June 28, 2013
I Haz a Feerss!

Posted by scott at 10:27 AM
June 26, 2013
It's Only Original Once

Even the collector car hobby can experience a change once in awhile. Witness the growing preference for completely unrestored vehicles. What's that, you say? Why, I didn't even notice that's what the car was. How convenient.

Posted by scott at 06:11 AM
June 25, 2013
Reason 248 not to Move to Australia

Posted by scott at 07:26 PM
June 24, 2013
Happy 10th Birthday Olivia!!


We are doomed! 10 years has passed and our little girl is in the DOUBLE DIGITS!

Posted by Ellen at 01:51 PM
Express Winds

Scientists have found evidence that the winds on Venus are getting even stronger. I've always known the cabal behind genetically modified food and the conspiracy to deny climate change were up to no good. Now I have proof.

Posted by scott at 06:38 AM
June 21, 2013
Holes and Sound

Using (apparently) a drill and a bunch of plastic wrap, scientists have figured out how to make a wall nearly transparent to sound. What I'm interested in is just how many holes does it take, and how big are they? It's plenty easy to make a wall transparent to sound if, for example, there's a hole as big as a bowling ball in it. Doesn't do much for the decor, though.

Posted by scott at 06:24 AM
June 19, 2013
I R Rownd, Fuzzy Clowd

Posted by scott at 10:35 AM
I Can Haz Linux?

A robotics lab has announced the creation of a low-cost robot that runs like a cat. The military has been fiddling with something like this for a year or two, as I recall, but they've ended up with something big and scary that no doubt costs more than your house. This thing looks to be far less expensive. Hopefully they'll get rid of the tether soon.

Posted by scott at 06:34 AM
June 18, 2013

Problem: The actress you've cast as Anna Nicole in an upcoming biopic is, well, lacking in a vital bit of anatomy. Solution: Hey, it's not like Anna's were real, either. Advantage, actress: she got to take them off at the end of the day.

Posted by scott at 06:30 AM
Cake Time

Around here, Ellen would be upset if they got it right. Olivia would be, too. Of course, she's ten, so her preferences can be a bit suspect. At least everyone seems to be treating it with a sense of humor. Most of these stories seem to end with the "victim" suing everyone in sight.

Posted by scott at 05:44 AM
June 17, 2013
Heart of Darkness

Scientists have announced the discovery of a previously unknown Khmer city hidden in the jungle for the past 1200 years. I'm expecting a dark and hungry god to emerge from that vicinity shortly, but that's probably because I have friends who obsess over HP Lovecraft. Nah, it's ok. They're colorful friends!

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
Cookie Fruit

Our nation's wandering in the darkness has finally come to an end. Watermelon Oreo cookies have arrived. The author is very... enthusiastic... but the overall gist seems to be that they are good, if you like watermelon anyway.

Posted by scott at 06:26 AM
June 15, 2013
Fast Cat

A decade-long study of Cheetahs using an innovative electronic collar is revealing all sorts of new facts about the world's fastest land animal. Even running at a "slow" 35 mph, it's impressive. Maneuvering at a speed half-again as fast is even more so.

Posted by scott at 07:26 AM
June 14, 2013
Diver Down

A group of scientists are claiming to have finally figured out how marine mammals hold their breath for such incredibly long times. It seems the culprit is a special sort of oxygen-storing protein that in the rest of the mammal word gets too "sticky" to be of much use. In marine mammals, an adaptation allows this protein to leverage muscles as a kind of "oxygen battery."

Posted by scott at 06:38 AM
He's Come Back

Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he's been cast in the latest installment of the Terminator franchise. A Terminator with a cane and a mobility scooter? It's more likely than you think!

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
Keepin' it Clean

And in the "slow news" day file, we have this collection of 40s-era anti-VD posters. "You can't beat the axis if you get VD." Good to know.

Posted by scott at 06:28 AM
June 13, 2013
Fast Chop

Eurocopter has announced a new speed record for rotary-winged flight. Olivia and I saw a demo of one of these at a small air show last year. It was a neat piece of kit.

Posted by scott at 06:42 AM
June 12, 2013
Just Make Sure Nobody's Watching

I guess I really do miss out sometimes by skipping all the commercials. Then again, thinking about all the time I saved not watching them? I'm ok with this.

Posted by scott at 06:46 PM
Dance Like Nobody's Watching

Posted by scott at 06:38 PM
Meanwhile, on the River

Posted by scott at 06:35 PM
Surf Mars

A newly-discovered geological feature on Mars seems to be caused by blocks of dry ice sledding down the slopes of hills. No, I don't know exactly what it means, either, but it's happening on Mars. By definition that makes it cool.

Posted by scott at 06:16 AM
June 10, 2013
Cold Spin

Those crazy scientists are at it again, playing with super-cold atoms and making them lean back and forth. Supposedly it all could have applications in super computing, but I think it's mostly just them mucking about with lasers. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by scott at 06:29 AM
June 07, 2013
Screech When You Do It

Sometimes it's hard to remember we're 98% chimpanzee. Other times, it's hard to forget.

Posted by scott at 02:26 PM
June 06, 2013
Fire and Air

Posted by scott at 08:13 AM
June 05, 2013
Frog Find

A frog species recently declared extinct has instead proved simply be living in a really awful neck of the woods. Living in a miserable place does seem to be a pretty effective strategy at keeping humans at bay.

Posted by scott at 06:35 AM
June 04, 2013
Oooh... Ahhh... Pretty...

Edmunds crosses the finish line first with this, well, "first look" at the Alfa Romeo 4c. Unfortunately for us, and likely for them, they miscalculated the price of the carbon fiber construction, so it now appears likely the price point will be in the mid-80s. This moves it seriously upscale, well past the cars it was meant to compete against. And, of course, it hasn't actually made it over here yet. Ah, well. I'll just have to wait a few years before I can blow some of my kid's inheritance on a used one.

Posted by scott at 09:20 AM
Home, Home on the Range

A new, wide-ranging study of fossil teeth is providing new insight into how our ancestors transitioned from forests to grasslands as their primary habitat. While the article makes it sound like this is all very new information, the transition from woodland to savannah has been widely acknowledged since at least the 1980s. What this mainly seems to have done is refine the timeline, give greater information on how many species were out there at any given time, and exactly what they ate.

Posted by scott at 08:14 AM
June 03, 2013
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 07:03 AM
Bit By Bit

What better way to start a Monday than a look at a few iconic landmarks as they were being built? I didn't realize the St. Louis Arch was such a comparatively new construct.

Posted by scott at 06:48 AM