Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.11.08)

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

Tonight is the best time to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower - check it out at the George Observatory, open all night, starting at 9 p.m. In the hours just before dawn, it’s possible to see a meteor every minute.

Your mother was right (about the solar system) – we are special.

In an effort to understand their contribution to global warming, 21 US cities will measure and disclose their carbon emissions as part of a global effort run by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Proof that magic is often science in disguise: scientists have created an Invisibility Cloak that bends light to make objects invisible. Currently, it works on a nano-scale, but could soon be enlarged.

China’s massive cutbacks in pollution-producing industries in advance of the Olympic Games was intended to help athletes compete at their best – but it’s also giving scientists an opportunity to study what happens when “a heavily populated region substantially curbs everyday industrial emissions.”

Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.15.08)

Honeybee 117
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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

Float like a seabird: sting like a bee. Conservationists hope honeybees will help protect endangered seabirds in Japan from the crows that regularly attack them.

Truck drivers, construction workers, factories and other smog-producers in Beijing have been banned from operating in the city in advance of the Olympics, in effort to improve air quality during the games. But, will it work?

Entomologists at London’s Natural History museum may have discovered a new species to add to the 28 million currently classified there. Somewhere deep in the rainforest? Nope – in their very own garden.

Everything will (probably) get a whole lot better, according to the 2008 UN State of the Future report.

One thing Columbus did not bring to the New World: stomach ulcers.

Farms are going vertical: imagine skyscrapers developed to produce 30 stories of arable land.