Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.26.08)


Phoenix hasn’t found poor Marvin yet.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Hey Paul

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

It’s Day 30 (or rather, Sol 30 – apparently, days are called something different on Mars) for the Phoenix Mars Lander – check out what we’ve learned so far.

Cancer dogs? New research indicates that dogs may be able to pick up the scent of varying stages of ovarian cancer – thus detecting it sooner that conventional medicine, and thus hopefully reducing the mortality rate.

In Spain, apes may soon have basic human rights.

People who are bilingual may shift personalities when they switch languages.

New fossils from Latvia shed light on the moment when sea creatures first ventured onto land.

Did you help curate the Brooklyn Museum’s Click exhibition? Anyone could, and now the results are in. They’ve installed the exhibit – but in case you can’t make it in person, they’ve also posted everything online. You can see the original 389 images people were asked to evaluate online and the 78 highest rated, which made it into the actual show. It’s a fascinating look into the idea of the “wisdom of crowds.” Check it out – and see how wise we were.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (5.6.08)

rock climbing
Creative Commons License photo credit: kumon

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

They’re probably going to need some fungi: prospectors are going wild for uranium all along the Grand Canyon. (Via)

But hopefully not chrytid fungi – it’s destroying frog populations worldwide. Scientists are studying amphibians in Madagascar to try and save them.

Sometimes, it pays to be dumb: ironically, scientists prove that smarter isn’t necessarily better, when it comes to survival.

We don’t even have robot maids yet – but scientists at Duke University have taken the first steps towards creating autonomous robot surgeons.

If you haven’t taken a crack at curating yet – your time is running out. Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition gives you a say in what The Brooklyn Museum puts on display – but only through May 23. It’s fun! So head over and make your opinion count.