December 30, 2013
Old Stock

When one hundred years old your negatives get, look as good they will not. I'm not sure if it's a chronicle of heroes, or maniacs. Probably both.

Posted by scott at 06:09 AM
December 28, 2013
Bouncing Bot

A NASA lab has taken the problem of landing a probe on another world and turned the impact into an advantage. They're already up to phase two development, with the ultimate goal being to bound one across the icy marshes of Titan.

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
December 27, 2013
Not Sure if Serious...

"Unless the reality of Secret Space War phenomena is openly revealed and corroborated with hard evidence in public and admitted by all world governments, this knowledge cannot be yet be received or processed by the masses."

Posted by scott at 07:21 AM
Faster, Please

A pharma company has announced plans to 3D print a fully functioning human liver in 2014. Tons of testing is required before such things can be used in humans. In the meantime it and things like it will be invaluable tools for drug research.

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
December 26, 2013

8 ball, side pocket.

Posted by scott at 01:05 PM
Dead By Dawn

Personally, I think if you set your criteria wide enough it includes an entire century you'll find people dying in weird ways pretty easily. This article seems to prove that right. I'm not sure it's possible to overestimate just how deadly-dumb people can be.

Posted by scott at 06:39 AM
Jar Head Weeble

It's true: You can literally turn a Marine inside-out and they'll just keep coming back for more. Kind of puts the time I broke my toe in perspective, I'll tell ya that.

Posted by scott at 06:01 AM
December 21, 2013
Star Arms

Using the Ultra Deep Field survey and (what seems like) a few basic sort rules, astronomers have worked out how and when galaxies developed spiral arms. In a nutshell: it took about half the current age of the universe for that to happen.

Posted by scott at 08:32 AM
December 20, 2013
Flower Power

A new study of a unique plant is providing insights into the evolution of flowers. It seems that about two hundred million years ago a "gene doubling" may have given the common ancestor of all flowering plants an extra tool kit to use for evolutionary experiments.

Posted by scott at 06:51 AM
Fun with Pagemaker

To tell the truth, I'm not completely sure anyone even uses Pagemaker. Maybe if they did these things wouldn't happen. Then again, being more efficient often means people just screw up faster.

Posted by scott at 06:39 AM
December 18, 2013
Welcome to the 21st Century

I always figured we'd eventually work out how to make replacement organs. I just didn't count on them being, well, printed. Faster, please.

Posted by scott at 06:25 PM
Your Thought for the Day

Posted by scott at 01:09 PM
December 17, 2013
Old Men

Scientists have re-visited the iconic site where Neandertals first came to light and have confirmed they did indeed bury their dead. As far as I know, this was widely accepted since the 1950s when Shanidar was excavated, but confirmation is always nice.

Posted by scott at 07:45 AM
I Can Haz Doh-mess-tikashun?

A new archeological site in central China has provided tantalizing new clues about the domestication of cats. It seems the little monsters have been peeing on walls, crapping on floors, and puking on furniture for a very long time indeed.

Posted by scott at 07:18 AM
December 16, 2013
Your Thought for the Day
Posted by scott at 09:31 AM
Jeep Jaunt

Yes, the new Jeep shares a platform with an Alfa and yes, it seems to be a pretty good truck. But what I want to know is: when the heck did automatic transmissions start having as many gears as a bicycle? I can remember when four speeds in a slushbox was avant-garde, and it stayed that way for years.

Posted by scott at 05:48 AM
Knock Knock

Posted by scott at 05:28 AM
December 13, 2013
Get Off My Lawn

Well, in his defense it did take some thirty years to turn these predictions into a collection of howlers. Like: "Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."

Posted by scott at 06:12 AM

It appears the regency is at an end. It'll be interesting to see if this is just the first of many, or if there is any sort of push-back from the other elder advisers around him. When the going gets tough, the norks get weird.

Posted by scott at 06:07 AM
December 11, 2013
We're All Stars Now

This just in: our universe is just a holographic projection. I think. Something about a lower-complexity connection to somewhere without gravity. Check, please!

Posted by scott at 08:48 AM
December 08, 2013
Big Cousin

Newly analyzed post-cranial fossils has revealed that Paranthropus boisei was more strongly built than previously thought. Any time you find post-cranial remains of a hominid it's big news, because they are so incredibly rare.

Posted by scott at 10:33 AM
December 06, 2013
Out of the Dark

Coming to a TV near you: Dolby labs is set to unveil a new screen technology that promises vastly higher contrast on LCD displays. I think. They may have come out with a new TV instead, or maybe it's only intended for professional editors. But, hey, TOYZ!

Posted by scott at 07:25 AM
December 05, 2013
Fun with Texts

On the rare times I get a wrong text I just ignore it. These people? Not so much.

Posted by scott at 06:44 AM
Insert Chianti Joke Here

Another year, another German cannibal finding someone willing to climb up on his dinner table. I'm not sure if this is a German thing, or if it's just Germany that's going after these people.

Posted by scott at 06:38 AM
December 04, 2013
Grandpa Mystery

Using brand-new techniques scientists have managed to recover DNA from a hominid fossil 400,000 years old. The results are, as expected, surprising and will likely force a complete re-think of human evolution. Or not. Hey, they have to keep that grant money flowing in somehow!

Posted by scott at 03:41 PM
Movin' Out

Posted by scott at 09:21 AM
Oink Oink Boom

It's all fun and games until the pig farm explodes. I get that people want bacon quickly, but there are limits.

Posted by scott at 06:08 AM
December 03, 2013
Sub Find

Stalin to US Navy: All your captured subs are belong to us!

US Navy to Stalin: U no can haz!

Stalin to US Navy: Ur treety, let me show u it!

US Navy to Stalin: Captured subs? What captured subs?

That's pretty much how it went down in 1946, and now someone has found one of the subs in question. These aren't war memorials, but I'll bet their sunk too deep to be considered for salvage or preservation.

Posted by scott at 07:28 AM
December 02, 2013
You have 30 seconds to comply

In the "not-sure-if-serious" category we have this plan to deliver gifts by drone. By far the biggest hurdle will be regulatory. Several groups have been trying to get permission for drones to fly in US airspace, not the least of which being the US military, but the FAA so far has insisted on a case-by-case approval system that is very slow and expensive. Not to mention the hobbyists who would probably order a bag of pencils and then wait in the front yard with a net gun.

Posted by scott at 06:20 AM
December 01, 2013
Beholding Mirrors

A gadget? To make a Vermeer? It's more likely than you think. I still find it suspicious that, if this technique really was in broad use as the article seems to imply, nobody documented it. It's possible it may be a "making the pyramids" problem--so many people knew how it was done nobody bothered to write it down. It does make for an interested idea. Definitely a documentary to keep an eye out for.

Posted by scott at 06:44 AM