Entered By: grant on March 30, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Portrait of John Kepler</i>, 1854

This is the face of the man who was ROBBED by the third episode of Cosmos. Planetary motion? Elliptical orbits? Not Newton’s ideas – this guy’s.

And the story of how he figured them out is pretty darn interesting. See, Kepler was a divinity student with a really fascinating theology….

This image comes from The Illustrated Magazine of [...]

Entered By: grant on March 28, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has a lively take on computing, with new circuits made of living slime molds:

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold tubes to process information.

One is more likely to find the slime mold Physarum polycephalum living somewhere [...]

Entered By: grant on March 27, 2014 No Observations

BBC has the full story on a 75 million-year-old giant sea turtle fossil that took a century and a half to put together:

Atlantochelys mortoni was originally described from a broken arm bone, or humerus, found in the 1840s in the US state of New Jersey.

Remarkably, the missing portion has also now been unearthed.

The fossil fragments are a perfect [...]

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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 [...]

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