Archive for the 'science' Category

Quaternary Park

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

An interesting idea is doing the rounds in the press at the moment. Around 13,000 years ago (in the Late Pleistocene period) there were a number of extinctions of large mammals in North America. A team from Cornell University proposes to reintroduce large mammals into southwestern ranches. They may start with Asian asses (don’t search […]

Turning Mars Green

Monday, August 15th, 2005

They’re thinking about terraforming Mars. Apparently, molecules which cause a rise in the greenhouse effect could be used on Mars to allow the Martian atmosphere to keep more heat, and hence start to become a haven for life. Octafluoropropane is the gas which could do the trick. Suzie (pictured) thinks that’s all a load of […]

Global Warning?

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

A recent article on Yahoo! collates a number of pieces of anecdotal evidence of species of fish, birds and locusts being found further north than usual. Scientifically speaking this kind of evidence cannot be directly linked to global warming, but it’s a possible warning sign. Just like if you see animals cowering outdoors or seeking […]

Flying on Mars

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

There exists a flight simulator written by a rather eccentric but clearly intelligent guy, Austin Meyer. It’s called X-Plane, and it’s based on blade element theory which breaks down the plane into lots of small sections and calculates the forces on each section many times a second. What’s most unusual about it is that it’s […]