Headed by the University of Vermont’s Isabel Klouman, a team of researchers did a massive language study that revealed an optimistic tendency of the English language—there are more positive words than negative. Compiling words from years of the New York Times, tweets, popular song lyrics and Google Books, they then analyzed the most common from each source, and finally rated each word’s relative positivity from the 10,122-word list....more
Posts Tagged: science
Atlantis just returned from its last mission and here we are with our feet firmly on the ground. But surely there is an alternative to NASA.
For inspiration into space travel here on earth experience the short film Life as An Independent Astronaut and an interview with the documentary’s star and director David Wilson....more
It turns out those trusty Law and Order-like forensic techniques are now being adopted for another function–the preservation of social norms via the avoidance of seemingly invasive questions!
Next time you feel the need to know somebody’s age, but feel too uncomfortable to ask, just get some of their DNA from their saliva....more
There’s an awesome Mother Jones article on how we intake our science like lawyers and how our reasoning is inextricably linked to our emotional centers. We’re used to scientific evidence and opinion-based beliefs competing or being on opposite sides of our reality spectrum, but they do, indeed, inform each other....more
“Results suggest that facial hair is worn to enhance a man’s marriage prospects by increasing physical attractiveness and perception of social status. Men shave their mustaches, possibly to convey an impression of trustworthiness, when the marriage market is weak and women might fear sexual exploitation and desertion.”
I mean, they used a regression....more
The Hubble has detected an alien spacecraft (or just a comet or something, whatever).
“Don’t you ever link to anything nonscience related?” Here are some pictures of a frozen house in Detroit....more
Resin macrophotography. Because it is cool that’s why.
It’s been a long time since we’ve talked about the red devil squid....more
A melting polar bear makes the point pretty clearly.
Some of Berlin’s mighty fine outdoor art installations.
Laredo Texas has no use for your books.
Letters of Note (my current favorite website) brings us Clyde Barrow’s thank you note to Henry Ford....more
Today is the shortest day of the year, it’s all up from here.
The Korean airforce have developed a pedal powered airplane. Dang!
Meanwhile scientists have figured out to harness the power of bacteria, or something....more
Is the Bible too liberal for you? Too much of that “help the poor” and not enough sinner-smiting? Do you have no knowledge of ancient Greek and no experience in translation? Then you’re perfect for this project.
Shirley Dent talks about the difference between idiom and slang, especially as it relates to culture....more
Jim Kazanjian’s aberrations.
We try to stay away from foreign language links as much as possible, but these x-rays of speech are pretty universally rad.
If your kid isn’t afraid of things they are going to stab you (or maybe just do a lot of petty theft, whatever)....more
In Sweden, official’s have decided to start rounding up bunny rabbits and burning them for bio-fuel. Looks like SOMEONE’S got a case of the Mondays!...more
Johnny Cash in German.
IS the Large Hadron Collider being sabotaged by ITS OWN FUTURE?
A behind the scenes look at Swedish rug mill. Because, really, why not?
One of my closest friend’s doesn’t have a sense of smell, if this article is correct that means he doesn’t feel any emotions at all!...more
The Heart of Great Alone: haunting images of polar expedition.
Lighting design exhibition uses actual dandelions.
What makes Ardi, the oldest known skeleton of a human-like primate, so dang important....more
Water on Lens celebrates the art of cinematic underwater photography.
Chimpanzee masks make your crippling fear of breathing the air fun!
What do optical illusions tell us about our brains?
The best and worst thing about the internet is that nothing is all that rare anymore....more
“How many people want to spend their entire day — their entire life, I guess, at this point — collecting heads from rotting marine mammals? Well, Ray does!”
From Shelf Life, a 25-minute documentary you can watch here, about Ray Bandar, a volunteer for the California Academy of Sciences whose personal collection of skulls fills his home....more