Science Doesn’t Sleep (9.3.08)

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

Coming soon: Chardonnay-dioactive. Nuclear scientists put on their sleuth hats to help stop a crime that’s keeping us all up at night: wine fraud.

Attention, Alabama and Georgia – time to start securing your knives, forks and any other sharp metal objects that might be lying around: scientists in Florida are building the world’s most powerful magnet.

You know him from Mythbusters, but he’s also obsessed with the dodo – here, a paean to extreme geekitude.

No matter where you are, Google can see you – better than anyone else. At least they will when their new, exclusive satellite launches.

NASA is going to spiff up the Hubble Telescope – one last time.

Oil goo: a Houston startup has developed a new technology that squeezes hard-to-reach oil out of wells.

Space is stealing our oxygen.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.30.08)

Home Cinema Sunday. Popcorn Sunday.
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So here’s what went down since you logged off.

I think I’ll go with the Raisinettes next time. A new study shows a higher incidence of lung disease among popcorn-factory workers.  

An Australian geologist has found a rare meteorite impact crater - using Google Earth. What can you find?

Pro athletes already seem superhuman – what happens if they start being genetically engineered? SciGuy has an interesting take on whether genetics are the steroids of the future.

 Did you catch the Messenger this month? If not, the Sydney Observatory has a great photo post about the changing brightness of Mars.

Hurry up, Jr. – your bald eagle stew is getting cold! The best way to save an endangered species might be to get people to eat it.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.17.08)

 

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

You can stop building your asteroid impact shelter - that German kid got it wrong. NASA stands by their estimate of the asteroid Apophis’ chance of colliding with Earth, also denying they ever admitted an error. 1 in 450, 1 in 45,000 – it still seems like “way too likely” to me.

Robot alert! The Carnegi Science Center (those crazy kids that brought us the Robot Hall of Fame) is developing an exhibit called Roboworld, that will “will emphasize three aspects of artificial robotic behavior: sensing, thinking and acting.” Sadly, “taking over the world” is not on the list of behaviors to be featured.

We love nature – but it doesn’t love us back. Humans are more harmful to coral reef than the fallout from an atomic bomb.

Houston, we just keep stacking up the honors. In addition to being named the country’s fattest city, it turns out that Harris County is number one for something else – carbon dioxide emissions.

Are you planning anything for Earth Day? You can check out what people around the world are doing, get some suggestions from Google or, oddly enough, the government.