Science

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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If you gaze at the stars at night dreaming of traveling through space, you're not alone. Astronaut is perhaps the profession of choice of everyone for at least five minutes, before they realize you have to be really smart to do it. 

If you're a space cadet in training or just get pumped when you watch Apollo 13, this is a can't miss. Boise State University proudly presents the Space Broncos Symposium, featuring a live Q&A session with NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio. This may be the closest you get to going to the moon colony you always fantasize about. To infinity, and beyond.

9 a.m. FREE. Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom, 1910 University Dr., Boise, 208-426-1543, space.boisestate.edu.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rrrrrrrooooooaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM


Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park offered a few helpful tips in relation to dinosaurs: If you don't move, Tyrannosaurus Rex can't see you, if you have to pee in an emergency scenario just hold it in, and build your storage cabinets with a mirrored, reflective surface in case velociraptors raid your kitchen. Hopefully you won't have to take any of these into consideration, but you've been warned. 

Featuring life-sized thunder lizards, jungles and archaeological dig sites,  Jurassic Quest provides the opportunity to ride dinosaurs, dig for fossils and more when it comes to Expo Idaho this weekend. If you want to be a hero, gather all the dinosaur flicks you can find, facilitate a movie marathon/sleepover and take the kids to dinosaur paradise. You will forever go down in parent/uncle/aunt/grandparent/sibling/odd-but-loveable next door neighbor history as the coolest ever. 

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. $13-$22, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Boise, 281-251-7237, jurassicquest.com.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

NYT: The Nerve of Some People—British Agency Spies on Yahoo Users

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM


Yesterday, The New York Times reported that the Government Communications Headquarters in Britain "collected video webcam images—many of them sexually explicit—from millions of Yahoo users" during an operation "code-named Optic Nerve." 


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Science + Art = Drop-Dead Stunning Fish

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

click image Scalyhead sculpin - PHOTO BY DR. ADAM SUMMERS
  • photo by Dr. Adam Summers
  • Scalyhead sculpin



In a Feb. 24 story, Wired magazine science reporter Nadia Drake explains how biomechanist Dr. Adam Summers turned a bunch of fish skeletons into brilliant, colorful works of art. Click here to see the slideshow at wired.com.

Summers, also known as "Fish Guy" (@Fishguy_FHL), is the associate director of the University of Washington's Comparative Vertebrate Biomechanics Lab at Friday Harbor. An exhibit of his beautiful sea creature photos is on display at Seattle Aquarium.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bill Nye to Debate Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham Live Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The Science Guy is going toe to toe with the Creationism Guy.

Tonight at 5 p.m. Mountain Time, outspoken science advocate and science television program host Bill Nye will publicly debate Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. There, they'll hash over evolutionary theory, biblical evidence and the roles of science and religion in public and private life.

Nye, famous for his public television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, fired the first shot in August 2012, when Big Think's YouTube channel aired this segment, titled "Bill Nye: Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children," which argued that creation science poorly prepares young people for the 21st century, and that an evolutionary science-based approach to biology is a necessary part of rearing a new generation of learners, creators and taxpayers.

Ham's response, which was also uploaded to YouTube, forwarded the argument that more than a scientist, Nye is a humanist with "an agenda to teach children not to believe in God," and that by excluding creation science from the classroom, students aren't given access to alternative viewpoints that challenge evolutionary science.

While you could hitch a ride out to Kentucky to see the two debate live, you may opt to watch a stream of their arguments from home here or here.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Do you know what a phenakistoscope is? If yes, you're rolling your eyes at the question. If not, here is your chance to find out. 

The Boise Public Library branches are not strangers to unique and interesting activities, and with this one, there's more than meets the eye. At The Science of Seeing, kids ages 6-12 can check out various optical illusions, as well as look through the aforementioned device to see mind-bending displays of light and color. 

4 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org. 

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Celebrate 25 Years of Discovery

Posted By on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Image courtesy Discovery Center of Idaho.

Birthdays, in theory, should be fun. They are full of warm wishes and often cards, gifts and cake. But sometimes, birthdays aren't fun. Like when your "friend" in fifth grade didn't inform you about the party while everyone else in class had a candy-adorned invitation waiting on their desk. Dry your tears. 

The Discovery Center of Idaho is celebrating its 25th birthday Friday, and you're invited—assuming you can fork over the price of admission. That shouldn't be difficult considering the entry fee will be the same as it was in December of 1988: three dollars. That gets you liquid nitrogen ice cream, cupcakes and the opportunity to view the Classics exhibit, the Discovery Center equivalent of a greatest hits album. 

Jan. 3, noon. $3. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 W. Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, dcidaho.org.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lego Hubble Telescope Ignites Internet Nerdgasm

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

The Hubble Space Telescope, as constituted in Lego bricks. - COURTESY LEGO.CUUSOO.COM AND USER GRUSSO
  • Courtesy Lego.cuusoo.com and user GRusso
  • The Hubble Space Telescope, as constituted in Lego bricks.

Those of us who grew up with Legos remember castles, pirate ships, beach scenes and spaceships, all populated with those iconic Lego characters. They were great for play and for helping generations of children imagine people inhabiting the landscapes and vessels they spent whole days crafting out of plastic bricks. 

But as we got older, those little characters fell by the wayside, giving rise to a more mature Lego-collecting set—folks more interested in building and displaying their creations than imagining tiny people living in them. In response, Lego has developed a line of architecture models including such landmarks as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the Willis Tower, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

The Danish toy company also has a division called Cuusoo, in which fans can submit their own Lego designs to be voted on by Cuusoo users that may be tapped to become their own Lego kits. Some of the more popular projects are model Apple stores, a DeLorean and The Discworld, but what caught our attention was this model of the Hubble Space Telescope by GRusso. 
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Friday, November 15, 2013

3-D Printing: The Good, The Bad and The Ewwwwww

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

click image Joshua Harker’s "Crania Anatomica Filigre" - MAKEZINE.COM
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  • Joshua Harker’s "Crania Anatomica Filigre"

In the coming weeks, we'll have a story from our news editor, George Prentice, about how 3-D printing may become a part of our statewide library system.

Until then, check out some of the cool 3-D pieces from Make magazine's 2012 Best Of awards and Huffington Post's list of some uses for 3-D printers, ranging from life-changing to "Nooooooo! Make it stop!"
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM


Robots have long been a staple of science fiction and the imagination of those who wish they had more agreeable friends, family and/or romantic partners. The future is here. No need to watch a movie or read a comic to have a robotic experience—if you have the tools and the aptitude you can build one yourself.

PCS Edventure Labs presents the Zombie Robotic Month open house, where you can see firsthand the engineering work of students come to fruition through various film projects and—if you're feeling adventurous—journey through virtual reality. 

5:30 p.m. FREE. PCS EdVenture Labs, 345 Bobwhite Ct. Ste. 200, Boise, 208-343-3110, newlearningnewworld.com.
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