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Niche Blog Friday: Fake Science May 14, 2010

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These posters from the Fake Science Blog are excellent! And kind of make a lot of sense… There’s lots of good ones over at the site, and here’s a couple I like.




The Flying Cars You’ve All Been Waiting For…(sort of) January 5, 2010

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It seems I can’t go a day in this new decade without someone complaining that the flying cars they were promised (by whom? the Jetsons?) have not yet materialized. Well I am here to say, your prayers have been answered (sort of). Sonex Aircraft, a company specializing in making kits for the adventurous brainy types who like to put together small air-crafts in their spare time, are close to introducing “a small, single-seat jet designed to provide high performance in an airplane that fits in your garage” (Wired.com) for retail. Price estimation ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 for a plane with one or two seats that can fly over “240 mph and climb at well over 2,000 feet per minute” (Wired.com). Though tests have not yet taken the craft into the air, the optimistic company hopes to be airborne by July. Make sure to check out the whole article by Wired here.

If Earth Had Rings Like Saturn December 12, 2009

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Liveleak.com has created a video entitled, “What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn”. It’s a bit slow and I can’t really understand why they are playing the schmaltzy Ave Maria, but still interesting and beautiful. It would appear they did some real research, besides the photoshopping. Enjoy!

Geekiness Invades the Holidays December 2, 2009

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Since the Infomavens cannot escape all things geeky (and by “cannot escape” I mean “embrace”), I had to share these beautiful holiday cards from the Hubble web site. The best part about these delightful cards? They’re free to download and print!

Turning Science Fiction into Fact December 1, 2009

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I often find myself linking to, or Retweeting, articles on the Wired Magazine’s GeekDad Blog. They just find some of the coolest stuff out there on the web, movies, tv and popculture. This morning’s post is no exception – it’s a plug for a new show, Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible on the Science channel.

TIME Visions 21 issue contributor physicist Michio Kaku. (Photo by Ted Thai//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Check out this interview with the Theoretical Physicist that will help figure out how to turn science fiction into reality. He talks about things like why time travelers from the future aren’t interested in us (despite our huge egos, we aren’t actually that interesting) and if we should worry about robots taking over the world (yes, but we’ll have plenty of warning.)

As if the very concept of the show wasn’t already enough to make me tune in, GeekDad added this enticement:

They’re going to make lightsabers that actually work.

The show premieres tonight at 10pm EST, on the Science Channel. Check your local listings.

Judge a book by its smell! November 12, 2009

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Who doesn’t love the spectrum of book odors? From the smell of dusty, archaic library books to the smell of freshly printed Barnes & Noble books, you can often find me with my nose in a book, literally. Matija Strlic, a chemist at University College London, has developed a process called “material degradomics” to determine how degraded the paper within books are. This will greatly help rare book specialists and archivists in determining what artifacts need to be preserved and in what order. Check out the full article by Wired Science.

Who said science programs are declining? November 11, 2009

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These hilarious pics of student science fair projects had me gasping, laughing, and saying “what the…?” Even better than the projects themselves are the priceless looks on the students’ faces. My favorite (below) is #32. (Anyone remember the little girl from Animaniacs?)

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