Tag: science

  • Beauty, Charm, and Strangeness: Science as Metaphor

    Thanks to Nathan Yau at Flowing Data for pointing me in the direction of this 1998 essay by John Banville for Science magazine.  He draws parallels between art and science. I wish to advance a thesis which, were they to take note of it, the academies would decry as scandalous. My thesis is that modern…

  • Velcro ants can hold down moths 10,000x their weight

    If you don’t yet subscribe to Not Exactly Rocket Science then you may not have seen these amazing pictures yet. Teams of teeeny-weeny ants gripping hoooge insects on fluffy leaves using teeeny nippers and the ‘velcro principle’. Ambush ants capture giant prey using Velcro principles In the Brazilian rainforest, a grasshopper lands on a leaf…