Posts tagged "Science"
Class canceled, due to revolution.
Entry from Einstein’s notebooks, Nov 9, 1918, in the midst of WWI as the Kaiser abdicates the thrown: 

Science, Religion, and the Big Bang

Here’s a look at the history of intellectual and religious conflict surrounding the beginning of everything, and why the “Big Bang” should really be called the “Everywhere Stretch”, from minutephysics.

The idea of infinity really breaks the human mind, and that’s been a source of spiritual angst since we started thinking about it.

New science suggests that the universe might be closer to eternal than you might think. Only, in a different way than you might have been taught.

Scientific discovery is not valuable unless it has commercial value.

 John McDougall, president of the National Research Council of Canada

My poor Canada. Harper is killing us here. 

Tiny winged robots inspired by flies could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites…once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes designed and created by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled flights by flapping their mechanical wings while still tethered to a tiny power cable, the journal Science said this week. The coin-sized robots sport two thin wings that flap 120 times per second. Flight tests have shown they can make basic maneuvers, including hovering in place for about 20 seconds before crashing.

Tiny winged robots inspired by flies could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites…once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes designed and created by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled flights by flapping their mechanical wings while still tethered to a tiny power cable, the journal Science said this week. The coin-sized robots sport two thin wings that flap 120 times per second. Flight tests have shown they can make basic maneuvers, including hovering in place for about 20 seconds before crashing.


Charles Darwin letters reveal his emotional side
In a collection of previously unpublished letters that have been made available online today, naturalist Charles Darwin reveals a highly emotional and personal side.
In letters to his closest friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, he pours out his grief over the death of his daughter-in-law, Amy. He also speaks of his ideas on evolution for the first time - something he writes was like “confessing to a murder”. 

Charles Darwin letters reveal his emotional side


In a collection of previously unpublished letters that have been made available online today, naturalist Charles Darwin reveals a highly emotional and personal side.

In letters to his closest friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, he pours out his grief over the death of his daughter-in-law, Amy. He also speaks of his ideas on evolution for the first time - something he writes was like “confessing to a murder”. 

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

zefrank:

science the fun way…


Whoa, chemistry. My favourite is the “Pharaoh’s Serpent” experiment with mercury.
Ricky Gervais, truth bombs. 

Ricky Gervais, truth bombs. 

[T]he X-Files systematically purveys an anti-rational view of the world which, by virtue of its recurrent persistence, is insidious.

Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow 

This was written in 1998. It would have actually been kind of fun to have the task of informing RD about the opening day returns for each of the Harry Potter movies. All eight of them. 

Born in the UK, too. Boom!  

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