Here are some things that I found particularly interesting recently.
- Antarctica contains ideal site for astronomical observatory. Phil Plait has link to Google Map reference.
- Kepler may detect some moons as well as just planets. [Update: more here.]
- Marine worms that release glowing decoys.
- Towards robots that sense moving water like fish do.
- Crested pigeons use whistling wings as alarms.
Human Brain and Body:
- Things seem more important if you’ve got a heavier clipboard.
- This article about perception of facial expressions will not surprise anyone. But sometimes it’s nice to have the patently obvious written down.
- Smelling the world one nostril at a time.
- Comparing hormonal effects of different alcoholic drinks.
Technology and History:
- A tool I learned about recently to check status of websites.
- Next best thing to a sonic screwdriver.
- I have mixed feelings about the Lost Sounds Orchestra. The task of reconstructing ancient instruments is fascinating, but honestly, if you’re showcasing an instrument from Ancient Greece, it is a mistake to do so primarily with music written by 17th/18th century West European composers.
- Book of Kells artists may have used 3D visual trick.