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xkcd Describes What Would Happen if Someone Made a Lava Lamp Using Real Lava

2 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If?” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a sixth grade teacher who asks what would happen were someone to make a lava lamp using actual lava. Munroe calls the project “surprisingly reasonable” by his own standards. At the very least, I’m guessing you would lose your teaching license, and possibly […]

Sunday links: short-term thinking

Holiday book time is here. Think about: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe of xkcd fame. Quote of the […] The post Sunday links: short-term thinking appeared first on Abnormal Retu...

Saturday links: schoolboy errors

Holiday book time is here, think about: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe of xkcd fame. Investing On the […] The post Saturday links: schoolboy errors appeared first on Abnormal Returns.

Comics A.M. - Retailer Brian Jacoby Passes Away

Owner of Secret Headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, passes away. Cartoonist addresses Ferguson cartoon similarities! Randall Munroe on "xkcd" and "What If?"

XKCD versus neurobollocks

3 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

In his latest strip, fMRI, Randall "XKCD" Munroe nails the problems with brain imaging studies that claim to have found the neuroanatomical link between certain kinds of thoughts and regions of the brain (see 2013's Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience for more). Read the rest

xkcd Explains Why Brain Scans Can Be Misleading

3 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

So much of neuroscience is now based entirely on fMRI studies. But as Randall Munroe's latest webcomic points out, brain scans are not without their limitations. Read more...

Quantitative literacy is tough! Or, I had no idea that, in 1958, 96% of Americans disapproved of interracial marriage!

Mark Palko linked to this data-rich cartoon by Randall Munroe: And I was stunned, first by the data on interracial marriage and then, retrospectively, by my earlier ignorance of these data. Was approval of interracial marriage only 4% in 1958? I had no idea. Show More Summary

The XKCD Guide to the Universe’s Most Bizarre Physics

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.

xkcd Chronicles the Landing of the Philae Spacecraft on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko With a 142-Panel Comic

last monthOdd : Laughing Squid

Webcomic xkcd by Randall Munroe chronicled the successful landing of the Philae spacecraft on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with a 142-panel epic. Readers can scroll through all 142 panels (the first six of which are blank) and follow the major events of the harrowing seven-hour landing attempt. Show More Summary

XKCD Live-Sketched the Comet Landing Every Few Minutes for 12 Incredible Hours

If you missed the excitement and tension of Wednesday's Philae lander completing its 10-year journey to a comet's surface, here's a pretty fantastic way to relive it. Web cartoonist Randall Munroe, creator of the massively popular xkcd,...Show More Summary

xkcd Animates The Philae Comet Landing—And It's Adorable

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Today, we celebrated a monumental achievement in human history: For the first time, we landed an object on a comet. And xkcd creator Randall Munroe celebrated by creating this cartoon flipbook starting three hours before Philae's separation from Rosetta and ending with the landing. Read more...

Long Read — “He’s Glad You Asked: Randall Munro…”

… the Creator of XKCD, Explains Complexity Through Absurdity”, per the NYTimes: While giving a physics talk for high school students five years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Randall Munroe could tell that his audience was, in his words, “not totally with me.” He was trying to explain potential energy and power — [Read more...]

Here's How Many Unique Tweets Are Possible

In What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe, creator of the popular web comic xkcd, provides pages of in-depth responses to questions you probably never thought to ask. Q. How many uniqueShow More Summary

Bill Nye and xkcd's Randall Munroe Match Wits at NYCC

Science fans packed the room when Bill Nye the Science Guy met the creator of the science/humor webcomic xkcd.

XKCD watch-face for Moto 360

Spam writes, "I'm a fan of XKCD and so I decided to put together a watchface for the Moto 360 based on xkcd.com/now because I really like Randall Munroe's concept for a simple world clock." A world clock based off of the one found in XKCD number 1335 (http://xkcd.com/now).

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xkcd’s Randall Munroe contrasts the history of interracial marriage with that of marriage equality:

Weekend Joke: Atheists

This is from xkcd (Randall Munroe) who graciously allows me to share his humor here.He's got a new book out which has me drooling just having looked through the Amazon sample: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. It isn't cartoons, other than those which illustrate the answers. Orson Scott Card's review gives a good idea of what it's like.

xkcd has fun trying iOS 8 predictive text with famous movie quotes

My favorite iOS 8 feature is one of the simplest: the uncannily-accurate predictive text functionality, offering not just auto-complete of the current word but trying to predict the next one too. xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe decided to have a bit of fun with the feature, typing in the openings of a number of famous movie quotes […]

xkcd Determines How Long It Would Take to Visit All 50 States in the United States

3 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If?” by xkcd, Randall Munroe addresses an article from Data Pointed determining how quickly an individual could potentially travel to all 50 states in the United States. Suffice it to say, Munroe’s own answer becomes decidedly more complicated. If you allow the satellite to change course an unlimited number […]

If Phone Batteries Were Like Black Holes

Briefly: …then we really would be screwed. As Randall Munroe points out in today’s xkcd, sometimes we get a little over-dramatic about our phones ‘dying’ — although yes, it would be neat if, when your phone died, it turned into a worn-out Palm Pilot. [xkcd] More »      

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