Month: April 2014

And the World’s New Fastest Land Animal Is…

Hmmm…I’m pretty sure The Incredible Hulk, given that he can leap into the stratosphere or something, is the fastest land animal of all…

But seriously, insects scare the crap out of me. Maybe not these, but things like flying scorpions (technically arachnids, but still), cockroaches (which can survive nukes), mosquitoes (which kill 750,000 people a year), and so on. The only thing scarier is microbes and viruses, because you can’t even see them. And. They. Are. EVERYWHERE. Look at the Black Death and the Spanish Flu. Then look at current problems like SARS, MERS, AIDS, and bird flu. Humans aren’t the dominant species on this planet. Far, far, far from it…

TIME

A tiny mite no larger than a sesame seed holds the record as the fastest land animal in the world, according to new research, when measured in proportion to its size.

While the cheetah is commonly thought of as one of the speediest creatures in the animal kingdom, and moves at 16 body lengths per second, the Paratarsotomus macropalpis trounces the big cat with a whopping 322 body lengths per second, according to a study by Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. This is almost twice as quick as what was previously believed to be the fastest animal, the Australian Tiger Beetle, which moves at 171 body lengths per second.

Because of the mite’s minuscule proportions and inordinately fast pace, the research team was unable to use traditional means of measuring its velocity. “We can’t actually chase after a mite because they move much too quickly for that,” said Jonathan Wright…

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EpicMealTime: Kaiserschwarzenegger Protein Tank

At first, I thought EpicMealTime was a satirical show mocking the gross overconsumption culture. Then it turns out it’s just an epic, but seriously greasy and unhealthy cooking show.

Then Arnie came into the picture, and I was gobsmacked. Mad respect for EpicMealTime to get him on their show (twice!), and I do have a lot of respect for Schwarzenegger too. He’s an Austrian with terribly-accented English, made his way to American shores, went at Hollywood until he got famous, and even became the bloody Governor of California. Sure, the scandal smeared his reputation, but now he’s back to making movies and doing charity with a tank. A TANK!!!

Good on him. As for EpicMealTime? Well, I love watching them make insanely unhealthy food, but I’m not going to try eating any of that, any time soon.

Everything Wrong With Spider-Man 3

I love CinemaSins. Not just because it’s funny for them to point out all the continuity/scientific fallacies they commit, but also all the clichés and tropes used so often by Hollywood. That kind of helps me with my writing, as I scrutinise my story and plot to make sure everything actually makes sense. Hurray for realistic stories in unrealistic, fantasy worlds!

Oh, and I just wish Sony could let Spider-Man return to Marvel so we can have him actually join the Avengers. And be part of the Civil War storyline that I hope is in Marvel’s plans. *sigh*

Science Shows Men Like Women With Less Makeup

I’ve seen women with makeup so thick it was practically caking. It’s totally unnatural to use super-dark eye-liner, or impossibly long lashes, or a blush so pink you could be mistaken for having a fever. That is, if the strange lipstick colours didn’t draw all the attention away.

It’s like that real-life Barbie thing, except more people fall into this trap. Save some money and time; just use a bit of foundation, some natural lipstick colour or lip gloss, and that’s good enough. Seriously, even freckled girls can be attractive. It’s not about the makeup, it’s about the features. And the eyes.

And most men will look down first anyway. So why bother with makeup in the first place? 😛

TIME

Women should probably cool it with the eyeliner.

New research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology found that people’s perceptions of what men and women find attractive are off. And even though many women decide to wear makeup to make themselves “more” attractive, they may be overdoing it.

Researchers at Bangor University and Aberdeen University gave 44 women different types of foundation, lipstick, blush and mascara and and then them to put on makeup like they were going on a night out. The women were photographed before and after they put on any makeup. The researchers then altered the photographs so they had a range of 21 images of the women wearing various amounts of makeup.

The images were then shown to 44 Bangor University students, who were told to pick the photo that they thought was the most attractive, the photo they thought women would prefer and…

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Harry Potter vs. Star Wars

No contest, really. FEEL THE FORCE!!

It’s pretty clear just thinking about it. Harry only beat Voldemort because of contrived circumstances. If Voldemort had just killed him with a gun or something, there wouldn’t be the stupid twin-wands crap, the Hocruxes and all that jazz. Hell, Voldemort should have just hired a mercenary army or something to mow down the entire British Wizarding World. A couple of airstrikes would decimate Hogwarts instantly.

Or a nuke. Just use the Imperius Curse on the British Government and nuke the damn place. No magic is going to let people survive a bloody nuke.

On that note, Death Star >>>>> Hogwarts. Just sayin’.

HTC M8 ‘Ace’

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/28/htc-m8-ace-plastic-unibody/?ncid=rss_truncated

Well, I really dislike the plastic build of the Samsung Galaxy series, because for a premium phone that it touts itself to be, it looks and feels seriously cheap. They’ve improved it with the S5, but the previous iterations had that glossy back that was a fingerprint magnet and just looks horrid compared to the iPhone or HTC One. Heck, even my polycarbonate-shell HTC One X looks better than the S5.

So, if I had unlimited resources, I would totally go for an iPhone (which I won’t despite having a Mac) or a HTC One. But money is money, and if the ‘Ace’ turns out to be much cheaper on Singapore shores (the One M8 goes at SGD$639.00…on a plan!), then it might be worth a look. As long as it doesn’t have that horrid glossy finish of the previous Galaxys, I’ll be cool with plastic.

World’s Deadliest Animals

 

Seriously, people. Stop getting all hung up about that big, nasty shark that bites you and leaves nasty scars. We’ve killed more sharks than sharks have killed us anyway, AND we’re effectively throwing ourselves into their territory. Look at how many deaths HIPPOS cause. I bet most people wouldn’t even imagine hippos being anything but big, docile animals.

And now I have justification for my hatred of mosquitoes. DIE YOU DAMN INSECTS!

Forgot Your Glasses? Don’t Worry, Here’s How You Can See Without Them

AH! So that’s how the pin-hole glasses work! I remember when there was this sudden fad of people buying glasses that had black plastic lenses perforated with numerous tiny pinholes; it was a cheap alternative to spectacles, or so claimed. I remember trying one on, and it did make my vision clearer, but it wasn’t as good as a proper lens. Now I know how it works.

Yeah science, bitch!

TIME

Did you lose a contact lens? Break your glasses or forget them at home? Well, depending on how bad your vision is, you might be kind of screwed, but this handy trick will still help you quite a bit.

According to MinutePhysics, if you make a tiny little hole with your fingers, you can peer through it — and whatever you’re viewing will instantly become more clear. But why does this work? Allow science to explain.

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Why Science Does Not Disprove God

As an atheist, I don’t believe in the existence of God, and I believe there’s a scientific explanation for everything, including the creation of our universe. But I don’t dispute the fact that there’s the possibility for God to exist. Mostly I get annoyed by creationists or other religious people who insist that the Bible or other religious texts are correct about everything, which they patently are not. Many of the things detailed in those texts have been proven wrong by science, but despite the facts staring them in the face, they refuse to accept it.

The counter-argument, which isn’t much of an argument anyway, is that I’ll be dead wrong if humans ever find out that God exists. Well, yea, I’ll be wrong, but I’ll accept that I’ve been wrong if the facts are there. The facts are there RIGHT NOW, that disprove the 6000-year-old Earth and other creationist ideas, but people still refuse to accept them. If that’s not hypocritical I don’t know what is.

TIME

A number of recent books and articles will have you believe that—somehow—science has now disproved the existence of God. We know so much about how the Universe works, their authors claim, that God is simply unnecessary: we can explain all the workings of the Universe without the need for a “creator.”

And indeed, science has brought us an immense amount of understanding. The sum total of human knowledge doubles roughly every couple of years or less. In physics and cosmology, for example, we can now claim to know what happened to our Universe as early as a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, something that may seem astounding. In chemistry, we understand the most complicated reactions among atoms and molecules, and in biology we know how the living cell works and have mapped out our entire genome. But does this vast knowledge base disprove the existence of…

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