Perfect Equations and Beautiful Experiments

February 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM | Posted in Science | Leave a comment
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Out of curiousity, I attended the Cafe Scientifique with Robert Crease last Saturday, February 19. I convinced my friend Jess to go with me, after which we were to have dinner together as previously planned. The talk was hosted by The Mind Museum, the Philippines’ first world-class science museum, which is slated to open in December 2011.

Unfortunately we arrived quite late at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig (where the public talk was going to be). But we still managed to catch the tail-end of the discussion. We witnessed a lively discussion among science geeks and questions from the audience were entertained and answered. Now my friend and I were not exactly Physics major nor did we ever excel in science as students so we stood out like a sore thumb, haha!

Atom by Atom, Molecular Beings

September 8, 2008 at 5:09 PM | Posted in Current Events, Science | 1 Comment
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On September 10, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in the Swiss-French border will be switched on to recreate the Big Bang, giving scientists the opportunity to explore and learn more about the secrets of the universe. The collider, built 325 feet underground and shaped like a circular tunnel, will smash sub-atomic particles together in a speed that is nearly as fast as the speed of light. The explosion that will be generated will give scientists new ideas about dark matter, anti-matter, and possibly about parallel universe/s.

This is pretty interesting and exciting indeed. We are now closer to understanding the vast mysteries of the universe. It’s always nice to learn new discoveries about our planet and the galaxy. And contrary to what the naysayers claim, I don’t think it will be the end of the world once the collider achieved its purpose. I mean, the physicists involved in the project have assured the public that it will be safe. Granted the explosion may trigger the creation of black holes, these black holes will be tiny and unstable enough and dissolve quickly.

Them, Robots

September 2, 2008 at 11:48 AM | Posted in Movies, Science | Leave a comment
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Went to SM Science Discovery Center last Saturday with a couple of friends. We had a meeting with someone who works there so we got in for free. We had the opportunity to look around the center after the meeting and I must say, the place looked promising. As someone who likes sci-fi, I was thrilled to be there and see the items and educational materials on display. However, we only got to see a small portion of the entire area as there was an ongoing event at the center that time and we didn’t want to disrupt. There were also kids there who were on a school tour. Still, it was cool to see robots on display. I took a particular liking on the robot from the Terminator movie that was on display as I am a fan of the said film and TV franchise (except for that boring third installment of the movie). I would love to return there and explore the rest of the center, hopefully soon…

Terminator

Terminator

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Iron Man

Iron Man

Playing God

January 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM | Posted in Current Events, Science | Leave a comment
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So American scientists just recently announced that they are near to developing an artificial life form that could aide in creating a cure for illnesses as well as global warming. This artificial life form was based on a synthetically made DNA of a bacteria called Mycoplasma genitalium (Read the full story here.)

If these scientists succeeded in creating an artificial life form, then it won’t be long before scientists can clone humans. And if that happens, then we are close to looking at a new world where humans are grown (very much like The Matrix and Kyle XY) and not born. This is a rather scary thought. However well-meaning the intention of these scientists are, sooner or later there’s no stopping other scientists (or even political figures) of taking advantage of scientific breakthroughs such as this and use it for their own selfish needs.

It’s in the Genes

September 5, 2007 at 9:54 AM | Posted in Health, Science | Leave a comment

So there is now a scientific explanation as to why some people I know don’t get fat no matter how much they eat.

Based on the reports of this new scientific discovery, I guess it’s safe to say that my adipose gene is functioning poorly. I used to be so skinny when I was a child and even throughout high school and college. But when I started working, I’ve put on a lot of weight and even came to a point that I became overweight. Dieting became so hard for me. It is only in recent years that I have gone back to my normal weight (well, nearly anyway). This new discovery sounds promising but I know that it will take years before scientists develop an effective treatment for obesity and regulating body weight.

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