Thursday, 24 July 2008

Science tackles viral video

Recently, scientists have taken to showing their lighter side by producing short videos. These geeked-up vial videos are passed around the lab, forwarded to colleagues, and posted on Facebook or MySpace. Think Bio-Rad's brillant PCR video. Not to be outdone, EU Research's Marie Curie Action has created a hysterical and educational bit called "Chemistry Party". Enjoy!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Football Fever

As the rest of the world seems to be excited about some kicky-ball competition, I thought we could jump on the bandwagon as well. There has to be some odd science going on here...

And indeed (handily) there is. It has come to light that the German team have been side-stepping the tight anti-doping rules for the tournament by using homeopathy. This story pleases me very much. The concept of Homeopathy is rather amusing even at the best of times, and the logic of "this stuff is so ludicrously ineffective they don't even bother banning it, so let's give it a go!", is the placebo effect working at its magnificent best.

In fairness, in the highly psychological environment of sports medicine, where giving a player a mental "edge" is all-important, the sphere of quackery is probably a very good one to use, but it's still amusing none the less.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Fake beak.

Gentlemen, we can rebuild her. We have the technologyAccording to the Sun (I wasn't reading it, I promise) a bald eagle has had its beak shot and was starving to death until friendly engineers came along and made it (the eagle) a new one (beak).

The Sun's Kelly Eagle (I kid you not) gives the story only a brief overview, but over in the America, the more respectable USA Today (another completely fact driven news source) goes in to a little more detail, including how the current beak (shown here in a picture nabbed off of Boing Boing) isn't quite right:
"The new beak is only a temporary fix, designed to nail down precise measurements.

A final beak made of tougher material will be created and attached later, though her saviors don't plan to release her back into the wild. They say that she has spent too much time with humans that the final beak will still not be strong enough to tear flesh from prey."

You can see how the beak has broken in the image, exposing the metal underneath the yellow plastic.

[via Boing Boing]

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Lemur Love

And we thought it was hard to find the perfect partner...

Imagine if you couldn't even tell if you were eyeing up the right species by looking at them. This it the problem rainforest lemurs have - their love lives are a whole other level of difficult.

Click here for the full story.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Secret LHC Blueprint

I can't reveal my sources, but I am assured that this is the actual blueprint used as the basis of the LHC. It would seem to support the claims made in the video below.

Thirty-three is indeed a significant and mysterious number. Jesus was thirty-three when he was crucified; the first temple of Solomon stood for thirty-three years before being pillaged. Every single scientist/satanist involved with the LHC is, has been, or will eventually be thirty-three. The seemingly innocent 'Clickety Click' of the bingo caller, if halved, gives us thirty-three and, alarmingly, echoes the sound of an electrical switch being operated - perhaps the 'on' switch of LHC itself? There are thirty-three symbols of the Masonic Order, one of which shows a double-headed eagle crowned with an equilateral triangle, inside of which is the number thirty-three. Prior to merging, one of the original particle detector experiments was known as EAGLE. There are currently six detector experiments in place. The country code for the CERN press office is four and one; four minus one leaves 3. Add the country code and first two digits of the number, two and two, and we get nine - three times three!

There's more, but I must run, I have a Lodge meeting at three...

Friday, 16 May 2008

The LHC has been designed to bring back Satan to earth.

A man delivers a hilariously fact-free analysis of the LHC, the Large Hardo Hadron Collider.

Included is his denial of the moon landings, a complete misunderstanding of the term "strange matter (Satan would be pretty strange, seems to be his entire argument), the assertion that it is impossible to change direction in space, and an insinuation that all scientists involved are Freemasons. Masterful, truly masterful.

Now, once you've finished listening to it, go back and listen to the Chris Morris interview (2 posts down), so as to rinse your brain out.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Vatican: "Aliens could exist".

I love the Vatican. When they aren't putting out lists of new deadly sins (many of which seem to be thinly disguesed attacks on science in general) they are making themselves look a bit silly in stories like this.

What amuses me the most about the article is not the sentiment about aliens life forms being possible, and not contradictory to the bible, which is near-enough sensible. Except when your reasoning is that (and I found this quote in another comment on the original article)...

"Ruling out the existence of aliens would be like "putting limits" on God's creative freedom, he said."

No, it's not that that amuses me most, it's the original article title from the Vatican Magazine, the immensely improbable "Aliens are my Brother". Because...

"Just as we consider earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an 'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."

It would be the most majestic silliness, if only it wasn't dead-serious. I'm also looking forward to the Vatican's "Darwin Conference" next year, that should be even more entertaining...

Monday, 12 May 2008

The CERN podcast, with added Chris Morris

Listen to a man who used to play keyboards for D:Ream chat to Chris Morris about CERN, particle physics and relativistic mechanics here. I love the internet.

The Science Behind the New Triumph Rocket 3 Motorcycle

The first motorcycle manufacturer to employ Null-type scientific principles...