Scientists Want to Turn Your MacBook Into a Seismometer

With scientists now saying there's a 99 percent chance "the big one" will finally hit California sometime during the next 30 years, seismologists are scrambling to come up with new ways to detect and analyze quakes as soon as they happen.

One team of researchers is now hoping to employ the distributed computing approach to detection and create a giant, low-cost tremor-sensing network that takes advantage of the motion sensors that may already be in your laptop.

See: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/04/your-laptop-may.html  

Clinton and Obama will debate faith but not science! And where’s McCain?

How can the candidates debate faith but not science. According to Shawn Lawrence Otto of ScienceDebate2008.com "… an April 18 debate in Philadelphia, is looking less and less likely.  Obama has declined, Clinton has been non-committal, and McCain has been non-responsive."

Shawn Otto goes on to say, "Perhaps among the moral issues discussed should be whether they have a moral obligation to more fully engage on science issues, since the future viability of the planet may hang in the balance, for starters.  Is there a larger moral imperative?  How about the future economic health of the United States and the prosperity of its families?  Science & engineering have driven half our economic growth since WWII, yet but 2010 if trends hold 90% of all scientists and engineers will live in Asia.  Then there are the moral questions surrounding the health of our families with stem cell research, genomics, health insurance policy, and medical research.  There's biodiversity loss and the health of the oceans and the morality of balancing destruction of species against human needs and expenses, there's population and development and clean energy research, there's food supply and GMO crops and educating children to compete in the new global economy and secur ing competitive jobs.  Science issues are moral issues.

Is it time to make our voices heard!  DEBATE SCIENCE!

Science Debate 2008

Molecular Basis of Life Discovered on Extrasolar Planet (Wired Magazine)

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time found the telltale signature of methane, an organic molecule, in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.

Methane is one of the chemicals of life, an organic compound in the class of molecules containing carbon. However, no life is likely to exist on the large, gaseous planet known as HD 189733b. Its daily temperatures can reach 1,340 degrees Fahrenheit.

Full Article here

A CALL FOR A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

A concerned citizens initiative now cosponsored by the AAAS, the Council on Competitiveness, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, and signed by over 135 leading American universities and other organizations.  

A CALL FOR A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  (click for more information)

Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their views on the issues of The Environment, Health and Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.

Mummified Dinosaur

Excerpts from:

Scientists Get Rare Look at Dinosaur Soft Tissue
Fossil May Shed New Light on the Creatures
By Christopher Lee

A high school student hunting fossils in the badlands of his native North Dakota discovered an extremely rare mummified dinosaur that includes not just bones but also seldom seen fossilized soft tissue such as skin and muscles, scientists will announce today.

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Already, the scientists say they have made fascinating discoveries. The skin around the tail and on large swaths of the body appears generally in its original shape rather than squashed flat against the bones, giving researchers a three-dimensional look at Dakota. They can see both legs and arms and the chest cavity. The head and neck are not visible, but the researchers think they may be folded within the body block. They do not know whether the internal organs are there, nor have they determined the creature's sex, although they refer to it as a male.

The scientists have felt the scales near Dakota's elbow, noticing that they vary in size — an indication, perhaps, of changes in skin color, texture or flexibility. They found a fleshy pad on its palm, an indication that it did not permanently walk on all fours, and keratin hooves on its feet.

Also See:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/12/03/dinosaur.mummy.ap/index.html

Pictures:

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology/popup?id=3938697  

Alex the African Grey Parrot dead after 30 years

Sad news for those who have followed Alex over the years…..

http://www.alexfoundation.org/ 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/09/12/parrot.obit.ap/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/09/1825206&from=rss

http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN1141922820070911?src=091107_1816_ARTICLE_PROMO_also_on_reuters  

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/09/11/death_of_gifted_parrot_stuns_scientists/  

Incredible! In real time no CG!

Some of you may have already seen this Honda commercial. Created in 2003, it is hard to believe it was filmed in real time.

According to Snoops.com, at the time "Two hand-made pre-production Accords — there were only six in existence in the entire world — were needed for the exercise, one of them being ripped apart and cannibalised to the considerable distress of Honda engineers."