Animals #4: The Sugar Reward & 1 White Owl

Bats I hope these videos give you a more positive view of bats but, as instructed, don’t handle bats unless you know what you’re doing. Asha, a baby black flying fox (a type of bat), is being fed fruit and is very excited. Credit: Megabattie Jeddah, a grey-headed flying-fox (another bat), likes to be petted….

Newsroll #4

vshivkova / 123RF Stock Photo New nanoantenna can speed up gaming graphics, improve connectivity. Nanoantenna Mystery of the Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse Expedition Solved. La Pérouse  One Chinese town processes 80% of Africa’s ivory trade. Shuidong New modeling for Alfven waves disturbances in nuclear fusion reactors may lead to enhanced reactors Alfven waves…

Newsroll #3

Credit: MIT 3-D printed electronics which fold themselves. Electronics A B The ancient city of Hasankeyf in eastern Turkey faces destruction from a controversial dam. Dam New bat species finally gets a name. Its nickname was Yoda bat. Yoda New find suggests that the Vikings were selling cod to Europeans much earlier than expected. Cod…

SEKA Museum: AR Sandbox

Here are several videos showcasing my experimenting (or screwing around, either way) with an augmented reality sandbox. By analyzing sand it creates a digital map overlaid on the sand depicting an elevation map symbolized with color along with topographical lines and moving (not real) water. The end result is highly addictive just because you can…

Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi

I recently had the chance to visit a museum near where I live in Turkey called the Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi (Kocaeli Science Center). The museum is not actually a new facility but rather a conservation of an older building. It used to be a large paper factory in Izmit that produced tens of thousands of…

Science Findings: A Cleaner Ocean & Mouth

Gas Breathing Bacteria Deep in the Gulf of Mexico, around volcanoes, scientists have found mussels and sponges living with oil-loving bacteria. Part of the Cycloclasticus genus, the bacteria focus in on butane, ethane, and propane and live within sponges and mussels so that they can filter water rich in these short chain alkanes to the…

Scientific Findings: Midichlorians Are Not Real

Midichlorian: A New Scam This story is pretty disappointing but necessary for science to move forward. A blogging neuroscientist who goes by the pseudonym Neuroskeptic created a scientific paper which he then published to numerous journals. The article was titled, “Mitochondria: Structure, Function and Clinical Relevance” a fairly innocuous title given the importance the mitochondria…

Newsroll #2

ktsdesign / 123RF Stock Photo In the ancient Greek city of Perge (Antalya, Turkey) a new mosaic was discovered depicting, “…sacrifice of Iphigenia, the daughter of King Agamemnon in Greek mythology, during the Trojan War.” The excavation is headed by Antalya Museum Director, Mustafa Demirel. Perge Mosaic Aspendos shops yield new finds Shops Chinese tomb…

Newsroll #1

belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo On the Greek island of Despotiko, an uninhabited place in the Cyclades near Paros, archaeologists have discovered ancient buildings and fragments of statues. Yannis Kouragios, an archaeologist with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, is leading the dig. Despotiko Iran to return church bell from the 14th century to Turkey…

Mechanical Menagerie #5: Tools of the Trade

HoloLamp Credit: HoloLamp The HoloLamp is a next gen technology that allows you to visualize images in 3-D right in front of you. The main uses they have prepared are gaming, virtual assistants and sports broadcasting. The uses for holograms are boundless. Get ready for opinion time. They will eventually replace our glass screens across…

Space Findings: Astronauts, New Planet?, Harassment

creativemarc / 123RF Stock Photo Chaos at the Heart of the Orion Nebulae  Protecting Astronauts from Radiation Dr. Mohsen Rahmani, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Nonlinear Physics Centre within the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering, has developed a nanomaterial capable of reflecting or transmitting light. It…

Science Findings – Poachers, Fossil, ELT

robertsrob / 123RF Stock Photo This one is pretty sad. Every so often an ecologist, a conservationist or an animal expert find a new species of animal. They then document this in a paper which is later made public. Poachers have now found out that they can simply follow these research studies and discover new…