Me at Gizmodo:
Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study. "Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like 20th century bureaucracies."
Scientists Have Been Using a Flawed Method to Diagnose Pain. New Study Casts More Doubt on Notion of the Brain's 'Pain Matrix.' "For many years, neuroscientists believed they had identified a specific pattern of brain activity acting as a kind of “signature” for pain in the brain. Recently this so-called “pain matrix” has been called into question, and a new study by British researchers may have shattered the myth once and for all."
The Physics of Peacock Tail Feathers Is Even More Dazzling Than We Realized. "Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as “train-rattling.” But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behavior—until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display—even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still." [Image: Roslyn Dakin/PLOS One]
Bacteria Evade White Blood Cells Like Antelope Evade Hungry Tigers. "Mathematically speaking, the way a tiger charges a herd of antelope resembles a white blood cell attacking a colony of bacteria. That’s the conclusion of a new paper by an international team of physicists, just published in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. This, in turn, could shed light on the intricate dynamics of animal behavior, as well as how bacterial invaders can evade attack and survive despite the best efforts of the immune system."
This Candidate for President Claims He's Traveled Through Time. "If the current frontrunners in this year’s presidential race just don’t appeal to you, perhaps you’d like to really think outside the box. Seattle lawyer Andrew Basiago is also running for president, as an independent. And he cites his extensive experience traveling through time as one of his strongest qualifications for office."
Finally, An Invention That Can Tell You What Your Cat Is Really Saying. "Convinced that when your cat meows, it’s truly trying to tell you something? Now there’s a 3D printed talking cat collar to pick up on Fluffy’s varied vocalizations and “translate” them via an app on your smart phone. Yes, just like the one worn by Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up (“Squirrel!”). It’s called the Catterbox, and it’s the creation of the feline-friendly folks at Temptations Lab (a division of Temptations Cat Treats)."
Other Cool Links:
Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles. The story of the universe’s birth — and evidence for string theory — could be found in triangles and myriad other shapes in the sky.
Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle.
Dark Matter + Black Hole = Wormhole? Maybe. "According to a paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server last week, the difference between an everyday supermassive black hole and a space-time tunneling wormhole may be a lacing of dark matter. "
Images of distorted galaxies provide a new resource for studying dark matter and dark energy.
'Axion-like Particles' Probably Not a Dark Matter Answer.
We Finally Know What Happened to Japan's Lost Black Hole Satellite. R.I.P. Hitomi.
This Laser System Foreshadows A New Era In Ground-Based Astronomy.
Can a Titanium Captain America Shield Stand Up to Shots From a .45? It's not vibranium, but it is close.
The train goes up, the train goes down: a simple new way to store energy using gravity.
Physicist Frank Wilczek on quantum entanglement, "many worlds" and why they shouldn't be so shrouded in mystery. Related: Murray Gell-Mann on foundations of quantum mechanics. He and Feynman would browbeat people into accepting many-worlds.
A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction.
Physicists discover a promising route for combined optical and solid state-based quantum information processing.
Mushroom glow mystery. A Japanese researcher believes he has solved part of the puzzle of fungal bioluminescence.
Where Nature Hides the Darkest Mystery of All: There’s no boundary quite like a black hole boundary.
Rumors Emerge of a Second Leak at Washington's Radioactive Waste Site. Related: German nuclear plant’s fuel rod system swarming with old malware. At least it's not connected to the Internet. Also: Why Nuclear Fusion Reactors Won't Blow Up. Oh, and China Plans To Build 20 Floating Nuclear Power Plants In The South China Sea.
The Battles of Chernobyl: How the meltdown happened 30 years ago, and how it will be remembered. Related: Forget Fukushima: Chernobyl still holds record as worst nuclear accident for public health. Also: We still don't really know the health hazards of a nuclear accident. Bonus: Engineers Race to Entomb the Decaying Chernobyl Reactor. "A giant arch will enclose the crumbling sarcophagus before radiation leaks get worse, even as plans advance to turn the area into a nature preserve."
Who's Scamming Whom? Cold fusion is back. And it’s still a mess.
How The 'Impossible' Space Drive Engine May Work (but probably not).
There’s Only One Way You Could Personally Visit an Exoplanet: Cryosleep. io9 editor Charlie Jane Anders goes out with a bang. Jen-Luc Piquant wishes her all the best in her new career as a full-time novelist.
Say cheese: this flexible sheet-like camera lens may lead to cameras that can wrap around cars.
New State for Water Molecules Behaves Unlike Any Solid, Liquid or Gas.
A GUT Feeling About Physics: Scientists want to connect fundamental forces of nature in one Grand Unified Theory.
The Dice You Never Knew You Needed: a die with a hundred and twenty sides.
ManyBody Physics: Casimir forces: 2+1 is not always 3.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman on what is possible in the cosmos.
How to Look at Art: a Mathematician's Perspective.
How weird is quantum mechanics, really?
Why doesn’t physics help us to understand the flow of time?
Teaching children the ancient "mental abacus" technique boosted their maths skills.
Pluto's 'Little Sister' Makemake Has a Moon.
Researchers Discovered New Observations of the 1006 AD Supernova.
A brief history of menstruating in outer space.
How to Make a Beautiful Space Themed Black Velvet Nebula Cake.
Watch 3-D-printing robot spiders crawl around a manufacturing lab in Princeton, NJ.
Symbols that Math Urgently Needs to Adopt. "I defy your binary categories and petty restrictions."
How Big Data Creates False Confidence.
What Makes the Stradivarius Special? It Was Designed to Sound Like a Female Soprano Voice, says researcher.
Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine Takes on Deep Learning.
An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of Nikola Tesla.
New Full-Contact Sport Wraps Martial Arts In Electronic Armor.
The Tragic Event That Led Samuel Morse to Develop the Telegraph.
Spark of Science: Chiara Mingarelli -- How stars and UFOs set one astrophysicist on her path.
How the Breakthrough Prize changed Alexei Kitaev: "It helps me do more work because [his family has] more respect for it.”
The hottest job in physics? Accelerator scientists are in demand at labs and beyond.
The 13 Most Interesting Time Travel Stories in Comics.
Bellwether: Connie Willis's classic, hilarious novel about the science of trendiness (one of my faves).
Strapped Into a Falling Helicopter. Man Emergency Lands Helicopter to Teach Neil Tyson a Physics Lesson.
Four Thought Experiments: How you get to E=mc2: