It's always interesting to me when researchers try to diagnose the ailments of famous historic figures based on reported symptoms. The Historical Clinicopathological Conference does just that every year. This year, the conference focused on Charles Darwin, narrowing down his then-mysterious collection of symptoms to probably being attributable to one of three ailments: cyclic vomiting syndrome, Chagas disease, or peptic ulcers. Of the three, I'm particularly fascinated by the idea of Darwin with Chagas, a parasitic infection that can cause heart failure over many years. If that were the case, it would mean the naturalist picked up the disorder that killed him while on the South American travels that eventually made him famous.
The bouba-kiki effect (aka the maluma-takete effect) is the name of a phenomenon in which people map certain verbal sounds to shapes, no matter the language. For example, b, m, l and o sounds are associated with rounded shapes while k, t, p and i sounds map to jagged or spiky shapes. Now researchers have… READ THE REST
During Sunday's third flight of the fantastic Mars helicopter Ingenuity, it snapped the image below in which you can see the Perseverance rover that delivered the chopper to the Red Planet and acts as its base station for communications to Earth. "The helicopter was flying at an altitude of 16 feet (5 meters) and roughly… READ THE REST
A New York Times reader asks: "Where does a candle go when it burns, anyway? Is it healthy to be breathing in melted candle particles? How concerned should I be?" Randall Munroe of XKCD fame breaks down the science in his illustrated "Good Question" column. From the New York Times: Wax is made of hydrogen… READ THE REST
When you need to know an answer to a coding problem, there's nothing like a reliable reference library to feed you the information you need. Sure, most people just start Googling these days, but if you aren't 100 percent sure about the information you're getting online, especially about something as idiosyncratic as programming, can you… READ THE REST
It could be the hottest game of 2021 like Call of Duty: Black Ops. Or maybe it's just a simple, yet engrossing mobile game that keeps your fingers glued to the buttons. Whether it's a blockbuster title or an intriguing freebie, there's really nothing like the allure of a new game to get you really… READ THE REST
Picking a router is no simple task, even for those with a decent background in tech. Every home is different, offering unique layout challenges, device hurdles, and integration issues. But considering your router directly controls your home Wi-Fi, arguably the single most valuable component to household peace these days for millions, it's most definitely not… READ THE REST