A Robot With Supernatural Balance [Robots]

Um, could you balance completely perfectly on a ball while carrying your own body weight? This robot can. And honestly, it’s kind of freaky. [ via ] (1) YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI06lujiD7E (2) IEEE URL: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/042910-a-robot-that-balances-on-a-ball (3) More » URL: http://gizmodo.com/5528165/a-robot-with-supernatural-balance

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(1) YouTube
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI06lujiD7E

(2) IEEE
URL: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-software/042910-a-robot-that-balances-on-a-ball

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URL: http://gizmodo.com/5528165/a-robot-with-supernatural-balance

23andMe Launder AlioGenetics Doesn’t Even Bother to Remove 23andMe Logo

This is hilarious. on their website:Hey , do you know what is not hilarious? What happens when City Hall gets the call that genomics “can’t police its own borough?”An FDA slum clearance. (Or, hey! Pick any three capital letters: CDC, OCR, CMS, …

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(1) AlioGenetics doesn’t even bother to photoshop out the 23andMe brand
URL: http://www.aliogenetics.com/how-it-works/

(2) Stanford University
URL: http://helix-web.stanford.edu/

(3) IRS
URL: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/04/26/costly-irs-mandate-slipped-into-health-bill/

Naming the Unspeakable | Cosmic Variance

Two hundred thousand gallons per day of Gulf crude are leaking from a hole 5000 feet under the water’s surface in the wake of the still mysterious destruction of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform last week . How and …

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(1) close the valve or drill a relief well
URL: http://media.al.com/live/photo/oilslickundergraphicjpg-57e28ddd55b0847f.jpg

How Data Can Improve Your Life [Data]

This week’s , penned by Wired’s Gary Wolf, is about people who obsessively collect data on themselves—how much they eat or sleep, how happy they feel, etc. Are numbers the path to a happier life? (1) NYT Magazine cover story …

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(1) NYT Magazine cover story
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/magazine/02self-measurement-t.html?pagewanted=1

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URL: http://gizmodo.com/5528037/how-data-can-improve-your-life

Every Ending = New Beginning

In the mid-90’s, I recall a conversation with  liaison, Gerhart Brauer – both a colleague and good friend to me. I struggled with a painful chapter in my life, and Gerhart offered this one simple phrase that made all the difference …

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(1) German Space Agency
URL: http://www.dlr.de/en/

(2) Space Shuttle
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

(3) Aimee
URL: http://aimeelouisephotography.com/

(4) Columbia
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/columbia_info.html

(5) April 12, 1981
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-1.html

(6) STS-1
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-1.html

(7) Ex-Students’ Association
URL: http://www.texasexes.org/

(8) Columbia
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/columbia_info.html

(9) STS-1
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-1.html

(10) John Young
URL: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/young.html

(11) Bob Crippin
URL: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/crippen-rl.html

(12) winged vehicles
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/system/system_Orbiter.html

(13) STS-51-L
URL: http://history.nasa.gov/sts51l.html

(14) STS-107
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/home/index.html

(15) Atlantis
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/atlantis-info.html

(16) Discovery
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/discovery-info.html

(17) Endeavour
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/endeavour-info.html

(18) STS-132
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts132/index.html

(19) May 14
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts132/index.html

(20) second
URL: http://bethbeck.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/space-whats-not-to-hope-for/

(21) tweetup
URL: http://twitter.com/nasatweetup/sts-132-launch

(22) tweetup
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/tweetup.html

(23) Bethbeck’s blog
URL: http://bethbeck.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/every-ending-new-beginning/

Super slo mo Apollo, yo | Bad Astronomy

In the Very Cool Department…My friend Mark Gray from narrates this film, showing the Apollo 11 Saturn V liftoff using a high-speed camera. I’ve seen this clip about eight bazillion times over the years, but Mark gives the details of …

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(1) SpaceCraftFilms
URL: http://www.spacecraftfilms.com

With Prostate Cancer “Vaccine,” Immune System Wages War Against Tumors | 80beats

Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration gave its OK to Provenge, a new treatment for prostate cancer. It’s not a “vaccine” in the old-fashioned sense, but it could be a way to make the immune system wake up and take …

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(1) TIME
URL: http://wellness.blogs.time.com/2010/04/29/fda-approves-novel-prostate-cancer-vaccine/?xid=rss-topstories

(2) Dendreon
URL: http://www.dendreon.com/

(3) Seattle Times
URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011695773_dendreon25m.html

(4) Seattle Times
URL: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011695773_dendreon25m.html

(5) BusinessWeek
URL: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-30/dendreon-approval-sparks-new-era-for-cancer-vaccines-update1-.html

(6) How We Got the Controversial HPV Vaccine
URL: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/may/hpv/

(7) ?Sound Bullets? Could Target Tumors, Scan the Body, and? Create Weapons?
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/04/06/sound-bullets-could-target-tumors-scan-the-body-and-create-weapons/

(8) Researchers Find the Genetic Fingerprint of Cancer, 1 Patient at a Time
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/02/19/researchers-find-the-genetic-fingerprint-of-cancer-1-patient-at-a-time/

(9) The Mutations That Kill: 1st Cancer Genomes Sequenced
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/12/17/decoding-of-first-cancer-genomes-shows-the-genetic-errors-that-cause-tumors/

Yin Yang Bunk Beds [Design]

For every positive, there’s a negative. For every orange, there’s an apple. For every Starsky, a Hutch. That’s why someone made these ying and yang bunk beds. I like it. My back, however, won’t be too happy. [] (1) Born …

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(1) Born Rich
URL: http://www.bornrich.org/entry/milan-expo-blends-new-flavors-in-eco-friendly-furniture/

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URL: http://gizmodo.com/5528204/yin-yang-bunk-beds

Quality Panel to Review Toyota

From detnews.com – Autos Insider: An outside panel of high-level business and technology experts created to advise Toyota Motor Corp. will conduct a broad review of the Japanese automaker’s operations, ranging from its electronic systems to the company’s internal communications, …

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Double Trouble; Twin Black Holes

Chandra NASA/ESA M82 Double Black HolesChandra images the first case where there is good evidence for more than one intermediate mass black hole in a galaxy.  Here’s the NASA press release:This image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the central …

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Mobile Phone Dangers

I got the following in my email. Do you think it is possible? It may be likely as cell phone chargers are SMPS operating at high frequency. When a call comes in, again some high frequency is generated in the …

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2001 Cavalier Engine Problems

I have a 2001 cavalier with 210,000 miles.The other day it began to stumble on accelaration then died.When i tried to restart it, it would only crank but not start.After about 10 min. it started right up but now it …

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India Bans Chinese Telecom Equipment

From CBC | Technology & Science News: India has banned telecom equipment from China citing national security reasons. In a recent order, the government has told mobile operators not to import any network equipment manufactured by Chinese vendors such as …

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Men & ideas on the move: settled lands & colonized minds | Gene Expression

I am currently reading Peter Heather’s Em. This is a substantially more hefty volume in terms of density than . It is also somewhat of a page turner. One aspect of Heather’s argument so far is his attempt to navigate …

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(1) pires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe
URL: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0199735603/geneexpressio-20/

(2) The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
URL: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195325419/geneexpressio-20/

(3) new scientific data
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/03/the-science-of-human-history-as-written-by-herodotus/

(4) Etruscans
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2008/12/etruscan-genetics-a-few-nails-in-the-coffin/

(5) very much an open question
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2010/01/european-man-perhaps-a-middle-eastern-farmer/

(6) ancient hybridization event
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2009/09/indians-as-hybrids-a-k-a-aryan-invasion-in-the-house/

(7) Yayoi
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yayoi_period

(8) mode of production
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_of_production

(9) 1790 census
URL: http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2009/12/settlers-immigrants.php

(10) Michael Vassar
URL: http://singinst.org/aboutus/team

PSI Calculation

I have a 60′ verticle column of water (well) with a 3′ pipe coming off the bottom of the column. Within 5′ of the pipe exiting the well I have a 2″ line coming out vertically (at 90 angle) from …

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