1. Not gonna derail this quality thread with argues, keep links coming. o7

2. Meet Henrietta Lacks, the only human that can claim to be immortal.

The origin
HeLa is the name given to cells cultivated from the cervical cancer tumor of a Virginia woman named Henrietta Lacks, who died in 1951 at the age of 31. The name of the cells is derived from the first two letters of her first and last names.

The breakthrough
This cell line became the first immortal one grown in a lab, and the cells continue to thrive and multiply nearly 60 years later. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 20 tons, or 400 times her adult body weight.

What makes HeLa cells so special?
Dianne Daniel, assistant professor in the department of microbiology and molecular cell biology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, has worked with the cells since 1989. There are other fast-growing lines, but HeLa are her “go-to cells.”
They are robust. They have been known to contaminate other cell cultures in labs. In fact, they are responsible for many of the improvements in sterile culture conditions in labs for newer, less hearty cells.
Daniel said no one is sure why HeLa cells thrive the way they do, but they have unique characteristics. HeLa contain HPV-18, one of the most harmful of the human papilloma viruses, and proteins that cause cervical cells to multiply out of control, Daniel said. In addition, the chromosomes in HeLa don’t shorten as the cells divide. Most cells can divide only a certain number of times because their chromosomes shrink with each duplication. But HeLa has an active enzyme that keeps the chromosome ends – called telomeres – from shortening. This is why the cells are called “immortal.”
It’s one of the reasons Daniel has been fascinated by the cells and the story of Henrietta Lacks.
“This lady from Virginia will go down in history as one of the most valuable women for progress in medical science and in the medical industry,” she said.

http://discovermagazine.com/1992/dec/nolongerhuman171

3. Canine transmissable tumor — immortal zombie cancer is the oldest mamallian cell-line

The Straight Dope's blurb on canine transmissible venereal tumor reveals that the oldest mamallian cell-line in the world is an immortal, sexually transmissible zombie tumour.
The really sexy dog STD, though, is something called canine transmissible venereal tumor, a very rare example of what's known as a parasitic cancer. Unlike most other contagious cancers such as cervical cancer in humans, CTVT isn't spread by a virus but (as recently proved) by cancerous cells themselves. Genetic analysis suggests the tumor originated in an individual wolf or domesticated dog, probably in east Asia, between 200 and 2,500 years ago. This long-dead canid's much-mutated cells are still alive and being passed along during coitus (or sometimes through casual contact) centuries later, making it the longest-lived mammalian cell line known. The disease is now found throughout the world, especially where there are large populations of strays. It can be treated with surgery, radiation, and chemo, but most otherwise healthy dogs recover spontaneously after several months.

Scientists have proposed parasitic cancers in a couple of other cases in the past. In the 1960s, there was a report of histiocyte tumors in a colony of hamsters; the scientists even argued that mosquitoes could spread the cancer from rodent to rodent. Earlier this year, scientists reported that Tasmanian devils were spreading a face tumor by biting each other. There are a couple differences between the Tasmanian devil cancer and the dog cancer. One is just a matter of methods; no one has yet looked for genetic markers in the Tasmanian devil cancer the way that scientists have in Sticker's sarcoma.
But if the Tasmanian devil cancer proves to be a genuine infection, it must behave very differently than Sticker's sarcoma. When Tasmanian devils get the face cancer, the tumor grows until it blocks their mouths and they die. Dogs, on the other hand, generally only develop a temporary tumor. Once the tumor clears, they acquire immunity from any further infection with the cancer. The scientists found that the Sticker sarcoma cells make very few of the surface proteins that vertebrates use to distinguish self from non-self. It appears that the tumor cells can avoid an all-out attack from the immune system. Instead, the immune system reins in the cancer cells, which can survive in the dogs even after their tumor disappears.

http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2006/08...inside_new.php
http://boingboing.net/2008/05/19/can...smissable.html

4. Quality BBC programming at its best.

BBC Horizon 2011 Seeing Stars x264 AC3 HDTV

5. Solar-panel "trees" really are inferior (or: "In which hopelessly inept journalists reduce me to having to debunk a school science project")

Modern journalists are copy and paste monkeys.

6. I guess I should do TL/DR on that.

The kid was measuring volts not amps. Volts have almost nothing to do with power output unless they have amps with them.

A dead car battery will measure 12 volts, you will need a amp meter to see its real power output. That is true with all batteries. You can get zapped with a million volts when you drag your feet across a carpet and touch a door handle, it will just generate a spark and not harm you because it has almost no amps.

100V x 10 amps = 1000 watts
200V x 10 amps = 2000 watts

In fact when powergrids are under heavy load (a lot of amps running through) the voltage will go down. 230V system in your house might read 225V with every appliance turn on. So the kid thought he had something when he measured higher volts then the flat panel, when in fact it was only so because of terrible amp output.

7. Agathor y u so mean to little kids!

8. Awesome pics.

9. Originally Posted by Agathor
I guess I should do TL/DR on that.

The kid was measuring volts not amps. Volts have almost nothing to do with power output unless they have amps with them.

A dead car battery will measure 12 volts, you will need a amp meter to see its real power output. That is true with all batteries. You can get zapped with a million volts when you drag your feet across a carpet and touch a door handle, it will just generate a spark and not harm you because it has almost no amps.

100V x 10 amps = 1000 watts
200V x 10 amps = 2000 watts

In fact when powergrids are under heavy load (a lot of amps running through) the voltage will go down. 230V system in your house might read 225V with every appliance turn on. So the kid thought he had something when he measured higher volts then the flat panel, when in fact it was only so because of terrible amp output.
When I was 11 or so my physics school teacher said once "Remember kids: Volts shake, Ampers scorch" Remembered that for life and never confused.

10. The Five Greatest Mysteries Of Human History

1. Atlantis
Atlantis is folklore from many sunken cities around the Mediterranean, Islands and coasts from Egypt to Spain have shitload of remnants from old cities that lie under water just off the coast. Earthquakes and rising sea level after the last Ice age are the cause.

It might even be related to the biblical and Quranic account of Noah's Ark, the Hindu puranic story of Manu, through Deucalion in Greek mythology or Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

One of the latest, and quite controversial, hypotheses of long term flooding is the Ryan-Pitman Theory, which argues for a catastrophic deluge about 5600 BC from the Mediterranean Sea into the Black Sea. This has been the subject of considerable discussion, and a news article from National Geographic News in February 2009 reported that the flooding might have been "quite mild".[2]

Thanks goes to Mala for pointing this out the other day.

2. The bog bodies
The thousands of bodies found can be dated back to the Iron Age and many reveal signs of being murdered. It is widely believed that the bodies are sacrificial victims of pagan rituals or a form of criminal punishment. However, there is no conclusive evidence as to why the thousands of bodies were dumped, especially since the bodies have been found sporadically throughout Germany, Ireland, Britain, Netherlands and Denmark.

Yep, warriors killed in battle between tribes is deffo not the cause. :rollseyes:

3. Jack the Ripper
However, everything else – the actual identity of the perpetrator, the number of victims, and the manner of killing and enigmatic letters he sent to police – is a hazy cold case. Considering the ambiguity, there are wildly different theories in circulation, including placing the blame on the Royal family, famous author Lewis Carroll, and even a woman, Jill the Ripper.

I am fairly certain that Jack was part of the royal family or high enuff social status for the police the look the other way. 5 trashy whores are dime a dozen.

Lewis Carroll was pedo not a killer. One of the most beloved tales of all time was something a guy made up off the top of his head to please his 10-year-old girlfriend.
If you look at the story from a psychological perspective and know what Lewis goal was. Then it takes on whole new meaning as he was planting all kind of ideas in her.

(Trust strange men like the Mad Hatter and parent figures like the queen and king that were trying to boss her around were evil and she should run from such people.)

4.Stonehenge
I thought they cracked this along time ago? Whatever religious, mystical or spiritual elements were central to Stonehenge, its design includes a celestial observatory function, which might have allowed prediction of eclipse, solstice, equinox and other celestial events important to a contemporary religion[19]

In other words its timepiece working together with sun and even stars. There are other structures dotted around the world that tell time like this.

5.King Arthur
King Arthur, a sword in the stone, his faithful magician, Merlin, and a roundtable of knights – the stuff legends and myths are made of. Apparently though, the entire King Arthur story was a fabrication that was created to boost the morale of the English troops. The mythology stems from various literary sources, which all glorify Arthur as the king who led a victory over the Saxons and created a ruling empire over England, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Gaul in the sixth century.

There is not one mention of him in the Icelandic Sagas and we fucking loved writing down stuff about kings and heroes. Norway would not have clue if not for us chronicling their old kings and the biggest players.

Yes we are all of Germanic descent that live around part of the world and if you role back the language of all the nations 1000 years. They all spoke Icelandic(Old Norse).

But classifying them all as one, under one King is quite stretch.

11. Well, thats solved then.

Bored and waiting for dinner.

12. Originally Posted by true
When I was 11 or so my physics school teacher said once "Remember kids: Volts shake, Ampers scorch" Remembered that for life and never confused.
Having higher voltage with amps is more efficient, it loses less watts(energy) when travelling long distances and you can use thinner wires.

In Europe we use 230V and 10 amp fuses, a few 16 amp fuses for kitchen and garage and such. 1 25 amp for the stove.
The US needs to double the amps they use to get the same watt output because of the 110V system. The funny thing about wires is that the thickness you need for safe use depends solely on amps. Not Volts or Watts. Thats why you see very thick wires on a car battery, 12Vx120A is what it can put out.

We can move 230Vx16A=3680W through a 1,5q mm copper wire. To move the same amount of power in the 110V system you need 2,5q mm wire because of more amps needed. Multiply this for a 300 million man market, then you can see massive waste of copper the USA uses only for this.

Yes, its safer to use lower voltage. The 12V that the car system uses has very hard time to even penetrate your skin. So the 120A it can deliver mostly stays in the battery because of the heavy resistance.But 110V though lower then the 230V, has no problem giving a lethal dose if you give it the chance.

Dry hands and wearing shoes provides enuff resistance, that if you touch a live 230V you will only feel a nasty pinch. Your hand then has no problem to move away. Trust me, I work mostly on live networks. I have gotten zapped about 10 to 15 times.

Sweaty palms is a whole different story. The jolt if you touch it now is potentially lethal. If you are wearing wet shoes on metal surface, then very likely you gonna get stuck in massive electric shock. Your body starts to cook and all that jazz.

I think it more of question what the copper mine corps in the USA wanted rather then some safety thing when they decided the volts.

13. Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos? Physics Luminaries Voice Doubts
While the copy/paste pop media likes its headlines, most physicist are a bit

Neutrinos come in three types, called flavors; the most common are electron neutrinos, which are produced in copious amounts by reactions in the sun. (The other flavors are muon and tau neutrinos.) Because neutrinos have no charge and interact with other particles only through the weak nuclear force and gravity, they pass through matter virtual-ly unhindered and are devilishly difficult to detect. Until recently, most scientists thought neutrinos had no mass either, but in the late 1990s researchers found that the particles change flavor as they travel, and this trans-formation can happen only if they have mass.

On February 23rd 1987, the journey of some light that had been travelling for 168,000 years came to an end.
Three hours before Shelton saw supernova 1987A, advanced notice of it reached Earth in the form of a burst of neutrinos seen at three different neutrino observatories.

Neutrinos are difficult to detect because they are electrically neutral, and most pass through matter completely undetected.3 What counts as a “burst” of neutrinos may not seem like much. Before supernova 1987A there were 11, 8 and 5 detected by Kamiokande, IMB and Baksan respectively in a 13 second period. Compared with the normal background level in these detectors, 24 hits in such a short time period was big news.

Supernova 1987A was a Type II supernova. The sequence of events leading up to its explosion began when the star ran out of hydrogen to fuse, and so started making and fusing heavier and heavier elements until it had a core of iron.

When the core became massive enough, it imploded. Neutrons and neutrinos were created, but the collapse was stopped by something known as neutron degeneracy — in effect, the inability to push the neutrons any closer together. This was enough to push the implosion back out, creating a shock wave that expanded out from the star’s core. Material surrounding the core of the star was thrown off by the shock wave.

The neutrinos that arrived at Earth before the light from supernova 1987A got here because of their slippery nature. They were created as the core collapsed and were able to storm through the outer layers of the dying star, dispersing some of the energy and getting a head start on the light.

This supernova corresponds lovely with Einstein, thats why most think its an error what the CERN/OPERA experiment shows us. The funny thing is that they dont really know how they came to a result that shows neutrinos apparently exceeding the speed of light. They are not drawing any conclusions in this article and are simply providing the finding and the methods used to obtain the finding. They are trying to find where there could be errors in their measurements.

They do not claim that the neutrinos are actually exceeding the speed of light, only that the measurements to date show something unexpected. They are reaching out to the high-energy physics community to improve the experiment and data analysis. They are not looking to fundamentally change physics but to ensure that they are producing sound data.

So what they are really doing is crowd sourcing the results and saying prove us wrong.

14. Some good links on the matter.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...trino-frontier
http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...ound-to-travel
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...rything-to-me/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...=ftl-neutrinos
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...er-than-light/

This blog is points out that the instruments that actually measured the neutrinos said that the neutrinos came almost 1000 nanoseks later then speed of light, the guys actually had to do a shit load of mathematics to compensate for the lag in the system. After all the correction they said the numbers had a 7.4 nanoseconds worth of error

These neutrinos then pass through more than 700 km of Earth before arriving in the neutrino detector. This distance, they claim (with justification), is so well-measured that the uncertainty in it is just 0.20 meters! Over the three years the OPERA experiment has been running, they've finally managed to collect around 16,000 neutrinos, which is a mind-bogglingly small percent -- something like 10-14 % -- of the neutrinos created!

http://scienceblogs.com/startswithab...elves_with.php

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=625273

But this is not the first time we have measured neutrinos being faster then light. We have just always thought is was an error somewhere...

We feel this must encourage particularly severe scrutiny of the OPERA result. On the other side, we notice that the OPERA result is reasonably consistent with $\mu$-neutrino-speed data previously obtained at FERMILAB, reported in papers of 2007 and 1979. And it is intriguing that these FERMILAB79 and FERMILAB07 results, when combined with the new OPERA result, in principle provide a window on $\mu$-neutrino speeds at different energies broad enough to compare alternative phenomenological models.
http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.5172

Some real heavy reading for those who want to delve into the hardcore stuff.

http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/...109.5172v2.pdf
http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1109/1109.4897.pdf
http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1384486

15. The Truth Wears Off

Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

On September 18, 2007, a few dozen neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and drug-company executives gathered in a hotel conference room in Brussels to hear some startling news. It had to do with a class of drugs known as atypical or second-generation antipsychotics, which came on the market in the early nineties. The drugs, sold under brand names such as Abilify, Seroquel, and Zyprexa, had been tested on schizophrenics in several large clinical trials, all of which had demonstrated a dramatic decrease in the subjects’ psychiatric symptoms. As a result, second-generation antipsychotics had become one of the fastest-growing and most profitable pharmaceutical classes. By 2001, Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa was generating more revenue than Prozac. It remains the company’s top-selling drug.
But the data presented at the Brussels meeting made it clear that something strange was happening: the therapeutic power of the drugs appeared to be steadily waning. A recent study showed an effect that was less than half of that documented in the first trials, in the early nineteen-nineties. Many researchers began to argue that the expensive pharmaceuticals weren’t any better than first-generation antipsychotics, which have been in use since the fifties. “In fact, sometimes they now look even worse,” John Davis, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told me.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...fa_fact_lehrer

17. Something crazy is going on here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA

18. Not nearly as Hardcore as FTL Neutrinos but nicer Pictures: http://globaia.org/en/anthropocene/

They mapped Connections (Streets/Electricity Lines/A lot of other stuff) on a Global scale.

19. Originally Posted by Agathor
The Truth Wears Off

Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...fa_fact_lehrer
What is going on here, is not a problem with scientific method, but greedy Drug Companies. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generic_drug

More specifically: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generic...enging_patents Drug companies are producing second generation versions of drugs to reset a patent to keep raking in the .

Almost 40 years after Richard Nixon called former Harvard University psychologist Timothy Leary the most dangerous man in America for promoting use of hallucinogenic substances, there is a rebirth of interest in their therapeutic benefits. Reamer was enrolled in a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins to relieve fear of death in cancer patients, one of a half-dozen similar studies under way at New York University, Harvard, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of New Mexico.
We have little buggers that grow everywhere here in September, in your back garden even. They do explain a lot regarding all the elves and trolls we keep seeing since we landed on this Island.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-1...ter-leary.html

21. Its old but I found it interesting (and I need to remove these damn ads)

22. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...s-surface.html

We won't be able to confirm the results until our probe reaches Pluto in 2015 but exciting nonetheless. If confirmed, I would think that these hydrocarbons could help research in abiogenesis

23. Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result. The IMF estimated that large US and European banks lost more than$1tn on toxic assets and from bad loans from January 2007 to September 2009 and more than 200 mortgage lenders went bankrupt. Many major institutions either failed, were acquired under duress, or were subject to government takeover.
You can argue who is worse for society. Crime lords or Neo-repuplican bankers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/200...n-cfief-claims

24. Brush up on those mental math skills!
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Mental_Math

A number of tips and refresher problems to work on your mental math abilities!

Also explanations for many topics in Algebra http://www.purplemath.com/modules/

25. Not really science, but this is technology (which is kinda science related):

Source

26. An article on the cost of healthcare:

5% of Americans cause 50% of cost

27. Originally Posted by StevieTopSiders
An article on the cost of healthcare:

5% of Americans cause 50% of cost
That entire article is horseshit, no offense. About 60% of hospital / healthcare costs are due to Govt. Regulation. Decrease the regulation (which there is a ridiculous amount of) and costs will decrease accordingly; not figuring out how to "cut costs" completely.

28. Quality BBC programming, fresh peeps and nice talking about the universe. I recommend watching all 3 episodes.

Stargazing Live

http://eztv.it/ep/32560/bbc-stargazi...-hdtv-mvgroup/

29. Jørgen Peder Steffensen is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and one of the world’s leading experts on ice cores. Using ice cores from sites in Greenland, he has been able to reconstruct temperatures there for the last 10000 years. So what are his conclusions?

• Temperatures in Greenland were about 1.5 C warmer 1000 years ago than now.
• It was perhaps 2.5 C warmer 4000 years ago.
• The period around 1875, at the lowest point of the Little Ice Age, marked the coldest point in the last 10,000 years.
• Other evidence from elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere confirms this picture.

His final comment is particularly telling :-

I agree totally we have had a global temperature increase in the 20thC – but an increase from what? ..Probably an increase from the lowest point in the last 10,000 years.
We started to observe meteorology at the coldest point in the last 10,000 years.
This corresponds well the with the Icelandic sagas. They tell of hotter climate and it used to be a lot easier growing grain. There are actually old farms that we are finding now around the glaciers. The glaciers are still melting the ice that built up over the last mini ice age.

http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordp...-10-000-years/

30. A paper published last year “Climate variability in West Greenland during the last 1500 years” by Ribeiro et al attempted to map temperature changes in Disko Bay, in West Greenland, during the last 1500 years by analysing marine sediments. Their conclusions included :-

• The past 1500 years have been identified as one of the coldest intervals of the last 7000 years in Disko Bay.
• This period is inserted in the context of the Neoglacial Advance of the Greenland Ice Sheet starting at c. 5000 years BP and culminating in the Little Ice Age (e.g. Kelly et al 1980).
• A long term cooling trend from the mid-late-holocene is consistent with air temperature reconstructions from Greenland ice core data (Vinther et al 2009,2010). ……..
• …… And with climate studies in areas influenced by the East Greenland Current (e.g. Jennings et al 2002; Moros et al 2006).
• This late Holocene cooling trend is also consistent with marine and terrestrial records from several locations in the Northern Hemisphere (e.g. Levac et al 2001; Moros et al 2004).
• The dinoflagellate cyst record Disko Bay revealed generally cold sea surface conditions and extensive sea ice throughout the entire studied period.

As well as putting the last 1500 years into long term perspective, the authors have found that their analysis confirms a warmer period between 1050 and 1250 AD and extensive sea ice conditions from 1500 AD. In particular they make this interesting comment :-
Presently, the Baffin Bay southern sea-ice boundary extends from Disko Island to the southwest, towards Canada. This would imply that prior to AD 1250 this boundary was more northerly and gradually moved towards the vicinity of the core site until after AD 1500 (Little Ice Age), when it was positioned south of the core site.
In other words, sea ice was less extensive in the MWP than now.
We therefore appear, as far as Greenland is concerned at any rate, to be going through a slightly warmer interlude within a much longer cooling period. Maybe we should be worrying that the next LIA will be colder still.
http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordp...-in-greenland/

31. Just to recap, we have learnt that GISS temperatures for Iceland and Greenland have been artificially adjusted, with the result that current temperatures appear much warmer than when compared with the warm period during the 1940’s. Temperature data for Reykjavik from the Iceland Met Office confirmed that this adjustment was wholly artificial and resulted in a net warming of about a half a degree centigrade since 1940 and that the actual mean temperatures in the last decade are about a degree less than GISS show.
NASA cooking up numbers?

http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordp...aga-continues/

32. A new NASA study underscores the fact that greenhouse gases generated by human activity — not changes in solar activity — are the primary force driving global warming.

The study offers an updated calculation of the Earth’s energy imbalance, the difference between the amount of solar energy absorbed by Earth’s surface and the amount returned to space as heat. The researchers’ calculations show that, despite unusually low solar activity between 2005 and 2010, the planet continued to absorb more energy than it returned to space.
James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, led the research. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics published the study last December.

Total solar irradiance, the amount of energy produced by the sun that reaches the top of each square meter of the Earth’s atmosphere, typically declines by about a tenth of a percent during cyclical lulls in solar activity caused by shifts in the sun’s magnetic field. Usually solar minimums occur about every eleven years and last a year or so, but the most recent minimum persisted more than two years longer than normal, making it the longest minimum recorded during the satellite era.

Aerosols, which can either warm or cool the atmosphere depending on their composition and how they interact with clouds, are thought to have a net cooling effect. But estimates of their overall impact on climate are quite uncertain given how difficult it is to measure the distribution of the particles on a broad scale. The new study suggests that the overall cooling effect from aerosols could be about twice as strong as current climate models suggest, largely because few models account for how the particles affect clouds.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/3...of-0-58-watts/

33. The find of a so called "Super Earth" which is within the "habitable zone" to its star.

http://news.discovery.com/space/exoplanet-gj667cc-120202.html

34. Now we only need to get the tech for lightspeed travel (or do we have that already?), a crew that is non-suicidal/homicidal and we can be a two planet species in only 22 years!

Although it would be immensely more cheap to terraform Mars.

35. Remember, the first step is the colonization of the moon. Followed shortly after by the Lunar War of Independence.

36. I'm waiting to see what those crazy russians in antarctica find

37. Originally Posted by Phey Onat
I'm waiting to see what those crazy russians in antarctica find
Aliens man! The Truth is out there.

38. Whats going on there?

39. Originally Posted by Grim
Whats going on there?
I don't have a link. However they where drilling in Antarctica to find a lake bed that's under a glacier. Some wilder claims I've heard is the possibility of a Nazi underground sub base, but more or less its just trying to unlock some mysteries of the area. There was a week long radio silence that brought it to light.

However that's not what I was thinking of when I first read Phey's comment. I was thinking of the disc shape impression/object that was detected in the ocean bed. http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/28/world/...iref=allsearch

40. Russian scientists have been drilling, for 20 years to get through ~2 miles of ice, down to one of the largest fresh water lakes on earth. Lake Vostok is the width of Lake Ontario with the Depth of twice that of Lake Superior. It's kept liquid from the heat of the earth and we want to see if life has continued in this sunless depth.

There are several reasons to think the life in Antarctica’s Lake Vostok might be seriously unusual and wonderful. It hasn’t been touched by humans. This is huge, you could make a good argument for many cave ecosystems where humans did not tread until this century. And they have unique life aplenty, but they also have water, life, and even pollution that percolate in from the surface on a regular basis. Not these lakes. To the best of our knowledge, they have been sealed to the outside since the ice sheets formed over a million years ago.

Second, the water of Lake Vostok is unlike water in virtually any other spot on Earth. It’s under enormous pressure thanks to jillions of tons of ice, and as a result, is super-oxygenated. We’re talking oxygen concentrations 50 times that of your backyard pond. Properly harnessed, oxygen is a great power source but it’s also a bit like rocket fuel: volatile and reactive. Oxygen breakdown free radicals and wreak havoc on DNA and other important cell bits. So dealing with oxygen concentrations this high must involve some incredible cellular defense weaponry, if life exists at all.

It's important stuff because we know there are oceans beneath the ice moons of jupiter and this life can show us how cells might live there.

http://www.nature.com/news/2004/0407...s040705-9.html

41. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/artic...lm-1224947.php

After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the film. The movie consists largely of a computer presentation by former Vice President Al Gore recounting scientists' findings.

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. ... The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."

http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-ce...-days-2012027/

Speeding up the time it takes to heal a broken bone is highly desirable, and a solution may be on the horizon. Research being carried out at the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center has helped create a new gel being referred to as Fracture Putty. It’s major benefit to those suffering broken bones is its ability to heal them in just a few days, or in the case of severe breaks, cut the healing time to weeks instead of months.

42. Is humanity too stupid for Democracy?
http://news.yahoo.com/people-arent-s...185601411.html

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.
They are pretty much saying that real democracy doesn't work because of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

43. May have been mentioned elsewhere here but:

Dude works for Valve now, apparently. LOADS OF INTERESTING VIDS. What an eclectic set of interests (ntm varied skill set) that guy has.

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