Arielle Pardes posted this image of a baked clay sculpture/figurine that is the spitting image of a fidget spinner.
“Spinning Toy with Animal Heads” is from Tell Asmar in Iraq, former site of the ancient Sumerian city of Eshnunna, dates from 2000-1800 BCE, and is currently housed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
Source: The world’s first fidget spinner, circa 2000 BCE
In 2011, an excavator operator working in a Canadian mine uncovered a group of unusual looking rocks. The rocks turned out to be the remains of a dinosaur called a nodosaur that died about 110 million years ago. The nodosaur was so well preserved that it looks like a stone statue of a dinosaur instead of just fossilized remains.
The more I look at it, the more mind-boggling it becomes. Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the bumpy armor plates dotting the animal’s skull. Its right forefoot lies by its side, its five digits splayed upward. I can count the scales on its sole. Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum, grins at my astonishment. “We don’t just have a skeleton,” he tells me later. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”
The photos are amazing…it really does look like a statue.
Tags: dinosaurs paleontology science
Source: An amazingly well-preserved dinosaur found in Canada
I would rather not find out why this happened. It’s better to appreciate out of context.
Source: This is what a cat looks like if you shave everything but its face
Yandy introduced a new line of Disney princess-inspired lingerie sets. The company doesn’t name the sets after the princesses, but it’s pretty obvious who’s who. Will Disney let this stand?
Redbook asked four women to wear the lingerie to bed and report their experience:
Usually, getting ready for bed means a bulky sweatshirt and pajama shorts, so he was absolutely thrilled and got right down to business.
“He had zero clue that Disney princesses were involved in any way, even when I gently asked him if the lingerie reminded him of anything. His answer: “Sexy things.” I prodded a little more, asking if it seemed like a character. “Is it Disney?” I was so excited and said, “Yes! It’s a princess – can you guess which one?” I should point out that I look nothing like Snow White, so I was pretty impressed that he guessed Snow White right off the bat. “The colors made it obvious,” he said.
Source: Disney princess lingerie sets introduced
Self Reflected is a project by a pair of artist/scientists that aims to visualize the inner workings of the human brain.
Dr. Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr. Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist) created Self Reflected to elucidate the nature of human consciousness, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons. Self Reflected offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, revealing through a technique called reflective microetching the enormous scope of beautiful and delicately balanced neural choreographies designed to reflect what is occurring in our own minds as we observe this work of art. Self Reflected was created to remind us that the most marvelous machine in the known universe is at the core of our being and is the root of our shared humanity.
It’s important to emphasize that these images are not brain scans…they are artistic representations of neural pathways and other structures in the brain.
Self Reflected was designed to be a highly accurate representation of a slice of the brain and is informed by deep neuroscience research to allow it to function as a reliable educational tool as well as a work of art.
Tags: art brain neuroscience science
Source: Marvelous and super-detailed visualizations of the complex structure of the human brain
Speculative redivisions of the USA into equal-population states tend to discard the existing ones entirely in favor of the average. I thought it would be interesting to instead keep the most populous state, California, then combine other states to meet it in size. Since they’re always complaining. (more…)
Source: America divided into states with the population of California