What do you get if you put mercury on a speaker?

If you take the proper precautions, the answer isn’t “mercury poisoning”. It’s “a weird, dancing, geometric, metal, alien, techno thing”. This is really fun to watch.

(And of course, don’t try it at home…)

Boom goes my brain stuff

Yeah, so, this is insane. Absolutely incredible. It’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Folks at IBM have created a short animated movie of a character “drawn” with individual molecules. Like, fewer than 100. Just think about that for a minute. And then go watch it. There’s a video there about how they made it as well, and for a little more explanation you can see this BBC story.

Space cowboys and (planetary) rock stars

Remember the media fascination with the team behind the Mars Curiosity rover who apparently didn’t look nerdy enough to match our stereotypes of NASA engineers? There was “mohawk guy” and “that cocky guy with the sideburns”… This incredibly awesome piece in The New Yorker takes a look at the stories behind some of those folks. Find out what it was like to watch your amazingly complex creation land on another planet.

Has global warming slowed? That depends on whether you ask the ocean.

This recent study showed that the amount of energy accumulating in the deep ocean has increased over the last couple decades, which is likely the reason that atmospheric temperatures haven’t risen as sharply as they did in the 1990s.