What a list!
Just in case you should ever fool yourself into thinking that we’ve got most things figured out, here’s 50 reminders that the unknown is a heckuva lot more exciting than the known.
“Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance is bigger…and it is more interesting.”
Pair that with the difference between simplicity and familiarity, featuring Veritasium, MinutePhysics and Richard Feynman.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you know what that means- time to bring out all of your winter gear and bundle up. But dropping temperatures can also make room for some cool science experiments, like making frozen bubbles! This activity should work if it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or…
Because you’re never too old to blow bubbles.
Happy Pythagoras Day - MoMath hosted a Math Happening tonight at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. Hundreds of participants and countless more spectators surrounded the building and held glow bars to show that the building roughly approximates the 5 - 12 - 13 Pythagorean triple.
It was wonderful to see so many people out to see something math-y. And even better were all the people who just happened to be walking by who stopped and asked what was going on. I know many people think that New Yorkers just trudge along the avenues ignoring their surroundings and each other.
There won’t be another Pythagorean triple date for almost a century so I’m glad I got there to celebrate this one.
I got a chance to hear Amy Robinson speak last night at the NY Academy of Science as part of the Imagine Science Film Festival. Eyewire is a computer game that anyone can play that helps scientists map the brain. How cool is that? You can be a citizen scientist and instead of wasting your computer game playing hours (oh don’t pretend like you don’t sneak in some solitaire or Angry Birds or something) you can help science.
I think this is my favorite picture I took at the Maker Faire this year. The colors. The swirling orbs like a mini cosmos. The utter curiosity and wonder as the little people explored. Stay curious little ones. The world needs more explorers.
(Source: Flickr / nolagrrlnyc)
Maker Faire Part 2, Hall of Science, Queens, NYC
Scenes from the Maker Faire Part 1
So I’m sitting here enjoying the zen of Rick’s fish tank when I see bubbles coming from one of their rear sections. Did that fish just fart I ask. He says: “What?” I say “I think it did.” Google it he tells me since he knows in will want to know. And guess what. It is a thing.
"This is not the first time that biologists have studied fish farts. A 2003 study from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, linked a mysterious underwater farting sound to bubbles coming out of herrings’ bottoms. The high-pitched raspberry sound was thought to be used by the fish to communicate in some way. Unlike human flatulence, the sounds are unlikely to be caused by digestive gases because the number of sounds did not change when fish were fed."
David Levy has perhaps the best science quote I’ve seen lately in the article about the comet of 2013. He remarks that: ”Comets are like cats…[t]hey have tails, and they do precisely what they want.”