Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1960s Interviews With Buckminster Fuller About His Life, Animated

Still one of my fondest memories was spending a weekend at a Harvard Science Center symposium with Bucky, in my early twenties.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Bottlenose Dolphin Rescue

After the countless times that dolphins have saved humans in the open ocean, it's nice to see the favor being returned!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zombie-proof you shed

I realize that we still have more than a week to go before the arrival of Halloween, but you'll need time to Zombie-proof your shed. Instructions below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chimp vs human! - Working Memory test



"Ayumu the chimpanzee has made headlines around the world for his ability to beat humans on memory tests, in both speed and accuracy. Does Ayumu's ability force us to reconsider our assumptions about human superiority to other primates?"

I've seen these experiments before. There are even apps where you can attempt to beat the scores and times of Chimpanzees (such as 'Ape Test'). Their cognitive abilities, i.e. 'intelligence', are clearly superior to homo sapiens in this particular area. But why? How does this ability benefit them in their natural habitat? I've yet to read of a convincing answer. As our favorite Vulcan would say, "Fascinating".

SPERM WHALES ADOPT DEFORMED DOLPHIN



"This video depicts a very rare interaction between sperm whales and an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation (i.e. scoliosis). This represents the first time this type of non-agonistic (friendly) interaction has been recorded for sperm whales. We published a description of these interactions in the scientific journal "Aquatic Mammals"."