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io9 Bringing The Science Today

Just a quick note, but two fun and interesting science links from io9.  First, a look into why koalas have human (or human-like) fingerprints.  A good bit of info for the layman about convergent evolution.  Second is a look at dogs and other animals shaking water off themselves, and why they are so good at it.  With fun high-speed video!  io9 has quickly become my go-to site for sci-fi and comic book movie stuff as they have my preferred balance of spoiler to non-spoiler content.  I hope you enjoy these!

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Friday Finds – Diamond Weevils, Firefly and the Commodore 64

The holiday lull is over, I’ve actually got a few posts to put in here, woohoo!

And now, the links:

The Diamond Weevil (doesn’t THAT sound like a really lame Clan in the MechWarrior universe) looks really cool, for, you know, a weevil.

Circuits that can self-heal when cracked with liquid metal.  We truly live in the future.

The Commodore 64 turns 30, I loved this machine and spent so many of my young life hacking at programming, playing early Microprose games, and it’s been a system I’ve revisited via emulation ever since.

The BBC’s list of 100 things we didn’t know last year.  Somewhat lame this year, but there are a few good ones.  My highlights:

2. Bald people grow the wrong type of hair – so fine it’s invisible to the naked eye.
More details

Riiiight, Dad, just keep telling yourself that.

29. Dogs watch hownice people are to others to work out whom to approach to beg for food.  More details (Daily Mail)

Cats, of course, simply smother that person in their sleep and take the food.

43. The odds ofscoring two hole-in-ones in the same round of golf are 67 million-to-one.  More details

The odds of a hack golfer claiming to have done it (or seen it done) are two to one.

97. Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing.
More details (Daily Mail)

Maybe that’s why I don’t like most booze, the music isn’t loud enough.

This is really cool – a ‘Lost World’ discovered under an Antarctic shelf.

And finally, the dead Firefly video game could see new life.  They have the code, but they need permisstion to play in the ‘verse.

Wait, one more thing:  74.77.96.93:28070 is my Jedi Knight II server.  Had to patch it up to 1.04 due to crashes on Vista.  BRING IT.

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Friday Finds – LOTR and Star Wars

Hey, it’s been a while.  Vacations, children, car shopping, attending Sabres games in the press box, all take a toll on my time.  Onto the posts!

Bah, I’ll be impressed when the docking bay is built into a giant Death Star model.

100 facts about the Lord of the Rings movies, many of which you might know if you watched the movies with the DVD commentary on.  Neat for those of us who haven’t.

I just love glaciers, and science.

The Math that Saved Apollo 13 – this is cool.  I had JUST watched a show about Apollo 13 where you saw Lovell with this very manual.

Mimicking nature, always a solid option when you have a technical challenge like this.  These ‘kelp forest’ underwater power generators could possibly be adapter to work almost anywhere.

Really does sort of resemble the Silver Surfer.  It’s a comet, though.

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Console Games PC Games Sci/Tech

Friday Finds – Remembering

It’s 11/11/11, a day I’m already tired of being reminded of as being ‘special’.  The REAL reason it’s special is Veteran’s Day (or Rememberance Day for you folks north of me).  My dad was in the Navy for 26 years, in Vietnam, in the Gulf during some tense times, all of that.  I heard a ton of stories as he, my uncle and the husbands of my mom’s friends all told their stories while the ladies played cards and drank strawberry daquiris (half the time forgetting the rum).  The men, ranging from my dad, who spent most of his career in the ‘brown water’ Navy, on amphibious ships and in the rivers of Vietnam, to a supply corps Captain, to a Merchant Marine sailor during WW2, told stories ranging from hilarious to harrowing.  Many of the stories have stayed with me to this day.  Thanks, Dad.

On a less serious note, this week’s posts:

Links of the week:

7 Things You Should Do In Skyrim – The game is now out, and I must play it.

Create instant origami.  Light, heat and plastic sheets.

Urine Power.  I need say no more.  You’ve already clicked it.

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Friday Finds – Vicious Krakens

I’ve been seriously sick pretty much all week, so there isn’t much this week.  Hope to recover over the weekend so I can get back after it.

Links:

Krakens be crazy.

Flying power generation, very cool.

I always love when scientists figure out the cause  to something so odd.

A Good Day to Die Hard?  I think they are really stretching it.

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PC Games Sci/Tech

Friday Finds – Solar Sails and LEGO

Happy Friday all!  It’s a busy day today, so I’ll get right down to it:

And a couple of quick links:

Using a solar sail to clean up space junk – or LASERS.  I’m not the only one thinking DS9, right?

A LEGO augmented-reality game that makes me envy the iPhone???

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Friday Finds – Gingerbread and Satellites

Hey everybody, hope you had a good week.  I was busy being productive at work (and moving to another building) so the links are light.  Here are this week’s posts:

A beautiful new day, seen from space.  And oh yeah – it happens 18 times a day for them.

You’ve all heard about the neutrinos by now, probably.  I’m still thinking there’s a problem with their calculations or equipment, but if not, big changes to our understanding of the universe.

Scientists in Spain discovered a cloaking device (for magnetic fields).  Where would scientists get names for stuff if not for Sci-Fi books and shows?

Insert witty comment about hoping the satellite debris finds the cast of Jersey Shore.

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Featured Sci/Tech

Mars Simulation Nearing Completion

I mentioned this mission back when it started, and now it is nearing completion (you may need a New Scientist login to view that article).  What I’m talking about is Mars 500, an experiment to test the psychological stresses of long-term spaceflight, such as what would be required on a trip to the Red Planet.

 the “spacecraft”: a set of interconnected cylindrical modules. The windowless chambers are locked and soundproofed, with air and water piped in. The six volunteers inside eat only what they brought and what they can grow.

They also simulate the communication delays, with messages taking an appropriate amount of time to reach them, so they have to solve problems on their own.  It’s neat stuff.  I wonder if that French guy’s guitar survived the ‘trip’, though.

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Friday Finds – Downy Canadian Dinosaurs and Colliding Galaxies

Hey everybody, hope you had a fun week.  Here’s the posts from this week:

Here are the links you may like: 

Scientists found dinosaur feathers from 70 million years ago in a chunk of amber in Canada.  Of course dinosaurs in Canada had feathers, have you been there in the winter?

Galactic collisions caused our galaxy to have spiral arms.  And the rogue galaxy is coming back for us again!  We’d better train up some oilmen to launch into space and take it out, in 10 million years or so.

An alternate theory on how cancer cells get energy could change the way we fight them.  It requires more study but this is fascinating stuff.

And now, for something completely different.  If you’ve ever had to cook corn on the cob for a party or simply a large family, it was probably a pain to either keep a couple of large pots boiling.  So use your cooler instead.

Finally, if you’ve got a LEGO fan who loves Star Wars, and honestly most of them do, the LEGO Star Wars Hoth/Wampa playset is on sale.

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Friday Finds – Robot Octopi and Arctic Airships

A light week this week, due to the holidays and not being home much.

But that does leave plenty of room for links!

Star Wars:  Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition, a fine gift for the SW geek in your family.

A horribly incomplete list of best and worst movie adaptations.  Check the comments for some better choices, and comment here if you have other suggestions.

Happy Birthday Star Trek.

Dolphins may ‘talk’ similar to humans.  Re-analysis of data gathered in the 70s, really cool stuff they can do now.

Diamond Light Source wants your short stories or flash fiction involving their particle accelerator.  I know there are some aspiring (and successful) writers who read, might be fun.

I just love airships, as anyone where I work can tell you, and using them to deliver stuff to the North Pole would be super cool.

Electromagnetic induced transparency, which has to give me my transparent aluminum, right?

 Quite the handshake, there.  Go ahead with your Robot Overlords jokes, if you must.

 

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Friday Finds – Psychic Benefits and the Silmarillion

Hey all, hope you had a good week.  I’ll be out of the loop a bit this weekend, though I might actually be able to do my fantasy football draft (wooo!).  Here are last week’s posts:

And now for the links:

A third TRON movie is in the works.  It’s unclear how sure this is at this point, but I very much enjoyed Legacy, so another movie would be welcome.

A great breakdown of the problems of scale for the Defiant in Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and other properties.  Also a good illustration of why JMS never wanted to quote sizes and speeds for the ships in B5.

Nerdier shirts may not exist.  Not that you’d wear, anyway.

There’s a fascinating article at Grantland by author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, The Tipping Point) about the ‘psychic benefits’ of owning a sports team.  Touches on the Red Sox, Snyder’s Redskins, and the NBA lockout.  For Buffalonians, it can provide a bit of insight into the mind of Terry Pegula.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, in Lego form.  Wow.

Getting closer to blasting pirates with lasers.

Dork Tower on George Lucas.  I’m a bit ashamed I didn’t think of this.

Via Geeks of Doom, check out this hand-illuminated version of Tolkien’s Silmarillion.  There is a picture below, but click through to the second link to see more.  It’s stunning.

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Friday Finds – Alligator Biodiesel and a Supernova

Missed a week due to unforseen circumstances, but here are the most recent posts:

I also missed an Old Game Tuesday, so as a bonus, check out Carrier Command:  Gaea Mission, a successor to the Carrier Command game on Amiga.

Here are the links you may find interesting this week:

First, fill your tank with biodiesel made from alligator fat.  The commenter who wants to restyle MPG as Miles Per Gator is winning at life.

Why east coast earthquakes are different from west coast ‘quakes.  Because the east is hard, yo.

Teach your kids about ancient weapons of war, while annoying your cats.

A possible new Star Trek TV series?

Han Solo in carbonite, ice cube version.  Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.

A touch more information on Brave, from Pixar.

Finally, astronomers are excited about a quite-visible supernova in the M101 galaxy.  Cool.