In the year 1900, Ladies Home Journal writer John Elfreth Watkins Jr wrote an article entitled What May Happen In The Next 100 Years"
. This is apparently what the most learned, conservative men of the "greatest institutions of science and learning" had to say about the coming hundred years.
posted by antifuse
on Apr 19, 2007 -
Bay Area Yuri's Night 2007
Bay Area Yuri's Night 2007 Yuri's Night Bay Area will be held at Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center's
massive SOFIA hangar
, home to the world's largest aerial observatory. Our host for the evening is pioneering space traveler Anousheh Anasari
, the first privately funded female to reach orbit. She is joined by Dr. Chris McKay
, world renowned expert in astrobiology and terraformation with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames Research Center, as they welcome you to a dazzling array of interactive art installations and science demos, interwoven with musical and acrobatic performances by some of the world's finest entertainers. Complete write up. Partially via MeFi's own lannanh.
posted by loquacious
on Apr 6, 2007 -
Wired: What We Don't Know
How did life begin? What's the universe made of? Why do we sleep? Is the universe actually made of information? How does the brain produce consciousness? Why do we still have big questions? 42 of the biggest unanswered questions in science.
posted by loquacious
on Jan 26, 2007 -
Hey, Mum, look at the hairless monkeys!
A group of hairless monkeys are the latest exhibit at Adelaide Zoo. Some background information on the project is available here
(you may wonder, as I did, why it took a news site to provide the background to the project) and a live stream from the enclosure here
. [more inside]
posted by dg
on Jan 2, 2007 -
See this glass. It's solid matter, right?
See this glass. It's solid matter, right? But in point of fact, the solid parts of this glass --the protons, quarks, your neutrons and electrons -they comprise only one quadrillionth of its total volume.
The science behind Buckaroo Banzai and the Oscillation Overthruster (via
posted by lekvar
on Dec 19, 2006 -
, (and as such Metafilter's 'very own' asavage
), hopes to use the global reach of Youtube to send a yawn around the world
. "If only one per cent of the global population took part in the Yawn Around The World experiment then 65 million people would have yawned across the globe"
Savage was quoted as saying. The equivalent amount of air exhaled would "be able raise the Titanic or even inflate all the bicycle tyres in Beijing."
Fascinating stuff! Watch the (hopefully) yawn inducing footage here
posted by Effigy2000
on Sep 25, 2006 -
- Scientists created a closed, automated system to conduct simple labor intensive scientific experiments in molecular genetics. The robot creates hypothesis and tests them. Supposedly it works more efficiently (picks less expensive experiments, and fewer of them) then its human counterparts (graduate students in biology and comp sci.). More detailed article in Nature here
(institutional access / subscription required). I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
posted by nads
on Jan 15, 2004 -