What do You Think About in the Shower?

⌚ πŸ”– Bizzare  Science 
I was sprawled on the floor today, feeling good about my sore legs from the race yesterday, about the fact that I get to stay in Fairfax for a week,Β and about the interesting show that was available via Hulu on the Xbox - Nova Science Now. In this program they featured a scientist who discovered the protein called PKMzeta that facilitates electrical communication between the neurons in the brain responsible for long term memory. Read more...

How to Be Sick - My Way

⌚ πŸ”– Bizzare  Entertainment  Science 
It was bound to happen. I haven't had so much as a cold since I got the swine back in October but alas, here I am again. Wearing my sweat pants and uggs in bed at 8:00. But I do not despair. I know how to be sick, and I know how to get better as quickly as possible. Let me share some secrets with you, all based on absolute science. Read more...

Amazing Geological Oddities Part II

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Ever since Amazing Geological Oddities was published, it has attracted quite a few comments. Most of them are useless Internet flame that you would expect to find anywhere, but several good people posted some great stuff. In this post, I will be collecting the best of the suggestions that people left on the original post. Enjoy! Link to original Post:Β http://www.fingel.com/2008/04/amazing-geological-oddities/ David Keech thoguht the Wave Rock in Hyden, Western Australia was pretty cool. Read more...

Doughnut, Ice Tea and Some Live Typhoid Bacteria.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention my next travel destination Nicaragua can be a pretty germy place. Along with a few other immunizations, I was prescribed an oral vaccine for Typhoid Fever sold under the name Vivotif Berna. It was not easy to get a hold of. When I went to my doctor in hopesto get a prescription, she insisted that she had never heard of it and hinted that I must be mistaken in it's existence. Read more...

Comment Response: Ocean Fossils at Siskiyou Summit? Say What?

⌚ πŸ”– Science 
Guy DiTorrice commented on my previous post Southern Oregon Universtity Geology 103 Field Trip:
Interesting to note that some of Oregon’s oldest fossils are found at one of the state’s highest elevations β€” south of Ashland near Siskiyou Summit! And, that most of the fossils found at the I-5 exposures are from an ocean environment. How did that happen???
It may seem a little strange that oceanic fossils are found so far inland from the ocean. In fact, the last thing you expect to find while going for a walk on Mt. Ashland is a bunch of clam shells. However, there is a reasonable explanation... Read more...

Southern Oregon Universtity Geology 103 Field Trip

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On Wednesday Dr. Elliot's geology 103 class went for a field trip. The main focus was on gathering fossil specimens from various locations. The fossils were all found in the Hornbrook formation, contained within Osberger Gulch Sandstone. The rocks were formed during the Cretaceous, which gives them and the fossils an age of approximately 95,000,000 years. The interpretation is that the sediments were deposited from a beach or shallow marine environment. Read more...

Robots That Will Own You

⌚ πŸ”– Science  Technology 
We all know that its not a question of if we will be replaced by robots, but when. After looking at a few of these machines, the day may be closer than anyone thought. Boston Dynamic's Big Dog From Boston Dynamic's web site: "BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. Read more...

Amazing Geological Oddities

⌚ πŸ”– Science 
Update! I've taken some of your suggestions and feedback and written part 2 of Amazing Geological Oddities! See it here: Amazing Geological Oddities Part II Moving Rocks at the Racetrack Playa, Death Valley California. Death Valley in California is home to rocks that seem to move on their own. Pebbles to Boulders are found scattered around the "racetrack" with trails that turn, loop, and zigzag behind them. Some of the Rocks move, others don't. Read more...