Evil Miss Cakehead's latest edible installation is a "horror-farm" featuring all manner of grotesqueries from baskets of entrails to slaughtered pigs, entirely made from cake! Read the rest
It's the largest number of comments ever filed in an FCC docket, blowing past the 1.4M comments received on Janet Jackson's Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction" (and how f-ed up is it that wardrobe malfunction held the top place until now?). Read the rest
Here's episode 480 of Kiki Sanford's kickass science podcast, TWIS.
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A solar flare erupted from the sun that was aimed directly toward Earth. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely large flare, but northern latitudes should expect more intense aurora activity.
Researchers published evidence that nerve impulses might travel as a physical wave rather than the well accepted electrical action potential. Dr. Kiki thinks it's fringe science, and warns people not to be taken in by new age scams involving our sound transmitting nerves.
Blair goes to watery depths in the Animal Corner with a story about baby frogs rushing their development in order to hatch earlier when their siblings get eaten. Her second story involved jumping mosquito fish leading researchers to think our sense of balance was with us before we stepped on land. And, finally, she found a fascinating story about a conversation between a trout and eel... fishy friends for sure.
Birds and migration come into focus with two stories introduced by Dr. Kiki. First, migratory insectivorous birds follow green vegetation in the spring rather than the migratory path they followed in the fall. This behavior leads to a looped migratory path. Second, neo-tropical birds most likely diversified as a result of traveling over geological features that influenced isolation and speciation. Justin, however, brings up the good point that no one really needs to migrate in the tropics since the weather is the same all the time.
Justin brought up a study about how hard working our brains are, even after we fall asleep.
I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter. That's why I was happy to learn about Sound It Out, a new website co-founded by my friend (and fellow beekeeper) Amy Seidenwurm. It's got new music, overlooked chestnuts, and free MP3s.
My pick from the stuff I've listened to so far, the "fuzzy psychedelia" of Toronto's Wish: Read the rest
Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest