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Aug. 26th, 2007

pretty green girl


Mod Post Redux

A number of people in the previous mod post expressed their wish for the community to remain as they've found previous links and questions useful. I bow to their interest in the community and their requests and have made a few changes to the way the community works.

More information can be found on the profile page but it boils down to:

1. The community now has open membership so it's up to you if you want to watch, join or do both
2. All posts must be science-related; i.e. either asking a question or providing a link and opinion. That means if you find something cool and want to discuss it, post it!
3. Questions will continue to be tagged
4. When in doubt, put it behind an LJ-cut
5. I'll be moderating with a light hand so, unless you're trolling, anything and everything is fine

That's it. The comm is open. Go crazy!
pretty green girl


Mod Post

After much deliberation I've decided to delete this community. It's a great concept but there doesn't seem to be a need for it, and when the moderator is the predominate poster then it's not working.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to be a Science Beta – I'm sorry that your skills weren't fully utilized but the contributions you have made have been very much appreciated.

Sorry to the people that participated in polls and found the links to be interesting. There's plenty of places online that you can find your science fix.

Aug. 19th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #42

I. Can This Football Helmet Save Lives?
II. Cat gone crazy? It may be senile
III. Empathy makes you 'catch' a yawn
IV. Free Hydrogen-Powered Cars for Good Homes
V. Honey, I shrunk the battery
VI. Mmmm, Space Chips
VII. Talc keeps killer quakes at bay

Video: Why Is It So? – Classic TV episodes starring Professor Julius Sumner Miller

Should we allow mining on the Moon? (Cosmos #1530)

It could yield valuable minerals
It’s better than mining on Earth
It would destroy unique landscapes
It'll start a dangerous space 'land' grab
Only if we can do it ethically

Aug. 12th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #41

I. Endeavour carries the first teacher into space
II. Evolution of Homo genus thrown into doubt
III. 'Genius' DVDs can harm babies
IV. Global warming to step up after 2009
V. Nose job turns dancing queen into macho man
VI. Phoenix space probe takes off for icy Mars
VII. Physicists think they can levitate

Video: Face Blindness – Most of us have trouble remembering names, but what if you
can't even remember a face?

Should we develop intelligent robots? (Cosmos #1519)

They could do all our manual labour
Smart robots could solve our problems
I’d like to watch giant robots fight
Robot soldiers will fight our wars
Robot soldiers will turn against us
True intelligent robots will never happen

Aug. 5th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #40

I. Ants use manners to cut through crowds
II. Autonomous Flying Ambulances Could Save Troops
III. Coffee and a run may stave off skin cancer
IV. Ctrl, Alt, Del if you've heard this joke before
V. Electrodes stir man from six-year coma state
VI. In Pictures: The Strangest Sights in Google Earth
VII. Orangutans communicate with charades

Video: Addiction Vaccines – Can science win the war on drug addiction?

What’s most likely to cause the end of humanity? (Cosmos #1500)

Human induced climate catastrophe
Natural climate catastrophe
Global nuclear war
Asteroid or comet impact
Superbug pandemic
Nanotechnology grey goo
Everything's fine - stop being a scaremonger.

Jul. 29th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #39

I. 60th Saturn moon discovered, named 'Frank'
II. Baboons use contraceptives
III. Circumcision reduces HIV infections by 60%
IV. Realising the promise of stem cell
V. Science of smooching
VI. Sing to computer to download song
VII. Wafer-thin paper beats bucky tubes

Video: Brain Chaos - Imagine you’re lying on an operating table undergoing surgery but before it’s over, you wake up.

Will string theory reconcile quantum mechanics and relativity? (Cosmos #1484)

It's close to a breakthrough
It's a long shot, but it has promise
It's crazy enough it just might work
It's unlikely to solve anything
It's not even science - it should be scrapped!

Jul. 23rd, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #38

I apologise for the delay in getting this weeks' Data Burst out. I didn't have net access over the weekend.

I. Blueprint for a Green Laptop
II. Catastrophic flood split Britain from Europe
III. Draughts computer game can't be beaten
IV. Ever-expanding universe nets top prize
V. Galaxy hoax claims we're aliens
VI. Genes leave a sour taste in your mouth
VII. Moebius strip riddle solved at last

Video: Hypnosis - We find out if and how hypnosis works

How much are you willing to pay to get purely renewable energy? (Cosmos #1166)

50 per cent more than coal
25 per cent more than coal
10 per cent more than coal
No more than the price of coal
Nonsense – let’s go nuclear!

Jul. 15th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #37

I. Australian study hints at infection link for many cancers
II. Colourful birds hardest hit at Chernobyl
III. Fasting women strain to talk
IV. Magnets change the colour of a liquid
V. Maths shows the silliness of 'silly walks'
VI. New Mars lander will dig below surface
VII. Signs of water beyond solar system

Video: Lost in space - DARPA video taken by a camera mounted on the robotic arm

How would you use cloning technology? (Cosmos #1430)

I’d clone a spare body for parts
I’d clone organs in emergencies
I’d bring back my favourite pet
I’d clone myself and we’d play chess
Clones make predictable kids
Cloning is just plain wrong!

Jul. 8th, 2007

pretty green girl


Data Bursts #36

I. Blood Simple
II. DNA testing IVF embryos can be risky
III. Earth is smaller than we thought
IV. Flight secrets of largest bird ever revealed
V. Man-eating piranhas a myth, study says
VI. Saturn moon is massive sponge
VII. Sugary breakfast cereals may boost memory

Video: Corporate Psychopaths - Is your boss one?

Did you enjoy science at school? (Cosmos #1418)

It was my favourite subject
I enjoyed it, but found it difficult
Some was great, some was boring
There were a few good moments
I hated every minute
I didn’t study science at all

Jul. 7th, 2007



Stitching head wounds

This is a question for the medics among us:

If someone were stitching a superficial head wound (about an inch long, on the back of the head) on a female with long hair, would it be necessary to shave the hair around the wound?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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