Thanks for x-planeing this.
I think including a little fabric from a Wright Brothers flyer pushes it past even "so freaking cool."
I thought so too...but the Ring of Fire bounds the Pacific plate, and a bit of research says that the Pacific Plate came into being only 18oM years old, and has been expanding since, and subducted several other plates (Farallon, Phoenix, Izanagi). So the Ring of Fire apparently is only 50Mya or so. Read more
I propose we forgo US Customary Units and adapt to a system of Wombat Increments!
That’s so cool. I hope it gets a pokemon, because now I want one.
I never considered the idea that all the bracing that goes on in the ankylosaurid skeleton was related to digging. It shouldn’t be all that surprising—the impetus for turtle evolution appears to have been bracing the body for digging (if Eunotosaurus is anything to go by). This may also relate to ankylosaurs having an… Read more
That sounds like it’s moving fast, but the Milky Way Galaxy moves through space at 1.3M miles/hour. So this black hole is inching along in a snail’s pace in cosmic comparison.
It really depends on type of non-cooperation is and how it’s treated statistically. The important thing is to completely report your methods so peer reviewers and your audience can judge for themselves.
For several years, I was a volunteer guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The cuttlefish were the strangest, most alien creatures I’ve ever interacted with. I say “interacted” because they are extremely intelligent and will 100% interact with people- you can put a hand to the glass and they will approach and almost… Read more
Yes and no. In truth, with an experimental plane, you’re building *all of it* at the same time, in bits and pieces, and changing bits, and adding bits, and removing bits. And it has to be that way, otherwise you have this weird chicken and egg problem — there’s no reason to design the electrical system without the… Read more