These are the things I've written that are tagged "science"

How To Cure Cancer: Shoot HIV At It

11 August 2011

Using a modified, harmless version of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, they inserted a series of genes into the white blood cells. These were designed to make to cells target and kill the cancer cells. After growing a large batch of the genetically engineered white blood cells, the doctors injected them back into the […]

Gigantic New SuperOrganism with ‘Social Intelligence’ is Devouring the Titanic

18 April 2011

Not science fiction, somehow: Scientists believe that this strange super-organism is using a common microbial language that could be either chemical or electrical -a phenomenon called “quorum sensing” by which whole communities “sense” each other’s presence and activities aiding and abetting the organization, cooperation, and growth. The Titanic is being eaten by a huge, complex, […]

iPad Who?

02 March 2011

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization have discovered a giant underground chamber on the moon, which they feel could be used as a base by astronauts on future manned missions to moon. Moon base!

Advice on keeping a laboratory notebook

28 February 2011

This is good advice for keeping any kind of notebook. Lab notebooks have to be robust, since science often requires fire, freezing, or dangerous chemicals. From the same article, this handy chart compares kinds of pens and how their ink stands up to erasure, water, methanol, ethanol, acetone, and baking.

Scientists build the world’s first anti-laser

18 February 2011

The device, created by a team from Yale University, is capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam entirely. and Instead they think it could be used in next-generation supercomputers which will be built with components that use light rather than electrons. are enough for me today. The bad news is that this only absorbs light. […]

Don’t Panic. We’ve Got Time.

13 July 2010

The data that once suggested the Sun is orbited by a distant dark companion now raises even more questions. The good news is we have about 15 million years before another one is scheduled. Personally I blame Vogon bureaucracy. (via Warren Ellis)

The “Immortal” Jellyfish

13 June 2010

turritopsis nutricula, a species which can “cycle from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again,” may have no natural limit on it’s lifespan. Granted, it can still get beaten to death or otherwise killed through violence or stupidity. Just not old age.

Moving and Not Moving

18 March 2010

A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving. I am personally in the quantum state of being excited and terrified.

Higgs Boson Particles May Travel Through Time To Destroy Themselves Before They Are Created

14 October 2009

This is from an article in the New York Times, not a science fiction magazine: A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before […]

The Radioactive Wasps of Hanford

11 June 2009

Not from a movie or script, but real life: The contractor handling the clean-up, Washington Closure, says the nests were all built in 2003 when water was used to dampen dust during demolition of an H Reactor basin. That attracted the wasps that used the mud to make tube-shaped nests for eggs.

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