Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week:
In case you haven’t seen it yet, To This Day is a beautiful collaborative project that combines spoken word poetry and a flurry of eclectic animations to raise awareness about bullying.
Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing Soon you, too, will turn out to be a replica of yourself made from a 3D printer. For now, a two-million-year-old whale fossil will suffice. [CENtral Science] Watch seven TED Talks on the wonder of 3D printing.
The famous Bill Cosby sweater has a surprisingly interesting history. [Smithsonian.com]
In the 1950s, nuclear bombs increased the amount of Carbon-14 in the air, allowing scientists today to carbon date human tissue. [Smithsonian.com]
Jessica Green: Are we filtering the wrong microbes? A new paper by TED Fellow Jessica Green on better ways to estimate diversity in the body. [Phys.org]
Did you know: You only need 39 digits of pi to be able to measure the circumference of the observable universe? Now you do. [YouTube] Watch 9-year-old Chirag Singh confess his irrational love for Pi at TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon.
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius Are all writers miserable? Philip Roth says yes; Elizabeth Gilbert says no; writer Avi Steinberg weighs in. [The New Yorker Page-turner blog] Watch Gilbert’s classic TED Talk, “Your elusive creative genius.”