Posts tagged ‘science and technology’

Life for the winner is more glorious. It enters the next round of competition with already elevated testosterone levels, and this androgenic priming gives it an edge that increases its chances of winning yet again. Though this process an animal can be drawn into a positive-feedback loop, in which victory leads to raised testosterone levels which in turn leads to further victory.

The science of “the winner effect” and why success breeds more success. (via explore-blog)


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NASA’s Curiosity Rover lands safely on Mars. Here’s what it took and how it happened.

Success! Can’t wait for the data to start coming in.

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“…like a primordial Earth in deep freeze.” Brian Cox describes his favorite wonder of the universe, Saturn’s moon Titan.

Also see Cox explain entropy and the arrow of time with sand castles and glaciers.

( The Kid Should See This)

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Blueprint for the Brain – 6-minute film by PBS and the Public Library of Science explores how the three-pound lump of jelly inside our skulls enables us to do everything that makes us human, and how scientists are now beginning to decipher the architecture of the brain and its secret lives.

( The Atlantic)

We are at once both more, and no more, than that three pound lump. And therein lies the beauty of the brain.

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the excellent Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explains the curious neurological wire-crossing of synesthesia. Complement with a synesthetic person’s first-hand account of the experience.

It seems today’s Tumblr theme is synesthesia. No complaints!


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Animals with misleading names. Little has changed since Roman times, it seems.

Just as a friend, guys.


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A Purple Martin (Progne Purpurea), from America’s Other Audubon – the fascinating story of how one young Victorian woman by name of Gennie Jones changed the face of science illustration through art, science, and entrepreneurship. 

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Utterly mesmerizing: Water droplets colliding at 5,000 frames per second, a fine addition to this collection of mesmerizing footage of everyday things in ultra-slow-motion.

( Coudal)

Ahh, soothing fluid dynamics.

Slow-mo fluid dynamics is a beautiful science!