I always aim to post the news at noon on Sunday. This is as close as I ever get.
- Googols & Galaxies: The ever expanding scale of human understanding of the universe.
- A single genome reveals the entire span of human history, including global migrations and population crashes.
- NASA’s Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around asteroid Vesta.
- Dark Fireworks: Regarding the event on June 7, 2011, a solar physicist said, “We’d never seen anything like it. Half of the sun appeared to be blowing itself to bits.
- Analysis of bow shock on a coronal mass ejection yields new way to measure magnetic fields around the sun.
- Juno spacecraft’s solar cells ready to light up Jupiter mission.
- SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) captures first-ever view of a sungrazer comet in front of the sun.
- Twelve giant undersea volcanoes found off Antarctica. Mount Fuji-size peaks were unexpected, scientists say.
- WARP 75: NASA light technology successfully reduces cancer patients’ painful side effects from radiation and chemotherapy.
- Ultaviolet light can knock the carbon atoms right off a diamond.
- The hidden route to Machu Picchu.
- Crash test mummies: Egypt’s oldest pyramid saved from collapse by giant airbags.
- Respiratory virus jumps from monkeys to humans — and then infects other humans.
- Genetic code of E. Coli hijacked by biologists: New method makes hundreds of simultaneous changes in the genome, paving the way to replace the deleted genetic function with another.
- Triceratops horn discovery shows ‘asteroid wiped out dinosaurs.’
- Before a green-rumped parrotlet is even able to chirp and squawk, mum and dad teach their nestling its name.
- Lizards as smart as birds, mammals? The deeper we delve into the animal brain, the more we find our fellow creatures are smarter than we thought.
- 3-D prints of vocal chords let extinct mammoths roar again.
- In search of a robot more like us.
- The Singularity is…far. A neuroscientist’s view.
- Muggle-style invisibility gets a reality check.
- Saving science from scientism.
- Looking at phenomena through a holographic lens could be key to solving some of the most perplexing problems in physics.
- Narcissists know they’re arrogant and disliked, but see their bigheadedness as justified.
Big thanks to Plato, Aristotle, Sir Isaac, Linnaeus, Galileo, Maxwell, Einstein, …, Greg Taylor, and hopefully, eventually, inevitably, Zefram Cochrane.
Quote of the Day:
A true pilot must of necessity pay attention to the seasons, the heavens, the stars, the winds, and everything proper to the craft if he is really to rule a ship.