Feb 08 2009
…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.
Feb 06 2009
…test subjects given attention-demanding tasks did best when primed with the color red. Asked to be creative, they responded best to blue.
Jan 20 2009
Jan 20 2009
This half-meter resolution image of the United States Capitol, Washington D.C. was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Jan. 20, 2009 to commemorate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image, taken through high, wispy white clouds, shows the masses of people attending the Inaugural Celebration.
via GeoEye › Gallery.
Jan 11 2009
…scientists have synthesized for the first time RNA enzymes that can replicate themselves without the help of any proteins or other cellular components, and the process proceeds indefinitely.
Jan 10 2009
We both shift our gaze to an unplugged Toshiba television set sitting 5 feet away on a folding table. He’s got to be kidding: There is no power cord attached to it. It’s off. Dark. Silent. “You ready?” he asks.
Jan 09 2009
…one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected.
Sep 30 2008
There is a theory that the spark of genius lurks hidden within all of us.
Now scientists are developing a ‘thinking cap’ that could turn that theory into practice and unlock the amazing potential of the human brain.
The device uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has produced remarkable results in tests.
Sep 16 2008
…astronomers working on the Supernova Cosmology Project report finding a new kind of something that they cannot make any sense of.
Sep 13 2008
By offering mobile developers an alternative way for making their mobile applications run on handsets, even when no wireless connection exists, Google is paving the way for developers to build browser-based applications that can run on any mobile platform, as opposed to having to build separate versions of their applications in order to support those same mobile platforms.
Sep 08 2008
Apple’s got more up its sleeve than touch alone. How about “gaze vector fusion”?
Sep 02 2008
…Zen meditation could help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (so-called ADD or ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, major depression and other disorders marked by distracting thoughts.
Jun 27 2008
As some of you know, I worked at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies back in the ’70s when I was a student at Columbia, and Jim Hansen was an staff planetary climatologist who would sometimes give talks to us at lunch breaks on, for example, atmospheric effects of Venusian vulcanism. Who knew he would become the scientific prophet of global warming? Or that he would replace Robert Jastrow as the director of GISS?
Now he has written a paper twenty years after his seminal testimony in Congress. It’s an interesting read. Enjoy.