Category Archives: Interesting

Hans Rosling: Data visionary and educator dies aged 68

Sad news today. Hans Rosling, our favourite statistician, has died from pantriatic cancer. We would urge you to watch any of Hans’ great presentations, like this one on population. It’s very, very good. Thanks to Phil Krause for bringing this … Continue reading

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This crazy spinning ice disc just appeared in a Michigan river

…A team led by Stéphane Dorbolo from the University of Liége in Belgium decided to get to the bottom of these crazy things once and for all.Using some cameras, a nickel bead, a magnet, and Petri dish popsicles, the researchers … Continue reading

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Indestructible Coating?!

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The Pizza Equation

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Lakes and Oceans

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An embryo in a needle’s eye

An embryo in a needle’s eye, for size comparison. Source: Facebook

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This new tattoo ink is designed to disappear after a year

If you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo but have been put off by its permanence – who knows how you’ll feel about that “E = mc2” face tattoo in 10 year’s time? – then a new startup called Ephemeral has you … Continue reading

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How Accurate Is Wikipedia?

When you Google the question “How accurate is Wikipedia?” the highest-ranking result is, as you might expect, a Wikipedia article on the topic (“Reliability of Wikipedia”). That page contains a comprehensive list of studies undertaken to assess the accuracy of … Continue reading

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The bongs of Big Ben are about to fall eerily silent

Full story: http://bbc.in/1Qyfjqh

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Why is this coin worth $10m?

A US silver dollar worth more than $10m has gone on display in London. But what makes this coin the most valuable in the world?It measures 4cm (1.6in) across and would make $12 if sold for scrap silver today, but … Continue reading

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Here’s how to make perfect diamonds in the microwave

Right now, odds are that one in every four diamonds on sale around the world is a blood diamond – mined in a war zone and sold to finance armed conflict and civil war. And for those wanting to steer … Continue reading

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Lightest Metal Ever

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Harvard University debate team loses to New York inmates

A group of New York inmates have out debated Harvard University’s team – the top-ranked club in the world. Last month, inmates at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility challenged the Harvard team to a debate at the maximum-security lockup. … Continue reading

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Drone pilot spots man sunbathing on top of wind turbine 200ft above ground

It’s summer and the beaches are packed – so this guy got some private sunbathing time sky high. A drone pilot taking a look at a giant wind turbine was startled to find a man sunbathing on the top of it. … Continue reading

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How Globes Are Made

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“Of Flying Frogs and Levitrons”

Phil Krause reminded me that Andre Geim, was the first man to win, as an individual, both a Nobel Prize (together with Konstantin Novoselov, for experiments with the substance graphene) and an Ig Nobel Prize (in the year 2000, shared with … Continue reading

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Smoking vs Vaping

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Poop Splash Elimination

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Exploring the Deep Waters Off Hawai’i

From July 10 to September 30, 2015, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore largely unknown deep-sea ecosystems in the Hawaiian Archipelago and offshore Johnston Atoll as part of the Hohonu Moana: Exploring the Deep Waters off Hawai’i expedition. NOAA, Ocean … Continue reading

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Slow Motion Bullet

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