misc.ience

Hydrogels or, how to replace petroleum-based plastics

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 04, 2010

Well, wonders will never cease.  Not only is water already one of the strangest,and most interesting fluids/substances around, but clever scientists from the University of Tokyo just added another layer of WTFness. A hydrogel (with hair). Credit: Nature 463, 339-343 (21 January 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature08693 In essence, they have developed a sort of non-fluid, yet … Read More

Prove your wordpower

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 02, 2010

Ah, brevity.  [Insert tedious piece of waffling prose extolling its virtues] But seriously, I came across a fantastic little site today.  Called the Ten Word Wiki, it is precisely that.  No more than ten words to describe any given topic. I did some typing, and have given a couple … Read More

What would we do when the aliens land?

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 27, 2010

According to Nature, we’d be in trouble… I love it when serious publications take a walk into the slightly more whimsical.  Let me clear, here – I firmly believe that there is intelligent life out there.  I also firmly believe the hallmarks of their intelligence are that they haven’t contacted us (in … Read More

Stunning visions of Mars

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 26, 2010

Humanity is now the proud owner of some 13,000 photos of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Monitoring Seasonal Albedo Patterns on South Polar Residual Cap (ESP_014405_0945) Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The photos were taken by the most powerful camera of any on NASA’s spacecraft – the aptly (if … Read More