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Night shift struck again, so my dulcet tones were not donated to this episode. My amateurish attempts will be there for al to hear in the next one. This one had Pen, Lucas, and the return of Jo Benhamu.

Direct link to the mp3 file; 1:02:14...and haven't listened to this one yet either...

But apparently it was damn good (they spoke for over a fucking hour, after all...) - smelly old people, giving paralysed rats some movement back through robotics, a genetic link to restless legs syndrome, Mars meteorites that DON'T show life (nice change from the usual astrobiological bullcrap), vision loss in astronauts, creepy people (again), the new (114th and 116th) elements, the Mediterranean diet and how it can apparently bolster mental and physical health, and a mathematical model that predicts a new level of AI.

****

And for something completely random and non-scientific: the first season trailer to one of the most intriguing shows ever made, Carnivàle.

Eva and I first saw this show a few years ago when it was being shown on channel 2, but for some reason we never saw the second season (THAT'S RIGHT I HAVEN'T SEEN IT SO IF ANY OF YOU BUGGERS SPOIL IT FOR ME I'LL EVISCERATE YOU). We both loved it, but promptly forgot it. And then, a couple of days ago we saw both seasons on sale for a steal - NABBED. And now I have to stop myself from watching them obsessively. Two episodes in and I'm remembering just how compelling it was. It's such a shame that they cancelled it after two seasons.
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
I missed this episode due to work. And, as usual, I don't actually think it suffered from my absence. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Download here.

This week, the gang were joined by Sumen Rai, a former science communicator and now an industry analyst for defence and aerospace.

The subjects discussed were: meat grown in the lab, atom-sized transistors, seismic activity on the moon, robot fish and water worlds. I especially loved the discussion about lab-grown meat, the ethical questions that were raised, as well as the ecological and "humanist" issues. Good stuff.

___

And because I care, have this picture:
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
Last Thursday's episode: here.

It was another short one. I for one was so tired I could barely keep my bloody eyes open... and it was not one of our best. But the topics were still interesting:

Nematodes and life longevity;
New HIV vaccine (strictly speaking, an SIV vaccine) shows promise;
A genetic link to depression found;
Sitting on one's behind for long periods increases one's chance of getting bowel cancer. Yay.

Next week (well, this Thursday) is our...TENTH EPISODE!!!! Lucas is coming back on, and we'll be doing a big astronomy focus.

Finally, just because...have a picture of the coolest concept car ever:

The 1958 Ford Nucleon, a concept that never even made it to prototype. For a good reason, really... Still, I would've driven it.
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I have a horrible feeling that Meredith Grey is going to live.

EDIT Dear god. Why do they feel the need to draw these things out so far? Season finales can bugger off.

God, she had better die.

EDIT the 2nd Is she going to spend this entire episode in limbo with the ghosts of fucktards past? Please, if she comes back, at least let her be braindead. Grey's Anatomy, with Meredith as the gibbering, drooling wreck. Fun fun fun.

EDIT the 3rd Oh, of course Mum's dead. Of course she must die so that Meredith might live. Of bloody course. Most unoriginal plotline ever. Not that I'm surprised. Oh, and Eva just pointed out the "best friend saves the day with a life-giving foot massage" plot thread.

Edit the 4th Awww. Reconciliation in limbo. AWWW.....

Edit the 5th She's looking remarkably well for someone who was dead for an hour.

Edit the 6th Wait, they just had a season finale, and they're showing the new episode of the next season next week? WTF??!! I thought that, generally, new seasons start LATER!!!

And what was accomplished in this season finale, really? Not much. We learned that the dead don't go over, and that Meredith is even more annoying when she's dying.

'Nuff said. This show blows. It probably won't stop me from watching it next week though.
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[livejournal.com profile] moosehead_beer, you are an evil bastard.



...and the Materials and Methods continue to roger me hard. But I am past caring...

At last...

Aug. 5th, 2006 06:21 pm
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Well, one experiment down, fifty-million to go.

Not really, I'm full of hyperbole.

Setting up big experiments is a pain in the arse - especially if you're not sure what's going to happen. If this sounds strange, trust me when I say that the best experiments are those that you're fairly sure will give you a certain result. "But where's the fun in that??" you ask. And I answer: "If the results you get are incomprehensible and or/screwed, that ain't much fun either." Anyway, I now have 21 happy little soil microcosms sitting at 25 degrees and they'd better give me some joy, damn it!

I tried doing this quiz that [livejournal.com profile] insomnius posted again for old times' sake. I got bored halfway through and gave up. So instead I'm checking my email for the fifty-millionth time...again with the hyperbole.

Back to work. Time waits for no one. Under 5 months before I have to get the hell out of this lab...

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