Pavlov’s Fish

Pavlov

Wow, this is a great idea to defray the costs of fish farming!

“BOSTON (AP) – Call them Pavlov’s fish: Scientists are testing a plan to train fish to catch themselves by swimming into a net when they hear a tone that signals feeding time.

If it works, the system could eventually allow black sea bass to be released into the open ocean, where they would grow to market size, then swim into an underwater cage to be harvested when they hear the signal.”

Cassini Update From NASA

Here’s a short 2 or 3 minute video update on the Cassini ballet of orbital maneuvers that are delivering close flybys and new views of Saturn’s moon Titan.

And if you want even more Cassini news, today NASA alerted the public that it ‘tasted’ and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn’s moon Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12. Full story

Geek Links – 3/26/08

News for Geeks

Just for fun:

Happy Waffle Day!
Holiday Insights
This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe.  It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.

Camouflage your Beer Can
Random Good Stuff
Want to enjoy some suds in the park or in an area where they frown upon the consumption of beer? Don’t want to pay the inflated prices for a cold beer at the beach? Well now you can enjoy your brews and nobody will be the wiser.

 

Science:

Dog Fur Reveals Mercury Pollution
Live Science
A sled dog’s thick fur coat may do more than protect it from inclement weather: Scientists say it can be used to detect mercury contamination in the environment — and possibly even in humans.

Doctors Outline Policy To Prevent Genetic Discrimination
Science-A-Go-Go
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a policy document which they believe should be integral to new laws designed to protect against genetic discrimination in employment and insurance.

Polar bears will destroy the American way of life
Scientific American
The real threat isn’t a changing climate upsetting the foundation of human civilization. The real threat is polar bears:

 

Tech:
Android port turns phones into webservers
LinuxDevices
Webtide has announced a port of its open source Jetty webserver to the Android mobile phone platform.

Accidental Wi-Fi access still a criminal offense in Maryland
Beta News
If you’re sitting on a coffee shop patio with your laptop, and you find out later that you happen to be accessing the Wi-Fi from the attorney’s office upstairs by accident, should you go to prison? A Maryland legislator says no, but his bill is facing opposition.

Will You Standardize the @#$%! Chargers Please
ZDNet Blogs
Stop the charger insanity for all these mobiles and mobile accessories!

Why Apple fans hate tech reporters
Salon
On hot-button issues — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the Mac-PC divide — we’re quick to see bias in even the most objective news.

Battlestar Galactica—Selected Music From Season Three

BSG soundtrack

LA-LA Land Records presents BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON THREE, the original soundtrack from the gritty third season of Sci Fi Channel’s television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff.

Composer Bear McCreary’s score continues his groundbreaking tradition, ingeniously melding orchestra, vocals, rock, world-beats and synth into an emotional, soul-stirring experience. Features McCreary’s amazing new cover of the classic song “All Along The Watchtower”, showcased in the Season 3 Finale and performed by BT4.

Read the full review on Sci-Fi Wire.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. A Distant Sadness From “OCCUPATION” (2:50)
    Featuring Raya Yarbrough, vocals
  2. Precipice From “Precipice” (4:52)
  3. Admiral and Commander From “Exodus, Parts I and
    II” (3:16)
  4. Storming New Caprica From “Exodus, Part II”
    (7:48)
  5. Refugees Return From “Exodus, Part II” (3:43)
  6. Wayward Soldier From “Hero” (4:17)
  7. Violence and Variations From “Unfinished
    Business” (7:42)
  8. The Dance From “Unfinished Business” (2:33)
  9. Adama Falls From “Unfinished Business” (1:43)
  10. Under the Wing From “Maelstrom” (1:16)
  11. Battlestar Sonatica From “Torn” (4:44)
    Performed by Bear McCreary, piano
  12. Fight Night From “Unfinished Business” (2:27)
  13. Kat’s Sacrifice From “The Passage” (2:46)
  14. Someone to Trust From “Taking a Break From All
    Your Worries” (3:09)
  15. The Temple of Five From “The Eye of Jupiter”
    (2:44)
  16. Dirty Hands From “Dirty Hands” (3:32)
  17. Gentle Execution From “Exodus, Part II”
    (3:28)
  18. Mandala in the Clouds From “Maelstrom” (4:07)
  19. Deathbed and Maelstrom From “Maelstrom” (5:53)
  20. Heeding the Call From “Crossroads, Part II”
    (2:11)
  21. All Along the Watchtower From “Crossroads, Part
    II” (3:33)
    TOTAL TIME: 79:12

Very Interesting Maps Of The Lunar Exploration By Neil & Buzz

Apollo

Here is a map of the area covered by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their Apollo 11 moon walks. It overlays onto on a soccer pitch for comparison purposes.

Here’s another version of the map, superimposed on a baseball diamond.

One might think that perhaps it doesn’t cover much area because the aircraft hangar they were filming it in is only so large.

[Via Strange Maps]

Paramount to Develop New Dune Movie

Dune

In the run far far away department…

Variety is reporting that a new Dune project is out to writers, with the producers looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book. The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely. Paramount envisions the project as a tentpole film.

This has got to be one of the tougher book adaptations possible. So please for the love of all that’s holy, just leave Sci-Fi Channel’s attempts at the foot of Herbert’s grave and leave well enough alone.

Rethinking Global Warming?

The Australian News re-prints a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. I suspect we’ll be hearing more and more like this as we collect additional data.

Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth still warming?"

She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you’d expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years."

Duffy: "Is this a matter of any controversy?"

Marohasy: "Actually, no. The head of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has actually acknowledged it. He talks about the apparent plateau in temperatures so far this century. So he recognises that in this century, over the past eight years, temperatures have plateaued … This is not what you’d expect, as I said, because if carbon dioxide is driving temperature then you’d expect that, given carbon dioxide levels have been continuing to increase, temperatures should be going up … So (it’s) very unexpected, not something that’s being discussed. It should be being discussed, though, because it’s very significant."

Duffy: "It’s not only that it’s not discussed. We never hear it, do we? Whenever there’s any sort of weather event that can be linked into the global warming orthodoxy, it’s put on the front page. But a fact like that, which is that global warming stopped a decade ago, is virtually never reported, which is extraordinary."

I Gotta Get Me Some: Petri Dish Deserts

via MAKE magazine:

Petri Desert

Made by a Cub Scout and his father that teaches a microbiology class, they were participating in a fund raiser. Heck, I’d buy this!

They made these edible and delicious deserts in left over (never used) petri dishes to resemble some cultures you’d likely find in the real world. Ingredients used include lemon pie filling, tapioca, jello.

Link to original location: Bacteria culture Jello desserts!

Cosplay Gone Bad

I’m no Prince Charming myself so far be it from me to poke fun at how others dress, but pray tell, which is the worst costume below: Strong Bad or Pikachu?

Pics link to original.

Strong Bad!

Pikachu!

Strong Bad Pikachu