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… Continue reading io9 Bringing The Science Today

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! The Three Christmas Movies – Pretty much only three, minus a few classics that don’t fit. Movie Review – The Adventures of Tintin – A very good animated adventure. Old Game Tuesday – Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi… Continue reading Friday Finds – Diamond Weevils, Firefly and the Commodore 64

Friday Finds – Coronal Mass Ejection!

First, here are my posts from this week: Favorite Books – A discussion and a bit of reminiscing on my favorite books as a kid. Old Game Tuesday – SimCity 2000 – Reticulating Splines. Movie Review:  Green Lantern – The lantern (not Hal) has better screen presence than Blake Lively. And a few new things… Continue reading Friday Finds – Coronal Mass Ejection!

Friday Finds – Free RPG Day and more

It’s Free RPG Day tomorrow, similar to free comic book day where you can go to your favorite local RPG game store (the board game, pen and paper kind) and pick up a free game.  Most of what is available is the basic stuff, a good way to introduce your kids if you think they… Continue reading Friday Finds – Free RPG Day and more

Beware The Other Head Of Science, Arthur, It Bites!

Okay, so, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore ‘National Ignition Facility’ will be attempting to create a ‘tiny man-made star’ inside their laboratory. This concerns me on multiple levels. First, that is an awesome name for a place of employment. They have that going for them, at least. However, take a look at the first picture… Continue reading Beware The Other Head Of Science, Arthur, It Bites!

Rubber That Conducts Electricity

Japanese scientist have discovered a way of embedding carbon nanotubes in a rubbery material, which can then be stretched but still retain it’s conductivity. Here’s what they have to say about it: The elastic conductor would allow electronic circuits to be mounted in places that would have been impossible up to now, including “arbitrary curved… Continue reading Rubber That Conducts Electricity

Wave Power

Pacific Gas & Electric with Finavera Renewables for 2 megawatts of power, provided by wave-powered turbines. Here’s a snippet on how the tech works: Finavera makes a device called the Aquabuoy, a buoy connected to a long underwater piston. As the buoy bobs up and down on the waves, it pushes the piston, which pressurizes… Continue reading Wave Power