A fourth way they’re used is as platforms for actual scientific discovery. Rather than just a group of two or four or 10 or 12 people solving a problem, you create a world in which you make that problem-solving fun, and you get thousands of people all working on the problem at once. It turns out you can have incredible scientific discovery that way. … [Read more...] about Blue Sky Science: How are video games used in research?
The first one is, of course, water. Second, there needs to be a land surface that’s made out of different rock types or sediment. Third, that land surface needs to have a vertical drop. Lastly, gravity is really important because it’s what makes the water flow downhill. … [Read more...] about Blue Sky Science: How are waterfalls made?
The story is make-believe, of course, but it's not entirely devoid of science. No one knows that better than Jack Horner, a Montana State University paleontologist who served as science advisor to the original movie and some of the subsequent ones — and who was the inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant, the fictional paleontologist portrayed by actor Sam Neill in the first movies. … [Read more...] about ‘Jurassic World’: Paleontologist who inspired Alan Grant role talks real-life dino science
One way to avoid these two problems, Grandin says, is to make the killing cut closer to the jawbone, near the uppermost (C1) vertebra. Cutting this close will sever the nerve connecting the cow’s respiratory system to the brain, eliminating the unpleasant sensations of blood aspiration. Making the cut close to the jawbone will also help prevent prolonged consciousness in the cow by reducing false aneurysms – buildups of blood that block leaking arteries, delaying exsanguination. Most halal cuts are made close to the jaw, but in kosher slaughter, the knife is not permitted to touch the jawbone. … [Read more...] about Mercy Killings: Denmark’s Ritual Slaughter Ban And The Science Of Humane Butchering
"As it is now, people, in general, don't seem to be very aware of the actual science and how severe this crisis actually is," she said. "I think we need to inform them and start treating this crisis as the existential emergency it is." … [Read more...] about Greta Thunberg tells Congress: ‘Unite behind the science’