog, I participated in a comment thread that raises both linguistic and social issues. I think it contains rich sociolinguistic pickings re: how miscommunication occurs and how topics involving sexuality seem particularly prone to it.
- The popular etymology of the orang-utan is only half true.
Technology and Archaeology:
- An early example of prehistoric people using fire to make tools.