Monday, September 12, 2011

Indiana Jones, spiders, and a T-shirt. This...

Indiana Jones, spiders, and a T-shirt @ Threadless. This one is for Mel. 

Dr Jones Phobia

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Transparent Mice

Transparent mice. Atsushi Miyawaki at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute has created a reagent using urea, glycerol, and soap that removes the pigment from cells. Although it only works on dead animals right now, they hope to refine it to work on live ones. How will cats hunt mice if they are transparent? Will we have to fit them with infrared goggles?
ScienceShot: The Invisible Mouse - ScienceNOW
ScienceShot: The Invisible Mouse - ScienceNOW

Monday, June 13, 2011

Micro Tortoises

Scientists have succeeded in taking the Galapagos Tortoise, one of the longest living reptiles, and creating a miniature version of it. Using a technique called Cellular Packing Reduction, they have eliminated 90% of the wasted space in the tortoise including unneeded fluids and gases. In addition, using a new Protein Refolding Vector, they have been able to recoup space that proteins and even DNA takes in the reptile's cells. Dr. Gray Steinkopf, a researcher at the Center for Advanced Cellular Automata in Atlanta who heads up this project, is quoted as saying, "It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment as a scientist. We are convinced that this new technique will provide benefits beyond tortoises. Imagine smaller pets or children--we could save significantly on energy and food for the entire planet." Steinkopf admits that the technique is at least 5 years away from commercialization and still would have to undergo significant FDA trials but the future looks promising.

Besides, they're so cute!


P.S. Don't believe everything you read, kidz!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Amazing Stuff: Animated Gifs

GIF (pronounced giff or jiff) is an image format that is quite common on the web--the acronym means Graphics Interchange Format. Most of the buttons on any web site are either GIFs or PNGs (pings). GIFs have a feature that allows them to loop endlessly and as such are a neat way to capture short bursts of successive images (sort of like a flip book). Images that take advantage of this feature are called "animated" GIFs. The effect can be mesmerizing.

Today's post by Amazing Stuff has a series of GIFs that demonstrate this principle. Mr. Spanky likes the one of the lady in the elevator pwning the purse snatcher. Justice is served!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring has Sprung, the Grass has Rizz, I want my Springtime Eggs with Wizz


Oh dear. These eggs in Dong Yang, China have been specially treated just for spring. Apparently they are more expensive and sell out quickly.

I'm not a fan of eggs unless they are fried dead "yolks broken, over hard" and even then it's a rare item to cross my breakfast plate. You could not pay me enough to eat these.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Lip paint: twice as nauseating as a chipmunk grooming itself


Must.. stop... sugar ...intake... having... glucose... overload...


P.S. To my darling daughter MO: if you ever do this I will disinherit you and set fire to your room. Unless it is Halloween or you are trying for an insanity plea in some murder trial.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily dose of saccharin: slow motion chipmunk

Even Mr. Spanky has to admit that this is incredibly cute for what is otherwise a miserable flea-bitten little tree rodent. It was the two pawed complete head rub at 00:18 that did me in. Link