Tarry for the Nonce

June 16, 2008

Record Your Thoughts in Elephant Dung

Filed under: Anecdotes, Science — lmwalker @ 3:12 pm

If you are environmentally minded, you may purchase poo poo paper.

I’m not kidding.

June 8, 2008

Hydrogen Cyanide! Yum!

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 8:25 am

Check out Top 10 Scientists Killed or Injured by Their Experiments.

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but Karl Scheele was clearly not the brightest bulb in the box.

May 1, 2008

Resistor, Capacitor, Inductor . . . Next?

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 9:23 am

HP has invented the memristor.


February 28, 2008

Break Out the Aerosols!

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 10:23 pm

We are cool, but not in a good way.

All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously . . .

The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time.

Speaking from the vantage point of a snow-covered Chicago at the end of February, I could have told ’em that a month ago. The cold and snow have been merciless.

Anyone got some spare CFCs they care to release into the atmosphere?

(Hat tip to an equally frozen Andrew Pavlis.)

February 27, 2008

Imagine Rapunzel’s Results

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 5:08 pm

Scientists are now able to determine where you lived by the isotopes in your hair.

[Jim Ehleringer’s] technique is possible because the hydrogen and oxygen isotopes in water people drink are replicated in hair, bones and teeth, and can therefore be pegged to the geography . . .

Teeth and bone also reflect the water we consume, but over a much longer time frame than hair, which grows quickly and is shorn away.

February 19, 2008

Are You Blu?

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 5:33 pm

Did the HD Defeat inconvenience anyone?

Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video . . .

Friday’s decision by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest U.S. retailer, to sell only Blu-ray DVDs and hardware appeared to deal a final blow to the Toshiba format. Just five days earlier, Netflix Inc. said it will cease carrying rentals in HD DVD.

Several major American retailers had already made similar decisions, including Target Corp. and Blockbuster Inc.

Also adding to Blu-ray’s momentum was the gradual increase in sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 home video-game console, which also works as a Blu-ray player. Sony has sold 10.5 million PS3 machines worldwide since the machine went on sale late 2006.

HD DVD supporters included Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp . . .

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game machine can play HD DVD movies, but the drive had to be bought separately, and Nishida said about 300,000 people have those.

How embarassing for Microsoft.

(Hat tip to Sridhar Rao.)

January 29, 2008

How Can You Tell?

Filed under: Anecdotes, Science — lmwalker @ 12:29 pm

Can you spot the fake smile?

I got 15 out of 20, which is probably not a good track record.

(Hat tip to Andrew Pavlis.)

January 28, 2008

Patent Application 20060014125

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 12:39 pm

To quote Jon Raclaw: this is “someone with too much time on his hands.”

January 25, 2008

Tab or Wacky Tobaccy?

Filed under: Politics, Science — lmwalker @ 2:00 pm

Don’t put your money in the wrong vending machine.

[N]ow, you can finally get what you really need: medical marijuana, from Anytime Vending Machines . . .

The AVMs are already in place at their respective dispensaries and will be fully-operational by Monday, though their vestibules are still under construction; future plans include machine-vended pharmaceuticals like Vicodin, Viagra, and Propecia

(Another hat tip to Jon Raclaw.)

July 20, 2007

This Cell Means Business

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 2:26 pm

Jon Raclaw fears the cell phone.

Come to think of it, I haven’t heard from Jon since this last communique . . .

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