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The Adventure of Links: Dec. 6, 2010

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

In this week’s Adventure of Links you’ll find a supernova in a jar, mercury turning birds gay, and injecting pee into yourself to lose weight (yeah, seriously).

Astronomy

Size doesn’t matter. For stars I mean. No seriously, I was talking about stars…

Supernova in a jar. It’s actually not AS cool as it sounds (of course) but it’s still pretty cool.

boomerang shaped galaxy. I guess if you stare at them long enough they start to look like anything.

The amount of stars in the Universe has tripled. Interesting, but not life changing is it?

Creating a wheel for driving around on the surface of the moon is a pretty cool job.

Russia applied $2 billion to help clean up space junk.

Physics

Bank of Montreal gives the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics a hefty bit of funding. Wish I were smart enough to do that.

Canada boosts University research funding. Go Canada!

A dash on cinnamon is not only great in mashed potatoes (trust me) but can also help make gold nanoparticles.

Health

Huge fail found by Skeptic North. Story in the Globe and Mail (they have a high fail rate) about people injecting pregnant women’s pee into themselves to lost weight. Ewwww…

Large scale study shows obesity shortens your life span. I know, we knew that already, but its nice to have more data to back it up.

Harvard scientists reverse ageing in mice. But don’t get your hopes up about eternal life just yet.

Fun/Funny

Restoring the Diamond Sutra, the world’s oldest book.

Professor surgically installs a camera in the back of his head. Sounds comic-bookish, therefore it’s awesome.

Mercury turns birds homosexual. Umm…weird?

It was -30 here a couple of weeks ago. This is what happens to water when it’s that cold out.

Pink Floyd movie. Sweeeeeeet.

Women like romantic music. Thanks science.

Woman in Spain claims to own the Sun. Unsurprisingly, she’s full of crap.

Skepticism

theme park about Creationism. Not only is it stupid, it doesn’t even sound like fun.

Are you a nerd or a geek? Find out here.

Climate change denial comes almost exclusively from Republicans. Oh America, you are screwed.

Obama is a Democrat. Who knew?

July 5, 2010 1 comment

 

While being the first Black president in history is quite an achievement, the Obama presidency has not quite lived up to the hype.

This may be about to change though. After getting a watered down version of his new health care bill passed, it seems Obama has grown himself a pair of balls.

Obama has earmarked $2 billion in loan guarantees to help give the solar energy business a kick in the ass. One of the projects would involve building the largest solar power plant in the world, and could generate 5000 jobs.

Obama needs to stick to his guns and do more stuff like this. He needs to do the things he promised he would do back during the campaign.

Sure the Republicans are gonna give you a hard time. They are loud, obnoxious, and now that they are out of power, they are maaaaad.

It can be intimidating, I know. But my god, don’t let them push you around.

And by doing the things he promised, Obama can at least get his supporters back to supporting him. So keep it up big guy. Fund more health care, fund green energy, fund the future of your country. We all know the Republicans are gonna whine and complain, but thats just what they do. Deal with it.