Archive for the 'Science' Category
Without visual cues, humans will always ambulate in a circle — and there seems to be no explanation why. Read the whole article at NPR.
Via Slashdot: Being too clean can make people sick
How do we know? “Dutch researchers … scanned a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and subjected it to cutting-edge “emotion recognition” software, developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois.
The result showed the painting’s famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised”
“RiSE is a small six-legged robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences.”
Scientists awed by `human calendar‘: The woman is identified only as AJ. Her unique ability to perfectly and instantly recall details of her past has led researchers to propose a name for her condition: “hyperthymestic syndrome,” based on the Greek word thymesis for “remembering,” and hyper, meaning “more than normal.”
Indian scientists have claimed that they may be able to give warning several hours before certain quakes larger than five on the Richter scale using an acoustic meteorological technique called Sonic Detection and Ranging (sodar).
From the Big Bang to the year 2079 – in outline form, with amusing observations: “5,000,000 years ago, primitive forms of humanoid break off from the evolutionary ape line, lose their hair and immediately begin to feel self-conscious about it“.
Link: Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists is a club for scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair.
Link: Sam Barros’ PowerLabs!: one guy’s experimental science site.