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Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic...

Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic xkcd, posted a graph about the European Space Agency’s mission to land a probe on a comet last November. The former NASA roboticist pointed out that the most incredible thing about the Rosetta mission wasn’t its unprecedented proximity to a comet, or the decade it took to get there. Show More Summary

A Chart Comparing Publication Dates To When A Story Takes Place

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Randall Munroe has really outdone himself with today's xkcd. The infographic shows when a certain story was published and then compares that date to the length of time — either in the future or past — to when the story actually took or will take place. Read more...

Do You Like Flowcharts?

last weekHumor : Neatorama

Randall Munroe at xkcd presents us with a flowchart to determine what kind of chart or graph you prefer. And he then attempts to give you what you want, in one way or another. But as you and I know, there’s no pleasing some people. The arrow at the bottom points to the “random” button at the website. Which ought to please anyone.

Could This Be The Answer To Ceres's Mysterious White Spot?

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

As Dawn slowly approaches Ceres, this dwarf planet's inexplicable white spot is increasingly coming into focus. Thanks to xkcd's Randall Munroe, we may finally have the answer. Read more...

If You've Been Wondering What That Odd White Spot On The Surface Of Ceres Is...

Briefly: For anyone who’s been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe thinks he has the answer. [XKCD] More »      

For anyone who's been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For anyone who's been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe thinks he has the answer. [XKCD] Read more...

xkcd Explains How Long it Would Take a Bowling Ball to Sink to the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

last monthHumor : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If?” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who wonders how long it would take a 7kg bowling bowl to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench — the deepest part of the ocean. Once he moves beyond the simple answer, “most bowling balls float,” Munroe offers his customary […]

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Gets The #upgoerfive Treatment

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

"Up Goer Five" is a webcomic by XKCD's Randall Munroe that describes NASA's Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in English. The comic spawned many #upgoerfive spinoffs – some of them excellent. Now, somebody's given the #upgoerfive treatment to SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Read more...

Ultraviolet

2 months agoHumor : Neatorama

The latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd is funny, due to the ignorance about how homeowner’s insurance works. But the concept of shining a backlight on your bathroom is a new one on me. Do we dare try it? Some people clean their toilets on a regular schedule, while others only clean it when it looks dirty. Show More Summary

The XKCD Phone 2: Every Feature You Never Needed

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Randal Munroe's first phone design was good, but your second hand no doubt feels... empty. Fortunately, there's now a another design for you to imagine using. Read more...

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

2 months agoHumor : 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 months agoHumor : 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 months 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

4 months agoHumor : 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

4 months agoMarketing / Advertising : AdFreak

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

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