Category Archives: Science

How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb -NOW an App in iTunes

Peter Kuran released an iPad version of this amazing book: How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb.

Author Peter Kuran’s engrossing and powerful arrangement of these complex photographic techniques along with the astonishing photographs themselves creates an intriguing intersection at which the viewpoint of the casual observer becomes one of insightful witness.
Based on the book of the same name, the app features amazing, high resolution videos that can be played back and forth to see what is happening frame by frame during the detonation of an atomic bomb.

An interview of Kuran talking about the making of this book can be heard here.


A Headset That Reads Your Brainwaves

Tan Le is the co-founder of Emotiv Systems. When the headset is plugged into the computer the player can control certain applications by using their mind and facial expressions. The EPOC headset sells for $299.
“We’re really just scratching the surface of what’s possible,” she says.

Some concerns expressed about this device can be found here.

Lioness Steals Show

While documenting the lion movements for a new book, Jason G. Goldman left the camera on the ground to try to capture some interesting footage. Some surprising results were captured.

For more information about the project:

How to Live Forever

Once again the topical subject of the life extension science is upon us. A new documentary film by Mark S. Wexler’s opens on 6/3/11 here in LA.

The baby boomers, which I am one of, are shitting in their pants with fear about dying.
They started with cosmetic surgery to hide the signs of their mortality, now years later with the pending doom pounding louder on their door, Kurzweil has entered the picture with 2045. Transcendent Man a documentary about Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy is still ranking #2 on iTunes.

Ram Dass states in the documentary Ram Dass Fierce Grace  that at this stage of his life he is here to help the baby boomers deal with aging, infirmity, and disability by pointing the way to a higher understanding of these mysteries. I hope that he talks louder.

2 Tornados in Massachusetts??????????

I wonder what Robert Fitzpatrick and Harold Camping are thinking?

Crab Revenge

crab revenge
Crab Revenge will mail anger in a vial from the UK. Sprinkle the tiny purple dots onto the bedding of the unknowing victim and they will itch away. A gift from the ultimate passive aggressive person.

How Desperate Are You For a Cure?

The HELMINTH treatment

Maybe we have gotten ourselves too clean and this has given rise to a vast increase in autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, MS, and asthma and allergies. Should we reconsider using antibacteria hand-wipes as often as we do? Soap and water in many instances will do.

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Joel Weinstock had a perfectly good career as a parasitologist in the early 1990s when he and Elliott, then colleagues at the University of Iowa, noticed the lack of autoimmune diseases in the tropics. They knew about the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that early exposure to germs is crucial for normal immune function later on. And the two knew about the rise of autoimmunity in the West. “We asked, ‘What’s missing in developed countries?’” Elliott says. “We still had viruses and bacteria, but we were missing a whole class—helminths—which used to be universal.” Lab work and tests in animals soon convinced Elliott and Weinstock that helminth infection could quell inflammation. By 2000 they were speculating openly that failure to get parasitic infections might contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Read more: The Healthy Human Gets the Worm

A fun 1920  film by the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation to educate the Southern rural communities in the US about the hookworm and public health issues. It was such a success that it was translated into 3 languages and distributed to 18 countries.

The new panacea?…for some a bit hard to swallow.

P.S. I first heard about this on Radio Lab. If you aren’t aware of them, check them out!