Category Archives: Science

Late last month, NASA’s Insight mission probe landed on the Martian surface and began sending data from various measuring instruments, including an air pressure sensor and a yet-to-be fully deployed seismometer.

Both (in their own way) heard the sound of the martian wind.

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YouTube education channel Kurzgesagt explores the increasing hazard caused by every new rocket we launch into space and the deadly cloak of debris that may one day make space travel too dangerous to attempt.

Previously: Eye Of The Beholder

Youtube educational channel Kurzgesagt explains why something as intangible and subjective as ‘beauty’ can make us feel so positive.

Previously: The Meat Conceit

Data scientist Neil Kaye shows how the ubiquitous Mercator Projection distorts the real scale of countries (dark blue = actual size in the map above).

The visualisation shows land masses nearer the Poles [including our own] to be much larger than they actually are.

Take aways: Mercator Alaska is larger than Mexico (it’s not). Mercator Russia is ridiculously exaggerated (it is). Africa is very large indeed.

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Web education channel Kurzgesagt explains why meat is the best worst thing in the world.

Which is to say, it’s the worst, least efficient, most environmentally damaging and ethically dubious thing.

Previously: Moon Base Alpha

Nano-scale images of kidney stones from a report published recently in the Journal of Scientific Research showing the painfully-passed little buggers as strangely beautiful microscopic coral reef like structures, very different to the homogenous, insoluble nuggets they were once thought to be.

MORE: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think (new York Times)

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The elegant physique of the Asian Pseudozizeeria maha (Pale Grass Blue) butterfly, observed by a scanning electron microscope in the first instalment of Microworld Unseen  – a new series by the Beauty Of Science educational YouTube channel.

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Another excellent animated explanation by educational design studio Kurzgesaght – in this case, the what, why, where and whuh of wormholes:

Previously: Plastic, People

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