Last week, Cornell physicists introduced the world to something called the time cloak—a series of lasers and lenses that bends time to make things invisible.
For scientists and supervillains alike, it’s a pretty big deal—but while the scientific world is caught up in a frenzy of discovery, we thought it was our duty as responsible bloggers to point out the dangers of this powerful new technology.
In that vein, we offer a few loosely researched cautionary tales...
The lab coat can be a tricky item to navigate, but we’ve finally found a blog post to teach us the finer points with a few movie stills. Our favorite quote, concerning Independence Day: “Unkempt hair is a great style for any academic pursuit, but throw it together with a fresh white lab coat and you, sir, have got yourself a look.” We’ll leave that one to the professionals.
Specifically stress-related baldness in lab mice but, you know, baby steps. And on the off-chance this actually pans out and the current generation of youths never has to face down the sheer-pated scourge, we’d like to weigh in while there’s still time.
We’ll miss it. We swear.
Don’t get us wrong; there are plenty of guys with a real genetic gripe, gracefully fighting the good fight with shampoos and fedoras. But then there are the Picassos of the world, wearing their clean skull with pride and scoring one for the Aging Male everywhere. We can’t help but feel a pang of loss at the prospect of a world without them. We’d prefer this problem be solved with style rather than science—and we don't mean hats. Whither Ed Harris?
The metallic frame above is a microscopic look at the miraculous substance known as whiskey, as rendered by the fine folks at Bevshots. (They seem to want us to put it on our wall, but we’ll politely ignore that part.) There are a half-dozen others where that came from—including vodka, sake and an unusually colorful margarita—all blown up to magnifications you haven’t seen since chemistry class. Needless to say, we’ll be raising a glass to science later this evening.
Ms. Hall: Never underestimate the power of the sundress. [The Moment]
Cave People: Seattle’s Blackbird celebrates the life of Dugout Dick, one of the Northwest’s most prolific cave-dwelling hobos. His beard, in particular, was the stuff of legend. [Blackbird]
The Morning After: A troubling survey of your hangover-fighting options. Apparently tea is not the cure-all we thought it was. [Lifehacker]
They Call it Boobquake: Step 1: an Iranian cleric blames earthquakes on bared cleavage. Step 2: a media-savvy feminist organizes a cleavage rally in D.C., dubbed “Boobquake,” to call his bluff. Step 3: a massive earthquake rocks Thailand on the day of the rally. It was totally worth it. [Gawker]
It’s the human condition: We spend our lives in pursuit of happiness with no guide or direction as to what will fulfill us spiritually. We waste time on shallow pleasures, stumbling blindly towards a suggestion of joy, but lacking the means to even comprehend our own needs.
Clearly, this is a job for the iPhone.
Track Your Happiness (via PSFK) is an iPhone app that spot-checks your general well-being at random points throughout the day and after a few months, produces a fully rounded assessment of your emotional hot spots. You may discover you’re fairly reliably buzzed a few hours after a gym visit. After a six-hour Twilight Zone marathon? Not so much.
Use it right, and it might just lead you to a more balanced and fulfilling life…provided you can stop playing Tetris long enough to work it out.
Being Blunt: The ten finer points of cigar etiquette. We’d suggest, as an addendum, “Don’t ash on her cat.” [Luxist]
Mill Work: Woolrich Woolen Mills collections are always worth a look. [Selectism]
Going Quantum: Scientists build the world’s first quantum computer, potentially unleashing infinite processor power and breaking the codes that protect internet finance. But it still won’t run Vista. [Gizmodo]