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Astronomy (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Obama Talks the Talk, But Sends NASA Walking...

    04/16/2010 8:23:55 AM PDT · by Neoavatara · 16 replies · 513+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | April 16, 2010 | Neoavatara
    President Barack Obama visited Cape Canaveral this week to provide more details on his restructuring of the space agency. What clarity came out of it, I have no idea. Obama, as usual, used nuanced and nonspecific grand speech to cloud the fact that his space policy is basically the lack of a space policy. In traditional Obama-speak, Obama boldly predicted Thursday his new plans for space exploration would lead American astronauts on historic, almost fantastic journeys to an asteroid and then to Mars, relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built. Obama did not predict a Mars...
  • Fine Tuning and the Intellectual Necessity (Does Multiverse explain why this universe is special?)

    03/16/2010 7:23:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 251+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 03/15/2010 | Cornelius Hunter
    You have probably heard about the multiverse--the idea that the universe is really a large number of universes. The multiverse helps to explain why our particular universe seems so special. Our universe seems to be a finely tuned machine and the evolution of life would require low probability events. Is our universe special? The multiverse helps to deflect such thinking. If there is a large number of universes, then perhaps each has a different set of natural laws. And perhaps intelligent life can only be supported by a very particular set of laws. So the only life forms that would...
  • Why Galileo was Wrong, Even Though He was Right

    03/07/2010 11:42:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 407+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 03/07/2010 | Cornelius Hunter
    In the early seventeenth century a courageous and brilliant scientist, Galileo Galileo, confirmed heliocentrism, the idea first proposed a century earlier by Nicolaus Copernicus that the sun was at the center of the universe. Heliocentrism challenged geocentrism, the religiously motivated idea that a stationary earth was at the center of the universe. Galileo explained why heliocentrism was true and not surprisingly the church strongly opposed and persecuted the scientist. Ultimately, however, the truth could not be denied and church was forced to, once again, reluctantly give in to the objective truths of science. That was the false history of the...
  • 75 reasons to be skeptical of "global warming"

    02/22/2010 3:27:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 554+ views ^ | February 21, 2010 | Josh Fulton
    * Carbon dioxide contributes to only 4.2 - 8.4% of the greenhouse gas effect * Only approximately 4% of carbon dioxide is man-made * Water vapor accounts for 90 - 95% of the green house gas effect * 99.99% of water vapor is natural, meaning that no amount of deindustrialization could get rid of it * There have been many times when the temperature has been higher than it is now including the Medieval Warming Period, the Holocene, the Jurassic, and the Eemian * Increases in carbon dioxide follow increases in temperature by about 800 years, not precede them *...
  • Moon Program Cut - Real or More Obama Games?

    02/06/2010 8:02:15 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/6/2010 | eRtwngr
    ...when Obama announced the cut of the NASA moon program, I immediately thought I smelled a rat. When you consider that baked into this historically massive budget are programs most people don't even know about, many of which only came about through the stimulus bills, it seems odd to me to be cutting such a popular program as space exploration.
  • “curly quotes” vs. "ugly quotes"

    01/12/2010 11:36:46 PM PST · by Silly · 44 replies · 1,250+ views
    My silly mind | January 13, 2010 | Silly
    HEY! You're driving me CRAZE! I HATE those "ugly quote marks", when it’s just as easy to use “curly quotes.” And please, when quote marks occur at the end of a sentence, remember to place the ending period inside the “curly quotes.” IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?! YOU ARE DRIVING ME CRAZE!
  • Voie Lactée: Katrin Thormann in Numéro #109 (Beautiful German model)

    01/07/2010 7:26:25 PM PST · by Mister Ghost · 28 replies · 2,008+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jan 7th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    Voie Lactée or the Heavens above and the model below: The moon, the stars, the Milky Way and ethereally beautiful German high-stepper Katrin Thormann in an oodlesphere of designer duds… what else can one wish for?
  • Photos I took of a school in Long Beach, CA- Illegal kids Celebrating Aztec (Or Mayan?) heritage

    12/08/2009 1:16:17 PM PST · by geddylee · 34 replies · 3,061+ views
    I was driving by an elementary school the other day and I was shocked to find it covered in Aztec symbols. I actually made the effort to get out and snap some photos because when I was a boy, everything was red, white and blue, and we had pictures of George Washington. We even perfeormed the play "1776" while dressed in period patriot clothing. Oh dear.
  • Gore Says Water on Moon Proves Lunar Warming, Requires Action to Reduce Mobile Phone Signals

    11/13/2009 5:21:22 PM PST · by jerhad · 34 replies · 1,238+ views
    Cold Mash ^ | 11/13/09 | jerhad
    NASA announced that water was discovered on the moon, and Al Gore has indicated that this shocking news shows that lunar warming is happening and could have devastating effects if we don’t take immediate drastic measures.“Things are worse than I thought,” said Gore. “There should only be frozen ice on the moon, not water. Now the moon has a fever too, and it’s because of too many mobile phone signals. My chart will prove that as mobile phone usage has increased, so has the lunar temperature and melting ice. We must find a way to reduce this damaging greenhouse...
  • Jupiter's Moon Has Enough Oxygen to Sustain Earth-Like Life

    11/08/2009 7:01:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2,466+ views
    Escapist ^ | October 19, 2009 | Earnest "Nex" Cavalli
    New research into Jupiter's fourth largest moon has revealed that the orbiting body contains enough oxygen to support complex, Earth-like lifeforms. Though it has long been known that Europa has an oxygen-rich oceanic environment, this latest research indicates that the actual oxygen level found in the moon's copious bodies of water is up to 100 times greater than previously imagined. With oxygen being a key component for life as we know it, this discovery no doubt has scientists imagining adorable Spore-style critters swimming the frigid Europan waves, before running headlong into the cruel wall of reality. As PhysOrg explains, though...
  • Finding Critics for Science

    11/04/2009 10:37:40 AM PST · by bs9021 · 16 replies · 1,784+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 4, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Finding Critics for Science Allie Winegar Duzett, November 4, 2009 There are many fields with rigorous critics; many writers make a living critiquing music, dance, art, and literature. At Accuracy in Media and other media watchdog groups, employees critique the claims of major news organizations. But one crucial field regularly goes without any public criticism: the field of science, and scientific discovery. “Science lacks for critics,” David Berlinski claimed at a recent Heritage Foundation Bloggers’ Briefing. “It is really remarkable that in the sense in which literature or dance or music has always entered public consciousness with a very rich...
  • Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint?

    11/02/2009 9:29:43 PM PST · by Kevmo · 58 replies · 2,519+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 21 October 2009 | Rachel Courtland
    Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint? EVER since Arthur Eddington travelled to the island of Príncipe off Africa to measure starlight bending around the sun during a 1919 eclipse, evidence for Einstein’s theory of general relativity has only become stronger. Could it now be that starlight from distant galaxies is illuminating cracks in the theory’s foundation? .... Yet it is still not clear how well general relativity holds up over cosmic scales, at distances much larger than the span of single galaxies. Now the first, tentative hint of a deviation from general relativity has been found. While the evidence...
  • The Curious Case Of Adlene Hicheur

    10/21/2009 8:45:35 PM PDT · by YoungGunConservativeRadio · 287+ views
    Young Gun Conservative ^ | Rudolph Carrera
    STRATFOR’s article on a French physicist and his astronomer brother giving financial aid to terrorists in North Africa and their own country should send shivers up the spines... Click on the image below:
  • Great Viewing for Many of the Orionid Meteor Show

    10/20/2009 12:43:39 PM PDT · by dopplerdale · 6 replies · 912+ views
    Doppler Dale's Weather Post ^ | 10-20-09 | Dale Bader
    This week Earth will be passing through a debris field left behind by Halley’s Comet, the Orionids. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office says, “Flakes of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us dozens of meteors per hour. Since 2006, Orionids have been one of the showers of the year, with counts of 60 or more meteors per hour.”
  • Searching In Vain For A Black Cat In The Dark

    10/11/2009 10:58:43 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 10/10/09 | DJP I.F.
    NASA’s recent rocket launch into the south pole of the moon to see if water was underneath the surface moon. This little fact finding mission has cost the American tax payers roughly 79 million dollars. A 79 million dollar search for the answers that Almighty God’s Word states for absolutely free. One of the key reasons for this extravaganza was for the search of water for supporting a colony on the moon. NASA and its followers believe if water can be found on the moon or on any planet, that they can prove that “life” can existed in other worlds....
  • Megawatt Class VASIMIR Plasma Rocket Cluster by 2013

    10/02/2009 12:19:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 763+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | October 02, 2009 | Brian Wang
    Once we’ve demonstrated a 200-kilowatt prototype engine operating at full power on the ground, the next step is testing an identical version in space. We’re already testing the prototype unit in our vacuum chamber here in Houston, and we’re designing the actual flight engine, which is called the VF-200. We signed an agreement with NASA last December to actually mount the VF-200 on the International Space Station in 2012 or 2013. > We would hope that, if not the US, maybe the Europeans, the Chinese, the Russians, or somebody else will develop a nuclear-electric power capability that we can marry...
  • Third world pillaging will destroy the Earth's magnetic field

    09/28/2009 7:39:37 AM PDT · by mudblood · 32 replies · 1,837+ views
    Collective Wishes ^ | 9/28/09 | Candle
    There is a growing body of evidence now to support the theory that Western enviro-pillaging is leading to the flip-flop of the Earth's magnetic field. The acclaimed Indian science journal Jonwar Chodu recently published a controversial piece denouncing the Western World's mining of metal in 3rd world countries. But not for the normal reasons of hegemonic multinational imperialism - itself a good reason to stop all this horrible mining... No, this time it was for a reason far worse. You see, when you take metals from one part of the world, depleting them from whole regions almost entirely, and then...
  • H1N1 linked to Peru Meteor Strike? (tin foil hat or not?)

    09/16/2009 6:26:24 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 25 replies · 1,230+ views
    UFO Research Center ^ | 5 August 2009 | C. Montgomery
    I have information that supports my hypothesis that many of our human illnesses may have their origins in space. Case in point is the meteor and crater discovered in Peru. Many of the local people came down with a mysterious illness following exposure to the space debris and or crater. The W.H.O. investigated the incident after learning of a strange illness (w/out ANY protection LOL) . It is possible they have not identified the nature of the illness nor has there been any mention of it in medical journals but I suspect that if it is H1N1 they are keeping...
  • Killer Moon

    09/14/2009 8:06:10 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 1,090+ views
    Scott Adams Blog ^ | 9/14/2009 | Scott Adams
    Lately I have been looking at the moon and wondering if it will someday kill me. If I live another 50 years (which is entirely possible) I assume I will eventually be a robot, having shed my old skin and bones body and uploaded a scanned and digitized version of my brain to a machine. My fellow robots and I will live among the meat people for eons until the moon's orbit degrades, either gradually or because a meteor gives it a nudge, and Earth is annihilated in the collision. You might say I worry too much. But I've successfully...
  • New Theory Nixes "Dark Energy": Says Time is Disappearing from the Universe

    09/14/2009 4:04:35 AM PDT · by decimon · 69 replies · 2,244+ views
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | September 13, 2009 | Rebecca Sato
    Remember a little thing called the space-time continuum? Well what if the time part of the equation was literally running out? New evidence is suggesting that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely. This radical new theory may explain a cosmological mystery that has baffled scientists for years. Scientists previously have measured the light from distant exploding stars to show that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. They assumed that these supernovae are spreading apart faster as the universe ages. Physicists also assumed that a kind of anti-gravitational force must be driving...