Facebook, the social network (in case you weren't aware) experienced a rare slippup last night that lead to users being surprised and a large number of complaints. The social network went down and for many moved very slowly for almost 2 hours. It still seems to be experiencing problems. A few weeks ago they experienced other problems with users being unable to use "Like" or "Share" buttons -- a popular feature on the site.
The hickup heated up other social networks, including twitter, where more than a few jokes were made about its 100 PE IPO stock price. As is typical on the... Read More
Facebook and its 900 million users may be losing interest amongst a vital demographic. Teens according to the Los Angeles Times say that "THE" social network no longer possesses that all evasive "cool factor;"
"Facebook is just not the big fad anymore," said a 15-year-old. Twitter, Tumblr, texting, and other mobile apps are kicking Zuckerberg's site. One of the key appealing aspects of other networks , according to these teens, is more privacy from their parents.
Facebook is huge with baby boomers. Facebook's proportion of 50- to 64-year-old members is second only... Read More
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is causing a ruckus in the science world. He has done work at Cambridge University as well as Harvard, and is no doubt a smart man. So why has he caused such an uproar within the scientific community and with skeptics?
Morphic resonance and causative formation. I'll translate for you.
Fields, like magnetic fields, are regions of influence that extend beyond matter. They are physical, but not material. Based on fields, a morphogenetic field guides the form of organisms and other energy components. For example, if a section of a growing embryo is removed, the... Read More
In 2005, NASA scientists launched a project to feed Astronauts on long-term voyages in space; specifically, proteins as found in meat; something that would be a healthy addition to, or substitute for, the boring diet of hydroponic vegetables grown in spaceship gardens. This involved taking stem cells or tissue samples from food animals such as pigs, cattle, and chickens, and growing them in vitro in a cell culture.
This effort was successful, and the first artificial meat was created in small quantities in a sort of Petri dish environment. Scientists were quick to realize the potential:... Read More
While some scientists believe we may have reached the "tipping point" of no return when it comes to saving the earth from eradicating human life, NASA keeps hunting our solar system for planets that are hospitable to life. The job of hunting for "life hospitable planets" clearly is one that is like digging for a needle in a haystack -- only the haystack massively larger and the risks of not finding the planet in-time have much more dire consequences than almost any needle possibly could have.
Christmas presents have arrived early for these NASA planet-hunting scientists. Using the Kepler... Read More
It’s easy to forget that every second thousands of events occur in your body just to keep you alive. Perhaps one of the more obvious of these is the beat of your heart, which amongst many things requires the functioning of a specialized type of cell called pacemakers. These keep everything “pulsing”.
When pacemaker cells stop working properly heartbeat can become slow, irregular, or stop altogether. This type of heart failure can be detected using an Echocardiogram (ECG), and can be treated using an amazing little device called an artificial pacemaker. It does the job the pacemaker... Read More
Science has always been a great adventure for me. Whether I was four years old conducting “experiments” involving cocktails of soaps, perfumes and make-up or at university watching a cell preparation come to life under the microscope, I’ve always felt as if I was on a new and exciting journey of discovery. When I began to venture further down the road of science, however, I was disappointed to no longer feel like an explorer. Instead, I felt like someone asking the same question until I got the “right” answer. I wasn’t after a discovery…I was after a p-value less than 0.05.
Despite the... Read More
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