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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Corvidae on Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:40 pm

doublem wrote:
Corvidae wrote:
doublem wrote:Wait it is it, I read the book it terrified me. :shock:


The Family That Couldn't Sleep?


yes.


Awesome book. Scarier than most horror stories (and also rather scandalous). The author of that book is in this documentary.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:43 pm

I am assuming that you have read it then, prions are effed up.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Corvidae on Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:51 pm

doublem wrote:I am assuming that you have read it then, prions are effed up.


And more evidence that they may play a role in noninfectious diseases, like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, keeps adding up since the books release.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:13 pm

Corvidae wrote:
doublem wrote:I am assuming that you have read it then, prions are effed up.


And more evidence that they may play a role in noninfectious diseases, like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, keeps adding up since the books release.


Yes, hopefully we will see progress.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:41 am

http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jun/15 ... :int=0&-C=

The Brain The Switches That Can Turn Mental Illness On and Off .

Amazing. Environment seems to play a factor as well, wow, very cool and important.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Corvidae on Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:17 pm

doublem wrote:http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jun/15-brain-switches-that-can-turn-mental-illness-on-off/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C=

The Brain The Switches That Can Turn Mental Illness On and Off .

Amazing. Environment seems to play a factor as well, wow, very cool and important.


Yeah, that's more of that epigenics stuff. :thumb:

But in that June magazine they also have an article about a virus possibly being the cause of schizophrenia. I can't find it on their site though.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Physical_Graffiti on Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:22 pm

Anyone see Inside the Bermuda Triangle? Most of what I saw was about "electronic fog" ,time warps, and people going from San Juan to Miami in about 3 minutes. It was good stuff.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:43 pm

Edinburgh experts to monitor how trees absorb CO2

Scientists from Edinburgh University are to take to the skies to gain a clearer picture of how the world's forests could alleviate climate change.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby shmenguin on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:18 pm

Just watched the Steven hawking episode about aliens.

I was talking to a friend about this over the weekend...if aliens had the technology and the energy to travel enough distance to reach us, I think they would have already destroyed their own planet before that happened.

If humans had the power to harness insane amounts of energy like that, there's no question that some yahoo would be able to harness enough to destroy earth. I would imagine that any intelligent life would consist of at least 1 being who would misuse that power.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:20 pm

Give it time, give it time.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Sarcastic on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:25 pm

WASHINGTON — Chimpanzees wage war, mercilessly killing members of neighboring groups to expand their own territory, researchers reported Monday.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100621/SCIENCE-US-CHIMPS-WAR/

So THAT'S where we get it from. I thought Bush and Cheney were uncharacteristically evil, but they're not, this is just how GOD made us. We are genetically tuned to kill and plunder. No wonder the pleasure I received when squashing a silverfish to death earlier today. Rape on! :thumb:
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby shmenguin on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:26 pm

doublem wrote:Give it time, give it time.

Exactly. we're going to wipe ourselves out long before we have technology to harness energy of that magnitude. I would apply that concept to hypothetical aliens as well
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:29 pm

Sarcastic wrote:WASHINGTON — Chimpanzees wage war, mercilessly killing members of neighboring groups to expand their own territory, researchers reported Monday.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100621/SCIENCE-US-CHIMPS-WAR/

So THAT'S where we get it from. I thought Bush and Cheney were uncharacteristically evil, but they're not, this is just how GOD made us. We are genetically tuned to kill and plunder. No wonder the pleasure I received when squashing a silverfish to death earlier today. Rape on! :thumb:


Very interesting, indeed, maybe these are primitive instincts that humans still have. Hopefully one day science can figure out how to stop war.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:57 am

doublem wrote:
Sarcastic wrote:WASHINGTON — Chimpanzees wage war, mercilessly killing members of neighboring groups to expand their own territory, researchers reported Monday.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100621/SCIENCE-US-CHIMPS-WAR/

So THAT'S where we get it from. I thought Bush and Cheney were uncharacteristically evil, but they're not, this is just how GOD made us. We are genetically tuned to kill and plunder. No wonder the pleasure I received when squashing a silverfish to death earlier today. Rape on! :thumb:


Very interesting, indeed, maybe these are primitive instincts that humans still have. Hopefully one day science can figure out how to stop war.


But our other close ancestor, the bonobo, is peaceful and does nothing but boink. But yeah, I was pretty surprised when I first found that out about chimps. I thought people were one of the few vertebrates that kill their own species regularly, but I guess it makes sense that our closest relative is brutal and insane. We are believed to be somewhere between the two species, aggression wise though.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:14 am

Ten years after the reading of the human genome, humanity is about to confront its true nature.

http://www.economist.com/node/16377289? ... /te/rss/pe
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Corvidae on Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:29 am

doublem wrote:Ten years after the reading of the human genome, humanity is about to confront its true nature.

http://www.economist.com/node/16377289? ... /te/rss/pe


I wish there were a better way to tell what specific genes do. From what I know, they need to modify an animal to lack a gene (or add the gene to the animal), then study what exactly it does to it physically. That's a painstakingly long processes. We have the whole human genome mapped out with no clue what most of it means. (but 40% of it may be viruses :scared: )
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:46 am

Cool article of school kids using NASA photos of Mars


A group of seventh-graders in California has discovered a mysterious cave on Mars as part of a research project to study images taken by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the red planet.


The 16 students from teacher Dennis Mitchell's 7th-grade science class at Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, Calif., found what looks to be a Martian skylight — a hole in the roof of a cave on Mars.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100621/sc_space/7thgradersdiscovermysteriouscaveonmars
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby DocEmrick on Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:21 am

If we have any amateur astronomers here, me and a couple of friends from Detroit go to the Black Forest Star Party in September at Cherry Springs State Park. Cherry Springs is about a 3.5 hour drive if you take 80 and fly down back-roads like I do. It's $30 to register, $20 if you register a family of 3. We're usually the only ones representing Pittsburgh & Detroit, but there are people from all over the country and Canada that come down to it. You can either camp out on the field overnight, or just do a day trip. We usually camp, you're allowed to camp next to your car, so we have an adapter for power outlets, etc.

There's more information here, http://www.bfsp.org/starparty/index.cfm ... N=45591138 I'd suggest registering now, cause it fills up very quick.

I use a Celestron Nexstar 114, a CCD camera, and guidance software on my laptop. It's a lot of fun. Let me know if anyone's interested, and we can try and meet up.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:09 pm

Botox paralyzes your emotions, too
Study: Facial freezer limits both ability and reason to frown

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37861005/ns ... id=twitter

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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Sarcastic on Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:16 pm

Fantastic images come up when you google for "bonobo".
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:19 pm

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6 ... nt=Twitter

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

Great.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby Kaizer on Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:22 pm

Sarcastic wrote:WASHINGTON — Chimpanzees wage war, mercilessly killing members of neighboring groups to expand their own territory, researchers reported Monday.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-science/20100621/SCIENCE-US-CHIMPS-WAR/

So THAT'S where we get it from. I thought Bush and Cheney were uncharacteristically evil, but they're not, this is just how GOD made us. We are genetically tuned to kill and plunder. No wonder the pleasure I received when squashing a silverfish to death earlier today. Rape on! :thumb:



or, bush and cheney are chimps.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:24 pm

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6 ... nt=Twitter

Now scientists read your mind better than you can.

Pretty cool.
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:52 pm

Stem-cell corneas last up to a decade

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6 ... nt=Twitter
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Re: LGP Science Thread

Postby doublem on Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:14 pm

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