TED News in Brief: Did you make it into the Cassini photo? Plus: If you give a mouse a memory …

This was too cool not to share.

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Did you go outside and smile for the camera last Friday, like Carolyn Porco (watch her talk) asked you to, while the Cassiniprobe snapped a photo of Jupiter with Earth in the background? In this hyper-detailed post from Diary of Numbers, the author calculates the odds that one of your photons is in the shot.

And you may be thinking: Oh, come on now. I know I wasn’t in that picture. Even though I made all that effort to go outside and smile, That’s it, Cassini: I’m over you. But you’ll fall in love again when you watch this 4-minute video compilation of Saturn images. Trippy and wonderful, it comes with a strobe effect warning, and gives a general sensation of floating in space, especially when you watch full-screen.

Last Sunday, Nicholas Christakis (watch his talk) published a provocative editorial — “Let’s Shake…

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