The Plastic Brain

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Gotta catch ‘em all!

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lexywagner:

I was packing and I found this t-shirt that my beau got me for my birthday last year. It is the greatest t-shirt in existence.

On the Origin of Pokémon …

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“Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colours” – Richard Dawkins.

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Here is the maths behind Theo Jensen’s Strandbeests.

In the left, the original Jansen’s mechanism with it’s walking curve, and in the right, a simplified version.

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(vía Geometría Dinámica » El mecanismo de Jansen)

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It’s long – around 90 minutes – but fascinating from start to finish.

Douglas Adams discussing extinction, biodiversity and man.

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Douglas Adams: Parrots the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams was the best-selling British author and satirist who created The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this talk at UCSB recorded shortly before his death, Adams shares hilarious accounts of some of the apparently absurd lifestyles of the world’s creatures, and gleans from them extraordinary perceptions about the future of humanity

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They Might Be Giants are my favourite band of all time. This clever, impromptu performance on the topic of auro-mandibular evolution says it all.

If you haven’t heard it, be sure to check out Here Comes Science

Source carlzimmer:

They Might Be Giants sing of the evolution of the mammal ear (4/27). A first draft, to be sure, but a promising one. Here’s the article TMBG (were supposed to) read for inspiration, and here’s a picture of how our middle ear bones evolved from reptilian jaw bones. (Lyrics here.)