It’s been about four weeks since my last collection of links. And because I have a busy weekend coming up, I’ve decided to publish this installment now, rather than risk missing two publication dates in a row (I normally publish around the 7th and 21st of each month). So here’s my top recommendations from the Internet over the last four weeks.
- How animals adapt to life in cities.
- How the symptoms of paranoia are influenced by the modern age.
- Relative abundance of elements (direct link to image).
- Giant canyon discovered under the ice of Greenland.
- Relatively readable article on quantum physics and retrocausality. Claims of novelty to be taken with pinch of salt. Final section is more technical; treat as appendix.
- Some new ideas on large star formation.
- Alignment of planetary nebulae near the galaxy’s core.
- BBC documentary on automata.
- I like this idea for exploring lunar lava tubes.
- Insect with cogwheels (complementary take).
- Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space, and this time astronomers are confident (complementary take).
- The utility of obscure trigonometric functions. These were never on the same footing as the regular functions; on this ngram comparison I’ve scaled them by a factor of 20.
- The story of Bhutan’s sole psychiatrist. Biographical articles aren’t typically my thing, but this one is genuinely worth reading.
- Sea monsters from a 16th Century map.
- I don’t see myself exhaustively reading the Feynman lectures, but it’s nice to know they’re there.
- Someone with synaesthesia reports on the flavour of London Underground stops. To answer the question I can see in your mind, Mornington Crescent is fruit flan.
- The 20th Century decades that people would most like to visit. Personally, I think it’s not where you go; it’s what you do when you get there.
- The only respectable elevator a treehouse can possibly have.
- I sampled some Youtube videos from the Curiosity Show (1980s TV). One episode I remember from my childhood is this one.
- The blog TYWKIWDBI is showcasing its readers’ bookcases. People who contribute regularly in the comments were invited to send in a picture, and these are being published every few days. Mine is on the queue.
- Pretty exploding flowers.
- Some political articles published before Australia’s recent election:  .
- Video parable on domestic violence. Very evocative. I could feel myself thinking to the husband, “I hope you never experience any emotion but guilt for the rest of your life”.
- Best 9/11 article has to be the one from Cracked. Except that I don’t believe that people (especially under 30s) are as accepting of surveillance as the final section implies.
- Utility for downloading Youtube videos (also links to several utilities for downloading as MP3; I’ve been selecting Music-Clips).