Posts filed under “Science”
Newtonian Determinism says that the universe is a clock, a gigantic clock that’s wound up in the beginning of time and has been ticking ever since according to Newton’s laws of motion. So what you’re going to eat 10 years from now on January 1st has already been fixed. It’s already known using Newton’s laws of motion. Einstein believed in that. Einstein was a determinist.
Hold an electromagnet close to your skull and you can enhance or suppress the activity of neurons just beneath it, thanks to a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). In this video, our brave editor Roger Highfield was zapped by Vincent Walsh from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL to show how it can turn off speech. The process was tricky to film as the magnetic fields also interfered with the camera, adding a psychedelic touch to the video. Walsh and his team are looking at how the technique can be used to treat migraine and stroke.
Washington’s Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information. George – the head writer at Washington’s Blog – is a busy professional and a former adjunct professor. ~~~ The U.S. federal drinking water standard for radioactive Iodine-131 is 3 picocuries per liter, but levels exceeding that by as much as 181 times have been…Read More
Walter Derzko of Smart Economy gives us the heads up on this interesting map, showing citations in Chemistry papers (below). Thanks to some clever programming, plus Google Maps, we can see the distribution of the cities that produce more excellent papers than expected. Similar figures are also available for physics and psychology. Note: Professors Loet…Read More
> New Scientist.com: “What is clear is that for the 6.2 years since 2004, there have been more great earthquakes around the world than in any 6.2-year period throughout the 110-year history of seismic recordings.” -Thorne Lay at the University of California, Santa Cruz. > Source: The megaquake connection: Are huge earthquakes linked? Catherine Brahic…Read More
“In the 40 years that Japan had been building nuclear plants, seismic activity was, fortunately or unfortunately, relatively quiet. Not a single nuclear facility was struck by a big quake. The government, along with the power industry and the academic community, all developed the habit of underestimating the potential risks posed by major quakes. “Since…Read More