Tag Archives: space

Space Elephants!

13 May

 

The Final Frontier

26 Apr

Woah.

30 Mar

Science Quickies: Wooly Mammoth Clones, Inkjet Cells, Mysterious Dog Illness, Fat Sperm, and Space Vision

16 Mar

Russian and South Korean scientists are competing to see who can clone the first wooly mammoth. I want one. I will name him Charleston, and use his fur to crochet blankets and sweaters for furless kittens.

It’s well known that space travel isn’t very pleasant. After one month in space, astronauts may experience brain and eye damage, causing NASA go assign astronauts “space anticipation glasses.” They are literally sacrificing your eyesight in the name of science.

Bad news for dog owners: 3 major brands of chicken jerky canine treats have been linked to a mysterious illness affecting over 600 dogs so far.

Scientists decided to print live cells using a standard inkjet printer. Because we can.

Recently studies have shown that sea turtle migration patterns are far more amazing than previously thought.

And finally, NPR reports that fatty foods are bad for sperm. All you hopeful fathers, put away the bacon until after conception.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Recut.

13 Mar

A few days ago I posted the video of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s address to  Senate. Here is an absolutely beautiful recut of that speech, which took the best clips of his speech and put it to beautiful music and historic clips. May these 5 minutes brighten your day. Enjoy.

The Most Astounding Fact

12 Mar

Absolutely stunning.

Science Quickies: Space Trains and Shiny Dinosaurs, Birth Control Myths and HIV vaccines.

11 Mar

Sweet zombie Jesus, we could be building space trains!!! Why, oh why, do we not have space trains yet? They’re trains that send things into goddamn space!!!

Ancient dinosaurs were not only feathered, but shiny! Pigment-containing organelles show that the Microraptor had black iridescent feathers, much like a crow. It also had four wings, and was about the size of a pigeon. I am in favor of bringing these guys back, as it would make feeding birds in the park a lot more entertaining.

A new study shows that in America’s HIV “hot spots,” African-American women testedt five times higher then the national average. The US hot spots were Atlanta, GA, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, Newark, NJ, and New York City, and the tested age range was from 18 to 44.

In light of the recent contraception funding, Heina of Skepchick wrote a great article outlining 7 common birth control and abortion myths.

Scientists, with their admirable persistence, made a huge step forward in HIV vaccine development. Keep it up, darlings!

Checking into a hospital soon? Make sure you go to one whose infection prevention programs are led by a director who is board certified in infection prevention and control, as such hospitals have lower incidences of MRSA infections. This is one of those studies that seems like a no-brainer and waste of time and resources, but it’s often the very obvious studies that are the most cited; A good reminder that we can’t simply assume things. We must have the evidence to back us, even on the obvious things.

This Beautiful Universe

11 Mar

Optimus Prime Narrates Nasa Ad

10 Mar

Oh, the nostalgia!

Science Quickies: The Ocean In Space, High Tech Cows, and Racism Drugs

10 Mar

The largest, oldest body of water has been discovered. It lives in space. No, seriously. Space has oceans now. Beachfront resorts are coming soon.

My thoughts and support are with Phumeza Tisile, a Doctors Without Borders tuberculosis blogger who received some bad news this week.

NPR reports on Claudia, the high tech cow who produces 75 gallons of milk a day, as opposed to the 30 gallons by a normal cow. Moo.

In blood news, scientists have examined the crystal x-ray structure of full length human plasminogen, which provides insight on activation and conversion to plasmin.

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals raises $20M to progress cell transplant and cancer vaccine products.  Further proof that all a research scientist has to do is walk into a room and say “cancer,” and money will be thrown at them.

The Journal of Microscopy is offering their first issue of 2012 free online.

Propranolol, a beta blocker which has made the news often with its effective anxiety treatment, “abuse” in the musical performance community as a “performance enhancer,” and promise as a memory erasing post-trauma drug, is back in the news again, with claims that it can cure racism.

Lego Space Station

10 Mar

I actually meant to post this last week, but got distracted, and am currently playing catch-up with all the articles and science/awesome-related content I’ve been meaning to post.


Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa built a Lego model of the International Space Station while aboard the International Space Station. CollectSPACE.com reports that the model was “part of an educational collaboration between the Danish toy company and NASA.” You can watch a brief time lapse video of the model coming together and read more about it over on CollectSPACE.com.



I love this story for so many reasons. I love Legos. I love space. I love the concept of Legos in space, so you never have to accidentally step on a Lego again. I love goddamn super awesome astronauts. Mr. Furukawa, please have my babies.

Lego Space Shuttle Tribute

6 Mar

This is the very definition of awesome!

Such beautiful nostalgia. Submitted by Youtube user  and set to the music of Radical Face, this man pays his tribute to the end of the space shuttle era by launching his own little shuttle made of legos.

He writes: “My Lego tribute to the end of the space shuttle era. Proving that although retired, this machine can still fly, albeit in toy form.The launch took place from central Germany and reached a max altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367. The launch took place on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a remote area.”

Simply amazing.

Oh Hippo!

3 Mar

Hippos are immensely territorial and insanely dangerous. Steve Irwin claimed was the most dangerous moment ever filmed on the show was a 5 minute sequence where he and his crew had to cross a river filled with hippos. This was the guy who played with deadly snakes and wrestled crocodiles for fun.

That being said, baby hippos, like most baby things, are unbelievably freaking adorable.

I want to develop of breed of Space Hippos that will float around the Universe.
Because space isn’t dangerous enough already.
Or this cute.
(Yet)

We Make Space Delicious

2 Mar

I’ve had this thought at least a dozen times.


I mean honestly, who wouldn’t want to fly a bus full of cereal through space?