Archives for January 11, 2008

Science News Tidbits

Giant Cloud of Gas Heading For Our Galaxy; Winter Ice a Thing of the Past in Many Places; Space Ship will Fly By Mercury (again); Global Warming Will Cause Fish To Shrink (sort of)

Electoral Compass

I will not be outdone by my fellow bloggers 3-quarks, Thoughts from Kansas, Pure Pedantry and A Blog Around the Clock. They are all putting up these “electoral compass things” where you ask a bunch of questions and get in return a graph showing where you are in relation to the US presidential candidates.

An Einstein Ring is one of those freaky relativistic predictions that can’t possibly be true unless Einstein was right. Well, Einstein Rings have been observed in the past, and now, we have a double Einstein Ring. Doubly proving that Einstein was right!

New Twist in microRNA biology

MIT scientists have found a new way that DNA can carry out its work that is about as surprising as discovering that a mold used to cast a metal tool can also serve as a tool itself, with two complementary shapes each showing distinct functional roles. Professor Manolis Kellis and postdoctoral research fellow Alexander Stark…

Gemina is Dead

Gemina (pronunced Gem eee na) the Crocket Neck Giraffe died for reasons unrelated to her neck. We prefer to remember Gemina in life rather than as, well, a dead giraffe. Details of her death are here.

It’s Friday, so Here’s a Cat Video

Translation below the fold…

Unexpected Black Holes

This just in from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected plump black holes where least expected — skinny galaxies. … Scientists have long held that all galaxies except the slender, bulgeless spirals harbor supermassive black holes at their cores. Furthermore, bulges were thought to be required for black holes to grow.…

The latest on the Florida fight over the use of the actual word “evolution” in the classroom. (Or, more specifically, in the science standards)

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

Weird sex gone horribly wrong How bad could Huckabee be? Is most of the human genome functional? Video Collection of Optical Illusions The Real (and Perceived) Cause of the Black Plague: Part 1 Part II is here.

Science News Tidbits

Bird Flu Risks Overblown; Ecuador Volcano; Killer Bees Found in Louisiana; Cloning Trees;