A message written in 1914 and curled into a corked bottle was scooped out of the North Atlantic last month (NatGeo).  Not a love note, but a research instrument.The Glasgow School of Navigation sent 1,890 such bottles adrift, hoping to map deep ocean currents.  They were weighted to float just above the ocean floor.  The message inspires me to contemplate just how far our research methods have come in the last 98 years.

Via BoingBoing.

Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.