Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.31.08)

Countdown clock of Beijing 2008
Creative Commons License photo credit: Gene Zhang

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

2,100 years ago, the ancient Greeks used an astronomical calculator to set the date of the Olympic Games.

Well, they were looking for human remains…Puerto Rican police found bones and possible artifacts from a colonial-era ship.

George Jetson, here we come – NASA is offering $300,000 to the first person who develops a Personal Air Vehicle. And – it’s got to be green.

How can you tell your pants are really fancy? They tell you whether you might fall soon.

The Chronicle has a new evolution blogEvo.Sphere.

It has absolutely nothing to do with science (well, he did teach computer tech) but if you haven’t seen Randy Pauch’s The Last Lecture – you really should.

***UPDATE: Science won’t be sleeping next week, but I will be. Vacation! Have no fear, though – we’ve got lots of other very cool posts planned for all of next week, so please check back – and as always, leave us a comment to let us know what you think. SDS returns Aug. 11.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.21.08)

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

And the award for “least appetizing food product” goes to…PETA! For introducing the concept of “in vitro meat.” If you can produce it – in “commerically viable quantities” – you could win $1 million.

Alexandria may be the new Venice. Rising sea levels are already threatening the city’s ancient structures, and scientists expect they will continue rise there by at least 1 – 3 feet by the end of the 21st century.

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Modern cowboy
Ignacio Hsantillian.
(c) Robb Kendrick and
Bright Sky Press

Think the concept of energy is hard to define? Take a stab at “life” – there are more than 280 definitions on record already, and scientists are still arguing about which is best.

Researchers at the University of Manchester have created the world’s smallest working transistor, smaller than a single molecule – out of one crystal of graphene.

Still waiting for that flying car The Jetsons’ promised would be waiting for you just a few short years into the future? Too bad. Check out what scientists think will actually happen in the next 50 years.

Local arts blog Bayou Dawn points us to an interesting profile of photographer Robb Kendrick in the New York Times. Right now, Kendrick’s amazingly evocative cowboy tintypes are on display right here at HMNS.