Sunday, April 06, 2008
What if a army had a ray gun that caused the victim to experience artificial fever and sickness? What if that gun had the ability to beam voices into the opponents head? It seems this would be a valuable tool on the battle field, and a recently declassified U.S. Army reports that our military had similar feelings. The report detailed "maturing non-lethal technologies" for the purpose of crowd control and other applications using microwaves, lasers and sound.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Modeled after the salamander's ability to re-grow limbs, researchers are now trying to regenerate body parts to treat amputations and major wounds. Salamanders are the most complex life form known to regenerate limbs, and it can do so, over and over again well into it's adult life. Although the early stages of the healing process in humans are similar to a salamanders, the process changes in and our wounds become a scar instead using our common ability to reactivate this capability during our embryonic state. If a way to manipulate the healing process is discovered, if would be possible to harness this capability.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Scientists in North Dakota have unearthed the entire carcass of a Edmontosaurus, a duck-billed Dinosaur, complete with fossilized skin. The 65 million year old creature is only the fourth mummified dinosaur ever found. Researchers have been tirelessly removing the mummy from its sandstone incasement using the world's largest CT scanner, a machine used to examine space shuttle parts.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Anyone familiar with futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku knows his ability as an educator to communicate difficult concepts through books, radio and television which inspire a lasting wonder about our universe. In his latest book entitled; Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel, Michio considers scientific approaches to science fiction's most fantastic and impossible creations.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
By using elections to illuminate a specimen, electron microscopes can magnify 1000 times the resolution of microscopes that use light. The shorter wavelength of an electron beam provides far superior image resolution to the much longer light photon. This showcase of images on eAmazings.com show "10 must see election micrograph images".
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Like art, most great inventions take their inspiration from nature. The Air Ray by Festo is a modern version of this relationship, pushing the boundaries of blending an evolutionary masterpiece of nature with state of the art technology. It is unclear if the air craft serves any specific purpose other then for experimental purposes.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Phun is a desktop application for Windows meant as a playground and learning tool for users eager to be creative and learn physics concepts. Draw, paint, clone, erase, then set your scene against the forces of gravity, speed, "bounciness", density and air friction. Phun was created by Emil Ernerfeldt as his Masters Thesis at Umea University in 2007.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
One of the stars in a binary system roughly 8,000 light years away is in the final stages of an evolution preceding a supernova. A binary system is a solar system with two stars in orbit around a center of mass. From Earth, the binary system known as WR 104 appears as a large spiral with a "tail" roughly 19 billion miles long.
Friday, February 29, 2008
The Intelligent Design movement has popped up yet again, this time manifesting itself not as a religious or science issue, but rather a matter of the First Amendment. In this attempt to keep the movement afloat, Ben Stein is bringing his message of anti-Darwinism to the big screen with his new movie Expelled.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
US researchers are developing swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and form any programmable shape. Although still a distant propect, Seth Goldstein and his team at the Carnegie Mellon University are currently using computer models and groups of traditional robotics. Even these more primitive versions use electromatic forces to communicate and maneuver.
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