Monthly Archives: February 2013

Thursday Science

One of the great tag lines for a movie was for the movie Alien:   “In space, no one can hear you scream.”    Well, scientists being the curious type, have decided to test that hypothesis.

A smartphone has been blasted into orbit from India by a team of researchers from the University of Surrey.

They hope to use a purpose-built app to test the theory, immortalised in the film Alien, that “in space no-one can hear you scream”.

The phone will play out several of the screams submitted by people online.

Hey, who knows, maybe you can hear a scream in space!

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Some Science – and Some Fun With It.

It’s possible to do science  “at home.”  It may not be good for your waistline, but you can do some interesting experiments making ice cream.   A few ziplock bags, some half-and-half, a few other ingredients, and you can do some science.  You can even eat the results.   You may need multiple repetitions to get things “just right.”

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Miscellaneous Musing – Labels?

Most of us don’t really read the labels on things we buy.  But every now and then, something catches my eye that makes me wonder about why manufacturers have to state the obvious.  Yes, yes, I know, government regulations and someone had a bad reaction somewhere about something, but it appeals to my sense of the ridiculous.

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The Environmental Slumlords

Recently, there was an opinion piece about how a certain area of state land should be classified. The author, who works for an environmental advocacy group, was arguing for the strictest classification, and then went on to discuss how to limit access as well as what facilities should be constructed and where. My reply comment was “Great, and just who do you think is going to do this?” This isn’t the only time something like this has happened. I had a similar response to another group a few years ago that was trying to advocate for the creation of a new national park. Why would I make these responses? Because I’m for parks.

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The PC – Not Dead Yet

In looking around at the various tech and business sites or blogs, there’s discussion about how the personal computer seems to be “on the way out.”  They’re basing that on sales figures from various manufacturers, as well as the sales of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8.   The thinking is that “obviously” the market has shifted, and people are purchasing tablets and smartphones as replacements for their personal computers.

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Irritated about “Moonlighting”

On one of my news sites there’s a sidebar with “what’s hot” links. A while back, I happened to click on a link that had this year’s “top television disasters.” which was mostly interesting, except for one thing. The reviewer just had to trot out the “Moonlighting myth.” What is that? It’s a myth based on a television show from the late ’80’s. The basic myth says that if you happen to put your two leads together romantically, the show will die soon thereafter.

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More Metor!

Nice video of 2012 DA14 passing by the Earth:

 Video Credit & Copyright: Daniel López (El Cielo de Canarias)

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Meteors, Bigfoot, and a Frog

Yesterday was a busy day for space enthusiasts.  The “big news” leading into Friday was the close approach of asteroid 2012 DA14.   It was the subject of various news reports with astronomers being interviewed to reassure everyone that no, the asteroid would not hit Earth, it was going to be close (inside geosynchronous orbit) but not a danger.   The ultimate in “dumb questions” – yes, there are dumb questions! – was when a CNN anchor asked Bill Nye if the asteroid was the result of climate change.

“We want to bring in our science guy, Bill Nye, and talk about something else that’s falling from the sky, and that is an asteroid,” said Feyerick. “What’s coming our way? Is this the effect of, perhaps, global warming? Or is this just some meteoric occasion?”

“Except it’s all science,” Nye said rescuing Feyerick. “The word meteorology and the word meteor come from the same root, so…”

OK, if anyone wonders why the media has so little respect these days …

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Wasting Some Time

While the Internet has many good things on it, with an ability to find out what’s going on around the world as well as educating yourself, there’s also the reality that many of us spend quite a bit of our time … wasting it.   Yes, while we’re supposed to be doing something productive, we’re often spending time looking at YouTube videos and Lolcats.     Look through any management site or magazine, and you’ll find various discussions on how to deal with this.  This is not one of those posts.

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Snow Day Musing

The latest winter storm, or as The Weather Channel calls it, winter storm “Nemo,” is moving off.    While we were under a winter storm warning, the actual brunt of it was off to the southeast of us.    Around here, we weren’t all that concerned, it’s stuff we’re used to handling.  A few years ago, we had a lot of snow fall, and while we’ve had more than last year – which was a very mild winter – we’re still not even in the ballpark of “heavy snows.”

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