# Wednesday, July 09, 2008

In an experiment to find out whether octopuses have a preferred arm out of the eight they use scientists have given them a Rubik's Cube. 25 octopuses have all been given one of the toys and the scientists will record their behaviour to see whether the creatures use a specific limb to pick up the toy. I have never managed to solve a Rubik's Cube, I wonder how long it will the octopuses to figure it out.


posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 1:20:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Five artists are going to fly 23,000 feet into the air to create art inspired by the feeling of weightlessness. The flight will take place a specially modified plane which will take a series of climbs and dives allowing the team of artists to experience bursts of zero gravity whilst creating a work of art. It will be interesting to see what the end results are.

posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 10:55:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This article suggests that metal earrings and tooth filling could cause chronic back pain. Apparently the body reacts when it is pierced by pieces of metal and the nervous system tries to remove the offending object leading to the skin surrounding them becoming uncomfortable. This seems to be a fairly new theory but it is becoming more widely believed amongst professional chiropractors.  Personally I'm not convinced about the fact that jewellery can cause back pain but I have read other articles in the past that suggest people have been cured after having their metal fillings removed.

posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 10:46:43 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sometimes I come across something really strange, well how about bacon chocolate chip cookies? I found the recipe on this blog and they look truly awful (this is no reflection on the authors cooking or pictures, rather the bacon and chocolate combination itself). I'm not sure whether I am brave enough to try the recipe myself but apparently they are delicious.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 4:54:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback

This article suggests that smaller dogs are more likely to be aggressive than bigger ones. A study on animal behaviour published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science found that smaller dogs were more likely to show aggressive behaviour. Dachshunds topped the list followed by the Chihuahua and the Jack Russell Terrier with a large dog the Akita only making number four in the list. I guess what the smaller dogs lack in size they make up for in attitude.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 4:45:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


If you believe this article then we could all live on floating cities in the future. That's according to an architect who believes that floating cites could be the answer to rising sea levels. In theory each city could house 50,000 inhabitants in a self sustainable home which would have a lake at its centre. It would also have artificial marinas and mountains and would be powered by wind turbines and solar power. The architect has not yet estimated a cost for his design but believes it could be a solution to provide housing for refugees from islands that have been overtaken by the sea. It all looks very interesting, a bit like a massive lily pad.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 1:55:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 07, 2008

I am used to checking my email and finding an inbox full of spam but it really only occurred to me how many I actually receive when I didn't read my email for a day at the weekend. I was shocked to find that in just that one day I had over 2,000 spam messages. The majority of them had been sent to junk mail folder but I still find I have to wade through in case my spam filter has been overzealous and picked up messages that I do want to read. My main problem at the moment appears to be undeliverable emails that are being returned to my inbox because my email address is listed as the sender. Obviously I didn't send the emails in the first place but because my email address has been entered as the sender by some unscrupulous spammer I get the pleasure of an inbox full of spam. What I would really like to do is track these people down and kill them.

posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 2:19:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article it is going to be a good year for mosquitoes and midges. Apparently the mild winter and the wet spring have provided the ideal breeding conditions for the little critters. I have nearly recovered from my insect bites that I got last week but it looks like there could be many more to come this summer. I hate midges.

posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 12:10:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 05, 2008

Police in Wales who were called out to investigate an unidentified flying object quickly found that it was not an alien invasion but was simply the moon. It appeared the man who called them out was unable to identify the large glowing object in the sky as the moon. The conversation with the control room (below) makes interesting reading.

Control Room: 'South Wales Police, what's your emergency?'
Caller: 'It's not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there's a bright stationary object.'
Control room: 'Right.'
Caller: 'If you've got a couple of minutes, perhaps you could find out what it is? It's been there at least half an hour and it's still there.'
Control: 'It's been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?'
Caller: 'It's in the air.'
Control: 'I will send someone up there now to check it out.'
Caller: 'OK.' The mystery was soon solved, as the exchange between control and an officer sent to the scene makes clear.
Control: 'Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?'
Officer: 'Yes, it's the Moon. Over.'

posted on Saturday, July 05, 2008 12:39:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 04, 2008

A Japanese company has teamed up with the American aerospace firm Rocketplane to offer the first "space weddings". The voyages will start in 2011 and the weddings will take place 100km above the earth. They cost £1.1 million so are not cheap. For that you can invite two guests and a priest. The cost includes a four day training period, a wedding dress and a party at the spaceport. It also includes a live broadcast so that family and friends can watch the ceremony.

posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 10:12:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

A vaccine that could cure cat allergies is undergoing clinical trials. The research suggests that after the vaccine can make patients can develop a tolerance to cat allergens such as fur after just four treatments. The article doesn't say whether the effects of the vaccine are permanent or if it needs to be taken as an ongoing treatment. Perhaps this will be clearer after the clinical trials.

posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 9:55:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 03, 2008

According to this article the demand for used fuel efficient cars is up as people in the US try to cut their fuel costs. Apparently prices of used hybrids and fuel efficient small cars have risen considerably within the last six months with cars that were cheaper last year no selling at a premium. The most fuel efficient vehicle currently on the market is the 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid and because Toyota have capped production of the 2008 model you would expect to pay 9% more or an extra for one of these. I wonder whether we will see something similar happening in the UK. I have been considering upgrading my very old G Reg (1990) Fiesta but when I realised just how many miles it does on one tank of fuel I thought I would hang onto it for a bit longer. 

posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:08:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This is quite interesting, its a revolving skyscraper. It has been created by an Italian architect who wanted to create what he calls dynamic towers. In the towers each of the floors can fully rotate up to once an hours. The rotating floors will be made from prefabricated apartments that spin around a concrete floor and owners who buy an entire floor will be able to activate the rotation with voice commands to change their view. The towers will also generate enough electricity to power themselves and other nearby buildings because they will be fitted with solar panels and wind turbines. Two of the buildings will be built in Dubai and Moscow by the end of 2010. It all sounds very interesting except that the architect has never built a skyscraper before. I wonder whether it will work.

posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 12:14:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Insects really like to bite me and every time they do I seem to suffers quite bad reactions. I don't know when they got to me this time but today I have at least three insect bites on my thigh. The combination of the three bites has meant that my entire upper leg has swollen to about twice its normal size, and it really is painful and itchy but also numb in places. In fact I think this might be my worst insect bite so far, it looks so hideous that I'm not going to post a picture this time but if you check out the last time I got bitten and imagine this but much redder and four times as big, then you are nearly there. Needless to say I am in a really bad mood today.

posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 3:43:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback