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A backwards harmonic parody in time

AcapellaScience produced this video music performance, “Entropic Time”, which bears the accurate description “backwards Billy Joel parody”: Thanks to @drawnonglass for bringing this to our attention, in harmonious recognition that the theme of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be TIME.)

What happens when you swallow gum? (video)

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 -- It's a legendary piece of playground lore: If you swallow a piece of gum, it stays stuck in your stomach forever. So was your elementary-school buddy right? This week, Reactions looks at the mechanics and chemistry of digestion in order to settle the myth. Chew on the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R6R_V9xkAo. read more

Watching whisky dry for science (video)

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 -- Have you ever watched paint dry? How about whisky? It turns out whisky could hold some chemical clues to making better paints. Princeton researcher Howard Stone and photographer Ernie Button wanted to figure out whisky's unique drying properties. Show More Summary

Bullies Have a Trump Card

In the movie Mean Girls, wide-eyed protagonist Cady Heron is horrified when she learns the three popular girls she has befriended have created a “Burn Book” filled with pasted pictures of their classmates alongside disparaging comments marked in the margins. Show More Summary

Dartmouth researcher, collaborators unveil dual screen smartwatch

HANOVER, N.H. - A Dartmouth researcher and his collaborators have unveiled a prototype of a smartwatch with dual touchscreens called Doppio. The researchers presented their findings Wednesday at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Watch a video of Doppio. read more

Mercury in Transit

My latest song, something of a 1960s psychedelic rocker, inspired by the recent transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun and the the thoughts that evoked. Mercury, the winged Messenger of Greek mythology has been there as a warning sign again and again, evolving, revolving in transition…the pressure is on, things are heating up, […]

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (7 May 2016)

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.   Top picks From me at the Atlantic: Every Episode of David Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked A DNA Sequencer in Every Pocket Sir David Attenbingo Humans Paid for Bigger Brains With Gas-Guzzling Bodies […]

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