Here are the most interesting things I’ve learned about on the Internet in the last fortnight.
- Update on the Planck space telescope. (For a reminder on why Planck is important, see this article that I originally linked to a few months ago.)
- New theory on gamma ray bursts.
- Studying chirality of molecules in space.
- You can make Mars red dust with enough shaking.
Biology and Animal Behaviour:
- Chimps catch yawns from cartoons.
- Gene therapy lets monkeys see colour.
- Rover to study life on the sea floor.
- Weird animal of the month. The species isn’t named, but it seems there’s another one that’s more or less the same.
- Neuroscience study of people cured of blindness.
- Juvenile delinquents tend to misinterpret disgust as anger.
History and Culture:
- Want some heavy reading? Try this history of philosophy article and learn what Kant had to say about space and time.
- An article on medieval punctuation.
- It’s well-known that C.S. Lewis was a proponent of theistic evolution, but I came across an article that muddies the waters.
- An online exhibition of native Australian art. Look at this one and this one and then browse the site for more.
- Women growing on trees.
- New dinosaur, like Tyrannosaurus but older and smaller.
- Watching how frequently atoms move in metal. (Not much about how, though.)
- Studying friction in carbon nanotubes.
- New technology for the lightbulbs of the future.
- I meant to link to this 2008 TED video about ocean exploration in my previous installment, but I forgot.