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I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (23 April 2016)

Top picks You can sign up for The Ed’s Up—a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from around the Internet. From me at the Atlantic: Why We Sleep Badly on Our First Night in a New Place Florida’s Dragon Problem The Long Decline of the Dinosaurs Scientists have discovered a 600-mile […]

Observer’s report on the Ig Nobel show in Lausanne

The Why How How blog published this report about the recent Ig Nobel show at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. We re-publish it here with permission — machine-translated from the original French: Ig Nobel Award Tour Show  As some still do not know the famous  Ig Nobel Prize. Their founder Marc Abrahams travels the world to present this institution. […]

What Will Make Interstellar Space Travel a Reality?

In 1929, a young engineer named Eugen Sänger was living in Vienna and thinking about rockets. In particular, he wondered about using particles of light as spacecraft propellant. A rocket powered by photons, he reasoned, would be extremely fast. Show More Summary

Lung ultrasound may be a safe substitute for chest X-ray when diagnosing pneumonia in children

Lung ultrasound has been shown to be highly effective and safe for diagnosing pneumonia in children and a potential substitute for chest X-ray, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Results are...Show More Summary

Up in the air, junior birdman, and then down.

“An executive of a company that develops jetpacks is in serious condition after crashing during a test flight of one of his products in Denver,” reports the Associated Press. Photos, post-crash, are on display in the SFGate version of that AP report. (Thanks to Adam K. Olson for bringing this to our attention.) A CBS News […]

Does a cat always land on its feet?

Does a cat always land on its feet? That’s the title of a concocted article published some years ago in the Annals of Improbable Research. The article was part of last week’s discussion on the Science Friday radio program. A new BBC program called Life In The Air features this video of a cat righting itself […]

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