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It totally is red!: Oh, man, I have to go give myself a concussion.
It totally is red!: Oh, man, I have to go give myself a concussion.Courtesy rbrwr
What a boring title for something kind of awesome.

So--synaesthesia. It's where people associate (to varying degrees) one sense with another. Like maybe a certain musical note sounds yellow, or, more frequently, certain letters will always be seen as certain colors.

Well, in this study it was revealed that color/letter synaesthetic associations aren't totally arbitrary. "A," for instance, is most often associated with the color red, "V" with purple.

What's more, there seems to be a link to how often the colors and letters are used in language. Both "A" and "red" are common in language, while "V" and "purple" are proportionately less common. Common letters and common colors are usually paired to each other, with the same going for less common letters and colors.

The brain is so weird.

Air Jelly

by Ren on Apr. 24th, 2008

A friend sent me this amazing video. This new air jelly is awesome. I so want one; I don't know what I'd do with it, but it's cool!

See video

A little bit of research shows it's being made by a German company, Festo. Sadly, for me, their website is all in German and I can't read anymore. If anyone can find out more, I'd love to see a full blog on this!

Optical telegraph

by Gene on Apr. 10th, 2008

Long-distance, high-speed communication…in 1791. I dunno, I just think it’s kinda cool!

The largest treasure trove of old coins was unearthed at the airport in Stockholm, Sweden. This new collection is the largest and oldest collection of viking-collected coins ever found on the Swedish mainland. No word if Hari Krishna members had been bugging the vikings for donations before the coins were buried at the airport site.

Here's one thing I learned today, leopard seals will eat penguins. Here's a picture of it happening.

I don't think Jeff Foxworthy had anything do to with this, but here's a tale of a pretty smarth fifth-grader in Michigan.

Popular Mechanics has put together a list of 10 movies that made some accurate predictions about the future – including Gattaca, which foresaw some of the bioethics questions we grapple with in the exhibit Deadly Medicine.

No, it wasn't Thomas Edison. Rather, French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville developed a primitive sonogram -- a means of making a picture of sound -- nearly 20 years before Edison's phonograph. Unfortunately, de Martinville had no way of playing the sound back -- a rather serious limitation. Recently, however, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California programmed a computer to read the sonogram and reproduce the sound -- a mere 148 years after the picture was made. Edison still gets credit for the first machine to play recorded sound.

Well I'll be!: A dinosaur on a bus.
Well I'll be!: A dinosaur on a bus.Courtesy T-Oh! & Matt
Peruvian officials discovered a 19-pound dinosaur jaw bone the cargo hold of a bus this week.

The bone appears to be from a triceratops, or one of its relatives, although such dinosaurs have never been found in Peru before.

More perplexing to scientists, however, is the prospect of a population of dinosaurs living and dying in a bus's cargo area.