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    Strange Science: Maillardet’s Automaton

    by  • September 15, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Maillardet's Automaton

    In the early nineteenth century, a Swiss mechanician built an automaton that could write poetry and draw pictures. Granted, the poetry and pictures it could draw were pre-programmed, but the memory involved in the machine is the equivalent of slight more than one-third of a megabyte–not bad for a 200-plus year old machine! Henri...

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    Strange Science: Prehistoric Crocodile Named after Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

    by  • August 18, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    A Steneisaurus, similar to the giant prehistoric crocodile recently renamed for Lemmy Kilmister

    Just when you thought science couldn’t get any cooler, paleontologists recently reexamined fossil evidence of a prehistoric giant crocodile and determined that an additional species had been identified in the fossil record. They also decided to give this crocodile an awesome name:┬áLemmysuchus obtusidens. The┬áLemmysuchus portion of the name means “Lemmy’s crocodile,” and the Lemmy...

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    Strange Science: Dialects and Physics?

    by  • August 4, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Bubbles in the sunlight

    A mathematician has suggested that the distribution of dialects can be linked to the physics of bubbles. Sounds weird? There seems to be something to this idea. Just as small bubbles merge into larger ones in the tub, groups of dialect speakers tend to merge with their nearest neighbors, creating larger pockets of a common...

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    Strange Science: Unidentified Bones

    by  • July 28, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Mammoth bones

    When pre-industrial peoples across Europe and other parts of the world saw oversized bones eroding out of landforms, they often believed that they could have been the bones of creatures from myths and legends. Elephant skulls seemed as though they could have belonged to cyclops, and a variety of large bones were believed to...

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