Justin's adventures in spacetime

What's in a name?

This is quite interesting (grabbed from http://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=Pinner):

Pinner Name Meaning
English and North German: occupational name for a maker of pins or pegs (or alternatively, in the case of the German name, a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker), a derivative of Pinn, with the addition of the agent suffix -er.English: occupational name for a maker or user of combs, Anglo-Norman French peigner, an agent derivative of peigne ‘comb’.English: habitational name from Pinner, now part of northwest London, which derives its name from Old English pinn ‘pin’, ‘peg’ + ora ‘slope’, ‘ridge’, describing a projecting hill spur.Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Pinne (Polish Pniewy) near Poznan.German: habitational name for someone from a place called Pinnan or Pinne.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press



Things I learned in an hour today

1. Marcus Chown (marcuschown.com ) is cool.
2. The entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube if all the empty space in our atoms were removed.
3. Slime mould has 13 sexes. I think it was 13. Lots more than two anyway.
4. There’s a DNA sequence common to every living cell.
5. Time passes more slowly the closer you get to a strong gravitational force.
6. If the nuclei of a mosquito’s atoms were forced together by removing all its electrons, the energy release would be equivalent to a global extinction-level event. (No mosquitos were harmed during the revelation of this fact).
7. The sun has been imaged at night. Through the planet. Using nutrinos.
8. Sex doesn’t make sense. In terms of energy efficiency. Or reliability.
9. If the sun were made of bananas, it’d make little difference.
10. RNA used to do everything before DNA showed up.
11. Rockets are steam powered.
12. Babies are rocket powered.
13. There’s yet another book I have to buy: What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
14. The difference that made humans win out over neanderthals? Sewing!
15. We’re doomed. In about a billion years.