As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues to absolutely baffle investigators, explanations for what might have happened to the flight have entered the realm of the supernatural. Astonishingly, the Washington Post is now reporting that smartphones of some passengers who boarded the flight are still active and connected to the internet, and even receiving phone calls even though the plane they were on has vanished.
Four mind-bending possibilities, none of which seem possible..
This brings up the immediate bind-bending question of how electronic devices on a commercial flight that vanished still appear to be connected to the internet.
The explanations for this defy everything we think we know about reality.
How to think you got something out of nothing
Where is the missing square? What happens here? This is no computer trick, it would work just as well with pieces cut from cardboard.
Read about this optical illusion in Wikipedia …
NOTE: This is sometimes mistakenly called “Curry’s Paradox,” because it was originated by a New York magician named Paul Curry. The actual Curry’s Paradox is a paradox in logic named for Haskell Curry.
io9 has an explanation of the solution …
Source: Triangle Puzzle
Spectra of Daylight through Coloured Gasses & Vapours.
Plates from William Allen Miller’s article On some cases of lines in the prismatic spectrum. Featured in Linda Hall Library’s exhibition, Wheels, Pyramids, and Spinning Tops: The Scientific Approach to Color.
I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
Today’s graphic looks at the colours of transition metal ions in solution, and explains why transition metals have coloured complexes/compounds.
How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes
Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle.
The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.
The company is selling licenses for other companies who might want to use the technology in operating systems, applications, wearables, and websites. Obviously, the tiny screen of a smart watch instantly springs to mind.
But the real revelation of Spritz is in trying it yourself.
Wear Your Chromosomes: Jewelry Collection Made from 3D Prints of Microscopy Data
The X and Y-chromosomes found in humans are now wearable. Electron microscopist, Louise Hughes, has created a jewelry collection designed to mirror the look and shape of human chromosomes. Hughes designs every piece from microscopy data and produces it using 3D printing technology. Having already used the structures of organisms to create other jewelry pieces, Hughes felt she could not leave out the essential DNA and chromosomes. The 46 chromosomes found in our cells have never before been so beautifully displayed and worn.
As humans the genes in our DNA, as well as our environment, come to define us. When cells divide, chromosomes compress and form distinct shapes. Those shapes are what inspire the jewelry pieces made by Hughes. Male chromosomes, X and Y, female chromosomes, X and X and the triplet 21st chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome are all replicated in the human chromosome jewelry line. From rings and pendants, to earrings and cufflinks, the stainless steel, bronze, and silver pieces are available in both, karyotpye 1 or 2 structural designs. It has been said that art imitates life and with the human chromosome jewelry designs by Louise Hughes, art is literally replicates life.
- Lee Jones
A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).