I think after a solid week of GOP lies about the government shutdown they demanded and ongoing Healthcare.gov website problems, we could all use a mental health break.
We’re all sick and tired of bad news, so don’t click on any of these links
So rather than the guy who set himself on fire on the national mall, or the apparently depression-suffering woman who rammed her car yesterday into the White House gates and was killed, or “essential but unpaid during the shutdown” National Weather Service workers who are inserting a plea for help into their weather reports, begging to be paid, or an anti-LGBT group lying about their tax exempt status (it was revoked) to raise funds to repeal California’s pro-transgender student law, or that new horrific flesh-eating heroin-substitute drug called Krokodil, or the NSA’s (so far mostly unsuccessful) attempts to crack Tor — I’m going to try to find the most positive news and interesting links I can find out there on the ‘net.
Not going to talk about this either:
One other rule: No politics.
So consider this an open thread.
The following links are much better for one’s mental health
Self-assembling cube-shaped robots. Colored cubes, actually, that use flywheels and magnets to reconfigure themselves into various shapes in combination with other “M-cubes.”.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have managed to create a ‘quantum drum‘ — a microscopic aluminum device that was able to use quantum entanglement to store data for a short period of time.
Albert Einstein’s brain, which he donated to science upon his death in 1955, has been discovered to be unusually well-connected between the two hemispheres, which may have led to his brilliance.
Want to be happier? Give up ‘small-talk.’ One study suggests cultivating a habit of having good, deep conversations with people results in greater happiness overall. Don’t spend too much time alone, and when with others, skip small talk and gossip.
November 28 of this year, plus or minus a few days, is likely when we’ll find out if Comet ISON will be amazing or a dud. If it doesn’t burn up during its closet approach to the sun (perihelion), four weeks later it could be a Christmas Comet. Dec 26th is when it’s scheduled to pass within 40 million miles of Earth. Which, by comet standards, is pretty close. Here’s hoping it’s not a Kohoutek and more like a Hyakutake or Hale-Bopp, both of which I was able to see very clearly in the mid-90s from my Pennsylvania back yard.
What our moon would look like if it rotated relative to us:
Five weird sightings in the Peruvian Amazon, including spiders making a spider-silk decoy of themselves and a moth larvae that looks like Donald Trump’s toupee.
A smartphone-controlled home brew-bot. That’s bound to be a popular Kickstarter campaign…
Women have a confession: We love to smell newborn babies. Really. Especially women who’ve already had a baby.
Amazonian butterflies drink turtle tears for the salt.
And in closing: CuteEmergency. I keep that Twitter feed bookmarked ever since John posted a few photos from their feed.
Bonus humor from XKCD.com: