Friday, 7 August 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

10 things we didn't know last week

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 09:56 AM PDT

Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience. 1. Wild orangutans use leaves to make their voices deeper and scare predators. More details 2. University degrees in comedy exist. More details 3. European bison live in just one forest, on the Belarus-Poland border. More details 4. Men At Work's Down Under was inspired by Dame Edna's nephew. More details 5. Aesop's fable about a crow using stones to drink out of a pitcher is based on fact. More details 6. 17 million people in Britain aged over 15 do not use the internet. More details 7. Millions of people in Germany and Scandinavia watch an obscure British comedy sketch every New Year's Eve. More details 8. Last year Britons sent 80 billion texts. More details 9. Bristol is the fourth most visited city in England. More details 10. Director John Hughes sometimes wrote under a pseudonym taken from an Alexandre Dumas novel. More details Seen 10 things? Send us a picture to use next week. Thanks to Catriona Morrison for this week's picture of 10 overalls in Amersfoot, Netherlands.

Full Moon Myths and Madness

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 09:40 AM PDT

Police Officers and Hospital Workers Among Strongest Believers in Full Moon-Related Chaos. Why do people believe full moons invite mischief and madness?

Mystery Surrounds Prevalence of Twins in Indian Village

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 08:30 AM PDT

A small village in India is home to more than 200 sets of twins.

10 mysteries of human behaviour that science can't explain

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 06:10 AM PDT

Scientists have split the atom, put men on the moon and discovered the DNA of which we are made, but there are 10 key mysteries of human behaviour which they have failed to fully explain.

The Star Clusters of NGC 1313

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 06:06 AM PDT

The Star Clusters of NGC 1313 Like grains of sand on a cosmic beach, individual stars of barred spiral galaxy NGC 1313 are resolved in this sharp composite from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The inner region of the galaxy is pictured, spanning about 10,000 light-years. Hubble's unique ability to distinguish individual stars in the 14 million light-year distant galaxy has been used to unravel the fate of star clusters whose bright young stars are spread through the disk of the galaxy as the clusters dissolve. The exploration of stars and clusters in external galaxy NGC 1313 offers clues to star formation and star cluster evolution in our own Milky Way.

Roman Emperor Vespasian's Villa Found

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 05:30 AM PDT

The summer villa of Roman Emperor Vespasian, who built the Colosseum, has been found in the Sabine hill country northeast of Rome, Italian archaeologists announced today.

Mars Life Looks Increasingly Unlikely

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 05:10 AM PDT

Despite the discovery of a meteorite on Mars the other day that looks vaguely like the famous one from the 1990s, hopes are beginning to dim for finding life on the red planet.

APOD: 2009 August 7 - The Star Clusters of NGC 1313

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 03:50 AM PDT

A different astronomy and space sciencerelated image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.

Micro Flying Robots Can Fly More Effectively Than Flies

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 12:20 AM PDT

There is a long held belief among engineers and biologists that micro flying robots that fly like airplanes and helicopters consume much more energy than micro robots that fly like flies. A new study now shows that a fly wing that spins like a helicopter blade generates the same amount of lift as a flapping fly wing while consuming only half the...

TED: Biomimicry in Action

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 12:00 AM PDT

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.