Headline of the Day: ‘Goats prefer happy people’

That’s from Phys.org. The lede: Goats can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people, according to a new study led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London. And: The study, which provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to […]

Video: How Human Population Has Exploded Over Time

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Human Population Through Time,” a video from the American Museum of Natural History. From the description: It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will […]

Video of the Day: LEGO Particle Accelerator

Embedded above and on YouTube here: This is a working particle accelerator built using LEGO bricks. I call it the LBC (Large Brick Collider). It can accelerate a LEGO soccer ball to just over 12.5 kilometers per hour. By JK Brickworks. (Via.)

Animated GIF of the Rosetta Mission

Worth pondering: The successful, seemingly-too-crazy-to-be-true Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on a comet comprised much more than just the recent touchdown. Of course, it took years of planning to execute. Check out this really cool animated GIF to see how everything came together: This GIF of the Rosetta mission is incredible: http://t.co/98WZ2Lgxdc http://t.co/0Zj2Q16syx — […]

“Sciencetific Garden”

Let’s end the week on a humorous note, shall we? A recently spotted this excellent sign at a school in Thailand’s Rayong province. That’s right, it reads “Sciencetific Garden.” Science 1. Spelling 0. 🙂 I believe that’s a bust of Einstein in the back. And Newton — or is it Bacon? — in the front. […]

Around the Web: improving college rankings, Federer’s footwork, inventors killed by their own inventions, and more

Some links that have caught my eye of late: In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol [NYTimes.com] — About S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst. "What is aim of Thailand's 'red shirts' movement?" [Reuters] — Q&A-style analysis from Reuters. "List of inventors killed by their own inventions" [Wikipedia] — "This is a list […]