With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
The Timeline of the Far Future
is a Wikipedia article which serves as a gateway to a ton of fascinating scientific topics on the far edge of human understanding: ~50,000 years from now the Earth will enter a new Glacial period
; ~100,000 years from now the Earth will likely have experienced a supervolcanic
eruption; ~10,000,000 years from now the East African Rift
divides the continent of Africa in to two land masses; ~20,000,000,000 years from now the Universe effectively dies due to The Big Rip
When sex means reproduction, certain proclivities may simply not be part of cultural models of sexuality
: "Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality... [T]he Hewletts conclude, "Homosexuality and masturbation are rare or nonexistent [in these two cultures], not because they are frowned upon or punished, but because they are not part of the cultural models of sexuality in either ethnic group."" [more inside]
An Ada Lovelace Day editathon is happening at the Royal Society in London
This is part of a project to improve the representation of 'women in science'
on Wikipedia and is hosted at the Royal Society of London after previous edit-a-thons at Harvard and Stockholm. It seems like most of the participants are women
. If it sounds intriguing, it's not too late to register for a subsequent session in Oxford on the 26th
(You might even be given cake
Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.
Aimed at scientists editing science articles.
Just how credible is Wikipedia
? While some have tested this empirically
, others have chosen more dubious methodology
. For a site that gives no credit to its post authors, one wonders, why even bother?
The journal Nature: "Wikipedia comes close to Britannica
in terms of the accuracy of its science entries."
Nature had experts review articles from both encyclopedias. (Also, 10% of Nature authors contribute to Wikipedia.)