Entries for Tag: 'science'
Very interesting piece in wired about neuroplasticity, the ability of your brain to "remap" itself to accept other inputs. The idea about the belt that allows you to always know where north is sounds like a great idea. I can definitely understand how you would get used to something like that though and feel like something was missing when you took it off.
Made of special paper, they actually expect the planes to make it all the way to the surface of the earth. This should be pretty cool. Lets just hope they hit populated land and not open ocean...
You have seen Minority Report, now see the real tech that it inspired. Slashdot has a discussion about it too, although in typical fashion the majority of that crowd seems unimpressed. I say this is some pretty cool tech with a lot of possibilities for large data set visualization. Bottom line, I want to play with it.
I would like to start out by saying I am not making this up. If you check the wikipedia history you can see that I have not edited this article. I also submit the following Google Trends page as further evidence, along with my original source at buzzfeed.
That being said, this is fairly genius, although disgusting. And according to the wikipedia article, it seems to have a very high success rate.
Google thinks it can tell us about flu outbreaks across the US quicker than the CDC. They have the data that shows they should be able to do just that. This could change a lot of things. I can imagine many other things being able to benefit from this. More discussion at slashdot
Okay, this is just nuts. This guy was having trouble with a hand tremor caused by a brain problem. While they have his head cut open, he plays the banjo so they can make sure they have the right spot on the brain. Like a weird episode of House or something. Make sure to watch the video. Just crazy.
They somehow remove the head of a dog and keep the dog alive for a while by pumping blood through it. No telling how much pain the dog is in (if any) but it still responds to external stimulus like noise and touch. I don't think it could bark though. Sad, but still interesting.
From the site:
A tiny asteroid discovered just hours ago at an Arizona observatory will enter Earth's atmosphere harmlessly at approximately 10:46 p.m. Eastern time tonight (2:46 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time). There is no danger to people or property since the asteroid will not reach the ground. It is between 3 and 15 feet (1-5 m) in diameter and will burn up in the upper atmosphere, well above aircraft heights. A brilliant fireball will be visible as a result.
Apparently, it did happen last night. This marks the first time that we have recognized that an asteroid this small was going to hit the earth before it did, which is quite an achievement. Although it was only about 12 hours notice, its something to build on.
An article about a girl with what seems to be some sort of platelet issue keeping her blood from clotting.
Twinkle Dwivedi, 13, has a strange disorder which means she loses blood through her skin without being cut or scratched.
She has even undergone transfusions after pints of it seeped through her eyes, nose, hairline, neck and the soles of her feet.
Sometimes her condition is so bad she wakes up with her entire body covered in dried blood.
The picture with the article is quite striking. Especially since it gets the point across without being completely disgusting.
The experiment went like this: 10 basketball players, 10 coaches and 10 sportswriters, plus a group of complete basketball novices watched a video clip of a player attempting a free throw. Not surprisingly, the players were significantly better at predicting whether or not the shot would go in. While they got it right more than two-thirds of the time, the non-playing experts (i.e., the coaches and writers) only got it right 44 percent of the time.Pretty cool stuff, but not all that surprising. Still, the idea that the empathy of the person watching can be that accurate, even through video (or video game maybe? or film?) is impressive.