Sunday, July 17, 2011

Maybe its the cold?

Maybe its the fact that its winter time here.
Christmas in July the call it with many parties inclusive.
But it makes me very hungry.. Now that seems odd scientifically as my metabolism should slow down when im cold.. but at the same time your body does eat more..
Never mind.

The main point here is I have been looking at many foods lately.
Some good people over at Serious eats have come up with a fairly good build your own big mac recipie. Now there are plenty of big mac recipies out there but I like this one personally. I worked at mcDonalds for a very long time in my youth and I think this one is a really good adaptation of the one we serve at maccas.
So I thought I would share it..
No science today, just delicious burger.
Big mac link 

  • 3.2 ounces boneless beef short rib, well-chilled (2/10 of a pound)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon onion grated on a microplane grater
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon marmite, vegemite, or Maggi seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 whole Wonderbread brand hamburger bun, plus 1 bottom bun (I dont have wonderbread here but they effect they are going for is soft white bread.. which I also dont eat so i used soft wholemeal bread.)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (about 600)
  • 1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 dill pickle slices (Not a fan of pickles.. and maccas only use 2)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (Kosher salt means nothing to me I dont know what it is..)
  • 1 slice American cheese (Cheese)
 Its pretty tasty..
Give it a go?? Please.. And post pictures!!

Monday, July 11, 2011


3/4 of all dream emotions are negative emotions.
Now the difference between a bad dream and a nightmare is that a nightmare is something that causes you to wake up where as a bad dream you can just sleep through.

Now bad dreams are very environmental, a person in their own home will have in some cases three times more nightmares than if they where in a sleep study test room.

Now negative emotions in dreams is common because the part of your brain designated to deal with stress is directly linked to the primary visual cortex which is where REM sleep happens.

I have been having reoccouring nightmares lately so just thought I would write out what I knew about nightmares.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spud Gene!

Scientists at the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (best name ever right?) have finally succeeded in mapping the full genome sequence of the humble spud.
Fun fact potatoes are the 3rd most grown crop and over 309 million tonnes of potato was sold last year? AMAZING!
But back to the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium!!
They have mapped all 12 haploid chromosomes (the dna bits)and its 840 million base pairs!
The two potato strains they sequenced where
"RH89-039-16 (RH), a diploid, heterozygous potato variety
DM1-3 516R44 (DM), a doubled monoploid."
Now for those of us that dont understand big words like that basically they are two different strains of potato and therefore have different genetic code.

The benefit of having completely mapped a genome is that now we can use it to find similarities too other plants, genetically modify the potatoes to be hardier and grow better, all sorts of wild wonderful things!

Soon is the day where we shall consume an entire meal in pill form and peel a banana to get a carrot.

Google +

hmmm.. well its not really science but its new and funky.
Well I got an invite.. I am just that amazing.
I set it up so when I open facebook it opens too so i can get into the habit of it and I set it up on my lovely android phone.

Well my first reaction is that I like it. Its a combination of facebook and twitter. and its done fairly well.

So far I have put all my RSS feeds over to google plus which is awesome because I love RSS feeds.

As far as social networking goes I really like it, the only feature I feel its missing is the "wall" idea that facespace has. But Its not that big a deal..

Hope you all got your invites, let me know what you think.

Fatty food!

So lets start back with something I consumed allot of lately.
Fatty food!

New research at the university of California suggests that fatty food actual cause a "munchies" effect in our brains causing us to continue to eat.

Endocannabinoids are the bodies natural version of the active ingredient in marijuana, it causes the same effects one gets from marijuana but normally things like dampening emotion and the need to eat.

To study these effects sets of rats where given one of three liquid diets
A protein mix, a sugar mix, and a fat based protein/sugar mix.
To avoid interference from digestive signals a valve as set up in the rats upper stomach to drain the food before digestion.

The rats on the regular diet ate a normal serving of the oil and then stopped, rats on the fat based corn oil continued to consume the oil and then began attempting to get oil out of the dispenser until an artificial chemical that suppresses endocannabinoids was given.

The research is exciting because it shows that we may be able to curb over-eating with a drug that blocks or suppresses endocannabinoids. It also goes to show that fatty food does in fact MAKE you hungry after you eat it. Who knew?

Check the full story at: Sciencenews

Im back!

And im back I think?
Not sure.
Life got hard all of a sudden involving losing a huge amount of friends and a girlfriend.
Since then I have been devoting all of my energy to making new friends and connections.
Which is going well. I am thinking I may run two blogs in parallel but thats all in the cloud at the moment..
I always said I wouldnt make a blog full of posts apologizing for not posting but my two month hiatus was unexpected.. especially just before the endevour launch!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


The shuttle endeavour has been delayed until the 10th of may.. Its sad news for everyone but at least it didn't upstage the royal wedding or the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
Both big news and I am glad they got their spot but I don't like to go into it.
The death of Osama is a touchy topic and the royal wedding doesnt interest me.
So lets end it on the Endeavour is set to launch on May 10th!

Friday, April 29, 2011


One of our commenters @Vilvos posted on my previous post where I stated
"There are no Royal bloodlines in Atoms or in galaxies, there is just matter."
with a reply that was just so funny it needed front page.

but there ARE noble gasses.

Check out @Vilvos at

Only a few hours till the launch of the Life project!

There are only a few hours left on the countdown, however for now the whole world is looking at the royal wedding!
Well Good luck Prince whats his face and whatchacallher middleton.. I could have just goodled their names but I am lazy..

Just did its William and Kate.
There you go now I know something about it.. yet I still don't think its that important. Marriage is great and its a huge expenditure of money sure, but what I care about is him ruling a country.. Not who he is marrying, people argue that she shall be the queen one day, sure and when she is maybe I will care.

Its not important stop talking about it.

And on that note I would like to leave you with this.

We are all made of starstuff, we where born of the cosmos and when our planet dies so too shall we become the cosmos once again.
There are no Royal bloodlines in Atoms or in galaxies, there is just matter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LIFE project

Just a reminder that this Friday is the day we test Transpermia on the life project!

Check it out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


So its 12:25 in the afternoon and I am already fairly well into my beers.
But lets recap.

It all started a few weeks ago my friend came up with the crazy idea of not drinking for a few days, well that ended up becoming lets not drink on a public holiday! (we where drunk when this was decided)

And so came the first holiday since, Easter.

So Thursday 1 night before Easter, I started drinking from getting out of bed onwards.
I was hosting a get drunk so we can be sober party! (yes that's what we decided it was called) and I ended up getting close to 20 people in on this idea of sober for the holidays.

About 2 hours into our party my friend brought out what he calls "The plasma grenade"


You will need.
Lots of red bull
Lots of Jeigermeister
A shot of Tequila
A jug
two same size tumblers (glasses)
two shot glasses.

Now assemble the Grenade by pouring a shot of jeiger and a shot of tequila into two shot glasses and balancing them in a glass of red bull with the tequila shot higher up than the jeiger.
This means when you take your Tequila shot out of the glass it drops your jeiger into the red bull making a Jeiger-Bomb.

Now once your Grenade is assembled get another glass filled with just jeiger, and balance your Grenade with your jeiger glass in a jug filled with red bull with the Grenade higher so that when you take it out the glass with jeiger falls.

This makes the now dubbed PLASMA GRENADE.

It probably has some other name but we decided after making 4 of these in one night that it should be called the plasma grenade.

So the actual drinking part!

Take your shot of tequila, Chase with Jeiger Bomb, Chase with Jug sized Jeiger bomb!

Friday morning.
I had a huge hangover and no beer to help me get through it.
I had to rely on my old hang over trick before I discovered I could just get drunk and it would go away..

So me and my friends staggered to our local kebab shop and bought a kebab and a Gatorade each.

After that most of my friends decided to go home and sleep accept me and one other.

We decided to go to an all night playboy bunny party.
Good fun and good music happening there.
Unfortunately no drinking which was difficult but good because I went to the city on only $30!

That morning me and my friend went home and that morning got up and journeyed back to the city to go to yet ANOTHER night club.

Still no drinking allowed..

5AM rolls around and I have to get home.
But there are no buses!!
So I wait from 5am until 10AM for a bus in the freezing cold!
FREEZING COLD, get home at mid day, and first thing I want is a beer but no I have to wait another 12 hours.

I eat a huge amount of chocolate and dress up as the Easter bunny for my neighbourhood's kids! Which was something I wouldnt have done drunk i guess.

So then Anzac day (Easter monday), I had to drink, its anzac day so I went to dawn service and got amazingly drunk!
Then that night I went to disturbed which was a great concert and I enjoyed quite a bit of beer that night!

And then yesterday Tuesday public holiday, I stayed in bed all day, no drinking until Midnight! And I have been drinking since then!

No science today just a weird no drinking weekend!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

City and other fun!

So Ive spent the last three days in the city going to clubs to celebrate Easter, Im pretty hung over (even though I stayed sober 48 hours straight is not fun) but just updating so you all know that I am still alive and well!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rotating Potato actually gravity map of Earth

PLANETARY PULL from Science News on Vimeo.

^that there is a gravitational map of earth.

Gathered date from the European Space Agency’s GOCE satellite.
The satellite launched back in 2009 uses multiple accelerometers (like the one in your phone but much cooler) to measure exactly how the earths gravity is tugging on it.
The blue is the normal gravity and the red and yellow are deviations.

This new research is designed to help us better understand tidal currents and our earth as a whole..

This video has been lovingly named the "Rotating Potato" by many scientists.

Monday, April 18, 2011

NASA budget cuts leave ESA in the dust.

Two extremely vital astrophysics missions have fallen prey to NASA's strenuous budget cuts.

The first a mission to launch 3 identical craft designed to detect gravitational "waves" could have given new evidence proving that intense gravity (such as merging supermassive black holes) can ripple space time. This in turn would hold true and prove another facet of Einsteins special relativity.

The second a new Xray observatory, designed to detect even the earliest supermassive black holes.

But the NASA funding has been cut on both of these missions.
Why? you may ask?

Well Nasa's total funding works out at 1/4 of a penny per tax dollar.
Education works out at 1 penny per tax dollar and so on and so fourth.
But I say, If 1/4 penny of every tax dollar I spend goes to NASA, then I would just donate all of my tax to NASA (however I am not an American so that doesn't really affect me)

I know the country needs money for other things, but Most of NASA's money comes from private investors.

So now due to less tax revenue in the last few years coupled with so many natural disasters and the exuberant amount of money spent on defense NASA just can't keep up..

Man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

The pope today has announced that he believes that technology is getting too advanced and so by using it we are all going to hell.
Well isn't that quaint.
"From the beginning men and women have been filled — and this is as true today as ever — with a desire to 'be like God', to attain the heights of God by their own powers. Mankind has managed to accomplish so many things: we can fly! We can see, hear and speak to one another from the farthest ends of the earth. And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful." If man wanted a relationship with God he had to first "abandon the pride of wanting to become God."

This news comes only months after the pope accused the internet of creating more satanists than ever before in history.. Unfortunately the popes definition of satanists includes free thinkers and atheists.
Who would have guessed that something that brings more information to people easier would make less people believe in a religion?

I have said it before and ill say it again..
I don't like religion, and I don't like tomato, but neither is significant because too this day I only ask myself, "What are the facts?"

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Quantum State Teleportation!

A quantum particle reminiscent of Schrodinger's cat (Both alive and dead at the same time) has successfully been Teleported!
Or more correctly it had all of its quantum information transmitted using entangled light to another location accurately.

This is yet another step in the many steps required to building a home quantum computer, or even a Teleporter.

Sure we are still decades off, but its good too see work getting done.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is somewhat of a science celebrity.
Voted sexiest astrophysicist alive by time magazine.

I do love this man and I have been watching his videos all day too cheer me up.

Receiving information from this man is one of the major factors that made me scientifically minded.

I first heard about him by googling astrophysics, and I found his name came up often, this was a long time ago, whilst I was still in school.

I am still yet to have anyone actually hand me or even notice something by him, without having to find it myself.

It is a shame that we do not have that many science shows / radio stations here in Sydney.
So here I attempt to show you some of the lovely work Neil deGrasse Tson has done in order to generate public interest in science.
Below you will find an interview of him on Forum Network, very interesting stuff.

And now below you will find a link too his radio show. I suggest you listen too this if you have some spare time.. God I love podcasts


There is a whole bunch of stuff he has achieved, but the best way to find him, is to just search for it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

With all of the sadness lately.

With all the sadness lately..
I just needed to visit my old friend Carl Sagan.
Even the intro song makes me cry that this great man is dead..
Im actually crying right now whilst writing this..

I know that may seem sad..
But I love you Carl Sagan.
You are my god.

So in yet another tribute to this amazing man,
Here is the first scene in the epic journey of the cosmos.
I hope you will get this series, even if you just watch it all on youtube.

and to follow up with some more videos.
here is the latest symphony of science, entitled ode to the brain.

Go check out the symphony website, and watch all their music videos.

Radiation Scale explained!

7 – Major accident

Chernobyl Disaster
- We all know (at least I hope) of the Chernobyl catastrophe, 6000 dead within 4 years from the radiation, 31 dead from the initial blast, world wide radiation spread.
The worst contaminated areas getting a reading of above 200,000 roentgens per hour.
Now what is a roentgen you may ask? well even if I explain it, it wont mean as much as saying that at 500 roentgens over a 5 hour period (100 roentgens per hour) , you will die of radiation sickness within that time , the "normal dose" for a human to receive over a year from things like cell phones, cosmic rays and background radiation is about 0.023 roentgens per hour.

200,000 roentgens per hour is still being recorded in parts of Chernobyl, with a half life of 10 years and in some cases 25 years (strontium 90), often taking between 10 and 20 half lives to break down to "safe" levels, chernobyl may be inhabitable for 500-5000 years, Yeah that's not a type FIVE THOUSAND years for strontium 90..

That is the breadth of a level 7 catastrophe.
Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.

The incident that's all over the news lately, but what does it mean?
Well it has been declared a level 7 incident.
This is an incident that has caused wide spread long term damage, that needs an extreme long term plan of action.

Fukushima now has a 20 km exclusion zone and a 30km volunteer evacuation zone outside that.

The widespread effects you may not have heard of yet however, Iodine-131 has been found in cows all across the United States of America, the cows are suspected to have eaten tainted grass, and although this amount is neither a health concern nor deadly, it is still present.
The more pressing concern was the discovery Cesium 134 and 137 as far away from japan as "Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Shandong, Shanghai, Inner Mongolia, Jiangshu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and Ningxia in China, and in California, USA" -wikipedia
The reason this is concerning is that the half life of cesium is 30 years, with a ten year safe breakdown.
So it will infect target cells, and be a part of the food chain in these areas for another 300 years.
This can be a good and bad thing as it will cause mutations, some of those mutations may be a good evolutionary step, however most will just make it poisonous for human consumption.

6 – Serious accident

Kyshtym Disaster
The Kyshtym Disaster happened in 1957, and I am not all that familiar with it, so any information i can present too you would be purely off of the wikipedia page.
From what I can gather however is that a cooling tower exploded, and dumped 80 tonnes of radioactive material into the atmosphere..
(that's bad)

5 – Accident with wider consequences
The factors required for a level 5 are.

Impact on people and environment

This includes:

Limited release of radioactive ­material likely to require i­mplementation of some planned­ countermeasures.
Several deaths from ­radiation.


Impact on radiological barriers and control

Which includes:

Severe damage to reactor core.
Release of large quantities of radioactive material within an installation with a high probability of significant public exposure. This could arise from a major accident or fire.

The most common level 5 accident referenced is
3 Mile Island was a nuclear power plant in America that due to some design flaws and operator errors started to lose cooling fluid, leading to a melt down in one of its reactors.
Luckily due to good training and past experience death was kept to a minimum and nobody was seen as highly infected.. However the cultural affect (General media and such) was extremely widespread.

4 – Accident with local consequences
The factors required for a level 4 are split into two categories

Impact on people and environment
Minor release of radioactive material unlikely to result in implementation of planned countermeasures other than local food controls.
At least one death from radiation.

Impact on radiological barriers and control
Fuel melt or damage to fuel ­resulting in more than 0.1% release of core inventory.
Release of significant quantities of radioactive material within an installation with a high ­probability of significant public exposure.

An example includes a minor incident in Argentina, where a rod failed to insert correctly killing the operator and injuring two others.

3 – Serious incident

Serious incidents include things like stolen nuclear material and things like radiation burns to at least one person

2 – Incident

an incident is something like, a worker receives slightly more than the annual acceptable radiation limit.

1 – Anomaly

There is no real safety significance with an anomaly.

0 – Deviation (no safety significance)

Japanese Gov Detects new Dangerous Isotopes

The Japanese Government has just announced that it has detected strontium 89 and 90 in the soil around Fukushima, this is the first such detection since the incident last month.

Strontium 90 is a problem as it is a very nasty isotope, extremely dangerous, its half life is 30 years.. often taking 50 half lives too break down to safe levels, and it can be inhaled and accumulates all around the body.
It is linked to all sorts of cancers most notably bone cancer, and it is known to cause leukemia.

This discovery was made by the now massive relief effort attempting to remove some 200 tonnes of tainted water from the plant that was used to stop it from going into complete melt down.

And don't forget that it is now classified as a rank 7 nuclear catastrophe.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tattoo Removal

I always trust that lasers can do ANYTHING..
Even remove tattoo's
A fellow blogger of mine over at AlphaBetaLife just posted a video on how tattoo removal works,
instead of just commenting I thought I would put it up here and let my science friends reply up here.

Id never remove my tattoo but I spent a very long time getting them + designing them.
The one on my back is so far 4 hours work and im expecting another 4 or so to get it finished.. but i have wanted it since I was 9..
I dont see why someone would get something that they would regret later..

but on that topic I don't know why people would regret a tattoo.. unless they got it whilst drunk and even then, if it was a good idea whilst drunk its probably an ok idea whilst sober.

Even if you don't like it now, it was a part of your life then.. and that I think is important...

Well worth keeping sacred.

What do you guys think??
Also click the link too see the video explaining how tattoo removal works! Fascinating

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life inside black holes!

Vyacheslav I. Dokuchaev a quantum mechanics physicist at the university of moskow, has recently published a piece in
This new piece is the first step in him publishing his theory that super massive black holes (the ones that hold galaxies together) may be capable of harboring life.
He believes that the black holes do rotate and that the intense gravity may equalize inside it allowing bodies too orbit within the black hole.
As well the intense amount of light trapped within a black hole may be viewable from one of these planetary bodies providing a sort of sunlight.

The full quote is found below.

Inside the rotating or charged black holes there are bound periodic planetary orbits, which not coming out nor terminated at the central singularity. The stable periodic orbits inside black holes exist even for photons. We call these bound orbits by the orbits of the third kind, following to Chandrasekhar classification for particle orbits in the black hole gravitational field. It is shown that an existence domain for the third kind orbits is a rather spacious, and so there is a place for life inside the supermassive black holes in the galactic nuclei. The advanced civilizations of the third kind (according to Kardashev classification) may inhabit the interiors of supermassive black holes, being invisible from the outside and basking as in the light of the central singularity and the orbital photons.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Radiation warning level in japan.

The Radiation warning level has been raised from 5 to 7.
This may not mean much if you don't have any background with it but ill try to explain.
the three mile island incident Link was a rank 5.
The Chernobyl disaster Link was and is the only other rank 7 disaster in our history.

The scientists who raised the level say that the amount of radiation is not as much as the Chernobyl incident however another reactor caught fire this morning and they believe it is time to raise it to full scale nuclear disaster.

50 Years of Yuri!

As you may know! or for those of you who don't google have a lovely doodle today commemorating the 50 year aniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, if you don't know who this man is check out our Previous post Link about the tragic story of Yuri Gagarin's friend Vladamir Komarov, and the heroic tale of Yuri Gagarin himself. The first man into space to return successfully!
So I ask you to say the heroic chant of lift off with me "Poyekhali" or in english "Here we go"

And let us not forget his famous words from space
"I see no god up here"

Theory of Life in the Universe.

Adrian Kent of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, in Ontario, has come up with a new theory as too why we have yet to find extra-terrestrial life.
Kent's idea is that in terms of survival of the fittest (which is the commonly accepted theory of evolution), on a universal scale, the quietest species are the ones that thrive in the universe.

For example, we where unable to detect (and therefore destroy) microbial life for a very long time, them remaining quiet and undetectable left us (on the outside the more intelligent species) unable to do anything about them.

So on a galactic scale if a species can go relatively unnoticed by more dominant species then they are less likely to be taken over.. And so therefore according to survival of the fittest will continue to thrive.

My longstanding theory is that we are the first, there has always had to be a "First" and I believe that we are them, I only subscribe to this theory because it makes me feel special, like I am a pioneer.. but when I bring myself back to being a sane and happy human, I like to go grander and say that somewhere out there.. in the great expanse of space and time, there is a species like us, but thousands of years advanced, waiting to welcome us into our sci-fi fantasy.

Id just like to add to this post something that my friend mentioned after reading my draft of this..

He said that most scientists and even regular humans view first contact as being the most important date in the timeline of mankind, he also pointed out that the Gregorian calendar starts at 0 based on an the most important date to the Gregorian's (Gregorian's being Christians) and that the 0 is the year of Christs (birth or execution not sure here) but at any rate, he believes that the calendars should should logically start from 0 again, with 0 being first contact. so BC will be before contact and AC will be after contact.

What are your thoughts leave us a comment below, what do you think about alien life??

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Doctor doctor!

I somehow think my doctor forged her medical license...

Now I am not a medical professional, and I in no way disrespect how difficult the job can be however let me tell you a story...

I went to the doctor after my accident and she said too me.
You have whiplash
(Ok I do have whiplash)
And neurological resonance... now I get what she was TRYING too say, but that phrase doesn't even show up in a google let alone in a medical journal, maybe I have come to expect my doctors too be more precise, but what she was trying too say was that im in shock or something like that and my mind keeps replaying it (hence why I constantly smell airbag fumes and am getting headaches)..

Its kind of odd too be honest... I feel fine and then all of a sudden i get dizzy and fall over and all I can smell is aerosol..

I think maybe I should get a new doctors opinion... My doctor in the past is known too have said things like, "Eh it just needs a bandaid" That particular occassion I still have a very large scar across my leg.. :S

Or the time I went to her with Onychomycosis (thats a fungal infection of the toenail to us normal people) she told me that it was cosmetic damage from me breaking my foot and that it would never be the same again..
Albeit it was cosmetic damage, and I did get it after breaking my foot.. she could have said a simple cream would have fixed it.. not let me live in embarrassment for over a year!

What about you guys? Do you always trust what the doctor tells you?? Or do you have horror stories of your own?

They say laughter is the best medicine also so leave me some jokes in the comments!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Whole world.

Seems like the whole world is stopping me posting.

I was in a car crash two days ago, no deaths, but I now me and my buddy have severe whiplash, a tree has been killed and his car is now 5 grand in debt.


Anyway ill keep you updated on whats going on.. but realistically i may be afk for a while.

I love you all and thank you for your support!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I know this seems like an unrelated thing to my usual science posts, but here we go.

I have been sporting a mohawk for a few years now.. 3 or 4 perhaps.

Yep thats me, last year.. my mohawk is now a bit longer and I style it thicker but you get the idea.

My problem is,

I see many people posting advice on how to do mohawks or ideas on how to style them correctly.

Well with a few years experience I wish to shed my light on the situation.

I dont have pictures to go along with this, ill add them if I find a way to take them..

Step 1.)

Get some good hair spray, I pick mine up from coles its called schwarzkopf extra hold.. I pick it up fairly cheap but any extra strength hair spray will do.

Now from here there are a few options..

The correct way,
the incorrect but easy way,
the big way.

So the correct way,

Grab a comb and and brush your hair, then go to the middle of your hair, back of your head area.
Grab your hair with the comb and hold the hair up.

Spray the base of your hair, including holding the spray can against your hair spraying into the middle, and spray all around, continuing to hold the hair up.

Now use a hair dryer (blow dryer) on high heat with low blowing power. Dry it!
Then repeat on that same section, combing up, spraying drying.
now move onto the next section of hair, repeat.

You keep doing that until your hair has shape and volume. More hairspray more drying.


The wrong (but easy) way

Brush your hair

now spray your hair and use a straightener to pull your hair up and straighten..

Continue to do this to the rest of your hair..


You will break straighteners doing this.. allot of them, proper cleaning of them is required to extend life but you will cake them over...

So use cheap straighteners..

This method is the easiest, and takes the least time especially with hair as long as mine.

Finally the big way!

This is my new favorite way.

Its the same as the first way I mentioned, accept instead of using a comb I use a brush..

This took a huge amount of practice but it is doable..

It looks massive!



I have discovered an easy way to do liberty spikes,
Get about 7 rubber bands, 1 for each spike you wish too do..

now part your hair using the rubber bands, part them into spikes.

Now, grab each spike held by the rubber band at the bottom and pull up just enough to lift your scalp, spray into the middle of your hair, and then around your hair.. Followed by blow drying,
slowly lift the rubber band to the middle of the spike, and continue to spray and dry, making sure to keep the band holds tight..

Spray and dry until your spike is strong enough to stand up without you holding it anymore.
then do all the other spikes..

At this point you will have the bottom of each spike done and the top not done..

Fun fact, Do the top now, remembering to take the rubber band off before proceeding.

Easy peasy!


Anyway, if you guys have better ways too do it I am all ears.

Minecraft and Uranium.

So its been 3 Days since I started playing minecraft again.. I haven't done anything other than try to build my own minecraft periodic table of elements.. Its hard work but ill get there.
Anyway to tide you over..
What is your favorite element and why?

Mine is Uranium.. Simply because it has so many uses and so many different types of it.

Uranium comes in many colors, Gray (rock form), Yellow (Yellow Cake), Green (Ionized bars)
And is very pretty, and can be amazingly deadly.

It can be used to make bullets, (Depleted uranium shells)

It glows when subjected to UV light,

It used to be used as a dye when building large buildings as it dyes things yellow.. This has been dated back too the year 79 CE.

And finally as weaponized Uranium. as seen below

I love you Uranium.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bunsen's birthday

So in my absense it was dear Robert Bunsens birthday.
Now the name is self explanatory so I wont go into much detail.

Robert Bunsen was a German Chemist he is most famous for helping develop the bunsen burner as well as discovering rubidium and caesium.

Its a quick post but there is not allot too say about a google doodle

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My internet has capped!

Hey guys my internet has capped.. 1 terrabyte a plan and yet every month I still cap.. Oh well, I wont be able to post or check up on my usual blogs until the first!
Sorry for my absence.. Comment links too me if you think there is something I should check out, I wont be posting but I will still be writing so on the first expect some new posts
See you then

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fukushima update.

So apparently the report that radiation levels where 10 MILLION times above the acceptable level.. Well this was unfortunately a miscommunication error and new tests are being taken to confirm levels, however two employees where sent to hospital yesterday after stepping in a puddle that was well over 10,000 times and subsequently received severe beta radiation burns.

They should be released next Monday based on how well treatment is going though..

Sure 10 MILLION times is highly unbelievable, but if a puddle is at 10,000 times then shit..

on related news those of you in Boston look out for the rain as it has been tainted with "non lethal" doses of iodine from the Fukushima meltdowns fallout.'s Iodine story

Lets hope this mess gets cleaned up soon.. and thank the hard workers at the plant that made this catastrophe considerably less bad than it could have been, anyone remember Chernobyl??? well that is what this could have been if it hadn't been for the hard workers who worked through an earthquake and a tsunami stop it from happening.

Planetary bodies

A new theory released recently suggests that planets may form similarly to how stars form.. In great dust clouds.

This theory is the first step in explaining why neptunian style planets can be found as close to their star half the earths distance from the sun.

The new theory suggests that planets are formed elsewhere and then pulled in by a stars gravity, at which point the star strips off the excess gas and reveals the planets..

I personally do not think this that plausible as I believe like many that stars and their planets are formed together.. However we shall wait and see.

A scientist never loves anything more than they love being wrong, because being wrong and knowing it means you are one step closer too the truth.

If you wish too read the full article it can be found here

Friday, March 25, 2011

Follow up to the LIFE project

Bill nye has just sat down to tell everyone about the LIFE project and get some more promotion out there. I posted about it before so no need too do it again but here is the video! For the love of life, DONATE!

Ever wonder how they photoshop a galaxy?

This video is a timelapse photo of NGC-3982 A spiral galaxy in ursa major located nearly 70 million light years away.

Now you may think its cheating, having them photoshop color in, but remember, human eyes are weak and feeble, only able too see things in our so called "Visible spectrum" butterflies can see much further into the "Ultra violet spectrum" than we can even comprehend.

Hubble can see Further into Ultra violet and further into infra-red than we can because it takes in pure white light, unfortunately this means that the images come out in black and white because it can't selectively add color too the visible spectrum.

The image in this video is made up of 9 composite images taken across three of hubbles cameras.

There are three types of coloring they use..
It can be either

Representative is false color to highlight certain elements
Natural is too show what it would look like if we where there
and Enhanced is in false color too highlight elements that would be invisible in the other two.

The Curse of Dimensionality

Picture this..
say you have a square.. Perfectly flat.
2D cube

Now say you take that square and make it 3D perhaps not a cube, but just a tiny bit of height too it.. maybe a paper cut out of a square.
3D Cube projected in wire lay out

That square now has more weight (relative) and mass than the 2D square.

The same happens going from 1D to 2D and 3D to 4D, every time you add a dimension. You add mass to the object.
4D cube in wire layout

5D cube in wire layout

This is problematic because when you are talking about a multidimensional existence (parallel universes and such)
Different universes will have different perceived weight due to their increased mass.
11D cube

Now say all dimensions appear universally but we cannot perceive any but 2 and 3 then the universe would have infinite mass as mass increases every time you add on a new dimension.

and it would have virtually no middle as 1D and 0D are imperceivable too the human mind.. BUT HANG ON, I hear you say.. You can perceive 1D..

Well no you can't sorry to say..

Imagine the smallest thing you can think of, thats 3D..
Tiniest flattest thing... Well its 3D too, everything we can perceive is 3D, accept when we look at something displayed upon something..

For example the image on your computer monitor is 2D.. The monitor is 3D the pixels are 3D but what you are viewing is a 2D image..
We can perceive this because it has length and height..

But if you take away either of these it would not be a straight line, because even a straight line has some height or some width, it would be an infinitly receding point in existence, being ever smaller than is capable.. Thus it is out of our knowledge to perceive it.

Thought you might find some geometry interesting on this the day of the NSW State election!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

K-Nex, Tesseract, The Four Dimensional HyperCube

I have after much trial and tribulation, discovered that it is impossible to construct a 3d representation of a tesseract (4 dimensional hyper cube) out of knex,
I have been trying for over an hour however there is no way to build two cubes that have the correct size ratio, so now I am stuck with a cube inside a cube that is not a tesseract...

I called my friend for help with this and his response was "what is a tesseract" as many people may have first questioned so I figured, time to enlighten the blog.

The most common way of explaining it is flatland as told by the legendary Carl Sagan, Youtube link after the break.

It is a good example to explain alternate dimensions.

A tesseract is a 4 Dimensional version of a cube, So Imagine you have a straight line, to make a square you extend the line by right angles from itself, furthermore to make a cube you extend a square at right angles too itself, to make a 4d hypercube you extend a cube at right angles from itself, however since we ourselves are 3D we cannot see the new direction that a 4d cube would take, however we can see a projection of it in 3d much like we can see a projection of a cube in 2d.

Click the link for the animated version.

Originally when you see this image you may be very confused as too what is going on, well this is what a 4D image looks like when it rotates in 3D, of course even more confusing is because it is rotating in 2D but it is similar.
Here is it rotating from another perspective.

The interesting thing is that if you could see in 4 dimensions but be in a 3D world, you would have a sort of X-Ray vision, you could see inside everything at a level we cannot understand..

Unfortunatly, I cannot make a tesseract out of K-Nex too show off to my science buddies.. but I have a set of Knex cubes that I can hold in the right shape.

Hit the video to see Carl Sagans explanation!

Shuttle Life program by Bill Nye

Shuttle Life

See the link above.. Click it..

Why click it you may ask??

Because it is a link to which you should visit every day regardless..
But that link is special because it goes to the page for the shuttle life program.

What is the shuttle life program?

Well basically they want too put a whole bunch of funky microbes onto a space shuttle and launch it into space..
See how the organisms survive, too see if life really could have come from outer space on a rock from a distant planet..

But doing things like this is expensive, so they want moneys.. Well deserved moneys..
The planetary society was founded by the legendary CARL SAGAN, and is now founded by the amazing Bill Nye the science guy!

Donations can be anything but as incentive they have incentives for certain amounts, including a signed image of bill nye!!


Got a killer hangover so I am going to have to postpone todays post till tomorrow, but I assure you my drunken escapades have many many new stories too be told, expect a double feature tomorrow!

Till then, how do I cure this terrible terrible hangover..

My usual way is to eat greasy food drink allot of powerade (I love powerade when im hungover) and then just hope i dont die..

What are your secrets?


Sunday, March 20, 2011

The tragic Russian cosmonaut who was sent into space knowing he would die.

Above is Vladimir Komarov's remains.

Vladimir Komarov, one of the very first Russian cosmonauts and close friend of Yuri Gagarin(The first human in space)was destined too die.

You see during the space race the Russians wanted a big show for the 50th anniversary of the communist revolution, and so Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, decided to put on a big show.. However this landed during the space race and so the best big show was to send a man up in a rocket. Even though the rocket wasn't ready.

Gagarin and Komarov found 109 serious faults when inspecting the rocket, and sent a memo out, however anyone who read the memo was sent too diplomatic siberia.

Komarov however still decided to take the flight because the other candidate was Gagarin and Komarov didn't wish that pain on his dear friend.

Check the link for the full story. Or grab the book Starman which comes out next month

Radiation chart.

The guys over at XKCD have designed this clever radiation chart to give people a realistic idea of how radiation really affects you. Click the picture for the large version, or click the link too see the article.

XKCD Radiation chart

Saturday, March 19, 2011

See that? thats mercury and jupiter

See those two white dots, no don't try and clean your monitor they are suposed to be there,
That my friends is mercury and jupiter.. This wonderful image was taken in sweden only a week ago, if you are lucky enough to be in the northern hemisphere, head somewhere with clear skys at sunset this month.. and check out that amazing view.

More supernova

This is an image of N 63A a remnant left behind from a supernova located in the LMC which to us laymen is the large magellanic cloud which is the fourth largest galaxy in our local group.. what is our local group you ask, well lets get technical.

Lets start small and get big

Ok so it starts with our planet being part of the solar system, which surrounds a star. Many stars make up a sector of a galaxy in our case the spiral arm.

Add many sectors you get a galaxy ranging anywhere up to 100 million light years across.

Add a bunch of galaxies you get a group,

add a few groups you get a cluster,

add a few clusters you get a supercluster,

add a few superclusters and you have our universe.

This is an image of the LMC as seen by the hubble space telescope.
and in the LMC is a binary star system that went supernova together

and there it is, viewed falsely in Xray light and in Optical light.

These images are distributed under the creative commons license according to wikipedia.

Kepler's Supernova

I took this off my old blog because its still relevant and fascinating.

So I am double tabbed on dual monitors, far left tab the ultimate tv series in history : Carl Sagan's Cosmos.
left tab : wikipedia
So lets start with that.

Kepler's supernova,
The most recently known supernova in the milky way, the image above is that of the supernova remnant, a cloud of dust that is the entire contents of the once mighty star, ejected into space so that it may cool and reform into a new star.
Supernovae remnants are almost synonymous with nebula although believed to have a different origin, they have the same effect, a remnant/nebula is a stellar nursery, where new stars shall be born.

Then I moved on to my favorite nebula, remnants always make me think of nebula and so I move onto the crab nebula, which is in fact, also a remnant of a supernova. The crab nebula is interesting in the fact that we have accounts of the actual supernova.
The supernova for the crab nebula happened not too long ago in relative time.. It happened in the year 1054, it is recorded as being bright enough to see during the daytime, and outshining every star at night, for 23 days and being visible in the night sky for a further 653 days. This supernova remnant now contains a pulsar, a huge radio source

This is a picture of the crab nebula with the picture from the hubble telescope in red and an xray image in blue.

this pulsar has a proposed planetary companion, not yet proven however it appears when the light is filtered that there is a faint point of light close to the flashing pulsar..


now right tab is this window for writing the blog
and the far right tab is skype so that I can communicate with friends, although nobody is online this late...

Anyways back to learning!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Stars fusing

Two stars may have been caught going into a hypothesized act I like to call STAR FUSION POWER! I'm not sure if thats a good name but lets stick with it.
Basically V1309 was discovered back in 2008 when it started letting out extremely bright solar flares, and so a group of researches decided to see what they could find, luckily a project researching dark matter has had their eye in that area of the sky for a while.

So after trolling through over 2000 images section by section, they came upon the conclusion that V1309 was originally a "contact binary star" which is science slang for two stars that circle each other so close that they are touching, which sounds extremely awesome and it is, problem being that eventually they star transferring mass until eventually (tens of millions of years later) they merge to make one larger star. The amazing thing is that although the merger takes tens millions of years to prepare, the physical merger takes only a few years, the core merger happens in less than a week..

That week was in late august 2008, up to this moment it was doubling in brightness every 19 days, however in late august 2008 its brightness increased by a factor of 300 in only 10 days.

Its final burst happened at the end of that month with the most luminescent burst so far in its life time, this burst happened when the cores of the two stars finally merged, making the new star more than 10,000 times brighter than the original star and more than 30,000 times brighter than our sun.

This new star is spinning outrageously quickly, and is throwing off huge amounts of matter into space making the star almost impossible too see, however when this matter clears we may get our first view of a merged contact binary star.


A MATCH MADE IN THE HEAVENS from Science News on Vimeo.


So its Saturday, lets do some fun science today..

My favorite age old question, Belly button lint!

So first off, why do we get belly button lint?

Well you see Belly button lint is fibers collected from your tshirt boxers even pants, all depending on how hairy you are, now most people understand that Hairy chest = Belly button lint, however this is because pubic hair (no pubic hair is not just crotch hair, it is all hair that you grow after you hit puberty hence pubic hair) has a rougher texture which rubs off fibers from your clothes, the static electricity makes them stick together. WOAH HOLD ON I hear you cry, where did the static electricity come from?? Well it comes from rubbing fabric against hair, simple!

Now the reason it builds up in the navel is that it is the only crevice on your body that can physically hold lint, unless you are extremely hairy in which case the static electricity can cause lint to build up nearly anywhere.

Now why is it blue?
This is the easy part, what type of shirt are you wearing? Black, blue, navy??
Well thats an easy explanation, but what if you are wearing a red shirt or a green shirt?? Well it still usually comes out blue and thats because, most dyes are based heavily on blue or black to get the right color.
Sometimes however the dye is not based on blue, and in that case you get different color lint!

Thanks for tuning in too fun science day!


The robonaut has finally been unpacked aboard the ISS.
Unfortunately he will not be activated until May.
Robonaut as I see it is the next step too an evil robot army.

For those of you who are curious what the robonaut is well he (it?) is one of four current robonaut models, they are basically robot astronauts designed to help astronauts in their daily tasks, and eventually on too things astronauts can't do, like go outside... which is something astronauts often have difficulty with what with the ISS being in space and all.

Astronauts are still able to go outside with suits, but robots could be ready much faster, and lets face it we dont mind risking robots as much as we mind risking humans.


The Pale blue dot

This speech makes me so happy, every time I hear it I feel an immense amount of love for our dear Carl Sagan.

Id like to take this time to thank him for all of the amazing things he did for our community, and to celebrate, here is his speech entitled "the pale blue dot"


Only a few hours ago the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging or the MESSENGER space craft for short, entered orbit around Mercury, and is unique in being the only spacecraft ever to do so!

Now I know some of you out there are thinking, how did we make a spacecraft that can survive the extreme temperature that is found that close to the sun? Well it all starts with the orbit, the MESSENGER flies in as close as 200 kilometers to the surface of mercury and then flies away more than 15,000 km from the surface, it does all of this every 12 hours. The flying away is what keeps it cool enough to continue working its sensors.

The MESSENGER will look for chemical signs of volcanic activity on mercury.
VOLCANIC ACTIVITY ON MERCURY?? I hear you cry, well indeed, scientists believe that there is volcanic activity on the surface and the MESSENGER is at the end of its 6 and a half year journey to discover if this is true.


Feel the love for the eco dome?


We spent billions of dollars getting up the ISS, why not the same funding to get to mars.

TerraForm or Eco Dome?
A common debate and question..I say, why not both?
We start with the eco dome to get colonists on the planet and then we terraform from there.
Think about any colonization what do you do?
you build a base of operations..
The eco dome could serve as that base and provide a place for scientists to study martian conditions and work out possible means of terraforming.

The planet like earth can support geothermal energy and solar energy..
for building an eco-dome that would be enough energy and then if teraforming is going to happen then nuclear is a cost effective and simple solution.

electric rovers can charge of stations that connect to these power supplies.

We can then set up a processing plant which can take the natural Oxygen/Carbon mix that is in the atmosphere of the planet, and convert them into breathable air. This processing plant filters air into the eco-dome which we fill with high oxygen producing plants. Alternatively to taking oxygen and combining it with carbon, we could take water from the ice caps and via electrolysis take out the oxygen, the remaining hydrogen can then be used as fuel.

I firmly believe that the eco-dome will need to be modular to allow for expansion if it is non-modular then the eco-dome will remain the same size and colonization cannot happen, it will fall into a purely research based facility, although this is all well and good, the eventual goal should be colonization and eventually a strong human presence on mars.

Any colony on mars pre teraforming needs to have a high pressure, but this allready happens with most structures that go beyond surface earth, IE Submarines and Space shuttles.

Transport to mars

The current journey to mars takes between 6-9 months, which is relatively long time to wait to get anything done, if we want to be there in ten years almost 1 year of that is transporting there, so we only have 9 years planning and construction time..
However at the same time, America to the moon took from 62-69 not even ten years..

I strongly believe we can make this happen, im no engineer I cant give you schematics or details, but I see no reason we cant be there before 2020, accept money..

Its still a long way off.. But if everyone had these ideas then we very well could be there..

The known universe

I love this video, always good to watch when feeling down, puts the whole universe into perspective.


So we are up and running!
My last blog run with Jik didnt end out well because of some weird issues with google, however here I am back and running with it. Ill see if Jik wants to get involved.

But at any rate. I love you all!