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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, but his contributions to humanity will live on forever — including what is arguably his life’s most important work … his appearances on The Simpsons.

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A kayaker floats over a Japanese Aichi E13A seaplane that was lost in the Rock Islands, Palau, by photographer Tony Cherbas.

Dan Has an Accident

You may have noticed that Dan of The Slow Mo Guys sporting a cast on his left arm. Apparently he made good on a promise he made to Tony Hawk by taking on a halfpipe—with painful results.

Mt. Asgard on Baffin Island, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut Territory, Canada, by photographer Artur Stanisz.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay says, “There are tons of things I had never considered about how difficult it is to fool your brain into thinking it’s touching something it’s not. I think the most important technical issue to overcome is timing. Much like how your brain can understand hearing someone’s voice AFTER seeing their lips move, but not the opposite… the lag time of the sense of touch is an important thing for your brain. Another thing I hand’t considered is the “rise time” that has to do with internal stresses in your fingers. If you conceptualize your fingers as water balloons around bones, you can understand how the internal pressure of your fingers rise the harder you press something. This type of information coupled with the “Sensory Homunculus” make for some incredibly fulfilling thought experiments. The temperature question is something I’m particularly interested in. Using a colder fluid to model a room temperature fluid because of the heat transfer equation is a fascinating area of scientific problem solving. If you think it through, everything about this boils down to differential equations. How much heat is leaking out of the hand, and at what rate, through what contact area?”

A Japanese five-needle pine bonsai (aka pinus parviflora) at the 2015 89th Kokufu Bonsai exhibition.

Fruit Stand Smash in Slo-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys commit more atrocities against perfectly innocent fruit.

Mt. Bromo in the foreground with Mt. Semeru in the background, Java, Indonesia, by photographer Achmad Sumawijaya.

Lucas the Spider is a test character created by digital animator Joshua Slice for the purpose of working on his techniques. “I’m responsible for the design, modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, and rendering,” he says. Lucas’ form was inspired by jumping spiders and is voiced by Slice’s four-year-old nephew, also named Lucas. People are saying that Lucas is the cutest spider EVAR and is helping cure their arachnophobia. Folks are also asking Slice to expand Lucas into his own movie!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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