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Slow Down, It’s Sunday

December 25th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

The top 24 Deep Space photos of 2011,  here’s a pictorial overview of volcanic activity in 2011  and finally Flowing Data’s best data visualisations of 2011.

Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 and here is Videogum’s best viral videos of 2011.

Woo-hoo, that was close!

Re-designing money for the times we find ourselves in.

2011, in Lego!

The hidden limitations of causation – why science is failing us.

The scientific breakthroughs of 2011.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

December 18th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

The 2011 Portfolio of Movies is fantastic,  and here’s the equally fantastic Filmography 2011.

Zoom in, out and around the second best way in the world to view the Sistine Chapel.

The first peek at Timescapes 4K.

Perhaps Lamarck wasn’t entirely wrong – acquired traits can apparently be inherited without DNA involvement.

Is this why we invented monsters?

The new science of our cross-wired senses.

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2011 is ….. the Protester.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

December 11th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative.  Enjoy!

Forget your fancy slopes, skiing IN Nelson, British Columbia is exhilarating!

By changing meaning (silly once meant happy), through errors (sweetheart was originally sweetard) and a range of other ways – how new words are created.

An introductory guide to quantum computing.

Best photos of 2011 from Reuters,  or these, described as the 45 most powerful images of 2011, and the photos of the year from In Focus (with links to Parts 2 and 3).

Cities ON the sea – is seasteading in our future?

Misery Bear discovers that ‘creating a new you’ by using a Happiness Machine doesn’t make people happy.

The evolved self-management system.

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

December 4th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

Climate change science as the cultural revolution of our time.

Just like our genes, language can tell an evolutionary tale.

Royal Wootton Basset really does rock – Wake Me Up When September Ends – and think about donating (the significance of the village to Britain’s war dead is demonstrated here)

Leonardo da Vinci’s to-do list, and further insights into the man and his work.

Please remember to read this article on why we forget.

25 fantastic rock formations.

Dagdraumar – daydreaming about where you really want to be.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

November 27th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

A vacuum is full of virtual particles that pop in and out of existence, which allows scientists to create light out of ‘nothing’!

A fantastic collection of ‘3D’ pavement art and this astonishing ‘3D’ Spiderman drawing.

With their clicks, sperm whales can detect a squid less than a foot long more than a mile away, and schools of squid from even farther away – the applied language of sperm whales.

10 extreme places on Earth.

Recycling at the galactic level.

What’s going on? Blocking a hole allows more, not less, light through!

Tashaki Miyaki + horses = the atmospheric music video “Get It Right”.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

November 20th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

Why would you use those bulky optical tweezers when electron tweezers are 1000 times finer than those big photons?

This time lapse video of Earth as seen from the International Space Station is mesmerising and beautiful.

William Shakespeare, literary giant and gangster?

In a new study, biologists report that melanocyte skin cells detect ultraviolet light using a photosensitive receptor previously thought to exist only in the eye.

Amazing wave photography and equally amazing liquid and bubble photography.

Nice people can finish first – the social rewards of co-operation.

Each image is a different day and, for almost one year, each presents a time lapse view of the sky – A History of the Sky. 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

November 13th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

The fantastic public art of Metalmorphosis – my head is spinning!

It’s not as though social media has just been invented.

From humble beginnings, Apple (the fruit) has achieved global dominance.

Another sensational Genki Sudo music video, another amazing dance performance.

As small and ordinary as they may be, our individual lives are spectacularly wonderful things. Each of us is one permutation out of countless possibilities, like one grain thrown up by randomness out of an ocean of sand.

Even if there is a fifth force in Nature, would it really matter?

From an evolutionary perspective, cooking seems to count.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

November 6th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative.  Enjoy!

Damian and Kwibi’s very emotional reunion.

Simply brilliant at so many levels – the divided brain, another fabulous animation from RSA.

The Copiale Cipher has been cracked – a fascinating insight into the process.

It’s early days but could the public profile of probiotics indicate the triumph of marketing over science?

Heartbreaking photos of the floods in Thailand.

For everything is a poison, and nothing is without poison. Only the dose permits a thing not to be poisonous. What does ‘toxic’ mean?

Let them play in dirt!

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

October 30th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

Why do leaves change colour?

The visually stunning (and never dark) Midnight Sun – Iceland.

The history of pretty much everything – from as early as we can say anything sensible (and that is very, very early) to as late as we can anything sensible (and that is a very, very long time from now).

Matthew Brown’s ‘Dreaming in Italy’, and ‘This Isreal’  (psst, this title isn’t an error – it is real).

60 second adventures in thought – 6 minutes well spent!

How the potato changed the world.

Not 3 Men in a Boat – it’s 6 guys in a capsule simulating a mission to Mars.

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

October 23rd, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

Water, water, everywhere. Water, water, from out there?

Rather than doing partial repairs, can we revive a dying heart?

Marco Tempest describes himself as a cyberillusionist – the magic of truth and lies on iPods!

Is symmetry a ‘key to Nature’s secrets’?

Terrible sound and bland photography, until you realise it’s Mars! Those images are difficult to reconcile with evidence of a warmer and wetter Martian past.

What is the population limit for Earth?

Power FROM (!!) the people – biofuel cells.

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

October 16th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy! 

Treasures of the Bodleian – Wow!

Can we ever agree on reasonable methods for assessing our reasons?

Everything you could ever wish to know about Big Ben.

And everything you could ever wish to know about dark energy (until we find out more).

And now 20 things you didn’t know about fire!

Looking for ‘life’ before the ‘living’ – the search for the last universal common ancestor.

Bob is very clever – wait for the credits to finish!

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

October 9th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

20 years of Microsoft Research – the breadth, depth and quality of their work is staggering!

Their findings show that memory is divided into discrete individual packets, analogous to the way that light is divvied up into individual bits called quanta. Each memory is just 125 milliseconds long — which means the brain can swap between different memories as often as eight times in one second. 

What is the best relationship between history and time?

The search for a more perfect kilogram.

Brilliant – the Feynman Series, Part 1 (Beauty).

Photographing the (very, very) small things in life.

A balloon from Earth to Space – Aerostat.

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

October 2nd, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

Is ‘retromania’ killing pop culture?

From a time of almost nothing to a time of almost anything – the reinvention of the night.

Just an awesome dance routine.

They’re one of those things you hear about but may never see ….. until now – presenting the (Digital) Dead Sea Scrolls.

Memories of Old Awake” is a slow-paced but enthralling video about research into Icelandic Sagas.

A brief history of the brain.

Can you reverse-evolve a chicken into a chickenosaurus?

‘tis nobler is taking a short break – see you in a week’s time!

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

September 25th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

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 CurieIt’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.

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

September 18th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

Photographs from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 (click captions on for more information – ‘tis nobler likes the Fighting Dragons of Ara).

They appear to have tamed light.

If we only had wings …….

Watch this video, then watch the making of that video  – they will put a big smile on your face!

Our understanding of brain evolution continues to evolve.

Occasional snippets here and there over recent months may have eluded you so here is an overview of the mysterious paper sculptures in and around Edinburgh that support ‘libraries, books, words and ideas …’.

Brilliant talent + iconic location + great song = unforgettable experience!

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

September 11th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

Of all the memories and tributes, this simple telling of the story of John and Joe is very moving.

The programming of cells – if these conditions are met, self-destruct!

How to pack a modern passport with an abundance of security features.

The Great Bank Robbery is not what you think – it’s much, much worse!

It may sound preposterous to imagine that the mathematics of quantum theory has something to say about the nature of human thinking.” Welcome to the concept of Quantum Interaction.

12 particles of matter, 4 forces of Nature – autotuning the Quantum World.

The UK’s top 10 navigable aqueducts is more interesting than you might expect!

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

September 4th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

Crumpled paper and the mathematical underpinnings of rigidity.

Compare this story on education with this one and then imagine the education system you’d create.

The complex dancing of simple pendulums.

A great video – 100 years of East London fashion.

Why the impossible happens more often.

It’s simple to describe but can we explain what time is?

Uncommon Ideals – poetry meets (cold water) surfing.

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

August 28th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

The very, very strange puzzle of the body on Somerton Beach, found in 1948 and not yet explained.

The City Limits – the contrast is so stark and saddening.

Infinity takes centre stage.

The (brief) story of how we got our alphabet.

In praise of the human curator rather than the statistical algorithm.

On Assignment – wow, what an assignment!

Blurring the boundary between ‘person’ and ‘product’ – what does the future hold?

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

August 21st, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

What separates Man from other animals?

Would you like to ride a bike like Danny Macaskill, basejump in a wingsuit like these guys or fly like Jetman @ the Grand Canyon?

Could DRACO (but not Malfoy) be the cure for many, if not all, viral infections?

Exploring moral hypocrisy and insights into why we’re annoyed by moral leadership.

How to build a fantastic music video, starting with a typewriter!

The sad and sorry history of FIFA.

Be near me, when my light is low ……

 

Slow Down, It’s Sunday

August 14th, 2011 | Related | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, ’tis nobler presents seven things that you may find inspiring, intriguing and informative. Enjoy!

A mesmerising a capella performance by Local Vocal.

Peter, the Wild Boy.

Has anything really changed for Orwell’s ‘outcasts’ in the 80 years since the publication of ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’?

The heady thrill of having nothing to do.

What sort of short film could you make if it could only last 3 minutes and contain just (the same) 6 lines of dialogue (What is that? It’s a unicorn. Never seen one up close before. Beautiful. Get away, get away. I’m sorry.)? Here is the winner of the 2011 Phillips Constrained Cinema “Tell It Your Way’ competition.

Beyond Einstein – is Phase Space (rather than space-time) the concept that will finally unite general relativity and quantum mechanics?

The theft and recovery of the Mona Lisa – did you know it had been stolen?