Category Archives: Science

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

I have yet to find a TED talk that I do not like. This was was absolutely fascinating. Her description of seeing herself as a spirit, feeling huge, and wondering how she fits in her little body and how peaceful it was to be in that state was fascinating to me.

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

“Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.”

NASA looking to create MMO Video Game

Thanks to Derrick for bringing this to my attention. Apparently NASA wants to get into the video game market by creating a massively multiplayer online (MMO) learning game. They are currently in the discovery phase of the project and are looking for ideas. I think it would be amazing to play a video game that is as captivating, exciting, and immersive as World of Warcraft or Half-Life 2 that is also highly educational.


Persistent immersive synthetic environments in the form of massive multiplayer online gaming and social virtual world, initially popularized as gaming and social settings, are now finding growing interest as education and training venues. There is increasing recognition that these synthetic environments can serve as powerful “hands-on” tools for teaching a range of complex subjects. Virtual worlds with scientifically accurate simulations could permit learners to tinker with chemical reactions in living cells, practice operating and repairing expensive equipment, and experience microgravity, making it easier to grasp complex concepts and transfer this understanding quickly to practical problems. MMOs help players develop and exercise a skill set closely matching the thinking, planning, learning, and technical skills increasingly in demand by employers. These skills include strategic thinking, interpretative analysis, problem solving, plan formulation and execution, team-building and cooperation, and adaptation to rapid change.

More information can be found here.

If you have any ideas for NASA, send your suggestions to them.

Here is their main web page.

Ben Stein is Expelled

I am more and more impressed with Ben Stein. Now he has made a movie that insists that people think critically instead of blindly following tradition. If we did not think critically we would still think the Earth was flat and we would still be living in the Dark Ages. Open your mind. Question everything. Weigh the answers that are presented to you as fact or truth.

See more about Ben’s movie here at the official Expelled web site.

See more trailers for the movie here.

Fighting for Fusion

I just read an amazing article on a possible fusion reactor that could actually solve many energy problems. This article was brought to my attention by Ranulf on one of the 1000 Planets mailing lists. This article is located at Following is the actual article.

Fighting for Fusion
Why the U.S. Isn’t Funding A Promising Energy Technology
By William Matthews

“On Nov. 11, 2005, the day his small fusion reactor exploded in a shower of sparks and metal fragments, even physicist Robert Bussard didn’t know what he had achieved.” (digg this story)

Take note of the video that is referenced at the end of the article of a presentation that Bussard gave at Google
Should Google Go Nuclear? Clean, cheap, nuclear power

I welcome any comments as this topic is extremely fascinating to me.

On a somewhat related topic, here is an article from Popular Science about the gasification of waste to produce energy in a highly efficient process.

The Prophet of Garbage
“Joseph Longo’s Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energy—and promises to make a relic of the landfill”

Amazing stuff!!!