Victoria’s Circuit

•July 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Apparantly, scientists from Oregon State University are now trying to find a way to make breast movement generate at least enough electricity to power an iPod.

Clearly, one of the more important scientific and engineering challenges faced by humanity today.

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Doctor Who ?

•July 6, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Saw the series finale yesterday (god bless the internet). I have mixed feelings about it I must say. Don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s a bit of a cop out there if you ask me.

 

Tennant’s a good Doctor though, I hope we’ll see him come back in 2010.

Science Fair: How to time travel

•April 27, 2008 • 6 Comments

There isn’t a proof that time travel exists, and time machines haven’t been invented in real life, but time travel isn’t physically impossible, and finds support in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
So, if we want to travel through time, all we have to do is spin around the Earth in a higher speed than the light. Then we would appear there before we left.

Another way of time travelling would be using a wormhole, but not any wormhole would do in this time machine project: it would have to be a traversable wormhole. Then, by using some kind of propulsion, we could accelerate one of the wormhole’s entrances and bring it back, causing a time dilation.

So who knows if we already have visitors from the future, who managed to use relativity, wormholes from other parts of the Universe, or improved the Tipler Cylinder?

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Was Moses stoned? Israeli scientists claims so.

•March 6, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Crazy article at the Guardian:

We all know that Moses was high on Mount Sinai when God spoke to him, but were the Ten Commandments a result of divine inspiration alone

An Israeli researcher is claiming in a study published this week the prophet may have been stoned when he set the Ten Commandments in stone.

According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times.

Writing in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy, he says concoctions based on the bark of the acacia tree, frequently mentioned in the Old Testament, contain the same molecules as those found in plants from which the powerful Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca is prepared.

Wonderful.

Be a macgyver: coolest fire making tricks

•March 3, 2008 • 21 Comments

Below I assembled a list of the absolute coolest ways to make fire, when you have just a couple of weird items! If you’re alone in the desert, playing ‘survivor’ with your friends or just wanna impress some girls – this is perfect for you. Also, there’s some very interesting scientific stuff in there, which I’ll expand about later in greater detail. Well, without further ado, here it is – the coolest ways to make fire:

1How to unlock iphone 3g: potatoes are great. They’re very tasty, and apparently quite helpful when it comes to making fire. All you need is a potato cut in half, some wires and a lot of ambition.

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2. Using coke & chocolate: if you don’t have a potato, you can always try a can of coke and some chocolate bars. I know that sounds like a great recipe for a party, but it can also be used to make fire in a really neat way.

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3. Without matches or a lighter: Now here’s the real treat. You don’t have matches, or a lighter (or coke, chocolate and potatoes. This means you’re in real trouble and this might actually be useful to you). What you can do is use a simple battery and some fine steel wool. Next thing you know you’re caveman with some amazing fire surrounding you.

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4. Using friction (the Masai way): Friction, the ancient method our ancestors used, is still not forgotten. It’s effective, cheap, *always* available and very straight-forward.

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5. Using a condom: Mmm. This is the sexy way. If your girlfriend dumped you, or you’re a lonely wolf reading blogs at night, this one’s for you. Finally something to do with the old dusty condoms of yours. Be careful though, it keeps your most important organs safe.

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That’s it, now go burn up your house!

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More time travel talk. Verdict: still entertaining

•March 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

20 facts about the Human Genome

•March 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment
  • The genome is the complete list of coded instructions needed to make a person.
  • The 4 letters in the DNA alphabet – A, C, G and T – are used to carry the instructions for making all organisms. The order (or sequence) of these letters holds the code just like the order of letters that makes words mean something. Each set of three letters corresponds to a single amino acid.
  • There are 20 different building blocks – amino acids – used in a bewildering array of combinations to produce our proteins. The different combinations make proteins as different as keratin in hair and haemoglobin in blood.
  • The information would fill a stack of paperback books 200 feet high.
  • The information would fill two hundred 500-page telephone directories.
  • Between humans, our DNA differs by only 0.2%, or 1 in 500 bases (letters). (This takes into account that human cells have two copies of the genome.)
  • If we recited the genome at one letter per second for 24 hours a day it would take a century to recite the book of life.
  • If two different people started reciting their individual books at a rate of one letter per second, it would take nearly eight and a half minutes (500 seconds) before they reached a difference.
  • A typist typing at 60 words per minute (around 360 letters) for 8 hours a day would take around 50 years to type the book of life.
  • Our DNA is 98% identical to that of chimpanzees.
  • The estimated number of genes in both humans and mice is 60,000-100,000; in the round worm (C. elegans), the number is approximately 19,000; in yeast (S. cerevisiae) there are around 6,000 genes; and the microbe responsible for tuberculosis has around 4,000.
  • The vast majority of DNA in the human genome – 97% – has no known function.
  • The first chromosome to be completely decoded was chromosome 22 at the Sanger Centre (now the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) in Cambridgeshire, in December 1999.
  • There is 6 feet of DNA in each of our cells packed into a structure only 0.0004 inches across (it would easily fit on the head of a pin).
  • There are 3 billion (3,000,000,000) letters in the DNA code in every cell in your body.
  • There are 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) cells in the body.
  • If all the DNA in the human body was put end to end it would reach to the sun and back over 600 times (100 trillion x 6 feet divided by 93 million miles = 1200).
  • 12,000 letters of DNA are decoded by the Human Genome Project every second.
  • If all three billion letters were spread out 1mm apart they would extend 3,000 km or about 7,000 times the height of the Empire State Building.
  • If all three billion letters were spread out 3mm apart they would extend 9,000km more than twice the length of the Mississippi river at 3,779km.

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