OK, this is very cool

Just watched this and it is wild.

This is the bead-chain experiment. It’s about to melt your brain.
Inside this beaker is a 50-meter-long string of 8,000 beads. Watch what happens when you toss one end of the string out of the beaker. Prepare yourself – this is pretty wild.

As you’ve no doubt noticed, the result is a levitating, single-file stream of beads that buckles, loops and coils in a self-propelled bid to escape its container. It’s mesmerizing. In the video, the folks at Earth Unplugged meet up with BBC’s Steve Mould to explore the secret to these self-siphoning beads (aka “Newton’s Beads”), with the help of some super slo-mo footage.

Mould explains at around the 2-minute mark:

The Perfessor

Myths about coffee

coffee mythsWe love coffee, yes we do, and we want to help others who love this mystic elixir to understand that some of the things that you may have heard about coffee are, well just myths.

We recently stumbled across a site that explained away at least seven coffee myths.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. This awesome beverage has become an important part of our mornings and keeps us awake when there’s a lot to do. There are different opinions about coffee based on different researches. Some say it does no harm, some say it is beneficial and some say it causes problems. Many times the arguments against coffee are wrong and are not based on any researches. This made some myths about drinking coffee popular. Here’s 7 of them:

Myth 1: Coffee makes you feel stressed out
Myth 2:Caffeine causes insomnia
Myth 3: Drinking coffee causes cancer.
Myth 4: Coffee has no health benefits
Myth 5:Caffeine is addictive
Myth 6: Coffee causes miscarriage, infertility and low birth weight
Myth 7: Drinking coffee may cause Osteoporosis

Anyway, we’re glad we can help with all of that.

The Perfessor

Fun science facts

The more you know…

The Perfessor

Truth to Power

You just have to love this guy (Anthony Weiner: D-NY); as he is not only a Congressman from NY, but he apparently is also a childhood friend of Jon Stewart.
Continue reading Truth to Power

Go tell it on the mountain!

I know that this announcement is going to come of something of a shock to folks living in the Bible Belt, but, (gasp) it turns that there might have been some inter-species hanky-panky going on between Human and Neanderthal men (and women). That’s right, according to some scientists who are examining the Human and Neanderthal genomes, it appears that there are some interesting, ah, crossovers between the two that were going on so half a billion years or so…

Modern humans, meet the relatives: Neanderthals. It turns out, based on a new fossil analysis out Thursday, that people of European and Asian descent inherited a small amount, an average 1% to 4% of their genes, from the extinct species.

Humans and Neanderthals likely interbred 50,000 to 80,000 years ago in the Near East, concludes the international genetics team’s pair of studies in the new issue of the journal Science. The research was led by German genome researcher Svante Paabo of the Max-Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. The finding splits the difference in a long-running scholarly debate over whether people are solely African in origin, or spring from “multiregional” interbreeding of early human species.

I hear that Larry Flynt is already planning a movie about the subject…

The Perfessor

Fair is fair!

So, here is something fun in today’s news. Apparently several members of Congress just learned that, in the health care bill that they signed into legislation, they may be required to give up their own Government-sponsored health care package (which is way better than ours, the folks who voted them into office), and be “forced” to use the health care plan that we use.

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

Who says that folks don’t get what they deserve?

The Perfessor