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The Physics of Fred Flintstone's Flaming Feet

I hope that the father of the "modern Stone Age family" has thick skin, or else he is going to lose his legs. Let's put aside the fact that Fred Flintstone basically runs to work and therefore doesn't really need his wheels (or that he would need the quads of a god to get them [...]..

April 22, 2013 — Kyle Hill

The Physics of Fred Flintstone s Flaming Feet

I hope that the father of the “modern Stone Age family” has thick skin, or else he is going to lose his legs.Let’s put aside the fact that Fred Flintstone basically runs to work and therefore doesn’t really need his wheels (or that he would need the quads of a god to get them moving)...

April 22, 2013 — Kyle Hill

When Did the Barbary Lion Really Go Extinct?

History books tell us that the last wild Barbary lion ( Panthera leo leo ) was probably killed in 1922 by a French colonial hunter in Morocco. But in repeating the tale of this well-documented death, the history books may have left a chapter or two out of the story.Barbary, or Atlas, lions once roamed throughout the deserts and mountains of northern Africa, ranging from Morocco to Egypt, far to the north of their sub-Saharan relatives...

April 22, 2013 — John R. Platt

Oliver Sacks Shares Tales of Musical Hallucinations

When the piece first premiered, critics When the piece first premiered, critics called it "repellent," "incomprehensible;" a "confusion." The audience didn't even call for an encore - a slight that threw the piece's composer into a rage...

April 22, 2013 — Ben Thomas

The Structure of Industrial Revolutions

This post originally appeared on the brand new Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc) Blog. Check it out for other new posts by Jay Keasling and Linda Kahl on intellectual property law and synthetic biology...

April 22, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

Bush-crow diaries: The mystery of the Abyssinian Pie

Located in the Tropic of Cancer, Ethiopia sits as a huge corner stone in the Horn of Africa, the easternmost projection of the continent. In this, the historic land of the Berbers, Ethiopia is renowned for its independence and depth of culture, the only African nation (at the time Abyssinia) alongside Liberia to retain national sovereignty during the ‘Scramble for Africa’...

April 22, 2013 — Samuel Jones

Profiling Serial Creators

Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds . These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it's science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care...

April 22, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Lessons from Smallpox Guide Polio Endgame

The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio. With only 223 wild poliovirus cases in five countries in 2012, the paralytic disease has been knocked down to just a handful of small reservoirs...

April 22, 2013 — Larry Brilliant and William Foege

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