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A daily updated blog of breaking science news mainly relating to astronomy and physics. You will find entertaining yet accurate spins and critique to science articles, and many links to other online sources for further reading.

DJ Busby
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  • December 4, 2014
  • 02:21 PM

ALMA Japan: Hi-Def Imaging of Spiral Gas Arms from Twin Baby Stars (w/video)

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

We know that about half the the stars out there (with sizes close to that of our sun) are binary systems. However, for a long time we've been lacking information on how they develop, since it's not been easy to get a whole lot of data from surrounding scattered mass that's so damned far away! Congrats to all involved!... Read more »

Shigehisa Takakuwa, Masao Saito, Kazuya Saigo, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Jeremy Lim, Tomoyuki Hanawa, & Paul T. P. Ho. (2014) Angular Momentum Exchange by Gravitational Torques and Infall in the Circumbinary Disk of the Protostellar System L1551 NE. The Astrophysical Journal. arXiv: 1409.4903v1

  • April 13, 2012
  • 01:39 AM

A White Roof: So Simple It's Insane So Insane It Just Might Work

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Reflectivity might work better at mitigating global warming than focus on CO2... Read more »

  • March 15, 2012
  • 09:31 PM

Caramel Color Carcinogens -- Bring Back Crystal Pepsi Part 2

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Recently in the news, 4-MEI in cola's caramel coloring includes a carcinogen. I explain the severity, and follow it up with my proposal for the resurrection of Crystal Pepsi.... Read more »

National Toxicology Program (NTP, 2007). (2007) Chemical Meeting The Criteria For Listing As Causing Cancer Via The Authoritative Bodies Mechanism: 4-Methylimidazole. NTP Technical Report Series. info:other/NIH: 07-4471

  • March 15, 2012
  • 09:08 PM

Why It Failed -- Bring Back Crystal Pepsi: Part 1

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Why was Crystal Pepsi a failure?
The answer can be found by looking at experiments we've done on consumers' taste, expectations, and satisfaction with beverages on the market.... Read more »

Lawrence L. Garber Jr., Eva M Hyatt, & Richard G. Starr Jr. (2000) The effects of food color on perceived flavor. Journal of Marketing Theory And Practice, 59-75. info:other/ISSN: 10696679

  • March 14, 2012
  • 09:30 PM

Sonification: Listen To The Sun / Listen To CERN's LHC

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Solar storm data has recently been translated through a process called sonification into audio. CERN uses this technology too. Here are videos and explanations for both.... Read more »

Alberto de Campo, Natascha Hormann, Harald Markum, Willibald Plessas, & Bianka Sengi. (2005) Sonification of lattice data: The spectrum of the Dirac operator across the deconfinement transition. Proceedings of Science. info:other/PoS: LAT2005-152

Katharina Vogt, Robert H¨oldrich, David Pirr`o, Martin Rumori, Stefan Rossegger, Werner Riegler, & Matevˇz Tadel. (2010) A SONIC TIME PROJECTION CHAMBER. SONIFIED PARTICLE DETECTION AT CERN. International Conference on Auditory Display. info:other/ISBN: 0-9670904-3-1

  • January 15, 2012
  • 08:09 PM

Avoiding Lasting Pain With Administration of High Dosage Spurts of Morphine

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

This discovery, in a nutshell, can be found in the last sentence of the abstract:
"Opioids thus not only temporarily dampen pain but may also erase a spinal memory trace of pain."... Read more »

  • January 4, 2012
  • 09:39 PM

A Walkthrough To Find Credible Souces and Answers to the Controversies of Vaccines, Evolution, Holocaust, and Global Warming

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Where do you get your facts?
Hopefully, a reliable source.
So what's an online reliable source, and how can a regular Joe get a hold of this information?

A very easy way to be confident is to make sure that you're reading from an .edu or .gov page. One of the easiest (and quickest) ways to find your topic is through the citations on Wikipedia. Some people doubt the validity of Wikipedia in fear of hecklers. The nature or self-maintaining issue of Wikipedia aside, the citations at the bottom are a real treasure trove.
... Read more »

Bonhoeffer J, & Heininger U. (2007) Adverse events following immunization: perception and evidence. Current opinion in infectious diseases, 20(3), 237-46. PMID: 17471032  

Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Rivetti A, & Price D. (2005) Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). PMID: 16235361  

Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (2008) Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The National Academies Press. info:/9780309105866

  • December 21, 2011
  • 09:12 PM

Ironic: Anti-Prejudice Experiments Show that Our Efforts are Making Things Worse

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

A brilliant and game changing set of experiments on anti-prejudice efforts has been released in the Journal Psychological Science. The hypothesis, which proved to stand up, said that self-motivated reasoning provides a greater influence against prejudice than a "controlled" approach, pressure exerted from outside sources.... Read more »

  • December 12, 2011
  • 03:51 PM

Unified Theory BS: I Debunk "The Schwarzschild Proton" by Nassim Haramein

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

The unification of forces, sought after for a long time, and the incompatibility of standard mechanics of gravity on the quantum scale has been a holy grail of sorts for physicists to resolve. Now if we look at the nature of standard black holes, not protons, we can't forget that they exist as a singularity on a quantum level. All we know of black holes then should apply to these schwarzschild protons. This new theory debunks black hole evaporation. Stephen Hawking will be angered.
Strong force here is conveniently renamed as gravity. It's not necessarily a revelation, that aspect is only a revelation based on simple semantics. Try to explain how black holes are now, under your theory, positively charged, as protons are already confirmed to be.... Read more »

Nassim Haramein. (2010) The Schwarzschild Proton . AIP. info:other/

  • November 27, 2011
  • 05:24 PM

Sapolsky Religion Lecture Dissected Part 1/6

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Sapolsky admits that this brilliant lecture is often met with considerable resistance by some religious types. Here, my goal is to dissect his lecture and provide adequate scholarly references to clarify and validate his argument; to reaffirm that his lecture is based on unbiased science.... Read more »

Torgersen, Svenn. (1985) Relationship of Schizotypal Personality Disorder to Schizophrenia: Genetics. Schizophrenia Bulletin , 11(4). info:/

Owen, M., Williams, H., & O’Donovan, M. (2009) Schizophrenia genetics: advancing on two fronts. Current Opinion in Genetics , 19(3), 266-270. DOI: 10.1016/j.gde.2009.02.008  

Kurotaki, N., Tasaki, S., Mishima, H., Ono, S., Imamura, A., Kikuchi, T., Nishida, N., Tokunaga, K., Yoshiura, K., & Ozawa, H. (2011) Identification of Novel Schizophrenia Loci by Homozygosity Mapping Using DNA Microarray Analysis. PLoS ONE, 6(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020589  

  • October 31, 2011
  • 06:04 PM

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Vic Tandy on Ghosts and Infrasound

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Descriptions of the science behind a phenomenon concerning the human eye, which stands to be the root cause of a portion of "ghost sightings."... Read more »

Vic Tandy, Tony R. Lawrence. (1998) The Ghost in the Machine. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. info:/

  • October 29, 2011
  • 09:09 PM

Using An Array of Cameras to Accurately Model a Flickering Flame

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

This experiment in the fluid dynamics video demonstrated that a three-dimensional flame can be reconstructed by combining images from multiple cameras using synthetic aperture imaging.... Read more »

Preston Murray, Jonathon Pendlebury, Dale Tree, & Tadd Truscott. (2011) Flame Reconstruction Using Synthetic Aperture Imaging. arXiv. arXiv: 1110.3700v1

  • October 27, 2011
  • 03:29 AM

Fluid Dynamics In Slo-Mo: Liquid Rings

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

I explain an experiment in fluid dynamics, accompanied with a video... Read more »

Seungho Kim, & Ho-Young Kim. (2011) Liquid ring. arXiv. arXiv: 1110.3703v1

Drelich J, & Chibowski E. (2010) Superhydrophilic and superwetting surfaces: definition and mechanisms of control. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 26(24), 18621-3. PMID: 21090661  

  • October 26, 2011
  • 04:07 AM

Fluid Dynamics In Slow Motion: How Flowers Catch Raindrops

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Using cameras able to film in the ultra-slow-motion we've all come to love, this study has produced something truly beautiful.... Read more »

Guillermo Amador, Yasukuni Yamada, & David Hu. (2011) How flowers catch raindrops. ArXiv. arXiv: 1110.3993v1

  • March 16, 2011
  • 03:42 PM

Despite Mounting Fears, Our Future is Nuclear Fusion: Point and Counterpoint

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Nuclear fission reactors are building up quite a bad reputation at the moment. Instead of dissecting the flaws and strengths of our current nuclear power plants, I like to focus on the near future, perhaps as close as the 2030's, where nuclear FUSION plants might reign. ... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 04:49 PM

CORKSCREW LIGHT: Measuring Orbital Angular Momentum Will Give Us Extra Information About Black Holes and Frame Dragging

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Frame Dragging, an effect spinning black holes have on spacetime and on the light in its vicinity, is causing a measurable corkscrew effect on photons, newly discovered and published in this issue of Nature Physics. "Twisting of light around rotating black holes"... Read more »

Tamburini, F., Thidé, B., Molina-Terriza, G., & Anzolin, G. (2011) Twisting of light around rotating black holes. Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/nphys1907  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 06:11 PM

Biomimicry: Borrow From Nature! Mother Earth Forgets To Patent

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Lately I've noticed a decent amount of technological innovation resulting from biomimicry. Aeronautics traditionally seems to reap the most benefit from this process, but that field is by no means the only one benefiting. We often come up with designs inspired by nature, but how often is our end result superior than our inspiration?... Read more »

  • December 6, 2010
  • 06:03 PM

Half the world's population is infected by cats!

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

2 to 3 billion people, about half the world's population, have a brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. ... Read more »

Flegr J. (2007) Effects of toxoplasma on human behavior. Schizophrenia bulletin, 33(3), 757-60. PMID: 17218612  

  • December 4, 2010
  • 06:34 PM

Quantum Teleportation: Science Fiction? NOPE! It's been here, is real, is documented, here's the proof, and here's how it works!

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

An in depth look at Quantum Teleportation... Read more »

DJ Busby. (2010) Quantum Teleportation: Science Fiction? NOPE! It's been here, is real, is documented, here's the proof, and here's how it works!. info:/

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