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Maywa Denki – Dedicated To Whimsy

by on May 14, 2013

Innumerable species play, and many – certainly many primates – laugh and tease and jest. But are we alone in our ability to grasp, appreciate, and delight in the absurd? How stands the octopus on Dada? (On his head-foot, of course.) As this video of the Maywa Denki group illustrates, true nonsense requires a most subtle and flexible mind, and whimsy takes dedication.

Via Laughing Squid

Originally posted May 24, …
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A Fibonacci Cèilidh

by on April 5, 2013

The mathusiasts at Numberphile go all Braveheart with a Fibonacci sequence tartan and accompanying skirl.

Dance (wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous) critters!

Fun fact: At the Battle of Stirling Bridge, William Wallace arranged his defensive shiltrons in Fibonacci sequence. The numerous but innumerate English invaders were baffled as well as defeated there. …
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Happy Easter

by on March 29, 2013


Many more creepy bunnies at Bit Rebels. h/t Jackie Hutter.

Originally posted April 24, 2011…
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Paul Root Wolpe – Ethical Boundaries For Bio-Tech

by on March 29, 2013

Mouse Ears

Paul Root Wolpe, of Emory University, does not spend much time making an argument for clear ethical boundaries for the conduct of bio-technology, rather he just lists off some of the more startling greatest hits of the field, and the argument more or less makes itself: bio-luminescent monkeys, bug-bots, robo-rats, animals as donor part farms (mouse ears), computer chips comprised of self-aggregated rat neurons, creatures with neural …
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Walking With The Beast

by on March 24, 2013

Europe’s Wild Men


c/o Charles Fréger < < Wilder Mann Image of The Savage

The bear is the wild man’s close counterpart—in some legends the bear is his father. A beast that walks upright, the bear also hibernates in winter. The symbolic death and rebirth of hibernation herald the arrival of spring with all its plenty. For festival participants, says Fréger, “becoming a bear is a way to express the beast and a way to control the beast.”…
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Top 10 Most Powerful Nuclear Bombs In History

by on March 23, 2013

Via Democratic Underground
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Irish Physics And The Miracle Of Guinness

by on March 17, 2013

The universe, so say the bloody physicists, is foam, and the most perfect foam known to man, and made by man, sits atop a pint of Guinness stout. Go and have one, stare into it and contemplate its Hegelian proof; Man apprehends the universe, man creates the universe, man drinks it up (and falls down).

Via Open Culture
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Magnify/Shrinkify The Universe

by on March 11, 2013

Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.

This interactive infographic from Number Sleuth accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your

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Russian Meteor Photoshoot

by on February 21, 2013

c/o Marat Akhmetvaleev

Fifteen minutes before the event. Copyright: Marat Akhmetvaleev

There is no shortage of video footage of the meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Feb. 15, 2013. Marat Akhmetvaleev’s photographs may, however, be the only high quality stills. He was out that frosty morning capturing images of the sunrise in the south Urals from a favorite vantage point when the small asteroid appeared in the sky.

This shot shows the trails of two …
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Space Flight And The Big Awe

by on February 20, 2013

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet

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1000 Words, 1000 Days: Day 377: My Story Pitches For The Upcoming Hungry Hungry Hippos Movie

by on February 18, 2013


Back in October, a news item plopped onto my desk like a sack of wet rubber thimbles. Perhaps you remember it. Hasbro, the toy company behind Nerf, Play-Doh and Catchphrase, announced that their film division, which runs out of a tiny yet surprisingly whimsical windowless office on the Universal Pictures lot, would be following up the immense lack of success from last year’s Battleship film with a new three-picture deal.…
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Meteor Strike In Russia

by on February 15, 2013

A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say. Infrasound data collected by a network designed to watch for nuclear weapons testing suggests that today’s blast released hundreds of kilotonnes of energy. That would make it far more powerful than the nuclear weapon tested by North Korea just days ago and the largest rock crashing

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