Archive for the ‘Science & Technology’ Category

Will It Blend? iPad edition

I love how nothing is sacred tothese guys.  I’m waiting for them to blend the BlendTec blender one of these days…

WORLDMAPPER: The world as you’ve never seen it before

Suffice it to say I love maps.  Current maps, antique maps, topographical maps, dymaxion maps, fantasy maps, non-spatial maps… yeah… I like maps… they almost rival my obsession with clockwork.

So I about died of happiness when I found this site:

www.worldmapper.org

They’ve got maps for almost EVERYTHING you could think of:

Transportation                     Food                                       Manufacturering
Resources                               Fuel                                        Income
Education                               Health                                    Disease
Disaster                                   Destruction                          Pollution
Communication                   Exploitation                        Cause of Death
Age of Death                          Religion                                 Language

… to list a few.

Here’s one I find interesting:

Secondary Education Spending

Amazing Lighter Hack

Sometimes the amount of bad science in things terrify me.  On the other hand, you sometimes get stuff like this:

Bad science ftw

Robot Fish

FPS with Real Guns – Half Life

Dude.  Guys, we need to try this.

Blue M&Ms ‘mend spinal injuries’

The food dye that gives blue M&Ms their colour can help mend spinal injuries, researchers have claimed after tests on rats.

Published: 7:00AM BST 28 Jul 2009

Blue M&Ms 'mend spinal injuries'

On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma

The compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area – an event that often causes more irreversible damage than the original injury.

BBG not only reduced the size of the lesion but also improved the recovery of motor skills, the rodent tests showed.

Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.

On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma. The test injections were given within 15 minutes.

The new findings by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York build on work reported five years ago by the same team.

They discovered that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – a chemical that keeps our cells alive – quickly pours into the area surrounding a spinal cord injury.

But they found it overstimulated otherwise healthy neurons and caused them to die from metabolic stress, creating a secondary injury.

Injecting oxidised ATP into the site of the injury helped stop this, they found.

But neurosurgeon Prof Maiken Nedergaard, who led the research, said: “No one wants to put a needle into a spinal cord that has just been severely injured so we knew we needed another way.”

The new approach of using BBG has answered this problem because it can be administered intravenously.

More tests will be needed to prove the safety of BBG before human clinical trials can begin.

But researchers are optimistic new treatments for acute spinal cord injuries could emerge in the next few years.

See-Through, Light-Transmitting … Concrete?!

This stuff is awesome.  But I wonder about the structural integrity of this stuff if I were ever to use it in architectural work.