Apr 28, 2011

In Space, Even a Cold can be Deadly

An experiment proved that taking medicine in space won't be as effective as on Earth! 35 types of medicine were brought to the ISS, then tested on Earth. It was discovered that in the 13~28 days in space, the pills' effectiveness decreased dramatically. It's still not known why.

Wow, I'm sure this will be a big problem when space travels becomes an everyday thing. If there's something that happened to the pills in space, I guess it must be the zero gravity or the radiation.
But I can't think of not having gravity affecting pills, so it must be the radiation. maybe.
Radiation, I haven't really thought about it before the earthquake and the nuclear crisis in Japan.Tokyo is safe at the moment, and it will probably always be so. The biggest peril has passed. But still, radiation is like an invisible enemy. As one worker in Fukushima put it,

"It's like fighting in a war. But, unlike wars, the enemy can't be seen."

Radiation can't be underestimated.

Apr 26, 2011

What happens when a 1000 year document merges with the latest science

A supernova is a star that suddenly gets a lot brighter from an explosion that ejects most of its mass. In other words, it's the end of a star.
An example of a supernova remnant(SNR for short) is the Crab Nebula. It's called that because, well, it looks like a crab, duh. Looks nice though.
A SNR expands over time, and from the speed the Crab Nebula is expanding, scientists have estimated that it exploded about 900 years ago. But they didn't know exactly when.

That's where a 10-century old document in Japan, called Meigetsuki came in. Written by Sadaie Fujiwara, it records some of the stuff in the sky at that time.

An amateur astronomer in Japan found a mention of a bright star in the sky. It was written that it was seen around 1054. Its position matched perfectly with the Crab Nebula, and so scientists now know for a fact that the Crab Nebula was the remain of a supernova in 1054.

Apr 25, 2011

Things to do in a Restaurant While Waiting for the Food

I went to this French restaurant in Tokyo a while ago with my family to have lunch. We made a reservation for 1:30, and we got there at 1:25. We came out of the restaurant at 4 pm. Well, the main reason was probably that there was a serious glitch in the system taking orders. So I was bored, and I did a couple of things to kill the time. It is my sincere hope that someone will find this useful.
Et vous pret? (are you ready?)

  • Read a book, and not a book that won't pull you in. Read like you've never read before, get ready for about 30 minutes in the world of books.
  • See if there is a wifi spot nearby. Access it.
  • Go to Twitter or Facebook, tweet/update your status "bored, someone talk to me?"
  • After 35 minutes of blank space (when no food is served), talk to a waiter and ask "I ordered a ham sandwich, how long till I get to it?"
  • Befriend a nearby guest. Talk to him or her.

iPhone 5 design? I Don't Think So

My first thought looking at this; weird, awkward.
This is a photo someone cooked up from the leaks about the new "iPhone 5", which Apple might release soon.
But, this photo's really weird.
The wider home button looks weird, I don't think Steve Jobs would allow it either.
The gradually thinning backside doesn't look nice either, and if you hold this the center of gravity will be on the upper side of the iPhone, I wouldn't want that.
The larger display's nice though.

I think the iPhone 5 won't be called that, , probably iPhone 4s, like the iPhone 3G to 3Gs.
Of course the A5 chip will be on, so it'll be a lot faster. (and a lot harder to jailbreak, if I say so; Apple'll probably tighten its security on the device on iOS 5)
The design will probably be the same to 4, but with the antennagate problem fixed.
If you're looking for a head-turner you might want to wait for iPhone 6. Or whatever that's gonna be called.

Apr 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Hubble! (HBH in short)

Hubble 21 years in space pic of galaxy
Beautiful pic! This was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to cerebrate the 21st birthday of the Hubble in space. Remember, this is a real photo, not a computer-generated image. It's just so mind-blowing that something like this even exists in our world. 
The galaxy in the pic has a non-romantic name of UGC 1810. Its shape is distorted not because of a gravitational lens but the gravity from a nearby smaller galaxy with an equally ugly name, UGC 1813.
Well, I'm gonna make this the background of this blog for a while, it's so beautiful.
Oh, the photo itself was taken in December 2010. Wonder why it took so much to show the photo to the world.