Links from the last month:
- Widely-reported astronomical discoveries included an asteroid with rings and the second object (after Sedna) ever to be found in the inner Oort cloud. Links go to the best articles I’ve seen on each topic.
- Also in astronomy, a model of Enceladus’s ocean derived from gravitational anomolies. This doesn’t tell us much we didn’t already know, but it’s an interesting confirmation.
- A lovely tribute to a strange sea slug.
- And in more creature strangeness, a sexually-reversed insect.
- A relatively obscure 17th century alchemist and inventor.
- British Pathé released an extensive archive of historical television clips. It’s well worth a browse, and if you find some favourites I encourage you to link to them in the comments. Meanwhile, each of the following asterisks links to a different video to get you started: [********]. In my opinion the most interesting ones are often those that reflect changing social attitudes.
- For when you have plenty of time: the original Cosmos series on Youtube.
- Christie Wilcox shares a dream. (Have you ever dreamed about a new species of animal? One of mine last year featured a migrating desert snail monotreme, but even in the dream I didn’t get to touch it; just saw the news report.)
- Cityscape timelapse with a difference.
- A creationism conversion story.
- Article on donating your brain to science.
- The Internet was stunned this month by the revelation of the Heartbleed bug. The best information is here and here.