My picks, 2015-11

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Mathematics and sex
  2. Kob Mating Ritual
  3. Capuchin monkey flirting
  4. Gorilla Mating
  5. Croc vs. Hippo
  6. IXV: Mastering atmospheric reentry
  7. Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it
  8. Security Analysis of Estonia’s Internet Voting System
  9. How robots could be your future surgeons

Mathematics and sex

Clio Cresswell

Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all.

Kob Mating Ritual

The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart

In the rain shadow of the Rift’s great volcanoes, kob antelope perform a surprisingly intricate mating ritual in the short grass plains.

Capuchin monkey flirting

Animals in Love

Female capuchins go to extraordinary lengths to get the attention of a male.

Gorilla Mating

Mountain Gorilla – BBC

A relatively new female to the group wants to mate with the dominant male. But his lack of interest pushes her towards one of the more juvenile adults instead.

Croc vs. Hippo

National Geographic Wild

Nile crocodiles command Africa’s rivers. Their bone-crushing jaws will make a feast out of anything in their path. However, this great Nile croc has met its match against a group of angry hippos.

IXV: Mastering atmospheric reentry

European Space Agency, ESA

Soon, IXV, Europe’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, will be launched into space on a Vega launcher from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. A short but crucial mission to advance Europe’s ambition to return autonomously from space.

Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it


You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to “the limit of your imagination.”

Security Analysis of Estonia’s Internet Voting System

J. Alex Halderman

How robots could be your future surgeons


Doctors have been using robotics to assist with surgery for a couple of decades. But now, they’re experimenting with teaching the robots to do more surgical tasks on their own. CNET’s Kara Tsuboi reports on how surgeries in the future could be performed.

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