Random Geek Roundup #11

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Ptolemy's geocentric solar system.
Ptolemy’s geocentric solar system.

Welcome to the eleventh irregular installment of Random Geek Roundup! This is where I collect a variety of links and sites and products that have come across my virtual desk in recent days. Just because you’ve discovered a specific interesting tidbit doesn’t mean that everyone has. So in the spirit of sharing awesome, here is the next collection of links.

Diagrams That Changed the World
Not recent news, but Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings reviewed a book called 100 Diagrams That Changed the World. The book contains just what you’d think: diagrams and images from history such as Da Vinci’s famous drawing of a man, the Rosetta Stone, and Ptolemy’s solar system. If you can’t get your hands on the book, at least check out Maria’s post. You’ll learn something.

Memories Lie in More Than the Brain in These Flatworms
Decapitate a worm, have their head grow back, and prove that they retain some memories from before? Inconceivable! Nope, actually conceivable. This is a fascinating article.

Scientists Sometimes Eat What They Study
Some scientists, such as Charles Darwin, ate or tasted the very animals, ice, and other things that they studied. Learn what they tasted like.

Image: LucasFilm
Image: LucasFilm

Star Wars Cufflinks
Want to stay geeky while dressing up for an event? With the holiday season approaching, these officially licensed cufflinks would make a great gift for your cufflink-wearing geek to sport at formal events. Storm troopers, Yoda, or Darth Vader: Pick your side of The Force.

Superman… On a Cereal Box
Canadian character designer Phil Postma gives the Superman universe his own treatment, in the form of movie posters, cereal boxes, and more. Check out other entries on his page, too, but at least one of them is NSFW (this one is fine).

Why Do Some of Us Get Chills When Listening to Music?
I don’t get music-related chills frequently, but certain songs, and certain parts of songs, do it to me every time. Even when I know it’s coming, it happens anyway. This article talks about why. Yay science!

That’s it for this installment of Random Geek Roundup. You can also go back and look at the links from previous Random Geek Roundups for more interesting news and websites!

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