The National Science Foundation is having its annual Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge right now.
Lots of cool stuff, like this visualization of (normally invisible) coral flows:
Corals are far from the passive “living rocks” they are sometimes taken to be. This image reveals the hidden flow generated by small hairs (cilia) covering the surface of the coral, between two coral polyps that are 3 mm apart. Two shots taken 1.5 hours apart are combined into a single image, showing how the coral is able to create a long-lasting whirlpool structure that alters the local environment and enhances the coral’s ability to “breathe.”
Check out all the entries and vote for your favorites.
I told one group of people a specific odorant was parmesan cheese. They sniff it and then evaluate how pleasant, intense, and familiar it is. After a week interval, I give the same group the same smell and say, ‘This is vomit.’ People sniffed it and shrank back. They said, ‘That’s disgusting.’ They wouldn’t believe it was the same smell they had smelled the week before and liked.
It was a theory that was discovered by 2 people, and we’ve blithely forgotten one of them.
Henrietta was given an honorary doctorate…there’s a high school called Henrietta Lacks High.
Are you guys obsessed with the University of Queensland Pitch Drop Experiment yet? It’s one of the longest-running experiments in the world, and you can get all the inside info about it here.
Anyway, the Queensland folks just launched an very, very snazzy new site where you can watch a live feed of the experiment (and maybe make a teeny, tiny mark on history if you’re logged in when the drip finally drops.)
Seriously, check it out. Get obsessed. All the cool kids are doing it.
This mission is not over.
I am going to withdraw from the world…Nothing that happens there is any concern of mine.