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Nov. 17th, 2008

red sun

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 US space-funeral company plans to launch lunar cemetery
AFP
AFP - Saturday, November 15

MIAMI (AFP) - - A US funeral business that specializes in launching cremated human remains into Earth's orbit has begun taking reservations for landing small capsules of ashes on the moon, announced the company's founder.
The moon shadowed by the Earth is seen in 2007 during the start a total...Enlarge Photo

The moon shadowed by the Earth is seen in 2007 during the start a total eclipse in Mexico City. A US funeral business that specializes in launching cremated human remains into Earth's orbit has begun taking reservations for landing small capsules of ashes on the moon, announced the company's founder.

LOL. This is crazy XD

Nov. 5th, 2008

red sun

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Marathon mice: Last year, scientists tested the health effects of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, that targets the same pathway as the synthetic compound SRT1720. In both instances, mice fed these compounds have increased running endurance. The mouse on the right (fed resveratrol) runs for longer than the untreated mouse on the left. 
Credit: Institut Clinique de la Souris, Illkirch, France
 The Healthy Skinny Pill

A new drug proves effective in fighting obesity and related diseases while increasing stamina in mice.

By Brittany Sauser

A pill that delivers the health benefits of diet and exercise without any of the effort is one step closer to becoming a reality. European scientists have found that mice fed a high-fat, high-calorie diet and prevented from exercising regularly can be protected from weight gain and metabolic disorders when given a drug that targets a gene linked to longevity. The treatment even increases the animals' running endurance.

The drug was developed last year by Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, based in Cambridge, MA, and preliminary studies of the compound showed it to beeffective in treating mice models of type 2 diabetes, a disease that results in an impaired ability to produce or process insulin, the risk of which increases with age. Now scientists led by professor Johan Auwerx at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland, have shown that the compound involved, known as SRT1720, also blocks weight gain and obesity-related disorders and increases muscle stamina.

I should be purchasing one of these XD harharhar! Wonder how much it costs...

Oct. 31st, 2008

red sun

(no subject)

A Robot Music Instructor

A clever flute-playing robot can teach beginners and play in a band.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
By Kristina Grifantini

One of the more whimsical robots presented at BioRob 2008 in Arizona last week, was the latest version of the Waseda Flutist Robot, a robot musician first created in the 1990s. Jorge Solis, a researcher at Waseda University, in Japan, has been working on the robot since 2003, and he and other researchers recently made some important improvements, including adding more than 40 degrees of freedom to its body to make its flute playing more lifelike, and giving it the ability to recognize and interact with other human players. It's given several performances already.
 


Amazing! Wish i could play like that using the harmonica hehe :D

Oct. 24th, 2008

red sun

(no subject)

X-Rays Made with Scotch Tape

Unwinding Scotch tape produces enough radiation to image a human finger.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
By Katherine Bourzac
Credit: Juan Escobar and Carlos Camara

When you bite down on wintergreen-flavored LifeSavers candies in the dark, they glow. The production of light by some materials when under friction or pressure, a phenomenon called triboluminescence, has been known for centuries, mostly as a novelty. Now researchers have shown that rapidly unwinding a roll of Scotch tape inside a vacuum generates not only visible light but also enough x-rays to image a human finger. Led by physicist Seth Putterman at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the researchers are now developing what they hope will be a cheap, simple source of x-rays for clinical imaging.















Talk about innovation eh? I've noticed that people get more and more practical nowadays considering the recessions and the rising of stock market prices...Innovation has been a popular word next to practicality and cheapness of goods hehe. This invention is ineteresting as it uses a sticky tape to capture xray images. I wonder how long will the sticky tape last for this procedure...

To view the full video documentation of this innovation click here.

Oct. 21st, 2008

totoro

Writer's Block: Secret Crush

Everyone knows having a crush at the office or in class can make the time pass a little bit quicker. Is it better to keep your crush a secret or tell them how you feel?

Tell them how you feel if it is so overwhelming that you can't contain it anymore ^_^ Keeping your extreme feelings to yourself will hurt your heart literally ( heart and psychotic diseases and the like XD ) It is better to let it out and let them know how you feel than regretting later on that you have never told them. Regret is such a sad word... It is worth a try and it is the only way to know how they feel about you, there's no other way to make sure...It is the act you will most fear but knowing the truth later on is very much satisfying than having assumed things all along ^_^

 

P.S. It's just my opinion no need to believe in everything I said ^_^

Oct. 14th, 2008

red sun

Writer's Block: A.A. Milne

Some people find Eeyore’s gloomy outlook charming. Others prefer the bouncy enthusiasm of Tigger. Who would you rather be trapped in an elevator with: Eeyore or Tigger?
Tigger!!!

Oct. 9th, 2008

i hug trees

Glow...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Nobel for Illuminating Biology

Three chemists are honored for harnessing jellyfish protein.

By Katherine Bourzac

Illuminating biology: Three chemists were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on green fluorescent protein (GFP), an imaging label derived from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria (pictured above). 
Credit: University of Michigan / National Institutes of Health
The 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for discovering and developing a glowing jellyfish protein that has revolutionized biology and medicine. The prize, announced this morning, recognizesOsamu Shimomura of the Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, MA; Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, in New York; and Roger Y. Tsien of the University of California, San Diego, for their work on green fluorescent protein (GFP). 


*For information on the interesting uses of this GFP click here
**They're really cool so why don't you just take a peek and proceed from there? ^_^

***Credits to Technology Review for the article

Sep. 24th, 2008

bunny smirk

something new that is quite amazing

Linksys created this video camera with audio recording capabilities that can be a stand-alone device. Coolness! Watch below for information on its innovative features. For more info click here



I wonder how much it costs...

Update: It sells for roughly USD260. Almost the same price as the recorders we are using...want to buy one to play with ^_^

Sep. 13th, 2008

i hug trees

Laid-Back Doer

 Laid-back Doer (LD)
(Take the free personality test and determine your iPersonic type!)


Laid-back Doers are friendly, happy persons. They enjoy being together with other people. Smart, eloquent, witty and charming, they like to be the centre of attraction. They do not like to be alone. Their zest for life ensures that others feel well in their company and that they quickly get to know people. Laid-back Doers get the best out of every moment - many people of this type have a gift for making their whole life one big party. Boredom is unknown in their presence because they are very good at carrying others away with their enthusiasm, their good mood and their optimism.Laid-back Doer

Abstract thinking and profound philosophising about the meaning of life appeal less to Laid-back Doers. They are pragmatic, realistic and live completely in the here and now. At work too, they prefer it when it’s all go and they can act out their purposeful manner to the full. They have no problem handling several tasks at once and they blossom out in crisis situations! A varied field of activity with a lot of social contacts is just the right thing for them. One will also seldom find them inactive in their spare time; due to their open, curious nature, they mostly have many hobbies and interests. They are not afraid of the unknown: as they are flexible and creative, they quickly adjust to new situations and make the best of them. They sometimes come into conflict with strict rules or hierarchies by which they quickly feel constrained and against which they rebel.

As friends, Laid-back Doers are generous, helpful persons who attach great importance to harmonious relationships and a good atmosphere. Their sociable manner means that they have a large circle of friends and they love having the house full of many different types of guests. They are happy to give in to their spontaneous moods and fancies in the just one or two important things. This makes them appear somewhat unpredictable to those with a quieter nature. When it really matters, you can rely on them one hundred percent. As partners, they are creative, impetuous and imaginative - as long as their partner knows how to fascinate them. They can hardly stand boredom or routine in a relationship. They do not like conflicts at all; if a relationship becomes too strenuous or involves too much effort, they tend to withdraw from the partnership and start to look for a new partner. However, if one manages to keep their curiosity alive in the long term and surprise them again and again, one has a loyal and loving partner.

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Adjectives which describe your type

extroverted, practical, emotional, spontaneous, enthusiastic, friendly, playful, lively, talkative, nonchalant, tolerant, happy, pleasant, generous, flexible, wily, attractive, relationship-oriented, generous, adventurous, fun-loving, creative, helpful, action-loving, casual, sociable, open, sensitive, touchy, erratic, curious, noncommittal, action-loving

These subjects could interest you

going out, dancing, parties, cinema, eating out, sport and travel (club holidays), music, trekking, camping, hiking, cooking, handicrafts, nature

Sep. 11th, 2008

various

yay!

rui-taishou is happy.
You're a rosy-cheeked ray of f'ing sunshine 24/7. I bet you smile a lot and little things don't get you down. Must be nice. Fuchsia's definitely your color.
wanna know your lj's moodring color? enter your user name and hit the button. (discussion thread)

 

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