Posts Tagged: science saturday
It still amazes me that scientists can even find planets in other systems, but to figure out that this one was once part of another galaxy is incredible .
Scientists at CERN have trapped antimatter.
What did NASA discover when they got close to comet Hartley 2?...more
Some great images of the leftovers from the Soviet Moon program.
Why does Saturn’s moon Iapetus look like a walnut? (Seriously, it looks like a walnut.)
The next generation of malware may well simulate your personality.
A regulator for the EPA has recommended that a permit for one of the nation’s largest mountaintop removal mining projects be revoked....more
Fascinating presentation by Hans Rosling about how the world is winning the war on child mortality.
Is water more common on asteroids than originally thought?
Remember that story about the bees disappearing? There’s an answer.
Drinking at the pub can be good for the environment, if you’re in the UK anyway....more
Most of the space news this week has surrounded Gliese 581G, the first planet found to reside in the so-called “Goldilocks zone.” But
The story of the faster-than-wind wind-driven vehicle is fascinating, not so much for the actual machine, but for the rancor the debate stirred up online. Very good read though.
Studying the place of the booty call relationshipon the spectrum of relationships seems like a perfectly reasonable area of study to me....more
The headline says it all: “Galactic Supervolcano Erupts From Black Hole“.
That oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico? Still there, and no idea how long it’ll stay.
The more research that’s done on brain damage caused by collisions, the more I have to rethink my enjoyment of sports like football....more
Olivia Judson is taking some time off from the NY Times, which makes me sad.
If I understand this correctly, an evolutionary change in the way a particular lizard camouflages itself is leading to mating misunderstandings....more
Remember “Climate-Gate”? Your perception of it is no doubt shaded by your understanding (or lack thereof) of the science supporting global climate change. Unfortunately, that understanding is often screwed with by people with an agenda and a press that’s either unable or unwilling to do good science reporting....more
How do oil dispersants work? Popular Science breaks it down for the layperson.
Congress is suddenly interested in synthetic biology. Hilarity is sure to ensue, given the level of scientific education and understanding possessed by the average Congressperson.
On the same topic, my favorite thing about this Olivia Judson column is the way she co-opts the term “intelligent design” from the very first sentence....more
Mount St. Helens, 30 years later.
The Space Shuttle program is coming to an end, but before it goes, NASA is getting some great pictures....more
Take a look at the next-generation supercars competing for the $10 million Progressive Automotive X Prize.
Every thing that has ever lived on this planet probably evolved from a single-celled organism that lived about 3.5 billion years ago.
Sticking with evolutionary biology for a moment, it seems likely that early birds didn’t flap their wings....more
So there’s a volcano erupting in Iceland. Good luck getting into or out of or around northern Europe by air. Might be time to look into that luxury zeppelin technology again, because this might last for a while.
Scientists have discovered the first complex organisms which can survive without oxygen....more
Most of the time in this space, I link to stories about new discoveries or great photos or cool gadgets, but this story might be more important. Simon Singh is a British science writer who criticized chiropractic medicine and was sued for libel as a result, and that’s a hard charge to beat in Britain....more