Posts Tagged ‘science’

Using HIV To Kill Cancer

From NY Times: To perform the treatment, doctors remove millions of the patient’s T-cells — a type of white blood cell — and insert new genes that enable the T-cells to kill cancer cells. The technique employs a disabled form of H.I.V. because it is very good at carrying genetic material into T-cells. The new […]

Getting Heart Rate From Video

From the creatives folks at Fitbit: The basic idea is that the color of your face fluctuates slightly as blood perfusion under the skin changes from your heart’s pumping. If you measure the color change, you can measure heart rate. It sounds simple, but it’s not. One thing that makes this difficult is user motion: […]

Looking At Cute Animals Can Boost Productivity

From the “you can’t make this stuff up department” over at LifeScience: Previous studies have shown that humans slow down their speech when talking to babies, and the Japanese researchers speculated that viewing the cute images may have had a similar effect — slowing the behavior of the students who saw the cute baby animal […]

Liquid Nitrogen + 1500 Ping Pong Balls

I wish more science was taught this way. Never got to see anything like this in the classroom. It’s like Bill Nye + Mythbusters in the classroom. I love it.

Alzheimer’s A Metabolic Disease

Alzheimer’s a metabolic disease? From The Guardian: A large body of evidence now suggests that Alzheimer’s is primarily a metabolic disease. Some scientists have gone so far as to rename it: they call it type 3 diabetes. It will be interesting to see how this evolves. This could be a revolutionary finding.

Someone’s Got A Case Of The Mondays

According to scientists, the idea that people hate Mondays more than any other day of the week is partially unfounded. People hate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as well. Not terribly shocking. If I had to guess I’d ponder it would graph something like this: Peaks on Saturday, wanes on Sunday in anticipation of the ending weekend, […]

Operation: Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum

Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal started a campaign to raise money to purchase Wardenclyffe, perhaps the most iconic thing Nicola Tesla worked on aside from the Tesla coil itself. The building, built by no other than Stanford White, of Washington Square Arch fame. Like Inman, I’d argue Nicola Tesla is one of the greatest geniuses […]

Mr. Wizard’s A Dick

Yes it’s out of context, and he wasn’t really mean (but he wasn’t as soft as TV hosts are today). I still thought this is pretty funny. It’s probably not a shock to anyone who reads this blog, but I loved Mr. Wizard’s show growing up. Later on I also really enjoyed Bill Nye. I’m […]

Accuracy Of Leonardo da Vinci

The BBC has an interesting article on the accuracy of da Vinci’s work: According to Peter Abrahams, professor of clinical anatomy at Warwick University in the UK, Leonardo’s image is as accurate as anything that can be produced by scientific artists working today. “If you actually know your anatomy, you can see all the tiny […]

Common Ancestor For Blue-Eyed People

All blue-eyed people can be traced to a common ancestor in the Black Sea region about 10,000 years ago. An absolutely amazing discovery. Genetics is just starting to be cracked. We’ll be learning a lot about the history of humanity as well as disease in the coming years.