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New Article: Secret Communications In Nature, Part I: PLANTS (Oct '15)

You might have heard that plants can communicate with each other, for example to warn each other of predators. That's just the tip of the iceberg -- of how they communicate with each other, communicate with animals, maybe even are capable of a sort of intelligent behavior. Read our article on Secret Communication in Plants, if you'd like to have ethical doubts the next time you eat a salad…
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New Article: A Cellular Automaton? In My Very Home? (April '15)

For years, I’ve looked for evidence that Cellular Automata are used somewhere, somehow, in the biological world. Finally, there’s solid evidence. There just might be a Cellular Automaton on that houseplant behind you

TimeBlimp: Get Your Geek On

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Ugh, that kind of intro is so hackneyed, that making fun of it is now also hackneyed.

You’ve found one of the foremost sites on the web for information you really don’t need.  This is where people go to arm themselves with facts to annoy others at parties.  No, we don’t mean political discussions, or how to make a better faux-hawk — the harmless facts, the interesting trivia that make life interesting.  The facts that sound better described using a nasal voice.  The dorky facts.

Math          Yeah, that’s right.  Math.
Science     She blinded me with bursts of coherent photons to the face!
Nature      That’s why we call them animals!
History     And leather elbow patches.
People      Feeling good about yourself lately?  Cut that crap out.
Culture     We drain the fun out of the art you love.
Opinion     Opinions are like mitochondria, everyone’s got about 10 billion.
Original Research    Why yes, that is a Macarthur Genius Grant that I’m picking my teeth with.
    We’ve hunted around for the interesting stories that we think are really cool.  Not just what techno-geeks and supreme academics will think of as cool  — I for one have heard how the transistor works one too many times — but the really cool stories about the world that even the algebra-disadvantaged could appreciate.And we’ve tried to find relatively obscure topics, stuff not covered by yer typical PBS show or Popular Mechanics article.  You’re not going to see much here on the causes of the Civil War, or on Relativity Theory.  The History Channel has pretty much wrote the book on World War II, and I think everyone on earth now knows that to a topologist, a doughnut is identical to a coffee cup.  But did you hear about the insects that understand prime numbers?  Or the day that America had no government at all?


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