Friday, October 31, 2008

Science Friday 103108

A Beautiful Math By John Tierney, NYTimes
NOVA's Hunting the Hidden Dimension explores the compelling mathematical detective story" of fractal geometry. Video: Hunting Hidden Dimensions

Drinking Lots of Water Is Good for Your Skin By ANAHAD O’CONNOR, NYTimes
The adage about excess water benefiting healthy skin persists, but is it true?

Mercury's many volcanoes spewed blue material, SFGate
Earth's first nearly full look at Mercury reveals that the tiny lifeless planet took a far greater role... Photos

Online Videos - and Our Attention Spans - Get Longer, NYTimes
Internet users are spending more time watching video, both longer programs and sequences of segments they assemble themselves.

Signs in Asia of Tsunamis That Struck Centuries Ago By REUTERS
The tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 2004 was the biggest in the Indian Ocean in some 600 years, two new geological studies suggest.

Steampunk: Boiling Point By Richard von Busack, Metroactive
Steampunk retrofits the technology of the present with the aesthetics of the past. The first-ever convention brings it.

Solar City, NYTimes
Columnist Jim Dwyer's building is one of the first private co-ops in the city to use arrays of solar panels.

Thoreau Is Rediscovered as a Climatologist By CORNELIA DEAN , NYTimes
Scientists are using notes from Henry David Thoreau to discern patterns of plant abundance in New England and to link those patterns to changing climate.
Slide Show: The Warming of Walden

The Unappreciated, Holding Our Lives in Balance By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
The vestibular system is a Joe Sixth-Sense, laboring in anonymity and frequently misunderstood.

Voices of the Manhattan Proje Audio & Photos, NYTimes
Seven veterans of the Manhattan Project talk about the experience of building the first atomic bomb.

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