Entered By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “Rosetta.” [Download] (To download: http://guildofscientifictroubadours.com/choons/grant-Rosetta2.mp3 )

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014, as used in the post “Rosetta is orbiting a comet right now.”

ABSTRACT: This isn’t *really* a song about a friend’s child. It’s [...]

Entered By: grant on August 22, 2014 No Observations

The Atlantic, the Pacific… are sinks. Heat sinks. So says Scientific American, explaining that temperatures haven’t risen as sharply as they could have (YET) because the oceans are absorbing some of the excess heat:

The heat sink occurs when sun-warmed salty water from the tropics travels along ocean currents in the Atlantic to the [...]

Entered By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Observations

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. [...]

Entered By: grant on August 20, 2014 No Observations

A prehistoric worm with claws, says Live Science, has rewritten the origin story of crabs, spiders and mosquitos:

According to a new study of the creatures’ odd claws, Hallucigenia sparsa is the ancestor of modern-day velvet worms, which are strange, sluglike creatures with centipede-style legs.

The finding is surprising because it rewrites the evolutionary history of [...]

Entered By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature [...]

Entered By: grant on August 18, 2014 No Observations

Neomatica explains how British and Australian researchers are figuring out why HIV patients show an unusual resistance to multiple sclerosis and its symptoms. It may be that MS is caused by a virus that is either outcompeted by HIV or else vulnerable to the same anti-retroviral medication:

AIDS patients or people with HIV receiving treatment [...]

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Entered By: grant on August 17, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: Excerpt from <i>The Arabic Machine Manuscript</i>.


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This mysterious water-driven machine is from a mysterious Arabic manuscript, somewhere between 200 and 500 years old. The whole document is full of mechanisms with scoops and gears and vats and water. It’s part of the Max Planck Digital Library collection but I found it on The Public Domain Review.

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Entered By: grant on August 15, 2014 No Observations

Jesus lived 2,000 years ago. There was no such thing as the English language, and most human beings had never even seen paper. 2,500 years before *that* is when we thought the first Egyptian mummies were made. But now, as New Scientist reports, we’ll have to move the date of the first mummies back [...]

Entered By: grant on August 14, 2014 No Observations

Scientific American has more on the weird quantum effects that make consciousness go bye-bye:

General anaesthetics may extinguish consciousness through mysterious quantum biological effects that cause subtle changes in the electronic state of proteins, rather than through ‘conventional’ pharmacological mechanisms such as directly interfering with receptors or ion channels, new research proposes.

The work, carried [...]

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