November 1st, 2006 | researchmaterial
October 31st, 2006 | admin
October 31st, 2006 | researchmaterial
The unusual variable star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) continues to puzzle astronomers. This previously inconspicuous star underwent an outburst early in 2002, during which it temporarily increased in brightness to become 600 000 times more luminous than our Sun. Light from this sudden eruption is illuminating the interstellar dust surrounding the star, producing the most spectacular â€˜light echoâ€™ in the history of astronomy.
As light from the eruption propagates outward into the dust, it is scattered by the dust and travels to the Earth. The scattered light has travelled an extra distance in comparison to light that reaches Earth directly from the stellar outburst. Such a light echo is the optical analogue of the sound echo produced when an Alpine yodel is reflected from the surrounding mountainsides…
October 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Professor Hwang Woo-suk says he spent private donations for research to pay the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues to clone extinct species.
Hwang, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement after prosecutors said he was the mastermind of a scheme to make it look like his team had produced stem cells through cloning human embryos.
He previously told a Seoul court that he spent part of more than US$1 million in corporate donations for “peripheral activities related to research”.
“Some of the money was spent in contacting the Russia mafia as we tried to clone mammoths,” Hwang told the court during a hearing this week.
“But you can’t say that [on the expense claim] so we expensed it as money for cows for experiment.”
October 30th, 2006 | admin
October 29th, 2006 | brainjuice
Things I want from Second Life:
* A networked notecard dispenser. That is, a network of dispenser objects that spit out the same notecard, and that notecard only needs to be updated once at a central point, not individually for every dispenser. A networked notecard dispenser would be the equivalent of, say, going to an ATM/cash machine -like device, pressing a button, and having a daily newspaper spit out of it. So I, on my land, have a dispenser device that spits out Bad Signal or something. All I do is drop a new piece of writing, a new notecard, into that first device. You take a copy of the device and you put it on your land because you love me. So your visitors press a button, and Bad Signal spits out. The device auto-updates with a new notecard each time I drop a new piece in to the first device. Some of your visitors like the idea so much that they take a copy of your device and put it on their land. See how that works? A viral outbreak of an independent networked information system.
* Someone to stand up and say that creating replicas of bland middle-class homes for people to stand awkwardly in and not actually do anything inside is just retarded and a stark and utter waste of a massive digital art installation, rich IM environment and potentially system-altering computing/work/media space. It’s not like you’re going to sleep in that bed. At the very best, you’ll watch an avatar of yourself lay on it and look weird and a bit dead. Stop it now.
October 29th, 2006 | admin
October 28th, 2006 | mobilesignals
I understand that most people are doing their Hallowe’en parties tonight. Hallowe’en isn’t a big deal around here, but I got a new appreciation for the costuming after spending the event in San Francisco a couple of years ago.
Send me photos of your Hallowe’en costumes tonight, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll run my favourite ones here on the site.
October 28th, 2006 | admin