Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.22.08)

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

More than 100 species of bat have been found in only 5 acres of Ecuadorian jungle.

Getting your teeth cleaned gives you a panic attack? No worries – the pick-and-mirror routine might soon be replaced by light.

The latest unintended consequence of global warming: kidney stones. That’s right – and you can read more about our thinner, hotter, smoggier future in Popular Science.

Before CERN’s Large Hadron Collider can start colliding, it’s got to get really, really cold.

When you suddenly fall into the category of “might cure cancer,” sometimes you really deserve a new name. Researchers are currently looking at pond scum as a possible source of new cancer therapies.

The presence of a mirror makes people less likely to cheat. Scientists are using mirrors in a surprising number of ways to test brain function with often surprising results.

The Houston Zoo has a new resident: Vincent, a rare St. Vincent Amazon Parrot.  

If you’ve been following Chris Linder‘s posts from the Greenland Ice Sheet, check out KUHF’s story on the WHOI science team’s live-from-Greenland call to our summer campers yesterday.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.15.08)

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

Have you ever wanted to curate an exhibit? Now’s your chance. With Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum is giving you a say in what they put on display. Just visit the site, register and start rating their photographs. The sliding scale is ridiculously easy to use, and the photographs are amazing. Here’s what they say about it:

“Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book The Wisdom of Crowds, in which New Yorker business and financial columnist James Surowiecki asserts that a diverse crowd is often wiser at making decisions than expert individuals, Click! explores whether Surowiecki’s premise can be applied to the visual arts—is a diverse crowd just as “wise” at evaluating art as the trained experts?”

Testing a theory – what a scientific way to create an art exhibit! They need lots of participation for the idea to work, so head on over there, check it out and let us know what you think.

The odds of disaster are tiny, but the risks are cosmically high.” The New York Times weighs in on CERN’s deep desire to create a black hole that swallows the Earth.

With hurricane season looming, it’s good to hear that scientists have developed a safer way of predicting these storms. But if you’re more interested in the crazy-dangerous way they currently use, the Hurricane Hunter is visiting Galveston today.

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What’s with scientists and giant lasers, lately? Just a week after UT physicist Todd Dittmire announced that the Texas Petawatt Laser had just become the most powerful in the world, a team of European scientists used another laser to create lightning in thunderclouds.

Electricity, Schmelectricity. Scientists at the University of Utah have developed a circuit that may lead to computers that run on light (specifically, terahertz radiation.)

USGS: “Large California Earthquakes: Odds are High.” Also in breaking news – “Summer in Houston: Humid, Hot.”