Archive for the 'Science' Category

“Smart Meters” May Invade Privacy – EFF

Posted by 3wire on March 22nd, 2010

From:  Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF IS DEMANDING BETTER PRIVACY PROTECTIONS FOR ENERGY CUSTOMERS RECEIVING “SMART METERS,” new devices that measure your home’s energy use in unprecedented detail. Energy usage data, measured moment by moment, allows the reconstruction of a household’s activities: when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and […]

Cuddly Polar Bears

Posted by 3wire on February 28th, 2010

More fun facts about those lovable Coke-sharing Ursus of the north. This from the Discovery show Survivorman. Pond Inlet, on the northern reaches of Baffin Island, is one of the most challenging landscapes on the planet. More than 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it’s surrounded by grinding, ever-shifting flows of sea ice where […]

Polar Bears Are So Cute

Posted by 3wire on January 1st, 2010

A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized But wait, there’s a reason for this horrible act. Can you guess?  That’s right,  “climate change”. Climate change has turned some polar bears into cannibals as global warming melts their Arctic ice hunting grounds, reducing the polar bear population, […]

Global Warming Used as Catalyst for “Global Governance”

Posted by Maverick on July 13th, 2009

According to Climate Depot, while speaking at Oxford on July 7th, 2009, Al Gore says that changes in global warming awareness will be driven by “global governance.” See, I thought all the right-wing lunatics saying that a world government is coming were just crazy conspiracy theorists. Apparently, they were just crazy accurate. Oh, and I […]

What’s in a name?

Posted by Maverick on April 15th, 2009

According to The Huffington Post, a Japanese company called Cyberdyne has just built a working human exoskeleton called “HAL” that assists the wearer in movement and strength. Apparently no one in Japan watches any American science fiction movies because that company has to have chosen the worst possible names… Cyberdyne and HAL? Wow.

More evidence that Video Games can improve health

Posted by Maverick on March 30th, 2009

According to a study published in Nature Neuroscience, playing games can improve your vision. Far from being harmful to eyesight, as some had feared, action games such as Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, or Left 4 Dead provide excellent training for what eye doctors call contrast sensitivity, the study found. Contrast sensitivity is the ability to […]

Southwest Tests In-flight WiFi

Posted by 3wire on February 11th, 2009

From: Wired Southwest customers over the next few months onboard the Wi-Fi enabled aircrafts will be offered on board instruction sheets on how to log on. And it will be free during the test period. Cellular technology will not work with the Wi-Fi service, says Southwest.

Wing Suit Base Jumping

Posted by 3wire on January 13th, 2009

Scary Cool wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

End to Global Warming?

Posted by 3wire on October 1st, 2008

Sunspot activity is at a 50-year low. From: SpaceWeather.com “There is also the matter of solar irradiance,” adds Pesnell. “Researchers are now seeing the dimmest sun in their records. The change is small, just a fraction of a percent, but significant. Questions about effects on climate are natural if the sun continues to dim.” more

SpaceX Achieves Orbit

Posted by Q Ball on September 29th, 2008

The first private company has successfully launched a rocket and achieved orbital velocity. The company is called SpaceX, which was started by the founder of PayPal. This along with the suborbital flights of SpaceShipOne and the creation of Virgin Galactic could signal the beginning of a new era in space flight. I am usually on […]

Science Is Awesome

Posted by Q Ball on September 7th, 2008

For something a little more on the lighter side, here is something that is just plain cool. Via Wired:

The sun is a HOT ball of gas.

Posted by Q Ball on September 1st, 2008

A new study out today states that the sun failed to produce a single sunspot in the past month for the first time in a century. This combined with the fact that the sun is in a hot period right now may have something to do with the warming of the earth. The universe is […]

Global Climate Change

Posted by 3wire on June 24th, 2008

“To assume that [climate change] is a problem is to assume that the state of earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change.” — NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin, May 30, […]

Phoenix Lands On Mars

Posted by Q Ball on May 27th, 2008

The Phoenix Lander touched down on Mars on Sunday after 9 months in space. Its mission is to study the arctic soil for signs of water. Via Wired:

Top 5 Things I Learned From Videogames

Posted by Maverick on May 17th, 2008

From 1up.com, Gamers have to get good at mapping things in their heads, remembering landmarks, and just generally orienting themselves. It’s more than I gained from Boy Scouts, anyway, which mostly taught me how to get bored making a bird feeder before getting kicked out for not having proper respect for power tools.

The future of media storage.

Posted by Maverick on April 11th, 2008

From TimesOnline: In a paper published in the current issue of Science, a team at the company’s research centre in San Jose, California, said that devices which use the new technology would require much less power, would run on a single battery charge for “weeks at a time”, and would last for decades. So-called ‘racetrack’ […]

Crazy Liquid

Posted by Q Ball on March 3rd, 2008

I find this fascinating, via the Technology Liberation Front:

Honeybees Disappearing by the Billions

Posted by 3wire on February 18th, 2008

From: Celsias.com The phenomenon is recent, dating back to autumn, when beekeepers along the east coast of the US started to notice the die-offs. It was given the name of fall dwindle disease, but now it has been renamed to reflect better its dramatic nature, and is known as colony collapse disorder. It is swift […]

Glenn Beck Surgery

Posted by Q Ball on January 4th, 2008

I had not heard that there was something wrong with Glenn Beck, but apparently he had surgery during the past week and things did not go well. He has posted a video online explaining what happened and how it has changed him.

Enviroment Beat

Posted by Q Ball on December 1st, 2007

CBS has put out a job listing for a new reporter to cover the environment, without any knowledge of the subject as a requirement. Check here for the posting.