Tag: science

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 …

Smithsonian bringing entire collection to the Web

In an effort to keep museums relevant in an ever-increasing digital age, the renowned Smithsonian Institution announced (yesterday) plans to digitize its entire 137 million-object collection.  Not knowing how much it will cost or how long it will take, museum officials say they will prioritize which artifacts go digital first and add them to the …

50 years of space exploration in the bag

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration officially hits the half-century mark on Tuesday, July 29 – celebrating 50 years of shooting stuff into orbit (among other notable achievements)!
(via Wired)

Engage your brain’s deflector shields!

Chalk up another point for coffee! The BBC is reporting on a recent study performed at the University of North Dakota involving rabbits and coffee.
A vital barrier* between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed a fat-rich diet was protected in those given a caffeine supplement.
*(The “blood brain barrier” is a filter …