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Old 08-05-2011, 10:14 AM   #1021
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Not exactly news that our current energy consumption growth rate is unsustainable, but here's a pretty need summary anyway. I at least was surprised by the numbers.

http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/...-scale-energy/

As a short paraphrase (capturing only a part of the whole thing), at current growth rate, in 400 years we could need to cover the whole surface of Earth (seas included) with 100% efficiency solar panels to satisfy our energy needs.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:56 AM   #1022
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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Bill Maher this weekend, he was outstanding, two great clips but I'd recommend catching the whole show if you can.



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Is this important science? Not at all likely. But cool.

Pendulum Waves

It's like watching a beautifully choreographed dance.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:44 AM   #1024
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Can you guess where this desolute place is?



Arctic, Antarctic, Siberia or perhaps even an Edmonton suburb?

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It's Mars, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity arriving at the "dead sea" of Mars. A huge 15 mile wide crater

Very cool IMO.

Full pic - http://i.space.com/images/i/11448/or...eavour-rim.jpg

Story - http://www.space.com/12585-mars-rove...rater-rim.html
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:48 AM   #1025
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Human Skin Used as Computer Input Device


Unlike gesture technology, which lacks a physical object for orientation, or multitouch screens, which require the user to look at what they are touching, a user can simply feel their way around any controls on the back of their hand. This makes the back of the hand touch interface perfect for controlling a car function, managing a presentation, operating a phone while jogging or any other job that requires the user to keep their attention straight ahead.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:56 AM   #1026
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Odyssey Crater, Cape York, and western Endeavour rim, sol 2678 (3D anaglyph)




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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers). Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body. After that, the next stop on its itinerary will be an encounter with the dwarf planet Ceres.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/da.../pia14317.html
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #1028
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New drug could cure nearly any viral infection


the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them — including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold, H1N1 influenza, a stomach virus, a polio virus, dengue fever and several other types of hemorrhagic fever.
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New U.S. military plane that can (hypothetically) reach speeds of 13,000 miles/hour will be tested live:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...t-plane-falcon

It can potentially get from London to Sydney in one hour, and the last test they did on this thing got to Mach 22
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Fk me I'm out of thanks, those last two stories are both awesome!
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #1031
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Got you covered, Thor. I charge 50% interest on Thanks, compounded daily.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:11 PM   #1032
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New U.S. military plane that can (hypothetically) reach speeds of 13,000 miles/hour will be tested live:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...t-plane-falcon

It can potentially get from London to Sydney in one hour, and the last test they did on this thing got to Mach 22
I'd be far more excited about this if it wasn't a military jet that was envisioned to be able to bomb anywhere in the world in an hour. I guess one can argue that the technology used in this jet will be used in other projects for other ends, but I also know how long the military likes to keep it's intellectual property (in most cases).

A link from the same article... THIS is where the future is I think!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...read-dispenser
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:41 PM   #1033
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I'd be far more excited about this if it wasn't a military jet that was envisioned to be able to bomb anywhere in the world in an hour. I guess one can argue that the technology used in this jet will be used in other projects for other ends, but I also know how long the military likes to keep it's intellectual property (in most cases).

A link from the same article... THIS is where the future is I think!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...read-dispenser
Yep. Really comes with a sense of poetic justice in the context of how screwed their economy is.
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Wow, inconvenient baguette purchasing was a big enough problem that people actually hired and paid an R&D division to create an Automated Baugette Machine (or ABM Machine, if you want redundancies.)?

The future is bread on demand, and the future is now.
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Yep. Really comes with a sense of poetic justice in the context of how screwed their economy is.
Did not World War II pull the U.S. out of the Depression?

EDIT: Well, at least Europe's more so . . .

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:44 AM   #1036
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This is amazing

‘Breakthrough’ method rids patients of advanced cancer


"In what is being hailed as a potential cancer breakthrough, three men suffering late-stage leukemia have been cured using their own, genetically reprogrammed immune systems.
The technique transforms blood-borne T-cells into “serial killers” that hunt down and obliterate cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue unharmed, according to a pair of studies published simultaneously in two prominent journals."


"This gene coaxed the T-cells to create an antibody — known as chimeric antigen receptor or CAR — that would specifically target structures on the surface of cancer cells. The newly armed T-cells were then injected back into the respective patients where they sought out and bound themselves to the cancer cells and killed them.
More importantly, however, the reprogrammed hunters caused other T-cells to multiply each time they attacked, creating more killers with each slain cancer cell.
“Within three weeks the tumours had been blown away, in a way that was much more violent than we ever expected,” Dr. Carl June, a senior study author, said in a statement.
“In addition to an extensive capacity for self-replication the infused T-cells are serial killers. On average each infused T-cell led to the killing of thousands of tumour cells,” said June, a University of Pennsylvania pathologist."


http://www.thespec.com/news/world/ar...dvanced-cancer
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Wow, a cure for the common cold AND cancer, within a couple weeks of eachother! Pretty amazing stuff.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:24 PM   #1038
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What a week for news stories that get you excited, well a tease for us physics nerds that there maybe a way to detect other universes touching ours.

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Big as it is, our universe may be just one of many, all floating in a nearly unfathomable "multiverse," scientists say. Problem is, there's been no way to test the idea.

Now, though, physicists say they've devised a way to detect "bruises" from our cosmos's purported collisions with other universes.
The international team has created a new computer algorithm to hunt for such irregularities in our universe, which they say would be disk-shaped—think of the temporary, circular flattening that happens when one beach ball bumps into another.

Come on Mulitverse, I'll be so happy if we can find evidence for it!


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...0news-universe
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Wow, a cure for the common cold AND cancer, within a couple weeks of eachother! Pretty amazing stuff.
Here's hoping...

but I can't help but feel it's all sounding a bit too much like Resident Evil.
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