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Monday: August 1, 2011

Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.

As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:37 PM | Tags (9) | coin | toss | io9 | odds | science | flipped | human | error | machines |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 11, 2011

The science behind why we tend to screw up when the pressure is on.The science behind why we tend to screw up when the pressure is on.

Article goes into some detail regarding just what our brain does under certain times when stress levels may be heightened. Continue reading over the full article over at New Scientist if you want more information about stuff like cognitive horsepower and spatial problem solving. You know, for science.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 9:53 AM | Tags (8) | psychologist | newscientist | heat | pressure | science | screwup | brain | cognitive |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.

For hundreds of years eyewitnesses have reported brief encounters with the golf ball- to tennis ball-size orbs of electricity. But scientists have been unable to agree on how and why ball lightning forms, since the phenomenon is rare and very short-lived.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 12:28 PM | Tags (8) | ball | lightning | natgeo | phenomena | science | electricity | orbs | forms |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 49 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Scientists discover that colossal squid is actually just a lazy pink blob.Scientists discover that colossal squid is actually just a lazy pink blob.

The researchers found that the colossal squid would have had a slower metabolism and so moved slower than expected, waiting for prey rather than running it down. 'Everyone thought it was an aggressive predator, but the data suggests otherwise,' Rosa told LiveScience.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 2:08 PM | Tags (10) | blob | colossal | discovery | hunter | lazy | msnbc | research | science | scientists | squid |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 43 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.

Shin believes his discovery may be useful in understanding brain malfunctions such as autism, epilepsy and others. While researching brain function, Shin has previously shown that taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may actually inhibit some brain function.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:52 PM | Tags (9) | brain | switch | sciencedaily | functions | malfunctions | autism | epilepsy | discovery | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

A gallery of the ten worst jobs in science according to Popular Science.A gallery of the ten worst jobs in science according to Popular Science.

If anyone would know which jobs in science are the worst it would have to be Popular Science, right? If you choose to read on you'll learn about all kinds of disparaging work opportunities in the science field from the oceanic snot-diver all the way over to the feces piper. Lovely.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:09 PM | Tags (10) | bad | dung | feces | jobs | obersvations | occupations | popsci | science | snot | work |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 36 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 30, 2010

Large hadron collider smashes protons successfully after some minor power issues.Large hadron collider smashes protons successfully after some minor power issues.

This is thought to have a profound role in the structure of the Universe, and would enable scientists to explain why matter has mass - something which, at a fundamental level, they have difficulty doing at present.

 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 6:17 AM | Tags (9) | bbc | collider | hadron | issues | large | lhc | power | scary | smashing |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Physicists find brand new way to achieve Superman-like X-ray vision.Physicists find brand new way to achieve Superman-like X-ray vision.

In addition to allowing us to peer through paper or paint, and into cells, the technique opens up the possibility that opaque materials might be good optical elements in nano-scale devices, at levels where the construction of transparent lenses is particularly challenging.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:26 PM | Tags (11) | materials | objects | opacity | opaque | paint | paper | science | sciencedaily | superman | vision | xray |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 8, 2010

Researchers over at MIT have discovered a brand new way to make electricity.Researchers over at MIT have discovered a brand new way to make electricity.

The discovery may one day lead to a myriad of new devices such as sensors the size of dust that can be dispersed in air to monitor the environment or the tech might lead to implantable devices that produce their own power.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:03 PM | Tags (5) | mit | electricity | science | carbon | nanotubes |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 1, 2010

New study shows that others just might know you better than you know yourself.New study shows that others just might know you better than you know yourself.

Similarly, if you think that you are warm and friendly, and your friends and family say even if you think along those lines, you don't come across that way, you might pay more attention to your behaviors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 9:59 AM | Tags (5) | family | friends | research | sciencedaily | study |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 26 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: February 25, 2010

A gallery of carnivorous plant-life for your carnivorous plant-loving pleasure.A gallery of carnivorous plant-life for your carnivorous plant-loving pleasure.

I am loving some of these National Geographic slideshows (even more so with their new recent web redesign), especially when it's on odd subjects I rarely think about - case in point, carnivorous plant-life. Beware and behold these fearsome plants!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 10:57 AM | Tags (6) | plants | natgeo | photography | photos | carnivores | bugs |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.

These types of buildings even have their very own acronym, ZEB, which stands for zero-energy building. This particular building is 58% more energy efficient than your run-of-the-mill conventional skyscraper.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 6:43 AM | Tags (7) | green | technology | zero | energy | fortune | china | zeb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: February 22, 2010

CNN would like to know just how scientific our superheros actually are.CNN would like to know just how scientific our superheros actually are.

This article seems like one giant lead-in to get you watch this YouTube video from the University of Minnesota regarding actual science of The Watchmen (of which I am not a big fan of) so click above and save yourself some time.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 6:43 AM | Tags (7) | cnn | superheroes | science | silly | watchmen | minnesota | study |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 7, 2009

A gallery of this year's most amazing scientfic images just for you.A gallery of this year's most amazing scientfic images just for you.

Have a peek at sixty-two images showcasing a myriad of scientific amazement your optic delights. Turns out that capillary networks make for some interesting photography. Who knew?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:22 PM | Tags (6) | science | robots | humanoids | popsci | photography | photos |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 30, 2009

One scientist has managed to successfully trap a rainbow.One scientist has managed to successfully trap a rainbow.

When they shone a multi-wavelength laser beam at the open end of the gilded waveguide, a trapped rainbow formed inside. This could be seen as a series of coloured rings when the lens was viewed from above with a microscope.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:09 PM | Tags (9) | lasers | newscientist | rainbow | rings | science | scientists | skittles | trap | waves |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 29 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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