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Science Affliction #16

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Today’s edition of Science Affliction is brought to you by the letter N and the number 100 billion. It’s been a while since I did a science round up, so I thought I’d get off my duff and put together a list of recent interesting science news with the hope that it will motivate me to write some fiction. A disembodied rat brain can fly an airplane. No, seriously. Scientists removed neurons from rats and grew a new “brain” that they hooked up to a flight simulator. The idea is that similar constructs could be used to take over complicated, dangerous tasks. Move...

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Science Affliction #15

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 | 2 comments

Going a bit of a different way with Science Affliction this week. All of the posts will be related to handedness and interesting scientific discoveries regarding the anomaly that left-handers make up such a relatively small portion of the population (about 10%). I’m afraid this post will come out a bit more like a research paper than “cool science news” so you may want to back away slowly and then run like hell. The idea for the topic of this post came from a video from a few years back from one of my science heroes, James Watson. He did a TEDTalk where he talked mostly...

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Science Affliction #13

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 | 0 comments

This week’s science links are brought you to by the letters Z and Q and the number e. ichi) An interesting article about Titan’s atmosphere and how similar (and different) it is to Earth’s. Proof that you don’t need to make up exciting new planets, there are plenty of real ones out there. ni) I linked a while back about the plastic garbage patch we’re growing out in the Pacific Ocean. Well now some scientists have discovered we’re growing another garbage dump in the deep ocean. Sounds like something out of a horror story to me. san) Pigeons can use...

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Science Affliction #12

Posted by on May 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Science Affliction #12

Welcome to the triumphant return of Science Affliction! I know I said last week that I wasn’t going to make my story fodder posts just about science anymore, but you know what? Science is freaking awesome. So we’re going to stick with that, but if I happen to see some cool artwork or other inspirational stuff I’ll add it in too, because I make the rules! Anyway, without further ado we’ll get to the science. eins) A link I should have posted a long time ago. AstroPics has some of the most wonderful HD images of space on the internet. If you can look at Wally...

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Science Affliction #11

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Here’s your weekly science stuff! Number 1 is a bit of depressing news on the global warming front. We may see a complete collapse of the Arctic sea ice shelf within four years. To cheer you up a bit from that, number 2 is a look at several plants in an MRI. Very awesome! Number 3 is a story about how we may find a better pain killer in the most unlikely place, a black mamba’s mouth. The world really is just awesome. In number 4, French bees invade a Mars factory, eat some M&Ms and then produce blue honey. No, that’s not fiction, I promise. Number 5 is all about how yo...

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Science Affliction #10

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Let’s get right to the science. 1) Some of you may remember my rant from last year denouncing the Council of Europe’s stance on wireless emissions (if not, here’s a link). Today’s first story from ScienceDaily is yet another study that shows no correlation between wireless and the supposed health problems some people say they cause. 2) A bit of cool mad sciencery that will hopefully help explain how life came about on our pretty blue marble. 3) Enjoy this stunning time lapse video of Joshua Tree National Park that was posted at io9. 4) Warp Drive? Why yes, I’ll...

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