Posts filed under “Science”
I know the Themis Guys! NASA’s THEMIS mission consists of five identical probes that will track the violent, colorful eruptions of aurora near the North Pole. The satellite is scheduled to liftoff on February 15, 2007 aboard a Delta II rocket from Launch Complex 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.
There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.
“Once you’ve heard ‘renaissance mycologist’ Paul Stamets talk about mushrooms, you’ll never look at the world — not to mention your backyard — in the same way again.” -Linda Baker, Salon.com
The mushroom biologist talks about the antimicrobial properties of fungi, how they can be used as potent insecticides, and how they may help boost the human immune system.
The Solar System” is a simulation/educational program designed to help make the experience of learning more enjoyable. Even if facts aren’t your interest, it’s a great way to explore the universe around us. It has been designed from the ground up with the distinct intent to make exploring and learning about the solar system fun,…Read More
One of the things I have taught myself to do over the years was to think in different time frames. This includes very long geological epochs and astronomical eons. Maybe it was an interest in dinosaurs and astronomy as a kid, but historical time frames was a concept I was familiar with. Perhaps that was the…Read More
Within the past 24 hours, the Pacific “Ring of Fire” – the region of the world where 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur and 75% of the world’s volcanoes are located – has been hammered with earthquakes: 8.6 in Indonesia 7.0 in Mexico (in the state of Michoacan) 6.9 in Mexico (in the Gulf of…Read More