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By Akira The Don on Friday, September 20th, 2013

Word up, I’m always doing/not doing this. Especially on trains.

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, September 20th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

#RIDDIM and #BASE

From Io9:

If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens.

The metronomes in this video fall into the latter camp. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome around it, while the motion of every other metronome affects the motion of our original metronome right back. All this inter-metranome “communication” is facilitated by the board, which serves as an energetic intermediary between all the metronomes that rest upon its surface. The metronomes in this video (which are really just pendulums, or, if you want to get really technical, oscillators) are said to be “coupled.”

The math and physics surrounding coupled oscillators are actually relevant to a variety of scientific phenomena, including the transfer of sound and thermal conductivity. For a much more detailed explanation of how this works, and how to try it for yourself, check out this excellent video by condensed matter physicist Adam Milcovich.

[ikeguchiLab]

 

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— By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

This is some very serious, high budget, purest INTERNETS right here.

Wired have the answers to that questions here.

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Friday, September 6th, 2013

#BASE

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Friday, September 6th, 2013

This appears to be some sort of Lynchian shindig. Let us hunt down the full video! Amen!

OH HERE IT IS! WOO!

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, September 6th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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From bbc.co.uk

Some birds, it seems, hold funerals for their dead.

When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging.

The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered.

The behaviour may have evolved to warn other birds of nearby danger, report researchers in California, who have published the findings in the journal Animal Behaviour.

The revelation comes from a study by Teresa Iglesias and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, US.

They conducted experiments, placing a series of objects into residential back yards and observing how western scrub jays in the area reacted.

The objects included different coloured pieces of wood, dead jays, as well as mounted, stuffed jays and great horned owls, simulating the presence of live jays and predators.

Alarming reaction

The jays reacted indifferently to the wooden objects.

But when they spied a dead bird, they started making alarm calls, warning others long distances away.

The jays then gathered around the dead body, forming large cacophonous aggregations. The calls they made, known as “zeeps”, “scolds” and “zeep-scolds”, encouraged new jays to attend to the dead.

The jays also stopped foraging for food, a change in behaviour that lasted for over a day.

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Read the full article at: bbc.co.uk

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, September 5th, 2013