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  • “The Phantom Universe” –There’s a New ‘Unknown’ Messing with the Cosmos

    03/10/2019 1:28:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    There’s a crisis brewing in the cosmos. Measurements over the past few years of the distances and velocities of faraway galaxies don’t agree with the increasingly controversial “standard model” of the cosmos that has prevailed for the past two decades. Astronomers think that a 9 percent discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number called the Hubble Constant, which describes how fast the universe is expanding, might be revealing something new and astounding about the universe. The cosmos has been expanding for 13.8 billion years and its present rate of expansion, known as the Hubble constant, gives the time elapsed...
  • Cosmic uncertainty: Is the speed of light really constant?

    03/10/2017 3:40:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 03/01/2017 | Stuart Clark
    The speed of light in a vacuum is the ultimate cosmic speed limit. Just getting close to it causes problems: the weird distortions of Einstein’s relativity kick in, so time slows down, lengths go up, masses balloon and everything you thought was fixed changes. Only things that have no mass in the first place can reach light speed – photons of light being the classic example. Absolutely nothing can exceed this cosmic max.We have known about the special nature of light speed since an experiment by US physicists Albert Michelson and Edward Morley in the 1880s. They set two beams...
  • Are the Constants of Physics Constant?

    03/09/2016 6:07:00 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 56 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7 Mar, 2016 | Venkat Srinivasan
    When Max Born addressed the South Indian Science Association in November 1935, it was a time of great uncertainty in his life. The Nazi Party had already suspended the renowned quantum mechanics physicist's position at the University of Gottingen in 1933. He had been invited to teach at Cambridge, but it was temporary. Then, the Party terminated his tenure at Gottingen in the summer of 1935. Born took up an offer to work with C. V. Raman and his students for six months at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. While there, he found that his family had lost...
  • Fatah, Hamas Keep Bickering

    01/21/2012 3:15:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hamas and Fatah continue to accuse each other of a lack of commitment to the reconciliation deal signed in Cairo last May. Bethlehem-based Maan News quoted Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf as saying Saturday that “evidence on the ground shows that Hamas hasn’t fulfilled anything of the Cairo agreement.” Assaf said Hamas continues to detain Fatah activists and denies Fatah members from Judea and Samaria entry to Gaza. The Hamas government in Gaza also refuses to open the Palestinian Central Elections Commission offices in Gaza, he said. Hamas released a statement, too, on Saturday, accusing Fatah of undermining the terms of...
  • San Jose council votes down porn filters at public library computers

    04/22/2009 12:37:28 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 1,318+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 April 2009 | John Woolfolk
    San Jose council votes down porn filters at public library computers A year and a half of debate over filtering pornography out of San Jose public library computers came to a head late Tuesday when the City Council rejected spending money on the technology. After a lively debate that lasted hours, the council voted 7-3 to approve a proposal by the vice mayor and two councilmen that would remind computer users of existing policies to be courteous to others. Mayor Chuck Reed and council members Pete Constant, who led the push for the filters, and Pierluigi Oliverio were opposed, favoring...
  • Obama: Israel is a 'constant sore'

    05/18/2008 9:53:22 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 63 replies · 132+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 13 2008 | World Net Daily
    Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama says Israel is a "constant wound" and a "constant sore" that infects "all of our foreign policy." Obama, under fire for attracting praise and support for his presidential run from the terrorist group Hamas, spoke to Atlantic Monthly at length about his views of the Middle East. Asked if he thought Israel represented a drag on America's reputation overseas, Obama said: "No, no, no. But what I think is that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does infect all of our foreign policy. The lack of a resolution to this problem provides an excuse...
  • Humanitarian relief remains constant priority

    03/28/2006 6:15:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 190+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Melissa Koskovich
    3/28/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- In a turbulent world, with natural disasters striking at random and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan surging with a tide of violence, one thing has remained constant – U.S. States Air Force humanitarian relief operations. These operations, planned out of the Combined Air Operations Center, or CAOC, located here, have answered the call of those in need, from the bitter-cold Mountains of Afghanistan to the devastation left in the wake of the earthquake in Pakistan. “The bottom line is -- we’re here to help people,” said Brig. Gen. Darren McDew, director of mobility forces...