Microsoft Excel tries to be helpful, leads to errors in a fifth of published scientific research

Microsoft Office has long been prone to over-zealous auto-correction errors. From auto-numbering issues (if you've ever had to type a list using decimals such as 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc., you know what I mean) to automatically selecting more text than you actually selected, undoing Microsoft's "helpfulness" is usually more difficult and frustrating than it is worth. Recently, … Continue reading Microsoft Excel tries to be helpful, leads to errors in a fifth of published scientific research

Newcastle University gives tiny 3D glasses to a praying mantis. Because, science!

Researchers have created tiny little 3D glasses for praying mantises! Most knowledge about 3D vision has come from vertebrates, however, a Newcastle University team publishing today in Scientific Reports, confirm that the praying mantis, an invertebrate, does indeed use stereopsis or 3D perception for hunting. In a specially-designed insect cinema, they have shown that it … Continue reading Newcastle University gives tiny 3D glasses to a praying mantis. Because, science!

Tim Jenison shares a glimpse into how he replicated Vermeer’s amazing 17th century photorealistic techniques

From BoingBoing: Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Here's how he conducted his experiment. "I was sitting in the bathtub in 2008 when I thought of … Continue reading Tim Jenison shares a glimpse into how he replicated Vermeer’s amazing 17th century photorealistic techniques

The Scientific Method explained in one minute by noted bongo-aficionado Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman is someone that I only became aware of in the last decade or so. Since that discovery, I have become rather fascinated with the man. His insight into the Challenger space shuttle disaster featured prominently in a talk I gave on Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control. By trade, Richard Feynman was a theoretical … Continue reading The Scientific Method explained in one minute by noted bongo-aficionado Richard Feynman