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10 Ways You Can Use Your Smartphone to Advance Science

Getty Images Your iPhone is not living up to its full potential. Sure, everyone loves posting pictures of their cats to Instagram, and the new RadioLab app is awesome. But we’re living in the future! Why not use those tiny computers we’re all carrying around for something bigger, like helping advance knowledge in a way that [...]

Adorable Statistical Distribution Plushes

Etsy seller Nausicaa Distribution sells these precious statistical distribution graph plushies that are just perfect for any Neatorama reader. Of course, if you’re looking for cute nerdy plushes, the Neatoshop is also a great place to go shopping. Link Via Laughing Squid

Statistical Distribution Plushies

The shapes of some of these plushies will be familiar to many Neatorama readers (standard normal distribution, chi-square, log normal…), but other, more uncommon distributions (Gumbel, Erlang, Cauchy) are also available. From Etsy seller NausicaaDistribution, via the base of ln.

309,959,570 Lightning Strikes

Worldwide lightning strikes for the six month period May-Oct 2010 have been compiled into a database and plotted on maps. Embedded above is the distribution of lightning in the United States; the deep purple color represents 32 ground strikes within a 20-km grid. A map of worldwide lightning distribution is available at the Accu-Weather link. Link.

Green Roof

Green Roof Systems : A sod roof or turf roof house is a traditional Scandinavian type of green roof covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark on gently sloping wooden roof boards. Until the late 19th century it was the most common roof on rural log houses in large parts of [...]

Meanwhile, at the mental_floss Store…

The _flossers who run our retail store/distribution center/business office in Chesterland, Ohio, have been extra busy this holiday season, so mental_floss co-founder/president/publisher Will Pearson flew up from Birmingham last week to lend a hand (and pose for pictures while doing it). Here he is behind the register. He also got a “not bad” in box [...]