All Moon and material experts have no doubt about it: the flags are now completely white. If you leave a flag on Earth for 43 years, it would be almost completely faded. On the Moon, with no atmospheric protection whatsoever, that process happens a lot faster. The stars and stripes disappeared from our Moon flags quite some time ago.
Peter Gray, in Psychology Today, writes about what may be the dullest culture on earth (no, not Los Angeles—ba bing!): the Baining, in Papua New Guinea. The Baining appear to lack the cultural structures that archetypal in anthropology, myths, festivals, religious traditions, and puberty rites. They do not tell stories, rarely gossip, and exhibit little curiosity or enthusiasm. Their conversation is concerned […]
From “Spank While You Sell,” a series of ads using spanking to sell products. It’s easy to say our ancestors were weird, but two of the ads on the site are quite recent. A very American ad from c.1940, rather specifically targeted at young chaps setting off for college. This is about fraternity hazing rather […]
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Not Photoshopped to heck; it actually looks like that. 23 images with a new lens I’m testing for B&H (the Tamron 24-70 VC).
You can buy a print of this here. For this I recommend a wide print like the 12×24″.
Scientists at Nasa admitted they thought satellite readings were a mistake after images showed 97% surface melt over four days
“Numbers of clusters are provided in the intersections. The total number of sequences for each species is provided under the species name (total number of sequences/total number of clustered sequences).” Six-way Venn diagram showing the distribution of shared gene families (sequence clusters) among M. acuminata, P. dactylifera, Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa, Sorghum bicolor and Brachypodium distachyongenomes. From: The banana (Musa acuminata) genome […]
Here is a fascinating story by Ed Yong about an insect that is smaller than an amoeba (keep in mind an amoeba is a single-celled animal). The wasp is on the left, next to a paramecium and an amoeba. Yes, same scale. The wasp, which has eyes, a brain, wings, and so forth, is smaller […]
This fantastic video shows Hollywood Blvd–within view of my window–in 1927. For some reason, this aerial shot is reversed.
Americans have spent over $60,000,000,000 since 9/11 on the TSA. It has allowed > 25,000 security breaches. Seven hundred scanners have been installed since 2007, at a total cost of $119,000,000. Cost per gun found: $6,000,000. Number of those guns which belonged to terrorists: 0. Of every 10 weapons, 7 get past screeners. Since 2004, at least 16 different individuals later accused of terrorist plots flew at least 23 times through US airports. None were caught.