Interesting Stuff: Late November 2009

Here are some interesting things that attracted my attention over the last fortnight.

Astronomy:

  • On using the sun’s gravitational lens to communicate with hypothetical stellar probes.
  • Mars Science Lab as an action hero.
  • Sun-like stars around which planets have been detected are characteristically low in lithium.

Biology:

Brain Science:

Geology and Palaeontology:

Mathematics and Microscopy:

  • Mandelbulb: the quest for an aesthetically-pleasing 3D Mandelbrot analogue. Before reading the full article, tease yourself with the following selection of images. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
  • A lovely illustration revealing the relative sizes of small things.

Social and Medical:

  • More of a social awareness thing than interesting stuff, but here’s a summary of an issue pertaining to the assumption of innocence.
  • One in a long list of genetic diseases I’m glad I don’t have. Like something from a movie. (More.)
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