Scientist Andrew David Thaler decided to write a novel set in a post-sea-level-rise world, Charlie Jane Anders reports on io9. To make Fleet as scientifically realistic as he could, he needed to model the actual flooding that could result from climate change. And thus, a meme that reached 10 million people was born.
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Is your router murdering your houseplants?
Are you slowly killing your houseplants? Probably, Sarah Weber says at The Daily. But there might be a reason why they’re all yellow and wilty: your Wi-Fi router. An experiment by a handful of high school students in Denmark has sparked some serious international interest in the scientific community.
10 Amazing Women Who Led Rebellions
Male revolutionaries such as Che Guevara have gone down as heroes for leading rebellions against “the Man,’ Mark Pygas writes at Listverse. But forgotten by history are the women who took on far greater powers than Fulgencio Batista. Throughout the ages, women have led rebellions and revolutions which took on the might of the Roman Empire and the vast wealth of the British East India Company. For example:
Yaa Asantewaa, the African Joan of Arc, was Queen Mother in part of the former Asante Kingdom, now modern-day Ghana. The British led a campaign against the kingdom, taking control of large areas of their land.
On March 28, 1900, Yaa told the British that she refused to pay any more of their taxes. She assembled an army of more than 4,000 soldiers and lay siege to the British fort at Kumasi. Through superior technology, scorched land tactics, and financial rewards for traitors, the Queen Mother was arrested on March 3, 1901. She was sent into exile where she eventually died at 90.
Includes one of the most amazing videos of tool-using ability ever made. Crows are SMART.
Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence
Crows are among the planet’s most intelligent animals, Annalee Newitz says on io9, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. Now, the first study of how abstract reasoning works in these birds’ brains could shed light on how intelligence works in a truly alien, non-mammal brain.
Quote of the Day
“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” ~ Terry Pratchett