It’s been a week of speechless moments, a time taken over by imagery. Capping the week off is an edit by David Peterson, and though it’s hard to go wrong with any image shot from the International Space Station, Mr Petersons’s edit of time lapse images is an appropriate way to round off a speechless week, my words are worthless here, check the video :: Read the full article »»»»
As previously mentioned, I’m not a huge television watcher, discerning, no couch-potato. One show I must see each and every week – or I seriously get the grumps – is Catalyst.
For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.
My favourite science reporter is back with another superlative question, “Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine?”
Marine biologists say a beluga whale which was recorded making human-like noises in a US aquarium may have been trying to communicate with its keepers. The whale, known as NOC, had lived among dolphins and other beluga whales in an aquarium in San Diego, California, and was often in the presence of humans.
Scientists who were puzzled by the human-like utterances coming from his pool concluded they were actually coming from the whale himself. An acoustic analysis of the sounds showed a rhythm similar to that of human speech, Sam Ridgway, of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, said. The frequencies were also several octaves lower than typical whale sounds.
The whale seems to have made an extraordinary effort to imitate humans. Experts say he would have had to modify his vocal mechanics by varying pressure in his nasal tract to produce this remarkable sound… youtube video :: Read the full article »»»»
What’s the worst possible thing that could happen in 2012? It just depends who’s boat your sitting on. For Doomsayers, 2012 is The Apocolypse, The End of Days – much like Harold Camping’s Rapture, May 21, 2011 and October 21, 2011 – For those of us still sat here asking wtf are you dribbling on about?
That überpopular Princeton wiz Michio Kaku – you’ll know who he is when you see the video – dispells a bundle of crackpot prophetic theories via his Big Think session.
The 2012 doomsday prophecies are many and varied, principally comprising of a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and the crackpots swear by it!
Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholars, most likely due to the fact that since man began to look up and count at the same time he’s been predicting some form of galactic doom :: Read the full article »»»»