Interesting Science
Science, Technology, Society, and how they each intersect with one another, the present, and the future.




Cosmology on 11-30-2007:


Now scientists can offer observational evidence of parallel universes!
"If Mersini-Houghton's team is right, the giant void is the first experimental evidence for another universe. It would also vindicate string theory, our most promising understanding of how the universe works at its most fundamental level."


Acoustics on 6-9-2007:


Ever get sick listening to the latest chart-topping hit?  Findings from experts suggest that it is not so much a phenomenon linked to talent (or the lack thereof), but rather less layers of audio quality and an increased amount of volume.  The American public has been seeing their preference trend from quality to convenience, unfortunately.
"Artists and record bosses believe that the best album is the loudest one. Sound levels are being artificially enhanced so that the music punches through when it competes against background noise in pubs or cars. 'Geoff Emerick, engineer on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, said: "A lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched-up mess. Whole layers of sound are missing. It is because record companies don't trust the listener to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up." Downloading has exacerbated the effect. Songs are compressed once again into digital files before being sold on iTunes and similar sites. The reduction in quality is so marked that EMI has introduced higher-quality digital tracks, albeit at a premium price, in response to consumer demand.'"

Everyday Electricity on 6-9-2007:


Following up on the work of the famous physicist Nikola Tesla, MIT has been able to power a 60 watt light bulb wirelessly from 2 meters, or about 6 1/2 feet away.
"Realizing their recent theoretical prediction, they were able to light a 60W light bulb from a power source seven feet (more than two meters) away; there was no physical connection between the source and the appliance. The MIT team refers to its concept as "WiTricity" (as in wireless electricity)."

Grown Meat on 6-9-2007:


With an increase in the amount of food-borne diseases found in meat products as of late, how is one ot combat it?  Grow meat in a lab!.  How they do this is actually a really cool process.
"Under the process, researchers first isolate muscle stem cells, which have the ability to grow and multiply into muscle cells. Then they stimulate the cells to develop, give them nutrients and exercise them with electric current to build bulk."