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Interesting Science tidbits

CTDL 199: Fungi to the rescue

I’ve got visions of radioactive mushroom monsters roaming the countryside eating stray dogs… but aside from that it sounds like an interesting idea.

Dundee University researchers have found evidence that fungi can “lock” depleted uranium into a mineral form.
This would make it more difficult for the heavy metal – used in armour-piercing shells – [...]

CTDL 175: The Human Speechome Project

Yes it’s an apple shill article, but it’s also an INTERESTING one on how study of language development is being done.

At a Glance
MIT’s Deb Roy wants to understand how children learn language. Until now, scientists lacked the technology to implement the intense observation, data gathering, and analysis they need to properly investigate this [...]

CTDL 170: Global plateauing

Looking forward, the model projects a weakening of the MOC and a resulting cooling of north Atlantic waters, which will act to keep temperatures in check around the world, much as the warming and cooling associated with El Nino and La Nina in the Pacific bring global consequences.
“We have to take into account [...]

CTDL 167: Nuclear power pollution

The case for nuclear power as a low carbon energy source to replace fossil fuels has been challenged in a new report by Australian academics.
It suggests greenhouse emissions from the mining of uranium – on which nuclear power relies – are on the rise.
Availability of high-grade uranium ore is set to [...]

CTDL 156: Metaphysics, Mystics, and Science

Here’s a bit from Huffington Post on metaphysics and a scientific world view.

reflect the challenge of describing ’spiritual’ ‘mystical’ or ‘metaphysical’ experiences in a language of science and reason.
Secularists following a material reductionist model of science see mysticism as a manifestation of a physical brain state; spiritualists see mysticism as a relationship with God or [...]

CTDL 155: Ion engines are go.

A) I didn’t realize Ion engines were “common”ly being used in space missions (but apparently we’re using them for missions to the moon, comets, and soon mercury).B) I’ve often wondered about the “keep it in a clean room” and then “blast it into space” aspect of space agency work.

This laboratory in a leafy part of [...]

CTDL 150: Melting the poles

This BBC article starts off with a study that shows problems with the cosmic rays as a cause for “global warming” hypothesis. But, it ends with this little bit:

In periods of relatively intense particle activity, some areas of the Earth’s surface in both the Arctic and Antarctic are warmer while others become colder, showing differences [...]

CTDL 146: Yeah Space! (misc stories).

I think there’s a lot to be learned from Titan, and I’m glad to see Nasa extending the mission (though one could say they’re extending this mission because they can’t afford at this time to send a newer/better craft on a subsequent mission instead).

The US space agency (Nasa) has extended the international Cassini-Huygens mission by [...]

CTDL 144: Bunch of items

Whew, I feel pretty good about my large hippocampus now. Wait. I don’t know how big my hippocampus is. I wonder if there’s a spammer with a product that might help enlarge that… hmm…

Having a large hippocampus – a part of the brain involved with memory – seems to provide protection against the symptoms of [...]

CTDL 140: Now if they can just find that one-eyed one horned flying purple people eater

Interesting fossil, very interesting method of looking at it (scroll to the bottom of the linked article).

A fossil animal locked in Lebanese limestone has been shown to be an extremely precious discovery – a snake with two legs.
Scientists have only a handful of specimens that illustrate the evolutionary narrative that goes from ancient [...]