Monday, February 23, 2015

Party At Ground Zero

Thanks to NukeMap, you can simulate nuclear detonations—plus the requisite damage, fallout, and casualties!—on your favorite cities.

Here's what happens when you drop a 20 kiloton "Fat Man" on downtown Houston, TX.

Hours of fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mutants In The News — "Your Body Is A Temple...A Disgusting, Filthy Temple" Edition

In a fascinating research study, scientists are mapping the microbial ecosystems of the New York City subway system.  The results are mindboggling, and involve snazzy tidbits like Antarctic germs and fish DNA and bubonic plague and the bacterial powers of pizza and hummus.

Related (and lazily truncated) news popped up over the last week about the study, focusing on "50% unidentified material" and CHUD jokes and such.  But the whole thing is worth a read, as is the Cell journal article.

Seriously.  It's totally cool.