03 February 2006

Today in the Science News

There weren't too many interesting stories in the science news this morning, but here are the ones I thought were nifty.

Radio device tweaks software to use incompatible wireless standards:
This device uses software to perform tasks generally done by hardware. I look forward to hearing how the trials turn out.

Someone shoots you the finger? Uh-oh, there's like a two-thirds chance he might be armed!:
There's a big difference between "driving aggressively or making obscene gestures" and "whipping out your .45 to bust a cap" or whatever the kids call it these days. But of course, as we all know and as I'm sure researcher Mary Vriniotis would tell you, anyone who owns a gun is, at any given time, only seconds away from going on a killing spree through the local Safeway.

We're all going to die!:
Today's global warming hysteria is about the impending melting of the permafrost and the collapse of the ice cap. The ice cap story is from the same dude that claims NASA and Chimpy McHitlerburton are muzzling him.

Just out of curiosity, has it occurred to anyone at all that the Earth warming might possibly be a good thing? For one thing, the length of the growing season increases, allowing for increased agricultural production.

Good news: HIV prevalence declines in southern Africa!:
Glad to hear it. I hope the trend continues.

Cocaine users at risk for stomach damage:
Shut up, really?

Once-secret Pentagon program now revealed:
We've set up a robot unit that, in the event of a nuclear attack, will attempt to identify the perpetrators based on the radioactive signatures of the material used.

Of course, I think we all know who the perpetrator of a nuclear attack on the U.S. might be. (coughcoughIrancough)

Frogs carrying a weird fungus that appears to be the result of human pregnancy testing:
Yes, you read that correctly.

Apparently, there used to be a pregnancy test that involved injecting frogs with a woman's urine. If the woman was pregnant, the frog would spawn within hours.

I couldn't even pay attention to the fungus part of the story because my mind boggled at the concept of taking a syringeful of urine and injecting it into a frog, which would probably be urinating on you as you did so. I think we have a new contender for world's worst job: pee-injector.

Correction...assistant pee-injector.

NASA inspector general probed:
It seems that he's been accused of hampering investigations. Not cool, dude. You have astronauts' lives depending on you. That's more important than NASA saving face.

If you wake up before sunrise, you can see Venus!:
Or I guess you could stay up until sunrise, but that's just not the way I roll.

"Scientists force evolution in the lab":
By finding a mutation and then studying it. Sounds more like observing evolution. Also, they didn't demonstrate speciation, so I'm not impressed.

An ancient Greek shipwreck found:
Awesome! And an underwater robot was used to map the location of the wreck.

On the topic of ancient Greece, the Nike of Samothrace is the most gorgeous statue ever. I have a little plaster model of her on my bookshelf.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Mark A. Flacy said...

Just out of curiosity, has it occurred to anyone at all that the Earth warming might possibly be a good thing? For one thing, the length of the growing season increases, allowing for increased agricultural production.

Dr. Pournelle says that all the time.

3:14 AM  

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