All posts tagged Science

Weirdest Post Ever (not really)

Things like National Geographic’s “Ten Weirdest New Animals of 2010” always seem like a mixed bag, to me. It’s definitely great to promote public awareness of new species, but any list is going to be at least somewhat biased (admittedly, this particular list doesn’t limit itself to the cute and the furry — between the […]

Return of the Rundown

Timewaster: Typewar.  Think you know fonts? Try this game, which you’ll either find completely boring or riveting. Best aggregated reference word site: Wordnik. My favorite reference site right now. All about words. Maps of Disaster: Informative, curious, unnerving. View map (or maps) of the world, with icons of disaster superimposed. For added effect, project image […]

I can see your brain

Of course, movies have known for years that this was possible–it’s just taken reality a while to catch up.  Yes, science can see images in your brain, although for now it’s seemingly mostly proof-of-concept, and fairly limited.  (No full color perfect simulacra of your dreams, yet.) “Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed […]

The Future Is Now

Two tidbits from NewScientist: Robots have made their first independent scientific discovery (i.e., made its own hypotheses based on data it was given, and then tested those hypotheses); The internet might soon (or already) be self-aware.

I continue to be impressed and awed by QTVR

Particularly when it includes things like this. (via BoingBoing)

Because cotton candy, on its own, does not save enough lives

“I actually hate cotton candy,” Bellan said. “It’s disgusting. I won’t eat it.” But on the other hand, the stuff’s apparently got potential as far as the growing human tissue goes.  (And, no, it’s not exactly new.  Not super-new, anyway.) (via Monochrom)

Otherwise, you’re just running away from every little disaster

Nothing I see or read does anything but convince me that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is even more awesome than I’d suspected. p.s. although what is the square root of a pork chop? (via monochrom)

Scientific understatement of 2008

Quote: “One might be able to envision potential applications ranging from medical interventions to use in video gaming or the creation of artificial memories along the lines of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in ‘Total Recall.’ Imagine taking a vacation without actually going anywhere? “Obviously, we need to conduct further research and development…” (via io9, via EurekAlert: […]

Bring back the dead!

After reading an article on 10 extinct beasts that might conceivably be reintroduced as living, breathing animals on planet earth, is it wrong that the thing I most fiercely crave is to watch a sci-fi movie where the phrase “it might be possible to boot up the moa genome in an ostrich egg” is used? […]

Robots of the future, break out of your cells

Say what you will of Lockheed-Martin’s take on Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles-as-documentary; this proof-of-concept (if that’s the right phrasing) test video is eerily captivating. (References:,,