BPS Research Digest: Toilet psychology: Why do men wash their hands less than women? - "... research assistants recorded the facility [urinal or cubicle], and then started a stopwatch when the patron's feet stood relatively still. For the men, the research assistants also recorded the orientation of the feet to gauge the patron's use of the commode (i.e. as a commode or a urinal). When research assistants heard the flushing of the patron's commode or urinal the stopwatch was turned off ... and the duration of the restroom event was recorded." From Nony
UK Steps Up the Search for Alien Life - If aliens are out there, the United Kingdom is determined to find them, as seen in the recent launch of a network called the UK Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (UKSETI), which combines the efforts and know-how of academics from 11 institutions from across the country. From Anawaram
Time Crystals Could Upend Physicists Theory of Time - In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. Impossible as it seemed, Wilczek had developed an apparent proof of ‚Äútime crystals‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ physical structures that move in a repeating pattern, like minute hands rounding clocks, without expending energy or ever winding down. Unlike clocks or any other known objects, time crystals derive their movement not from stored energy but from a break in the symmetry of time, enabling a special form of perpetual motion. From cw
Watch the end of the world live - Slooh Space Camera will go on a live hunt for doomsday scenario #1 - planet Earth will be hit by a mysterious planet named Nibiru otherwise known as Planet X.
It must be true. I saw it on the Interwebtubes. From Roddy
The science of humour - what makes a good joke? - While laughter has been shown not to be an entirely human trait, but a behavior shared by all great apes which can be traced back as far as 16 million years, it is still an indispensable part of human social structure. Some believe laughter to be the greatest medicine, alongside a good‚Äôs night sleep. Old wives tales aside, some researchers have sought to deconstruct humuor and learn what makes it tick, by studying what makes us tickle. Their findings show that the key to humour lies in a rather simple formula: humour = tragedy time or distance. From cw
10 Bizarre Medical Treatments Involving Animals - Humans have long depended on the natural world as the source of our most powerful treatments, from the use of sheep-gut thread to sew wounds up in ancient times, to the bacteria-killing properties of penicillin discovered in the first half of the 20th century. Yet, whether everyday or downright disgusting, some of these remedies can be pretty surprising to Western eyes. In Cambodia, for instance, cattle are sacred animals, and it√ēs apparently considered quite healthy to drink cow urine. And, unbelievably enough, the techniques used for modern heart and lung transplants were partly inspired by Soviet experiments in creating two-headed dogs during the 1950s. We list our top ten strangest medical treatments involving animals. From Nony
Beards and moustaches Ė the health benefits - An excess of electromagnetic radiation in the ultraviolet waveband can cause severe damage to skin cells and their DNA. Fortunately, various natural protection mechanisms exist, but until recently, one has been almost entirely overlooked in the dosimetric literature. New details are revealed in the latest (July 2012) edition of the journal Radiation Protection Dosimetry, which features a paper from a cross faculty team at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. From Nony
Massive SuperOrganism with 'Social Intelligence' is Devouring the Titanic --The 100-Year Anniversary ('A Galaxy Classic') - In 2000, at the turn of the century, Roy Cullimore, a microbial ecologist and Charles Pellegrino, scientist and author of Ghosts of the Titanic discovered that the Titanic --which sank in the Atlantic Ocean 97 years ago -- was being devoured by a monster microbial industrial complex of extremophiles as alien we might expect to find on Jupiter's ocean-bound Europa. What they discovered is the largest, strangest cooperative microorganism on Earth.Scientists believe that this strange super-organism is using a common microbial language that could be either chemical or electrical -a phenomenon called "quorum sensing" by which whole communities "sense" each other's presence and activities aiding and abetting the organization, cooperation, and growth. From X Isle
Gyro-Dynamics Monorail - Above is a picture of the first gyroscopically-balanced in the United States. Louis E. Swinney first thought about monorail concepts in1948 and later would build several prototypes to promote the concept. Believing that so-called conventional monorails needed too much materials for a beam, as well as cumbersome bogies, he thought that gyro-monorails could take transit one step further into the future. Along with his partners, brother Ernest F. Swinney and friend Harry Ferreira, designed and built a small backyard gyro-monorail in 1962 to test the concept at 42nd and Metropolitan Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. It operated successfully for several years and was demonstrated to the press on several occasions. The small, jet-age finned vehicle traveled along a steel pipe supported on wooden pylons approximately three feet above ground level. The Swinney-Ferreira team also developed a two-wheeled car based on the same gyroscope technology. From Nony
Motion Induced Blindness - Below you see a rotating array of blue crosses and 3 yellow dots. Now fixate on the centre (watch the flashing green spot). Note that the yellow spots disappear once in a while: singly, in pairs or all three simultaneously. In reality, the 3 yellow spots are continuously present, honest! From Nony
'UFOs' Disrupting Search for 'God Particle' - Since last year, something has been fluttering in the way of the proton beams and dampening the force of their blows, the physicists say. These "UFOs" aren't from outer space ó they're probably microscopic dust particles of unknown origin ó but they're still mysterious, and while they're around, the prize goodies will likely remain stashed From Guest_9
Psycho kraken made portraits from bones of prehistoric whale victims. - A PALEONTOLOGIST thinks he has found the ancient lair of a 33m type of octopus - like the fabled kraken - that took giant victims down to the sea floor and artfully arranged their bones.Scientists have long been baffled by a fossil collection of nine 14m Triassic icthyosaurs at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada. From Nony
A chemical that can turn your organs transparent - Who needs an invisibility cloak when you can be transparent? Researchers in Japan recently developed a chemical reagent that turns biological tissue transparent, opening doors to optical imaging techniques and avenues of research that scientists have long only dreamed of. And speaking of dreaming ‚ÄĒ if you're going to start turning body parts transparent, where better to start than the brain? From cw
Undergrad student overcomes invisibility hurdle - One of the roadblocks in the development of invisibility cloaking has been cleared by an unlikely new inventor - a British undergraduate student.By introducing a unique optical device into a cloaking system, Janos Perczel from the University of St Andrews in Scotland has discovered that invisibility cloaking can still operate at speeds below the normal speed of light, known as subluminal light speeds. From cw
Richard's Reactor - Wednesday, I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory searched my apartment. They took all my radioactive stuff, but I was released after a hearing. But I am still suspekt for crime against the radiation safety law.I was ordered by the police to get out of the building with my hands up, then three men came, with geiger-counters and searched me. Then I was placed in a police-car, when Radiation Safety Authory went into my apartment with very advanced measure-tools. So, my project is canceled! From cw
A scientific explanation for ghosts? - Infrasound is an extremely low frequency between between .1 -20Hz. It is so low, that humans cannot hear it. But we can feel it. A good portion of the population is also thought to be hypersensitive to these low frequencies. Infrasound can cause bizarre effects, including nausea, extreme fear or awe, anxiety and chills. Researchers also believe it affects vision by causing vibrations of the eyeball. These vibrations can cause you to ‚Äėsee‚Äô ghosts From cw
PESWiki - PESWiki is guided by the New Energy Congress, a network of 50 energy professionals who are dedicated to clean energy technology advancement. Both the NEC and Pure Energy Systems (PES) Network were founded by Sterling D. Allan, CEO. Many others knowledgeable in the industry also help make this site what it is -- a movement for identifying and promoting the best clean energy technologies. From Nony
Honeybees are found to interact with Quantum fields - How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics.Honeybees don't have much in the way of brains. Their inch-long bodies hold at most a few million neurons. Yet with such meager mental machinery honeybees sustain one of the most intricate and explicit languages in the animal kingdom. In the darkness of the hive, bees manage to communicate the precise direction and distance of a newfound food source, and they do it all in the choreography of a dance. Scientists have known of the bee's dance language for more than 70 years, and they have assembled a remarkably complete dictionary of its terms, but one fundamental question has stubbornly remained unanswered: How do they do it? How do these simple animals encode so much detailed information in such a varied language? Honeybees may not have much brain, by they do have a secret. From cw
15 Most Bizarre Brain Experiments - The real final frontier isn't in outer-space or inner-particle. It‚Äôs in the space between mankind's ears. That strange, mysterious and awesome mass of gray matter is more powerful and creative than any supercomputer. But science wants to make it even better and, if these 15 experiments are any indication, it might just succeed. From cw
Snails on crystal meth: The facts - In a development whose importance it would be difficult to exaggerate, scientists have produced research answering one of the great questions facing humanity in the 21st century: what happens if you get snails hopped up on crystal meth and poke them with sticks? From cw
The Last Secret of the Moai - For many years it has been supposed that the inland moai of Easter Island were simply those giant monoliths that did not make it to the coast. Either too heavy to move further or broken by the arduous journey using pulleys, they were simply abandoned.
A new team of academics from the United Kingdom have come up with an alternative suggestion Ė and perhaps the moai are finally to give up their last secret. The monoliths, it is now argued, played a pivotal role in the islandís road system and were left in their places much more specifically than the old consensus ever suggested. From taliesyn30
What happens when three men who identify as Jesus are forced to live together? - In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to live together for two years in Ypsilanti State Hospital to see if their beliefs would change. The early meetings were stormy. "You oughta worship me, I'll tell you that!" one of the Christs yelled. "I will not worship you! You're a creature! You better live your own life and wake up to the facts!" another snapped back. "No two men are Jesus Christs. ‚Ä¶ I am the Good Lord!" the third interjected, barely concealing his anger. From cw
Does Our Universe Live Inside a Wormhole? - A long time ago, in a universe much larger than our own, a giant star collapsed. Its implosion crammed so much mass and energy together that it created a wormhole to another universe. And inside this wormhole, our own universe was born. It may seem fantastic, but a theoretical physicist claims that such a scenario could help answer some of the most perplexing questions in cosmology. From cw
Palin: America does not need this snake oil science stuff - "We should create a competitive climate for investment and for renewables and alternatives that are economical and doable and none of this snake oil science stuff that is based on this global warming, Gore-gate stuff that came down where there was revelation that the scientists, some of these scientists were playing political games."
Looks like she didn't have an education either ... can someone translate this please? From Nony
The Briggs-Rauscher Oscillating Reaction - This chemistry demonstration video shows the well known Briggs-Rauscher oscillating reaction. In the video, three solutions are added to a beaker on a stir plate. The solutions contain a variety of reagents, including hydrogen peroxide, potassium iodate, sulfuric acid, malonic acid, and manganese(II) sulfate. After a short time, the mixture begins to oscillate between a yellow and blue color, which continues to cycle for over 10 minutes. From cw
Woot : What Was Popular Mechanics Thinking? - It's fun to peruse old copies of Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Modern Mechanix, and similar magazines and laugh at the naivety of 1950s science. Everything was all, "Rockets! Space! Lasers! Together at last, on your toaster!" Really, it was a recipe for an inevitable letdown when jet-packs failed to show up by 1970. But sometimes Popular Mechanics just had bad ideas. Like, crazy, poorly-thought-out contraptions and scenarios that, even in the '50s, made no damn sense whatsoever... From Nony
Guru Of Science Czar Holdren Called For Doubling CO2 Emissions - ďThere are between 18 and 20 tons of carbon dioxide over every acre of the earthís surface,Ē Brown noted on page 142. ďIn order to double the amount in the atmosphere, at least 500 billion tons of coal would have to be burned Ė an amount six times greater than that which has been consumed during all of human history.Ē The fact that Holdren was a disciple of Brown again goes to show how dramatically Holdrenís convictions about climate change have flip-flopped in order to accommodate whatever scientific fad holds sway at the time.
In the 70ís, Holdren was busy talking up the drastic threat of global cooling, warning that it would produce giant tidal waves and environmental devastation.
Large Hadron Collider: Damaged by a Time-Traveling Bird? - While most scientists would write off the event as a freak accident, two esteemed physicists have formulated a theory that suggests an alternative explanation: perhaps a time-traveling bird was sent from the future to sabotage the experiment. From cw
What Do Women Want?* Ľ Sociological Images - Dating site OKCupid has done an analysis of 500,000 inquiry messages in order to determine what keywords correlate most strongly with getting a reply or getting deleted. It has an interesting gender lesson. From Nony
Holdren warned of coming ice age - In the 1970s, Obama's new science chief Holdren's theme was that government-mandated population control was essential to prevent "eco-disasters" such as the foreseen coming new ice age; today Holdren urges immediate passage of the Obama administration's
proposed cap-and-trade legislation to control carbon emissions
before it is too late to save the planet from global warming. From Roddy
It's true: all the taken men are best - Burkley and Parker speculate that single women may be more drawn to attached men because they've already been "pre-screened" by other women and found to be satisfactory as a mate, whereas single men are more of an unknown quantity.Burkely said that similar mate-poaching strategies have been reported in birds and fish. But previous studies of people had only asked whether participants found other potential partners attractive, so she designed hers to specifically probe whether participants would pursue a relationship. From cw
Mind Hacks: How long is a severed head conscious for? - In 1905 a French doctor wanted to see how long consciousness remained in a severed head and so did a rather morbid experiment at the execution of a beheaded prisoner. The remarkable report is linked from the Wikipedia page on the guillotine.The observations were apparently made by a Dr Beaurieux who watched the execution of a prisoner named Henri Languille and immediately tried to get the attention of the severed head to see how it would react. From Nony
Nemesis (star) - Nemesis is a hypothetical red dwarf or brown dwarf star, orbiting the Sun at a distance of about 50,000 to 100,000 AU, somewhat beyond the Oort cloud. This star was originally postulated to exist as part of a hypothesis to explain a perceived cycle of mass extinctions in the geological record. From cw
The Toaster Project - I'm Thomas Thwaites and I'm trying to build a toaster, from scratch - beginning by mining the raw materials and ending with a product that Argos sells for only £3.99. A toaster.
After some research I have determined that I will need the following materials to make a toaster. Copper, to make the pins of the electric plug, the cord, and internal wires. Iron to make the steel grilling apparatus, and the spring to pop up the toast. Nickel to make the heating element. Mica (a mineral a bit like slate) around which the heating element is wound, and of course plastic for the plug and cord insulation, and for the all important sleek looking casing. The first four of these materials are dug out of the ground, and plastic is derived from oil, which is generally sucked up through a hole. From cw
Serial Panicmonger is now Obama Science Advisor - In 1977 book, John Holdren advocated forced abortions, mass sterilization through food and water supply and mandatory bodily implants to prevent pregnancies. That was over 2o years ago when he was a leader in the "Population Bomb" hysteria. (This was right the "Coming Ice Age" hysteria of the early Seventies).Holdren and his colleagues are now at the forefront of efforts to combat ďclimate changeĒ through similarly insane programs focused around geoengineering the planet.
This guy is never right. From Roddy
Girl Who Does Not Age, Brooke Greenberg Baffles Doctors - ABC News - Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler.She turned 16 in January. Brooke hasn't aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why. From danomil
Sanford Underground Lab - Dignitaries and board members applaud South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, at the podium, during dedication ceremonies Monday, June 22, 2009, at the future site of the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory. The event occurred at the 4,850 foot level of the former Homestake gold mine at Lead, S.D. In the near future, scientific experiments dealing with dark matter and numerous other ideas will be set up in the mine shafts nearly a mile underground, shielded from cosmic rays. From danomil
Crops under stress as temperatures fall - Folks, this is why global warming is such a powerful theory.
No matter what the evidence, it is proves the theory. If the Earth warms, it is proof of global warming, and if the Earth cools, that is also proof of global warming. Global warming is the most powerful theory in the history of science! It can not be disproven. Everything that happens proves it.
So all you deniers just shut up, drink the cool aid, and praise our savior, Algore The Magnificent. From Al Gore
Why Azprick and NeoCon are the way they are - A new study in the journal Social Science Quarterly examined the relationship between first name popularity in adolescents and tendency to commit crime. Results show that, regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity. From Nony
Richard Dawkins: Blurring the human/animal boundary - Dawkins Ė author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion Ė muses on the effect of breaking down the barrier between humans and animals, perhaps by the creation of a chimera in a lab or a "successful hybridisation between a human and a chimpanzee". From cw
Global warming strikes the United States - Some skeptics disagree with the claim that Minnesota is too hot right now. What they don't understand, however, is that no matter how cool it gets, cooling is actually a part of global warming. This is science, as explained by the Associated Press:
"Mother Nature, of course, is oblivious to the federal government's machinations. Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." From Roddy
Gemstone For Boosting Men's Sexual Prowess - Is there something about the possibility of sexual dysfunction or impotence that causes men to cease rational thought and go into genital panic mode? Why is it that so many men seem obsessive about what is happening (or not happening) between their legs? From Alter J. Ego
Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass - Abstract: The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking experimentation reveal 1) that my equipment is crap, as are all the available texts on the subject and 2) that this whole exercise was a complete waste of my time. From cw
The smell of fear is real, say scientists - The smell of fear, one of the most terrible cliches of pulp fiction, is founded in fact, scientists claim today.People can unconsciously detect whether someone is stressed or scared by smelling a chemical pheromone released in their sweat, according to researchers who have investigated the underarm secretions of petrified skydivers. From cw
Big Bang machine repair work costs nearly $30 mln - The repair work for the world's largest particle accelerator could cost as much as 35 million Swiss francs (about 29 million U.S. dollars), its operator said on Friday.
Wow I wonder if the "real' big bang cost this much? How did it even happen without scientist and a lab? From warthog
From a Strip of Scotch Tape, X-Rays - The scientists even demonstrated that the X-rays were bright enough to take an X-ray of a finger.That does not mean that tape dispensers on office desks are mini X-ray machines. So far, the phenomenon has been observed only when the tape is unpeeled in a vacuum. Something about air ‚ÄĒ perhaps moisture ‚ÄĒ short-circuits the X-rays. From cw
Meet Mr Green Genes - the world's first glow-in-the-dark cat - His eyes glow ghoulishly in the right light, just like any other cat's - but so do his nostrils, gums and tongue.Mr Green Genes of New Orleans in the U.S. is the country's first 'glow in the dark' ginger tom.In daylight he looks normal, but put him in a darkened room and switch on an ultraviolet light, and his face will beam out a bright green. From cw
Enemy Object Written Off as a UFO - n a written account, Torres described how he scrambled his F-86 D Sabre jet in calm weather from the Royal Air Force base at Manston, Kent in May 1957. "The order came to fire a salvo of rockets at the UFO. The authentication was valid and I selected 24 rockets," he said. From NeoCon
Dogs Catch Human Yawns - During the yawn sessions, 21 dogs (or 72 percent of them) yawned, while no dogs yawned during the non-yawning scenario. That's compared with 45 percent to 65 percent found from past studies in humans and 33 percent found for chimpanzees (in chimp-to-chimp studies). From cw
Supernews Does The Internet // Current - In the name of science, SuperNews producer Josh Faure-Brac has decided to attempt the unthinkable and go without access to the internet for 24 hours. Is this sort of reckless abandon still possible or safe? Or funny? Watch SuperNews do the internet like never before and find out whether Josh has what it takes to survive offline in this Super Block. From cw
Programmed DNA forms fractal TRN 040605 - A decade after the idea became the topic of his doctoral dissertation, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology has showed that it is possible to coax short strands of artificial DNA to spontaneously assemble into a Sierpinski triangle. From Someone
Bumblebees to be tested for catching serial killers - Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London are helping to perfect a technique used to catch serial killers, by testing it on bumblebees. Geographic profiling (GP) is a technique used by police forces around the world to help them prioritise lists of suspects in investigations of serial crimes. It uses the sites of a serial killer's crimes to predict where the killer is most likely to live. From cw
Cow farts collected in plastic tank for global warming study - Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs. From cw
New model 'permits time travel' - If you went back in time and met your teenage parents, you could not split them up and prevent your birth - even if you wanted to, a new quantum model has stated.Researchers speculate that time travel can occur within a kind of feedback loop where backwards movement is possible, but only in a way that is "complementary" to the present.In other words, you can pop back in time and have a look around, but you cannot do anything that will alter the present you left behind. From cw
Physicists have 'solved' mystery of levitation - In earlier work the same team of theoretical physicists showed that invisibility cloaks are feasible.Now, in another report that sounds like it comes out of the pages of a Harry Potter book, the University of St Andrews team has created an 'incredible levitation effects‚Äô by engineering the force of nature which normally causes objects to stick together.Professor Ulf Leonhardt and Dr Thomas Philbin, from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, have worked out a way of reversing this pheneomenon, known as the Casimir force, so that it repels instead of attracts. From cw
Gays Cause Global Warming - Homosexuality is the chief cause of the looming ecological disaster, claims a new faith-inspired report
Homosexuals are destroying the planet. That's the stunning conclusion of a report by a British scientist working for a worldwide research institute. From Roddy
Climate Change On Jupiter - Jupiter's recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.
If you look closely, you can see Al Gore driving an SUV to his private jet. From Roddy
How to Nail Jell-O to a Wall - While Mr. Cole's attempt to nail gelatin to a wall was unsuccessful, he did conclude that further research in the area was warranted. In the interest of science, we are stepping up and have set out to replicate his results and expand upon them using a similar methodology. From cw
Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? - Twenty years ago, Wozniak realized that computers could easily calculate the moment of forgetting if he could discover the right algorithm. SuperMemo is the result of his research. It predicts the future state of a person's memory and schedules information reviews at the optimal time. The effect is striking. Users can seal huge quantities of vocabulary into their brains. But for Wozniak, 46, helping people learn a foreign language fast is just the tiniest part of his goal. As we plan the days, weeks, even years of our lives, he would have us rely not merely on our traditional sources of self-knowledge ‚ÄĒ introspection, intuition, and conscious thought ‚ÄĒ but also on something new: predictions about ourselves encoded in machines. From cw
Fire and Ice - The media have warned about impending climate doom four different times in the last 100 years. Only they canít decide if mankind will die from warming or cooling. It found that many publications now claiming the world is on the brink of a global warming disaster said the same about an impending ice age Ė just 30 years ago. Several major ones, including The New York Times, Time magazine and Newsweek, have reported on three or even four different climate shifts since 1895. From Roddy
Subordinate Monkeys More Likely To Choose Cocaine Over Food - Having a lower social standing increases the likelihood that a monkey faced with a stressful situation will choose cocaine over food, according to a study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. More dominant monkeys undergoing the same stressful situation had fewer changes in brain activity in areas of the brain involved in stress and anxiety and were less likely to choose cocaine. From cw
Does real world suspended animation stink? - Scientists think that hydrogen sulfide, the culprit that makes rotten eggs stink, may be the key to real life suspended animation. Hydrogen sulfide along with low temperature can slow down our metabolism to one tenth the normal rate. That means the essential supplies like oxygen, food, and water for space travelers can last ten times longer. From cw
Invisibility Cloak Possible Within 10 Years - Using artifical atoms which bend light researchers have been able to create a cloak like material which when wrapped around an object makes it appear transparent. Australian researchers are now hard at work taking the concept to the next level and are expected to come up with a full invisibility cloak prototype within ten years. From cw
Can Global Warming Alarmists At Least Get Their Propaganda Straight? - It seems that global warming doomsday alarmists are so desperate to out-fearmonger each other that they are now having difficulties keeping their propaganda on track. Within days, two separate reports blamed global warming for both drying up water sources and causing sea levels to rise. From Roddy
Scientists hope to find climate change clues - New evidence indicates that Antarctica iced over when dinosaur automobiles raised the CO2 level to twice what it is today.
But CO2 is causing Global Warming now.
Here comes the science. From Roddy
Scientists create the cone of silence - Two teams have come up with a design of special materials that could cloak an object from sound and a third has already devised a scheme to create them, so sound waves travel seamlessly around them. From cw
Cats and Beards - nterpretation 1. Cats do not like men with long beards, especially long dark beards. 2. Cats are indifferent to men with shorter beards. 3. Cats are confused and/or disturbed by men with beards that are incomplete (e.g., Bork) and to a lesser degree by men whose beards have missing parts (e.g., Crafts). From cw
Nuclear fusion is coming, says noted VC - Nuclear fusion will move from the lab to reality in a few years, a noted venture capitalist says."Within five years, large companies will start to think about building fusion reactors," Wal van Lierop, CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, said in an interview at the Clean Tech Investor Summit taking place here this week. In three to four years, scientists will demonstrate results that show that fusion has a 60 percent chance of success, he said. From cw
Exploding whale - Exploding whales have been documented on two notable occasions, as well as several lesser-known ones. The most famous explosion occurred in the United States at Florence, Oregon, in 1970, when a dead sperm whale (originally reported as a gray whale) was blown up by the Oregon Highway Division in an attempt to dispose of its rotting carcass. This incident became famous in the U.S. when American humorist Dave Barry wrote about it in his newspaper column after viewing a videotape of television footage of the explosion. It later became well-known internationally when the same footage circulated on the Internet. From Popper
Teen changes immune system - A YOUNG NSW transplant patient has become the first person in the world to spontaneously switch blood types and take on her donor's immune system.NSW teenager Demi Brennan is believed to be the first person in the world to completely accept a donated organ to the extent where her immune system entirely changed. From cw
Alone in the dark - What happens if you are left alone in the dark in solitary confinement for days on end? The result is called sensory deprivation and the human mind struggles to cope with it. From cw
Glowing Pig Passes Genes to Piglets - A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university reported. From cw
How Not to Do It: Liquid Nitrogen Tanks. - A colleague of mine forwarded a copy of an accident report from Texas A and M. It seems that in mid-January they had a bit of a blowout there, thanks to a big liquid nitrogen tank. Now, liquid nitrogen cylinders are normally fairly benign, as long as you don't freeze your external organs off with the stuff or leave the liquid sitting around where it can condense oxygen out of the air. But idiocy will find a way - note the regular cylinder on the right and the new, improved model next to it. From cw
Airliner irreversible-control anti-hijack system - US Patent - Directed toward universal commercial-airliner application as an air/ground-lifesaving function, this cost-effective retrofitable system enables airliner-pilots to conveniently actuate an inconspicuous AIRCIA‚ĄĘ/enable-switch,--thereby instantly disabling onboard flight-commands to render the airliner's guidance-system irretrievably placed into total reliance upon its existing autopilot-system in RF-communication with encrypted remote ground/air-intercept personnel. From Nony
Black people 'less intelligent' scientist claims - One of the world's most respected scientists is embroiled in an extraordinary row after claiming that black people are less intelligent than white people.James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, has provoked outrage with his comments, made ahead of his arrival in Britain today. From cw
Other breasts drive women wild - THE boobs of happy mums can put other women in the mood for sex and spark wild fantasies, according to a new study.The bizarre findings showed women who were exposed to other breasts experienced rocketing sexual desire and a massive increase in sex fantasies.The research, carried out to help develop therapies for women with low libido, involved asking new mums to insert special pads into their bras. From cw
Electricity, and Possibly TV existed in Ancient Egypt - Dr. Bruce Goldberg reveals a scene depicted in temple walls of Dendera demonstrate that ancient Egypt discovered and used electricity. Room 17 shows a depiction of braided cables leading to a box engineers have identified as a primitive Crookes tube. From Nony
The Water Crystals of Masaru Emoto - Masaru Emoto was born in Yokohama in July 1943. He is a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University's department of humanities and sciences with a focus on International Relations. In 1986 he established the IHM Corporation in Tokyo. In October of 1992 he received certification from the Open International University as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine. Subsequently he was introduced to the concept of micro cluster water in the US and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology. The quest thus began to discover the mystery of water. From cw
The 'Old' Consensus? - Did NASA scientist James Hansen, the global warming alarmist in chief, once believe we were headed for . . . an ice age? An old Washington Post story indicates he did. On July 9, 1971, the Post published a story headlined "U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming." It told of a prediction by NASA and Columbia University scientist S.I. Rasool. The culprit: man's use of fossil fuels. From Roddy
The Darker Side Of UFOs - Our Earth is being used as a DNA resource. Most abductions take place during the night, specifically in the early morning hours of around 2AM. This goes on until just before dawn when people are returned. My research has confirmed this with witnesses and abductees.
It must be true. It's on the Interweb tubes. From Roddy
Time travel could be possible ... in the future - It may take more than a nuclear-powered De Lorean or a spinning police box, but time travel could actually be a possibility for future generations, according to an eminent professor of physics.
If it should be possible in the future, does that mean they are here now? From SDFLKJ
Man Invents Stink Measuring Machine - After years of complaining to the EPA about how the stinky smell coming from the pig farm next door was causing him all sorts of illnesses, Stanly Dixon came up with an idea for how to let them know just how bad it was. From cw
ScienceDaily: Potato Chip Flavoring Boosts Longevity Of Conc - The ingredient that helps give "salt & vinegar" potato chips that tangy snap is the key to a new waterproof coating for protecting concrete from water damage, according to a study scheduled for the August 1 issue of ACS' Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. From cw
Monkey to Human Testicle Transplant - The development of surgical organ transplantation in humans will always be considered a landmark in medical science, and the scientists that pioneered the risky operations both brilliant and innovative. Well, most of those scientists anyway. One in particular, a surgeon by the name of Serge Voronoff, will live on in medical infamy for performing transplants which, while at the time (late 1800s) were lauded as genius, would eventually disgrace him. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that this surgeon was the student of Nobel Prize winner Alexis Carrel, from whom he had learned the technique of transplantation. The surgery's aim was "rejuvenation" (anti-aging) and all began when Dr. Voronoff became interested in eunuchs and castration.
giant rubber band - a typical rubber band is 3.8cm in diameter and can be shot 5m46cm. Therefore, a rubber band 10m in diameter should be able to fly 1437 meters, or almost a mile. Right? Japanese scientists study the issue. From Nony
Quantum Theory and Dogs - I'm sitting at the computer typing, when the dog bumps up against my legs. I look down, and she's sniffing the floor around my feet intently."What are you doing down there?""I'm looking for steak!" she says, wagging her tail hopefully. From cw
Sluts and vermin - A Montreal male recently had the option of sleeping with a member of the opposite sex whenever he wanted.But he also had another female in his life, one who only occasionally fulfilled his sexual desires.Left in a room with both sexual partners, he found himself instantly drawn to the one who had been playing hard to get.This story will not surprise most women, who have undoubtedly been told - either by peers or pop culture - not to put out too early in a relationship, lest the man lose interest. From cw
Jupiter's Dance - Research shows that large earthquakes occur at low sunspot frequencies. A sample of global earthquakes greater than Magnitude 6 for the period 1973-2005 (USGS) compared to smoothed monthly sunspot figures (SIDC) show that 71% of earthquake energy is released and 59% of earthquake events occur at lower than average sunspot activity. From Nony
Eugenics in the US - Itís often forgotten that the United States had a booming Eugenics program that got scaled back after the ďbad PRĒ of Nazi concentration camps and mass graves. Eugenics was a brutally simple idea ó the criminals, the weak and the stupid should be sterilized so they canít produce more stupid, weak and criminal babies. The fact this concept is cosmically bone-headed and ignorant of the actual facts of not only simple human experience, but also biology and genetics, is beside the point. People believe what they want to believe and they can prove anything they desire. From Nony
Paranoid androids 'in 10 years' - As a depressed machine roaming through space in the fictional Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin the Paranoid Android popularised the concept of a robot with feelings.However, the real thing will be available far closer to home in just 10 years, scientists predicted yesterday. They now claim it is essential to give robots their own emotions if they are to be capable of running independently and efficiently enough to take on a variety of domestic tasks. From cw
Mind Games - New on the Internet: a community of people who believe the government is beaming voices into their minds. They may be crazy, but the Pentagon has pursued a weapon that can do just that. From Nony
Catching the lovebug...Why beauty is infectious - The first evidence that beauty is infectious is published today by scientists who have shown that when women see a rival smiling at a man, he becomes more attractive as a result. From Nony
The Science behind Mecca Time - When British colonialism or the British kingdom were in control, and it was "an empire on which the sun never sets," it imposed Greenwich Mean Time. This creates two problems for the world. The first problem is that in Greenwich, the magnetic field of Earth is 8.5 degrees, whereas in Mecca the magnetic field is zero. From Nony
TV programme reveals the REAL Frankensteins - Hidden deep in a Russian forest, and guarded by soldiers with orders to shoot intruders on sight, the medical research laboratories on the outskirts of Moscow were one of the Soviet Union's best-kept secrets. From Nony
Zoo puts humans on display - An Australian zoo has put a group of humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation -- with the proviso that they don't get up to any monkey business. From MOAB
Calf with two faces born at Va. farm - One of the newest arrivals at Kirk Heldreth's dairy farm is drawing crowds. A calf with two faces was born Dec. 27 at Heldreth Dairy Farm, and word has spread in southwest Virginia as residents flock to his farm. From MOAB
New Insight into People Who Taste Words - For most of us, the boundaries between our bodily senses are clear-cut and rigid. But for a few rare individuals, the demarcation between vision and hearing, or between taste and touch, are less solid, with one bleeding into the other.
These imponderables - Collecting "imponderables" or interesting unanswered questions is one of my hobbies and I list a bunch of questions here. I decided to put them on this web site to encourage students to think creatively and identify deep questions. But anyone is welcome to enjoy them. I know the answer to some of them, but many are open questions to have fun with. Maybe some can never be answered. The questions are also here to encourage interdisciplinary thinking. The most exciting scientific problems in the century following 2001 will require a multidisciplinary approach. A challenge: If you email me a really elegant answer or discussion to any of these questions, I will display your contribution on this page. From cw
Tushology - David A. Holmes did not wake up one morning and say to himself, Today Iím going to come up with an equation to measure the perfect human posterior. He didnít think to quantify backsides until a horseracing public-relations person called to ask if he could scientifically calculate what the perfect behind for a jockey would be. Holmes, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, knew it wasnít so simple. ďThereís an awful lot more to bums than you might think,Ē he says.
The equation that describes the quality of the female rear end, according to Holmes, is (S + C) x (B + F)/T - V, where S = Overall Shape (ďincluding tendency to droopĒ), C = Circularity, B = Bounce Factor (not to be confused with ďwobbleĒ), F = Firmness (with perfect being ďlike a comfy bedĒ), T = Skin Texture and V = Vertical Ratio (the goal: ďon the top-heavy side of symmetricalĒ). For the male rear end, the equation replaces bounce, circularity and vertical ratio with M (Muscularity), L (Leanness) and O (Overall Symmetry). From Nony
Scientists Say Pollution May Be Helpful - If the sun warms the Earth too dangerously, the time may come to draw the shade. The "shade" would be a layer of pollution deliberately spewed into the atmosphere to help cool the planet. This over-the-top idea comes from prominent scientists, among them a Nobel laureate. The reaction here at the U.N. conference on climate change is a mix of caution, curiosity and some resignation to such "massive and drastic" operations, as the chief U.N. climatologist describes them. From cw
Top scientist asks: is life all just a dream? - DEEP THOUGHT, the supercomputer created by novelist Douglas Adams, got there first, but now the astronomer royal has caught up. Professor Sir Martin Rees is to suggest that ‚Äúlife, the universe and everything‚ÄĚ may be no more than a giant computer simulation with humans reduced to bits of software. From cw
Fixing phantom limbs with virtual reality - Pain relief through pixels
Amputees suffering from phantom limb pain could be helped by a virtual reality system being developed by scientists at the University of Manchester. From cw
Shirts repel mosquitos, if you have the scratch.. - ASUNCION, Paraguay (Reuters) - Young entrepreneurs in Paraguay say they have a new weapon against pesky, and potentially dangerous, mosquitos -- cotton shirts soaked in lemon-scented citronella oil.
Stinky feet, annoying noise top IgNobel prize list - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Research into stinky feet, a study on the sound of fingernails on a blackboard and a device that repels teen-agers with an annoying high-pitched hum on Thursday won IgNobel prizes -- the humorous counterpart to this week's Nobel prizes.
Non-freezing penguin feet and other oddities explained - If you have ever wondered why hair turns grey, fingers get crinkled in the bath or if the Great Wall of China really is visible from space, Mick O'Hare has the answers.
He knows why left-handers are at greater risk of accidents, how ants manage to survive in the microwave and that, despite what mothers may have said, there is no connection between being cold and having one. From Popper
Russian Researchers Say Rains Boost Oil Reserves - A group of Russian scientists at the oil and gas research institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by Azary Barenbaum, have come up with a new explanation of the nature of oil and gas formation. They argue that huge reserves of hydrocarbons may take only decades to be formed, not millions of years, as earlier believed. The new theory was published this month in the leading Russian scientific magazine Nauka I Zhizn (Science and Life). From Nony
Footballers Save Umbilical Cords - The new trend among professional soccer players is storing their children's umbilical cords. They're hoping the cells might treat future cartilage injuries. In Bodyhack.
Perpetual Motion Claim Probed - History offers a discouraging guide for an Irish company hoping to demonstrate an exception to the first law of thermodynamics. Can cleverly positioned magnets create more than hot air? By John Borland.
More shells located in Gusev Crater on Maes - More sea shells have been imaged by Spirit on Sol 913 at the wintering grounds where NASA has parked the rover. The angled hillside provides best sunlight for the solar panels and allows the rover to continue operating well into its second year. These new images show some excellent specimens that are without a doubt some of the clearest sea shells yet imaged on Mars. From CJDUSA
Men Act Like Dogs to Determine Dominance - A male dog will whine and beg in deference to a stronger dog, but will lower its voice into a guttural growl if it thinks it has a fighting chance.Men unconsciously do a similar thing, scientists say.A new study finds that the lower the pitch of a man's voice, the more physically dominant other men think he is. And men lower their voice pitch when addressing a man they believe to be less dominant than themselves, but raise it when speaking to someone they think is more dominant.The findings, detailed in the July issue of the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, could help explain why vocal pitch in men and women are so different. From cw
Professor Invents 'Ripeness' Sticker - A University of Arizona professor has invented a sticker that can tell consumers if a fruit or vegetable is ripe. The stickers will be available to growers next year and should make their way to supermarkets within two to three years, said Mark Riley, a UA assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. From cw
Rat brain flies jet - Florida scientists have grown a brain in a petri dish and taught it to fly a fighter plane.Scientists at the university of Florida taught the 'brain', which was grown from 25,000 neural cells extracted from a rat embryo, to pilot an F-22 jet simulator. It was taught to control the flight path, even in mock hurricane-strength winds. From cw
Will Ronald Mallett build the first time machine? - What is not really controversial in the world of contemporary physics is that time travel is theoretically possible. Indeed, travel into the future has already been proven. The respectability of such theorizing is relatively new. From cw
Device records smells to playback later - IMAGINE being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals. From cw
Gravity wave detector is go - All bets are off
A key prediction of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity is set to be tested, as a German/UK research group powers up its gravitational wave detector GEO600 for an 18-month stint of continual operation. From cw
The Death Star - Exactly how powerful is the Death Star? With a little bit of physics and a little bit of math, we can determine just how much power you would need in order to blow up a planet. From cw
Sex in the MRI - The paper is all about visualizing the arrangement of organs during coitus. People have tried to figure out how the pieces all fit together internally using cadavers and their imagination, by using a speculum and poking around with their fingers, and by clever tools, like hollow glass tubes shaped like a penis. This paper tries something different: the investigators had people have sex in an MRI tube, and snapped a few pictures while they were at it. From SDFLKJ
Does Viagra Keep Flowers From Wilting? - Viagra (sildenafil citrate) has a firmly established ability to keep the male organ erect. But you might be surprised to learn that it has also been used in the laboratory to keep cut flowers from going limp. With Motherís Day coming up, we decided to test this out for ourselves and find out if the same pill that keeps Dadís woody from wilting can keep Momís mums looking perky. We also compared two other chemical additives recommended by household hints sites for keeping flowers fresh Ė vodka and Sprite. From cw
Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards - In the past few years, scientists have found ways to make light go both faster and slower than its usual speed limit, but now researchers at the University of Rochester have published a paper today in Science on how they've gone one step further: pushing light into reverse. As if to defy common sense, the backward-moving pulse of light travels faster than light. From Surfer
Scientists Probe the Use of the Tongue - Researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition envision their work giving Army Rangers 360-degree unobstructed vision at night and allowing Navy SEALs to sense sonar in their heads while maintaining normal vision underwater turning sci-fi into reality. From cw
Time Travel - The idea of travelling forward into the future or back into the past has always fascinated science fiction writers. The 'grandfather paradox' is the argument many people use to suggest that time travel is impossible. What if you went back in time and prevented your grandfather from meeting your grandmother so that your mother was never born? Then you would never have been born... and so on. From cw
'Cloaking device' idea proposed - The cloaking devices that are used to render spacecraft invisible in Star Trek might just work in reality, two mathematicians have claimed.They have outlined their concept in a research paper published in one of the UK Royal Society's scientific journals.Nicolae Nicorovici and Graeme Milton propose that placing certain objects close to a material called a superlens could make them appear to vanish. From cw
Aristotle the Alchemist - It is important for the real researcher to look past the superficial anthologies of his work and to read his Secretum Secretorum which is not even mentioned in those anthologies at my local library. The Secretum was an explanation of alchemy for Alexander who set the alchemist family named Ptolemy in charge of Egypt. From Alter J. Ego
LiveScience.com - Hangover-free Buzz: Star Trek's Synthehol - Synthehol is a science-fictional substitute for alcohol that appears on the Star Trek:The Next Generation television series. It allows drinkers to experience all of the enjoyable, intoxicating effects of alcohol without unpleasant side-effects like hangovers.Professor David Nutt, a psychopharmacologist at the University of Bristol in the UK, believes that there is no scientific reason why it cannot be created now. From Surfer
All the pleasures of alcohol, with no downsides - CASUAL drinkers are unlikely to have raised their glass to the news last month that most people who suffer severe alcohol-induced liver disease are social drinkers not alcoholics. Nor to the finding that moderate drinking might not, after all, help prevent heart disease. From cw
Study claims ice, not water, kept Jesus afloat - The New Testament says that Jesus walked on water, but a Florida university professor believes there could be a less miraculous explanation -- he walked on a floating piece of ice. From cw
Atom Breaks Rules, Beats Friction - The molecule's activity also runs against Newton's third law of motion, which states that for every action there is an equal, but opposite, reaction. In the new experiment, there water molecules are displaced, but they don't in turn do anything to the peanut molecule. From cw
LiveScience.com - Atom Breaks Rules, Beats Friction - Researchers hit a drop of iodine cyanide and water with pulses from an ultraviolet laser, exciting one type of molecule to reconfigure into a small, peanut shape with a carbon atom on one end, a nitrogen atom on the other.The molecule heated up to 8,000 degrees Fahrenheit (4,427 Celsius) and started spinning at a furious 270 trillion rotations per minute.Within the first quarter-turn, the molecule created a shock wave that kicked away surrounding water molecules. The peanut molecule created a nearly frictionless zone for itself in the 10-trillionths of a second the reaction lasted. From Surfer
Device warns you if you're boring - A DEVICE that can pick up on people's emotions is being developed to help people with autism relate to those around them. It will alert its autistic user if the person they are talking to starts showing signs of getting bored or annoyed. From cw
Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) - This disturbing film records the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life to dead animals (dogs), as conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R. Director: D.I. Yashin. Camera: E.V. Kashina. Narrator: Professor Walter B. Cannon. Introduced by Professor J.B.S. Haldane. From Juniper
Strands of DNA Make Nano-Smiley - A nanotechnologist has created the world's smallest and most plentiful Smiley, a tiny face measuring a few billionths of a meter across that is assembled from strands of DNA. From cw
Shootout Survey - male masturbation research - [No nudeness but the subject might be NSFW!] We wanted to find out the average number of strokes it takes a guy to ejaculate when he masturbates. The Shootout Survey was a rigorous scientific study that involved more than 1,000 participants. From Nony
Greenhouse theory smashed by biggest stone - A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester (UK) and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has nothing to do with burning fossil fuels and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. From cw
Richard Kaye's minesweeper page - I managed to prove is that the minesweeper game is essentially equivalent in complexity to any of a wide range of known natural and important problems in the literature called NP-complete problems. From cw
Measuring the speed of light with Chocolate Chips - Over the past week, I've been really busy with exams and projects. Trying to save time by finding the speed of light on Google, I stumbled upon an extremely interesting article on measuring the speed of light with a microwave. As any decent cook knows, microwaves do not heat evenly. In fact, this article explains their heating patterns are relative to the speed of light! From cw
Record Set for Hottest Temperature on Earth - Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit.This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth, they say.They don't know how they did it. From cw
Brain interface: next best thing to telekinesis - Saving a life by mixing man and machine has had varied results: Darth Vader tormented a galaxy, RoboCop saved a city. Still, I'm in no way hesitant about the Brain Computer Interface. The system, developed by researches in Berlin, allows for a direct dialogue between a person's brain and a computer. From cw
Japanese Make Gasoline From Cattle Dung - Scientists in energy-poor Japan said Friday they have found a new source of gasoline _ cattle dung.Sakae Shibusawa, an agriculture engineering professor at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, said his team has successfully extracted .042 ounces of gasoline from every 3.5 ounces of cow dung by applying high pressure and heat.
We can finaly put Azprick to some good use! From Nony
Red rain could prove that aliens have landed - There is a small bottle containing a red fluid on a shelf in Sheffield University's microbiology laboratory. The liquid looks cloudy and uninteresting. Yet, if one group of scientists is correct, the phial contains the first samples of extraterrestrial life isolated by researchers. From cw
How to Stop Time - Einstein demonstrated that time is relative.
But the rabbit-hole goes much deeper. Quantum physics discovered that consciousness is entangled in matter in some inexplicable ways; but other than the very fast, or very small, or very large, we tend to assume our ‚Äúordinary‚ÄĚ reality conforms more to the laws of Newton. Simple cause and effect unfolding with clockwork constancy ‚ÄĒwell, it‚Äôs time to shatter this assumption. Let‚Äôs stop time. From cw
Nobel Prize genius Crick was high onLSD - Crick, who died ten days ago, aged 88, later told a fellow scientist that he often used small doses of LSD then an experimental drug used in psychotherapy to boost his powers of thought. He said it was LSD, notthe Eagle's warm beer, that helped him to unravel the structure of DNA, the discovery that won him the Nobel Prize. From cw
Save a Snowflake for Decades - Ever wanted to catch a snowflake and keep it forever? You can. This is a photograph of a snowflake that fell in January 1979, but it isn‚Äôt a 27-year-old photo. It is a recent shot of a snowflake that‚Äôs been sitting in chemist Tryggvi Emilsson‚Äôs desk for 27 years, locked in a drop of that miracle of modern chemistry we call superglue. From cw
Quantum Physics Double Slit Experiment - Quantum Physics Double Slit Experiment - Electrons act as waves and particles... Yep, this would be from that stupid What the Bleep movie (the second one). That movie that's stupid and is full of nonsense. Better go watch it before people who know better than you take it away. From Surfer
Is our universe about to be mangled? - Those satanic physicists... does their treachery know no bounds? Now they're saying that multiple universes exist and interact! They even say that ours might just go *poof*! This is so antireligious that fundies should do everything that they can to stop them, just like Galileo was stopped. From Surfer
Time Travel and Modern Physics - Time travel has been a staple of science fiction. With the advent of general relativity it has been entertained by serious physicists. But, especially in the philosophy literature, there have been arguments that time travel is inherently paradoxical. The most famous paradox is the grandfather paradox: you travel back in time and kill your grandfather, thereby preventing your own existence. To avoid inconsistency some circumstance will have to occur which makes you fail in this attempt to kill your grandfather. Doesn't this require some implausible constraint on otherwise unrelated circumstances? We examine such worries in the context of modern physics. From cw
Presidential Makeover - The face on the one-dollar bill is not the real George Washington. So say experts who are re-creating what our first president really looked like in 3-dimensions. As this ScienCentral News video explains, they are not only bringing him to life, but also restoring his youth. From SDLFKJ
'Antigravity' Propulsion System Proposed - An 'antigravity' propulsion system was proposed at the Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF) in Albuquerque on Febuary 14 by Dr. Franklin Felber. His new exact solution to Einstein's gravitational field equation gives hope to space enthusiasts that it might be possible to accelerate space craft to speeds approaching that of light without crushing the contents of the craft. If it works, it could be even better than apergy, as described by science fiction writer Percy Greg in 1880. From cw
Feral children - Feral children, also known as wild children or wolf children, are children who've grown up with minimal human contact, or even none at all. They may have been raised by animals (often wolves) or somehow survived on their own. In some cases, children are confined and denied normal social interaction with other people. From Nony
Mind Hacks: music, wine and will - You go to the supermarket and stop by some shelves offering French and German wine. You buy a bottle of French wine. After going through the checkout you are asked what made you choose that bottle of wine. You say something like "It was the right price", or "I liked the label". Did you notice the French music playing as you took it off the shelf? You probably did. Did it affect your choice of wine? No, you say, it didn't.That's funny because on the days we play French music nearly 80% of people buying wine from those shelves choose French wine, and on the days we play German music the opposite happens From cw
Self-cleaning bathroom on the way - Nanotechnology may yet rescue us from the drudgery of the weekly ritual of blitzing the bathroom.Scientists in Australia have developed an environmentally friendly coating containing special nanoparticles that could do the job of cleaning and disinfecting for us. From cw
Rabbit with a gray and white face after transplant - Chinese researchers show a rabbit with a gray and white face after a face-transplant operation at a plastic surgery institute in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, December 23, 2005. Researchers transplanted half the face of a white rabbit to the gray one 14 days ago, local media reported. From cw
Whorf hypothesis - The question of whether language affects perception has been debated largely on the basis of cross-language data, without considering the functional organization of the brain. The nature of this neural organization predicts that, if language affects perception, it should do so more in the right visual field than in the left visual field, an idea unexamined in the debate. Here, we find support for this proposal in lateralized color discrimination tasks. Reaction times to targets in the right visual field were faster when the target and distractor colors had different names; in contrast, reaction times to targets in the left visual field were not affected by the names of the target and distractor colors. Moreover, this pattern was disrupted when participants performed a secondary task that engaged verbal working memory but not a task making comparable demands on spatial working memory. It appears that people view the right (but not the left) half of their visual world through the lens of their native language, providing an unexpected resolution to the language-and-thought debate. From Surfer
DNA pyramids make their debut (December 2005) - News - Physi - A simple method to create robust DNA "pyramids" that self-assemble in seconds has been invented by physicists in the UK. Each side of the tetrahedral pyramid is made up of a double helix of DNA. The pyramids can then be joined together to make larger 3D nanostructures on which to build molecular electronic circuits and tiny containers for drug delivery From Surfer
Post-It Spiders - Scientists have found that the way spiders stick to ceilings could be the key to making Post-itģ notes that don't fall off - even when they are wet. A team from Germany and Switzerland have made the first detailed examinations of a jumping spider's 'foot' and have discovered that a molecular force sticks the spider to almost anything. From cw
What lurks beneath - flesh-sucking sex fiends - WHAT is spineless, loves oysters, wears beige with purple flecks and fences with its penis?
It might sound like the first half of a joke about a despised profession but in fact such a creature has just been discovered in the waters of Botany Bay. From feelingravity
Spam Pi - This fish was a math major in college, and mathematics is still fascinating. It's haunted, haunted by numbers! Particular numbers appear over and over in unexpected places, much like Spam, the topic of this post. And the creepiest number is Pi. I'm going to calculate Pi, and I need your help! But we have to start at the other end, with prime numbers. From cw
Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs, flying pigs next step! - Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark.They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. From cw
Waking up like being drunk - "For a short period, at least, the effects of sleep inertia may be as bad as or worse than being legally drunk," said researcher Kenneth Wright of the University of Colorado at Boulder. From cw
King Kong fiction mirrors island facts - King Kong may be a far-fetched creation but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin. From cw
Bizarre News: Sex cures cold - Swiss scientist Manfred Schedlovski claims his experiments show that regular love-making increases the amount of phagocyte cells, which boost the body's immune system and fight the microbes that cause colds. From Nony
The duck's quack echo myth, Salford University - We placed the duck in our anechoic chamber to show what would happen in a room with no reflections. Behind the duck you can see wedges of fibreglass, these are used to absorb the sound. From cw
This Whale's (After) Life - A whale is cosmopolitan during its life traveling freely around the globe. Its death in a random part of the deep sea is punctuated by remarkable energy. Little understood animals appear to materialize from nowhere upon the whale From cw
Computer Monitor Jacob's Ladder - This is a very simple and fun use of a dying computer monitor. Jacob's ladders have been around forever, but I don't think one has ever been made in this way before. However, it's dangerous as hell, so don't do it! From cw
Technology and the Pursuit of Happiness - The United States' Declaration of Independence asserts that all individuals have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the years since that document was drafted, its phrasing has been subject to much interpretation, and laws have been enacted to limit the scope of those rights, particularly the latter two... From Nony
Japan's latest innovation: Remote-control roaches - A big brown cockroach crawls across the table in the laboratory of Japan's most prestigious university. The researcher eyes it nervously, but he doesn't go for the bug spray. He grabs the remote. This is no ordinary under-the-refrigerator type bug. This roach has been surgically implanted with a micro-robotic backpack that allows researchers to control its movements. This is Robo-roach. From cw
Why Christmas Trees Are Not Extinct - Conifers such as Christmas trees suffer a severe plumbing problem. The "pipes" that carry water through firs, pines and other conifers are 10 times shorter than those in flowering trees. But a University of Utah study suggests why conifers not only survive but thrive: efficient microscopic valves let water flow through conifers about as easily as it flows through other trees From cw
Stalin's half-man, half-ape - THE Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia's top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior. From cw
Pokemon Gene Renamed Following Legal Threat - Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York have changed the name of a gene found to cause cancer, due to legal pressure from Nintendo's Pokťmon USA. The gene, which has the formal name of POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene, was previously abbreviated as POKEMON, leading to media reports that compared the game with aspects of the disease, albeit in a lighthearted fashion. From cw
Stalin's half-man, half-ape super-wariors - THE Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.
My guess is NeoCon is a descendant from this program ... no wonder he hates his "father" From Nony
Instant Nano Blocks: One-step process makes trillions of DNA - Now, a team of physicists in England and the Netherlands has unveiled a three-dimensional building component that can be created from DNA in a simple procedure. The technique produces trillions of the components in a few minutes.
The new DNA construct has the shape of a tetrahedronóa pyramid with three faces and a base. Composed solely of open triangles, the new object is rigid and only about 10 nanometers wide, making it an ideal building block for larger structures, From Surfer
Even Monkey Boys Choose Cars as Toys - Just like most human boys and girls, male monkeys like to play with toy cars while female monkeys prefer dolls, a research project has shown.This intriguing discovery is one of many signs of behavioral differences between the sexes that scientists are exploring with the latest tools of genetics and neuroscience. From cw
Learn to locate an extraterrestrial UFO - Scientists are finding that smart electromagnetic shields that not only protect some one from Electromagnetic (EM) effects but also monitors the level of electromagnetic intensity as well as the spectrum can sense the existence of an extraterrestrial UFO in the vicinity. From Nony
Ľ Car paints changing with temperature - German researchers have gone a step further. They've used ion bombardment and gold metallisation to produce new particles whose bonding behavior can be chemically tailored. This could lead to new shimmering car finishes which can change with temperature or humidity, new cosmetics, but more importantly, to new applications in optical data processing. From Surfer
The Great Ketchup Mystery - Ketchup is one of many complex fluids - including whipped cream, blood, film emulsions, nail polish and some plastics - that share a property called "shear thinning." Normally thick like honey, they can become thin and flow like water when stirred or shaken. From cw
Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science - There is, alas, no scientific claim so preposterous that a scientist cannot be found to vouch for it. And many such claims end up in a court of law after they have cost some gullible person or corporation a lot of money. How are juries to evaluate them? How can you recognize questionable scientific claims? What are the warning signs of fraud? Here are seven indicators that a scientific claim lies well outside the bounds of rational scientific discourse. Of course, they are only warning signs -- even a claim with several of the signs could be legitimate. From Nony
Physics Behind Four Amazing Demonstrations - Here is the physics theory behind four dramatic demonstrations-walking on broken glass, dipping one's fingers in molten lead, breaking a concrete block over someone lying between beds of nails, and picking up an orange-hot piece of silica tile. From cw
Android World - anthropomorphic robots & animatronics - This site is devoted to androids. An android is an anthropomorphic robot - i.e. a robot that looks like a human. Many android developers call their creations "humanoids" rather than androids. We also have robotics links, robot links, animatronics links, and research links. From Nony
The 11-Year Quest to Create Disappearing Colored Bubbles - Chemical burns, ruined clothes, 11 years, half a million dollars it's not easy to improve the world's most popular toy. Yet the success of one inventor's quest to dye a simple soap bubble may change the way the world uses color From cw
Peeps, Smoking & Alcohol - The synergistic effect of smoking and alcohol in Peeps produces a rapidly exothermic oxidation reaction, leading to a chemical and morphological divergence from the wild-type Peep phenotypes. From cw
Antigravity Machine Patent Draws Physicists' Ire - A perpetual-motion machine may defy the laws of physics, but an Indiana inventor recently succeeded in having one patented.On November 1 Boris Volfson of Huntington, Indiana, received U.S. Patent 6,960,975 for his design of an antigravity space vehicle. From cw
Foul Play - How a Slate scientist changed the NBA forever - Last week, I wrote to the NBA owner I deemed most likely to consider applying the scientific method to free-throw shooting, Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. I told Cuban that the assumption that waving balloons wildly will produce the biggest distraction is just plain wrong. Given how the brain perceives motion, randomly moving balloons aren't very off-putting. When you see a lot of little objects moving crazily back and forth, all the different motion signals that get sent to the brain cancel each other out. From cw
Cats Make the Crazy Cat Lady! - The Washington-area psychiatrist has found that people with schizophrenia were more likely to have had pet cats as young children, or their mothers kept the animals during their pregnancies. Torrey is now testing antibiotics against the feline parasite Toxoplasma gondii to treat schizophrenia, according to an article in the December issue of Esquire. From cw
Docs sew skull fragment in patient's belly - Surgeons obliged to remove a fragment of skull from a man with head injuries inserted it into his belly for safekeeping and three months later successfully reattached the missing piece of cranium, the Telegraph and others report. From cw
The History of Phrenology on the Web - Welcome to the most comprehensive website for the history of phrenologyóthe most popular Victorian science. This site provides an accurate overview of phrenology, the largest collection of phrenological images, and many digitized primary sources relevant not only to the history of phrenology, but also to the history of naturalism and evolutionary thought. From Juniper
Secret Technology Labs - Secret Technology - is a small research and developtment group dedicated to making secret, supressed and controversial information accessible to interested individuals. Our goal is to develop new advanced technologies and concepts and help move mankind into the 21st century and beyond. From cw
Rubber sidewalks add bounce to city foot traffic - There are rubber balls to bounce, rubber galoshes to keep your feet dry and rubber gloves for the nasty cleaning chores.Now, in Seattle's South Park neighborhood and in a growing number of cities around the country, there are rubber sidewalks. From cw
Might as well spit on a 3X5 index card and put it in a box - We are only just now unlocking all the mysteries surrounding DNA and the genetic code. When it's all figured out we'll have better medicines, preventable diseases, DNA computers, and even clone-your-dog vending machines at the local pet mart. Since it hasn't all been figured out yet, it's even possible that the future of the entire human race depends on the eternal existence of your specific DNA profile! You may just be The One. From cw
Dermal Display - a "programmable dermal display" in which a population of about 3 billion display pixel robots would be permanently implanted a fraction of a mm under the surface of the skin, covering a rectangle 6 cm x 5 cm on the back of the hand. Photons emitted by these pixel bots would produce an image on the surface of the skin. This pixelbot array could be programmed to form any of many thousands of displays. From cw
[NSFW] How Many Condoms at Once? - Our observations show that, when applied in large quantities, latex condoms which individually appear thin, insubstantial and practically weightless, can accrue into a solid mass that is dense, heavy, and thick. Although merely a fraction of a millimeter in thickness, when layered in sufficient quantity, condoms can form a solid barrier over an inch thick, and substantially alter and enlarge the size of an object, in this case, a dildo. However, given the amount of time, effort, and financial cost involved in employing hundreds of condoms, if you want a huge dildo, we suggest you just buy a larger one rather than using hundreds of condoms to make your average-size dildo bigger. From cw
Inventions and Ideas from Science Fiction Books and Movies - Explore the wide variety of inventions and ideas of science fiction writers - over 850 are available on Technovelgy (that's tek-novel-gee!). Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or check Science Fiction in the News and watch sf come to life. From cw
Military examines 'beaming up' data, people - Wouldn't it be neat, they ask, if we could nab bin Laden via teleportation? In "Star Trek," the characters traveled between spaceship and planet by having their bodies dematerialized, then "beamed" to another locale -- hence, the characters' familiar request to the ship's engineer: "Beam me up, Scotty." From cw
Facts on Farts - This is the original Facts on Farts. There are several unauthorized, plagiarized versions out there that do not give credit to this page's author, and which are incomplete. Do not be fooled by imitations! From cw
Thin skin will help robots 'feel' - Japanese researchers have developed a flexible artificial skin that could give robots a humanlike sense of touch.The team manufactured a type of "skin" capable of sensing pressure and another capable of sensing temperature. From cw
Breaking spaghetti - Bent dry spaghetti do not break in half but instead in three of more pieces. With the aim to explain this surprising phenomenon, we studied a related problem, namely the dynamics of an elastic rod that is bent quasi-statically and then suddenly set free. Counter-intuitively, we find that the mere release of the rod induces a stress increase. The multiple breaking of bent rods, like dry spaghetti pasta, can then be understood as a cascade of releases (loss of cohesion upon breakings) followed by stress increases leading to new cracks. From cw
Free Energy - The N-Machine - Physicist Bruce DePalma has a 100 kilowatt generator, which he invented, sitting in his garage. It could power his whole house, but if he turns it on, the government may confiscate it.Harvard educated DePalma, who taught physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 15 years, claims that his electrical generator can provide cheap, inexhaustible, self sustaining and non polluting source of energy, using principles that flout conventional physics and are still not fully understood. His N machine, as it is called, is said to release the "free energy" latent in the space all around us. DePalma views his device as an innovation that could help to end the worlds's dangerous dependence on finite supplies of oil, gas, and other polluting fossil based fuels. From cw
CSI Bigfoot a real-life whatwuzit - Sometime today or Thursday, David Coltman will speak. And the world will listen.You haven't heard of David Coltman? Perhaps you've been living in the same rugged Yukon woods that hide a dark mystery on which Coltman is shining the hard light of genetic science. From feelingravity
Quake sounds reveal Earth 'ripping apart' - Scientists are gaining insight about December's devastating earthquake and tsunami from the actual sounds of the magnitude 9.3 quake in the Indian Ocean. From cw
Mind May Affect Machines - No one can hear them, but they can see their apparent effect: balls that go in certain directions on command, water fountains that seem to rise higher with a wish and drums that quicken their beat. From cw
Monkey See Monkey - Whether or not an animal can recognize itself in the mirror has long been used by scientists as a means of self-awareness. Apes pass the test, but monkeys have been thought to perceive a stranger in their reflection. From cw
Chemical Galaxy - Many chemists before and after Mendeleyev have proposed a spiral image, to get the advantages of a helix in two dimensions. My Chemical Galaxy is the latest of these versions, using a starry pathway to link the elements and to express the astronomical reach of chemistry. The intention is not to replace the familiar table, but to complement it and at the same time to stimulate the imagination and to evoke wonder at the order underlying the universe. From cw
Fake Shark Skin Could Make Navy Fleet Faster - Yahoo! News - Shark skin has been used by many cultures as sandpaper. It's kept shipmates safe in slippery-when-wet conditions. Swimsuits modeled on shark skin are said by Speedo to reduce drag by up to 4 percent.Now, research by two separate groups could lead to synthetic shark skin that would make ships and submarines faster less expensive to operate. From cw