These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.
- Boeing patents a ‘Method and system for shockwave attenuation,’ aka force field
- How Did We Get Here? – Are We Still Evolving?
- Building an Ancient, Mysterious Monument
- From Neuronal Communications to NSF-mediated SNARE Complex Disassembly
- Cédric Villani on Where Does Creativity Come From?
- 52-Card Perfect Shuffles
- Celestial Fireworks or a Damp Squib?
- Zipping Across the River
- Total Eclipse of the Moon
The world’s largest aerospace company has been granted a patent for a ‘Star Wars’-like force field system for protecting vehicles and buildings from shockwave damage.
So are we still evolving? What kind of human beings will emerge in the future if we are? How does evolution work anyhow? Find out in this latest episode with UNSW’s evolutionary biologist Darren Curnoe.
Recent research sheds light on an ancient Roman mystery: how a monument called Trajan’s Column may have been built. This stop-motion animation imagines its construction.
For neuronal communications, synaptic vesicles fuse to the plasma membrane using SNARE proteins to release neurotransmitters. It is well known that SNARE proteins are the minimal machinery for vesicle fusion, forming a coiled structure. After vesicle fusion, NSF/SNAP proteins disassemble SNARE proteins, and the SNARE proteins are reused. It is now confirmed that NSF disassembles a single SNARE complex utilizing one-round ATP hydrolysis and in one-step reaction via a spring-loaded mechanism.
Human thought is merely a flash of lightning in the midst of a long and vast night of cosmic nothingness; this lightning is, however, everything.
‒ Henri Poincare
In this excerpt from the event ‘Where Does Creativity Come From?’ Cédric Villani offers a fascinating insight into the unique ingredients that come with an idea; documentation, motivation, environment, communication, constraints, luck and tenacity. These ingredients all partnership in producing breakthrough moments in the progress of human knowledge.
A card trick using perfect shuffles.
There’s something happening in the Milky Way, but we don’t know what it is. WSJ’s Gautam Naik reports the conflicting conclusions scientists have drawn on the massive black hole at the heart of our galaxy. Photo: ESO.
The Himalayan gorges in Yunnan Province turn a trip to the market into a ropes challenge.
On Saturday morning, April 4th, sky watchers in the USA can see a brief but beautiful total eclipse of the Moon.