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Random Science & Technology Links
January 17, 2009, 9:29 am
Filed under: interesting, Miscellaneous, news, science, technology, Uncategorized

HOWTO Convert your car to run on garbage – BoingBoing 1/11/09

Single-Celled Giant Upends Early Evolution – Discovery Channel 12/1/08

Terrorists could use ‘insect-based’ biological weapon  – Telegraph, UK 1/5/09

’60 Minutes’ video: Tech that reads your mind – CNet 1/5/09

This segment investigates breakthroughs researchers have made in identifying what people are thinking by conducting brain scans, and why the Supreme Court might one day get involved.

Where Search Meets Research – via Metafilter 12/31/08

middlespot.com is a search interface for teachers, librarians, researchers and anyone who wants to interpret information faster from their search results, collect and annotate relevant results into groups, and share those collections with people relying on their expertise.

The Beautiful Mind. An online gallery of neuroscience photographs

Is technology re- wiring our brains? – Raw STory 12/4/08

Humans 80,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought? – National Geographic 12/2/08

Stone tools found in Ethiopia, likely crafted by the earliest Homo sapiens, have been dated to at least 276,000 years ago—80,000 years before our earliest relatives were thought to roam Africa.

Nano device ‘times drug release’ – BBC 1/3/09

Researchers say they can harness the power of gold nanoparticles to devise a better way of delivering drugs to patients.

Scientists Investigate New Pathogen Carried by Rats – Miller McCune 12/17/08

Is there a new plague for the 21st century? 

Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home (AP)  – Yahoo 12/25/08

A short history of anatomical maps – Metafilter 12/23/08

New quantum memory record – Raw Story 12/10/08

Physicists have taken a significant step toward creation of quantum networks by establishing a new record for the length of time that quantum information can be stored in and retrieved from an ensemble of very cold atoms.

First light for US ‘laser jumbo’  – BBC 12/3/08

The multi-billion dollar ABL programme has been running for more than 12 years.

Scientists are reported to be working out other uses for the flying weapon – which could help secure continued funding. These extra missions include shooting down surface-to-air missiles, cruise missiles and even enemy aircraft.

Popular Medical Myths Put to Rest [Mythbusting]  – LifeHacker 1/2/09

‘Bug’ could combat dengue fever – BBC 1/1/09

Humans could be protected from dengue fever by infecting the mosquitoes carrying it with a parasite, say researchers.

China finds world’s ‘largest fossil site’  – Raw Story 12/30/08

Grape extract kills cancer cells – BBC 12/31/08

10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy – Alternet 12/10/08

Scientists tell United Nations that Earth needs an asteroid shield – Guardian, UK 12/6/08 

The Rainbow Bomb – Metafilter 11/28/08

Nukes In Space: The Rainbow Bomb (52 minutes Google Video)
Narrated by William Shatner, “Nukes in Space” provides an interesting overview of the development of the military space program of missiles and space-based nuclear weapons testing with spectacular, never-before-seen images. Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security. During the heart of the Cold War, the United States and the former Soviet Union launched and detonated a combined total of over 20 thermo nuclear weapons in the upper atmosphere and near space region of earth in an effort to test the effects of launching an offense as well as countering an offense. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis!

Starting with the V-1 and V-2, this film takes you through missile development of ICBM’s with nuclear warheads, the Cuban Missile Crisis through anti-ballistic missile systems and what implications the they hold for the future of our nation’s security.

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