Cazekiel writes "In January 2011, an Air Canada Boeing 767 carrying 95 passengers and eight crew members was on route to Zurich from Toronto when its First Officer, fatigued and disoriented from a long nap he'd taken, panicked in seeing what he believed to be a US cargo plane on a collision course with his aircraft. The panicking F.O. pushed forward on the control column to make a rapid descent, only it wasn't an aircraft he'd been looking at, but Venus. According to the article:
"The airliner dropped about 400 feet before the captain pulled back on the control column. Fourteen passengers and two crew were hurt, and seven needed hospital treatment. None were wearing seat belts, even though the seat-belt sign was on."
The only danger in this situation had been the F.O. napping for 75 minutes instead of the maximum 40, as the disorientation and confusion stemming from deeper sleep was the culprit in this mix-up. However, the Air Canada Pilots Association, quote, "has long pressured authorities to take the stresses of night flying into account when setting the maximum hours a pilot can work," taking into account that North Atlantic night-flights are hardest on an already-fatigued pilot." Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "Sticking a mug in your freezer to ensure a cold beer may be made obsolete, if the Japanese brewing giant Kirin has anything to do about it. How? Kirin came up with a creative, delectable way to create frozen beer foam, dispensed the way you would a soft-serve ice cream cone.
"To make the topping, regular Ichiban beer is frozen to -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) while air is continuously blown into it. It's kind of like when a child makes bubbles in their drink, except inside a blast freezer. Once the topping is placed onto regular, unfrozen beer though, it acts as an insulating lid and keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes."" Link to Original Source top
BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement? 13.5 Billion Years Old
Cazekiel writes "Observing the primordial sound waves created 30,000 years after the Big Bang, physicists on the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) have determined our universe's most precise measurements: 13.5 billion years old.
“We’ve made precision measurements of the large-scale structure of the universe five to seven billion years ago – the best measure yet of the size of anything outside the Milky Way,” says David Schlegel of the Physics Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), BOSS’s principal investigator. “We’re pushing out to the distances when dark energy turned on, where we can start to do experiments to find out what’s causing accelerating expansion.”" Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "If you think your boss is a fearless, miserable beast whose only worries lie in how well his company or business competes, think again. The 'Business Video Behavior Project' survey conducted by Qumu reveals that those in-charge are growing more and more paranoid about something the Average Joe fears just walking down the street nowadays: employees who will "secretly film him with his metaphorical pants down and then post the footage for public delectation.", as this article describes. It would seem that it doesn't matter if you're powerful, wealthy and lording over hundreds of cubicles; they know the internet exists, everyone has a cell phone camera and thick wallets don't make discarded banana peels magically move out of their path." Link to Original Source top
After Anesthesia, Deep, Primitive Brain Awakens First
Cazekiel writes "Studies using PET (positron emission tomography) scans on those waking from the effects of anesthesia show that the more primitive structures in the human brain start the process of regaining consciousness. Leading the study was Harry Scheinin of the University of Turku in Finland; he employed twenty-two volunteers who were administered dexme-detomidine or propofol (propofol being famous for its misuse by Michael Jackson). The PET scans showed that the primitive areas of the brain--brain stem, thalamus, hypothalamus and the anterior cingulate cortex as Scheinin explained--start connecting to the advanced sections through electrical nerve activity before full awareness occurs." Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have developed a new magazine application, which will allow users to "discover and create new magazines." The teaser is up, where those interested in using the service can reserve a username before its launch. The idea is being compared to sites such as pinterest.com and paper.li (according to this second source) and the brand-new twitter and facebook accounts for the service give the greeting, “Hello world! You’ll soon be able to discover and create beautiful magazines with us. Secure your username now at http://zeen.com/.”" Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "Braden Blennerhassett, 26, probably could have used a purple lightsaber but more-than-likely used Samuel L Jackson's infamous cursing before making an emergency call to air-traffic controllers. The mayday-message?
"Look, you're not going to believe this. I've got snakes on a plane."
Indeed, it was not a belated April Fool's Day joke. The Air Frontier flight from Warren to the small town of Peppimenarti was put on hold to make an emergency landing, due to a snake suddenly appearing in the cockpit. Blennerhassett was particularly spooked when the snake crawled up his leg while landing: "My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated — it was an interesting experience," he told Nine News.
If that wasn't odd enough, those inspecting the plane after its landing found a green tree frog as well. They deduced that the snake had been hunting the amphibian and--thankfully--the snake was non-venomous.
And if THAT wasn't odd, or even disturbing enough, Air Frontier's director Geoffrey Hunt told ABC News, "I have heard of crocodiles being loose in planes, but not snakes."" Link to Original Source top
Facebooking 'God Does Not Exist' in Indonesia = Jail Time
Cazekiel writes "It's not news that religious-extremists in power will occasionally conjure up severe consequences for non-believers (or other religious groups that disagree with them), but a new case out of Indonesia takes it to new lows. 31-year-old Alexander Aan may face five years of imprisonment for the simple act of declaring himself as an atheist on facebook in Ateis Minang ('Minang Atheist'), a group Aan had started. Indonesia recognizes and allows the religious practices of Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism, but atheism isn't just reviled, but considered illegal. Aan, a Dharmasraya Development Planning Board civil servant had been placed in police protective custody after a mob in the dozens went to his office directly to attack and beat him.
Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz was quoted as saying that in Aan's use of Koran passages referencing his atheism, "it meets the criteria of tainting religion, in this case Islam." Aan had accepted that he'd more than likely be fired but decided to take the hit in order to defend his beliefs in an outspoken way. He went so far as to ask the police investigators handling his case, quote, "if God really exists and has absolute power, why doesn’t God prevent bad things from happening in this world?"" Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "If you're susceptible to motion-sickness, you'd best avoid the 2,000-foot-high Shanghai Tower in China after 2014. The ear-popping technology has been developed by Mitsubishi Electric; illustrations of the components (including an 'emergency brake' that more than likely makes you become one with the ceiling if pulled) can be seen here. According to the article, the basement-to-the top, 1,850 foot journey is made in less than a minute. No word yet as to whether it will provide riders with seat-belts and vomit-bags." Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "Buford, Wyoming, going once... going twice... SOLD!... to the two Vietnamese men who put up $900,000 to own the one-man town (literally) between Laramie and Cheyenne, on Highway 80. That one-man resident, 61-year-old Don Sammons, had "managed the town's liquor sales, hardware sales, gas pump and hot dog warmer".
Buford, the state's second oldest town, was established in 1866 and had up to 2,000 residents, and had hosted Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Butch Cassidy. It did well as a railway town, but faded along with the railway itself.
You're still stuck thinking about how good the population of this town had it with all those hot dogs and kegs he'd "tend to", aren't you?" Link to Original Source top
Studies Show Abnormal Brain Activity Linked to Eating Disorders
Cazekiel writes "A presentation at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society on April 3rd revealed that cases of eating disorders have links to brain-activity. Certain areas of the brain show sluggishness for people who eat very little, while the same areas are hyperactive when it comes to over-eaters. The five test groups:
1. People with anorexia at 85% or less of a healthy weight 2. Recovered anorexics 3. Those at a healthy, normal weight 4. Those who are clinically obese 5. People suffering from a disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, wherein a mutation on chromosome 15 causes developmental delays, mental deficits and prevents the sufferer from feeling full.
Quote from article:
“It’s important to study the extremes, because the biology is clearer in those individuals,” said psychologist Susan Carnell of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University. “That helps us understand normal weight variation.”
Cazekiel writes "A child-abuse case from 2008 ended in tragedy, when accused child-abuser William "Dave" O'Shell committed double-suicide on June 30, 2008, killing his wife, Tiffany, a few weeks after losing their daughter to social services. Alyssa, the three-month-old daughter, had eleven broken bones, alarming doctors who brought in social services, believing her to be abused. However, the day after the double-suicide, a doctor at Colorado Children's Hospital grew wary and did more testing, finding that the infant suffered from a rare genetic disease known to cause brittle, easily-broken bones. She died from a condition known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), not intense physical abuse.
Four years later, the maternal grandparents have filed numerous lawsuits but have been unsuccessful:
"We were looking for action. We could care less about the money," said Paul Cuin, Tiffany O'Shell's adoptive father. "We wanted someone to sit up and say, 'This is wrong and we need to change things."
Cazekiel writes "The sense of taste for astronauts is dulled by microgravity, but four high schoolers, participating in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge have come up with a solution: Flavor Strips. They put a little more kick into space-food; from simple salt-and-pepper to Asian spices, astronauts get to add more taste to their meals without the space traveler, as Myra Halpin, a chemistry and research instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics says of one tale told to her, "spinning himself around to get the hot sauce out of the bottle." Never mind taste buds--hot sauce in the eyes? I'll pass." Link to Original Source top
Cazekiel writes "Gunther von Hagens, famous for his 'Body Worlds' exhibition has created an 'Anatomical Safari' exhibit for the Museum of Natural History in London. Instead of focusing on the human body as he'd done in 'Body Worlds', he displays what's underneath the skin of animals. From elephants to ostriches, each image featured in livescience.com's image gallery documenting the exhibit is fascinating.
According to the museum's exhibition developer, Georgina Bishop, "At Animal Inside Out, visitors will see animals close up in a whole new way and in the most amazing detail as they get under the skin of some of nature's most incredible creatures."" Link to Original Source top
Space Astronomy Archive and Distant Supernova now named 'Barbara Mikulski'
Cazekiel writes "According to newswise.com, the Space Astronomy Archive and distant supernova (between Regulas and the constellation Sextans, according to this photo from the article) has been named after Maryland senator Barbara Ann Mikulski. A bit of a "huh?", but according to her wiki page under 'Political Positions', she is "a strong supporter of NASA and of expanding space exploration." It is also due to her long-standing career as a senator, this year marking her accomplishment in being the longest-serving woman in Congressional history. Considering that a new wing on the ISS was almost named 'Stephen Colbert', I won't argue it." Link to Original Source top
'Living' Micro-Robot Could Detect Diseases in Humans
Cazekiel writes "A tiny prototype robot that functions like a living creature is being developed which one day could be safely used to pinpoint diseases within the human body.'
Called 'Cyberplasm', it will combine advanced microelectronics with latest research in biomimicry (technology inspired by nature). The aim is for Cyberplasm to have an electronic nervous system, 'eye' and 'nose' sensors derived from mammalian cells, as well as artificial muscles that use glucose as an energy source to propel it. --sciencedaily.com" Link to Original Source top
Public To Get Access To Spectacular Infrared Images Of Galaxies
For the first time, the general public will be able to browse detailed infrared images of more than 200 galaxies. The pictures, originating from data from the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, will be released later this year. Dr George Bendo of the Jodrell Bank center for Astrophysics will highlight the new imagery in a preview at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester.
He is delighted to be bringing the Spitzer material to the public: “These data show the intimate connection between the interstellar dust in galaxies, here seen shining in infrared light, and the formation of stars on a grand scale. Now anyone with Internet access can download these extraordinary pictures for themselves and take a look at some of the objects being studied by the world’s leading astronomers, as part of their effort to better understand the universe we live in.”" Link to Original Source