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Stolen From the Brain Scoop January 19, 2015

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I make no apology for plagiarizing this snapshot from The Brain Scoop:




wombat riding turtle

the animal kingdom is a strange and beautiful place

Pretty sure that’s a rock hyrax or some other mammal instead of a wombat.

People that study animals with backbones, help me out?

Definitely a tortoise with probably a rock hyrax, which are often thought to be rodents but are actually in the superorder Afrotheria which includes things like dugongs, tenrecs, aardvarks, and the order Proboscidea, so really what you’ve got here is a puppy-sized elephant.


“Puppy-sized elephant” is not the name of a punk band, but should be.

My Next Car January 19, 2015

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It only travels 10 mph, but it DOES have twin BB Gatling guns (6000rpm), which ought to be enough to get me through traffic slower than that.  Traffic faster than that can just bite me.

TDCS Device Prototype January 19, 2015

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tdcs device

tDCS is the practice of passing mA currents through one’s brain in order to enhance or retard neural excitability between the electrodes placed on the skull (read the link for better grokking of the concept; I’m at lunch and time is short).  It is used in research primarily to understand if it is any use at all in Parkinson’s disease, tinnitus, amblyopia, fibromyalgia, and post-stroke motor deficits.

The gizmo above is the constant-current  supply circuit rendered by my colleague Noel, with 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 mA selectable switches.  I think it beautifully done; only the 12V battery and the electrodes are not shown.  There is testing to be done, but it is heartening to see it looking so nice

Home Renovation Ideas January 19, 2015

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Believe it or not, I did this already with a paper skull mask on Halloween a few years back…but this is MUCH better.

Origami Boating January 19, 2015

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Boat on the lake

That’s Morwenna Wilson, a descendant of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (the most badass engineer of the nineteenth century), punting on the Thames Southwark Park Lake in south London.

The Martian, by Andy Weir January 14, 2015

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The Martian, by Andy Weir is a gripping adventure story told in a calm and humorous way by an astronaut stranded on Mars in a freak accident.  It’s got action, adventure, bad puns, 1970’s sitcom awareness, disco-dissing and a fairly realistic approach to a completely possible scenario.  This is science fiction where the science is real, friends.  The fiction is the story, not the possibilities.

What really makes this book is the audiobook’s narrator, who adds just the right amount of pathos, black humor, and sense of desperation to the astronaut’s voice.  Did I mention that the stranded astronaut is cut off from NASA and they don’t even know he’s alive?

Awesome, awesome book.  The most refreshing bit of science fiction I have read in a year, The Martian is up for every award in the science fiction world, and it damn well should be.  Also, the link here is to the audiobook which is a paltry ten bucks.  Pay the money and you can thank me later.

Human and Cat Extinction Prevention January 1, 2015

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Fluid dynamics and statistics provide answers.  Science, baby!