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Written By: grant b on March 31, 2009 No Comment

The IEEE (what used to be the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) reports in Spectrum about a strange new entertainment breakthrough that combines neurology, electronics and fashion. Scientists with Philips have designed a jacket that makes movies more moving… by moving:

The jacket contains 64 independently controlled actuators distributed across the arms and [...]

Written By: grant b on March 29, 2009 No Comment

Peggy Lee, Santana and Hugh Lofting all predicted, in their own ways, what MSNBC’s Cosmic Log is reporting as news… about Paragon Space Development Corp’s ambitious plan to grow flowers on the moon:

Paragon’s “Lunar Oasis” would piggyback on a lunar lander currently being developed by Odyssey Moon to vie for a [...]

Written By: grant b on March 29, 2009 No Comment

A spotted salamander, spotted in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Photo from the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative.

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Written By: grant b on March 27, 2009 No Comment

As if we needed someone to tell us about it, Science Daily informs us Americans that we’re failing at basic scientific literacy:

Despite its importance to economic growth, environmental protection, and global health and energy issues, scientific literacy is currently low among American adults. According to the national survey commissioned by the California Academy of [...]

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Written By: grant b on March 24, 2009 No Comment

PhysOrg once again brings prehistoric monsters to life:

Although the first fragments were described nearly one hundred years ago, they were assumed to be part of a crustacean-like animal. It was not then realised that other parts of the animal were also in collections, but had been described independently as jellyfish, sea cucumbers and other [...]

Written By: grant b on March 23, 2009 No Comment

SONG: “Visibility” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: “Strange fish has a see-through head”, MSNBC/LiveScience, 23 Feb 2009, as used in the post “Barreleye, I can see inside your head.”

ABSTRACT:
This is a song in the form of a conversation between the Barreleye (

Written By: grant b on March 22, 2009 No Comment

Euproctis chrysorrhoea, better known as the Browntail moth.

It stings our skin and devastates our farmland, and is the subject of experiments using pheromones as a population control.

Found in a very special category on Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant b on March 20, 2009 No Comment

The New York Times gives hope for a better drive home with a report on a new approach to electric cars… from the filling station up:

We started from the infrastructure. We came up with an electric car that would have two features that nobody had before. 1) The battery is removable. So if [...]

Written By: grant b on March 19, 2009 No Comment

Creativity comes from limitations, yes?

Jesse Nesbitt is writing and recording 100 songs in 2009.

These are not particularly scientific, but this is certainly a good example of doing things on a schedule and getting them done.

Luckily, he sounds like all the best bits of The Posies and, sometimes Iron & Wine.

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