Fascinating (and a bit creepy). Researchers in Singapore control the leg movements and flight of large ‘cyborg’ beetles. This video from Motherboard.
This 1869 map of New Zealand’s North Island shows Māori iwi (tribal) boundaries, confiscated land, location of armed police and military bases, and where gold was found. It’s fascinating in many ways, not least because it shows the staggering amount of land confiscated in the Waikato – more than 1.2 million acres. The confiscations were made under the […]
I notice that NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has a poster of Māori climate and weather indicators for download on its website. You can either grab the pdf or order a full-sized paid-for poster. The weather (day-to-day state of the atmosphere, varying from minutes to weeks) predictors include: From Te Roroa: The sound […]
Five questions to ask experts when you’re evaluating scientific research for a news story. They come from the excellent Desk Guide for Covering Science, which is published by the Science Media Centre New Zealand and free to download. How does this study compare with others that have come before? How does it add to or […]
I love the language in the Beaufort Wind Scale as rendered in the 1947 edition of Mapwork and Practical Geography (which I found in a second-hand shop). 6 Strong breeze – large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty 7 Moderate gale – inconvenience felt when walking against wind 8 […]
Hurrah! After 69 years, one of the longest-running laboratory investigations in the world has finally captured the fall of a drop of tar pitch on camera for the first time. A similar, better-known and older experiment in Australia missed filming its latest drop in 2000 because the camera was offline at the time. Read more […]
Physicists have resurrected a particle that may have existed in the first hot moments after the Big Bang, reports Nature: “Arcanely called Zc(3900), it is the first confirmed particle made of four quarks, the building blocks of much of the Universe’s matter. Until now, observed particles made of quarks have contained only three quarks (such as […]
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A Jungle in There: Bacteria in Belly Buttons are Highly Diverse, but Predictable The idea was simple. We would culture the bacteria of people’s belly buttons to provide folks with a visual measure of the life on them, a reminder of the mysteries everywhere. Then we noticed something more serious. It might have been a […]
Two videos that do a good job explaining the Higgs Boson. This one’s from PHD Comics via Flowing Data. And this one’s from Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample.