I don’t have a lot of news from the last fortnight, but what I do have you’ll find at the end of this post. First, interesting links:
- Overconfidence in one’s ability to read facial expressions can have tragic consequences.
- Nice overview article on slime moulds (though I don’t get the bit about relative vs absolute values).
- Once in a while I update my old blog post about sun-bearing exo-constellations. Most recently I was prompted to do so my Mark Rosenfelder’s article on the nearest stars.
- Effects of alcohol are largely in your head.
- Stars reionised the universe in only 200 million years.
- Remember this cartoon? Turns out it’s actually true. (Contains disturbing content, but makes you think.)
- Photograph of a planet in the process of formation.
- How to build a moonbase. (Bet it won’t happen any time soon & would cost more than forecast if it did.)
- Mineral could reveal exactly when Mars was wet.
We had a small earthquake here in Adelaide in the early hours of the 19th, which I felt.
On the 15th, Dad was rushed to hospital with an allergic reaction. The trigger is unknown, but hypothesised to be an ingredient in a medication he was taking. An upcoming appointment with the allergist will hopefully settle the matter.
I spent today with my parents, who were in town. Among other things we spent some time at the reception gathering for the World Solar Challenge in Victoria Square.
On Twitter, I’m now following people directly instead of via my “wouldfollow” list (now deleted). Twitter has changed enough since I created the list that I felt it was time to re-evaluate my policy.