Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Links!

From Robert McMillion, and even if you've read about it the video is even more impressive: IBM's Watson on Jeopardy.

From Jonathan Arnold, and if you love trigonometry, this is the best link ever: Touch Trigonometry.

Matt Sakey's Culture Clash column has a new installment, and this month, it's The Innovation PiƱata. Also from Matt, the beautifully-written chapter he wrote about the Stalker series (for Well-Played 2.0) is now available online: Alone For All Seasons: Environmental Estrangement In S.T.A.L.K.E.R..

From Jeremy Fischer, and lots of you will want to read this: Skynet meets the Swarm: how the Berkeley Overmind won the 2010 StarCraft AI competition.

Here's a fascinating article from Ben Younkins: In Nuclear Silos, Death Wears a Snuggie. Also, an interesting look at a seemingly obscure subject (also linked from RPS): In praise of the sci-fi corridor.

From Sirius, and this is quite amazing: 34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alivee. Also, the most incredibly beautiful wasp's nest you'll ever see.

David Byron sent in several links in regards to the Monster Krupp bucket excavator link from last week. First, the video from which the photograph in last week's link was taken. Next a video titled Bucket Wheel Excavators that includes some jaw-dropping stats. Want an example? One of those excavators does the equivalent work of 40,000 men with shovels.

From JKrepps, a very clever idea: teaching history with music videos, and they're both clever and amusing.

From Michael Clayton, a terrific article on Soyuz 5 and the incredibly unlikely survival of cosmonaut Boris Volynov: Soyuz 5's Flaming Return.

From Igor Nedeljkovic, a fascinating video: Science Saved My Soul. An additional note from Igor: "The first five minutes are a must see. Militant atheism warning for the rest... One profanity at the end."

Geoff Engelstein, with a vido proposing a new way for 3-D with no glasses (and the fellow in the video seems quite nice, but this is still funny).

Another link from Robert McMillon, and this is an article about an extremely disturbing trend: prosecution of citizens for videotaping police officers while on duty. Oh, and here's the hat trick: Evaporating Water in -30C in Yellowknife, NWT.

From Brandon Reis, and this is spectacular, a unicycle riding lady called the Red Panda Acrobat. No, I cannot do that.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is so entirely tremendous: Paper Half-Life 2.

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