A little science never hurts anyone. Today's edition will lead you through some mind-bending explorations, courtesy of Mind Lab; give you a roadmap to articles, videos, and research to jump-start your thinking about energy, health, the earth, education, and connectivity; expose you to astonishing computer graphics on cancer tumor growth; allow you to fly to the moon and back; keep you up to date on scientific discoveries; and let you virtually explore the body and mind. Enjoy!
✭ This Mind Lab site is not to be overlooked. The interactive site offers four "themed" sections, each comprising an introductory movie and content sessions called "trials" (there are 16 total). You may proceed in order or jump from one section or trial to another via the Site Map. Take time to explore illusions created by our brains, 3-D constructions based on 2-D imagery, visual interpretations of the physical world, and perceptions beyond sensory input. The site also is available in Japanese. (Note: When you click on at Start, the site will open to full screen.)
✭ I like puttering along this colorful Road Map to Harmony, a site offering articles, videos, and research aimed at getting us to think creatively about our earth, education and health systems, energy use, and how we connect.
✭ The medical research company Amgen has produced a stunning site: Pioneering New Frontiers in Tumor Angiogenesis. Don't be put off. The videos explain in lay language how cancer tumors grow and metastasize. The computer graphics are astonishing. The site may be viewed in HD or 3-D.
✭ Did you ever want to fly to the moon? A very cool site, We Choose the Moon celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, recreating what the mission was like, from prelaunch forward. The interactive recreation, from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, is divided into 11 stages, each containing animation, archival photos, videos, and mission audio. You can spend as much time as you like exploring the offerings; you control when you move from one stage to the other. You can even go backwards. Are you ready to take command?
✭ Even Radiohead turns up on Not Exactly Rocket Science, a Discover magazine blog that's witty and informative. Some of the images will leave you in awe.
✭ The body we carry around is also one of our greatest laboratory resources. And now it's been made interactive. The BBC's Science & Nature: Human Body & Mind offers explorations of the senses, muscles, nervous system, organs, and skeleton; psychological surveys (find out what really disgusts you or how you know a smile is a fake); and facts and figures about the ever-fascinating body and mind.