60 Microlog entries tagged with ‘science’

Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?
Way too much overthinking here, since the function of the craft doesn’t factor into the story of the film whatsoever. But the fact that these things are thought about? That’s good. [c/o Pinboard/infovore] #   ·

Why the calorie is broken
Because, in short, some calories are different from others; our bodies are more discerning about how they break down the things we eat than food science long gave them credit for. Anecdotally, it makes sense to me: I’ve been eating more protein and even more (brown) carbs since the start of the year, but less sugar. Same amount of calories as before, give or take a few, but my weight loss has been much easier. #   ·

How MSG Got A Bad Rap: Flawed Science And Xenophobia
It’s just a chemical compound. You know what else is a chemical compound? Sodium chloride — table salt. Fuck confirmation bias. #   ·

Aurora Forecast
Real-time mapping of aurora activity, which may give a heads up if it stretches down to Ireland as it did a couple of times recently (and which I missed, boo). #   ·

A scientist weighs up the five main anti-abortion arguments
I want to live in an Ireland that finally gets this. Also, repeal the 8th already. #   ·

Mr Turner & Mrs Somerville
Some background on the most interesting character in Mike Leigh’s disappointing Turner biopic. I’d much rather see a film about her. #   ·

Why food allergy fakers need to stop
It’s depressing that this is even a thing. No one thinking about the real consequences of their actions. Also, it’s deeply insulting to people who actually have serious allergies or intolerances. [c/o Kottke] #   ·

Nasa visualisations for global temperatures, ocean and wind currents, and more
Pretty. #   ·

Jason Wilson: Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world
“The paleo diet is premised on a false image of stasis and harmony projected from an entirely arbitrary point in the long history of human evolution.” This is as damning a debunk as you’re ever going to find. #   ·

Near-total solar eclipse to darken Irish skies
It’s on 20 March, this Friday morning! I missed the last one, in August 1999, ‘cause I was at work. Weather permitting, I don’t intend to make that mistake again. #   ·

What came before the big bang?
I love this kind of thing, where science (not my field at all) blurs into philosophy (totally my bag). #   ·

What are sinkholes, how do they form and why are we seeing so many?
The Independent with a decent primer on something that’s been on my mind the last few months. #   ·

Why do we make mistakes? Blame your brain, the original autocorrector
It’s the reason why writing and editing requires stepping away from the page now and then. #   ·

Ask a grown-up: what is the universe expanding into?
These ‘Ask a grown up’ things in the Guardian are usually hit-and-miss (most respondents seem oblivious to the age of their questioners) but I love the straight-forward answer to this one: we don’t know! #   ·

Microbes manipulate your mind
It surprised me to learn a few years ago how connected the brain and the gut really are. It’s freaky stuff, neuroscience. #   ·

MIT develops ketchup bottle that lets you use every drop
It apparently works for most other viscous liquids, too. No more waste! #   ·

The Weird Fungus That Lives In Your Gut
Biology never ceases to amaze me. #   ·

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets
Maglev trains in a 1,000-mile tunnel into space? Someone get on this, please. #   ·

The Human Lake
“Instead of being lashed to a lab bench for years, carrying out experiments to illuminate one particular fold in one particular protein, we [science writers] get to play the field. We travel between different departments, different universities, different countries, and—most important of all—different disciplines. And sometimes we see links between different kinds of science that scientists themselves have missed. Which is why… I presented my audience with this photograph of a lake. For the next hour, I tried to convince them that their bodies are a lot like that lake, and that appreciating this fact could help them find new ways to treat diseases ranging from obesity to heart disease to infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Carl Zimmer’s talk on the importance of the human body’s microbial system. A long read, but fascinating stuff [c/o Kottke]. #   ·

Cooking for Geeks
I need to get this at some point. #   ·

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