Hey folks — time once again for science, technology, and just plain cool stuff I’ve found ’round the ‘Net. I have so many stacked up in my browser tabs though, I’ve decided I will limit my faux pithy remarks to a maximum of two sentences per link.
Apple’s new iOS 7 software update is making people sick, as in motion sickness, nausea and headaches, and it’s worse on iPads. The theory is it’s due to their attempt to use animation to simulate 3D effects.
Texas schools and libraries decide they don’t want to know that animals feel emotions — so their solution is to ban the book of short stories, “The Smile of a Dolphin,” written by the renowned researchers who study them. Are we surprised?
“Killer Hornets Terrorize China.” I simply had to click on that one, and learn that swarms of giant yak-killer hornets are attacking people without warning, mainly in Shaanxi province, and have killed 28. Zzzzzzzzz!
Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University, have developed an intravaginal ring doped with an anti-retrovial drug that may help prevent HIV infection for women (who, as studies have shown, are more likely than men to become infected when exposed to the virus). Very promising.
The number of confirmed planets orbiting stars other than our own is nearing 1,000. I still remember learning in my grade school science classes that not only did we not know if there would be planets at other stars, it was a flat-out truism then we might never really have the means to detect them from here.
A 300 million year old fossil of a predatory amphibian, Sclerocephalus haeuseri, killed by its last meal. A moment of ignominious failure captured for all time.
Water on Mars. Not only has Curiosity discovered there is roughly 2% water in soil samples, it also discovered a pyramid-shaped volcanic rock known as “mugerite,” which only forms in the presence of water.
(Sigh.) Fusion power remains tantalizingly out of reach. If I had a dollar for every time over my half century on this planet I read a story about how incredibly close we are to self-sustaining fusion reactors, I’d be a very wealthy woman.
And finally, saving the best for last: It was only a matter of time before artists began using 3D-printers to create some of the most amazing art I’ve seen. Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have designed a massive space, room, I don’t know quite how to describe it, save that it looks like a collaboration between Geiger and Escher. Take a look at their site, which has more photos and videos, at Digital Grotesque.
(Okay, I cheated, that last one had three sentences. As ever, consider this an open thread.)