Mindfulness/Meditation Apps: My Top 3

In a world where every glance at our electronic devices can send us into an inescapable endorphin loop of newsfeed scrolling, where every new Netflix series must be binged to completion the week it comes out, and where every online advertisement is memetically engineered to target our individual brainstems, we need a reliable way to snap ourselves…

Infographics! Health Food?!?

Check out this New York Times graph for a comparison of how healthy experts think foods are, versus how healthy the public thinks they are. The key findings? Avoid coconut oil laden granola bars…

Every Monument Needs a Plaque

Usually that plaque is an ornamental tablet to identify and illuminate, but lately the monuments of Washington D.C. have been seeing the other kind–living biofilms that stick to their surfaces and are causing quite a bit of confusion. The fact is, we know relatively little about many biofilms. They are complex microbiomes made of many…

My ice cream needs more Malto-Dextrin Alkalide…

We have a ton of questions about SCiO, but if it can do what it purports to do, then we are already amazed. The handheld gadget is a pocket spectral meter. Spectroscopy is a large field that measures interactions of matter and energy, most commonly to identify component elements and/or properties of a material. Depending on…

KURZGESAGT!

Kurzgesagt is a German word meaning, “in a nutshell”, or “in short”. It is also the name of an amazing series of Youtube videos that brilliantly explain all sorts of interesting things. They release a new video every month. Each episode gives surprisingly detailed and thought provoking answers to the kind of questions a (philosophically inclined) child…

Infographics!: Most Common Family Types In America

This strangely fascinating infographic from FlowingData shows the most common family types in America…. All fifty of them?! It honestly hadn’t ever dawned on me that there were anywhere close to this many possible family types, but upon closer inspection it makes sense. The top left is the most common, and the bottom right is the least. I would actually…

Secrets Of Japanese Horror

I just stumbled across a short, awesome video (below) which reminded me of just how unique Japanese Horror films are in the world of cinema. There are all sorts of scary movies, campy ones, serious ones, slashers, ghost flicks, supernatural horror, biblical horror, space horror, body horror, the list goes on. At this point not much scares me,…

Illusory Monsters

It is hard to overstate how successful Pokemon Go has been. It is also hard to overstate how terrible the coverage of this phenomenon has been. Every media outlet has been trying to manufacture stories to capitalize on the huge popularity, often getting the details all wrong in the process. Sometimes these are innocent failures…

Theo Jansen’s Living Sculptures

The work of Theo Jansen exists at a truly unique crossroads of art, science, and biology. The mechanical ingenuity at work in his creations is truly staggering, and the end results are breathtaking, literally breathtaking. No, really. Theo Jansen creates art that actually breathes, drinks, walks, and steers clear of danger. His work even “evolves” in a very real sense, continuously giving…

Infographic #9!: Red VS Blue

http://graphics.wsj.com/blue-feed-red-feed/ The Wall Street Journal fabricated two Facebook profiles, one conservative and one liberal. While this was by no means unassailable scientific method, the results are a fascinating infographic: two side-by-side feeds demonstrating how the same keyword can generate vastly different newsfeeds through Facebook’s algorithm/staff-curated process.  

No Man’s Sky & The Power Of Procedural Generation

We are mere days away from the release of No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of the year. It is a supermassive space exploration game that might also be one of  the most ambitious game worlds ever created. When I say massive, I mean truly, unimaginably massive. According to the developer there…