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View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

YouTube user Henry Reich is behind an ongoing series of videos exploring concepts of physics in sixty second bursts. You might think that’s too short a time to explain wave particle duality, and some of the videos did leave me hankering for extra information, but hey, that’s more than I can say for any physics…

YouTube artist and multi-instrumentalist Michael John Blake has been exploring the musical patterns within mathematics, by assigning each note on the major scale a numeral. In this wonderful composition he plays Tau, a number used in a similar way to Pi, for calculating values of circles and whatnot.

The Smithsonian has a cool post on wingless ants that have learned how to glide through the forest canopy using their outstretched legs. If knocked from their treetop nest, Cephalotes atratus avoid falling to the ground by steering themselves, tail first, back toward the tree. Yes, not only can these ants glide, they do it…

Treehugger reports on the work of marine scientists at Brazil’s Guaruja Aquarium, who have added a plastic window onto a shark egg so they can watch the fish develop. In the photo above you can see the fetal bamboo shark attached to a large yolk sac. The video below gives a better view. After noting…

In 1926 German illustrator Fritz Kahn drew Der Mensch als Industriepalast, part of a series of artworks reinterpreting the body as a mechanical factory. Now fellow countryman and artist Henning Lederer has updated the the famous image, turning it into an interactive animation. He says: The visual crossover between industrialization and science in Fritz Kahn’s…

Simple timelapse joy! via The Litter Box

Journalist Michael Specter makes a erudite and impassioned plea for reason and critical thinking in this video from TED. It’s a fantastic speech, and huge tracts could have sprung from my own lips (and probably have done on one occassion or another). He even paraphrases a favourite bon mot of mine: “science is a process…

Science with Jenny McCarthy

Despite what everyone will say about the boggle-eyed madness contained in the video below the fold, you have to admit science is never more fun than with a ex-Playboy model explaining how Iran and Iraq will turn your chef cells into Rambo. I’m begging for some remixes of this – get to work, people!

Musical parody duo Hard’n’Phirm are best known for their bluegrass medley of Radiohead songs, but also conjured up this nugget of surreal joy, a song about everyone’s favourite irrational number, Pi.