Posted by Dan H. | Posted in Science, Stuff | Posted on 20-12-2012
Mayan Calendar (Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer))
I’m just going to come out with a bold prediction: the world isn’t going to end tomorrow. I’ll just leave it to the friendly people at NASA to do the grunt work of debunking if you don’t believe me. While I think this whole Mayan calender hysteria has gotten a little overboard I do find apocalyptic things generally fascinating. I often nerd out on documentaries about fallen civilizations. I sometimes go on mini marathons of the History Channel show Life After People and the book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed was my favorite non-fiction book that I have read this year. On the fiction side I don’t really care how the world ends I just like reading about what happens in the aftermath.
Posted by Molly M. | Posted in Science | Posted on 24-05-2012
My eye (Photo credit: neuroticcamel)
According to this article at lightyears.blogs.cnn.com
space really does change the shape of your optic nerve! About half of the astronauts coming back from the space station are experiencing a change in how they see. Scientist think this is due to inter cranial pressure. But it doesn’t affect women. And the men affected are affected in different ways. Some recover, others do not.
Further research must be done to determine how this affects the future of space travel.
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Science | Posted on 22-05-2012
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 22nd 2012 will be remembered as a triumphant day for the SpaceX space program. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully escaped the atmosphere and entered orbit today. A huge first for this privately funded space program. Among its payload (primarily supplies for the International Space Station) we’re the ashes of the late James Doohan who played Scotty in the original “Star Trek” series. So this week I suggest you watch one of the original films or episodes. And while doing so, consider the implications of this new era of space flight.
What will you be watching?
For updates and more information visit the SpaceX site here:
And all things Star Trek:
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Science | Posted on 16-05-2012
Despite tech being a sure fire outlet for entertainment, I am always encouraged to see it helping people’s lives. In this case this article from CNN documents the achievements of an autistic child using an iPad as a tool to communicate. We take these devices for granted as we watch movies, check Facebook, twitter, or play a game. However, to some they can be the long awaited tool to penetrate a darkness they live with each day. It is good to see that those dealing with autism on a daily basis can be open to trying what in previous generations would have possibly been written off as a toy. But, more importantly it helped at least one child.
And for more autism info:
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Science | Posted on 14-05-2012
Okay, so maybe Kodak was a bit early in it’s pursuit of nukes. But how else does one face other companies in the corporately sponsored mini-governments that would take over after civilizations next World War?
Seriously though, it wasn’t enough for a weapon but the scary thing is that they had it and no public safety agency in the city of Rochester or State of NY knew about it. I wouldn’t be surprised about in the former Soviet states but here? WTF!!
If Kodak was allowed this what does Apple and Microsoft have?
Read more here:
Did you know? Kodak Park had a nuclear reactor | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com.
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Science | Posted on 11-05-2012
Now I’ll have to restart my 401K. Too bad I can’t get my kids college money back. What? I made them watch 2012 and told them they could eat all the junk food they wanted. I thought that was all the education they needed.
This Gizmodo article is great
Jungle Science: Mayans Actually Didn’t Predict a 2012 Apocalypse.
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Science | Posted on 10-05-2012
Holy Crap! This could possibly kill the Hulk and leave Banner intact. Not as sad as him falling from a helicopter. But seriously, negating radioactivity in nuclear waste would be a huge advancement.
Gamma-Ray Bending Opens New Door For Optics – Slashdot.
Posted by Dan H. | Posted in Science | Posted on 10-05-2012
Looks like scientist have finally developed an artificial leaf that uses sunlight to produce energy and split water into hydrogen and oxygen. This kind of highlights how far humanity has to go if it has taken us this long to replicate something seemingly simple as photosynthesis. Wikipedia article has more in depth info if you are into that sort of thing.