Should I have included the millions of pea-sized crabs inexplicably washing up in Hawaii?
- Titan's riverbeds are surprisingly free of erosion.
- Did we meet Martians 36 years ago?
- Heavy ion collisions reveal the earliest instants of our Universe.
- Chemists discover new type of molecular bond near white dwarf stars.
- Tiny 'Firefly' Satellite set to flash straight into lightning and thunderstorms.
- Pioneer anomaly no longer an 'unsolved problem in physics'.
- Landsat looks and sees. Photos.
- How the Higgs can lead us to the dark universe.
- Dramatic new Maya Temple found, covered with giant faces.
- Unlock your inner Rain Man by electrically zapping your brain.
- Brain chemicals that cause sleep paralysis discovered.
- Using Twitter to identify psychopaths.
- Our microbes are under threat — and the enemy is us.
- Algal blooms could have caused last Ice Age.
- Global CO2 emissions rose 3 percent in 2011.
- Sea rise threatens 'paradise' Down Under.
- Heatwave transformed Australian marine life.
- Political ideology clouds perception of temperature.
- YouTube offers face-blurring tool to protect dissidents.
- Facial recognition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it.
- New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people.
- How new 'mood ring' glasses let you see emotions.
- Amazing street display spins electromagnetic dots, bares clues, and stops NYC pedestrians in their tracks.
- Scientists scan 100 sperm from one man - and find huge DNA differences.
- By birth, identical twins use their DNA differently.
- Astonishing photos of the young gorillas who worked together to dismantle the poachers' trap that killed their friends.
- Python found wrapping itself around sleeping baby - in an Illinois apartment.
- Epic fraud: How to succeed in science (without doing any).
- America's fascination with the apocalypse.
- The truth IS out there with rise in UFO sightings in Australia. Nice pic.
- Brilliant scientists are open-minded about paranormal stuff, so why not you?
- The fruits of string theory: The Shape of Inner Space by Shing-Tung Yau. (Amazon US & UK)
Quote of the Day:
Yau doesn't hold the reader's hand in the book, and he expects the reader to have an intuition capable of understanding some non-obvious mathematical and geometric ideas. For instance, the product of two S1 manifolds (circles in a plane) is a rectangle rolled up on itself twice (think about it for a minute).
From the 'fruits of string theory' article above.