Category Archives: Science & Tech

Oxygen shots help you survive without breathing.

STAR TREK leads the way again, with news that a new medical compound of injectable oxygen — Tri-Ox for you nerds — is just passed a remarkable lab test in animals.

In an inspirational development, scientists may soon be able to keep suffocating people alive by injecting oxygen-filled microparticles into their bloodstreams. Led by John Kheir at Children’s Hospital Boston, a team of cardiologists choked rabbits (I know) for 15 minutes after administering the gas-laden shots. The rabbits experienced no adverse physical effects…. As George Dvorsky over at io9 points out, the breakthrough could prevent millions of deaths from suffocation every year, not to mention staving off heart attacks and brain damage induced by a lack of air.

I’m also seeing possibilities for genetically cloned armies armed with injectable oxygen and CO2 scrubbers. But then I’m a bit warped.

Source: Oxygen shots help you survive without breathing..

Our Little Big Planet

No need to be said that this has been a very intense week for all of us. The darkness that we are sometimes witness to is amplified by the knowledge that we alone are the ones that cause it. There are no outside sources we can blame. There is no method to the madness. But in all of our unique and strange ways every person is striving to quell that madness. We put ourselves out to create positive changes in the world. No angry men or controlling tyrants have succeeded in stopping the human spirit for always believing that we can be better.

This video, that I recently came across, was very inspiring and soothed my heart. It is not new, but it is a great message. I am posting it here in the hopes that it may bring some ease to others. Because this week sucked. But maybe next week will be the best we’ve ever seen.

The Stars Are Right II

"When the Stars are Right" by Adam Beckett

Speaking of all matters stellar, skyfull and wondrous, scientists have found some interesting evidence that suggests our universe could be in need of a paintjob, as it seems to have played bumper-tag with another universe — and left a dent in the cosmic background radiation of our own.

Long a theoretical possibility — and a standard trope of countless SF movies (and Cthulhu tales….) — additional universes to our own, fellow travelers on a macro-cosmic “foam” of possibilities, bubbles of universal space-time expanding, existing and contracting on a sea of omni-infinity — new research by Stephen Feeney at University College London (I took classes there!) has detected what appear to be four “bruises” from where neighboring universes bumped into our own, sometime over the vastness of time.

The caveat here is that with the scales involved and the sheer amount of time, these bruises, artifacts in the background radiation left over from the birth and expansion of our universe, are statistically possible. With a large enough data-set, you can find anything (erroneously) if you look at things the right way.

Our universe has a black eye

The trick here is going to be discovering if this is merely a statistical anomaly, without any real world meaning, or the first in a bit of evidence confirming universes adjacent — and most likely incredibly alien, with completely different laws of physics — from our own.

And you guys wonder why I like Lovecraft so much.

Is God Dumbth?

Note: This is a different type of god. (Real, though.)

Are intelligent people less likely to believe in god?

According to Professor Richard Lynn at Ulster University, his research indicates that as IQ rises, belief in god or gods declines. In a recent paper published in the journal Intelligence , Lynn charts that the rise in average intelligence in UK populations matches the downward trend in religious belief.  He argues that this tracks with other research, such as the survey results of  American National Academy of Sciences, an association of the top intellects American science, that revealed just 7% of those members believed in some supernatural force.

One researcher who takes issue with Lynn’s conclusion is Dr. David Hardman, a specialist in learning development at the London Metropolitan university. His counter is that Lynn has the cause and effect relationship wrong. People with higher intelligence show a marked increased ability to “…question and overturn strongly felt institutions.” Religion is just one of many things such people question.

Source: Intelligent People Less Likely to Believe in God

The Stars Are Right

Nothing to see here

“They were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape…but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R’lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for Them.”

H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu.”

Can I just say how totally and completely miffed I am that I’m going to miss the first first total lunar eclipse in three years? This is a pretty wonderful, natural show, only the second total occultation of the moon on a winter solstice in nearly 400 years. I’d usually head down to the beach this evening to check out something as cool as this.

Unfortunately, sunny Southern California is, currently, anything but. We under assault by record shattering rain (and snowfall), destined to remain through Xmas Eve, as a cold front has settled in to make wet, stormy sky-sex with a lounging subtropical moisture system that was taking in the sights. The result has been a huge dump of wetstuff, saturating the ground, nurishing the landscape and frakking obstructing my view.

I’ve since come to find out that, much like the uniqueness of tonight’s lunar eclipse, the wet weather we’re drowning under is also a rare event, only occurring once every ten years. In typical Hollywood fashion, too much of a good thing has arrived at the same time, the staff of such rare solar and meteorological events failing to coordinate their schedules, screwing us all over as a result

The universe can be so mean, sometimes.