Science Menagerie

A big part of being a nerd is loving the possibility of future solutions, or gaining a new understanding of the world or universe. Below are social and science news bites, from the small, to those that will make you really think.

Let’s start with something light and work our way up. Enjoy the visual by photographer Nomi Oranchuk who took a photo of a black velvet petunia. She shared the photo on reddit and a fellow reddit user Fotoshap showed the petunia in it’s true glory. Behold…Galaxy Flower.

image by Fotoshap on reddit

image by Fotoshap on reddit

Next we have an item that could be part of our Take My Money posts, a color changing speaker that emulates sunrise and sunset! The Yantouch is operated via Bluetooth and can be purchased here for $119.

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There are more than 7,000 languages in the world. Have you ever wondered what the top 23 languages based on population would like represented in a digestible graphic? Graphic Designer Alberto Lucas Lopez has created a graphic showing just that. Check it out here.

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This video was making the rounds on the web earlier this month. 33 year old Anthony Dias played 6 songs, including Yesterday by the Beatles, while having a brain tumor removed! The doctors were able to remove 90% of the tumor and he is in recovery. What an amazing story!


Watching those you love age in front of your eyes is a fact of life we all have to endure. Some of us are lucky to see folks age gracefully, other times we have to face the horrible bits. Alzheimers is one of the most frightening diseases. A disease that steals everything; a disease that erases everything someone is. Earlier this year Australian researchers felt they gained some ground on finding a cure for Alzheimers. If anyone would like to read the details, go here. Using mice as the test subjects, the research team developed a technique using an ultrasound which beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating these waves they were able to stimulate the brain’s “waste removal” cells, so the toxic clumps were cleared. 75% of the mice improved with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. The hope is for human trials in 2017. Fingers crossed.


Our last bit of news is another interesting solution to the increasing challenges of traditional farming. We see it at the grocery stores, prices going up due to natural disasters or environmental effects on food growth. Barcelona’s Forward Thinking Architecture has proposed floating farms. Read the details here.


Image by Forward Thinking Architecture

Here’s to the future nerds.

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