Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!
Watch this and then this in fullscreen, HD and with the volume turned up!
Taking aim at free will.
Does our genome dawdle while our epigenome dashes?
What is a Continent?
An intriguing opening paragraph: Tak-Sing Wong from Harvard University has created a synthetic material so slippery that it makes a duck’s back look like a sponge. It is “omniphobic” – it repels everything. All manner of liquids, from water to blood to crude oil, roll straight off it. Ice cannot form on it. It even heals itself when damaged. It’s an extraordinary material and it was inspired by the lips of a flesh-eating plant.
Thanks and goodbye to REM – Until the day is done.
Of Madame Curie – It’s taken a century, but we can finally appreciate her as a multifaceted woman of uncommon intensity, intelligence and will—a woman of courage, conviction and yes, contradictions. After a century we see her not as a caricature, but as one of the 20th century’s most important scientists, who was, at the same time, unmistakably, reassuringly human.