Posts tagged with ‘science

"Creationist Cosmos" tells you all the truths science wants to hide from you

Because that’s how science works. It’s a big conspiracy of lies.

The shitty, shitty winter North America got this year? One reason might be Chinese smog. Thanks, China.

The Great Lakes are still over half frozen, much of the northeast got snow today, in the middle of April, and the last few months of winter were particularly bad this year, especially through the upper midwest and northeast US. All this in the middle of being told that the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Apparently, a good deal of our awful winter can be blamed on the insane amounts of pollution in east and south Asia. Thanks, guys.

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Scientists invent an injectable oxygen particle to let you breathe without breathing

Just trying to inject raw oxygen or atmospheric air into your bloodstream would be really bad— I wouldn’t recommend it. But when airways are obstructed, every second counts as the oxygen level in your body drops. Now, science has created the perfectly sized injectable oxygen particle by gently wrapping a handful of oxygen molecules in lipids, creating microscopic gel-caps of oxygen that are the bite size for your red blood cells, providing emergency oxygen for when breathing normally isn’t an option.

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Oklahoma protesters threaten to “secdee” if Cosmos isn’t cancelled

Furious with Neil DeGrasse Tyson o their Fox channels and his anti-Creationist “knowledge” and his truthy “facts” have gotten a group of people in Oklahoma so hopping mad, they’ve threatened to secede from the Union if Cosmos isn’t pulled off the air. You know, to form a freer union with one god, one religion, where science is outlawed and the truth about what we know about the world squashed. Good times those will be.

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Science discovers a particle that could be a new form of matter. No biggie.

It’s called a tetraquark, and it could be a new form of matter only found in the heart of neutron stars and theoretically, quark stars:

Very simply, the traditional model of a neutron star is that it is made of neutrons. Neutrons consist of three quarks (two down and one up), but it is generally thought that particle interactions within a neutron star are interactions between neutrons. With the existence of tetraquarks, it is possible for neutrons within the core to interact strongly enough to create tetraquarks. This could even lead to the production of pentaquarks and hexaquarks, or even that quarks could interact individually without being bound into color neutral particles. This would produce a hypothetical object known as a quark star.

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Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.
Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.
Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci…

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.

Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.

Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.

Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci

How do X-rays help us uncover the molecular basis of life?

In the second part of this mini-series, Professor Stephen Curry takes us on a journey into the Diamond Light Source, one of the UK’s most expensive and sophisticated scientific facilities.

And now, this is what it looks like when you drop a neodymium magnet into a fat copper tube

Sorcery!

Things that will piss you off this morning: Captain Janeway narrates a documentary about how the Earth is the center of the universe

Kate “Captain Janeway” Mulgrew set to narrate a documentary about how god made the Earth and  how it is the center of the universe because, you know, that shit makes perfect fucking sense. Michio Kaku and Lawrence Krauss also make appearances, hopefully only because they, as well as Mulgrew, just needed an easy paycheck and a good laugh. And no, the date of the video or link is not April 1st. 

I’m going to go cry under a pile of blankets in the corner while pulling on a jug of cheap grain alcohol while listening to Mozart’s Requiem.

http://www.geekosystem.com/kate-mulgrew-to-narrate-a-film-about-how-the-sun-revolves-around-the-earth/

Science fiction stories with good astronomy and physics

This is a selective list of some short stories and novels that use more or less accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts. Included are both traditional “science-fiction” and (occasionally) more serious fiction that derives meaning or plot from astronomy or physics ideas.

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And here’s that video of a skydiver almost getting hit by a meteorite

Not only are the odds of this happening so astronomical (pun intended), imagine had the guy actually smacked into the thing and been killed. There would have been no other explanation that God just had it out for this guy, personally.

How can you determine the structure of a complex molecule from a single crystal?

Professor Elspeth Garman take us on a journey into the world of crystallography - from protein production and purification to growing the right type of crystals.






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