Martin Tithonium (tithonium) wrote,
Martin Tithonium

Shared Posts from 24 August

Items shared from Google Reader:
Boing Boing - Venezuela's "continuous" lightning storm - The folks in the video above aren't watching a fireworks show but rather the near-constant lightning strikes that occur over Vaenezuela's Catatumbo River almost half of the year. Apparently, sailors have dubbed the lightning "Maracaibo Beacon" becaus[...]
Boing Boing - Video of "upside-down" lightning - Researchers have caught rare "upside-down" lighting on video. Duke University scientists captured the gigantic jet shooting 40 miles up from the top of a thunderstorm. Images of gigantic jets have only been recorded on five occasions since 2001. The[...]
Schneier on Security - Non-Randomness in Coin Flipping - It turns out that flipping a coin has all sorts of non-randomness: Here are the broad strokes of their research: If the coin is tossed and caught, it has about a 51% chance of landing on the same face it was launched. (If it starts out as heads, th[...]
Schneier on Security - Modeling Zombie Outbreaks - The math doesn't look good: "When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection." An outbreak of zombies infecting humans is likely to be disastrous, unless extremely aggressive tactics are employed against the undead. W[...]
Boing Boing - HOWTO induce gigantism in plants - Evil Mad Scientist Labs outdoes itself with a project to induce gigantism in plant-life using Gibberellic acid, which induces "frankly absurd growth" in many plants. For the control sample (marked Kontrol) we soaked one tablespoon of washed and sort[...]

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