Science Doesn’t Sleep (5.14.08)

 

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Marching into Houston…in 2009.
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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

It sounds psychedelic – but it’s probably even cooler-looking than that. Scientists have discovered that shrimp can see “a world invisible to all other animals.”

The world’s smallest helicopter – it literally looks like a set of propellers you attach to your head, or like a beanie that actually flies – is heading to Italy, to take flight from the place where da Vinci originally conceived of a vertical flight machine.

And, in other da Vinci news – builders in Abu Dhabi are working on the da Vinci Tower, a 68-story building with independently rotating floors. The shape of the building itself will be in constant flux. Check out the video here.

Divers in France’s Rhone River have found the oldest-known bust of Caesar - and they’re wondering, why did it get thrown there?

Well, I’m not very good at either, but a new study of mice indicates that eating less is better than moving more.

We didn’t mean to make you sad, BayouDawn – but we can’t get the Terra Cotta Warriors here until next year. To cheer us all up, though, BD does have a list of great exhibits you can see now in Houston.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (5.5.08)

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So here’s what went down since you logged off.

Despite the fact that it is so incredibly empty – space (hence the name) is also an unpredictable place – and it just got even more so. Scientists have discovered that the solar system bounces periodically – and those periods just happen to line up with major extinction events in the Earth’s history.

Neanderthals and humans co-existed – so why are we here now, and they aren’t? One theory asserts that Neanderthals and humans are offshoots of the same species, and thus could have produced children – meaning that the two blended into one. A new study from Argentina says nope - we probably killed them off.

Despite the fact that it sits on top of 10% of the world’s oil reserves, Abu Dhabi has built the first carbon-neutral city. It seems they’ve realized that no matter how much oil you have – someday, it’s gonna run out.

Brian Cox, a physicist at CERN, explains what really happens inside the Large Hadron Collider.

Scientists have spotted a space tornado - which might be the first step in the creation of stars.