Cool Science and Technology News and Links
November 1, 2007, 6:05 am
Filed under: alternative energy, interesting, physics, science, space, technology, Uncategorized

WTF?! Why We Curse. An article by Steven Pinker, exploring the roots of modern “dirty words” and the psychohistory of how and why we use the expletives we use. [more inside] (via Metafilter)

The Universe is a figment of someone else’s imagination (NYTimes)

Zoom into the Pelican Nebula (YouTube)

Dragonfly or insect spy? Scientists at work on robobugs (Washington Post)

Particle accelerator experiments show that the neutron has a negatively charged exterior, a positively charged middle, and a negative core. Abstract from Physical Review Letters. (via Metafilter)

The Wonders of Graphene (Technology Review)

EXCERPT: “Using graphite–the black flaky stuff employed in pencils–researchers at Northwestern University have created a strong, flexible, and lightweight paperlike material. It could be used as electrolytes or hydrogen storage materials in fuel cells, electrodes in supercapacitors and batteries, and super-thin chemical filters. It could also be mixed with polymers or metals to make materials for use in aircraft fuselages, cars, and buildings.   The new material is made of overlapping layers of graphene, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms arranged in honeycomb-like hexagons. In contrast, graphite, which becomes powdery under pressure, is made of graphene sheets stacked one on top of the other.”

Go With the Flow: Where Natural Science and Social Science Collide (Treehugger)

Is Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Unique? (PonderAbout)

Robot Cannon goes berserk, kills 9 (Gizmodo)

Scientists reveal secret of levitation (Raw Story)

What if Cold Fusion is real? (Wired)

Cheap Hosting and Free Speech (CNet)

Searching for God in the Brain. “Researchers are unearthing the roots of religious feeling in the neural commotion that accompanies the spiritual epiphanies of nuns, Buddhists and other people of faith.” [Linked from MindHacks, which points out a few niggling omissions in the article.] (via Metafilter)

How to Build a Time Machine (Scientific American)

The Johnson Solids are a set of 92 semi-regular polyhedra, all of which are uniquely named and numbered. Except for the familiar square pyramid they all have exotic names like the Hebesphenomegacorona. A Hebesphenomegacorona in space. Number 26, the Gyrobifastigium, is unique in that if copies of itself are properly stacked together they will leave no gaps, thus making it the only space filling Johnson Solid. (via Metafilter)

Excellent BBC Brain Story series available online. One of the best TV series on psychology and neuroscience ever produced, the BBC’s Brain Story, is available on public bittorrent servers for download. It is a six part series covering virtually every area of contemporary neuropsychology, including the major researchers, discoveries, techniques and even many of the patients who have been the subjects of classic case studies that have helped us understand the curious effects of brain injury. (via Metafilter)

BrainPaint. Beautiful, real-time images created through neurofeedback by using the electrical activity of the brain to seed fractal patterns. (via Metafilter)

Arecibo Observatory, only facility on the planet able to track asteroids with enough precision to tell which ones might plow into Earth is losing funding. NSF has told them to find outside funding for half their budget. Part of the problem? They’re in PR, so they have no state senators to fight budget cuts on their behalf. Also facing a crunch, the Very Long Baseline Array (Very Large Array seems ok, money-wise) which stretches from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands. (via Metafilter)

Imagini Visual DNA. A ten-webpage survey supposed to profile your personality (via Metafilter)


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Some pretty useful technology links, thanks.

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