The chemistry cornerstone celebrates its 140th birthday
By Chris Sweeney Posted 03.04.2009 at 11:44 am 2 Comments
Ah, the periodic table. The Rosetta Stone of chemistry, if you will. Well, today, this great tormentor of high school science students celebrates its 140th birthday, so lets take a quick look at a bit of the history behind this scientific gem.
Few things in sports have changed less than bowling shoes. From the color schemes to the odor spray, they're as constant as stale bowling alley hot dogs and, um, 'uniquely' qualified bar staff. But, what about the balls?
While ten pounds has remained ten pounds, little else has been maintained. The impact of technology has received plenty of coverage with regard to golf, swimming and tennis, but achieving a perfect game in bowling over the past 30 years has also become less of an art and more of a science. In homage to the good old days, the Professional Bowling Association (PBA), hosted the first ever Geico Plastic Ball Championship, where competitors rolled with identical decades-old balls. We offer a brief review for those heading to the lanes next weekend and hoping to impress a date.
We bet that SciKu, the delicate science poetry that belongs to everyone, will last and last. As did, apparently, a 300-million-year-old brain found inside a rock in northeast Kansas:
Fish brain turned to stone
It's not just for bone
This iniopterygian fossil, discovered in Kansas, is an extinct relative of modern chimaeras, a distant relative of sharks and rays. Iniopterygians have unusual features, including large skulls and eye sockets, rows of shark-like teeth, clubbed tails, and fins tipped with spikes and hooks. Previously, only flattened fossils of this relatively small fish -- which averages around six inches in length -- were known to exist. The new finding, the first three-dimensional iniopterygian fossil, is remarkable for having the oldest fossilized brain ever found.
Last year, PopSci author Catherine Price spent a week trying to live completely under the radar
By Mark Jannot, Editor-in-ChiefPosted 03.03.2009 at 11:38 am 0 Comments
Yesterday we got word that The Anonymity Experiment by Catherine Price, from the March 2008 Popular Science, has been chosen to be published in The Best American Science Writing 2008. This is a tremendous honor. Kudos to Catherine Price!
I am proud to note that this is the third straight year that at least one piece Popular Science has published has been exalted in one of the "Best American" anthologies.
Sad news: John Kanzius, the Florida-based inventor whose cancer-curing machine we awarded a PopSci Invention Award last year, passed away last Wednesday. Kanzius was a true PopSci guy: A former radio engineer who, upon being diagnosed with leukemia, figured there had to be a better way to deal with it than his crippling chemo treatments. So he pulled out his wife’s pie pans and started tinkering, ultimately creating a machine that would have great success in animal trials using radio waves and carbon nanotubes to burn away cancer cells. He was even profiled on “60 Minutes.”
Nicole Dyer is back, masterfully merging the ever-popular "Science Confirms the Obvious" series with her favorite new artform, SciKu (an instant cult classic).
Check out her latest brainchild (after the jump), and add your own 17 syllable sciku as a comment; it will live on forever on PopSci.com.
What could be more fun than eating pop rocks, and tastier than licking a 9-volt battery? Eating a "Szechuan button," a plant used widely in South America, Africa and Asia, proving once again that other cuisines really have more fun.
Quotes of the day, from today's links: "Clean coal harnesses the awesome power of the word 'clean'!" and "Oh, I'm producing massive amounts of saliva."