Entered By: grant on March 26, 2014 No Observations

If you never thought cosmic loneliness was a computing problem, think again. In Popular Mechanics, SETI leader Seth Shostak says Moore’s Law means we’ll find aliens in the next 20 years:

If you’re trying to determine when we’re going to succeed with SETI, that really depends on only two questions. First, how many societies are out there broadcasting signals [...]

Entered By: grant on March 24, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “Starter Home.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Home Tweet Home: High-Tech Solutions for House and Apartment,” New York Times, 7 March 2014, as used in the post “This home really speaks to me. Over the internet…”

ABSTRACT: I recorded most of the music – the backing tracks, everything [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 23, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Nebulae in the Pleiades</i>, by the Yerkes Observatory

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This is an old photograph taken through the largest refracting telescope (no mirrors, just a really big lens) in the world, the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin.

Edwin Hubble, Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan all looked at the sky through the observatory’s huge lenses. This image was taken sometime before 1919, when it appeared in National Geographic [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 21, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily is rubbing their hands (and stomping their feet) over new breakthroughs in harnessing your everyday movements to power up your batteries:

…[Georgia Institute of Technology professor Zhong Lin] Wang then developed the first triboelectric nanogenerator, or “TENG.” He paired two sheets of different materials together — one donates electrons, and the other accepts them. When the sheets [...]

Entered By: grant on March 20, 2014 No Observations

Nature reveals proof that elephants recognize individual humans – including the languages used who did them wrong:

Biologists Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, guessed that African elephants (Loxodonta africana) might be able to listen to human speech and make use of what they heard. To tease out whether this was true, [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 19, 2014 No Observations

National Geographic is hosting a live chat tomorrow with some of the folks on the forefront of space exploration:

On March 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, join us for a live video conversation with space architect Constance Adams, astronaut Piers Sellers, and planetary geologist Bethany Ehlmann. We’ll discuss our passion for space and what inspires us to keep [...]

Entered By: grant on March 18, 2014 No Observations

Nature tries to see what was behind the comet that killed the dinosaurs – and other mass extinctions that seem to happen every 35 million years. One guess: Our solar system passes through a disk of dark matter that knocks meteors and comets into our planet:

Meteorites regularly pepper Earth’s surface. Thirty years ago, physicists suggested that this bombardment [...]

Entered By: grant on March 17, 2014 No Observations

The New York Times looks at the first new research into LSD therapy in four decades:

“I’d never taken the drug before, so I was feeling — well, I think the proper word for it, in English, is dread,” said Peter, 50, an Austrian social worker, in a telephone interview; he asked that his last name be omitted to [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 16, 2014 No Observations
Science Art:<i>Bacterial morphology diagram</i>, by Mariana Ruiz

It could be the new collection of shower curtains and matching towels at Target. But no – pleasant though they may be to look at, these shapes make us feel bad.

Found on Wikimedia Commons.

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