Renowned Geophysicist explains Japan tsunami

If you’re looking for an easy to understand scientific explanation about the formation of the devastating quake and tsunami that devastated Japan this Friday, you’d better read Dr. John Ebel‘s theory from below, Professor of geophysics and director of Weston Observatory of Boston College. “We had an earthquake caused by the Pacific Ocean plate sliding under the Asian plate and

Donate to tsunami victims in Japan

The recent tsunami wave that hit the Japanese coast this Friday simply devastated the countries costal areas. Besides the actual casualties (now reported to around 1,700), there are a few thousand people still isolated (footage of Japanese citizens stranded on rooftops have been circulating everywhere recently) and thousands more left homeless. The Japanese Government and the countless other nations that

The Internet’s response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

In the wake of Japan’s most devastating recorded earthquake to date, the nation of the rising sun is still left in shock. Hundreds were killed, many more left homeless, countless financial damage and entire cities left with electricity – it might even get a heck of a lot worse. Another big issue is the telecom failure which makes phone communication

Two hours worth of gaming is like snorting a line of coke…therapist says

It’s ignorance like this that never sees to baffle me. Steve Pop is an overnight notorious psychotherapist who, like most of today’s center stage and tomorrow’s props, became famous after stating live on BBC Radio that “spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces in the brain.” “It’s the

Smithsonian Wild – a database of wildlife photos 200,000 captured with automated cameras

Some animals in the wild are so elusive and hard to glimpse that they’re almost impossible to capture with a camera. This is why researchers often use trip cameras with motion sensors that film or photograph whenever an animal is in the vicinity. The Smithsonian today launched a new searchable website,, that presents more than 202,000 wildlife photos captured

Kaspar the friendly robot – helping autistic children smile

Pictured on the left is Eden Sawczenko, an autistic four year girl from Stevenage, that has had a lot of problems bonding with other children, not being able to understand emotions and actually frawining upon them. Her best friend in the world is Kaspar, a very friendly human-like, child-sized robot built by scientists from University of Hertfordshire specifically to help

Apple set to cut down retail products and focus on in-store personalized setup

As part of Apple‘s new marketing and sales strategy, the company is withdrawing a number of hardware on display in retail locations, like printers, hard drives and the likes. Components of the sorts will still be available for customers to purchase on demand or online, but their shelve space has been withdrawn to make room for Apple’s new in-store Mac

‘Watson’ supercomputer wins Jeopardy!

Yesterday night, the IBM developed supercomputer “Watson” won in a two-round Jeopardy contest, aired in three episodes,  against the two most famous, top-scouring human players, Ken Jennings (the longest consecutive winner in Jeopardy history) and Brad Rutter (most earnings won in the game). Who ever had the highest total score at the end of the two rounds would have won,

NASA’s 2012 budget – $18.7 Billion

Earlier today Obama’s administration budget plan for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was proposed to $18.7 billion, at the same amount as in 2010, and puts predominance towards science research, exploration and commercial flight development. The $18.7 billion funding layout is $300 million less than the draft budget approved for 2011 in the NASA Authorization Act last year and

Valentine’s Day Present: Name A Bronx Zoo Madagascar Cockroach After Your Loved One!

Roses are red. Violets are blue. That cockroach is named After you… Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and as such every couple, and of course speculative business, is trying to come up with something special for this year to impress his loved one. A box of candy and a teddy beer? Too corny. Stay up all night

The Smell of Sound – how nasal stem cells treatment can prevent hearing loss

A research published earlier today in Stem Cells relates how stem cells scientists in Australia have managed to show that patients suffering from hearing disorders emerged during childhood could benefit from a stem cells procedure collected from one’s nose. The research focused on early-onset sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by a loss of sensory cells or neurons in the

Science cafés – making science lectures fun and accessible

While in a bar, sipping a nice refreshing brew, it is not uncommon for people to engage in all sorts of discussions, ranging from Monday night football, to Kim Kardashian, to…science! You don’t need to be a scientist to talk about science either, and in Michigan a praising new phenomenon has emerged, science bars and cafes. The grassroots movement has

AOL buys Huffington post for $315 Million

After acquiring TechCrunch for a up till now undisclosed sum, the crippling internet behemoth AOL has added yet another big publishing player to its portfolio by buying one of the internet’s leading political and news portals, The Huffington Post. The deal will be paid in cash, likely be completed late in the first quarter or early in the second, and

Record High Greenhouse Emission Rates for 2010

A week before the UN Copenhagen climate summit, a disheartening new study conducted by scientists from University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, along with the University of East Anglia, shows that the world greenhouse gas emissions could reach record high in 2010, outranking the previous 2008 high. The data supports the idea that as the world is recovering from

The first Apple computer could get sold for £150,000

Back in 1976 a new brand new and innovative company founded by a few bright individuals released a product that would go down in history as one of the most revolutionizing electronic ever manufactured. That company was Apple, one of today’s most profitable corporations in the world, and the respespective product was the Apple I. The Apple I, one of

Google to unveil the Nexus Two – the most powerful Android phone

Although many of us have yet to update to Android 2.2, it seems Google is increasing the pace of its smartphone and OS development, as a few days ago the search engine giant announced the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, yet poorly soled Nexus One. The upcoming Nexus Two is set to be officially announced on November 8th in NY’s

Nokia lays of 1800 people after reporting brilling quarter profits

If you had asked someone on the street five years ago anything about mobile phones, most would have answered that there are only two types: Nokia and the rest. Times change and in a fast evolving technological environment like the mobile market you need change with them, otherwise you will die as a company. In the last few years the

Facebook ‘likes’ Microsoft: bing adds facebook networking data

Back in 2007 the Redmond corporate giant managed to acquire a small share of Facebook for a whooping $250 mil deal after incredibly stiff and harsh negotiations. Microsoft’s interest in Facebook continued, and the two are currently collaborating in hope of standing a chance against Google and capitalizing on the search market. At the beginning of the year, Facebook dropped