Friday, September 17, 2010

A favourite video..

Seewww keewwwwtt

I'm not afraid of heights but...


Okay, this is no longer just about science...

Cause I have way more to show you people than just microbes and viruses. Although those are really really awesome, dont get me wrong.

Anyways...moving on to THIS:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Edit: Found the video.

Diatoms under scanning electron microscope.  They produce up to 40% of the world’s breathable oxygen!

Back to science..

"We’ve arranged a society based on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces."

Carl Sagan 

Mint chocolate chip brownies

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (reserve remaining chips from bag to stir into batter)
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 salt
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces mint chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt 10 oz. chocolate and butter in a small bowl in the microwave on medium. Melt for 1 minute and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda and salt. Stir together with a wire whisk and set aside.
In your mixer, beat sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Add chocolate mixture to sugar. Then add flour mixture. Mix until combined.
Stir in mint chips and remaining chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased and floured 8X8 inch pan and bake forever. I mean about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean.
Source: bakerella


Cooking is science too..

Time for some recipe posts.. because I'm super hungry right now.

Been making and eating these for the past week:

* 4 ounces saltine crackers
* 1 cup butter
* 1 cup dark brown sugar
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
2. Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer.
3. In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately pour over saltines and spread t cover crackers completely.
4. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Reshaping the mind

A talk by Jill Bolte Taylor, the neurologist who had a stroke, and "watched" herself rebuild her own brain, from the inside out. It's a couple years old, but the information is still exciting, interesting, and surprisingly applicable to everyone - we all choose the negatives and positives that make up who we are.

Here's a link to an interview with Dr. Taylor, by Dan Cloer from Vision.

Just naturally stupid...

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

Surprising? Maybe not. But I found this talk extremely interesting, if just for the animal aspect.

A risky benefit

Active ingredient in Magic Mushrooms can help cancer patients

The most delicious gene

"The genetic blueprint of the chocolate tree is at hand, but not quite in mouth."