The Plastic Brain

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I feel bad.

The is an amazing machine. I can say I really liked some bits, but overall it was a bit of a let down….

Gotta respect the hours, dedication and sheer scale of their vision though.

jtotheizzoe:

The Word’s Most Complicated Rube Goldberg Machine tells the story of civilization, from beginning to end.

This took 3,500 hours to make. That’s half a year, straight.

Mind = blown.

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Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

http://www.stellarium.org/

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I’d like to see the microscope stage used to view that prodigious section.

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Scientists Unveil Atlas of the Brain

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If I ever see any of my students using gang sines, I’ll be so damn proud of them.

[not my (bad?) pun – see below for culprit]

proofmathisbeautiful:

paris87:

(via:kristynsed)

GANG SINES

pretty fucking good.

AWESOME!

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How have I been on this earth for over 35 years and never heard of the Voynich manuscript?

It’s right up my alley, and yours too, I hope.

cloois:

Words that differ only by one letter also repeat with unusual frequency, causing single substitution alphabet decipherments to yield babble-like text.

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Hmm…I love to make me one o’ those thingos

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I love Tim Minchin’s work. The lyrics, are of course, witty and clever, but I was lucky enough to see a concert of his earlier this year and was stuck by what an accomplished musician he is. This poem is a bit outside his usual style, so you don’t get him on the piano. Just a great beat poem about science and scepticism.

scipsy:

Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie (by stormmovie) (via guardian.co.uk)

A very funny short movie on a guy meeting a girl who is an alternative medicine supporter at a dinner party. And the protagonist is like me in a LOT of situation (expecially in University), except that I don’t sing.

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Pale Blue Dot – Animation
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scipsy:

Sagan’s scientific poetry animated

[…] Adam Winnik has very creatively interpreted Sagan’s reflections on the Pale Blue Dot in this superb animation:

Sagan:

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Look again at that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” […] (via sciscoop & @sciencebase)