Archive for the 'Science' Category

Crescent moon nestles next to two brightest planets in the sky

• December, 2008

Crescent moon nestles next to two brightest planets in the sky By Joe Rao Venus and Jupiter share starring role Every once in a while, something appears in the night sky that attracts the attention of even those who normally don’t bother looking up. It was that way on Monday evening. A slender crescent moon, just 15 percent illuminated, came in very close proximity to the two brightest planets in our sky, Venus and Jupiter.

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb

• December, 2008

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb Dean Beeby THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA Stash seems to have been intended for buried shaman to use in the afterlife Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of

Global warning: We are actually heading towards a new Ice Age, claim scientists

• November, 2008

Global warning: We are actually heading towards a new Ice Age, claim scientists By Cher Thornhill Last updated at 5:06 PM on 13th November 2008 It has plagued scientists and politicians for decades, but scientists now say global warming is not the problem. We are actually heading for the next Ice Age, they claim. British and Canadian experts warned the big freeze could bury the east of Britain in 6,000ft of ice. Most of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England could be covered in 3,000ft-thick ice

Neuroimaging Of Brain Shows Who Spoke To A Person And What Was Said

• November, 2008

Neuroimaging Of Brain Shows Who Spoke To A Person And What Was Said ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2008) Scientists from Maastricht University have developed a method to look into the brain of a person and read out who has spoken to him or her and what was said. With the help of neuroimaging and data mining techniques the researchers mapped the brain activity associated with the recognition of speech sounds and voices. In their Science article “‘Who’ is Saying ‘What’? Brain-Based Decoding of Human Voice and

Intelligent pill, ‘iPill’, gets good gut reaction

• November, 2008

Intelligent pill, ‘iPill’, gets good gut reaction From The Times November 12, 2008 New YorkAn “intelligent pill” that can be targeted to release drugs in a specific area of the body has been developed by scientists. Containing a microprocessor, battery, wireless radio, pump and a reservoir for medication, the inch-long capsule is designed to treat digestive tract disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Less Ice In Arctic Ocean 6000-7000 Years Ago

• November, 2008

Less Ice In Arctic Ocean 6000-7000 Years Ago ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2008) Recent mapping of a number of raised beach ridges on the north coast of Greenland suggests that the ice cover in the Arctic Ocean was greatly reduced some 6000-7000 years ago. The Arctic Ocean may have been periodically ice free. ”The climate in the northern regions has never been milder since the last Ice Age than it was about 6000-7000 years ago. We still don’t know whether the Arctic Ocean was completely ice