The Maps Are Wrong, Onions Are Apples and The Brits Are Off Their Rockers
"Science does not know its debt to imagination."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Turns out all the maps are wrong, you don't live where you think you live and we've been taught to look at the Earth upside-down. Cartographers use a 2D projection to convert our spherical world into a flat world for mapping purposes; which distorts the hell out of everything and misrepresents the sizes of geography everywhere. This projection is called the Mercator Projection. After a couple scientists watched an episode of The West Wing (see clip below), they created this app, The True Size Of.., with the hope teachers would use it to show their students just how big the world is.
We continue with even more science below as we get all nerdy on a Friday up in dis hizzy.
- It's official: The nicer the home you have, the weirder the bugs are inside.
- It only took 20 years, but Japanese researchers have developed an onion that doesn't make you cry and has the taste profile of...an apple?
- You can get apples. You can get onions that taste like apples, but you might have a hard time finding fresh, local peaches this season.
- A Crime Scene Investigator's worst nightmare is oftentimes...Squirrel!
- CSI: Lakes, Rivers, Oceans. What's it like to be an Underwater Crime Scene Investigator?
- Underwater Sculpture Museums featuring 5-ton works of art on the ocean floor seem surreal.
- Maybe I'm cruel, but I do like the idea of this device which kills mosquitos via dehydration.
- Stop for just a second and think of the ramifications of this sentence: Scientists just put a 3D printer in space. All future Sci-Fi movies where a part breaks on the ship can never be made now.
- Two random but really good questions: Do fish get sunburns? and Why can't geckos climb out of bathtubs?
- Lately, I've noticed people taking pride in their tiredness. "How Exhaustion Became A Status Symbol" speaks to this new ideology.
- "Man, the Brits are really off their rockers lately." They are, but I'd still enjoy driving through this 7-Circle Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England: