Strange Days In Science #6: Stegosaurus Wears A White Dress…Or Was It Blue?

By on March 1, 2015 // Science // 2 Comments

Image: Natural History Museum
Image: Natural History Museum

There are a lot of questions floating around these days. Is the dress white or blue? Does the title of this post make any sense? Did I not publish a Strange Days In Science last week, or did you simply not notice?

Well, let’s just keep moving.

Strange Days in Science Issue #6

So about that dress. Forgive me for using the phrase “gone viral,” but you wake up one day and suddenly people won’t stop talking about the color of some dress they saw on the Internet and you start to wonder, you know?

Image: I don't know. Where did this thing come from?

Image: I don’t know. Where did this thing come from?

Personally, when I first glanced at it, I thought the answer was simple: off-white (blueish) and gold. Not so. The dress is, undoubtedly, blue and black. But something about this particular image of the dress has people split. Which, I think, is an interesting look at how perception can differ in certain ways from person to person. The New York Times has a decent breakdown of the colors involved.

Let’s also not forget that your monitor color calibration, or even how you view the image, can have a lot to do with the differences. Want to see it both ways? Check this out.

In other news, here’s a time-lapse video of a Stegosaurus skeleton being put together at the Natural History Museum. According to their website, it was “unearthed in Wyoming, USA,” and is “the best-preserved Stegosaurus ever found.” Unfortunately, I lied in my title, and it is not, in fact, wearing a dress at all. I apologize.

She Blinded Me…With An Erratic Posting Schedule!

Researchers from China’s Peking University and the University of Arizona have discovered a supermassive black hole “12 billion times more massive than the Sun,” reports CNN. That’s pretty massive, if you ask me.

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero believes that human head transplants will be possible within two years. Or, as The Telegraph likes to call them, “Frankenstein-style procedures.”

If you’re feeling cold, stop thinking so much about money.

A recently-published study looks at the possibility that “heat-carrying dark matter” may exist within the Sun: “To explain certain discrepancies between solar observations and theory, a new model proposes that a special sort of dark matter accumulates in the Sun and affects the transport of heat within the star.”

“Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get,” according to this study over at Science Daily.

In their ongoing pursuit to bring about the inevitable Robot Apocalypse that much sooner, Google’s DeepMind Technologies has created an artificial intelligence “agent” that has learned to play not one but 49 different Atari games by itself. It decided to end the experiment once it finished E.T. The Extraterrestrial, only to realize the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man was next. (But not really.)

A second mysterious bright spot has joined the first on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Meanwhile, the Mars rover Curiosity has confirmed the existence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.

A new study indicates that our subconscious minds may be smarter than we think, according to BBC News.

A DNA time capsule? “Just 1 gram of DNA is theoretically capable of holding 455 exabytes – enough for all the data held by Google, Facebook and every other major tech company, with room to spare,” reports NewScientist.

Black holes are pretty windy.

That’s it for this week. Tune in next time for more science links, and check out the Strange Days In Science Flipboard Magazine to view all of these links and more laid out in a nice magazine-like fashion. Live long and prosper!

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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