“I’d always see the dot first, me second. I was not even remotely a boy with a dot. I was a dot with a boy.”
This is a 3D print of Vincent Van Gogh’s severed ear. It was made using cells from his great-grandson [EDIT: actually his great-great-grand-nephew], Lieuwe van Gogh.
If you’re in Germany, you can stop by and whisper in it.
“I’m going to see my girlfriend and the railroad man gives me the ticket. And it turns out to be a fabulous date. Then I put the ticket in my pocket and I save the ticket for 40 years. Any time I want to go back to the day that I had the great date, I just touch the ticket.”
“Welwitschia plants were around when the killer asteroid hit our planet 65 million years ago. They stayed when the ice came. They stayed when the ice went. They have survived fires, pests, seen an endless parade of new insects, viruses, parasites, people, roads, local wars…”
18th century instrument to determine the sky’s ‘blueness’ called a Cyanometer:
The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.
via This is Colossal
We have an assignment for you! For our next episode, we want to record the sounds of destruction. Can you help? Head to the Make section of the Radiolab app to get the details and SMASH ALL THE THINGS.
Visit our Thingiverse page and print your own 2 million-year-old skull (or, if you don’t have access 3D printer, at least check out the nifty “thingview” option).
(Thanks to Henry Reich of MinutePhysics fame for snapping these photos!)