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How to Test for Nearsightedness: Do You See Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?

Here’s a clever test developed by Dr. Aude Oliva, a cognitive scientist at MIT. If you see Marilyn Monroe instead of Albert Einstein, you’re a bit nearsighted. Link -via Ace of Spades HQ

How to Train Your Goldfish

Col. Konrad Most, one of the pioneers of modern animal training, began training service dogs while serving in the Royal Prussian Police in 1906. His book on the subject, Training Dogs, described many of the basic elements of operant conditioning—including reinforcement, extinction, and shaping—that American behaviorist B.F. Skinner would later popularize. If Most were alive [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Names That Were Already Taken

There aren’t many places where names are first come, first-served, but actors’ unions are one of them. If you tried to register with one and found that someone was already actively using your name, you’d simply have to pick another one. It’s likely not a problem for people called Gyllenhaal, but the 10 entertainers below [...]

Einstein’s immigration papers turn up

The immigration card belonging to Albert Einstein was recently discovered at Heathrow Airport. On May 25, 1933, Nobel Prize winner and father of moder…

The Real Story Behind the Famous Einstein Photo

Remember the iconic photograph by Arthur Sasse of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out? Well, Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi ad agency of Argentina explains the real story behind the photo in this Sony Cybershot ad: [YouTube Clip] Like that? One more video clip after the jump: Marilyn Monroe: [YouTube Clip]

How Are Q Scores Calculated?

When celebrities go off the deep end, we’ll hear folks say they’ve “damaged their Q rating.” What does that really mean? What is a Q Score in the first place? Let’s take a look at the mysterious numbers. How are Q Scores calculated? The methodology behind the mysterious ratings is actually fairly straightforward. Marketing Evaluations, Inc. [...]

Rare Celebrity Photos

“This is not porn” is a photo blog with posts about rare and beautiful photographs of various celebrities. Here you you find rarely seen pictures of celebs such as Albert Einstein, Bill Murray, Ozzy Osbourne, Princess Diana and many, many more. Link – via Nerdcore

What Our Pesky Bee Problem Could Mean

I haven’t heard a lot about the much-dreaded Colony Collapse Disorder lately — that syndrome wherein massive bee die-offs seemed to threaten global food supplies — which I foolishly chalked up to our having solved the problem. Not so fast — according to this recent article in the Telegraph, the problem hasn’t gone away — [...]

Unobtaniums

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. Ready to brush up on your science? Don’t worry -it’s fake science. Here are the names and properties of various chemicals, elements, and other substances …that exist only in books, movies, and TV shows. Dilithium: Crystalline mineral used in the operation of the warp drive [...]

Science Quilt

Redditor zeldajk received this lovely baby quilt displaying science concept designs. Different blocks represent light and optics, measurement, astrophysics, particle physics, electromagnetism, and other parts of the world of science. The first block is a tribute to Albert Einstein! Link to pictures of the quilt. Link to pattern. -via Gizmodo