Monthly Archives: October 2010

WHSD? The Week in Science

The venom from a scorpion sting could be used to reduce the risk of heart bypass failures, research has shown. A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion hasbeen found to be 100 times more effective in controlling the growth … Continue reading

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In Memory of Benoît Mandelbrot

who died earlier last week. Mandelbrot popularised a particular set of mathematical points plotting out a fractal – a self-symmetrical geometric shape found as a recurring theme in nature. A rather unnerving video for some reason…

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Need to Weigh a Star? Use a Moon.

Astrophysicist David Kipping has discovered that in special cases, we can directly measure the mass of the star by looking at the movement of the planets orbiting it. By measuring the amount of light blocked by a planet, astronomers found … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan – Can We Know the Universe?

“I do not consider myself a religious person in the usual sense, but there is a religious aspect to some highs. The heightened sensitivity in all areas gives me a feeling of communion with my surroundings, both animate and inanimate.” … Continue reading

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We’re all going to be rich..

…or maybe not.

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