September 30, 2013
Tiny Gun

Scientists have developed a new "cheaper-smaller-faster" particle accelerator. A close read seems to indicate that no, you won't be able to build an LHC in your back yard with one of them, but it does seem to promise new kinds of x-ray scanners and other things like that.

Posted by scott at 06:30 AM
When Carelessness Attacks

Dude, when a helicopter blows your hat off, just let it go. I'll bet that sort of carelessness came from the same place that caused that beauty queen to get chopped up by a plane's propeller. Spinning blade-like things should be treated like, well, spinning blade-like things. Be careful, people!

Posted by scott at 06:24 AM
September 27, 2013
Up And Down

And now, a picture of a skydiver falling while a rocket is rising. There's "baby smile" lucky, and then there's "holy crap, a rocket!" lucky.

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM

"I was expecting to find a Fisher-Price “My First Ferrari” sticker somewhere on the interior, because while the whole thing looks quite nice, it’s constructed of the same quality materials as a Barbie Corvette."

Posted by scott at 06:46 AM
He Named It What?

Will a hoodie made from a material named after ladyparts be your next fall purchase? It's all Ellen can do to get me to wear a coat at all, so probably not for me. But, hey, if you like soft clothes (and really, who doesn't?) don't forget the nice stuff with the funny name.

Posted by scott at 06:31 AM
September 26, 2013
Speaking of Ugly

Jeep's Cherokee replacement seems to be better than it looks. It's not clear just how much involvement Fiat had in the styling of the unit, but I'll give it one thing: it'll never be accused of being bland. It sounds like they have some nifty off-road widgets for it, too. And since when did automatic transmissions start to rival bicycles in the number of gears they carry?

Posted by scott at 07:12 AM
So Ugly it Has to be Expensive

Introducing Marchi Mobile eleMMent Palazzo, a three million dollar monstrosity that reminds me of a dustbuster with wheels on. Do I want one? It's expensive, unique, probably unhinged in ways that aren't immediately obvious, and Italian. You do the math.

Posted by scott at 07:06 AM
Old Air

Scientists have announced that the Earth's atmosphere was rich with oxygen far earlier than previously thought. The discovery implies that very complex metabolic systems like photosynthesis evolved very quickly in Earth's history.

Posted by scott at 06:51 AM
September 25, 2013
Your Smile for the Day

Posted by scott at 02:34 PM
Moving the (Spaghetti) Goalposts

Color me unsurprised: Fiat is delaying Alfa's return to the US again. This is not a repeat from '96, '99', '03... you get the picture.

Posted by scott at 07:05 AM
It's Funny, Eh?

Hey, folks, stereotypes are usually there for a reason. Can't say I've known any Canadians since college, and back then we treated them more like crashed aliens than anything else. I mean, it's not like the University of Arkansas is the very first place a Canadian think of when it come to college, ya know?

Posted by scott at 06:40 AM
September 24, 2013
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 06:56 AM
Bird Lunch

Another day, another example of eagles getting uppity. It's not talked much about now but when I was a kid one of the reasons eagles were endangered was due to "superstitions" that they would kill kids. Seeing things like this, I'm thinking such stories may not be all that superstitious after all.

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM

There's landing an airplane, and there's landing an airplane in a typhoon. Well, along the edges, anyway. This area gets gusts well over 30 mph in the spring pretty regularly. It's definitely exciting to watch the airliners side-crab their way toward the airport when that happens.

Posted by scott at 06:39 AM
September 23, 2013
No Mars Fart

Martian methane, once thought to be a mysterious sign of possible life, seems to have become a mystery in and of itself.

Posted by scott at 06:41 AM
Nice Pack

It looks like that, after more than sixty years, a workable jet pack is about to become reality. Ducted fans aren't known for their quiet operation, this one seems to be no exception. I do like the bit about the safety 'chute, though.

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
September 19, 2013
Universal Jewel

A new jewel-like geometric shape promises to vastly simplify quantum calculations. It may even provide the step needed to create a viable theory of quantum gravity, something that's eluded the field for decades. I think. Quantum physics is hard!

Posted by scott at 06:59 AM
Stone Free

Concrete? In Stonehenge? It's more likely than you think. Me, I think the article is over-stating how "unoriginal" the present Stonehenge is. At no point does it seem that they put new stones in, or altered the existing ones in major ways. I'd wager the later restorations were based on archeological information, but the article doesn't mention that. The tough truth is that ANY man-made object will need some touching up every few thousand years or so.

Posted by scott at 06:48 AM

The thing is, dropping 2000 pounds of concrete is pretty effective if you can hit a small moving target. You don't really need explosives. Of course, there's that whole "blow up the building" aspect that explosives bring to the table.

Posted by scott at 06:36 AM
September 18, 2013
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 06:43 AM
Mah Jeans, Let Me Show U Them

Scientists have confirmed what cat owners have long suspected: If it looks like a house cat, acts like a house cat, and is viscous like a house cat... And if any of my house cats weighed 300+ lbs, I'd keep them in a cage, too.

Posted by scott at 06:36 AM
September 17, 2013
Frisbee Car

Alfa Romeo has officially approved of Touring to produce its Disco Volante concept car. The only trick: you need to provide one of five hundred $200k sports cars as a donor before the build will be possible. It'll happen, of course--there's always at least one rich loon for nearly everything. I'd really doubt there will be more than five made, though.

Posted by scott at 06:49 AM
When Adjectives Attack

News: Suspect in string of burglaries photographed. WTF: in a "resplendent" silver suit. Hey, fashion is expensive. Me, I bet it has something to do with avoiding motion detectors.

Posted by scott at 06:40 AM
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
September 11, 2013

This just in: Muslim girls have to go to swim class no matter what. Getting a German to give even a millimeter on procedure and discipline is like trying to command the tide to stay out. The attempt at which is, of course, a leitmotif of the modern fundamentalist Muslim experience. Put it this way: just be glad they're wearing swim trunks. Everything I've ever read says Germans are more than willing to forgo even that, and they don't all look like Katarina Witt. Not even close.

Posted by scott at 04:49 PM
Dead Elephants

The everlasting tennis match that is the field of megafauna extinction in North America research has started another round. People showed up, all the big things died. This seems like a pretty straightforward equation to me, but simple and straightforward does not a good grant proposal make. And, really, when has nature ever been simple?

Posted by scott at 04:44 PM
Faster, Please

The good: Scientists have regressed living adult tissue into stem cells.

The bad: Thing went all cancer-y after that

Cancer seems to be a common failure in stem cell research. Getting them to turn on isn't the problem, it's getting them to turn off.

Posted by scott at 04:39 PM
September 10, 2013
Down in a Hole

The good: The world's largest cave system is about to open up for tours.

The bad: It's in Vietnam. Oh, well. The pictures and video sure are pretty!

Posted by scott at 08:27 AM
September 09, 2013
This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Good: 'asploding targets! Bad: idiots being creative with 'asploding targets. It's not like the current administration needs an excuse to meddle in our lives, let's give them a legitimate excuse to do so!

Posted by scott at 07:20 AM
September 06, 2013
80s Obsession

Posted by scott at 02:53 PM
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 02:28 PM
Last Man Standing

The last surviving witness of Hitler's last days has died. It seems typical that these old vets manage to make it into their nineties. It's as if combat eats up all the chances that would normally kill them otherwise.

Posted by scott at 11:29 AM
Because Science!

Posted by scott at 09:28 AM
Big Boom

Scientists have announced the discovery of one of the largest volcanoes in the solar system. You'll never guess where it is. Author of the article gets an "F" for not including a comparison with the big Martian volcanoes.

Posted by scott at 06:41 AM
September 05, 2013
Similar Genes

A new study has revealed the evolutionary phenomena of convergence has far deeper effects than previously thought. I guess there really isn't all that many different ways to screw together a bat.

Posted by scott at 06:25 AM
Crappy Place to Put Your Cash

It seems that stuffing cash up your backside is a wee bit dangerous. Who knew? I'd like to think it was wrapped in a condom or something, but I have a feeling someone with decision making skills this poor probably didn't think of that.

Posted by scott at 06:18 AM
September 04, 2013
Storm Rings

Not to interrupt you from your steady diet of Twerking and blowing Syria up, but there's been a storm blowing away on Saturn for the past three years. Seems like they happen every thirty years or so, which must mean it had to do with the orbit. Still, storms! On Saturn!

Posted by scott at 07:21 PM
September 03, 2013
When Buildings Attack

It's all fun and games until the office building melts your car. From the "John Hancock Tower" school of unintended consequences. I guess they'll have to block off those parking spaces from now on, or maybe put something on the windows to stop this from happening.

Posted by scott at 09:59 AM