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Hey Shaq? Here’s How You Can Figure Out The Earth Is Round For Yourself

“Come to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and do this test yourself. If you can get more than six kilometers away and still see the bottom of a buoy from sea level, regardless of ocean waves, I’ll wear your jersey to every sporting event I ever go to, for the rest of my life. But if you can’t (or if you cheat, such as by going to higher elevations), you have to make a video of you singing a song about the roundness of the Earth. It might not ever achieve the success of What’s Up, Doc? (Can We Rock), but if you’re willing to learn the great cosmic truths behind our reality, maybe you’ll be willing to share that joy and that knowledge with everyone who looks up to you.”

Perhaps the reason so many of us don’t quite believe the Earth is round is because we can’t directly see it for ourselves. At any point we happen to be on the Earth’s surface, when we look around in all directions, it appears to be flat. On his great sea voyage, Magellan and his crew never once perceived the Earth to be round, yet they circumnavigated the entire globe after enough distance had been traveled. Shaq may never have noticed the Earth’s curvature at any point along his I-10 drive from Florida to California, but if he had just gone a little farther – into the ocean – he could have seen it for himself. The effects of Earth’s curvature will cause buoys to appear more distant, closer to the horizon, and eventually to slip over it, depending on your height above sea level and your distance to the buoy.

Measure those two things correctly, and you’ll not only know that the Earth is round, you’ll be able to deduce the size of our world. Come find out how!

Read an excerpt from Ian McDonald’s Luna: Wolf Moon—available today!

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward—virtually a hostage—of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished of the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point—that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey—to Earth.

In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war erupts.

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My Recommended Neuroscience/Psychology Books!

I’m always asked for what books I recommend to learn more about the human brain and behaviour so I’ve collected my top 7 in this video! I hope you enjoy, and feel free to put any others in the comments. A bigger masterpost can also be found here.

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The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)  

“This book is a visual chronicle of the Lucasfilm art department’s creation of new worlds, unforgettable characters, and newly imagined droids, vehicles, and weapons for the first movie in the Star Wars Story series—Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

In the same format and style as Abrams’ The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the book gives readers unprecedented access to hundreds of concept paintings, sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, and character, costume, and vehicle designs. The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will stand as the definitive guide to the artwork and imagination behind the newest chapter in the Star Wars franchise and will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come.” 

Get it here

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This thing may be dead, but I always wanted to do it anyway hah

2017 Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge

1. A book recommended by a librarian
2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
3. A book of letters
4. An audiobook
5. A book by a person of color
6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
7. A book that is a story within a story
8. A book with multiple authors
9. An espionage thriller
10. A book with a cat on the cover
11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
14. A book involving travel
15. A book with a subtitle
16. A book that’s published in 2017
17. A book involving a mythical creature
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
19. A book about food
20. A book with career advice
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
22. A steampunk novel
23. A book with a red spine
24. A book set in the wilderness
25. A book you loved as a child
26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
28. A novel set during wartime
29. A book with an unreliable narrator
30. A book with pictures
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
32. A book about an interesting woman
33. A book set in two different time periods
34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
35. A book set in a hotel
36. A book written by someone you admire
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
40. A book you bought on a trip

Advanced
41. A book recommended by an author you love
42. A bestseller from 2016
43. A book with a family member term in the title
44. A book that takes place over a character’s lifespan
45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
47. A book with an eccentric character
48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
49. A book you got from a used book sale
50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book
51. A book about a difficult topic
52. A book based on mythology

Boys who collect stamps. Boys who read comic books. Boys who play video games. Boys who love science fiction and fantasy. Boys who tap dance. Boys who love computers. Boys who are interested in all the stuff people call “nerdy” or “geeky.” It’s the things you love that make you who you are and you are awesome.