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Boston Dynamics- 4 legged robot unveiled - spooky

There is something about this 4 legged robot that just doesn't feel right, maybe its the lack of a head, or the uncanny way it picks over the ground But its a fascinating robot none the less I think as soon as they solve the power issue it's going to be silent, carry 2000 lbs and be able to run like a horse Never mind the crazy offspring the technology is sure to spawn [flash=425x355]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/W1czBcnX1Ww[/flash] From: http://gizmodocom/368651/new-video-of-bi

Plasma arc speakers

This is a prototype of FM modulated plasma arc speakers Plasma speakers work by creating compression waves in the air The quality doesn't sound that great, but hey, the technology is awesome, Imaging having the glowing arc over your stereo system [flash=425x355]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/rasp88nbsRw[/flash] There is a second plasma speaker video on the link http://wwwgeeksaresexynet/2008/03/28/plasma-speaker-looks-awesome-in-a-dangerous-way/

Quantum Physics for Dummies - the strange double slit experiment

Wonderful video on the famous double slit experiment that leaves physicists puzzled, is matter waves or 'pieces' and why does viewing it change the answer [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/wEzRdZGYNvA[/flash]

Neu5Gc- the molecule in meat that gives us diseases

Neu5Gc is the name of a molecule that animals have yet we don't We ingest this molecule by eating meat, and the build up of this molecule in our body may be a cause of cancers and other diseases Prof Varki found that Neu5Gc was foreign to humans, even though we carry a very similar version of the same molecule - which may be one reason why animal-to-human organ and tissue transplants do not work well In recent years, he has come to believe that the implications of this molecular differ

Greening the desert - how to grow plants anywhere

Scientists managed to grow plants in one of the most arid areas on earth, Just above the Dead Sea The techniques they used are low tech and can be used to turn deserts everywhere into agriculture Within 4 months they had fig trees a meter high with figs on them One of those ideas that will transform the planet if someone puts the time and energy into it [flash=425x355]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/sohI6vnWZmk[/flash]

International Space Station needs a new commode, gets 'Hope'

[quote] [b]Russian-built toilet began acting up last week, needs new part[/b] Astronauts living aboard the international space station need help from an orbital plumber to fix their troublesome space commode The solitary Russian-built toilet inside the station's Zvezda service module began acting up last week, forcing US astronaut Garrett Reisman and his two Russian crewmates to use facilities aboard their docked Soyuz spacecraft before restoring the commode to partial service S

6,700 tons of radioactive sand from Kuwait is send to Idaho

I guess there isn't enough space in Kuwait to store all the radioactive sand Nearly 80 rail cars loaded with contaminated sand from Kuwait are headed toward a dump in southwestern Idaho American Ecology Corp is shipping about 6,700 tons of sand containing traces of depleted uranium and lead to a hazardous waste disposal site 70 miles southeast of Boise The sand arrived by ship at Longview, Wash, this week and company officials say loads are scheduled to begin arriving in Idaho by r

Hundreds of ducks die when they land on poisonous lake

Over 500 ducks are dead and dying after the migrating waterfowl landed in a pond of oily, toxic sludge in northern Alberta How sad, that open pond is only a layer away from seeping into the soil and the groundwater If it can kill ducks on contact then its a lethal mix Syncrude Canada's operations were under investigation after as many as 500 birds landed in the waste water, known as a tailings pond, at the Aurora North mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta Migrating waterfowl are supp

Man loses part of his finger, scientists make it grow back again

This is astonishing A man loses the end of his finger in an accident and by sprinkling a dust on i it grew back in 4 weeks The photos of his severed finger tip are pretty graphic You can understand why doctors said he'd lost it for good Today though, you wouldn't know it Mr Spievak, who is 69 years old, shows off his finger, and it's all there, tissue, nerves, nail, skin, even his finger print How Well that's the truly remarkable part It wasn't a transplant Mr Spievak r

Soyuz space capsule was in serious danger during descent

The Soyuz space capsule with three passengers returning from the International Space Station was in serious danger after entering the atmosphere pointing the wrong direction with the heat shield away from the earth Did we nearly have another Challanger disaster I am suprised that the Russians are so forthcoming with the problem, instead of trying to hush it up MOSCOW AP - The crew of the Soyuz space capsule that landed hundreds of miles off target in Kazakhstan was in serious danger

What the little PLU stickers on fruit really mean

They can tell if your fruit is conventiional, organic or Genetically Modified Those PLU code stickers that you have to peel off your fruit and vegetables do more than just convey prices to the cashier If you know how to read them, says Marion Owen at PlanTeacom, they can tell you a thing or two Conventional produce gets a four-digit number Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9 Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts wit

Odds of asteroid Apophis hitting the earth in 2036 get better ... worse?

Down from 1 in 45000 to 1 in 450 Would you buy a lotto ticket if you thought you had a 1 in 450 chance of winning Yep, me too Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam AIP to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency ESA,

Just how bad is space junk?

Space debris is reaching plague proportions in space around Earth This image shows the tracked debris in space around Earth Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit; about 400 are now travelling beyond Earth on interplanetary trajectories, but of the remaining 5600 only about 800 satellites are operational - roughly 45 percent of these are both in LEO and GEO Space debris comprise the ev

Bolero - A muscial symptom of Ravels disease

Bolero by Ravel is an instantly recognisable piece of music What people don't realise is that its also a creation of a diseased mind The structure of the music is symptomatic of someone with frontotemporal dementia This excerpt talks about the disease with Ravel and a painter Dr Adams More on the link In 1994, Dr Adams became fascinated with the music of the composer Maurice Ravel, her husband recalled At age 53, she painted “Unravelling Bolero” a work that tr

Bad science and bad journalism - supposedly evidence of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Over the last week I have seen this science article on various sites and wanted to include it here on the board The problem with it is that its biblical connection is balony That Times online is pushing the theory as well really raises questions about their journalistic sanity Whats next, alien invasions aka Pravda A Sumarian clay tablet has been translated as a witness’s account of the asteroid suspected of being behind the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah The problem wi
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