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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


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.

Behold pictures of Saturn's largest and most intense storm to date (larger photos on source site). Aren't they pretty? These images come from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. The folks over at New Scientist state that the various colors represent different altitudes of clouds, not Saturn's overall mood and/or demeanor. As a sidenote: I made a similar picture the other day by accidentally mixing oil and water on the pavement.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:25 PM | Tags (9) | cassini | newscientist | photos | pretty | saturn | science | space | spacecraft | storm |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Brand new computer algorithm actually capable of detecting sarcasm.Brand new computer algorithm actually capable of detecting sarcasm.

...the team scanned 66,000 Amazon.com product reviews, with three different human annotators tagging sentences for sarcasm. The team then identified certain sarcastic patterns that emerged in the reviews and created a classification algorithm that puts each statement into a sarcastic class.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 12:53 PM | Tags (8) | algorithm | computer | popsci | popular | recognize | sarcasm | science | detection |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 81 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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


Wednesday: May 12, 2010

Scientists have discovered that Jupiter somehow managed to lose a stripe.Scientists have discovered that Jupiter somehow managed to lose a stripe.

The band was present at the end of 2009, right before Jupiter moved too close to the sun in the sky to be observed from Earth. When the planet emerged from the sun's glare again in early April, its south equatorial belt was nowhere to be seen.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 3:21 PM | Tags (10) | belt | equatorial | glare | jupiter | newscientist | planet | science | space | stripe | sun |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Rogue star mystery finally deciphered thanks to Hubble Space Telescope.Rogue star mystery finally deciphered thanks to Hubble Space Telescope.

The massive, hot star seemed out of place when astronomers first spotted it in 2006, and now thanks to Hubble, we know why. The misfit, 30 Dor #016, appears to have been ejected from a cluster of even heftier stars, pinging off of them and off into space at tremendous speed.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 11:25 AM | Tags (10) | hubble | misfit | star | mystery | wired | science | space | ejected | astronomy | telescope |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

A photo gallery from inside the Pavilions of Expo currently underway in Shanghai, China.A photo gallery from inside the Pavilions of Expo currently underway in Shanghai, China.

Go on in and have a gander at some photography of the event courtesy of Popular Science. You'll see some interesting things such as the world's largest IMAX screen followed by the world's largest baby (relax, it's only a model).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 2:22 PM | Tags (11) | 2010 | baby | expo | gallery | imax | inside | pavilions | popsci | popular | science | worlds |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

The great big red spot over on Jupiter has brand new glow about it.The great big red spot over on Jupiter has brand new glow about it.

Turns out that great big red spot is not just a plain old oval after all. It seems to act as a mood ring of sorts to indicate weather and circulation patterns for nearby storms systems. You can see this glow for yourself at home, assuming you have your very own infrared telescope facility.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:09 PM | Tags (9) | jupiter | glowing | spot | sciencedaily | space | storms | weather | patterns | circulation |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 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


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