Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Fossilized worm brains, cranberry packaging, the wet history of Mars and more inspiration from nature

World’s Oldest Fossilized Brain Discovered A 525-million-year-old fossil of an extinct worm-like animal known as the Cardiodictyon catenulum was first discovered in China in 1984, but only recently have scientists found that the barely half-an-inch animal has a brain. Using a technique called “chromatic filtering,” scientists were able to reveal the animal’s nervous system and brain in an unsegmented head. Not only is this finding …

Interesting Complications in Watchmaking

The experts at HODINKEE guide us through the latest industry innovations

by HODINKEE Some seriously complicated watches have been unveiled recently—and we’re not just talking perpetual calendars and minute repeaters. We’re talking about entirely novel ways to count and tell time by utilizing new power systems, integrating liquids with mechanics and combining existing complications in new ways. Although Francois Quentin’s 4N essentially displays the time with a digital-style readout, this watch’s mechanism is far from an …

Experiment ZR012

Horological history made with Nitro, a new collaboration project by MB&F and URWERK

United by one-track minds focused on horological innovation, MB&F and URWERK recently teamed up on a new experimental project to bend the boundaries of timepiece engineering. Project C3H5N3O9—the molecular formula for nitroglycerine, so Nitro for short—introduces the first fruit of its labor, Experiment ZR012, a limited-edition watch unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. With each working mechanism open and on show, the intricate ZR012 calls …