pretty green girl
  • perfica

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.
pretty green girl
  • perfica

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
0(0.0%)
It’s better than mining on Earth
1(7.7%)
It would destroy unique landscapes
1(7.7%)
It'll start a dangerous space 'land' grab
5(38.5%)
Only if we can do it ethically
6(46.2%)
pretty green girl
  • perfica

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
1(11.1%)
Smart robots could solve our problems
0(0.0%)
I’d like to watch giant robots fight
1(11.1%)
Robot soldiers will fight our wars
0(0.0%)
Robot soldiers will turn against us
3(33.3%)
True intelligent robots will never happen
4(44.4%)
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
8(38.1%)
Natural climate catastrophe
1(4.8%)
Global nuclear war
2(9.5%)
Terrorism
0(0.0%)
Asteroid or comet impact
3(14.3%)
Superbug pandemic
3(14.3%)
Nanotechnology grey goo
1(4.8%)
Everything's fine - stop being a scaremonger.
3(14.3%)
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
0(0.0%)
It's a long shot, but it has promise
1(25.0%)
It's crazy enough it just might work
3(75.0%)
It's unlikely to solve anything
0(0.0%)
It's not even science - it should be scrapped!
0(0.0%)
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
9(75.0%)
25 per cent more than coal
1(8.3%)
10 per cent more than coal
2(16.7%)
No more than the price of coal
0(0.0%)
Nonsense – let’s go nuclear!
0(0.0%)
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
1(5.9%)
I’d clone organs in emergencies
14(82.4%)
I’d bring back my favourite pet
1(5.9%)
I’d clone myself and we’d play chess
0(0.0%)
Clones make predictable kids
0(0.0%)
Cloning is just plain wrong!
1(5.9%)
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
17(60.7%)
I enjoyed it, but found it difficult
1(3.6%)
Some was great, some was boring
10(35.7%)
There were a few good moments
0(0.0%)
I hated every minute
0(0.0%)
I didn’t study science at all
0(0.0%)

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.
pretty green girl

Data Bursts #35

I. A liquid mirror telescope for the Moon
II. First borns are first in intelligence too
III. Giant penguins once roamed Peru
IV. Molecular torch sheds light on cells
V. Now for my next trick, water from air
VI. Ride a rocket into space and then abandon ship?
VII. Theory of how HIV attacks is wrong

Video: The Time of Our Lives (Part 2 of 2) - Catalyst exposes the enigma of age

Which of these physicists has made the biggest impact on science? (Cosmos #1406)

Niels Bohr
0(0.0%)
Albert Einstein
2(18.2%)
Richard Feynman
0(0.0%)
Stephen Hawking
0(0.0%)
James Clerk Maxwell
1(9.1%)
Isaac Newton
8(72.7%)
Erwin Schrodinger
0(0.0%)
Other - I'll explain in comments
0(0.0%)