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Old 10-06-2009, 08:25 AM   #201
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A Thousand Oaks, Calif., doctor won the Ig Nobel medicine prize for his firsthand research into arthritis in fingers. As a child and in adulthood, Donald Unger's mother, several aunts, and mother-in-law warned him that cracking his knuckles would lead to arthritis in his fingers. To test that theory, he cracked the knuckles of his left hand, but not the right hand, every day for more than 60 years.
His conclusion? The cracking has no effect. (A chiropractor in San Francisco previously agreed with that notion in a very unscientific survey conducted by me.)
Hah, that is dedication to your field.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:03 AM   #202
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Not science at all, but a couple of cool science related media.



And an awesome photo:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Unite...avy/1585299/L/
I can't get over the awesomeness of that video, I guess that makes me a super nerd but Carl is just that cool.
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:42 AM   #203
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Not science at all, but a couple of cool science related media.

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And an awesome photo:

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Unite...avy/1585299/L/
Fan-freakin-tastic. I love Carl!
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:34 PM   #204
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Seriously, that song is on my Ipod now and I've got the ring tone, just need a better phone to put it on lol.
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:48 PM   #205
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Carl Sagan sucks.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:36 PM   #206
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Blasphemy!
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:51 PM   #207
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Dr Tyson preaching.

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Old 10-07-2009, 01:09 PM   #208
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Death by meteor on 2036 now less likely!

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009...is_Update.html

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid. The refined path indicates a significantly reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth in 2036.

The Apophis asteroid is approximately the size of two-and-a-half football fields. The new data were documented by near-Earth object scientists Steve Chesley and Paul Chodas at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. They will present their updated findings at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Puerto Rico on Oct. 8.

"Apophis has been one of those celestial bodies that has captured the public's interest since it was discovered in 2004," said Chesley. "Updated computational techniques and newly available data indicate the probability of an Earth encounter on April 13, 2036, for Apophis has dropped from one-in-45,000 to about four-in-a million."
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four in a million?
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:13 PM   #210
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lol yup, I laughed when I saw that too, why not 1 in 250,000 Nasa?!
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:14 PM   #211
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Oh no, it'll hit 4 million times out of a trillion. Panic......
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:36 PM   #212
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A few stories caught my eye today.

The first is a well preserved find of suaropod footprints. This is the group of dinosaurs that include brachiosaurus and diplodocus...the giant 75 foot guys. Love dinosaurs even though I don't know much about them.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1315050/

I always wonder how Noah got those guys on the ark.


Speaking of the Bible...Scientists apparently recreated the Shroud of Turin. The vatican doesn't claim it's authentic and I'm sure those that think it's authentic will still do so. Just find it interesting thet they may have figured out how it was made.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe...oud/index.html


Canadian researchers determined the genome of a patient's breast cancer. This could be a first step in personalizing treatments.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1315753/

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But the breakthrough didn't stop there. Once all of the tumour mutations of the developed cancer were identified – a total of 32 were found – scientists had the information to look back and see which of those mutations were present in the patient's original, primary tumour.

They discovered that only 11 of the 32 mutations were present in the original tumour, with only five of those present in all of the original cancer cells, meaning that even in the early stages, cancer cells aren't uniform. That's significant because it proves even from the outset, cancer cells contain different mutations which change over time.

And a new giant ring was found around Saturn.

http://gizmodo.com/5376258/new-gigan...ing-discovered

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1315753/
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:21 AM   #214
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But is there a ring of debris around Uranus?
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:59 PM   #215
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On Discovery tonight, a kick ass show, 10pm MTN called Human Family Tree.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.co...an-family-tree

Its the 2nd awesome documentary done by geneticist Spencer Wells.

Highly recommend this if you want to see the expansion of the human race out of Africa as traced by genetics.

For those of you who remember, his first offering was Journey of Man which is also a must see for those interested.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...68816093486330
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:12 AM   #216
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Not exactly news, but goes along with the moon bombing news in an entertaining way.
Actually, this video is totally awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npRste0fgAI
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A physicist at the facility that houses the world's largest particle collider in Switzerland has been arrested on suspicion of terror links, according to officials. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known by the French acronym CERN, said French officials arrested the man on Thursday in south-east France for suspected al-Qaeda links.

Is this proof that al-Qaeda is trying to have the earth swallowed by a black hole?


How could we possibly defend against this new weapon?
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:28 PM   #218
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So what happens when you take a bunch of rat brain neurons and hook them up to a robot? You get a robot with a biological brain of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0eZytv6Qk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPiF4-iu6g

What happens when you try to let it fly a plane?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcAyd6LokWo

Holy crap, seriously run for your lives. Or hook me up.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:56 PM   #219
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So what happens when you take a bunch of rat brain neurons and hook them up to a robot? You get a robot with a biological brain of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0eZytv6Qk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPiF4-iu6g

What happens when you try to let it fly a plane?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcAyd6LokWo

Holy crap, seriously run for your lives. Or hook me up.
Seriously creepy, using rat brain tissue no less. I guess the use would be to be hooked up as the brain that pilots a starship after your body is worn out, like in SciFi or would it be better to be a hologram.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:57 PM   #220
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Dude there was a show on Discovery about connecting discoveries, I think maybe connections was the name?

Anyhow they took all these weird discoveries and connected them to something useful.
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