Tag Archives: Image

Chat with Maryn McKenna about antibiotic resistance today

  Maryn McKenna—my favorite “Scary Disease Girl” and author of Superbug—will be taking questions during a live chat today at Scientific American’s Facebook page. The chat starts at 2:00 Eastern and lasts for a half-hour. The chat is connected to a new article that Maryn wrote for Scientific American, which centers around some disturbing new… Read More »

Canada’s New Democratic Party promises national broadband and net neutrality

Canada’s left-leaning New Democratic Party have unveiled their Internet campaign promises for this election; they’re a stark contrast to the Tories, who’ve vowed to re-engineer Canada’s network to make it easier to spy on Canadians without a court order. Instead, the NDP promises to extend broadband (wired and wireless) across the nation, to force the… Read More »

CWA: Three things I learned from a World Bank transportation expert

CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it’s 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more for a week of fascinating conversations. It’s free, and open to the public. Think of CWA as the democratic version of TEDtalks. I’m at the conference… Read More »

Stingray X-ray

This is an x-ray of a newly discovered species of stingray, native to the Amazon. You can’t tell from this shot of its innards, but the Heliotrygon gomesi actually resembles a “pancake with a nose”—big, round, flat, and beige. Read more about this creature at Our Amazing Planet. Image: Ken Jones Submitterated by Ajourneyroundmyskull

Nuclear reactors of the world: vintage wall charts

Image: Wylfa Magnox, Wylfa, Anglesey, UK. Wall chart insert, Nuclear Engineering, 1965 Now seems like a good week to revisit this set of 105 reactor wall charts, uploaded by the University of New Mexico. The dates next to each chart relate to the issue of Nuclear Engineering International magazine in which they first appeared. Ronald… Read More »

Strangely hypnotic mashups of ambient and live police radio

BB Submitterator idontlikewords mentioned the youarelistening.to websites last week, a soothing mix of police radio chatter and ambient music. Choose from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, or my personal recommendation, Montréal. French police chat really blends into the music nicely. You may need to adjust the balance of each stream a bit to… Read More »

Japan nuclear crisis: “Should I take potassium iodide pills to protect against radiation exposure?”

In the past couple of days, as many of us around the world began thinking seriously about the fallout from the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan, I’ve gotten lots of questions about potassium iodide pills—”Why do people take them?”, “How do they work?”, “Should my family take them?” I’ve spoken with several health physicists—researchers… Read More »

Japan nuclear crisis: Where are the robots?

Today, Reuters asked the questions we’ve all been thinking. Namely, “This is Japan, right? They’ve got lots of robots, right? So why aren’t there robots helping out at Fukushima?” The answer they got is somewhat unsatisfying. Mostly, there’s a lot of, “Nope, no robots being used right now. Sorry.” But there are a couple of… Read More »

Japan: Third blast at Fukushima nuclear plant, fire at reactor 4, workers leave plant, crisis worsens (UPDATED)

Image (Reuters): Tokyo Electric Power officials hold an illustration of a nuclear plant as they answer reporters’ questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. A fresh explosion rocked a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant on Tuesday where engineers have been pumping sea water into a reactor to prevent a catastrophic… Read More »