Investigating the Renaissance.
'This interactive program demonstrates the ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to add to our knowledge about Renaissance paintings and how they
were made.' Analysis of paintings using x-ray, infrared and ultraviolet technology.
posted by plep
on Dec 23, 2003 -
New Scientists readers were asked to come up with new and necessary scientific words and their (amusing) definitions. These are the results.
posted by biffa
on Dec 19, 2003 -
The Best of Hubble
Its mission will end in 2010. Four years later it will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up. Many astronomers are calling for Hubble to be refurbished
and its mission extended to 2020. Here
are some of it's best pictures.
posted by reverendX
on Dec 10, 2003 -
may or may not be the best medicine, but researchers have discovered it's a good drug, at least.
posted by Spezzatura
on Dec 8, 2003 -
"They do not use Western means to tell time. They use the sun.
These drugs have to be administered in certain sequences, at certain times during the day. You say, take it at 10 o'clock, they say, what do you mean, 10 o'clock?" They, of course, refers to "Africans" and the above logic from the head of USAID
was used an explanation for why it's tough to extend AIDS treatment to Africa. The only problem with this argument is that it's wrong.
People with HIV in developing countries are in better compliance with drug regimes than in the US as new research is showing
[RealAudio]. As we've seen throughout the epidemic, it's a lot easier to get funding for researchers in lab coats than for actual treatment . . .
posted by donovan
on Dec 1, 2003 -
Jaron Lanier talks
about philosophy, computer science and physics. Suppose poor old Shroedinger's Cat has survived all the quantum observation experiments but still has a taste for more brushes with death. We could oblige it by attaching the cat-killing box to our camera. So long as the camera can recognize an apple in front of it, the cat lives.
posted by kliuless
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Science Times: 25th Anniversary
The first issue of Science Times[weekly section of N.Y. Times
] appeared 25 years ago, on Nov. 14, 1978. Its guiding principle ever since has been that science is not a collection of answers, but a way of asking questions, an enterprise driven by curiosity. To celebrate the anniversary, we pose 25 of the most provocative questions facing science. As always, answers are provisional. [free reg req'd]
posted by Postroad
on Nov 11, 2003 -
: Ken Blackburn holds the World Record for time aloft for a paper airplane. Visit his site to read how he did it, the history of paper airplanes, read some competitive airplane flying rules, and learn to fold some new airplane designs of your own.
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 10, 2003 -
A fascinating archive of the ways early photography was used to give the illusion of motion, as well as information on the evolution of optical toys and early cinema.
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 8, 2003 -
Got ipecac? Toss it out.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reverses its long-standing position on the vomiting-inducer that has served many parents as a talisman of safety against poisoning.
posted by soyjoy
on Nov 3, 2003 -
U.S.S. Enterprise analyzed.
"For StarTrek [sic] fans we tested the USS Enterprise in our super-orbital expansion tube... We perform similar tests on other models investigating dissociation and ionisation processes which occur during atmospheric re-entry."
posted by tbc
on Oct 28, 2003 -
Mutant Rats are Here!
Farms in Kyrgyzstan are being overrun with rats that do not respond to the usual poison and target people. It was created in a (mad scientist's?) lab. Apocalypse Now?
posted by billsaysthis
on Sep 22, 2003 -
the site lists a couple of applications any other ideas? I want my computer enhanced brain, and a running video dump in several spectrums.
posted by sourbrew
on Sep 10, 2003 -
Why do so many scientists believe in God?
"Modern science did not emerge 400 years ago to challenge religion, the orthodoxy of the past 2,000 years. Generations of thinkers and experimenters and observers - often themselves churchmen - wanted to explain how God worked his wonders. Modern physics began with a desire to explain the clockwork of God's creation. Modern geology grew at least partly out of searches for evidence of Noah's flood. Modern biology owes much to the urge to marvel at the intricacy of Divine providence. But the scientists - a word coined only in 1833 - who hoped to find God somehow painted Him out of the picture... So although the debate did not start out as science versus religion, that is how many people now see it. Paradoxically, this is not how many scientists see it."
posted by gd779
on Sep 7, 2003 -
The Small World Project
was an online experiment (sponsored by Columbia University) involving over 60,000 email users, developed to test Stanley Milgram's famous "six degrees of separation" hypothesis. In the 1960's Milgram tested his theory that members of any large social network would be connected to each other via short chains of intermediate acquaintances by sending small packets via the USPS to individuals in Nebraska and Kansas, with the hope that the packets would eventually reach the intended recipients in Boston. The 21st century Columbia project used email to attempt to verify Milgram's findings on a global scale, and to see if the length of the contact chains have shortened in the 'virtual' world. Project Description
- Initial Results as published in Science Magazine, August 2003
posted by anastasiav
on Sep 5, 2003 -
This year, MIT is free.
Well, not really -- you won't get the degree, and you won't get to talk to the top minds in science or stay in a really cool dorm
. But OpenCourseWare
provides, as Wired puts it
, "Every lecture [sometimes on video, sometimes only the notes], every handout, every quiz." Curious about Psycholinguistics
? Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment
? Non-linear Programming
? Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics
? String Theory for Undergraduates
? They are in Kenya.
posted by Tlogmer
on Sep 4, 2003 -