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Elemental haiku
periodic table with "haiku" for each element
science  chemistry  webtoys 
august 2017 by ignatz
Photoacoustic Sounds from Meteors : Scientific Reports
Concurrent sound associated with very bright meteors manifests as popping, hissing, and faint rustling sounds occurring simultaneously with the arrival of light from meteors.
science  wtf  meteors  astronomy 
march 2017 by ignatz
Vial of stardust
Photo of vial containing quadrillions of diamonds older than the Sun
science  fieldmuseum  stardust  astronomy  wtf  flickr  photos 
december 2016 by ignatz
Tick bites that trigger severe meat allergy on rise around the world | Society | The Guardian
‘Tick-induced mammalian meat allergy’ reported in Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa but most prevalent in parts of Australia and the US
insects  disease  allergy  wtf  science  biology  medicine 
october 2016 by ignatz
The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the “Impossible” EmDrive Thruster
The same theory that explains the puzzling fly-by anomalies could also explain how the controversial EmDrive produces thrust.
science  space  nasa  energy 
april 2016 by ignatz
Riot control agents: the tear gases CN, CS and OC—a medical review
oppression  toxicology  teargas  science  pdf 
november 2015 by ignatz
The Doomsday Scam - The New York Times
For decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury. There’s a reason that they never have.
science  failure  explosives  bombs  ha 
november 2015 by ignatz
Worldwide decline in amphibians may be related to a major extinction event. This report is about a frog disease.
science  biology  doom  extinction  frogs  amphibians  environment 
august 2015 by ignatz
Field work fail from twitter
The #fieldworkfail tag on Twitter is a rich mine this week of field science gone wrong, including:

Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter.

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science  ha 
august 2015 by ignatz
How a Grad Student Uncovered a Huge Fraud -- Science of Us
Chutzpah in scientific fraud, like he wanted to get caught.
ha  science  fraud  yow 
may 2015 by ignatz
Material Structure of a Graded Refractive Index Lens in Decapod Squid
Squid eyes have graded refractory index for seeing better underwater.
squid  science  optics  family 
may 2015 by ignatz
A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science
PDF of handy checklist for bozo science
pdf  science  news  reference  fraud  woowoo 
april 2015 by ignatz
How to destroy the Earth @ Things Of Interest
This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore.
science  doom  todo 
march 2014 by ignatz
Publishers Withdraw More than 120 Gibberish Science and Engineering Papers - Scientific American
The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.
academia  failure  dada  science  publishing  doom 
march 2014 by ignatz
The Toxins That Affected Your Great-Grandparents Could Be In Your Genes | Innovation | Smithsonian
Chemical damage might be inherited. “In essence,” Skinner explains, “what your great-grandmother was exposed to could cause disease in you and your grandchildren.”
publichealth  genetics  disease  toxics  science  biology  chemistry 
january 2014 by ignatz
▶ Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" animated - YouTube
Tom Lehrer's wonderful song of all the elements done as an animated short
tomlehrer  science  education  animation  video 
november 2013 by ignatz
Pseudoarchaeology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pseudoarchaeology — also known as alternative archaeology, fringe archaeology, fantastic archaeology, or cult archaeology — refers to interpretations of the past from outside of the academic archaeological community, which typically also reject the accepted scientific and analytical methods of the discipline.
science  pseudoscience  psychoceramics  wikipedia 
october 2013 by ignatz
Yitang Zhang Proves 'Landmark' Theorem in Distribution of Prime Numbers | Simons Foundation
"...he had found it difficult to get an academic job, working for several years as an accountant and even in a Subway sandwich shop"
mathematics  grimmeathookfuture  science 
may 2013 by ignatz
The Sea Slug Forum - Home Page
On the Sea Slug Forum you can ask questions, post information and find out more about nudibranchs, bubble-shells, sea hares and other sea slugs.
biology  nature  science  zoology  slugs  obsess 
march 2013 by ignatz
Has Dark Matter Finally Been Found? Big News Soon |
"We believe we're on the threshold of discovery," Turner said. "We believe this will be the decade of the WIMP."
science  physics  space  news 
february 2013 by ignatz
Project HARP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
a joint project of the United States Department of Defense and Canada's Department of National Defence created with the goal of studying ballistics of re-entry vehicles at low cost; whereas most such projects used expensive (and failure-prone) rockets, HARP used a non-rocket spacelaunch method based on a very large gun to fire the models to high altitudes and speeds.
weapons  science  usa  wtf  guns 
march 2012 by ignatz
Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work : The New Yorker
"The fatal misconception behind brainstorming is that there is a particular script we should all follow in group interactions."
newyorker  psychology  science  history  via:nrrd 
february 2012 by ignatz
How Not To Do It: Ruining Stuff. In the Pipeline:
fine stories in the comment re: what's the most expensive thing you've seen wrecked?
science  failure  disasters 
august 2011 by ignatz
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