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Monday, March 02, 2015

If zombies took over the United States, how would it play out? A group of statisticians has done the worrying for us -- and their work on a hypothetical zombie apocalypse has revealed that if the zombies do come, you'll want to head for the Rocky Mountains. read more

"It has been suspected for a lot of years that BPA is involved in autism, but there was no direct evidence," said T. Peter Stein, of RowanSOM and the study's lead author. "We've shown there is a link. The metabolism of BPA is different in some children with autism than it is in otherwise healthy children." read more

Sunday, March 01, 2015

If I scratch your back and you scratch mine, then we're both better off as a result – so goes the principle of reciprocity, one of the most popular explanations for how co-operative behaviour has evolved.

But what if one partner provides a better service than another? A paper by Dolivo and Taborsky shows that Norway rats will only give as good as they get. read more

Small satellites could hitch rides to space on an F-15 fighter jet by next year, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military. DARPA's so-called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program is an ambitious project that aims to launch small satellites more quickly, and reduce the cost of lofting them into orbit. Traditional launches using rockets cost roughly $30,000 per pound, DARPA officials have said. "We've made good progress so far toward ALASA's ambitious goal of propelling 100-lb. satellites into low-Earth orbit within 24 hours of call-up, all for less than $1 million per launch," Bradford Tousley, director of DARPA's tactical technology office, said. read more

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Like many kids her age, 8-year-old Gabi Mann from Seattle has an interesting collection of treasures. A yellow bead, one blue earring, a tiny light bulb, a paperclip and a rusty screw. But unlike many kids her age, Gabi didn't collect these treasures herself. They were brought to her by crows. Yes, you read that right. Like Cinderella, Gabi has bird friends that bring her gifts on a regular basis. read more


#30 Actually, science does.


In M-theory, sheets of energy collide in 11 dimensions to form new universes in Big Bangs. Our universe is a ten dimensional structure of super-strings, the eleventh dimension housing other universes and higher-dimensional energy sheets, itself being ring-shaped.

I'll leave the math up to you.

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