Viva La Relativity!

November 30, 2005

100 years after his “miracle year,” it’s no exaggeration to say that Einstein changed the world. The 2005 celebrations have reminded us of his genius, his wit, his generosity and his influence.

Site – http://www.seedmagazine.com


Science Faces ‘Dangerous Times’

November 30, 2005

Fundamentalism is hampering global efforts to tackle climate change, according to Britain’s top scientist. In his final speech as president of the Royal Society, Lord May of Oxford will say scientists must speak out against the climate change “denial lobby”. He will warn core scientific values are “under serious threat from resurgent fundamentalism, West and East”. “Sadly, for many, the response is to retreat from complexity and difficulty by embracing the darkness of fundamentalist unreason.”

Site – http://news.bbc.co.uk


The New DayQuil (and NyQuil) Blows … A Lot

November 30, 2005

Great just when I get a cold I hear this. The makers of the new NyQuil and DayQuil have taken out one of its best ingredients due to its use in making crystal meth. There is a recommendation to try Tylenol Cold & Flu Day/Night with pseudoephedrine which I am going to do tonight.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that for the past year (perhaps even longer), grocery stores and pharmacies have been keeping cold products in glass cases, requiring you to hunt down someone with a key that can get the product for you. The problem is that many of the popular over-the-counter cold medications contained a decongestant called pseudoephedrine, and it was a high-theft item because of it’s ability to be used to create crystal meth.

Site – http://superrob.blogspot.com


George Bush, Meet Reality

November 30, 2005

I know … I know … I hate politics too. But as much as I hate politics, I hate George W. Bush more.

President Bush’s speech this morning at the Naval Academy is a reflection of his stubborn, narrow-vision approach to governing. More and more, what he says is devoid of reality. To listen to Bush is to enter a dreamworld.

Site – Reality, George Bush; George Bush, Meet Reality


It’s… Profitmón!

November 30, 2005

From Pokémon to Full Metal Panic, the anime industry is doing everything the rest of show biz isn’t: embracing technology, coddling fans—and making a killing.

Site – http://www.fortune.com


Optics and Nanotubes (2 articles)

November 30, 2005

Brighter Nanotubes

Light-emitting carbon nanotubes could find uses in telecommunications, lighting, and high-performance computers. Carbon nanotubes are renowned for their strength, small diameter, and stunning electronic properties. They may be a key element in memory and processing chips of the future. Now researchers have made carbon nanotube devices with another highly promising quality: the ability to emit light. In the past, light-emitting carbon nanotubes were very inefficient at converting electrons into photons — so inefficient that finding applications for them seemed a distant possibility. But in recent findings, announced last week in Science, IBM researchers fabricated nanotube devices that were around 1,000 times more efficient than previous ones at emitting light.

Site – http://www.technologyreview.com

Nanopillars Reverse Optical Behaviour

Scientists in the UK and Russia have succeeded in fabricating a material that has a negative permeability at visible wavelengths. The development is important because it could lead to so-called “left-handed? materials which exhibit a negative refractive index and function as a perfect lens.

Site – http://www.nanotechweb.org


New Research Reveals That Thoughts Affect Genes

November 30, 2005

Groundbreaking scientific studies find that genes can be turned on and off by environmental signals – including thoughts, feelings and emotions – from outside the cell.

Site – http://www.quantumbiocommunication.com