Technology

The NIST-F2 atomic clock represents “official” U.S. time and the loses only 1 second every 300,000,000 years

The United States’ method of keeping time was already very accurate but yesterday, took a giant leap forward with the introduction of the NIST-F2 atomic clock. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been building the NIST-F2 for about 10 years in hopes of replacing the aging F1 which has been used to keep the official time since 1999. The new NIST-F2 is three-times more accurate that its predecessor.  The NIST-F2 clock is used to keep the official time in the United States and is shared with the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris, France. Why is accurate time important? Accurate time is very important for businesses such as electrical power grids, GPS satellite systems, and telephone networks (which…
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Biology

One-ton (2,200 pounds) man-eating crocodile caught in Uganda

The 2,200 pound bad-boy crocodile had already killed four men and injured many more when the villagers, who were terrified to approach Lake Victoria where the man-eater lived, finally had enough. Angry villagers approached the Uganda Wildlife Authority (presumably with torches in hand) demanding they do something about it – and they did. After a four-day search, the man-eating croc was trapped by officials using the old “meat on a hook” trick. The crocodile measured about 20 feet long, weighed in excess of one ton, and was estimated to be about 80 years old (yeah, I know, you’d think with 80 years of life experience behind him, he wouldn’t have fallen for the “meat on a hook” trick). Tipping the scales at 2,205 pounds, the…
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Biology

Six new species of Dracula Ants discovered (and that’s six too many if you ask Reeko)

Scientists from California say they have discovered six new species of Dracula Ants (which the big scientists call Adetomyrma), those strange blind ants with big fangs that get their name from their bizarre habit of sucking the insect blood out of the colony’s own baby ants (called larvae).  Scientists say that although it really creeps them out, sucking the insect juice out of the babies doesn't seem to hurt the baby ants (although they noted the babies fight like crazy to escape the bigger Dracula Ants which indicates it must not be a pleasant experience for them). Here’s a picture of the ants sucking the insect goo out of a larvae. Dracula Ant colonies can contain as many as 10,000 blood suckers.  The worker ants…
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Biology

Uh oh. How come this map just released by NASA is glowing RED!!!

NASA just released this satellite image of an eerie red glow over the Midwestern and Eastern United States.  If your reaction was similar to Reeko’s (he threw on his hat and ran to the closet to grab his suitcase), you might think this is a bad thing.  It’s not.  As plants carry out photosynthesis, their chlorophyll also creates a very small amount of fluorescence, a type of radiation.  This radiation is invisible to our eyes but the superhumans at NASA however, have the technology to detect the fluorescence on satellite images and display on this map.  The brighter red areas show where greater amounts of photosynthesis have taken place from 2007 through 2011.
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Chemistry

Stop peeing in the pool – it’s creating a deadly, dangerous chemical weapon!!

Scientists with too much time on their hands have just finished a study that found peeing in the pool, which contains chlorinated water, is creating a deadly combination of chemicals. The chemical that results is trichloramine and cyanogen chloride which scientists know causes lung problems and can hurt your heart and nervous system. In fact, cyanogen chloride is known to the military as “CK” and is considered a chemical warfare weapon. So yeah, your pee in the pool is mixing with the chlorine and making a chemical weapon – how cool is that!!! The scientists said that they were not as worried about the dangerous pee in the pool as they were worried about kids drinking a bunch of soft drinks and trying to start…
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Science News

Welcome to the BRAND NEW LAB!

What is going on here? Regular visitors to the lab are probably scratching their heads wondering what sort of craziness Reeko has gotten himself into now.  Well it's true, there was another catastrophic fire in the lab.  But the good news is - we got to rebuild the lab bigger, better, and with less escape routes for the lab rats! So hold tight - give us a few days to get the remainder of the games online, the kinks out of the system, and the food bowls anchored for the lab rats, Delilah, and those crazy monkeys.  Once we get everything working smoothly (relatively speaking of course, this is Reeko we're talking about), we expect to see these improvements over the old version: Frequent science…
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Science News

The dinosaur ‘chicken from hell’

Scientists have just discovered a new dinosaur and this one is a supersized chicken-like reptile.  Reeko calls it Chickzilla but the scientists with no sense of humor have named it Anzu wyliei (to give them credit, they did laughingly call it "the chicken from hell"). This bad boy has sharp claws but a pointy toothless beak which means it would probably grab you with those knifelike fingers and then stand there and stare at you, wondering it should do with you. This is the second-largest feathered dinosaur to be found and is the largest birdlike dinosaur in North America.  Scientists think it roamed the earth about 66 million years ago - the same time period when Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops were romping about.  No eggs were found so…
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Science News

Zoom in to this cool moon map

If a private spaceflight doesn’t fit your travel budget, NASA’s new interactive lunar atlas may be the next best thing. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team has stitched together 10,581 images intoa gorgeous, detailed online map of the moon’s north pole. The mosaic covers million square kilometers — slightly larger than the combined areas of Alaska and Texas. The detail is stunning: At the highest zoom, each pixel shows a piece of the moon just 2 meters across. Anyone who has used online maps will be familiar with the interface. Simple pan and zoom buttons allow users to soar and swoop over the lunar landscape. Dynamically updated labels mark interesting sites and keep you oriented. The subtleties visible in the terrain are remarkable. You can see…
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