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Written By: grant on May 31, 2012 No Comment

Elon Musk celebrates his historic spacecraft’s return home – in less than 140 characters.

Written By: grant on May 30, 2012 No Comment

I’m getting this from Nature, although New Scientist has also been covering it. A group called “the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front” is waging war – with guns and bombs – against nuclear researchers and nanotechnologists:

The Olga Cell, named after an imprisoned Greek anarchist, is part of the Informal Anarchist Federation, which, in April [...]

Written By: grant on May 29, 2012 No Comment

BBC breaks some not-terribly-encouraging news from the stoner desk. Neuromedical researchers have found marijuana-based meds don’t slow the progress multiple sclerosis:

Lead researcher, Professor John Zajicek, will present the preliminary results of the Cupid (Cannabinoid Use in Progressive Inflammatory brain Disease) trial to the Association of British Neurologists in Brighton later.

Prof Zajicek said he was “disappointed” the overall effect [...]

Written By: grant on May 28, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Figure 1</i>, “Biosystematic Studies in <i>Papaver</i>, Section <i>Oxytona</i>,” <i>Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden</i>, 1974


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Poppies.

For Memorial Day.

Funny how that saturated color automatically looks so 1970s now, when all they were trying to do was represent things precisely.

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Written By: grant on May 27, 2012 2 Comments
Science Art: <i>Plate II, Mitchill’s Fishes of New-York</i>, by Alexander Anderson, 1815.

Alexander Anderson, medical doctor and illustrator, is remembered as America’s first wood engraver. He helped Samuel Mitchill explain what that was wriggling on the end of the line to all New York’s anglers a couple of centuries ago.

This plate comes from Digital Gallery of the New York Public Library. Any designers reading this would do well [...]

Written By: grant on May 25, 2012 No Comment

PhysOrg finds something weird about the nicotine-based pesticides that seem to be making trouble for bees. Neonicotinoids make them picky eaters:

The UC San Diego biologists focused their study on a specific neonicotinoid known as “imidacloprid,” which has been banned for use in certain crops in some European countries and is being increasingly scrutinized in the United States.

“In 2006, it [...]

Written By: grant on May 24, 2012 No Comment

MIT’s Technology Review is not a publication ordinarily given to hyperbole. So it’s a little distracting when their web desk declares that Facebook is heading for an implosion that will take internet business as we know it down with it:

The daily and stubborn reality for everybody building businesses on the strength of Web advertising is that the value [...]

Written By: grant on May 23, 2012 No Comment

The health desk at The Atlantic might be looking a little bit like a wood shop, thanks to their reporting on the medical marvels of bone putty:

Researchers at the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense are developing a new “fracture putty” with the aim of significantly shortening the healing [...]

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Written By: grant on May 22, 2012 No Comment

PhysOrg gets me all het up over this modern-day alchemist who’s figured out how to transmute greenhouse gases into useful materials… and energy:

Making carbon-based products from CO2 is nothing new, but carbon dioxide molecules are so stable that those reactions usually take up a lot of energy. If that energy were to come from fossil fuels, over time the [...]

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