Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Anti cancer nanoparticle bombs

Yeah, just like the incredible journey! Little balloons that travel through the system, find cancerous cells and explode there releasing chemotherapy chemicals… The dual-chamber, double-acting, drug-packing “nanocell” proved effective and safe, with prolonged survival, against two distinct forms of cancers-melanoma and Lewis lung cancer-in mice.

Heat your brain, stop epilepsy

Yup, these guys have implanted heat spreaders in epileptic rat brains which cancel out the erratic electrical currents causing epileptic seizures, and it worked on them… will the heat damage your brain? Nahhh of course not!

Speeding cameras cause Fatalities?

Yup, in one of those wonderful studies I like, it turns out that: Crashes are avoided by making a safe plan based on what you see. Cameras move attention away from hazards to speedometers So the UK has stopped deploying them whilst it ponders this… – From El Reg

125 unanswered questions

Science magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary with a list of 125 questions science hasn’t got an answer for. I’ve always been a bit curious about no 1 myself.. ooh, and that one, and that one, ooh! ooh! and that one! 25 Questions .. further 100

Science can be pretty

Eric J. Heller has some awesome pictures of scientifically usefull visualisations, that also happen to be very attractive in his gallery.

Lukes Hands!

The Bionic Man with moving metal arms controlled by thought and with sensitivity are now available at the mad scientist near you…

Microwave Grape lightning

Nuke some grapes and see the plasma! There’s some other ways to create plasma in your microwave, but I can’t find them right now…

Science Fiction Science

The Liverpudlians have done it! Created by The University of Liverpool Library with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the SF Hub aims to facilitate research into science fiction and its related literary genres. Loads of sci-fi stuff

Diffusion of Innovations

How is it that some technological innovations get taken up by the masses, and others don’t? How important are innovators and early adopters in this? Well Mr. Rogers apparently wrote the bible on this: Rogers, E.M. (1995). Diffusion of innovations (4th edition). The Free Press. New York. Here’s the theory laid out in bare bones […]

Quantum Cryptography Final Key Transmission

NEC Corporation, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, POWEREDCOM, Inc., and Japan Science and Technology Agency have jointly succeeded in realizing fortnight-long, continuous quantum cryptography final-key (note 1) generation at an average rate of 13 kbps over a 16-km-long commercial optical network. Yeah!

Solar system explorer

That would be Celestia. Actually, the website tells us that You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. If you install it, make sure to stop by the Celestia Motherlode as well..

Cyberspace visualisation

Cyberspace is all connected, as is, maybe, everything. A lovely esoteric field of exploration through the relationships, there are people who have made some lovely tools to visualise these relationships. I/O/D 4 Surf 3D

Exploring the earth and space

So there’s a whole wealth of available resources to see our planet and the solar system out there – either online or as a downloadable application. These programmes allow you to track hurricanes, cloud cover, global temperature, zoom in to varying degrees etc. The Earth and Moon viewer is webbased and has some interesting composites […]

Random CompSci paper generator

Apparently the authors of this thing succeeded in getting one of their random papers accepted for a conference..

Two-thirds of world’s resources ‘used up’

Tim Radford, science editor Wednesday March 30, 2005 Guardian In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists […]

New way to detect planets

Well, they were doing it by looking at how light bends and stuff before, because large mass objects (such as planets) have a gravitational pull (allthough that theory is in doubt considering the flight path of the discovery spacecraft). Anyhow, now they can detect planets and maybe the wind conditions on them by using infrared […]

Blackholes ‘n fireballs, my favorite combo

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in New York apparently creates fireballs (whee!) that have the characteristics of a Black Hole, with particles disappearing into the fireball’s core and reappearing as thermal radiation. Funky. I’ll take two to go.

Beer is less fattening than orange juice!

Yup, as well as being good against cancer, another reason to celebrate this noble drink – it doesn’t, in fact, get you fat!

Ig Nobel Prizes

Well, we have the Darwin Awards, but this lesser known honour is bestowed on those who have carried out some seriously improbable research. Previous winners: The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos. Well done, that man!

M-Theory articles

Interesting theoretical physics articles by Dr. Michio Kaku From wormholes to time travel, it’s all here

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