Notes: 123 / 1 month ago
from teratocybernetics (originally from tmiscience)
The urban myth that a human body’s burning skull will explode unless punctured like a potato is unfounded. A team led by forensic specialist Elayne Pope debunked it in 2004 by setting fire to 40 human heads.
[The Hook, World Cat, Mark Watson]
Here’s a new tumblr I’m starting: TMI Science. It’s all the science you never wanted. I just post a gross or disturbing factoid each day, with citations.
Let me know if you like it! Or hate it, since that’s the goal.
pretty sure a large cross-section of my followers will be interested in this.
Notes: 36 / 4 months ago
from mendelpalace (originally from m1k3y)
The Fifth Element Is Starting to Come True
But as the iPhone becomes its own sort of Multipass, and those funny lopsided cigarettes Bruce Willis smokes in the movie become a real design, it’s interesting to see how Luc Besson’s legendary sci-fi movie was more prescient than we would’ve guessed in the 1990s.
Notes: 340 / 5 months ago
from teratocybernetics (originally from sexartandpolitics)
"Rodents left alone in a room with a man, or presented with a T-shirt worn by a man, had a sharp spike in the stress hormone corticosterone. And because the hormone acts as an analgesic, they also showed less response to pain. The rodents showed no such reaction to women; they were also less stressed when given a woman’s shirt together with a man’s."
Notes: 413 / 8 months ago
Stephen Hawking on Black Holes Shows Danger of Listening to Scientists, Says Bachmann
“If black holes don’t exist, then other things like climate change and evolution probably don’t either.”
I’m going to just sit here and chuckle at all the people who didn’t check the source on this/realize what it was. :D
Notes: 284 / 9 months ago
Portraits in Infrared, Visible and Ultraviolet light
— Nick Spiker
The Melanin in the freckles absorbs UV-light very well, making them show up black in the photo. Same thing is going on with sunscreen. You may notice the eyes are darker in UV light at well, another protection mechanism to help prevent UV damage. Melanin doesn’t absorb Infrared wavelengths as much — and IR-light penetrates further into the skin than UV — so the freckles/imperfections will show up less when you select for only those wavelengths in the photo.
Notes: 65 / 1 year ago
Notes: 412 / 1 year ago
NASA's Massive Free E-Book Collection
Who could resist Exploring Space With a Camera? Or Rockets and People, the autobiography of rocket designer Boris Chertok?
Notes: 1 / 2 years ago
Irregular Webcomic! - Irregular Webcomic! #3221
DMM shares some of the science behind the best times to take photos out doors.
Notes: 4 / 2 years ago
CSI | Review of Syfy’s Fact or Faked
Rebecca Watson TEARS a SyFy “skeptic” show a new one.
Notes: 282 / 3 years ago
Photo: Frank and Louie the two-faced cat
A Massachusetts cat with two faces has become the world’s longest surviving so called “janus” feline at 12 years of age. The cat, who is named Frank and Louie, has two mouths, two noses and three eyes. Frank and Louie have one brain, so the faces react in unison. (David Niles/Handout/Reuters)
But we still love you.