gominokouhai + science   103

Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ | Science
Unless you were alive during the Younger Dryas impact, or the Toba Catastrophe, or the Late Bronze Age Collapse.
history  archaeology  science  doom 
november 2018 by gominokouhai
The Experiment That Forever Changed How We Think About Reality | Wired
Bell's Theorem, neatly explained. Reality is blurry, and it's probably because of all the quantum.
natureoftruth  science  physics  incrediblyobscurereference  writing 
november 2018 by gominokouhai
‘Oumuamua, Thin Films and Lightsails | Centauri Dreams
"`Oumuamua could be defunct sails floating under the influence of gravity and stellar radiation. Similar to debris from ship wrecks floating in the ocean. The alternative is to imagine that `Oumuamua was on a reconnaissance mission."
spaaace  coolstuff  science  astronomy  news  nerd 
november 2018 by gominokouhai
The Meteorological Strangeness Of Hurricane Florence | Forbes
"Florence also has the potential to be a life-altering rainfall event."
meteorology  science  news  nerd  doom  ecology  usa 
september 2018 by gominokouhai
Iridium flares to cease by end of 2018 | BBC Sky at Night Magazine
RIP Iridium. The new constellation won't flare. Time for me to get good at astrophotography very fast, I think.
spaaace  astronomy  tech  science  nerd  photography 
september 2018 by gominokouhai
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 | NASA
TIL the Carrington Event very nearly happened again, but we missed it by a week.
spaaace  doom  science  astronomy  dystopia 
august 2018 by gominokouhai
Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think | AAAS
"When threatening faces or unethical research proposals became less common, people started to consider previously benign examples as posing a threat or being unethical."
science  psych  psychology  natureoftruth  millennials  society 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
The Lifespan of a Lie | Medium
Changing perspectives on the Stanford Prison Experiment.
science  psychology  history  natureoftruth  society 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
Rat Park drug experiment comic about addiction | Stuart McMillen comics
For every scientific study there is an equal and opposite study. This utopia seems to conclude with much more optimism.
society  science  mentalhealth  drugs  comic  dystopia  psychology 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the 'Rats of NIMH' | Atlas Obscura
In which the mice all started wearing leather bondage gear and driving dune buggies around. Science!
dystopia  psychology  science  zeitgeisty  incrediblyobscurereference  society 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto | Serious Eats
Now this is how you do a cookery blog. And also how you do a risotto. Nom.
food  blog  cooking  science  nerd 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
Scientists Reveal That Quantum Time Travel Exists | Perfect Edition
No they don't, but quantum computation might be possible along open timelike curves in addition to closed ones, which themselves might or might not exist.
science  tech  nerd  computing 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
Perfect Day: All the dairy you love, with none of the dairy cows. | Perfect Day
Interesting method of creating dairy products without the tedious necessity of putting corn into a cow and then squeezing milk out the other end. This will be useful when we go to space, but I still want to see herds of cattle on the cargo deck eventually.
science  tech  coolstuff  futurism  livinginthefuture  food 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
The Neuroscience Of Drumming: Researchers Discover The Secrets Of Drumming & The Human Brain | TruthTheory
"[Brian] Eno was right: drummers do have different brains from the rest". Well, we knew that much.
music  psych  psychology  wellness  mentalhealth  science 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
Researchers find a galaxy without dark matter | YaleNews
“I spent an hour just staring at the Hubble image,” van Dokkum said. “It’s so rare, particularly these days after so many years of Hubble, that you get an image of something and say, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’” I think I've worked this out. Clearly, NGC 1052-DF2 is the playable galaxy and we're just part of the painted skybox.
spaaace  news  coolstuff  cosmology  science 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work | BBC News
Glad to hear it. Pretty conclusive meta-analysis. Surprised to see tricyclics on the top five list though.
health  mentalhealth  depression  medical  news  science 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
The Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe | Nature
4,700 years ago... "the replacement of approximately 90% of Britain's gene pool within a few hundred years"
archaeology  science  immigration  history  culture 
march 2018 by gominokouhai
Salem: What the Problem Wasn’t | An Historian Goes to the Movies
Apparently the ergotism theory has been in and out of fashion a couple of times over the last few decades. This article is pretty recent, and very well done, although I feel it misses the point a couple of times.
history  journalism  science  woo  witchcraft  narrative 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
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
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