Entered By: grant on November 25, 2014 No Observations

Popular Mechanics gets all excited over PayPal/Tesla Motors/SpaceX magnate Elon Musk’s next set of high-tech tricks, including drones and rockets with unfolding wings (in a Star Wars-like configuration). if I had a billion dollars, I’d be doing this stuff too:

The SpaceX chief unveiled the new Falcon 9R rocket design, which includes four guiding […]

Entered By: grant on November 24, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “High Desert.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “All Dressed Up For Mars And Nowhere To Go“, Medium, 9 November 2014, as used in the post “Red Planet dreams: what it takes to sign up for a one-way mission….”

ABSTRACT: This is one of those songs where […]

Entered By: grant on November 23, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Text-fig. 5. – Model of electron paths</i>, 1946

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It looks like a wrought-iron finial for a curtain rod. It’s actually a demonstration of how electrons can be used as a lens – how an electron microscope make such small things visible.

Found in Introduction to the Electron Microscope by F.E.J. Ockenden, 1946.

Entered By: grant on November 21, 2014 No Observations

NPR goes, ahem, under the covers to trace the brain chemistry of sleep:

“One of the most profound effects of a night of sleep is the improvement in our ability to remember things,” says Ravi Allada, a sleep researcher at Northwestern University. Yet this connection hasn’t been well-understood, he says.

That’s changing, thanks to recent […]

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Entered By: grant on November 20, 2014 No Observations

This is from Salon, so not exactly science reportage here, but still:

In what might be the most ridiculous aspect of the whole thing, the bill forbids scientific experts from participating in “advisory activities” that either directly or indirectly involve their own work. In case that wasn’t clear: experts would be forbidden from sharing […]

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Entered By: grant on November 20, 2014 No Observations

Scientific American (via Nature) has more about Rush Holt’s eight-term Congressional career, and his new gig as CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

Is it distressing that science funding has been slashed in recent years?
It’s not just science funding. In Congress, the public understanding of science has slipped in recent […]

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Entered By: grant on November 19, 2014 No Observations

CBC has more on a study that finds kids adopted from China in infancy still have native speakers’ brain responses to spoken Chinese – even if they can’t understand it:

Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into families that don’t speak Chinese still unconsciously recognize Chinese sounds as language more […]

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Entered By: grant on November 18, 2014 No Observations

Sorry, was that overdramatic? Science Daily is calmer in reporting that University of California researchers have found that Triclosan, the stuff that makes antibacterial soap work, causes liver fibrosis and cancer:

“Triclosan’s increasing detection in environmental samples and its increasingly broad use in consumer products may overcome its moderate benefit and present a very […]

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Entered By: grant on November 16, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>#11268</i> (Small, Unidentified Insect On the Exoskeletal Surface Of A Dragonfly)

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This is a strange bug from PHIL, the CDC’s Public Health Image Library. Not the kind of bug the CDC usually deals with… it’s an unidentified insect found, mysteriously enough, on the outside of an unidentified dragonfly. Sticking to an antenna, in fact.

As PHIL says, Though this arthropod was found […]

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