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Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Like writing about future worlds, advanced technology, and the possibility of alien life? Spend some time with Isaac Arthur, host of a very prolific series of videos on YouTube, where he discusses all aspects of space and future science. His videos are quite in-depth (each video runs around 35-45 minutes), and he spends a lot of time pulling the subject apart and building it up from the basics. These videos are great for the layperson and the scientist alike.

I'm a big fan of world-building, and these videos are a great source of inspiration for me.

In the following video, discusses the concept of Ecumenopolises, cities which span entire planets.

(also, try to ignore his speech impediment)


  Banned book: Wool

If you've not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a daunting task, but the rewards are worth it.

Remember that Howey is an example of a self- indie-published author who made it big. For that, his books are worth studying. Also, they're pretty fun to read.

The Earth is no longer capable of sustaining life. Humanity clings onto survival in a giant silo hundreds of stories deep underground. People live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sensors outside are their only means of seeing the outside world and, because of the constant clouds of filth beating down on these sensors, a selected cleaner is sent to scrub away the grime. But the suit the cleaner is sent out in is not capable of returning the user and the cleaner is left to die.

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  Why's a Meter a Meter?

A very interesting video from SciShow. Apparently, the definition of a metre/meter has been updated through the years because science.


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Another awesome video from Kurzgesagt. Makes you feel big and significant, doesn't it?


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A thought-inspiring video from Thunderf00t, showing the relative distances between our planets, and how slow the speed of light actually is, by comparison.

ONE second to change your life - YouTube

Here's a graphic which pretty much sums it up.

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All clear? No?

Then try this out:

Basically, it's like this: Sub-atomic particles are either fermions or bosons. Fermions are the things you learned about in high school physics -- electrons, protons, neutrons and so on -- that share the quality that you can't have two of them in the same space on an atom. Think of them as the billiard balls: they can be all over the table, but not in the same space at the same time, and where they go is determined by the size of the tables. Most of the widely-known fermions are composites made up of other categories of sub-atomic particles, like quarks (which combine to form protons) and leptons, but the most important thing to know about them for the purposes of this discussion is that they are considered the matter particles.


Bosons are different.

Good? No?

Hmmm, try reading this article then:

Still Confused About the Higgs Boson? Read This - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic

This is indeed a most astounding fact, as described by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The Most Astounding Fact (Neil DeGrasse Tyson) - YouTube

  Uncanny Valleygirl

For those who want a Japanese robot decoy girlfriend.

Japanese Robot Girlfriend - YouTube

  Quantum Levitation

Whoa. That's all I can say about this.

Quantum Levitation - YouTube

A comparison of the iPhone 4S's automated assistant. I suppose it's great if you don't know how to start a web search on your iPhone, or know how to call a florist.

iPhone's Siri vs. My Human Assistant - Video Library - The New York Times

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Huh. Did not know.

Steve, I'm very disappointed.

Seven or eight years ago, the news broke that Steve Jobs had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but considering it a private matter, he delayed in informing Apple's board, and Apple's board delayed in informing the shareholders. So what. The only delay that really mattered was that Steve, it turned out, had been treating his pancreatic cancer with a special diet and other alternative therapies, prescribed by his naturopath.

Skepticblog » Steve Jobs Succumbs to Alternative Medicine

  Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs shows off iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worl...

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I suppose it wasn't entirely unexpected, but it's a pretty sad situation. I wonder what the future of computing, media, and networking will look like without Jobs' crazily gifted innovation.

It's long been Silicon Valley legend: Jobs and Wozniak built their first commercial product, the Apple 1, in Jobs' parents' garage in 1976. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to help finance the venture. The primitive computer, priced at $666.66, had no keyboard or display, and customers had to assemble it themselves.

The following year, Apple unveiled the Apple II computer at the inaugural West Coast Computer Faire. The machine was a hit, and the personal computing revolution was under way.

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies - CNN.com

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All right! Damn Interesting blog is back! And here's a doozey: The humble banana. Didn't know it was a sterile hybrid, sort of a mule fruit. I thought God designed it for us (haha).

The banana plant is a hybrid, originating from the mismatched pairing of two South Asian wild plant species: Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. Between these two products of nature, the former produces unpalatable fruit flesh, and the latter is far too seedy for enjoyable consumption. Nonetheless, these closely related plants occasionally cross-pollinate and spawn seedlings which grow into sterile, half-breed banana plants. Some ten thousand years ago, early human experimenters noted that some of these hybridized Musa bore unexpectedly tasty, seedless fruit with an unheard-of yellowness and inexplicably amusing shape. They also proved an excellent source of carbohydrates and other important nutrients.

Damn Interesting â.¢ The Unfortunate Sex Life of the Banana

  QI - All About Rabbits

Don't eat them, or you'll die!

YouTube - QI - Rabbits

  Did You Know 4.0

I did not know. Thanks!

YouTube - Did You Know 4.0


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    Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Like writing about future worlds, advanced technology, and the possibility of alien life? Spend some time with Isaac...

  • Banned book: Wool

    If you've not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a...

  • Why's a Meter a Meter?

    A very interesting video from SciShow. Apparently, the definition of a metre/meter has been updated through the years because science. (via www.youtube.com)...

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    Another awesome video from Kurzgesagt. Makes you feel big and significant, doesn't it? (via www.youtube.com)...

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    A thought-inspiring video from Thunderf00t, showing the relative distances between our planets, and how slow the speed of light actually is, by comparison. ONE second...

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