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How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record | Boingboing
"Welcome to the digital stone age". Recall that V'ger^WVoyager was launched in 1977, and employs technology available at the time. This clearly explains why the aliens are all avoiding us. They think we're all wearing bell bottoms and deely boppers, and encoding image data as analogue audio. Kinda haunting to listen to the raw recording.
science  tech  audio  spaaace  coolstuff  video 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
The Astrobiology of the Subsurface [PDF, powerpoint pres] | NASA
No srsly. They recovered 50kya-old microbes from geological inclusions and now they're growing them inna lab in California [pp40ff in the presentation]. This can't possibly end badly. ME AM PLAY GODS. ME GO TOO FAR.
incrediblyobscurereference  science  scifi  spaaace  geology 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life | BBC News
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
science  coolstuff  movies  incrediblyobscurereference  spaaace 
october 2017 by gominokouhai
Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons
There is actual science in this. Look, there are graphs and everything. I am a fairly recent convert to going barefoot (modulo some paddling obvs), but I like it.
science  woo  natureoftruth 
september 2017 by gominokouhai
How dropping acid saved my life | Guardian
Interesting piece on microdosing LSD for depression, with added boomer rage.
psych  books  depression  mentalhealth  science  drugs  writing  wellness 
january 2017 by gominokouhai
I'm a Scientist, and I Don't Believe in Facts | Scientific American
Poorly expressed, but a fair enough point. As it stands, though, this simply feeds the trolls. Someone needs to point out that the nature of the scientific method is no excuse for bloviating about evolution or climate change.
science  opinion  natureoftruth 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
The Science of Pranayama
Here's a book by Sri Swami Sivananda (publication date 1935), citing the Bhagavad Gita (publication date unclear but c. 5th--2nd century BCE), expressing the same idea.
health  science  books  natureoftruth  wellness  woo 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Rhythm of breathing affects memory and fear | Northwestern Now
"Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall." That's nice, but anyone with a passing familiarity with yoga could have told them that.
science  news  psych 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year | Nature
Ooh some of these are lovely. And some of them are just as depressing as the rest of 2016.
science  news  photography  photos  art 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
The Terrible, Mysterious Disease That Haunted the Age of Exploration
"...the way the disease colored the experience of exploration during the Age of Sail, shifting social relationships and affecting perceptions"
books  science  sailing  history  natureoftruth  health 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
On the effectiveness of aluminium foil helmets: an empirical study
"These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use".
science  silly  nerd  coolstuff  tech 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho | Clive Thompson
I'm not 100% convinced by the astronomical argument---was Sappho speaking literally?---but the note about the varied translations is wonderful.
science  astronomy  poetry  history 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Scientists gear up to drill into ‘ground zero’ of the impact that killed the dinosaurs | AAAS
Digging up Chicxulub, disinterring the comet that caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction. What could possibly go wrong. Paging Professor Quatermass.
science  coolstuff  history 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Relating to the most complex thing in the universe | @psychmag
Neuroscience for dummies. The snippet looks interesting. Curious about the rest of the book.
psych  psychology  books  science 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
AlphaGo and AI Progress - Miles Brundage
This is big. Holy grail achieved, and inna way that seems (mostly) to be generalizable.
ai  livinginthefuture  futurism  tech  science  coolstuff  news 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
The World's First Cultured Meatball - Memphis Meats ¦ Youtube
"This is the first time a meatball has ever been cooked with beef cells that did not require a cow to be slaughtered". Paging @GreatDismal.
WilliamGibson  livinginthefuture  science  coolstuff  cooking  food  sustainability 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved! | Guardian Liberty Voice
"The findings mark the end of a decades-old mystery about the disease, which many doctors believed was conjured in patients’ imaginations".
medical  health  news  science  disability 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph | Science
"This technique was previously thought to have been invented at least 1400 years later in 14th-century Oxford".
science  astronomy  archaeology  news  coolstuff  maths 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
Bobby McFerrin: Watch me play ... the audience! | TED Talk
Why music works: something fundamental about the way we're wired.
music  video  coolstuff  science  psychology 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This | NYTimes.com
Fascinating insight into just how arbitrary and manipulable we all are. And into why that's not necessarily a bad thing.
psychology  science  coolstuff 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
Scott And Scurvy (Idle Words)
Fascinating: "They had a theory of the disease that made sense, fit the evidence, but was utterly wrong". Also it turns out that there is exactly one application of lemon that is not automatically, infinitely improved by the substitution of lime.
science  history  health  food  booze 
november 2015 by gominokouhai
The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy - The Atlantic
It's a Dyson swarm. There's no actual evidence yet, but it's definitely a Dyson swarm. I have decided.
coolstuff  science  spaaace 
october 2015 by gominokouhai
Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials
"[...] the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data."
science  silly 
march 2015 by gominokouhai
Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived - The Oatmeal
Just in case you missed it the first time: Tesla == geek. Edison == CEO.
tech  history  science  writing  comic 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
How to screw learning with one simple belief
Wow. That's pretty damn dramatic. And incidentally coincides with every single one of my preexisting prejudices about how the education system works.
psychology  science 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath | Surprising Science
Whatever fucker wrote this article has (presumably) read at least one book about psychology and nonetheless can't stop irself conflating "psychopath" and "serial killer". Having said that, so does the featured neuroscientist in direct quotations. Perhaps he wasn't a particularly /good/ neuroscientist which is why he's had to turn his hand to writing pop-science books. Oh well. Quite interesting regardless.
psychology  science  journalism  writing 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
The Greenwich Meridian - where east meets west
Probably the most interesting article you'll read today containing the phrases "oblate spheroid", "geodetic meridian", and "one might reasonably expect to be zero".
geography  science  coolstuff 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray | Science | theguardian.com
Apparently skull variation between different species is because different people don't all look the same. Makes sense. Actually seeing the extent of variation is striking.
archaeology  news  science 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days | ZME Science
Protein folding is apparently a cinch for a bunch of nerds with time on their hands.
news  tech  science 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Dogs Are People, Too - NYTimes.com
Anyone who's had one could probably have told you this, but it's nice to see supporting evidence.
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab | BBC News
Exciting! Fusion upgraded from "constantly T+20 years away" to "constantly T+19 years away". Meet me in the Moonbase One bar in 2033, the first bottle of Chateau Tranquility is on me.
news  tech  science 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
The Most Awesome Animation About Quantum Computers You Will Ever See | Quantum Frontiers
Worth it if nothing else for the word "quanfidential" to refer to quantum unknowability within a superposition. Also, maybe it's just me, but the guy sounds incredibly like Terence McKenna. Could somebody please set this to Re:Evolution by The Shamen?
computing  tech  video  coolstuff  science 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
Astronomers Find First Evidence Of Other Universes | MIT Technology Review
Further study will involve attempting to specifically locate the one in which Spock's evil twin has a beard and kills people.
coolstuff  science 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
An Eye Tracking Study on camelCase and under_score Identifier Styles [PDF]
I was right all along. Okay, my argument has always been "StudlyCaps make you look like a wanker" but now I have SCIENCE to back me up.
tech  science 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
Michael Collins is the only human, living or dead, not contained in the frame of this picture
Which must be some meagre consolation for travelling a quarter of a million miles and not even getting to stretch your legs at the endpoint.
photography  coolstuff  science  spaaace 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
How Did Humans Figure Out That Sex Makes Babies?
I've wondered this for years. There's no readily obvious causal connection, so how did we know about this before we had science?
science  anthropology  archaeology 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World
Fair play to Deepika Kurup. This looks amazing. ("When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming"---speak for yourself. I invented the No Hair Theorem, only later to find out that Euler had got there first.)
news  technology  science 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts
Monthly star charts with a calendar of upcoming celestial events. This is /fantastic/. If they had an RSS feed I'd be over the moon, no pun intended.
coolstuff  science  astronomy 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Don’t Facebook during class, email instead
Pretty standard example of reverse causation if you ask me. In the UK we'd simply regard this as a class divide.
whyfacebooksucks  science 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Voyager 1 spots new region at the edge of the Solar System | Ars Technica
Anomalous results from this summer finally explained by positing a new UNCHARTED REGION OF SPACE.
coolstuff  science  news  spaaace 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific
The many-angled ones live at the bottom of the Mandelbrot set, and this makes perfect sense if we apply theories of gravitational lensing consistent with the Relativitätsprinzip. Thus, scientifically, we conclude ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
fhtagn  writing  coolstuff  science 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
An Earth mass planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B
"Here we report the detection of the smallest minimum mass
planet detected so far around a solar-type star. This planet, orbiting our neighbour star Alpha Centauri B, is also the closest one to the solar system found to date. This result represents a major step towards the detection of Earth twins in the immediate vicinity of the Sun."

No reports yet on whether life on such a planet, while "unlikely" to be "water-carbon life as we know it", have Napoleonic costumiers and a penchant for severe back-combing.
coolstuff  science  spaaace 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Cave paintings were Stone Age animations
Bonepunk zoetrope! which coincidentally is going to be the name of my next band.
archaeology  tech  coolstuff  science  video  film 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Curiosity rover finds old streambed on Martian surface
Wow. Look for the comparison with an equivalent earthbound streambed.
coolstuff  news  science  spaaace 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates — NEJM
There is a direct correlation (p<0.0001) between national chocolate consumption and number of Nobel prizes won. SCIENCE, BITCHES.
coolstuff  food  science 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Nikola Tesla Wasn't God And Thomas Edison Wasn't The Devil - Forbes
Someone on Internet is outraged by minor technical inaccuracies in the comic to which I linked the other day.
may 2012 by gominokouhai

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