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Chances are good that you know one or more people with cluttered workspaces. Chances are also good that you’ve heard an old adage that disarray fosters creativity. Odd as it might seem, there is some truth to that aphorism.
D&D Yoga — the idea that these two activities and communities don’t have much in common turned out to be untrue. The guided adventure intended as an experiment left people asking when the group will meet regularly. Players were given a 10 sided die and a character sheet as they entered the space in Brooklyn, NY. They embodied a single character, “…a roguish rugged individual who has run afoul of the local law. You are given the opportunity to be absolved of your crimes. Your task at hand is to take this package to the ancient temple in the nearby forest and leave it in its proper place.”
This single-celled organism can point its eye in different directions and it may use it to hunt prey. It also has a unique piston mechanism, but its use is still unclear.
Michael Le Page via New Scientist:
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It is perhaps the most extraordinary eye in the living world – so extraordinary that no one believed the biologist who first described it more than a century ago.
Now it appears that the tiny owner of this eye uses it to catch invisible prey by detecting polarised light. This suggestion is also likely to be greeted with disbelief, for the eye belongs to a single-celled organism called Erythropsidinium. It has no nerves, let alone a brain. So how could it “see” its prey?
Fernando Gómez of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, thinks it can. “Erythropsidinium is a sniper,” he told New Scientist. “It is waiting to see the prey, and it shoots in that direction.”
Erythropsidinium belongs to a group of single-celled planktonic organisms known as dinoflagellates.
An otherworldly underwater journey reveals the strangely celestial way in which a deep-sea squid gives birth.
In an exclusive new interview on The Laura Flanders Show, author, activist and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West responds to criticism from MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson and discusses Bernie Sanders, Palestine, Black Lives Matter, B.B. King, and the LGBT movement. Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. His most recent is Black Prophetic Fire, written in conversation with Christa Buschendorf. He has also been an outspoken supporter of the causes others won’t touch. and an equally outspoken critic of President Barack Obama. He was the civil rights elder most warmly embraced by Black Lives Matter activists on the ground in Ferguson and Baltimore.
“Michael Stevens from Vsauce touches on logarithmic thinking, two different folks (Mike Smith and Jeremy Harper) that hold world records for counting, the Planck length, and more.”
h/t Laughing Squid.
‘And Then I Vanish’ is a surreal motion poem, which started as director Cornel Swoboda’s spare time project. It was made with Cinema4D & Octane Render.
A virtual version of a famous painting lets you wander round the artwork and explore the scene in 3D – with a few added extras.