After skipping the Late September edition of Interesting Stuff, I’ll now make up for it by bringing you an extra large collection of links for Early October.
Let’s start with some visual stuff.
- Richard Wiseman posed of a video you can interpret in many different ways.
- Tilt-shifted Van Gogh paintings look like they’re made of wool. (Use your browser’s Full Screen mode for this one.)
- Lovely harvest mouse photography.
- Novelty kitchen implement.
And now everything else.
- The big story in astronomy is another potentially habitable world in the Gliese 581 system. I have updated my 2008 exoastrology blog post with details about how the Sun would appear in their night sky. (I also posted my images to the BA/UT forum.) [Update: there is some doubt over whether this particular planet exists.]
- Also in astronomy, the latest ideas about the Kuiper Belt. Universe Today brings us more detail on one of these developments.
- Another Universe Today story on the formation of Phobos.
- Here’s Mark Rosenfelder’s take on Adam Smith (plus a blog post with additional comments).
- New analysis of dinosaurs shows they were taller. (More.)
- A fish that suckles its unborn young.
- Possible cross-species dolphin communication.
- On the invention of the alphabet. (Though one has to wonder if the other side is as foolish as it’s made to look.)
- New analysis of an ancient German map.
- An article about Internet censorship around the world.
- John Wilkins has plans for a Scientist’s Operating Manual. The Introduction is very nice, and a draft of the first chapter has just been published.
I hope you enjoy these. Feel free to explain which is your favourite or to make some other relevant comment.