Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Biologist Bob Goldstein Talks Tardigrades

Biologist Bob Goldstein Talks Tardigrades: Bob Goldstein, a biologist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, talks about tardigrades (also known as water bears or moss piglets) in this video from Science Friday, a weekly science talk show that airs on NPR's Talk of the Nation. Tartigrades can survive boiling, freezing, desiccation, radiation and the vacuum of space. Many of the nearly indestructible creatures even survived a trip on a spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, resisting radiation and the vacuum of space.

Current Biology says, "Tardigrades, commonly known as water-bears, are among the most desiccation and radiation-tolerant animals and have been shown to survive extreme levels of ionizing radiation." They are the only animal that have survived combined exposure to space vacuum and solar radiation.

Tardigrades can put themselves in an extreme hibernation state, known as the "tun" state. Tardigrades have been completely dried out and then resurrected ten years later. They are not rare and can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, including your backyard. Take a look:



Goldstein's tardigrades lab can be found here. Another interesting video about tardigrades can be found here.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Women In Science # 2 : Olga Ladyzhenskaya

The practice of science has (almost) always been the domain of the patriarchy, the purview of carriers of the xy chromosome. There have been instances in history, however, when women have overcome nearly insurmountable obstacles to achieve immortality in the annals of science. Immortality in the annals, yes, not in the minds of people though. This series is an attempt to remind us of these extraordinary individuals, and perhaps (hopefully) inspire.

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Olga Ladyzhenskaya (7 March 1922 - 12 January 2004)

Russian mathematician. Known for her terrific work in fluid dynamics. Author of the book The Mathematical Theory of Viscous Incompressible Flows, among others.

Women In Science #1 : Emmy Noether

I started this series on facebook some time back. However, the interval between the posts became so large that I  started forgetting what the current serial number of the post was. So I have decided to do it here, and repost from here to facebook.

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The practice of science has (almost) always been the domain of the patriarchy, the purview of carriers of the xy chromosome. There have been instances in history, however, when women have overcome nearly insurmountable obstacles to achieve immortality in the annals of science. Immortality in the annals, yes, not in the minds of people though. This series is an attempt to remind us of these extraordinary individuals, and perhaps (hopefully) inspire.

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Most famous for Noether's Theorem, describing a fundamental connection between symmetry and conservation laws.

A belated happy birthday to you, Professor Noether. Thanks to IFLS for reminding me.

Reformulation (original post, not a repost)

134am has, in the recent past, become more of a infodump, a place to post things that I have liked while trawling through the net. In short, it has lost its originality (whatever that means). I do not have much time to rake up "original" stuff, so this trend will continue in the near future. However, I will however try to post a "serials", a series of posts on some theme. My first theme is "Women in Science", and my second is "Week(end)ly Evo-lunacy". Lets see how well these go. I had been doing these on my facebook account, but it damn hard to keep track of, with me especially forgetting the serial number of the latest post, which is downright embarrassing. So, yes, new direction! :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shuttle kills comet

How the space shuttle killed an American Halley's Comet mission

Bees are more like planes than helicopters?

Hovering is a bother for bees: Fast flight is more stable

Black Holes get cheaper.

Researchers find it would require 2.4 times less energy to create a black hole than thought

New results indicate that new particle is a Higgs boson | CERN

New results indicate that new particle is a Higgs boson | CERN:

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Students get class-wide As by boycotting test, solving Prisoner's Dilemma - Boing Boing

Students get class-wide As by boycotting test, solving Prisoner's Dilemma - Boing Boing:

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Green signal for spiritual university evokes sharp criticism - The Hindu

Green signal for spiritual university evokes sharp criticism - The Hindu:

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Two Adorable Talking Twins! - YouTube

Two Adorable Talking Twins! - YouTube: "http://youtu.be/IQbYc7qLgBc"

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Minimalist Posters That Cleverly Showcase Famous Scientists’ Greatest Achievements – Flavorwire

Minimalist Posters That Cleverly Showcase Famous Scientists’ Greatest Achievements – Flavorwire:

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Clearly, humanity has a long way to go still

Pacifier war - YouTube:

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Look who's talkin'!

Silly with Lilly - YouTube:

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Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi!

Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi - Planet Earth Attenborough BBC wildlife - YouTube:

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IMSc Open Day 2013 : The Hindu

Open day at IMSc - The Hindu - The Hindu: Mobile Edition

Mishor biblical?

Swarming Locusts Descend on Egypt

A sinking feeling

Sinkhole Science: A Primer

Jurassic Park for real?

Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?