Category Archives: Science

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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A cynical take on human evolution and natural selection by exurb1a.

Homo sapiens – we communicate, therefore we are.

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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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Cat Explorer – a virtual reality demo by san Francisco based VR company Leap Motion demonstrating ‘the transformative potential of VR and natural interaction in fields as diverse as education, training, healthcare, and entertainment’.

The motion of the user’s hand allows exploration of the skeleton, vascular system, organs and inner workings of a friendly cartoon moggie.

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Kurzgesagt on the finer points of the bacteriophage – serial killer of the microscopic world – never done slaughtering the organisms that live around and inside us.

Previously: Black Hole Bomb

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A supercut of  movie (and TV) scenes by Fun With Guru featuring  the weird and wonderful phenomenon of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)

Headphones or it won’t make much sense.

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