Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday Links

First off, Steven Kreuch (first of many) sent me a link to an amazing video of freestyle street soccer. Believe me, your jaw will hit the ground, and more than once. Watch it here.

Sirius sent in a link to musicians who have unlocked a secret musical score hidden in a Scottish chapel--for six centuries. Here's an excerpt:
Stuart Mitchell said he and his father were intrigued by 13 intricately carved angel musicians on the arches of the chapel and by 213 carved cubes depicting geometric-type patterns.

Years of research led the Mitchells to an ancient musical system called cymatics, or Chladni patterns, which are formed by sound waves at specific pitches.

The two men matched each of the patterns on the carved cubes to a Chladni pitch, and were able finally to unlock the melody.

Read the full story here.

Andrew Borelli sent in a link to a fascinating news story about Joe Crater, a New York City judge who disappeared in 1930. It was the New York City Police Department's longest-running missing persons case, but it appears, at last, to be solved. Read about it here, and there's an earlier story that talks about Crater's life in general here.

John sent in a link to the tech demo for the never-released Fallout 3, which was originally going to be developed by Black Isle. You can download it here.

By the way, there's no one I'd rather have developing the new Fallout game than Bethesda.

MSNBC has a story about Australia's largest dinosaurs going on display. Here's an excerpt:
BRISBANE, Australia - Scientists unveiled bones Thursday from two 82-foot (25-meter) behemoths they said were the largest dinosaurs ever found in Australia.

...The biggest of the bones — a humerus, from a foreleg — measures 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and weighs 220 pounds (100 kilograms).

"They would have been about two buses in length," Hocknull said of the animals.

They were titanosaurs, and you can read about them here.

Finally, John Catania sends in a link to a fun physics page, with Java animations of different physics simulations. See it here.

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