Saturday, April 24, 2010

Science Saturday On Weber County Forum

More great news from the science front

1) Attention Corporate Workers: are you fed up with employers who crack the whip, and complain when they find you napping in your cubicle? Well then send this new scientific data to your boss, whose tension level no doubt makes your workplace an unhappy and possibly hostile one:
Naps and Creativity
Who knows? Maybe your nineteenth century-style Boss needs a nap himself.

2) Here's a new science story for automobile drivers, which adds new meaning to the standard "driver's ed" admonition... Keep your eyes on the road:
Car Steered With Eyes, Computer Scientists Demonstrate
Just a helpful hint from yer Old Pal Rudi: please don't buy into this technology until you've actually had the brain implant.

3) The Hubble Space Telescope is having a birthday party:
Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary
In our view, there's no machine earth society has ever made which so obviously and beautifully merits a great 20th Anniversary birth-day party. Check out the Hubble photo gallery below:
Hubble Photo gallery Picture album
That's it for now, WCF science buffs.

Don't hesitate though, science-inclined WCF readers, to link your favorite science-oriented stories and links in our comment section below.

Over and out.


ozboy said...

After an exhaustive ten year study, neuroscientists from ten major universities have discovered that the majority of politicians do not have to have any brains to get elected and serve in most positions.

The study was centered around the Utah State legislature and several local Utah city mayor's, including Ogden, Utah. In most cases the elected politicians got along perfectly well as long as they stayed close to what they know best, spending public money and lying to their constituents.

An unexpected find in the study was that those politicians who held "leadership" positions, including the Ogden mayor, were those with the largest dearth of gray matter between their ears.

The scientists have no explanation for this amazing discovery. some speculate that the spending and lying functions actually reside in the autonomous regions of the political nervous system and therefore exist independent of normal brain cells which could explain why so many politicians continue in office in spite of being brainless.

Al Gore's pal Oz said...

US Weather Bureau Report

The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen,seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures
in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

I'm sorry, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post some 87+ years ago.

Surely the sky should have fallen by now......or not.

googlegirl said...

You ask, I provide. November 2nd, 1922. Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt

DR. OPPOSITE said...

That's nothing. Here's the most interesting science news of the week:

Doctors Perform First-Ever Full Facial Transplant

viktor said...

Speaking of face transplants, it was reported recently that Ogden's Mayor Godfrey had his face replanted on his butt and that he has learned to walk backwards. This should clarify the rumors that he actually had his head up his ass.

Galileo said...

It is useful to note that the Ice Sheet covering North America as far south as Mexico has been melting for about 10,000 years now. Geological history tells us that the melting and freezing has happened several times long before man was ever was around.

While I don't quibble with idea we should clean up our air and oceans, it is laughingly arrogant to think we can stop world wide global warming by our tiny human efforts any more than we can stop a large asteroid from hitting the Earth in the future.

ozboy said...


I don't think it unreasonable to think that mankind could change the weather or stop an asteroid from hitting the earth. Both are within the realm of scientific possibilities.

What worries me is how the hell we are going to deal with the expanding sun when it is in its dying throes. We are all doomed any way you look at it, either we are gonna cook slow with global warming or we're gonna fry and sizzle fast when the sun's surface expands past the orbit of earth.

To me the only thing that makes sense is to party hardy, pass the gin and cigs, defy the law and chase wild women, because tomorrow we fry.

Another option could be to get a "testimony" and go with the Mo's, but the down side of that is you will only end up in a Celestial Kingdom with dick heads like Godfrey, Wimmer, Buttars, et al. Eternity seems like an awfully long time to have to spend with the likes of those dregs of the naked ape.

Galileo said...

Ozboy, it must have been the heat from the Roman armies campfires that started this global warming 2,000 years ago. Ask Mel Brooks, he was just a boy then. There is no way, this planet could deflect an Asteroid of any size from hitting the earth. Also, if we just killed all the chickens and cows, methane in the atmosphere would disappear. Whaddya tink?

Machster said...

I think we otta support our President and Al Gore with the Cap and Tax...errr that is Cap and Trade legislation.

That will do the trick. And then spend what is it the large delegation with Nancy P. and Al G. made to the Man Made Global Climate Change thing in Copenhagen, what was it that President Obama promosed to chip in to the third world countries? Something like 2 Billion a year? Surely that will solve the problems.

And it will help create jobs too! Just think of all those UN pseudo scientists, who are supposedly actually economists, who will continue to be paid high six figure salaries to pursue this hoax and the unending grant funds.

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