27 posts tagged science
27 posts tagged science
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1 KICK-ASS ELECTRICITY FIGHT!
Photo Credit: NASA/Reuters. From Time Magazine’s Amazing Photos of the Sun:
A dense cloud of loop-shaped gas erupts from the Sun’s surface. Solar prominences, as this occurrence is called, can loop thousands of miles into space and can persist in the Sun’s corona for several months. The largest known prominence, an extension over 430,000 miles — roughly equivalent to the star’s radius — was observed in 2010.
(Thanks to Raymundo for the link.)
What’s the worst that could happen?
(Answer: I’m pretty sure this SyFy original—starring Summer Glau and Tom Skerritt, aka Viper—already told us.)
In particular, scientists in the UK observed that conservatives tended to have a larger amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotion and anxiety, and a smaller anterior cingulate, which supplies bravery and optimism. From the Telegraph:
Prof Geraint Rees, who led the research, said: “We were very surprised to find that there was an area of the brain that we could predict political attitude.
“It is very surprising because it does suggest there is something about political attitude that is encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that there is something in our brain structure that determines or results in political attitude.”
Prof Rees and his team, who carried out the research for the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, looked at the brain make up of the Labour MP Stephen Pound and Alan Duncan, the Conservative Minister of State for International Development using a scanner.
They also questioned a further 90 students, who had already been scanned for other studies, about their political views.
The results, which will be published next year, back up a study that showed that some people were born with a “Liberal Gene” that makes people more likely to seek out less conventional political views.
THE JUNGLE INSIDE A CAVE: A roof collapse ages ago in Hang Son Doong (Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam) let in the light; plants thickly followed. Here, “Sweeny” Sewell climbs to the surface as hikers struggle through the wryly named Garden of Edam. Photo by Carsten Peter.
Another Unfortunate Incident of the Day: Some 100,000 lifeless drum fish were spotted floating in the Arkansas River near Ozark, Arkansas, some 125 miles west of Beebe, where over 5,000 blackbirds suddenly dropped dead on New Year’s Eve.
Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says disease is the likely culprit, but admitted the fish kill size was unusual. Investigators were quick to note that there was no connection between the two incidents, but they’re clearly trying to hush something up.
Reblogged from thedailywhat
Tired of Repetitive Arguing About Climate Change, Scientist Makes a Bot to Argue For Him: Poos, you should take this bot on and drop some of your mad science.