Wednesday, October 05, 2005

scientific fish

the world of science seems to be having a bit of a boom at the moment.

the Nobel Prizes are currently being awarded, bit by bit, though i must say i''m not sure how i'll feel if Bono wins the peace prize for his poverty relief work...

& Jules Verne must be cackling maniacally in his grave (er, probably), because they've finally caught video footage of the mythical giant squid, & his phosporescent sea has been photographed from space.

(note from the fish: in other giant squid news, scientists have discovered incidents of male homosexuality in those big tentacly beasts. talk about mental images.)

also detected in space, an explosion at the edge of the visible universe.

Einstein's eternal (probably) equation E = mc² is officially 100 years old & still kicking (that link it to a NY Times piece by Brian Greene, who's always worth reading).

a study revealed that in deep sleep (er, not the dreaming part) your brain actually stops talking to itself. now we know it's at least possible to shut the damn thing up for a bit.

& once again i have not been in a good place to see a solar eclipse.

archaeologists in Greece have unearthed several statues of goddesses in Crete.

& the intrepid space tourist is out there, doing his thing, taking photos, having a grand ol' time. i wonder how long it'll be before we myopic poets are allowed to go? viva la luna!

12 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Wow! Great stuff Jenn See! I enjoyed my lunch time education. I would love to see a phosporescent sea in person...looks like it would be a pretty amazing phenomenon. And I love the idea that giant squid exist...very creepy yet cool!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I just read Brian Greene's article...that is some fascinating stuff and although its been forever since I've been in college he makes it quite easy to understand. If I was aching to be a scientist I would want to be taught by that man!

2:02 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

he's particularly interesting to me at the moment because the whole theory of superstrings & m-theory & all that is entering a new phase...apparently physicists are pretty much split on whether it's a complete fiction or not.

it all has to do with the 11th dimension.

2:09 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i read about it in a Discover article while at the dr's office last week.

2:12 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

mmm science junk food. :).

3:44 PM  
Blogger forgottenmachine swam up to say...

Hey, if you scroll further down the article on the glowing sea, I've found the answer to a problem that's been bugging me for a while now......

Talking Bacteria, and How to Shut Them Up

2:06 AM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

nothing like cosmologists. they look at an egg and its envrionment and tell you about the man eating chicken that swims in methane that will evolve in 10 million years.

9:21 AM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

... the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.

:)

10:02 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

yay fm, nothing like being passive-aggressive toward bacteria: "we won't kill them, just make them all mute and deaf" - why not cut off their legs while you're at it... :)

12:27 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i'm afraid of the man-eating chicken...

1:36 PM  
Blogger forgottenmachine swam up to say...

Their legs you say?

Hmmmm.....interesting proposal......

5:39 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Er, touchy-feely squids?

And is there a bacteria mafia? "We'a take outa your knee-caps, capische?"

"zkzlmzai": the next generation of banzai

12:55 AM  

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