Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread? : The Salt : NPR

This is a good read. But I really don’t want you cutting the funk off hard foods, either.

This is a good read. But I really don’t want you cutting the funk off hard foods, either.

“No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.”

Source: Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread? : The Salt : NPR

That There Is a Talking Killer Whale

Video or it didn’t happen?

A killer whale that can mimic words such as “hello” is thought to be the first of its kind to copy human speech.

Source: The killer whale that can say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ – BBC News

Who Was Wilder Penfield?

Today’s Google doodle honors American-Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield, who, in addition to having an outstanding name, made huge innovations to the practice of brain surgery and neuroscience in general.   Read all about him.

Not Even Batman Can Buy Vantablack

The absolute first thing I thought when I first read about Vantablack is that is brings us one step closer to real-life superheroics.  This is absolutely the material that Batman should be wearing.

But not even Bruce Wayne can source it.  Anybody know a guy?

Sometimes you need something to be utterly, totally, irredeemably black. Not just a little bit black, not just really really really dark blue, but as black as it is possible to get. It might be to trap light in a camera or a telescope, for artistic purposes, or even to make your warplane a more…

via The Current State of the Black Market: You Can’t Buy Vantablack — Hackaday

Man Rescues Old Drone with New Drone

“Make new drones, but keep the old…”

“Meet the new drone, same as the old drone…”

You know I can be found/sitting home all alone/

If you can’t come around, a least please send a drone…”

This reminds me of WALL-E:

more from Christine Linnell.

I know I don’t need to say this, but just a friendly reminder:  recreational drones = awesome.  drones that kill civilians = bad.

Planet Tolkien: Let’s Name J1407b, the New Exoplanet With Rings to Rule Them All, After J.R.R.

Christopher Cocca

It feels like astronomers are finding new exoplanets (planetary bodies outside of our native solar system) all the time in their quest for potential Earth-like worlds.  Just a few years ago, we’d only indirectly observed a handful, and, until 1992, as far as we knew, they existed only in theory.  According to the never-wrong stewards of Wikipedia, we’re now up to “1885 planets in 1184 planetary systems including 477 multiple planetary systems” as recently as yesterday.

Earlier this week, scientists reported discovering an exoplanet (J1407b) with Saturn-like rings for the first time ever.  Except these rings are so massive, if they were around Saturn, we’d see them dwarf the moon in Earth’s night sky.  They’re thought to be at least 200 times the sizes of Saturn’s banded system.

Truly, then, a Lord of the Rings.  I’d first thought we should name this planet Gandalf, but Tolkien, having created a marvelous literary world influencing the lives and work of millions, deserves a real world named for him.  Such a move is not without precedent:  the International Astronomical Union honored the literary giant (a Saturn for sure, if not a Jupiter) with Mercury’s Tolkien Crater.  In 1982, astronomer M. Watt named a newly discovered asteroid for Tolkien and a second after Bilbo Baggins.

People have talked for years about naming one of Pluto’s moons Mickey.  Fears of a dawning Starbucks Nebula mounting, a Tolkien namesake is so much less corporate than all of that.

Get it done, science.

Get it done, overlapping science and Tolkien fandom.  There should be a petition.  Like this one.