Entered By: grant on July 13, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Two hundred bones form the framework of your body</i>, 1958.

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Tennis, a different perspective. From All About the Human Body, 1958, found in the reference library of Newhouse Design.

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Entered By: grant on July 11, 2014 No Observations

The Guardian opens the classicists’ bathroom door to reveal a Greek discovery – world’s oldest erotic graffiti:

Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn’t think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago. Until he chanced upon a couple of racy inscriptions and large phalluses carved into [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 10, 2014 No Observations

It isn’t easy being alone with our thoughts. Nature makes monks seem manlier than ever with research that shows most people prefer physical pain to just sitting and thinking:

“We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 9, 2014 No Observations

The Guardian has more on the power-station throwdown in which solar power is winning the race:

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.

For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered [...]

Entered By: grant on July 8, 2014 No Observations

Nature has more on the suitably self-recursive premiere of a uniquely mathematical piece of music:

The piece, “The Hilbert Heartbreak Hotel” by Danish composer Niels Marthinsen, was the brainchild of computer scientist Thore Husfeldt of Lund University in Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen. “I probably have some latent frustration about the increasing fragmentation [...]

Entered By: grant on July 7, 2014 No Observations

Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding cicadas and a host of other sounds:

App makers have long focused on detecting speech and music, but some upstarts are turning to a wider variety of sound-detection tasks. [...]

Entered By: grant on July 6, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: Tadarida teniotis Rafinesque.

This is a bat from Tajikstan. According to the 2002 State of the Environment Report, it’s a rare bat. The European free-tailed bat.

No, he doesn’t look very free in that image. Looks a little oppressed, to tell the truth.

Follow your tail, rare, worried bat.

Be free.

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Entered By: grant on July 4, 2014 No Observations

Irish Central has more on the pristine site in a little village in County Louth that used to be a Viking winter base:

Geophysical tests funded by Dundalk’s County Museum have allowed scientists to make the big breakthrough.

They have now confirmed that the Linn Duchaill site, beside the river Glyde and south of Dundalk [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 4, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has us imagining that message being broadcast to an an interstellar ship full of would-be colonists, thanks to new research that’s found some so-called “Goldilocks planets” are actually star-belches:

“This result is exciting because it explains, for the first time, all the previous and somewhat conflicting observations of the intriguing dwarf star Gliese [...]

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