Made famous by Adria’s fruit caviar (El Bulli of Spain), scientists are now using this molecular gastronomy technique to study cancer cells. This is a video posted by New Scientist showing the congealing process close-up and in slow-mo.
Note: I tried looking for more information about using the sodium alginate/calcium chloride interaction for cancer research but the 5 mins I spent on it didn’t show any results so who knows how accurate NS was in stating the cancer research part. *shrug*
Oh hello! I am back in the blogosphere after my eye laser. Sadly, I totally missed the Perseids (which peaked last night/this morning) due to being blind so I found this video to watch instead. It was shot in 2009 when there was a reported average of 173 meteors/hour – more than most recorded years. A little something for the rest of you who missed it too 🙂
I couldn’t embed the video so I’ll just post the link.
It shows the areas of the brain which gets activated when the subject listens to Chopin. Note particularly the increase of activity in the region called the ‘Broca’s area’ when the music starts to get exciting. Broca’s area is thought to be linked to linguistic function and, more importantly, a person’s ability to empathise or identify with others.
The New York Times Science section has actually produced quite a few articles on music and it’s links with emotions/expressiveness. Check them out here. There is also an interactive feature (a quiz or experiment) for you test out your response to how expressive human vs mechanically played music is.
New Scientist posted a time-lapse film of a dandelion from flower to seed in less than a minute. Probably the most interesting 1 minute you’ll spend online today. Unless something major happens like melons start self exploding in China. Oh wait, there they go.