Posts filed under “Science”

The Anthropocene: We’ve been here how long?

Science is recognising humans as a geological force to be reckoned with

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Source:
The Anthropocene: A man-made world
May 26th 2011 |
http://www.economist.com/node/18741749

Category: Science

Galaxy Centaurus A

Latest space telescope picture combines images from multiple wavelengths to shed light on galaxy 11m light years from Earth. New Hubble space telescope image of Centaurus A, a relatively close neighbor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Source: Hubble photograph of Centaurus A reveals bright jewel behind dust (The Guardian, June 19, 2011) Hubble photo…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

So Much More Than Plasma and Poison

Fantastic article from the NYT about Jellyfish: (So Much More Than Plasma and Poison): Source: (So Much More Than Plasma and Poison) NATALIE ANGIER NY Times, June 6, 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/science/07jellyfish.html

Category: Science, Weekend

Apocalypse Thinking: All Too Human Pattern Seeking

I was a little surprised about some of the pushback to the Oh, No, Not the End of the World (Again) column. Which made this column in New Scientist all the more delightful. It starts with pattern seeking: “Cognitively, there are several processes at work, starting with the fact that our brains are pattern-seeking belief…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Science

Time to Order the New Bugs!

I am not what you call an organic gardener. As much as I like to get my hands dirty, plant things and watch them grow, I am not afraid to engage in the occasional bout of chemical warfare with some pests. However, before I break out Agent Orange, each year around late May/early June, I…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Most Complete Map of the Universe EVER

~~~ Source: Scientists unveil most complete EVER map of the universe that extends to 380 million light years away DAILY MAIL 26th May 2011 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1390908/Scientists-unveil-complete-EVER-map-universe-extends-380-million-lightyears-away.html?ITO=1490

Category: Science, Weekend

Green Sky: Spectacular Northern Lights

Photographer Stephane Vetter combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings, but also their reflections off Iceland’s largest glacial lake. He took his photographs during a visit to the lake, Jökulsárlón. > click for bigger photo > Source: Green sky at night Spectacular image of the Northern Lights that captures two auroral…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Schoonover: The ‘Miraculous’ Revolution in Neuroscience

Carl E. Schoonover: Portraits of the Mind
swissnex San Francisco

Category: Science, Video

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. ~~~ Scientists have developed a simple blood test to determine how long you will live. How? By measuring the length of your “telomeres”, the ends of chromosome….Read More

Category: Science, Think Tank

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story. Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend