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Invincible Waterbears

Apparently, Tardigrades can not only withstand super-extreme temperatures, but can also thrive in the vacuum of space. Doesn’t the prospect of space-enduring critters provide a totally plausible alternative to evolution? I, for one, would like to welcome our new Moss Piglet Overlords and pray that they can defeat our Immortal Jellyfish tormentors.

A Reassuring Fable

Part 3 of the Sagan series, a YouTube mashup string inspired by the works of astronomer and meta-human, Carl Sagan. Created by 25-year old Canadian philosophy student, Reid Gower.

Profound Weirdness in Nature

Casual physicist Aaron O’Connell explains how he turned a tiny piece of metal into a quantum object that violated the laws we assume apply to all things in our larger world.

Speaking of the Force…

Here’s a neat sketch on all four forces. And some unknown ones, to boot.

Dark Matters from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

She Loves You, Mep, Mep, Mep (Mep Report #126)

Give a Man a Quarter and He Can Play One Game, Teach Him to Write in Basic and He Can Feed a Village (Really), They Don’t Make Video Games the Way They Used To (and Get Off My Lawn!), Russ Can’t Help Falling In Love…Again…, Is This the Text That Launched a Thousand Ships?, How Rabbits From Certain Places Can Help You Recover Your Voice, How Many Meppers Does It Take to Get One Mepper a Date, Angry Pictures are Angry, and Chemistry = Not Fat.

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Even Atheists are Blessed

Richard Dawkins puts a human lifespan in an alien, yet refreshing context.

You are a Cyborg

Unless you’re the Grizzly Man, or some other luddite, malcontent living in a cave. Anthropologist Amber Case explain exactly why.

Spas, Hordes, and Kings (Mep Report #125)

Greg Runs the Gauntlet of the Spa Castle, Uniforms Vs. Au Natural: Fight!, To Every Horde, Turn, Turn, Turn, The Horror of Red Bumperman, The Joy of Having One’s Skin Ripped Off, and Zombie Kings.

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Deconstructing the Mystery of Human Speech

In everyday speech, I try to be direct as possible, regardless of social context. This may explain my lack of understanding of most people. Experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker has some insight on this matter.

Life Looks for Life

Took a tour of the Griffith Observatory over the weekend and took in an awe-inspiring show inside its planetarium. It took us through man’s eon-long journey for understanding of the unknown. While I can’t replicate it for you here, I can leave something that will hopefully instill some residual sense of wonder: