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Episode 2: 11th-17th September 2011

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The Science of Architecture. We sometimes get things appearing out of left field that proves to be thought provoking beyond its original purpose.

The Science of Architecture

And so it was with this video clip of David Byrne (lead singer of Talking Heads for those old enough to remember back that far) that a friend sent to me. In this 16 minute clip David discusses how music has been influenced by architecture. More specifically how musicians were influenced to write music that suited the building or environment they were going to be playing it in. He explores how this has been true from the time of classical music in earlier centuries, through to modern times. One example given is the music that Talking Heads created while performing in the CBGB club, Where’s my Robot? [Part 1] Where’s my Robot? [Part 2] Part 1 looked at trends in Robotics.

Where’s my Robot? [Part 2]

Here I consider some of the challenges, as well as provide more information on military robots. Challenges What is needed for robots to be valued and respected members of our world? As a non-specialist I see five main requirements: It isn’t the sun.

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Other interesting things. Pre-Dino Subterranean World Discovered. - A sophisticated underground animal world existed 240 million years ago in Morocco. - Tunnels, chambers and other structures related to the early burrows suggest they provided escape from predators and weather extremes. - Stout, four-legged clawed animals likely built the Middle Triassic Era burrows, which pre-date dinosaurs.

Pre-Dino Subterranean World Discovered

Astronomers discover a wretched hive of scum and villainy. If there’s a bright center to the Universe, astronomers have found the planet it’s farthest from.

Astronomers discover a wretched hive of scum and villainy

Called Kepler-16b, it’s a Saturn-like world which has the distinction of being the first discovered to orbit both Sun-like stars in a binary system. OK, Star Wars references aside, this is pretty cool. Most of the planets being found around other stars are orbiting single stars. A very few — like a possible planet orbiting Gamma Cephei — orbit one of the stars in a binary system, and some (like NN Serpentis b and c) orbit both stars, but one of them is a dead star like a white dwarf or a neutron star. Unlike those, Kepler-16 is a binary where both stars, though dinky, are bona-fide stars like the Sun, and the planet orbits both. Kepler-16 is one (OK, two) of those stars (hence the name), located about 200 light years from Earth. PHD Comics Movie is coming, providing an inside view of science. Earlier this year, graduate students suddenly found themselves deprived of a major source of procrastination when updates of the Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD) Comics suddenly reduced to trickles.

The hiatus led to a widespread speculation that Jorge Cham, the creator of the comics, fell victim to (*gasp*) procrastinitis after advocating for the habit over many years through his worldwide speech tour titled "the Power of Procrastination. " PhD Comics is a humorous and point-blank accurate take on the everyday struggles scientists face in grad school that are often hard to explain to people on the outside—like our parents.

The comics earned their worldwide popularity soon after Jorge started writing them in 1997 for this exact reason—they finally gave us a way to laugh at ourselves for banging our heads against the lab benches and computer monitors. Knowledgeable individuals protect the wisdom of crowds. Science Magazine: Sign In. Where Can You Put Solar Panels? Almost Anywhere You Want. If you've given any thought to the benefits of solar power, you've probably realized at least two things: You need to live in a sunny climate and, most importantly, you need to have your solar panels facing south. Polio in India: going, going, gone? India, ravaged by polio like no other place on the planet, has seen only a single case this year, back in January.

Polio in India: going, going, gone?

Although the global polio eradication effort is neither celebrating nor relenting, it may have already succeeded in eliminating polio from India. One Per Cent: Stealth tank morphs to transmit QR codes. Niall Firth, technology editor (Image: BAE Systems) They're more commonly seen on the side of drinks cans or on adverts to direct you to company websites. Coffee binging ‘genetic’ “With caffeine impacting gene expression, we believe that caffeine then influences chemical pathways in the body.

Coffee binging ‘genetic’

" Image: salihguleriStockphoto As part of an international study, researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) have identified a gene that plays a role in influencing how much coffee people drink. Glowing transgenic cats could boost AIDS research - health - 11 September 2011. Three cats genetically modified to resist feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) have opened up new avenues for AIDS research.

Glowing transgenic cats could boost AIDS research - health - 11 September 2011

The research could also help veterinarians combat the virus, which kills millions of feral cats each year and also infects big cats, including lions. Prosaically named TgCat1, TgCat2 and TgCat3, the GM cats – now a year old – glow ghostly green under ultraviolet light because they have been given the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene originating from jellyfish. The GM cats also carry an extra monkey gene, called TRIMCyp, which protects rhesus macaques from infection by feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV – responsible for cat AIDS. By giving the gene to the cats, the team hopes to offer the animals protection from FIV. Cat immunity Already, the researchers have demonstrated that lab cultures of white blood cells from the cats are protected from FIV, and they hope to give the virus to the cats to check whether they are immune to it.

More From New Scientist. Nasa unveils most powerful rocket. Last updated 06:40 15/09/2011 Nasa has unveiled plans for a mammoth deep-space rocket to carry astronauts to the moon, Mars and other destinations beyond the International Space Station.

Nasa unveils most powerful rocket

The rocket project would cost US$10 billion (NZ$12.2b) through until 2017, when the first test flight of the Space Launch System is scheduled to take place from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Another US$6 billion (NZ$7.32b) is allotted to building the Orion deep-space crew capsule, a holdover from the defunct Constellation moon exploration initiative canceled by the Obama administration. Nasa already has spent US$5 billion (NZ$6.1b) on Orion. Downunder bid for powerful radio telescope. Last updated 10:54 16/09/2011 Australia and New Zealand have submitted an official bid to host the world's most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Downunder bid for powerful radio telescope

The SKA project would see up to 3000 individual radio telescopes spread across both countries, collecting spatial information from an area of a million square metres. It will allow scientists to look at radio waves throughout much of the universe, searching for things such as Earth-like planets, studying black holes and potentially looking back in time to see how the universe formed.

Australian Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr and New Zealand Economic Development Minister David Carter said hosting the telescope, which costs about $3 billion, would put both countries at the forefront of international science.