Category Archives: Science

Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — and horror

In an era when our Conservative government cares little about conservation, this TED Talk shows both the horror and the hope of climactic and human changes to the ocean.  A more progressive approach is needed, and soon, but there is still a chance we can save our beautiful blue. Brian Skerry: The ocean’s glory — […]

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How a Spring Falls

  21 GIFs That Will Teach You A Damn Thing For Once In Your Life – Imgur.

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Spider That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys

The test of advanced animal intelligence is tool use. More and more animals are joining the primates in this group.  This artistic spider has even learned how to make decoys. In September, Torres was leading visitors into a floodplain surrounding Peru’s Tambopata Research Center, located near the western edge of the Amazon. From a distance, they […]

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Life as a Scientist of Life Sciences

Neat article by the National Post about a spider expert. I particularly loved this little aside: Erigonines are so small that Nina has to handle them using a combination of a fine-gauge pipette—with which she sucks up a bead or two of spider-containing alcohol—and an even finer insect needle—with which she spends long minutes positioning […]

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Soap Bubble Burst ~ Fun zone

http://dreamsivaraj.blogspot.com/2010/10/soap-bubble-burst.html I found this page while searching for those Roland Flexner works the other week. Three cheers for high-speed photography!

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Balloon Travels Through Bladeless Fans is Todays BIG Thing in Technology – JUN 02, 2010

http://technology.todaysbigthing.com/2010/06/02 This is why you need to keep your engineers on a tight leash (and a tight budget).

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The Bushmobile is Todays BIG Thing in Technology – JUN 09, 2010

http://technology.todaysbigthing.com/2010/06/09 The Bushmobile. Inspired by MacBeth, or Monty Python, at the very least. I totally want one of these, if only because you could park it anywhere without the risk of getting a ticket.

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The Dead Fly Artwork Of Magnus Muhr

http://io9.com/5531140/the-dead-fly-artwork-of-magnus-muhr/gallery/ I don’t like this, I loooooooove this. There’s something very Far Side-ian about these little comics, though I may just be thinking of Gary Larson’s drosophilia-philia. (Couldn’t resist, sorry.)

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Swearing can reduce the feeling of pain – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/sciencenews/5803300/Swearing-can-reduce-the-feeling-of-pain.html Love it! Scientists have discovered that uttering swear words can help to lessen the feeling of physical pain. The study by researchers at Keele University found that volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer when they swore compared to when they used words which were not offensive.

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Pirate Bay founders get rich in jail| Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSTRE55T1QF20090630 The Pirate Bay goes “legit”. My initial reaction was an eyeroll and a thought back to how toothless Napster became after a similar move. But the Reuters story suggests a glint of hope: Global Gaming Chief Executive Hans Pandeya told a news conference that the revamped website would generate money via advertising, supplying storage […]

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