Distributed Data Analysis of Neutron ScatteringThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $12 million to the California Institute of Technology for computer software to analyze neutron-scattering experiments. The work could show how to design new materials for a huge variety of applications in transportation, construction, electronics and space exploration.
The five-year Distributed Data Analysis for Neutron Scattering Experiments (DANSE) project is led by Brent Fultz, a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 7:04:53 PM)
Innovative Generator For Energy SavingsAn innovative residential generator that can produce both heat and electricity could spark a revolution in energy efficiency, said Eric Guyer (S.M. 1974, Sc.D. 1977), the CEO of Climate Energy, during an MIT Energy Club talk on Aug. 9.
Guyer described Climate Energy's micro-combined heat and power unit (micro-CHP) to the standing-room-only crowd gathered in the Tang Center as "hopefully, the next big thing in energy."
Guyer's talk was........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:48:22 PM)
Microbe center plumbs depths of ocean lifeScientists from MIT and six other institutions are part of a new center for exploring the microbial inhabitants of the sea.
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) will facilitate collaborations among the previously separate disciplines of oceanography, microbiology, ecology and genomics. These new alliances will enable a deeper understanding of the seas, including their potential response to global........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:44:33 PM)
Deformation Of Nanoscale MaterialsMaterials on the nanoscale don't always have the same properties they would in bulk; for one thing, nanomaterials are often a lot harder. Unlike most bulk materials, a crystal that is small enough can be perfect, free of defects, capable of achieving strength near its ideal theoretical limit.
Scientists have long assumed that a crystal needs to be perfect to sustain stress at its theoretical limit. Beyond this point dislocations in the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:20:04 PM)
No advantage for four-drug antiretroviral regimenAdding a fourth drug to an antiretroviral regimen for the initial therapy of HIV-1 did not lead to significant differences in reducing HIV levels in the blood, time to virologic failure, adverse events or drug resistance over 3 years, as per a research studyin the August 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.
Roy M. Gulick, M.D., M.P.H., of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, presented the findings of the study today........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:03:16 PM)
Rapid expansion of HIV treatmentA massive scale-up of HIV/AIDS therapy programs at urban primary care sites in Zambia has produced favorable patient outcomes, demonstrating that expansion of such programs in sub-Saharan Africa is feasible, with good results, as per a research studyin the August 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.
Jeffrey S.A. Stringer, M.D., of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Lusaka, and the University of Alabama at........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 5:57:17 PM)
Has E3 been Comdex'ed?As per the exclusive story from Next Generation, in the next 48 hours there will be an announcement on the cancellation of E3, which "in its present form, has been cancelled for next year and the foreseeable future." As per ARS Technica, the show is not being cancelled but rather downsized, due to the show-within-a-show that E3 was becoming: it was the back channel meetings that were the real events.
Okay, I came back from the last E3 all........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 11:57:40 AM)
Routine Screening Not Always BeneficialDoing more is not always better. Improving the quality of medical care does not necessarily dictate providing additional care. And in the case of children with Down syndrome, routine screening for celiac disease in children without symptoms of the disease, as recommended by at least one medical professional organization, does more harm than good according to a study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers published in the recent........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 9:13:23 AM)
Sharpest Manmade ThingA field ion microscope (FIM) image of a very sharp tungsten needle. The small round features are individual atoms. The lighter colored elongated features are traces captured as atoms moved during the imaging process (approximately 1 second).
Reported by: Rezeq et al., Journal of Chemical Physics, 28 May 2006.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 3:27:31 PM)
Obsessive complusive cat flushing the toiletObsessive complusive cat flushing the toilet.
Amazing.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:57:12 PM)
Art On The MoonThe only piece of art on the moon (depending, we suppose, on one's definition of art) is a 3?-tall aluminum sculpture titled "Fallen Astronaut".
It was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and installed by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott, along with a plaque bearing the names of the 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the service of space exploration.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:38:42 PM)
Blooming Of Amorphophallus TitanumThe titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is one of the world's most remarkable plants. Native to tropical forests in Sumatra, it produces a monstrous four- to nine-foot-tall flower head, which releases a monstrous stench of putrefaction at peak bloom (another name for the plant is the corpse flower!). The species rarely flowers in cultivation-the last time one bloomed in New York was 1939. However, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's ten-year-old specimen........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:26:53 PM)
Puzzle FantasticaWhat's all this then?.
P.F. #1 has become born and grown and lived and shown its charity and, to quote Whitman, it will forever "be curious, not judgmental." It has not been solved. Near 200 contributions have been made, and near 10,000 people have gandered.
Where do we go from here? We weren't being coy earlier when we said the puzzle was bigger than us. We'd like to say it was now bigger than Sudoku but, as Kerouac would have it........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:00:25 PM)
1 hour alphabetThis alphabet was drawn and colored over the course of an hour, just to see if I could do such a thing.
I tried to make the process as quick as possible by skipping the "penciling" phase and using a Photoshop action I've used on other projects for the coloring.
Try it!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 1:53:17 PM)
CounterStrikeDiego Roa, an apparently retired CounterStriker fiend has done some gorgeous work with his CS team:
Would love to see someone do the same with a model that they had re-assigned textures to, using OGLE's texture coordinate (UV) capture and the texture maps that GLIntercept's writtes to disk.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 1:29:48 PM)
Strategy behind using liquids to threaten planesToday fromwondermark.com.
Strategy behind using liquids to threaten planes.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 1:23:09 PM)
Editorial board of Elsevier journal resignsAnother journal declaration of independence is in progress. Yesterday the entire editorial board of Topology resigned to protest Elsevier's refusal to lower the subscription price. The editors' letter was posted to PAMnet this morning. (Thanks to George Porter.) Excerpt from the letter:.
Dear Mr [Robert] Ross [of Elsevier Science],.
We regret to have to tell you that we, the Editorial Board of Topology, are resigning with effect from 31........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 9:03:09 AM)
Herceptin Effective Even With Low HER-2 LevelsNorthwestern University and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare scientists have discovered that the monoclonal antibody Herceptin (trastuzumab) used in combination with certain cancer chemotherapies effectively treats breast cancer tumors that produce low or undetectable amounts of the HER-2 oncogene but overexpress the growth factor heregulin (HRG), an activator of the HER-2 cancer oncoprotein. Increased levels of HER-2 are linked to poor patient........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 6:26:22 AM)
Fossils Links from Ape-menA team of researchers working in an eastern Ethiopian desert has discovered fossil bones and teeth from individuals they believe link the genus Australopithecus--precursors of humans--to a decidedly more ape-like animal of the genus Ardipithicus. Because the fossils were found in areas known to contain evidence of both older and younger specimens, the researchers say evidence of when the three hominid types existed will provide valuable........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/11/2006 9:26:11 PM)
Drilling Into Fossil Magma Chamber Deep Under the OceanScientists aboard the research drilling ship JOIDES Resolution have, for the first time, drilled into a fossil magma chamber under intact ocean crust. There, 1.4 kilometers beneath the sea floor, they have recovered samples of gabbro: a hard, black rock that forms when molten magma is trapped beneath Earth's surface and cools slowly.
The scientists, affiliated with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), published their findings on........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/11/2006 9:16:43 PM)
Automatic Crib RockerIf you have a baby then you know, how tough it is to make him/her sleep at times, sing lullabies, walking him outside to make him doze off, keep rocking his crib and so on.! So, here is the solution for all the restless parents to keep the baby-blues away, Lullabub Crib Rocker. The automatic crib rocker is comprised of four modules that are placed under each leg of a crib.
The remote-controlled rocking system gently creates motion........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/14/2006 6:45:32 AM)
Nanotubes Not for ToothpasteWhen scientists fire electron beams at multi-layered carbon nanotubes, they collapse, much like a tube of toothpaste, with such force the nanotubes extrude whatever may be inside, even extremely hard iron carbide. The process--which has applications for manufacturing durable, metal nanowires and similar materials--creates pressures within the tubes that reach one-tenth the crushing force in the Earth's core.
National Science........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:57:02 PM)
Depressed People Benefit More From MarriageDepressed singles receive greater psychological benefits from getting married than those who are not depressed, new research shows.
While many studies have shown that marriage helps boost well-being, most studies have looked at a general, average population and don't examine whether some people were helped more by marriage than others.
"Our findings question the common assumption that marriage is always a good choice for all individuals,"........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:34:00 PM)
Cause Of Neurodegenerative DiseaseWhen a faulty protein wreaks havoc in cells and causes disease, researchers are usually quick to point the finger at a wayward gene. Now scientists are learning that some neurodegenerative diseases can develop even though a gene is perfectly normal. The diseases can be caused when the genetic instructions contained in the gene are not executed properly, leading to a lethal buildup of malformed proteins in brain cells.
The new studies by........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:22:23 PM)
How Religious Garment Defines a New Generation of WomenThere's no argument that the hijab, a scarf that covers the head, hair, neck and ears, is a religious symbol that visibly separates young Muslim American women from their contemporary peers. But a number of who wear it say the covering is a boundary that's helping them carve out their own place in the Western world, yet it also bridges them with their family's traditions and values. The findings are from a paper by Rhys Williams, professor of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:14:48 PM)
Inside Views: Time To Rethink TRIPS?In the aftermath of the late July collapse of the Doha Development Round negotiations at the World Trade Organization, some are looking for reasons and next steps. Much focus has been placed on the agriculture stalemate, but intellectual property issues also are a factor, particularly for developing countries struggling with the 1994 WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Fernando Barrio, a professor at........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 12:04:59 PM)
Stranger in a Strange LandThis past weekend was BlogHer. I only was able to make it down for the Saturday sessions, but overall, I think it was a great event. In a sentence, it was the most valuable blogging-related event I have attended in the past year.
Now, some might think this is a little overblown, but, well, let them choke on their own bile. The event was how such blogging events should be: the newbies and the veterans getting together to discuss blogging and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 11:54:50 AM)
OneWebDay: September 22, 2006The Web has changed millions of lives. Just two months from now, on September 22, we'll be celebrating the first OneWebDay. OneWebDay is one day a year when we all - everyone around the physical globe - can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities. In short, it's like an Earth Day for the Internet-a day to stop and think about what the Internet means to us.
Add the OneWebDay Button to your site........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 11:47:40 AM)
Fish Eating FishTwo fish for the price of one!
Some lucky one can have both.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 3:11:41 PM)
Atomic Bonsai KitIt's always nice to have some plant life around the house or to freshen up your drab cubicle, but let's face it -- a number of a modern urbanite (or suburbanite, for that matter) lacks a green thumb.
Enter the Atomic Bonsai Kit! A hip, clever, and evergreen alternative to wilting foliage, you simply interlock the cardboard bonsai leaves and branches together -- no scissors or glue (or watering or sunshine!) required. Like its real-life........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 3:03:45 PM)
Tiny animals on fingersPlease note: I didn't take any of these photographs. Where possible, I have included credits, or at least a link to where the photo is from. I encourage you to send in anything you think is good!
Hmmm........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:48:29 PM)
Tradition vs. Change in 'Lhasa Vegas'A number of refugees, including the Dalai Lama himself, settled in northern India after China invaded Tibet in 1950. Beijing says Tibet is historically part of China, not an independent nation.
For years, Tibet has been a difficult place to get to for most Westerners, because of visa restrictions -- though these rules may soon be eased to facilitate tourism, as per a recent announcement by a communist party leader in Tibet.
Tourists to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:21:14 PM)
Whiplash the Cowboy monkeyWhiplash the Cowboy monkey is truly a fan favorite, he is an international star and a true cowboy.
He is an 18 yr old Capuchin Monkey and he is one of the biggest little monkeys in the world. Whiplash has been riding since he was two yrs old and has been a part of our family since he was born.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:07:18 PM)
What You Can Find In The Moon?What you can find in the moon.
Charlie Duke took this photo of a family picture that he left on the surface of the moon. The photo, taken by Loudy Benjamin, is shrink-wrapped and contains a message on the back which reads "This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972." Underneath the message are the signatures of his wife and kids. (NASA Photo AS16-117-18841.).........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 1:49:43 PM)
Schwarzenegger Sends Guard Troops To Major Airports,Three hundred National Guard troops were ordered Thursday to airports in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego as state and local officials ramped up security measures around California in response to the arrests of suspected terrorists accused of plotting to blow up airplanes headed from Britain to the United States.
Schwarzenegger Sends Guard Troops To Major Airports,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 1:33:59 PM)
Color 3D PrintsWith the help of some friends at CADD Edge we were able to get a color 3D print of our favorite World of Warcraft gnome. All we had to do was export our cleaned up and textured models as VRML files, which they fed right into their ZCorp printer.
If you are interested in doing the same with your video game avatars, I suggest contacting Anvil Prototypes. They are interested in helping people who want to pay to have their characters printed........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 9:38:49 AM)
RIAA to grieving family: We depose your children in 60 daysThe RIAA brought a file-sharing lawsuit against a guy who had just died; they offered the departed's family a 60-day grieving period before they began to depose his children for the suit against his estate.
3. Plaintiffs do not believe it appropriate to discuss a resolution of the case with the family so close to Mr. Scantlebury's passing. Plaintiffs therefore request a stay of 60 days to allow the family additional time to grieve.
4. In........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 9:15:58 AM)
Breast Cancer Survivors Change LifestyleBreast cancer survivors' beliefs about what may have caused their cancer are connected to whether they make healthy lifestyle changes after a cancer diagnosis. This is the finding of a research study appearing in the August 2006 issue of Psycho-Oncology by researchers at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School.
"We found that breast cancer survivors who believed that an unhealthy behavior - such as consuming an unhealthy diet,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 6:18:34 AM)
What Keeps Lizards' Blue Genes from Fading?Scientists have reported the first direct evidence that cooperative behavior in side-blotched male lizards arises from their genes. The findings, published in the May 9 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by University of California--Santa Cruz's Barry Sinervo and colleagues, represent some 20 years of research into the altruistic or "self-sacrificing" behavior.
Side-blotched lizards, it turns out, come in three different throat........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/11/2006 9:38:15 PM)
Nanogenerators To Spark Miniature MachinesScientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have crafted tiny nanowires that generate electricity when they vibrate. Just like the quartz crystal in a watch, the zinc-oxide nanowires are piezoelectric, which means bending causes them to produce an electrical charge.
Only 20-40 billionths of a meter in diameter, each fiber partners with millions of others to form a nanogenerator capable of producing significant amounts of energy from........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/11/2006 9:20:19 PM)