Posts filed under “Science”

Stonehenge Solved

Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity.

2006

Category: Science, Video

Trading & Prenatal Hormone Levels

> “Traders are succeeding not so much because they are rational, but because they have certain biological traits, including confidence, an appetite for risk, search persistence, and speed of reactions,” all of which are derived from prenatal exposure to testosterone.” -John Coates, University of Cambridge neuroscientist and former trader > Here’s a fascinating study to…Read More

Category: Markets, Psychology, Science, Trading

Orbiting Space Junk a Growing Danger

Space flight is a risky business, but the chance of a deadly collision is increasing due to a spreading canopy of junk that’s orbiting our planet. And the wreckage from a recent satellite collision is adding to the trash, making more collisions among spacecraft all but inevitable. WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz reports.


2/26/2009

>

Source:
Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit
ROBERT LEE HOTZ
WSJ, FEBRUARY 26, 2009, 10:04 P.M. ET

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123568403874486701.html

Category: Science, Technology, Video

The Battle for the Arctic

Scientists from the U.S., Canada and Russia race to map the Arctic Ocean under the looming deadline of a UN treaty. Adapted from a one hour documentary on CBC-TV.

January 27, 2009

Category: Science, Video

Space Walk

Truly awesome photo: > via How the Common Man Sees It

Category: Digital Media, Science

Agnotology

Fascinating discussion via Wired‘s Clive Thompson, and Stanford historian of science Robert Proctor, on Agnotology: “When it comes to many contentious subjects, our usual relationship to information is reversed: Ignorance increases. [Proctor] has developed a word inspired by this trend: agnotology. Derived from the Greek root agnosis, it is “the study of culturally constructed ignorance.”…Read More

Category: Psychology, Really, really bad calls, Science, UnScience

David Macaulay Comically Illustrates the Human Body

David Macaulay, author of The Way Things Work, shares his illustrated renditions of the human body, which are more akin to cartoonish blueprints than Gray’s Anatomy.

Category: Science, Video

A surprising idea for “solving” climate change

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap, effective, shocking means to address climate change: What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

Posted: Nov 2007

Category: Science, Video

The Chaos Inside a Cancer Cell

via NYT > Source: The Chaos Inside a Cancer Cell NICHOLAS WADE NYT, December 25, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/science/25visual.html See Also: Why Early Detection Is the Best Way to Beat Cancer Thomas Goetz Wired, 12.22.08 http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-01/ff_cancer

Category: Digital Media, Science

Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it.

Note that he mentions the conflict of interests — when Elites “insulate themselves from the consequences of their decisions, advancing their own short term interests against the interests of overall society.”

Filmed Feb 2003

Category: Markets, Science, Video