Editor’s Selections: Floating mice, sinking Mobius rings, topsy-turvy climate change — and 50 million chemicalsSeptember 14th, 2009 Editor's Selections 1 Comment
“Dr. SkySkull” selects several notable posts each week from a miscellany of ResearchBlogging.org categories. He blogs at Skulls in the Stars.
- Next they’ll tell me that pigs can fly. You may have heard a few years back about researchers levitating frogs with powerful magnets. But why should amphibians have all the fun? Christie at Observations of a Nerd describes recent research into the levitation of mice — and apparently the mice enjoyed it!
- When a Mobius ring is dropped into a fluid. Mobius rings, one-sided strips, have been objects of fascination for years. Arunn at Unruled Notebook looks at research which studies the unusual behavior of such rings when allowed to sink in water.
- Cutting through the haze: Nailing down the role of aerosols in climate change. Most people are aware that climate science is a devilishly tricky subject. James Hrynyshyn of The Island of Doubt reports on results that prove this point yet again: the rapid reduction of man-made aerosol pollutants could dramatically increase the temperature on the Earth!
- 50 million chemicals and counting. Finally, David Bradley at sciencebase announces an unusual milestone: the Chemical Abstracts Service has logged its 50 millionth unique chemical, a mere 9 months after the 40 millionth. But is this real progress, or an artifact of the reporting process?
Check back next Monday for more “miscellaneous” highlights!