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Written By: grant b on May 31, 2010 No Comment

Fixing the BBC’s headline here (and wife??) while celebrating a new, high frequency project by Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, dog musicians:

US rock star Lou Reed and his artist wife Laurie Anderson are to stage a “high-frequency concert” for canines in Australia.

Music for Dogs, to be held outside the Sydney Opera House, is [...]

Written By: grant b on May 30, 2010 No Comment

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A montage of photos taken from the USS Boxer (LHD 4) while the ship was on maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. The earth’s shadow stood between the sun and the moon as the sailors looked up.

U.S. Navy photo Illustration by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Valcarcel, photo found among the [...]

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Written By: grant b on May 28, 2010 No Comment

That’s how Science Daily says life is like for fruit flies who’ve had their smell gene connected to the light gene:

Normally animals avoid light. However, blue light simulates in genetically modified larvae the smell of an odorant, e.g., banana, marzipan or glue — odors which are all present in rotting fruit and attractive [...]

Written By: grant b on May 27, 2010 No Comment

BBC reports on what appears to be (oversimplifying here) a hormonal link between skepticism and aggression:

To test the impact of testosterone on trust, the study authors from Utrecht University and the University of Cape Town, gave 24 young women with an average age of 20 years a dose of the hormone or [...]

Written By: grant b on May 26, 2010 No Comment

UPenn paleontologists have named a whole new kind of dinosaur:

The dinosaur, whose name translates to mean “grinding-mouth, wrinkle-eye,” was most likely an herbivore that ate the ferns and conifer trees found as fossils in the same rock layer….

Jeyawati is a close relative of the duck-billed hadrosaurs, which were abundant across the Northern [...]

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Written By: grant b on May 24, 2010 No Comment

The Christian Science Monitor (a surprisingly good source for tech news) is carrying a report on the newest advances in old flying technology – the world’s largest inflatable vehicle is prepared to launch:

The 235-foot (72 m) long airship, known as the Bullet 580, has a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h) and [...]

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Written By: grant b on May 23, 2010 No Comment

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

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Partially based on “Have aliens hijacked Voyager 2 spacecraft”, Daily Telegraph, 12 May 10, as used in the post I**AM**V-GER***, and partially based on “Barnard’s Star” by Kate Horowitz.

ABSTRACT: I felt a sort [...]

Written By: grant b on May 21, 2010 No Comment

BBC (among other outlets) has gotten all excited over the world’s first artificial life form:

The team was led by Dr Craig Venter of the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Maryland and California.

He and his colleagues had previously made a synthetic bacterial genome, and transplanted the genome of one bacterium into another.

Now, the [...]

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Written By: grant b on May 20, 2010 No Comment

Nature says it’s true: Rhesus monkeys will trade items of value – in this case, juice – in return for sexy monkey booty shots:

The researchers gave captive male rhesus macaques two options: a drink of cherry juice, or a different-sized shot of juice and the chance to look at one of a [...]

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