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Claim Your Steak

Last Saturday my wife and I enjoyed a true Redwood City day. The Redwood City Public Library is putting on a series of events under the category of …

Restaurants

Got a Sock Stuck in Your Vacuum? It’s Time for Some Physics

Imagine yourself running the vacuum cleaner over the carpet when all of sudden—a sock. Boom. It’s stuck in the hose, the whine of the vacuum getting …

Physics

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

The five particles are baryons, made up of three fundamental particles called quarks<p>Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' at the Large Hadron Collider.<p>How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock other dimensions? WIRED explains<p>How could the Large Hadron Collider unlock …

Particle Physics

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role for the Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Neurology

8 Earth years are roughly equal to 13 Venus years, meaning the two planets approximately trace out this pattern with 5-fold symmetry as t…

8 Earth years are roughly equal to 13 Venus years, meaning the two planets approximately trace out this pattern with 5-fold symmetry as they orbit the Sun. [more] [code]

A Reuleaux triangle is built from three circles

A Reuleaux triangle is built from three circles. As it rolls, its height is always the radius of one of the circles - a constant. This makes it a <i>curve of constant width</i>, just like a circle. [more] [code]

Medical Illustration: Illuminating the Science of Life

Inner Beauty

<b>Inner Beauty</b><p>Our biological identity as art?<p>DNA 11 is a company that takes an individual’s DNA and transforms it into a print, which may be the most personal form of art. The minimalist composition of the image is a reflection of our complex cellular composition - our self-portrait.<p>Founders Adrian Salamunovic and Nazim Ahmed, best friends and innovators, wanted to create the most personalized art possible. Sending in your DNA, which is merely a cheek swab sample, gives you the options of having …

Fragile Viruses

<b>Fragile Viruses</b><p>Viruses are scary enough as small micro-organisms that we cannot see with the naked eye, but artist Luke Jerram takes these deadly microscopic agents, and blows them up, literally, as glass sculptures.<p>Instead of the usual cartoons found in textbooks, these viruses can be examined from various angles, to understand their structures better. Great detail is put into each piece, making the glass sculptures practically exact replicas. Aesthetically, the work is beautiful, and few …

Cross-Stitching Science!

<b>Cross-Stitching Science!</b><p>Alicia Watkins of Watty’s Wall Stuff makes these awesome microbe cross-stitches that I just had to share! You can either get them from her, or buy her patterns and make your own.

Art That Gets You Thinking!

<b>Art That Gets You Thinking!</b><p>The brain is a complex biological structure, which works like a machine; or perhaps it is the machine that works like a brain? Two artists, Greg Dunn and Nicolas Baier approach the subject of the brain in different ways, yet both are able to portray the beauty and complexity of one of our most important organs.<p>With a PhD in neuroscience, Dunn has seen the inner working of the brain under a microscope many times. Working with neurons, he began to see patterns which …

In the Zone

Before I get into my main topic, allow me to present a bit of follow-up to last week’s discussion of occupancy rates in our newer apartment …

Housing

Getting in on the Ground Floor

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but a recent comment to one of my blog posts finally caused me to try to figure out just how occupied …

Architecture

underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….<p>As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!<p>Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..<p>So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!<p>You bet!! Depicted here is a:<p>2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)<br>• 3 …

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A Fully Designed, Partially Built, Designer-Drug Burping Fungi

There might be older fromances out there, but by most accounts the bond between humans and yeast has been the most prolific. (Also, try to name …

Genetics

Inside the Deeply Nerdy—and Insanely Expensive—World of Hollywood Prop Collecting

“Previous generations bought Renoirs and Cézannes,” Dan Lanigan says. “We’re buying stormtrooper helmets and <i>Ghostbusters</i> proton packs.” The burly TV …

Science Fiction

How an Atari Chip Set Off a Bitter War Among Neuroscientists

This January, a video game chip started a scientific reckoning. It all began when some “microchip archaeologists” photographed the chip—the MOS 6502 …

The Brain

Stop Joking About Fleeing Earth for Newly Discovered Planets

Exploring the galaxy will only give our problems more room to expand.<p>How did we lose the universe? When, last month, NASA announced the discovery of seven new Earth-like exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star only 40 light years from us, it felt strange: not the beginning of something, but …

Dystopia

The Sommeliers Who Lick Rocks to Train Their Palates

A history of wine obsessives<p>“There’s the faintest soupçon of asparagus and just a flutter of Edam cheese,” says Paul Giamatti in the movie <i>Sideways</i>. Believe it or not, he’s describing pinot noir, not quiche. The world of sommeliers, wine lists, and tasting notes is filled with this kind of language, …

Wine

Accessorizing

Towards the end of last year, I received a comment to one of my posts that contained the following questions: Any idea how many “Affordable …

Housing

Some Assembly Required

<i>I posted this article on Friday afternoon as usual, but due to a technical glitch my site was unavailable until a short while ago. But it is up</i> …

Urban Design

A Watershed Moment

Last weekend I watched with horror as the events unfolded at the Oroville Dam. The sight of all that water pouring over the emergency spillway was …

Water

Go Stanford!

As I promised last week, in this post I’ll share some recent pictures of the Stanford in Redwood City project. But first, a couple of interesting …

San Mateo County

One of the best cinemagraphs I’ve ever seen. (From here.)Follow Unsettling Stories for horror stories and other cool stuff :D

One of the best cinemagraphs I’ve ever seen. (From here.)

Setting the Pace

Before I set out on one of my walks I round up a few essentials: a full-brim hat (for sun protection), my digital SLR and an additional lens or two …

San Mateo County

Kit Kat Sushi Is Coming to Japan

World Loses Mind and Starts Making Kit Kat Sushi https://t.co/S8p6L9HN7b pic.twitter.com/WsuTzZIgYd<p>— Cheezburger (@Cheezburger) January 31, 2017<p>If …