Cup of science, spoonful of art, and a dash of whatever else the universe has to offer.
Reblogged from freshphotons
Mathematics and Traditional Cuisine
The mathematics of Pasta: A process analysis to find unity, formulas and ways to express structure mathematics of pasta shapes, by their mathematical and geometric properties.
See more at: The Maths of Pasta by George L. Legendre.
- 'Pasta By Design' - Created by a team of designers, ‘Pasta by Design’ book reveals the hidden mathematical beauty of pasta: its geometrical shapes and surfaces are explained by mathematical formulae, drawings and illustrations.
- Animated gifs - From video: The traditional pasta making techniques used at Della Terra Pasta by Chris Becker [Video] - shared at here.
Types of Pasta in the post (From left to right): Agnolotti - Tortellini - Saccottini - Sagne Incannulate - Pappardelle.
Reblogged from jtotheizzoe
Achrioptera fallax (x)
That coloration is waaay too cool to not reblog. Those are colors I’d expect in a children’s cartoon, not in real life.
Of course this thing is from Madagascar, the island where evolution took LSD. I mean, more like Rad-agascar, amirite?
In all seriousness, Madagascar is a perfect example of the incredible diversity that results from evolution in isolation thanks to about 90 million years of being separated from the African continent. Find out more about where Madagascar’s species came from here.
See those flower-petal-esque wings? While they’re useless for flight, they do make some pretty cool predator-avoidance noises. Check out the video below to hear ‘em:
Btw, are you following endangereduglythings? Freaky fauna can (and often are) just as endangered or threatened as the cute kind. We should celebrate and protect nature’s oddities just as much as its supermodels!
Reblogged from nprglobalhealth
We have pocket watches, pocket cameras and now — with smartphones — pocket computers.
So why shouldn’t doctors and scientists around the world have pocket microscopes?
And here’s the coolest part: You put the microscope together yourself, by folding it.
Imagine all the uses for this so-called Foldscope. Even in the poorest corners of the globe, doctors and scientists could use the pocket scope to diagnose common bacteria and pathogens, such as giardia, Chagas and malaria.
Here’s how it works.
"So the starting material looks really like a flat sheet of paper," Prakash says.
Photo: All folded up and ready to magnify: The Foldscope weighs less than two nickels, is small enough to fit in your back pocket and offers more than 2,000-fold magnification. (TED/YouTube)
Reblogged from jtotheizzoe
Why Are Stars Star-Shaped?
Great new video from MinutePhysics that asks why we draw stars as star-shapes, when they’re really just spherical orbs of superheated plasma (and those are much easier to draw, by the way).
We know that stars twinkle because of the distortion caused by our atmosphere miles above your head, but that’s not what gives them their apparent star shape. If that were the case, then why do Hubble images also flare out? Unless J.J. Abrams works for NASA or something…
The actual answer lies in your very own eye. I won’t spoil the rest, but after my video this week (which looked into why goats have such weirdly shaped rectangular pupils), I have to know: What does the ungulate astronomer see?
PS - Which came first, stars… or stars?
Reblogged from refreshedforlife
Google Android Wear
Imagine Google Now on your wrist - well now its here.
We knew that Google was cooking up a version of Android designed specifically for wearables, and today the company followed through. Android Wear is a Google Now-centric platform for smartwatches – and, eventually, other wearables as well.
Android Wear delivers what many folks have been waiting for before investing in a smartwatch. It’s contextual Google Now information combined with almost-instant Google voice commands. (via Gizmag)
See the preview development video - here