This may be my final collection of links for 2013. From now on I’m on holiday mode.
My computer is currently being serviced, and I am dreading the worst case scenario while hoping for the best. Meanwhile, I’m on my laptop.
- The physics of wine. Better than whining about physics.
- An hour-long podcast about drugs.
- Article on the history of click sounds in African languages.
- Koala grunts are produced using an organ new to science.
- Apparently there’s a new nova in the sky. I wouldn’t know: its overcast.
- Maps of selected words in the languages of Europe. [Added post-publication.]
- Invisible bike helmet: essentially an airbag for the head. (In Swedish with English subtitles.)
- Toy dinosaurs gone wild. I’m not sure this counts as setting a good example for your children, but it’s cool.
- It’s hard to imagine, but this video is probably even funnier if you know German.
- 3D tour of the International Space Station. (Alternates between 2D and 3D views without indicating, so stay alert.)
- Musical instrument combining piano with cello. (The media hook is that Leonardo da Vinci once sketched something similar, but he is a bit player in the real story. The idea is obvious; what’s remarkable is that it was built.)
- I’ve booked tickets to see this (science comedy show) in February.
- Stories like this (a case study on the abuse of solitary confinement in American prisons) make me seethe with rage. I didn’t watch the video — I couldn’t.
- Hans Rosling’s Don’t Panic covers the same material as his TED talks, but for television. Worth a look.