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January 31, 2004

Exploding Whale

A marine biologist in Taiwan was transporting a beached whale cacass to National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City when it exploded.

According to Wang Chien-ping, a professor of marine biology at the university, this was the largest beached whale on record in Taiwan.

Yet another metaphor for the Dean campaign... Heh.

February 7, 2004

Molecular Expression artwork

That gallant adventurer, Blackfive, recently posted some links to absolutely lovely microscopic photos of his favorite drinks.

I personally enjoyed the Tequila..

These scans come from a website called Molecular Expressions. The site includes a Microscopy primer, a marvelous teaching aid entitled "Science, Optics & You," and of course pictures of teeny tiny things, some of them measuring only microns across.

What I thought was really cool was the information that chip designers like to draw pictures on their chips!! These guys obviously have too much time on their hands.

Still, I enjoyed:
The California license plate,
this Cincinnati Bearcats logo,
a Coat of Arms on a Hewlett-Packard chip,
a lovely Osprey,
the RoadRunner (meep! meep!),
and finally, one of my favorites,
Tux the Linux Penguin.

How cool is that? This is a great website to get the kids interested in science.

Highly recommended.

June 15, 2004

Phoebe sure is purty...

NASA has some fantastic images from the Cassini probe here.

Wow. What I wouldn't pay to take a vacation where that was my window view...

July 25, 2004

Black Holes Explained!

I have to say that Frank J. has become the American answer to Terry Prachett.

You doubt me? Read his primer about black holes!

'Nuff said...

February 18, 2005

Captain, the scanners show something...

Two NASA scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke, believe that they have found strong evidence of life on Mars.

Stroker and Lemke -both working in NASAç—´ Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, say they have found methane signatures and other indicators which parallel results found in certain underground caves on earth.

NASA researchers (including Stroker) went to the Rio Tinto in southwestern Spain in 2003 to study an underground microbial system wherein the organisms eat sulfide minerals and excrete sulfuric acid. This makes the water of the Tinto highly acid, which in turn causes iron to be dissolved into that water, giving it a reddish color, like a red wine. Hence the name Tinto.

The above linked article does not say whether the Rio Tinto organisms are anaerobic, or capable of living without oxygen, but the researchers feel that something similar may exist on Mars in underground caves. Evidence to support their case comes from several sources, including this March 2004 discovery of an iron-bearing mineral called jarosite by Mars rover Opportunity, which might indicate the existence of something similar to the Rio Tinto organisms.

Puppy-blender Glenn Reynolds observes that "If it's not green-skinned alien babes -- preferably with White House press passes -- the Big Media folks probably don't care much."

Well, that would certainly get my attention, yes.

October 4, 2005

ID debate, and who's in charge?

Foreword: Dean Esmay writes about A Voice of Sanity on Intelligent Design. After I finished writing this, I was surprised by my conclusions. As opposed to Dean, I'm agnostic, and believe there are "things on Heaven and Earth, undreamt-of in your philosophy." On the other hand, I still insist on scientific rigor when processing ideas.

So where does that leave me?

Continue reading "ID debate, and who's in charge?" »

May 10, 2006

Comet to hit earth, Bush to blame...

You just can't make this stuff up!

A former French military air traffic controller says a fragment of Comet Schwassman-Wachmann will hit the earth in two weeks.

Better yet, it's all Bush's fault:

He concludes the May 25 event is tied in to the Bush administration's policy of preemptive use of nuclear weapons against Iran, and the effect of nuclear weapons on the realms of higher intelligences.

First Katrina, then this. What's next?


A big thanks to Professor Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy for the original link.

January 18, 2008

Current events in research...

The Instapundit recently linked to this article about new battery research.

Apparently some nano-tech research done at Stanford's Department of Materials Science and Engineering indicates that it might be possible to increase the life of a rechargeable lithium-ion batteries by a tremendous amount. The article mentioned the possibility of reaching a 40-hour life.

That's fantastic compared to current (excuse the pun) batteries. I agree with Professor Reynolds: "Bring it on!"

Something else occurs to me; is it possible to scale this technology up? Forty hours at 40 mph could give an electric car a 1600 mile range. Forty hours might be unrealistic (at least at first) but the possibilities are intriguing.

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