Friday, March 03, 2006

Largest Planetarium In Texas Opens This Weekend

The largest and newest planetarium in Texas opens this weekend at the University of Texas at Arlington.

[Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article] | [UTA Planetarium page]

Pre-Dawn Comet Visible

Comet Pojmanski will make it's closest approach (100 million kilometers) to Earth on March 5th. So, get your arse up out of bed and check it out!

[Observing info from Sky and Telescope magazine]

Thursday, May 12, 2005

U.S. scientists create self-replicating robot

From the "I'm-Not-So-Sure-About-This" Department:

"LONDON (Reuters) - Self-replicating robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction.

Scientists at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York have created small robots that can build copies of themselves..."

Monday, April 25, 2005

Mind-reading machine knows what you see

"It is possible to read someone’s mind by remotely measuring their brain activity, researchers have shown. The technique can even extract information from subjects that they are not aware of themselves..."

Gotta admit: pretty cool...but spooky!

Bob - "I wasn't looking at porn!"
Boss - "That's not what your brain scan shows, Bob..."

Meteor shower sparks flurry of calls to police

"BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- A meteor shower Sunday night sparked a flurry of frantic phone calls to police departments across New England from people who saw bright lights moving in the sky, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said..."

Dang! That must've been in Texas, I didn't see jack...

Exploding toads baffle German experts

"BERLIN (AFP) - Hundreds of toads have met a bizarre and sinister end in Germany in recent days, it was reported: they exploded.

According to reports from animal welfare workers and veterinarians as many as a thousand of the amphibians have perished after their bodies swelled to bursting point and their entrails were propelled for up to a metre (three feet)..."

Now THERE'S something you don't see every day!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Mice put in 'suspended animation'

"Mice have been placed in a state of near suspended animation, raising the possibility that hibernation could one day be induced in humans..."

It's no secret that I favor the idea of being frozen one step closer perhaps?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Nokia dumps IE for Firefox: 55,000 times

"Reports on two Scandinavian web sites said that Nokia is pushing Microsoft Internet Explorer off its desktop PCs in favour of the Firefox browser..."

Go! Go! Firefox!

Astronomers Spy Galaxy's Strongest Explosion Yet

Scientific American - "Telescopes around the world recorded the brightest explosion ever detected in our galaxy, which sent x-rays and gamma rays careening outward at incredible speeds, astronomers announced on Friday...In just two-tenths of a second, the flare, located 50,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius, shot out as much energy as our sun gives off in 250,000 years..."

Muons may be key to nuclear bomb detection

"Muons produced by cosmic rays could be the key to catching terrorists trying to smuggle nuclear material into the United States, New Mexico scientists said..."

Monday, February 21, 2005

'Pack ice' suggests frozen sea on Mars

"A frozen sea, surviving as blocks of pack ice, may lie just beneath the surface of Mars, suggest observations from Europe's Mars Express spacecraft. The sea is just 5° north of the Martian equator and would be the first discovery of a large body of water beyond the planet's polar ice caps..."

Virus hits some US mobile phones

"A new mobile-phone virus was found in one of the US cellphone stores last week as a warning sign that virus-writers got accustomed to cell phones and will soon be able to destroy programs in mobile phones..."

Appears to affect Bluetooth-enabled Symbian-based phones. More info here.

Large Storms On Earth Are Particle Accelerators

According to a UC Santa Cruz paper, the atmosphere above Earth's strongest storms becomes a particle accelerator, emitting Terrestrial Gamma Ray bursts...

Date set for shuttle RTS...

NASA announced Friday that May 15 is the target date for the next shuttle launch!

Friday, February 18, 2005

Toy robots walk more efficiently

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Simple robots that toddle along like an old-fashioned child's toy offer a more realistic and efficient model of human walking than more sophisticated models, researchers said on Thursday..."

I love my Legos!

New proof that man is causing global warming

"The strongest evidence yet that global warming has been triggered by human activity has emerged from a major study of rising temperatures in the world’s oceans..."

And you thought it was all bunk.

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