Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Thanks to +Bebops Place for choosing my sympathy card for her Daily Rainbow blog. :D

Thanks to +Bebops Place for choosing my sympathy card for her Daily Rainbow blog. :D

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Father Draws a New Maddeningly Intricate Maze for His Daughter

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Two years ago we stumbled onto the story of a girl in Japan who was going through her father’s old belongings when she discovered a hand-drawn maze rolled up in a tube. Kazuo Nomura spent 7 years drawing the sprawling labyrinth while working as a janitor and it hadn’t seen the light of day since 1983. After posting photos of it to her Twitter account, Nomura’s work went viral around the web, and it was quickly turned into a print so others could have a try at solving it.

Responding to pressure from his daughter to draw a second maze, Nomura initially said he had “had enough of mazes.” But, after a 32 year hiatus, he finally sat down to try again earlier this year with the hope of drawing a puzzle that was a bit clearer and easier to solve. After two months of drawing he’s finally done, and if you posess the patience of a saint you can try your hand at solving it: Papa’s Maze 2.0. Nomura assures the maze has a solution, but according to reports from people insane enough to try, it’s actually more difficult than the last, and takes about two days to work through. Read more on Spoon & Tamago.

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LHC breaks energy record

Around midnight exactly one week ago, engineers at CERN broke a world record when they accelerated a beam

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Supernova differences could change our understanding of dark energy

Measuring distance in the Universe is very challenging—you can't simply run a tape measure out to the Cosmic Microwave Background. What astronomers have done instead is find classes of objects that have a consistent brightness. By measuring how much dimmer than the expected value an object is, you can infer its distance. These objects have been termed "standard candles."

The most useful object for measuring great distances is the type Ia supernova. These supernovae are created when a white dwarf star reaches a specific mass, which triggers a thermonuclear explosion. Since the explosions always happen through the same process, it's thought that the light output is always more or less the same. Type Ia supernova have thus been used to measure the expansion of the Universe out to great distances. They're what were used to spot the apparent acceleration of the expansion, which led to the recognition that much of the Universe is composed of dark energy, a feature we know extremely little about.

Recently, however, a paper was published that suggests that these distance estimates may not be entirely reliable. The supernovae, it seems, are not quite as standard as we thought.

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Blogger Love: Spring Blogging

Spring is the thing this week at IFB. Bloggers are talking about everything from spring makeup to interiors to bucket lists—oh, and of course spring style. Thank goodness, because I’m ready for some serious closet cleaning and a fresh spring look. Weddings are also on the horizon and on bloggers minds. And as always, you’ll find posts with helpful blogging and shopping tips. On to the roundup!

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NIST Develops NMR ‘Fingerprinting’ for Monoclonal Antibodies

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) have

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