Carlo Rovelli on free will. You have no free will, but it’s OK because you’ll never understand why you do anything anyway.
Carl Sagan fans will love this brilliant mashup of The Matrix with a speech on the nature of matter from Cosmos. Now I know why I liked Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith so much: it was a Sagan homage. [via jwz]
The Lyrebird mimics the sounds it hears with incredible accuracy: other birds, camera shutters, car alarms, chainsaws.
New England weatherman Todd Gross was fired from his job as Chief Meteorologist at WHDH in Boston last December. Now Gross has gone independent and started an awesome weather blog with a podcast of his MP3 forecasts and a for-pay email and cell phone weather update service.
Please watch this breathtaking movie of one full rotation of Earth created from photos taken by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft as it left after a fly by. [via jwz]
Here’s and interesting piece from Morning Edition about scientists who are investigating the effect of meditation on the brain. In related news, David Lynch is starting a foundation to do similar research and promote the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in schools, something the TMers are always on about.
How cool is it that these spooky-sounding radio emissions from Saturn sound exactly like Louis and Bebe Barron’s score for Forbidden Planet?