Friday, February 19, 2010

Good Reads

Uncoiling the spiral: Maths and hallucinations. Is there something in our brains that make humans see the same geometric patterns during drug use, illness, or near-death experiences? (via Metafilter)

Award-winning journalist Ray Gosling admitted on television that he killed someone he loved who was dying of AIDS year ago. His confession landed him in jail and reignited Britain's debate over euthanasia. (via Buzzfeed)

7 Mad Science Experiments You Can Do At Home But Probably Shouldn't.

The ancient Nasca geoglyphs of Peru are huge drawings some think are greetings for space aliens. Their long and complicated history is not quite as exciting, but infinitely more interesting.

Body Odor Through the Ages: A Brief History of Deodorant. Human stink may have kept us from being a predator's lunch, but we'd rather smell socially acceptable now.

A Swiss man held his breath for more than 19 minutes, breaking the world record. Experts explain how he did it, and why you shouldn't.

An intriguing question: Is Inglourious Basterds a science fiction movie? Be warned that even bringing the question up provides a spoiler.

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs talks about the late Phil Harris of The Deadliest Catch. You didn't have to know the captain that well to know that he was worth knowing.

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