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The Official Science Thread
chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 14 Jan 2013, 19:46 | Message # 16
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Firefly Fan Tries to Retroactively Save Dead Character With NASA Data

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Spoiler warning: Firefly ended over 10 years ago and it’s been 7 years since its subsequent film, Serenity, came out, so the spoiler statute of limitations is officially up. Proceed at your own risk.

Like many fans of the Joss Whedon space western Firefly, Kyle Hill was shocked by the end of the Serenity movie, when fan-favorite character Wash (Alan Tudyk) was unceremoniously impaled by a Reaver harpoon. Unlike most fans, Hill — a research assistant with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a contributor at Scientific American — decided to try and rewrite (fictional) history by proving that Wash’s death was scientifically impossible, using the power of math, physics and fandom. His article originally appeared online at Scientific American, and Wired publishes this updated version with permission.

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robboDate: Friday, 10 May 2013, 22:41 | Message # 17
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78,000 PEOPLE APPLY TO LIVE ON MARS. more than 78,000 people from 120 different countries have so far applied to leave earth and permanently move to the the planet mars. -  the openings come from a new reality television series from dutch non-profit organisation mars one. their plan is to document a decade-long ambition to begin a new settlement on mars. there is a two-year selection process, and those successful are expected to train for a further seven years for the project. -  mars ones official website states that there have been 17,324 applicants from america, 10,241 from china and 3,581 from the united kingdom. - co-founder bas lansdorp said `with`78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history. `these numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants` he added `mars one is a mission representing all humanity, and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented`- the deadline for online applications is august 31, -  dont know whether to book, with thomsons, or thomas cook, lol, think i will just stick to the mars bars, helps you work rest and play,
 
robboDate: Thursday, 30 May 2013, 16:32 | Message # 18
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russian scientists discover the most well-preserved mammoth carcass ever.  when we talk about ways that humans are destroying the world, our involvement in global warming often comes up. we`ve got to curb our vehicular exhaust. we have to stop the cows from burping so much. we have to stop relying on fossil fuels. lets for a second think not about how to prevent global warming, but how to end the oncoming apocalypse once it gets here, before one of those statements becomes, `we`ve got to stop cloning all these mammoths` a team of russian scientists led an expedition through recently thawed grounds in remote areas of northern russia and found the most well-preserved mammoth carcass ever discovered. `it had blood in it`half-buried in ice for 10,000 to 15,000 years, the carcass is believed to have been around 60 years of age when it died, and its the first time an old-female mammoth has been found. lots of guys around and no woman`sounds like as good a cause for extinction as any, as well as sounding like a boring prehistoric weekend. `yes i know thats not why they went extinct`the mammoths lower region ended up in a pool of water and eventually froze, preserving that portion of the body quite well, the upper body, including the head and the back, were sticking up out of the ice and were assumed to have been munched on by predators. when we broke the ice beneath her stomach, the blood flowed out from there, it was very dark, `this is the most astonishing case ever found, how was it possible for it to remain in liquid form, and the muscle tissue is also red, the color of fresh meat, `scary sure` `interesting hell yes`
 
robboDate: Monday, 10 Jun 2013, 22:19 | Message # 19
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first U.S synthetic blood vessel successfully implanted in patient. these are strange days indeed when news about the successful development of synthetic body parts occurs on a regular basis. i would like to cut off my hand, grow another one, just kidding, and then pat the entire medical field on the back for never letting adversity stand in the way of some truly amazing advancements. the first U.S clinical trial involving the implantation of a bioengineered blood vessel was performed on june 5, 2013, and the organ was implanted in a 62-year-old danville, virginia man with end-stage renal failure. the surgery was the result of a 15-year collaboration between jeffrey h. lawson M.D. PHD- a vascular surgeon and vascular biologist at duke medicine - and laura niklason, M.D. PHD - co-founder of duke offshoot company humacyte and former duke faculty member, now at yale. over the years, the treatment was successfully performed on animals, and a 20-patient clinical trial was recently approved by the FDA. it will focus on implanting vessels in easy-to-access areas of the arms of hemodialysis patients, which includes 350,000 U.S. citizens. so there you have it, folks. science has gone all amazing again, should this trial be as successful as it seems to be initially, the teams plans on immediately developing a similar tubing to use in heart bypass surgeries, nearly 400,000 of which are performed annually in the U.S. alone. now, the old boy may be barely breathing. but the heart of rock`n`roll is still beating.
 
robboDate: Thursday, 13 Jun 2013, 02:11 | Message # 20
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first female in space volunteers for one-way mars mission, june 16th, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the russian vostok 6 mission, which was the first time a female cosmonaut had been sent in to space. that cosmonaut`s name is valentina tereshkova, and even at 76 years of age, her desire for adventure has yet to die down. while speaking at a pre-celebration for the anniversary, tereshkova made it clear that she was ready to go to mars, even if it meant never coming back. everybody might recall the overwhelming response to the one-way ticket to mars volunteer program. im not positive, but im pretty sure tereshkova pulls rank over anyone else in this situation. off course, its a dream to go to mars and find out whether there was life there or not, she said. if there was, then why did it die out, what sort of catastrophe happened, seemingly without a sense of irony, tereshkova decried space travel as a luxury instead of a privilege, i guess the last 30 years of reverence diluted her memory of being a civilian parachutist before being chosen for the three-day orbit, she admitted the mars trip would be a suicide trip, but kicked death in its smelly crotch and volunteered, saying, `im ready`its the moment that biopics are made of. and hey, maybe she could find that soviet lander thats stuck up there,
 
robboDate: Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013, 03:15 | Message # 21
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russian billionaire wants humans to live on as holographs by 2045. one of the loftiest goals of the human condition is to try and achieve a form of immortality, whether its figuring out how immortality can exist in nature, or by positing versions of individuals refomed as machines or things less mechanical. like avatar, only without all the depletion of human resources and blue skin tones. this past weekend, russian multimillionaire dimitry itskov held the global future 2045 conference in new york city, where a host of some of the brainiest people on earth gathered to listen to and consider a future of immortal minds and holographic bodies. lets take a look at some of the goals itskov foresees for humanity. by 2020, he wants humans to be able to control robots with our brains. five years after that, he wants a futurama scenario where brains can be transplanted into a life-support system, which includes a robot body. by 2035, technology should allow our minds to be transferred into computers, rendering problematic items such as brains non-essential. 2045 is the year of the end goal, which will include artificial brains controlling holographic bodies. one highlight of the conference was a remotely controlled life-sized robot or geminoid, taken after the latin word `twin`that looked nearly identical to japanese robotic researcher hiroshi ishiguro. its lips moved, its eyes looked around the room, and ishiguro`s voice came through the loudspeakers, making the robot seem almost human to anyone standing a short distance away, ishiguro uses the bot to confer with research institute students two hours away, controlling it through the internet,
 
robboDate: Monday, 24 Jun 2013, 01:38 | Message # 22
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the earth is surrounded by a six-mile-high cloud of bacteria. thirty-three thousand feet above the earth is a harsh, desolate environment. at that point there`s almost no oxygen in the atmosphere, temperatures are below freezing, and there`s a ton of radiation, just to make the living conditions a little less hospitable. but even in these especially severe surroundings, there is life. scientists from the georgia institute of technology have discovered a cloud of billions of bacteria living more than six miles above the surface of the earth. researchers flying a nasa jet gathered samples by sifting air through a filter and collecting particles. the team expected to find only a small number of microorganisms at that altitude, but when they began examining their samples, they made a surprising discovery. more than 20 percent of what they collected was actually alive. the georgia tech team doesnt know why the bacteria are up there, or what they`re doing, but they have some ideas. they may play an important role in the function of the atmosphere. perhaps they help recycle nutrients, much like they do on the ground. its also possible the bacteria could impact weather patterns and help clouds form. one of the microorganisms the team found was e. coli, which they theorize was lifted into the atmosphere when hurricanes hit cities. so there`s also potential there could be plagues raining down on us from above, sounds very biblical.
 
robboDate: Monday, 01 Jul 2013, 01:54 | Message # 23
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telescopic contact lenses create the partially-bionic eyes of the future. while we talk a lot about the future of our five senses and the ways in which science is advancing them, we also champion researchers who are working to help out those people whose senses aren`t at full capacity, or are absent altogether. and since i wouldn`t be able to sit here typing these words without having my average sense of sight, im particularly interested in this story. U.S. and swiss researchers have created a proof-of-concept prototype of a contact lens that will allow wearers to switch between regular vision and one that allows them to see with 2.8x magnification. their work was published in the journal optics express. it is purely for medical purposes, and hopes to aid the vision of those suffering with age-related macular degeneration `AMD` a leading cause of blindness for older folks in the western world. we`re assuming `ocular seppuku` is one of the leading causes in the eastern world. here`s the drawback in order for the lens `telescopic powers to be used, the user must wear a pair of liquid crystal glasses originally created for 3d tv watching, which will block either the non-magnified portion of the lens or the magnified portion, hopefully avoiding the dizzying feeling that sometimes comes with wearing bifocals or trifocals, `or 3d glasses for that matter`
 
robboDate: Monday, 08 Jul 2013, 02:42 | Message # 24
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iain m. banks honored with renamed asteroid. it`s been a rough couple of months for science fiction fans, having lost three great talents in close succession. science fiction grand master jack vance, best known for his dying earth books, passed away at the end of may. two weeks ago, we lost richard matheson, author of i am a legend and many other classics. and at the beginning of june, we lost iain m. banks, author of the culture series, to gall bladder cancer. while the fans of all three are still mourning their losses, banks has been singled out for an honor that any science fiction author would love. an asteroid has been named --- or more accurately renamed --- after the science fiction icon. asteroid 5099 is now officially named `iainbanks`, a change that i think you`ll agree, has way more character than the rock`s original moniker. after reading bank`s initial posting about his terminal cancer diagnosis this past april, dr jose luis galache of the minor planets center `MPC` in the city of cambridge, massachusetts petitioned for the name change. he hoped that it would be approved soon enough for banks to experience the honor, but sadly that was not the case. the name change was approved on june 23, but banks died on june 9. still, there`s no doubt that banks, a staunch atheist, would have appreciated his legacy living on, not just in his works, but in the heavens as well.
 
robboDate: Monday, 22 Jul 2013, 00:57 | Message # 25
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mission to the moon`s south pole planned for 2016. its a big week for our moon, earthlings. yesterday was the 44th anniversary of neil armstrong`s first steps onto the lunar surface. it was confirmed that the saturn v rockets the bezos expeditions recovered from the atlantic ocean floor are indeed from the apollo 11 aircraft. and now, the international lunar observatory association `LOA` and moon express, inc. have just announced a mission to the moon`s south pole, which they hope will happen as early as 2016, the goal capturing moon penguins. `not really` the mission will provide a historic landing in an unexplored region of the moon that may harbor some of the greatest resource deposits in the solar system,
 
robboDate: Monday, 22 Jul 2013, 23:47 | Message # 26
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energy-saving streetlights only light up when they need to. have you ever flown above a city at night and looked down upon empty street after empty street, lit up for seemingly no reason, you`re not alone. when dutch designer chintan shah was a student at the delft university of technology in the netherlands, he was inspired by the plethora of overused streetlights to create an innovative solution that only puts the lights to work when they`re actually needed, a system he calls tvilight. its an idea you`ve no doubt entertained at some point, and probably not solely for dealing with streetlights. its a simple enough idea, but shah turned it into an amazing reality. after doing a little math, shah discovered that, in europe alone, over 13 billion dollars is spent annually just powering streetlights, which comes out to over 40, per cent of their annual energy bills, and over 40 million tons of CO2 emissions are released into the atmosphere due to this. it equals 20 million cars, for those counting. so he brought his idea to a campus competition, which he won, and was promptly given the money and facilities needed to turn his idea into a prototype. that prototype then turned into a fully functional lighting system that has been introduced into four municipalities in holland and one in ireland, and it isn`t stopping there. shah says he`s gotten requests from the US, Australia, India, Israel, Turkey, and Japan, why is everybody all about it, it can potentially reduce energy costs and emissions by 80, per cent while also lowering maintenance costs by another 50, per cent.
 
robboDate: Thursday, 15 Aug 2013, 03:00 | Message # 27
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scientists levitate diamonds with laser light. scientists are just showing off now. of all the ridiculously cool stuff they`ve been up to lately, like making self-assembling flying robots and anti-matter guns, they can now levitate diamonds using lasers. unbeknownst to most of us, light has the power to move particles, especially if focused to a tiny point. scientists from the university of rochester published their findings from an experiment in which a laser light exerted a pull on diamond nanocrystals. the process is called `laser trapping` and the university of rochester scientists were able to use this method to levitate nanodiamonds in free space. they sprayed an aerosol of dissolved nanodiamonds into a small chamber, where they moved directly into the laser`s path. `it takes a couple of squirts, and in a few minutes we have a trapped nanodiamond` researcher `levi neukirch` said, `once a diamond wanders into the trap, we can hold it for hours` this experiment demonstrates one more reason nanotechnology is the wave of the future - just don`t tell the jewelers.
 
robboDate: Saturday, 24 Aug 2013, 01:26 | Message # 28
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scientists create beer that hydrates as you drink, alcoholics rejoice. here`s a great bit of news for those among with a penchant for imbibing that bubbly adult beverage commonly known as beer, the worst thing about excessive drinking is the rampant dehydration the morning after having one or two or ten pints too many. you know those days, when you feel like your body is made out of beef jerky. fortunately for all of us, a group of enterprising australian scientists have developed beer that hydrates you as you drink. life just got a little bit better for some of us, and those pesky hangovers have become that much less severe. a team of researchers at griffith university in queensland have discovered a way to significantly improve the overall hydrating effects of beer. god bless science. this team -- these heroes -- has developed a way to add electrolytes to beer without it impacting the flavor. electrolytes are soluble salts that allow the body to maintain proper hydration levels by absorbing moisture. they probably sound familiar from all those gatorade commercials you see on TV. rolleyes
 
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