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This Week in Wild Animals for November 21, 2014 Starfish were deflating. Polar bears were going bald. Fur seals were raping penguins. A 400-pound tortoise named Benjamin Franklin made an appearance outside a Walmart. This Week in Wild...Show More Summary
The colugo is the most accomplished mammalian glider of all—on account of being essentially a giant flap of skin—capable of soaring an incredible 200 feet from tree to tree. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Adorably Creepy Gliding Mammal That’s Basically Just a Big Flap of Skin appeared first on WIRED.
I won’t be able to post many (or any) posts on Beyond Apollo in the next few weeks because of holiday and work travel. I’ll be hauling along research material when I travel (I always do), but I doubt that I’ll have time to do much more than take notes. The good news is that […] The post A brief hiatus and a call for help appeared first on WIRED.
Instruments recorded the thump of Philae’s first of three landings on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last week. The post This Is What It Sounded Like When We Landed on a Comet appeared first on WIRED.
A new computer modeling study suggests the human immune system has a better memory than scientists had thought for strains of the flu it’s encountered in the past. In the future, the researchers say, it might be possible to exploit this to design better vaccines. The post Surprising Study of Human Immune Responses Could Lead to Better Flu Vaccines appeared first on WIRED.
Researchers have combined nighttime satellite imagery with river maps to quantify where people and property are most in danger of flooding. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Nighttime Satellite Maps Show Increasing Flood Risks appeared first on WIRED.
The fascinating backstory behind the azimuthal orthographic, the map projection that makes flat maps look like 3-D globes. The post Get to Know a Projection: Azimuthal Orthographic appeared first on WIRED.
Carl De Torres To get ahead in life, spend some time on the International Space Station. Why? Well, according to the theory of relativity, astronauts on the ISS age more slowly due to the spacecraft’s high orbital speed. It’s called time dilation, and it means that when they return they’re a bit younger than they […] The post Time Travel is Real. Show More Summary
Randall Munroe is the author of What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, published in September. The post The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics appeared first on WIRED.
Christoph Niemann One way to imagine dying is like time travel, except instead of journeying into the future or seeing Ancient Rome, you go to eternity, see nothing, and never come back. We have no idea where people go when they die; it’s what makes death so scary and awful. Show More Summary
Leif Podhajsky Zheng He! Zheng He! Is there a better icon for interstellar voyaging? Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng set out from China on massive naval expeditions that reached as far as Mecca and Mombasa, journeys with more than 300 vessels...Show More Summary
No one knows what the planet Gliese 667Cc looks like. We know that it is about 22 light-years from Earth, a journey of lifetimes upon lifetimes. But no one can say whether it is a world like ours, with oceans and life, cities and single-malt Scotch. Show More Summary
To see back in time, you need a massive telescope—one big enough to capture light from when the first galaxies were formed, 13.5 billion years ago. Astronomers are clamoring to see this light, so NASA is obliging them by building the James Webb Space Telescope. Show More Summary
NASA Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small—less than an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closer—a billion times more—past zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units run out of names. Show More Summary
Onformative Math Geeks extol its beauty, even finding in it hints of a mysterious connectedness in the universe. It’s on tank tops and coffee mugs. Aliens, apparently, carve it into crop circles (in 8-bit binary code). It’s appeared on The Simpsons. Show More Summary
Valero Doval Mathematician Ian Stewart wants us to see what he sees. Which is kind of a problem, because he’s accustomed to envisioning some pretty impossible shapes: snowflakes in fractional dimensions, hypercubes in 4-D, 11-dimensional superstrings. Show More Summary
About once a year, Florida harvester ants dig new nests, a mystery entomologists are eager to get to the bottom of. The post Ants Regularly Pack Up and Dig New Nests, and Nobody Knows Why appeared first on WIRED.
Though people might disagree on how to solve a problem, they can at least agree that the problem exists. Or can they? A new study finds that deeply held beliefs can undermine rationality: when confronted with solutions that challenged deeply-held values, people may be inclined to disbelieve the problem. Show More Summary
The fable of the unicorn was one of the more famous passages in what are known as bestiaries, gorgeous compendiums of creatures both real and imagined that sold like mad---second only to the Bible itself. While they were passed off as solid knowledge, bestiaries were almost always wildly wrong about the natural world. Show More Summary
Dan Winters There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling. Show More Summary