Category: science

HD Walk-through: California Academy of Sciences GGP

Anyone who knows me, knows I love my SF neighborhood – Inner Sunset – more than the average Fog City citizen. A large part of the love comes from my close proximity (2 blocks) to one of the world’s best public, urban green spaces – Golden Gate Park. The recent opening (well, I guess not …

MythBusters serves up a rocket-induced short stack

Oldie, but goodie: The evolution of Homer Simpson

Happy March equinox, everybody!

Today, March 20, is the day in which the Earth enjoys equal parts day and night – aka the semiannual equinox.
For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, today is the vernal (from the Latin for spring) equinox, making it the autumnal equinox south of the equator.
Hooray for equality!

Clean Coal harnesses the awesome power of the word ‘Clean’

[via HuffPost]

Punxsutawney Phil: Winter is here to stay

International groundhog superstar – Punxsutawney Phil – has spoken: 6 more weeks of winter.

Tetris to the (post-traumatic stress disorder) rescue!

Psychologists from Oxford University found that playing Tetris shortly after a trauma helped erase bad memories and reduced distressing flashbacks.
After waiting for 30 minutes, 20 of the [40] volunteers played “Tetris” for 10 minutes while the other half did nothing. Those who had played the computer game experienced significantly fewer flashbacks over the next week.
Researchers …

Happy 209th birthday, metric system!

According to the all-knowing interwebs (here and here), the metric system was first adopted by France on December 10, 1799.  Fast forward 209 years.  There are only 3 countries left in the entire world who have not adopted what is now known as the International System of Units –  Burma, Liberia, and…the good ol’ US …

Surfing the web to better (mental) health

According to a new UCLA study, searching the web enhances brain circuitry in middle-aged and older adults.  In the same way that crossword puzzles, regular reading, and other mind-stimulating activities are thought to help keep the brain “in shape,” this new research suggests adding web surfing to the list.
While the study focused on older web …

Future cars: BMW’s shape-shifting GINA

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There are concept cars, and then there are concept cars.  This past June, BMW unveiled arguably the most futuristic concept vehicle of all time – the GINA Light Visionary Model.
GINA – “Geometry and Functions in ‘N‘ Adaptations” – is skinned …