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Aug 29

10 stories to read this weekend - Edition 34 - August 29, 2014

“The importance of reading, for me, is that it allows you to dream. Reading not only educates, but is relaxing and allows you to feed your imagination - creating beautiful pictures from carefully chosen words.” ― Eric Ripert. 

Welcome to “10 stories to read this weekend,” a weekly feature that links to some interesting stories.

Have a great weekend! 

Note:10 stories to read this weekend” is a marquee feature of this blog. New editions are published every friday at 22:00 IST / 16:30 GMT.

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latimes:

"In a place where rainfall averages two inches a year, rocks are being shoved around by mechanisms typically seen in arctic climes."
Two cousins’ stroke of luck has provided the final evidence in solving a mystery of the Racetrack Playa that has long puzzled visitors and scientists: What mechanism moves rocks across flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth?

Fascinating! 

latimes:

"In a place where rainfall averages two inches a year, rocks are being shoved around by mechanisms typically seen in arctic climes."

Two cousins’ stroke of luck has provided the final evidence in solving a mystery of the Racetrack Playa that has long puzzled visitors and scientists: What mechanism moves rocks across flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth?

Fascinating! 

“If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” —

Jonas Salk, Biologist (via aurelle)

The latter scenario is more appealing to be honest. 

(Source: insectspd, via shychemist)

Aug 28

kmthu said: What's the "DO NOT EAT" thing in packaged foods, what's in it and how does it work? Thanks!

scishow:

It’s silica gel…an artifical form of silicon dioxide (the same stuff that makes up sand) that has tons of tiny pores that have affinities for water. Silica gel can absorb around 40% of its weight in water. It’s manufactured to be entirely dry and then placed in food or other products that manufacturers don’t want to get moist in humid climates (slightly moist chips are what we in the real world call “stale.”) Water would rather be in the silica matrix than the food matrix, so that’s where it goes, keeping the food nice and dry.

And if you’re wondering why you shouldn’t eat it…it’s just because it’s not technically food. It’s not dangerous though…it’s just fancy sand.

-Hank

Not dangerous….then i know a couple of people who’ll totally eat silica gel. Heck, even i might give it a try. 😜

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beatricebiologist:

I mean, pooping in the sky must be amazing, right? It has to be.
(These are the things I think about.)

LMAO! 😂

beatricebiologist:

I mean, pooping in the sky must be amazing, right? It has to be.

(These are the things I think about.)

LMAO! 😂

(via asapscience)

“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.” —

Robert M. Sapolsky (via utcjonesobservatory)

Exactly! 

Scientists reveal how they feel about climate change in handwritten letters and photos

Scientists reveal how they feel about climate change in handwritten letters and photos

Yep. Hard to disagree with this quote. 

Yep. Hard to disagree with this quote. 

Aug 27

38 maps that explain the global economy -

Spare 10 minutes to go through the entire thing. Countries just can’t afford to be insular from the world at large in this globalised world. 

asapscience:

A UFO caught on tape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

😃

asapscience:

A UFO caught on tape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

😃

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Aug 26

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