Friday, April 8, 2011

Favorite Science Story of the Week

Science of the Week
The unexpected is always cool in real science.
Anomalies at Fermilab
-April 6, 2011 10:47 AM
The Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab is shutting down soon, for some unavoidable reasons (the LHC is taking over) and some frustrating ones (we’re out of money). But there may be life in the old beast yet; a couple of intriguing anomalies have particle theorists raising their eyebrows in charmingly understated excitement.

Technology of the Week

1) We are on the verge of true commercialization of Space...Finaly!!!
SpaceX reveals plans for heavy lift rocket | Bad Astronomy
April 5th, 2011 2:30 PM
The privately owned commercial rocket company SpaceX has just revealed the design for their next generation rocket: the Falcon Heavy. It will be able to lift a whopping 53 tons to low-Earth (200 km, 120 mile) orbit — for comparison, Hubble Space Telescope has a mass of 11 tons — or lighter payloads to higher orbit or escape velocity.

2) China is taking GMO into area that most nation's won't - specific animal modification for human consumption.  What will the difference in permited line of appllying science have on economies, health, and even future eveloution of we humans? Will the next speciesazation of our human line be at our own hands.
Cows Produce Version of Human Breast Milk – Mon Apr 4, 3:55 pm ET
Chinese researchers say they have genetically engineered dairy cows to produce milk more akin to human breast milk.  

Notable Woo of the Weak

Continuing effort to prune the tree of knowledge and science into a cross (or other religious symbol).

Sir Martin Rees Wins the Templeton Prize | Cosmic Variance 
Wed Apr 6, 2011

 The Templeton Prize has to be the most efficient publicity campaign ever. The Templeton Foundation gives a million British pounds to a scientist who is willing to say that science and religion are compatible, and in return they get many times that value in publicity. (The formal citation is “for making an exceptional contribution to investigating life’s spiritual dimension”) Atheists should really just refuse to talk about it, but — can’t resist!

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