Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.17.08)

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

National Geographic has beautiful photos of the Abrolhos Reef, off the coast of Brazil – which scientists have recently discovered is twice as large as previously thought.

Molecular hula hoops: very tiny fun!

The Maker Faire is coming to Austin. According to the organizers, it’s “a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft and engineering plus green, food and music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum.” Will you enter? Tell us what you’re making!

Ohhh…I see. When you said “lucky” what you really meant was “carcinogenic.”

Stephen Hobley plays a harp made of lasers - that also functions as a controller for Guitar Hero. Best of all – you can build one, too! (Love Guitar Hero – but not DIY enough to make your own laser version? Check out Rockfest in the Grand Hall this Saturday.)

SciGuy‘s got a list of Houston’s most generous science philanthropists - it’s a chronicle not just of their generosity, but also the cutting-edge science facilities we have here in Houston. He’s posting them one at a time, so check back.

AquaJellies!

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.4.08)

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

You’ve got some ‘splainin’  to do, Wilford Brimley! Oatmeal might be a carcinogen?

Huge,weird-looking sea beasts have been found off the coast of Antarctica. National Geography has a new photo gallery of the creatures, which range from “Ack!” to strangely beautiful.

It sounds like something from “Star Wars” – the movie, or the Reagan-era government program – but this space laser is for finding “potentially habitable Earth-like planets.”

A new study found that animals may be “stuck in time” – that is, they can keep track of how long it’s been since something occurred, but they can’t form a memory of when it occurred. Which may be why my Boston Terrier is begging at the dinner table mere moments after being fed.

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I’m thankful they’re at least moving the endangered tortoises, rather than rolling over them with tanks…apparently, the army is undertaking “the largest desert tortoise move in California history.” 

However, conservationists are protesting the evacuation, as the land set aside for the tortoises new home “is too close to an interstate highway and is plagued with off-road vehicles and illegal dumping that would disturb the animals.”

(As a sidenote – is there really someone who keeps those kind of records? “Eegads, sir! I never thought I’d live to see the day. You’ve topped the Great Desert Tortoise Evacuation of 1939 by exactly 3 tortoises!”)