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


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.

Sunlight in tree

World running out of weapons to fight superbugs

Anitbiotics are becoming ineffective through inapproriate overuse.

Seeing red: tweak your brain with colors

…test subjects given attention-demanding tasks did best when primed with the color red. Asked to be creative, they responded best to blue.

via Seeing Red: Tweak Your Brain With Colors | Wired Science | Wired.com.

If there IS life on Mars, this is where it lives

The inauguration from space

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.

RNA that replicates itself

…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.

via How Did Life Begin? RNA That Replicates Itself Indefinitely Developed For First Time.

Wireless electricity is here (seriously)

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.

via Wireless Electricity Is Here (Seriously) | Fast Company.


Mystery roar from faraway space detected

…one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected.

via Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected | Space.com.

The ‘thinking cap’ that could unlock your inner genius

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.


Something is out there….

…astronomers working on the Supernova Cosmology Project report finding a new kind of something that they cannot make any sense of.

via Hubble Finds a Mystery Object – News Blog – SkyandTelescope.com.

Could there be more to Google, Android, Chrome, & Gears than meets the eye?

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.

via Could There Be More To Google, Android, Chrome, & Gears Than Meets The Eye? – Personal_tech – IWK Consumer Tech – Informationweek.

Apple looks to take multi-touch beyond the touch-screen

Apple’s got more up its sleeve than touch alone. How about “gaze vector fusion”?

Zen meditation really does clear the mind

…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.

via Study: Zen Meditation Really Does Clear the Mind


If you haven’t discovered this site yet, there’s still hope.

Amazing Chinese performance artist

Yikes. This scares me.

Apple’s Science Productivity Lab

Apple’s Science Productivity Lab is designed to provide scientists with practical and useful tips and techniques to accelerate productivity in the scientific workflow using Apple Technologies.

Dr James Hansen, 20 years later

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.


Beautiful mass migration of golden rays

Rays are amongst the most beautiful creatures in the sea. This enormous migration is spectacular.

Northrop Grumman to develop brain-wave binoculars

What do you think you see? You only think you see it.