What better way to start off this week’s Throwback Thursday with an epic rap by Bert and Ernie. Who doesn’t want to see these excellent characters rapping? You never know, they may play the violin next. Or better yet, a violin with spider silk strings (New Scientist). Or perhaps a harp? Concerning harps, just why are harps harp-shaped (The Guardian)? It’s all to do with physics.
There are quite a few famous names in physics, but perhaps the most well known one is Albert Einstein. As well as being famous for his mind and his looks, he also made some fantastic quotes (The Telegraph). For example: “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.” So true.
From Einstein to space, and two pictures of the Earth. One of the pictures is real, the other is fake. Can you tell which is which? I won’t spoil it for you, but you can read more about it over at Protons For Breakfast.
You might have asked yourself before, why do we invest so much in science? Why spend billions of pounds investing in NASA? What has space exploration ever done for us? Shouldn’t we focus on problems here on Earth? If you have ever asked yourself that before, I’ll tell you know: you’re wrong. Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy has a little rant about this topic, and gives a fantastic example of how investing in science in one area (space) has positive repercussions on totally unrelated and unforeseen other areas (fighting fires).
Finally, a python eating an alligator. Because why not. Warning: it’s rather disturbing, in a fascinating sort of way.