Live, Learn, and Dream

A place to hold things that inspire, amaze, inform, and/or educate

How to Properly Season and Care for Cast Iron Cookware


Chef gets bionic hand

Technology in bionic hand has really gone a long way. Very impressed.

Enclothed Cognition

There is no lab coat for programmers. I wonder what dress will speak to others and myself that I am a programmer. Dress like “IT Crowd”?

The Best Way to Load Your Dishwasher

I feel I have been loading my dishwasher this way as far as I can remember. There really isn’t any other way to load the dishwasher. :D

Surface of the Sun

Infinity in the real world: Does space go on forever?

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

I too had been told that stress was your enemy and how stress made us sick physically and psychologically for the past 15+ years.
However, the latest findings show that it is not whether one feels stressful, but he/she sees the stress. She also talks about reasons and benefits of stress. When we are being under stress, but we create social connections and help others, our body will produce oxytocin (a cuddling and stress hormone), which can not only protect our body from stress related problems, but even ment our heart. The last answer she gave when asking choosing between stressful job vs stress-free job, “Chasing meaning(s) [of life] is better than avoiding discomfort.”

Can You Trust Your Eyes?

The quick answer is of course no. :P
Yes, our eyes or I should say our brain are very susceptive to illusion. Off to google Munker-White Illusion now.

Red Sprite Lightning with Aurora

Source: APOD

I first thought there were fireworks and aurora and then realized red sprite lightning was the nature’s firework. :)

Lucianne (Astrophysicist) Answers Your Questions

  1. If we were to add a lot of mass to the moon, for its gravity to get stronger, what would that mean to the rotation of the earth?
  2. If smaller objects are being pulled by larger objects, then why does the moon get further and further away from earth?
  3. Why are celestial bodies always spherical in shape? i.e stars, planets, moons.

A great Q/A video. However, I am unsatisfied by her answer to the third question. I think the third question is about larger planets, not asteroids. Of course, the term ‘always’ in the question could be the reason that she didn’t see the ‘real’ question. Avoid the word always in science because in science there are very, very few things that are laws without exception.

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