51 Microlog entries tagged with ‘science’

Near-total solar eclipse to darken Irish skies
It’s on 20 March, this Friday morning! I missed the last one, in August 1999, ‘cause I was at work. Weather permitting, I don’t intend to make that mistake again. #   ·

What came before the big bang?
I love this kind of thing, where science (not my field at all) blurs into philosophy (totally my bag). #   ·

What are sinkholes, how do they form and why are we seeing so many?
The Independent with a decent primer on something that’s been on my mind the last few months. #   ·

Why do we make mistakes? Blame your brain, the original autocorrector
It’s the reason why writing and editing requires stepping away from the page now and then. #   ·

Ask a grown-up: what is the universe expanding into?
These ‘Ask a grown up’ things in the Guardian are usually hit-and-miss (most respondents seem oblivious to the age of their questioners) but I love the straight-forward answer to this one: we don’t know! #   ·

Microbes manipulate your mind
It surprised me to learn a few years ago how connected the brain and the gut really are. It’s freaky stuff, neuroscience. #   ·

MIT develops ketchup bottle that lets you use every drop
It apparently works for most other viscous liquids, too. No more waste! #   ·

The Weird Fungus That Lives In Your Gut
Biology never ceases to amaze me. #   ·

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets
Maglev trains in a 1,000-mile tunnel into space? Someone get on this, please. #   ·

The Human Lake
“Instead of being lashed to a lab bench for years, carrying out experiments to illuminate one particular fold in one particular protein, we [science writers] get to play the field. We travel between different departments, different universities, different countries, and—most important of all—different disciplines. And sometimes we see links between different kinds of science that scientists themselves have missed. Which is why… I presented my audience with this photograph of a lake. For the next hour, I tried to convince them that their bodies are a lot like that lake, and that appreciating this fact could help them find new ways to treat diseases ranging from obesity to heart disease to infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Carl Zimmer’s talk on the importance of the human body’s microbial system. A long read, but fascinating stuff [c/o Kottke]. #   ·

Cooking for Geeks
I need to get this at some point. #   ·

Science channels explode onto YouTube
I’ve said it before: these are perfect tools for the classroom. I’m the kid who learned more from TV about maths and science (and appreciating them) than I ever did at school. I’m surely not the only one. #   ·

Why can’t I control my individual toes?
In short: because I haven’t practiced. But can neuroscience explain why I can’t click my fingers? #   ·

Why Is Carbon Fiber So Expensive?
Turns out the manufacturing process is a massive pain in the arse. Also: I didn’t realise it’s been around since the 1960s. #   ·

Q&A: The unappreciated benefits of dyslexia
Makes sense to me. #   ·

Pruney fingers for better gripping
Those wrinkles you get in the bath might be an evolutionary adaptation that allow for better gripping in wet conditions? Well I never. #   ·

Speed-of-light results under scrutiny at Cern
Neutrinos in faster-than-light shocker: “We want just to be helped by the community in understanding our crazy result — because it is crazy.” That’s an understatement. #   ·

The Tastes of Drinking Water
So algae made New York’s drinking water taste of fish or cucumbers? Now I’m kind of glad our tap water tastes only mildly soapy sometimes [c/o Kottke]. #   ·

Wikipedia entry on spherification
Or, the culinary process of shaping a liquid into little spheres. Craziness. From the tasting menu at Interesting 2011, which also included sweets made from miracle fruit. #   ·

Why the future doesn’t need us
“Our most powerful 21st-century technologies — robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech — are threatening to make humans an endangered species.” I’ve already Instapaper’d this to read on my Kindle. #   ·

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