January 30, 2014
Snakes a Hoppin'

In other news, there are snakes that jump from trees and can glide as much as 100 feet in the air in search of prey. I remember watching a documentary about these things eons ago, but I'm pretty sure this is the first really systematic look at them I've ever seen.

Posted by scott at 06:24 AM
January 29, 2014
Old Bugs

A mass grave found in Germany is finally yielding insights into just what the Justinian Plague actually was. It's far less well known than its fourteenth century counterpart but may very well have killed more people in its day. It certainly helped create those darkest of the dark ages.

Posted by scott at 12:21 PM
January 28, 2014
Old Farmer Ted

New technology has allowed scientists to sequence the DNA of the remains of an 8000 year-old man. The findings, as with most things of this nature, confirm some theories, invalidate others, and also pose new questions. Because SCIENCE!

Posted by scott at 06:41 AM
January 24, 2014
Seems Legit

This just in: The norks have conquered the sun. I'm sniffing either a hoax or a mistranslation, but it is North Korea. They're pretty much capable of any wacky thing as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by scott at 09:48 AM
January 23, 2014
Fun with Neutrinos

A simple change in filter rules has turned a dud into a success. Me, I'd think that particles traveling at energies a hundred times greater than the LHC would be a bit, well, "explodey." But I Am Not a Particle Physicist.

Posted by scott at 09:22 AM
Oooh... Ahhh... Pretty...

Posted by scott at 07:20 AM
January 21, 2014
When Selfies Attack

It really was only a matter of time: Google glass seems to have acquired it very first "adult themed" app. Maybe I'm just weird, but to me one of the points of grown-up fun is admiring one's partner, with perhaps the occasional glance in a mirror to see two people having a lot of fun. That said, there is the whole "Jersey Shore" angle. Bah. If you want to watch yourself doing your significant other while you're both wearing goofy-looking glasses, knock yourselves out.

Posted by scott at 05:07 PM
January 19, 2014
Typing Wha?

Touch typist? Think QWERTY is your weapon of choice? You probably don't know it as well as you think. MY speed is up there, but I'm not sure about the accuracy. Regardless, I probably couldn't draw or assign the keys correctly either. Too busy typing.

Posted by scott at 09:00 AM
January 14, 2014
Deep Ditch

Scientists have announced the discovery of a canyon underneath the antarctic ice that dwarfs the Grand Canyon. I can't help but think this would probably end up filled with water, a-la Loch Ness, and so not be all THAT deep. Then again, who am I to stand between an editor and his juicy headline?

Posted by scott at 01:30 PM
Reused, Recycle

It's come to this: One man's nostalgia for his childhood in the '80s has him chronicling all the different ways businesses are re-using old Pizza Huts. I got my first job at a Pizza Hut back in (I think) 1985. I just checked Google's Satellite view and it appears to still be there, red roof and all.

Posted by scott at 06:34 AM
Neither Fish nor Fowl

A new paper is finally detailing the rear portion of what's being called one of the most important fossil finds in the past decade. The creature, known as a "titkaalik," is a member of an extremely rare group called "tetrapodomorphs," creatures who are part of the transition from fins to legs. As usual, there's plenty of unexpected things that were found on the back end of this not-quite-fish.

Posted by scott at 06:23 AM
January 12, 2014
Cat analasys

Captain obvious in the vet clinic: Cats think people are just bigger cats with better food. People also provide a warm space to be a flying maniac at 3 am when they're young, and a convenient place to puke when they're old.

Posted by scott at 09:24 AM
January 09, 2014
Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

And in the "so this is a thing" file we have men dressing up as anatomically correct female dolls. That time I said "bronies" were the most inexplicable thing I'd ever come across? Yeah, I'm gonna have to take that back.

Posted by scott at 06:54 AM
Stellar Tums

Scientists have announced the discovery of a star that has a neutron star inside of it. The objects have been predicted since 1975 but not observed until now. The most likely scenario seems to be that the larger star swallowed it.

Posted by scott at 06:44 AM
Fun with... holsters

Is that a gun in your...waitaminute...that's not a pocket! I'd think that would at least itch a bit.

Posted by scott at 06:36 AM
January 08, 2014
Shocking Color

This just in: ancient critters that lived in the ocean were colored more or less the same as modern critters that live in the ocean. Because it's so weird that water has held the same properties, basically forever. Meh, I guess it would be interesting if this didn't hold true.

Posted by scott at 05:54 PM
January 06, 2014
The More You Know...

I guess the take-aways from this are: a) don't ride the luggage carousel, b) if you do, the cops will come sniffing around, c) get the hell out of the airport if you go for a ride.

Me, I'm going with a, but that's because I have a mortgage and responsibility and stuff.

Posted by scott at 01:05 PM

A group of scientists has determined the presence of liquid magma is enough to trigger a supervolcano eruption. These super-massive eruptions are hundreds of times larger than any conventional eruption experienced in history. The good news is, apparently, that such an event would cause very noticeable changes in the vicinity of said supervolcano. Oh, and don't forget one of these things sits underneath Yellowstone. Sleep well!

Posted by scott at 09:43 AM
A Dashcam, for the Rest of Us

The new Corvette will come with a nifty option that should help cafe racers all over the country. It just might be useful for putting a driver in the pokey as well, so be careful with your misbehavior.

Posted by scott at 06:35 AM
January 03, 2014
Dead Ground

London: great place to visit, just don't do any digging. I'd expect pretty much all European cities that have been continuously inhabited since antiquity will be like this. Paris and Rome in particular are quite well known for their catacombs.

Posted by scott at 06:32 AM
Your Thought for the Day

Southerners in a snow storm:

Posted by scott at 06:27 AM
January 02, 2014
Plastic Ticker

A new type of artificial heart seems to be doing well in its first use in a human patient. Apparently it's very large, fitting only 86% of men and 65% of people in general, but it also seems like it provides more freedom. There's no mention of wires or tubes leading from the device to external machinery.

Posted by scott at 06:34 AM