Category: science

Aug 11 2010

Man grows pea plant inside lung

Yes, really.

Aug 01 2010

New cosmological model: no bang, no time, and no constants

There are four distinguishing features of these models: 1) the speed of light and the gravitational “constant” are not constant, but vary with the evolution of the universe, 2) time has no beginning and no end, 3) the spatial section of the universe is a 3-sphere, and 4) the universe experiences phases of both acceleration …

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Aug 01 2010

Left-sided cancer: should you blame your bed and tv?

Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right… …researchers suggest an explanation based on differences in sleeping habits in Japan and Western countries… …as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. …

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Aug 01 2010

Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang?

…the universe is just one of many in a cyclical chain, with each Big Bang starting up a new universe in place of the one before. via Have we found the universe that existed before the Big Bang?

Jul 29 2010

What’s that weird thing around Saturn’s second-largest moon?

Jun 06 2010

Rosemary helps reduce carcinogenic toxins in grilled meat

Yes, it really does.

May 23 2010

Jupiter cloud belt missing (but it keeps running away and coming home)

So Jupiter’s cloud belts come and go like wayward children. Still, no one knows why.

Apr 18 2010

Your laptop could detect the next earthquake

The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world’s largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers.

Apr 08 2010

Animals thrive without oxygen at sea bottom

…three species of multicellular animal, or metazoan, that apparently spend their entire lives in oxygen-starved waters in a basin at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. via Animals thrive without oxygen at sea bottom : Nature News.

Apr 02 2010

Terrifying sea critter hauled from ocean’s depths

Check out the claws. The pictures reveal the creature to be a giant isopod, a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters. This particular creature is a Bathynomus giganteus, a deep-sea scavenger that feeds on dead whales, fish and squid. via Terrifying Sea Critter Hauled from Ocean’s Depths | Fox News.

Dec 28 2009

An illusion of sex change

…rest assured that the both faces are actually versions of the same androgynous face neither male, nor female. One face was created by increasing the contrast of the androgynous face, while the other face was created by decreasing the contrast. The face with more contrast is perceived as female, while the face with less contrast …

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Sep 03 2009

Men lose their minds speaking to pretty women

men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive… via Men lose their minds speaking to pretty women – Telegraph. I knew that. Really. I was just distracted.

Jul 13 2009

Australian astronomers reveal image of a cosmic “blue whale”

Centaurus A, a vast galaxy 14 million light-years distant, holding a gigantic black hole in its center 50 million times larger than the Sun, is emitting a radio glow that covers an area of the sky 200 times larger than the Moon. And not a single part of it is visible to the eye – …

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Jun 30 2009

The Extinction Oscillator

When I was studying geology at Columbia, the theory of geologic gradualism was being replaced by a new idea of catastrophism, which proposed that long periods of stability were sometimes broken by huge geological events: volcanoes would erupt after long periods of quiet, drowning a landscape in lava; or an asteroid would strike the planet and …

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Apr 30 2009

Huge impact crater discovered on Mercury

A giant crater, named Rembrandt basin, was photographed by the MESSENGER spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, so large that “…if formed on the east coast of the United States would span the distance between Washington, D.C., and Boston.” Let’s hope that never happens here.  

Apr 29 2009

Google’s tracking of search queries on flu in Mexico

Using Google search activity in Mexico to help track human swine flu levels.

Apr 28 2009

Cosmic blast sets distance mark

…the most distant single object ever detected by telescopes… BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Cosmic blast sets distance mark

Apr 18 2009

Most massive cosmic pileup ever seen

Four galaxy collision. 

Feb 26 2009

A green goddess: Two-tailed comet snapped streaking past Earth

Feb 08 2009

Is sunshine a miracle cure?

…children born to women in late summer or in early autumn are, on average, about 5mm taller, and have thicker bones, than those born in late winter and early spring. via The great health debate: is sunshine a miracle cure? | Science | The Observer.