Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

One of the really cool bits about science (apart from finding out how reality as we know it works) involves watching stuff blow up.  Anyone out there who doesn’t occassionally enjoy the spectacle of a nice explosion now and then?  Didn’t think so.  Well, it seems those whacky NASA guys have recorded a really big one.

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In the weird part of the world where I live, we just experienced something of a shocking heat wave and it got me thinking. I would like to see a certain feature added to a car, one I think most of us would welcome.   It may already exist but if it does, I have yet to see it.

Most, if not all, new cars have the keyless central locking/entry feature where you have a button you press to unlock/lock your car as opposed to having to place the key in the car door.  How about an extra button that, when pressed, informs your car that you will be arriving very shortly so it should keep everything locked up (until such time as a key is placed into the ignition) but tick the engine over, turn the AC on so when you hope in your car (that has probably been parked outside in the heat while you’ve been inside working) it is already nice and cool – since what happens now is you hope into a hot car, you turn the AC on and it takes a while for the AC itself to stop blowing hot air.

Thoughts?

Three cool science stories

Posted: January 12, 2009 in Australia, Evolution, News, Technology
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As you might expect, science just keeps on discovering more and more about the Universe around.  This week, three stories of interest came onto the scene: Love is a drug, The search for gravity waves and the Self replication of an RNA Enymes.

An idle questionary (Hm, is that even a word?) thought: In education, is it better to change the curriculum (or expectations of the school) to suit the students or better to get the students to change to suit the curriculum (or expectations of the school)?

Unsure of what I mean?  Read on but be aware I might be unsure as well.

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In what I think is some pretty cool and interesting news, scientists have been able to simulate how the first star in the Universe formed.   The Wall Street Journal reports on this rather impressive feat.  Try the link, it contains some nice video and images as well.

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Walking on the Sun

Posted: May 22, 2008 in Evolution, News, Technology
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Sometimes I simply like to post science related news stories which are interesting.  This brief story is simply about how, universally speaking, unremarkable the Sun is.  It also has an interesting link to the Theory of Evolution in that the Sun is the major source of the energy for Earth and since the Sun has various properties, those properties influence how life develops.

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Often the case of the Platypus is an example brought up by Creationists as a case of something the Theory of Evolution is unable to explain.  Of course, they were wrong then and it seems that some further research has shown them to be even more wrong (if that is possible).  The following is the same story from two different sources as they tend to focus on slightly different things.

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