Have you ever known anyone Larger Than Life? That was Perry DeAngelis is every sense of that expression.
Today is the anniversary of his death, August 19th, 2007
Hallucigenia, that total oddball fossil from the Burgess Shale may not have been an evolutionary dead-end after all. Evidence shows that it is probably related to an extant species of worms.
This creature was found in the Burgess Shale in Canada over a century ago by paleontologist Charles Walcott. The half-billion year old fossils found there were a Perfecta for science because not only was the soft tissue exquisitely preserved but it showed a tremendous diversity of new body designs at the dawn of multi-cellular life. In fact, all modern phyla existing today (except for one, Bryozoa) can be traced back to this Cambrian-Era Explosion of diversity.
Harvard scientists have created 1,000 interacting robots forming the biggest robot swarm ever.
Not impressed? The biggest interacting swarm until now had consisted of only a couple hundred robots. This is incredibly hard to pull off since the algorithms and software required to control so many bots at once is fiendishly difficult.
If you’re imaging hundreds of walking interacting terminator-style robots then I admire your imagination but you’re way off. We’re not talking about Asimo or even that little black rolling beeping robot on the death star. Anything like that is incredibly expensive and time consuming to build. We have to work out the basics of interaction before we attempt that.These robots were cheap and easy to assemble ($14 USD) and tiny (penny sized). They had no legs of course, not even wheels. They’re each supported by three stiff toothpick-like legs and they move by vibrating and skittering across the floor.
Astronomers have found proof that certain small asteroids stay together because of an extra cohesive force other than gravity or friction. Asteroids are not all monolithic space mountains of potential doom. Sure, many of them are solid dense bodies but a significant number are conglomerations of rocks from very large to the smallest grains…Rubble Piles.
A new theory points to a possible alternative explanation to the Big Bang. Our universe may have arisen from the collapse of a hyper-dimensional star in a 5 dimensional universe.
Ancient fossils are illuminating the earliest multi-cellular life that was big enough to see with the naked eye. They may have been the first animals but they looked like living fractal plants.
These creatures are called Rangeomorphs and they are now in my top 10 list for the coolest animals ever.
The geologic period that saw them briefly flourish is called the Ediacaren which lasted from around 635 to 541 million years ago. This period is somewhat opaque to scientists since life-forms from that time had no easily fossilized hard shells. This was because such structures hadn’t even evolved yet.
Did you know it was Supermoon Summer?
There’s a mini-moon, a blue-moon, a harvest-moon and so on. So what’s a supermoon?
Well, it’s one of those cosmic coincidences that humans like to point out but, in this case, isn’t that dramatic. The science behind it is pretty cool though.
4) The Experiment Write-Up was just a conference paper
The paper written by NASA employees about the EM (Cannae) Drive experiments was not a formal signed-off paper, just a conference paper. This type of write-up is common and is just preliminary. It’s basically meant to say to the physics community: “Hey, check this shit out, Cool huh? Whaddya think? Anything we can do to make this better?”.
Jupiter’s moon-sized moon Io, had a hellacious couple of weeks last year as 3 extraordinary volcanoes put on an unprecedented display.
Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. More than any planet or moon known, even the earth. Earth isn’t even close actually. This inner-most Gallilean satelite is 25 times more active than our own planet with more than 400 active volcanoes. This has even earned it the moniker “pizza moon” due to its eruption-induced pock-marked countenance (hold the anchovies).
This is pretty cools guys.
Researchers at MIT can film a potted plant that you’re talking to and then recreate your voice based solely on that silent video.
It doesn’t have to be a plant. It could be a glass of water or even an empty bag of potato chips.
This seemingly amazing feet is accomplished by a special algorithm that can interpret lots of super-tiny but distinct vibrations and determine the sound that must have created them. When I say tiny, I mean tiny. We’re talking one tenth of a micrometer or less than one-thousandth of a pixel…a pixel! If superman looked at these videos, he’d have trouble seeing any of these vibrations.