Felicia Day drops some galactic science on a hapless director and promotes the Spitzer Space Telescope in this amusing video.
I was a big fan of Mr. Wizard’s World on Nickelodeon back in my elementary school days (and like Wil Wheaton I was a huge Third Eye and You Can’t Do That On Television fan as well) so I was saddened to hear the news that Don Herbert had recently passed away. Thinking back, the first science experiment of his that comes to mind is the time he poured a layer of pollen on top of an aquarium filled with water so that he could submerge his hand without getting it wet. I’m pretty sure that I later replicated his experiment successfully (not sure if I used pollen or a similar powder) and every spring here in Spokane when yellow pine pollen is coating everything I immediately think of that episode. Thanks for the fond memories Mr. Wizard.
Today I acquired a brand new (box and everything) copy of MacOS 9.0 from a friend in exchange for working on his computer yesterday so I’ll probably install that sometime this weekend. Hopefully that will fix my PowerBook’s sleep issues (it has a tendency to freeze while waking up that developed a month or so after I bought it. I investigated the issue a little bit, but rather than spending the time to solve the problem went to the work around of just shutting it off when I transport it.
Dave Winer has posted his latest DaveNet over at Scripting News. It’s a fairly long piece, but it has a lot of interesting stuff on this year’s WEF at Davos and finishes with Dave’s recipe for making money on the Internet. I’m thinking that the plan he discusses is taken directly from what he’s looking to do with EditThisPage.com.
It looks like scientists have made a breakthrough in electro-active polymers that could lead to improved performance in things like, “pumps and motors, valves and generators, robot actuators, inkjet printers and flat-panel loudspeakers.” Even cooler, these same materials could eventually be used to create things like a next generation artificial heart.