Random Thoughts

My thoughts about life, coding, science, technology and other stuff

Inflatable spacecraft launches from Russia

An experimental inflatable spacecraft bankrolled by real estate magnate Robert Bigelow rocketed into orbit Wednesday to test technology that could be used to fulfill his dream of building a commercial space station.

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July 12, 2006 Posted by | Science, Technology | Leave a comment

Expert Says Hard Liquor Helps Houseplants

For home gardeners who don’t want their flowers to tip over, a Cornell University horticulturist thinks he has the answer: Get the flowers a little tipsy with some hard liquor.

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April 6, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Mathematical Uncertainty

In 1912, Bertrand Russell wrote a letter to his mistress, Lady Ottoline Morrell, in which he revealed, “I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet.? Besides suggesting theirs was a cerebral affair, the quote captures a certain fundamental tenet of mathematics that some mathematicians are now questioning.

What attracts many young mathematicians to the field and assures the average person that they can trust their calculator is that mathematical truth is entirely certain, with its own austere perfection that’s totally independent of humans.

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Study Shows Your Thoughts Really Are Scattered

Scientists have long suspected that the brain stores the memory of an event in more than one place. A new study provides solid evidence for this scattered record-keeping. The research, on rats, is thought to apply to the human mind as well.

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February 2, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

New gravity theory dispenses with dark matter

A modified theory of gravity that incorporates quantum effects can explain a trio of puzzling astronomical observations including the wayward motion of the Pioneer spacecraft in our solar system, apparently, and all withoug the need to invoke dark matter. It makes a lot of sense.

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January 25, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

New Detection devices to Seek Extraterrestrial life

New Detection devices are in the works for rooting out extraterrestrial life…

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January 25, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Bacteria in Yogurt Modified to Fight HIV Infection

Bacteria in yogurt have been modified to deliver a drug that blocks HIV infection. Research based at Brown Medical School in Rhode Island altered the genetics of the bacteria so they generate cyanovirin, a drug that has prevented HIV infection in monkeys and human cells, according to a report at news@nature.com.

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January 18, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Vein Finder Would Reduce Errant Needle Pricks

Now if only we could find a way to get rid of the rest of the pricks we’d be doing OK. Seriously though… this device uses the Doppler Effect to detect moving blood and what direction it’s flowing.

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January 17, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Video of the Elusive Redneck in the Wild

Watch as the rednecks participate it in a set of complex and mysterious rituals. It looks like some sort of test of strength or bravery or they are just plain stupid. There is a one minute music intro so be patient and feast your eyes on the wild redneck in it’s natural habitat.

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January 16, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Interview with Freeman Dyson

A google video of an interview with Freeman Dyson who came up with idea of a Dyson Sphere (which he said was kind of a joke). He talks about religion, the nature of god, quantum physics. A very interesting video

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January 16, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment