Science Affliction #12

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Story Fodder | 0 comments

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 Pacholka’s amazing works of art and not be inspired, there just might be something wrong with you. Along the same lines NASA shares an Astronomy Picture of the Day that has some unbelievable images. Today’s image is the Featured

zwei) An interesting study showing that apes display emotional responses to the outcome of decisions.

drei) I would like to go on record saying that I want to place my order for a mammoth clone grown from the running blood of a deep frozen mammoth now. To be running at -10 mammoths must have had some kind of innate anti-freeze. While I do love to speculate what other forms of life might be out there in the universe, we have some pretty awesome ones right here.

vier) The fourth entry is a neat little story about a guy who wants to make robot drone pets. His ideas for what they could do involve following you around taking pictures, posting your status updates, that sort of thing. Personally, I can imagine some much better items to have my drone do, the dishes for example. I need me a Rosie from the Jetsons.

fünf) I’ve saved my favorite link of the week for last. Every wanted to be more involved in space exploration? Now you can! A Kickstarter project to fund a public telescope is a wonderfully exciting idea. Depending on your donation level you can get pictures of yourself in space, point the telescope at anything and get your own personal picture of space objects, or sponsor a school telescope time.

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the brief overview of the week in science!



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