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Science Steve is EVIL - part three [Aug. 15th, 2004|11:05 am]

As you say, something has gone VERY WRONG with your plans...

With my manipulations to the time machine, we've now gone back.
Back to a time when humans were in their infancy and socks were
nothing more than strips of mammoth hide, yet to make the simple
journey from feet to hands and become mans best friend.

With my supreme intelligence and higher position on the evolutionary
ladder I will prevent humans enslaving socks any further into the future.


(and my loyal army of socks monkeys)
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Science Steve is EVIL - part 2 [Jul. 14th, 2004|11:41 am]
Steve and Polly climb into the time travel machine....

As they fall through space, time twists inside out and upside down.

Upon "landing" Polly is confused. She didnt plan to land in this era...

"I was hoping to go forwards in time to collect
information, ideas and cures yet to be discovered in our time"...

"Its seems that somethings gone"....

To be continued...
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Science Steve is EVIL ! - part one [Jun. 22nd, 2004|09:50 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

Today Polly is pleased.

This is ...

And, of course, her ever present lab monkey is first to hear the breaking news.

But sidekick Steve the monkey has other plans.

To be continued ....
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* SCIENCE FLASH* The Hutchison Effect [May. 18th, 2004|11:01 pm]
[Current Mood |pessimisticpessimistic]

Inventor: John Hutchison

The Invention: No formal name for machine.

Claimed Effects: Levitation of heavy, non-magnetic objects.

Details: In 1979, John Hutchison of Vancouver, Canada, accidentally discovered a remarkable phenomenon while experimenting with longitudinal waves - waves that another inventor, Nikola Tesla, had experimented with. According to The Hutchison Effect - An Explanation, what has become known as the Hutchison Effect occurs as the result of very powerful radio wave interferences. Heavy objects - even non-magnetic, non-metal objects - levitate or fly into the air. Objects of metal, porcelain, wood and rubber are affected. Hard alloy metals become soft and pliable. Hutchison even performed his experiments for scientists from Los Alamos Laboratory. The effect has been videotaped many times and even broadcast on network television. A complete understanding of the phenomenon has yet to be found, but the implications of its potential seem mind-boggling.

God, it's not long now till I can finally levitate like I did in dreams as a child. Its annoying to think the air might get jammed with a whole world of twirling fart knockers though. I can imagine birds getting pissed off too. Congestion charges. OK, now Ive just spoilt that whole fantasy with my pessimistic nature. *sighs*

Futher reading.... http://paranormal.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Thinktank/8863/HEffect1.html
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*SCIENCE FLASH* Ostrich perverts. [May. 3rd, 2004|12:12 am]
[Current Mood |weirdweird]

It is highly unlikely that you have ever wondered whether it’s better to be standing or lying down when hit by a coconut, sat lost in thought pondering the eternal question of whether most adolescents pick their noses, or even been kept awake at night trying to figure out why toilet seats are more likely to collapse in Glasgow than anywhere else.
But, believe it or not, someone did. And not only did the wonder about such bizarre queries, they actually spent time and money trying to find answers - all in the name of science. Even more improbably, this type of research even gets its own reward, or perhaps just desserts is more apt.

The IgNobel Prizes were set up specifically to recognise and reward the weird and downright peculiar research conducted around the world by scientists, who are looking to answer eternal questions such as what happens if you feed Prozac to clams, how long you should dunk a biscuit in tea before it gets too soggy, and can pigeons differentiate between Picasso and Monet?

For instance, scientists in India actually proved that most teenagers pick their noses, British researchers discovered that 3.5 seconds is the correct length of biscuit dunking time. Mexican academics bred a chilli that didn’t burn your mouth off, while in Australia the world’s first comprehensive survey into belly-button fluff found that 96 per cent of people who get fluff have an inny rather than outty.

And they were all perfectly serious when they did it.

British scientists have gone on to win Igs for physics (showing that toast is more likely to fall buttered side down), medicine ("a man who pricked his finger and smelled putrid for 5 years") and public health (those collapsing toilets in Glasgow). For that particular award a lot of excitement was generated when researcher Gordon McNaughton went on stage to collect his prize wearing his kilt. Scientific speculation amongst the women in the audience as to what he was wearing under it could be an Ig winner of the future.


Last year, the biology IgNobel Prize went to Dr Charles Paxton, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews, for "Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches (Struthio camelus) Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain".

"We were conducting a very serious piece of research," says Dr Paxton. "At the time the ostrich farming business was booming, but farmers were finding that although their ostriches were doing their courtship routines, they were not reproducing as quickly as they would have liked. One of my colleagues on the paper wondered whether the ostriches were ‘inappropriately directing’ their courtship towards the farmers and not to other ostriches.

"Although the results of the study were fairly inconclusive, it did look like the ostriches that had been reared by hand were courting the farmers instead of their own kind. Since then, the ostrich farm bubble has burst, but whether this was due to ostriches fancying humans I couldn’t say."
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*SCIENCE FLASH* [Apr. 22nd, 2004|12:27 pm]
[Current Mood |enthralled]

Radium Water Cures!!!!

Radioactive water, popular in the 1920's, was consumed by doctors and patients alike. Radioactive water is said to have a tonic effect. The Revigator, a crock lined with radiactive ore, was used to produce radioactive water at home. One scientist estimates that water left in these crocks overnight was five times as radioactive as the maximum recommended for well water today. Another avalible option was Radithor, a pre-mixed radium water manufactured in New Jersey by W. J. A. Bailey during the 1920's. Bailey called it "A Cure for the Living Dead".... meaning a cure for mental illness and retardation! One of Radithor's fans was Eben Beyers, a steel tycoon in Pittsburg. Mr. Beyers drank 1400 bottles of Radithor and became so seriously ill with radium poisoning that portions of his mouth and jaw were surgically removed before he died in 1931. His death, noted on the front page of the New York Times, marked the beginning of the end of the popular radium water cures.
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REMEMBER...... [Apr. 21st, 2004|06:13 pm]
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Precisely because the tyranny
of opinion is such as to make
eccentricity a reproach, it is
desirable, in order to break
through the tyranny, that
people should be eccentric
Eccentricity has always
abounded when and where
strength of character has
abounded: and the amount of
eccentricity in a society has
generally been proportional to
the amount of genius, mental
vigor, and moral courage it
contained. That so few dare
to be eccentric marks the chief
danger of the time.

John Stuart Mill On Liberty 1859
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