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

How To Cure Cancer: Shoot HIV At It

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

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?

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

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

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. […]

Creating A Personal Radio Station With iTunes Smart Playlists

This is a recipe for using iTunes Smart Playlists to create a personal radio station from your music library, which will play old favorites, new jams, and obscure stuff in ratios which you can tune yourself. The purpose of this isn’t to tell you how to handle your music, but rather to help you get […]

Don’t Panic. We’ve Got Time.

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

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

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.

Funranium Labs’ Experiments in Coffee

At some point, all of us start wondering how much coffee we can drink before our hearts explode. and with that, begins the journey. I am constitutionally incapable of seeing a coffee called “The Black Blood of the Earth” and not purchasing it.

Atomic Emission Spectra Scarves

Becky Stern’s made some beautiful scarves based upon the emission spectra of elements. I’ve long been fascinated by visualizations of our periodic elements, as the Extra Future logo will no doubt prove.

First Close-Up Image of a Single Molecule

As part of a greater effort to someday build computing elements at an atomic scale, IBM scientists in Zurich have taken the highest-resolution image ever of an individual molecule using non-contact atomic force microscopy. The picture is giving me a headache.

The Radioactive Wasps of Hanford

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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