Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

December 29th, 2009 by frankie23

Yeah, I’m two days ahead of myself, but I suspect I’ll be busy, so I’m sharing now. I hope everyone makes it into 2010 relatively safely!

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Derby Girls + Science = Win!

December 19th, 2009 by frankie23

Allow the lovely ladies of the LA Derby Dolls to explain basic principles of electricity to you, accompanied by a catchy little tune. Mmmm, I love science.

The Electrical Derby [io9.com]

Put The Cephalapod In The Coconut, Close It All Up…

December 14th, 2009 by frankie23

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For years, it has been thought that Man alone (and okay, maybe a few birds/simians/mammals) used tools. Essentially though, creatures with spines. Alas, tentacled doom has revealed itself anew with the news that a certain species of octopus has been found to carry around halved coconut shells which it then uses as body armour when it feels threatened. From New Scientist:

When the octopuses come across these on the seabed, they drape their bodies over and around the shells, hollow-side up, leaving their eight arms dangling over the edges.

The octopuses then lift the shells by making their arms rigid, before tiptoeing away in a manoeuvre Finn calls stilt-walking.

When the octopuses feel threatened, they flip the half shells over themselves and hide. Some even use two shells to create a more spacious shelter with an opening through which they can keep a lookout.

Well, you know what this means. First, they build protection, then the weapons. Next thing you know, Ol’ Uncle Cthulhu has an army where every soldier has us at a two-to-one limb disadvantage. I dunno about you, but I’m going to go source some octopus-spray…

Octopus Uses Coconut Shells as Portable Armor [io9.com, via New Scientist]

Doctor Who’s BBC One Christmas Bumper

December 8th, 2009 by frankie23

This is just too cute for words. I’m going to miss this Doctor, very much.

Doctor Who BBC One Christmas 2009 Main Ident [YouTube]