The Linkin' Log: June 18, 2008

Jun 18 2008 Published by under General science

Time again for me to highlight a few interesting posts from around the sciobloggosphere:

  • Blake at Science After Sunclipse has a nice, lengthy essay about the necessity of mathematics in science education.
  • Tom at Swans on Tea has finished (I think) his series on "classic timekeeping".  Start with parts 1 and 2 if you haven't been following...
  • In the news, scientists have effectively made the largest radio telescope, spanning four continents, by linking together independent radio telescopes.  I will probably come back at a later time and post about this in more detail.
  • A solution for the energy crisis?  A Silicon Valley company has produced genetically-engineered bacteria that poop crude oil, apparently in a carbon-neutral way.  Note the following technical goof, however: "Mr Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us."  Wow; I guess all those refineries all over the world a just a waste of resources.  I think the bugs would need to poop gasoline in order to pour it directly into your tank...

3 responses so far

  • Blake Stacey says:

    Thanks for the link! I've been contemplating that theme since I started blagging, just about; it's nice to have the thorn out of my flesh at last.

  • Tom says:

    Yes, I can confirm that my series on those papers is concluded. Finally.

  • Blake: Not a problem! It's a nice post, and it's clear you put a lot of thought into it.

    Tom: Thanks for the confirmation! I didn't want to jump the gun and declare your series done, though I thought I remembered you referring to a 'three-part' series.

    TimesOnline quote: “Mr Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us.”

    You know, I may have been too hasty in my judgment of this news quote above. Yes, theoretically you could pour crude oil into the tank of an SUV, just like you could theoretically pour water, Gatorade, or pureed SPAM into the tank. None of these options will actually bode well for your car, though.