So you know you are a nerd when you go to a Halloween party and everyone gathers around a computer to watch a movie about protein synthesis. Ok, it's a really funny movie about protein synthesis, from 1971, full of stoned flower children rolling around in the grass. You must see it. You can pretty much skip right through the first part with the chalkboard explanation [skip to 3:10]. Keep an eye out for the puffs of smoke representing GTP hydrolysis-- my favorite touch.
Tags: mad science, mpegs, the future
Current Music: "Woooo wooooo! Initiator Factor Twooo!"
DNA Lounge update
wherein we pay a visit to Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses.
The long out-of-print Urgh! A Music War
will be showing on VH1C
on Mon, Oct 30 at 6pm PST (9pm EST). They have it listed as "2 hours", which I hope means it's the 124-minute edit, not the 96-minute edit that ran on Sundance a few years ago. It would behoove you to record this, as it's probably the second-best concert film ever made. *
Also, here's a decent documentary about Blade Runner (52 minutes). There's not a lot new in there if you've read Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner (which you should) but at 40:00, there's a deleted scene that I hadn't seen before of Deckard visiting Holden in the hospital.
Update: The VH1 showing was the same as the Sundance showing, except they omitted three more acts: Surf Punks, My Beach My Wave; The Cramps, Tear It Up; and Invisible Sex, Valium. Leaving out that Cramps performance was nuts -- it's one of the high points of the movie! Both showings omitted three other performances, which I haven't seen since the 80s: Gary Numan Down in the Park (he drove around the stage in a little bumper car!); Skafish, Sign of the Cross; and Splodgenessabounds, Two Little Boys.
Greenland Ice Sheet Losing Mass
Between 2003 and 2005, Greenland's low coastal areas shed 155 gigatons (41 cubic miles) of ice per year, while snow accumulation in the interior of the ice sheet was only 54 gigatons per year. The amount of ice lost in two years is roughly the same as the amount of water that flows through the Colorado River in 12 years.
The GRACE satellites sense changes in mass beneath them by responding to changes in gravitational force. As the twin satellites orbit the Earth in tandem, the distance between them changes as a result of changes in the concentration of mass on the Earth below.
(Now that part's kinda awesome: they used the satellites responsible for this gravity model, the data of which is normally intended for, basically, making sure your ICBMs land where you meant them to.)
Overall, Greenland lost 20 percent more mass than it received in snowfall each year. These results are consistent with overall trends in ice loss that other types of observations of Greenland have documented, including radar-based estimates of accelerating glacier flow off the ice sheet.
According to one of the study's authors, Jay Zwally of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, "This is a very large change in a very short time. In the 1990s, the ice sheet was growing inland and shrinking significantly at the edges, which is what climate models predicted as a result of global warming. Now the processes of mass loss are clearly beginning to dominate the inland growth, and we are only in the early stages of the climate warming predicted for this century."
Also, Ozone hole is biggest on record.