Archives for October, 2010

MySci Round-Up, October 29-31: Special Halloween Edition

We’ve got a block of scary programs for you on Saturday night, starting with American Paranormal: Haunted Prison at 8 PM ET. That’s followed by The Truth Behind Bigfoot at 9P, and The Truth Behind Zombies at 10P.Now, here are the spooky science and technology stories of the day.What zombies can teach us about brain…

Wild Superstitions

Most of us have heard animal superstitions through the years, from rabbit’s foot fertility fortune to crossing black cat curses. But here’s a few more wild old wives’ tales and international superstitions that I’ve heard recently… It’s bad luck to bring peacock feathers into your home because of the ‘all-seeing’ eye markings. On a journey?…

Could a Zombie Apocalypse Actually Happen?

In a memorable moment from George Romero’s 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead—which is sort of The Godfather: Part II of zombie apocalypse flicks—some of the ordinary humans fleeing the growing onslaught of reanimated, cannibalistic corpses pause to ponder a nagging question.FRAN: What the hell are they?PETER: They’re us, that’s all. There’s no more room left in hell.STEVE:…

Canines in Costumes

Thinking about dressing up your dog this year? Keep in mind that some dogs will find wearing clothing stressful, uncomfortable or terrifying, so don’t force your pet to don a costume. Instead, consider cute alternatives like bandanas or attractive identification collars (or you know, just give ’em good old holiday hugs). Other dogs may enjoy…

MySci Round-Up, October 28: "Can You Hear Me Now?" …in 1928?

There’s rumors on the Internets about a YouTube video of verite sidewalk footage shot in 1928 at the Premiere of a Charlie Chaplin movie, which shows a woman walking down the street and holding something to her ear, as if she’s having a cell phone conversation. The clip was extracted and posted by George Clarke, a Belfast-based indie…

Lazy Teenage Lions

The Mountain Pride runs the show in South Africa’s Singita Game Reserve. Normally, when male lions reach three or four years, the dominate male boots them out of the pride—unwilling to tolerate sexual competition. But the Mountain Pride has no dominate male, so these teenage boys have remained at home. Now the mothers and sisters must work overtime to…

Manta Ray Training Techniques

Wild manta rays are not accustomed to slow, surface swimming for a set period of time, following a meal routine or being handled by humans. So how do you train a captive giant manta to feed from a ladle and swim into a stretcher for veterinary care? Ladle TrainingWhen a giant manta ray comes under…

MySci Round-Up October 27: The Fifth Horseman is a Firesheep

We’re seeing signs of ominous portent everywhere these days, but particularly in software developer Eric Butler’s new Firesheep extension to the popular Firefox browser, which allows you to essentially eavesdrop on any open WiFi network and capture social network users’ cookies. On his website, the developer writes that 129,000 would-be snoops already have downloaded the extension, which…

Extreme Animal Extractions

They hit our homes, hang out at our favorite restaurants, even tee up at the neighborhood golf course. Animals running amuck and crossing the line of comfort. They want to lead a cushy life, too – but when they get too close, the safest bet is to back off and let the experts take over.…

Lionfish Invasion

Photo Credit: Georgia Aquarium Beautiful and venomous, lionfish are top notch predators with healthy appetites. They’re successfully invading non-native waters, outcompeting domestic fish and using ocean currents to distribute their eggs – can anything be done to stop them? Lionfish are a marine species with pointed, toxic spines and red, black and white zebra stripes. They…