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  • Hawking at Harvard ... tackles the contradictory qualities of black holes

    05/10/2016 1:00:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies ^ | 4/18/16 | Peter Reuell
    Hawking at Harvard At packed Sanders Theatre, theoretical physicist and cosmologist tackles the contradictory qualities of black holes April 18, 2016 | Editor's Pick Popular Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer"If determinism the predictability of the universe breaks down in black holes, it could break down in other situations. Even worse, if determinism breaks down, we cant be sure of our past history either. The history books and our memories could just be illusions. It is the past that tells us who we are. Without it, we lose our identity," said Stephen Hawking. By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer Twitter...
  • Hawking backs interstellar travel project

    04/12/2016 2:00:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/16 | Pallab Ghosh
    Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A $100m (70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many, but significant technological hurdles remain. But Prof Hawking told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think. Media captionThe spacecraft would be propelled from earth by a giant laser, as Pallab Ghosh reports "If...
  • A world leading scientist on the search for extraterrestrials pointed out a flaw in Stephen Hawking'

    01/22/2016 6:25:40 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January. 20, 2016, 9:52 AM | Jessica Orwig
    While Hawking fears that giving aliens our cosmic address could potentially bring death and ruin — much like what happened to many groups of Native Americans when Europeans invaded North America — Tarter thinks that aliens advanced enough to skip across star systems and reach Earth will be friendly, not aggressive.  
  • Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

    01/09/2016 2:33:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/8/16 | Seth Fletcher
    Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger The Harvard string theorist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Penrose diagram for a semiclassical evaporating black hole, as presented in "Soft Hair on Black Holes."CREDIT:Prahar Mitra In the mid 1970s, Stephen Hawking made a string of unnerving discoveries about black holes—that they could evaporate,even explode, anddestroy all information about what had fallen in. Physicists spent the next 40 years sorting through the wreckage. Then last year, at a...
  • NASA Says Indian Scientist's Theory Is Correct, Black Holes Don't Really Exist

    11/29/2015 4:24:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 49 replies
    India Times ^ | November 27, 2015 | Bobins Abraham
    American space agency, the NASA had recently observed flares of X-rays from a black hole, which goes against the conventional notion that they are compact particles with such huge gravity that even light can't escape. Last month NASA announced that two of its space telescopes caught a huge burst of X-ray spewing out of a super massive black hole. These flairs appeared to be be triggered by the eruption of a charged particle from the black hole, which according to conventional belief doesn't let anything out. The latest findings are in accordance with the theory of Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra...
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets a $100-million boost

    07/20/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Nature ^ | 7/20/15 | Zeeya Merali
    Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announces most comprehensive hunt for alien life.You could say that the silence has been deafening. Since its beginnings more than half a century ago, the dedicated search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has failed to detect the presence of alien civilizations. But at Londons Royal Society today (20 July), Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced a shot in the arm for SETI: a US$100-million decadal project to provide the most comprehensive hunt for alien communications so far. The initiative, called Breakthrough Listen, will see radio telescopes at Green Bank in West Virginia, the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and...
  • Stephen Hawking Pops In For Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Q&A, Asks About 'Gravity And Other Forces'

    07/01/2015 4:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    When Mark Zuckerberg does Townhall Q&As on Facebook to hear from users, he gets thousands of questions. Sometimes famous people ask questions. On Tuesday, Stephen Hawking asked him a question. "I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces. Which of the big questions in science would you like to know the answer to and why?" the world-famous physicist posted on Facebook through a verified account. His question received over 6,000 likes. "I don't think Mark would wanna answer this," one Facebook user joked. "Mr. Hawking wins the best question Q&A award," another quipped. "Epic,...

    04/25/2010 11:08:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 116 replies · 1,986+ views
    dscriber ^ | Sunday, April 25 2010
    British physicist Stephen Hawking, the brilliant man who wrote "A Brief History of Time," says aliens probably exist and frets that if they discover Earth their intentions might be less like the film, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and more like the book, "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." In the book, alien bureaucrats determine the Earth should be demolished to make way for space highway and blow the Earth up. Sorry. Nothing personal. Prepare to die. It's not such a crazy thought, says Hawking, in a Discovery Channel series. "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking...
  • Stephen Hawking Says He Would Consider Assisted Suicide If He Was In Great Pain

    06/03/2015 10:28:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 3, 2015
    Professor Stephen Hawking said he would consider assisted suicide under certain circumstances. The Telegraph published some of his quotes from a BBC interview set to air June 15. The 73-year-old physicist allegedly talks about his loneliness and difficulty he has connecting with others. At times I get very lonely because people are afraid to talk to me or dont wait for me to write a response, he said. He also brought up the subject death. I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing more to contribute but was just a burden...
  • Stephen Hawking warns computers will overtake humans within 100 years

    05/14/2015 4:46:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Tech World ^ | 05/14/15 | Sam Shead
    Stephen Hawking today warned that computers will overtake humans in terms of intelligence at some point within the next century. Speaking at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London, the internationally renowned cosmologist and Cambridge University professor, said: Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours. Hawking, who signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk earlier this year warning AI development should not go on uncontrolled, added: Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom...
  • Shhh, dont wake the aliens, warns Hawking

    02/13/2015 8:05:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    IrishExaminer ^ | February 14, 2015
    Meanwhile, scientists have learned what people would say on making first contact with aliens and it is not take me to your leader. Instead, they are much more likely to ask the extraterrestrials for help. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence scientist Doug Vakoch said: One of the striking commonalities men and women, young and old was a message please help. A sense that we are in a very precarious time in our development as a civilisation, said Dr Vakoch. Our technologies are greater than our social stability. So if we make contact with another civilisation that may be more...
  • Stephen Hawking warns God particle has potential to 'end world' [Universe in DANGER!]

    09/08/2014 10:30:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 113 replies ^ | Sep 8, 2014, 12.32 PM IST | Staff
    LONDON: Stephen Hawking has recently warned that the God particle or Higgs boson has the potential to obliterate the universe. The 72-year-old cosmologist said Higgs boson could become unstable at very high energy levels, which would lead to a "catastrophic vacuum decay" causing space and time to collapse and that there would not be any warning to the danger, the Daily Express reported. Speaking in the preface to a new book called Starmus, the Cambridge-educated scientist said that the Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become mega-stable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). However, Hawking did also...
  • Why Hawking is Wrong About Black Holes

    02/01/2014 1:03:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies ^ | February 1, 2014 | Brian Koberlein on
    Black holes can radiate in a way that agrees with thermodynamics, and the region near the event horizon doesnt have a firewall, just as general relativity requires. So Hawkings proposal is a solution to a problem that doesnt exist.
  • 8 Shocking Things We Learned From Stephen Hawking's Book (Should Be 9 Shocking things)

    05/31/2013 2:10:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 50 replies
    Live Science ^ | January, 2012 | Clara Moskowitz
    From the idea that our universe is one among many, to the revelation that mathematician Pythagoras didn't actually invent the Pythagorean theorem, here are eight shocking things we learned from reading physicist Stephen Hawking's new book, "The Grand Design," written with fellow physicist Leonard Mlodinow of Caltech. The book, covering major questions about the nature and origin of the universe, was released Sept. 7, 2010, by its publisher, Bantam.
  • What Those Who Boycott Israel Really Want?

    05/14/2013 3:45:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5-14-2013 | Aaron Goldstein
    For starters, to set back human progress. You would think the Left would love a country that has universal health care, prosperous trade unions, and same sex marriage. All of these things can be found in Israel. Yet where Israel is concerned, none of these count with the Left. -------------------------- Well, if not for Israeli science and technology, Stephen Hawking could not communicate with the world. As Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, an Israeli attorney, stated, His whole computer-based communications system runs on a chip designed by Israels Intel team. I suggest if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should...
  • Stephen Hawking accused of hypocrisy over Israel conference boycott

    05/09/2013 7:06:21 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 12 replies
    Guardian via Drudge ^ | Wednesday 8 May 2013 | Harriet Sherwood
    Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott an Israeli conference in protest at the state's 46-year occupation of Palestine was derided as hypocritical by some, who pointed out that the celebrated scientist and author uses Israeli technology in the computer equipment that allows him to function. Hawking, 71, has suffered from motor neurone disease for the past 50 years, and relies on a computer-based system to communicate. According to Shurat HaDin, an Israel law centre which represents victims of terrorism, the equipment has been provided by the hi-tech firm, Intel, since 1997. "Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite...
  • Hawking Confirms He is Boycotting Israel

    05/08/2013 4:17:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/5/13 | Elad Benari
    British physicist Stephen Hawking has confirmed that he will not be attending the Presidential Conference in Israel because he is joining an academic boycott of the Jewish state. The University of Cambridge released a statement late Wednesday saying that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott." Earlier, the university said that news reports saying Hawking was boycotting the conference were wrong, and that the noted physicist's decision to cancel his visit to Israel stemmed from health reasons alone. .....
  • BDS lied about Stephen Hawking joining anti-Israel academic boycott

    05/08/2013 6:02:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies ^ | 5-8-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The academic boycott of Israel organized by the BDS movement claimed a big success when the Guardian ran an article yesterday, Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel. That report set off a furious response, since the academic boycott of Israel is anathema to almost all academics. In the U.S., only the disreputable actions of the Association of Asian American Studies, led by U. Mass-Boston Professor and Associate Provost Rajini Srikanth, have given any legitimacy to the boycott. The boycott, which singles out only Israel, attracts open and de facto anti-Semites and those in the leftist-Islamist coalition who seek Israels...
  • British professor calls for Israel boycott despite using Israeli Intel computer chips

    05/08/2013 5:33:18 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    yourjewishnews ^ | May 8, 2013 | David Ross
    A British professor was caught red handed with Israeli products after calling for a boycott against Israel, according to a statement released by an International human rights organization. "Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite hypocritical for an individual who prides himself on his own intellectual accomplishment. His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet" this according to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin Israel...
  • Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

    05/08/2013 4:42:13 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5/7/13 | Harriet Sherwood, Matthew Kalman
    Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president's conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres's 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to...
  • Stephen Hawking lays out case for Big Bang without God

    04/19/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 160 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/19/2013 | Rod Pyle
    PASADENA, Calif. Our universe didn't need any divine help to burst into being, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking told a packed house here at the California Institute of Technology Tuesday night. Many people had begun queuing up for free tickets to Hawking's 8:00 p.m lecture, titled "The Origin of the Universe," 12 hours earlier. By 6:00 p.m. local time, the line was about a quarter-mile long. A second auditorium and a Jumbotron-equipped lawn, which itself was jammed with an estimated 1,000 viewers, were needed to handle the crowd. At least one person was observed offering $1,000 for a ticket, with...
  • Hawking Gives Humans 1,000 Years to Escape Earth

    04/12/2013 8:55:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies
    VOA ^ | 4/11/13
    Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warns that humans will need to go beyond the planet Earth if they are to survive as a species. We must continue to go into space for humanity, Hawking told a gathering this week in Los Angeles, California. We wont survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. Hawking, 71, has long been a proponent of space exploration. Speaking at a 2008 ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. space agency, NASA, Hawking called for a new era in human space exploration, comparable, he said, to the European voyages to the New World more...
  • Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Frequents Sex Clubs

    02/29/2012 3:19:45 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 70 replies · 7+ views
    Mark this in your book of bizarre celebrity sightings. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club, is exclusively reporting. According to a source who has been a member of Freedom Acres swingers club for nearly half a decade, Hawking, 70, shows up to the club with a bevy of nurses and assistants and has naked woman grind on him.
  • Scientist and Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking Wanders as he Wonders in a New TV Series

    08/03/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 3, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Looks like were all going to be “treated” to a new series on the Discovery Channel wherein British Physicist Stephen Hawking will ponder theological and philosophical questions. A rather strange thing for a scientist to do actually.I have no doubt that Stephen Hawking is a fine, even a brilliant scientist and theoretical physicist. But science has a limit, a limit rightly imposed on itself, which explores the physical world using empirical and evidential models that do not go beyond the physically observable world. Scientists, even theoretical physicists, do well who recognize their sphere, their field. And most scientists are quite...
  • Heaven is a 'fairy story', says Stephen Hawking

    05/16/2011 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 179 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/16/2011
    British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a "fairy story" for people afraid of the dark, in his latest dismissal of the concepts underpinning the world's religions. The author of 1988 international best-seller "A Brief History of Time" said in an interview with The Guardian published on Monday that his views were partly influenced by his battle with motor neurone disease. "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he told the...
  • Pope praises science, but insists God created world

    10/29/2010 4:34:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Belief ^ | October 29, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday - God did create the universe.The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme being to have brought the world into existence.In fact, Benedict specifically praised - and blessed - science and scientists in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.But he also made clear that part of the role of science is to reveal God in the universe."Scientists do not create the world; they learn about it and...
  • Hawking's wager: A bold physicist says science will defeat religion, but weve heard that before

    09/24/2010 4:35:20 AM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    WORLD ^ | 10/9/10 | anie B. Cheaney
    Here's the obvious: Stephen Hawking is brilliant, courageous, and an excellent communicator. (I've read or attempted several books on quantum physics and his Brief History of Time is the most understandable.) His recent announcement that God is not necessary for the universe to exist, coming a few days before the release of his most recent book, proves he's a savvy publicist as well. Though it made news, the announcement should have taken nobody by surprise. Some Christian apologists have regarded the last sentence of Brief History as proof that Hawking left the God hypothesis open: "If we find the answer...
  • Cyborgs needed to save species

    09/19/2010 12:10:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9/16/10 | Anuradha K. Herath
    As the growing global population continues to increase the burden on the Earths natural resources, some historians and scientists think humans should prepare to colonize space. The problem is, we may have to alter human biology significantly to achieve that goal.Scientists have warned for decades that humans are straining the Earth. The global population is increasing, economies are expanding and consumption doesnt appear to be slowing. While save-the-planet campaigns are asking people to save energy, conserve water, recycle and even go vegetarian, some scientists are thinking literally out of this world by suggesting that humans may eventually have to...
  • The Fools of Psalm 14! - Steven Hawking and Evolution's Fundamentalist

    09/13/2010 4:19:14 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 9/13/10 | DJP I.F.
    Steven Hawking of late manifested to the world just how much of an absolute reprobate he is by arrogantly proclaiming that there was absolutely no need for a Divine Creator to create the cosmos and all the intelligence found there in (Psalm 14:1-3, Romans 1:18-32). Such rhetoric is the height of idiocy and the ravings of an absolute mad man. To the reprobate evolutionary mind it is the pinnacle of folly to acknowledge a Divine Designer and Creator (Romans 1:28, 1 Cor. 2:14, James 3:16, Jude 1:7). To these pointy head secular atheists, the creation movement of today is no...
  • Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, to debate Dr. Stephen Hawking on "Larry King Live"

    09/09/2010 12:49:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 8, 2090 | Carl Olson
    ... this Friday, September 10th, confirmed today by the folks at Healing the Culture, Fr. Spitzer's apostolate. Fr. Spitzer (who has written two books for Ignatius Press) just published a book titled, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy . He talks about Hawking here: YouTube Video And in an essay, "The curious metaphysics of Dr. Stephen Hawking": Why would a preeminent physicist make the claim that the universe can come from nothing? This is precisely what Dr. Stephen Hawking has done in his new book, The Grand Design, when he notes, Because...
  • Stephen Hawking's Junk Science Atheism

    09/07/2010 3:43:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 7, 2010 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    MEXICO CITY, September 6, 2010 ( - World-famous physics professor Stephen Hawking is making waves and headlines by claiming in his new book, The Grand Design, that God is not necessary to explain the existence of the universe because, in his words, "as recent advances in cosmology suggest, the laws of gravity and quantum theory allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing.""Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," he adds. "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."Although the...
  • Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe

    09/02/2010 6:21:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 223 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2010 | Laura Roberts
    The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded. In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the...
  • Stephen Hawking on Space Colonization - The Human Future or SciFi Fantasy? (Today's 'Most Popular')

    08/25/2010 9:06:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 8/25/10
    Humans have always been fascinated by the idea of space travel. Some even believe that colonizing new planets is mans best hope for the future. The popular idea is that well eventually need some fresh, unexploited new worlds to inhabit -a real-world Pandora. In an earlier Galaxy post we wrote that Stephen Hawking, world-celebrated expert on the cosmological theories of gravity and black holes who held Issac Newton's Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University until his recent retirement, believes that traveling into space is the only way humans will be able to survive in the long-term, while warning about the potential...
  • Do we dare let aliens know were here?

    08/18/2010 11:43:50 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/17/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. Even if humanity could reach out to an intelligent alien civilization, scientists are polarized over whether we should. Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has argued that the extraterrestrials we contacted would be likely to harm us, a view that divided the experts here at the SETIcon convention. *SNIP* However, Douglas Vakoch, director of interstellar message composition at the SETI Institute, said of aliens: "Even if they tend to be hateful, awful folks, can they do us any harm at interstellar distances?"
  • Stephen Hawking: Abandon the Earth

    08/09/2010 11:25:34 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 88 replies ^ | 8/9/2010
    Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has some advice for the people of Earth - it's time to get off. "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Hawking said to Big Think , a global forum that includes interviews with experts. "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load." The physicist...
  • Abandon Earth or Face Extinction, Stephen Hawking Warns

    08/09/2010 8:53:02 AM PDT · by Scythian · 255 replies · 1+ views
    It's time to abandon Earth, warned the world's most famous theoretical physicist. In an interview with website Big Think, Stephen Hawking warned that the long-term future of the planet is in outer space. "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet," he said. "I see great dangers for the human race," Hawking said. "There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question...
  • Dont talk to aliens warns Stephen Hawking(extraterrestrials almost certain to exist)

    04/24/2010 10:21:29 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 162 replies · 3,973+ views
    timesonline ^ | 4/25/2010 | Jonathan Leake
    THE aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. He has suggested that extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all it that can to avoid any contact. Alien life, he will suggest, is almost certain to exist in many other parts of the universe: not just in planets, but perhaps in the centre of stars or even floating in interplanetary space. Hawkings logic on aliens is, for him, unusually simple. The universe, he points out, has 100 billion galaxies, each...
  • Stephen Hawking Says Aliens Exist... But Are They an End-Times Deception?

    04/24/2010 5:48:57 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 194 replies · 3,616+ views
    ECR on Facebook ^ | 24 Apr 10 | EC
    Interesting thoughts on "aliens" by Stephen Hawking. Question - Is it possible that "aliens" are really just a demonic deception that will be revealed in the last days to lead us astray?
  • Green sits in Hawking's chair

    10/29/2009 7:16:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 505+ views
    Cosmic Variance 'blog ^ | October 27th, 2009 | "daniel"
    As we recently noted, Stephen Hawking has stepped down from the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge. The chair didn't stay empty for long. It has been announced that Michael Green will become the new Lucasian Professor. Green is one of the pioneers of string theory, and is already at Cambridge. I'm not sure he even switches offices, or chairs for that matter. Hawking did seminal work in general relativity. He proved a number of singularity theorems (with Roger Penrose). He wrote The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime (with George Ellis). John Wheeler conjectured that quiescent black holes have "no hair" (i.e.,...
  • Prisoners have a better diet than National Health Service hospital patients, scientists warn

    08/31/2009 8:39:00 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 927+ views ^ | August 31, 2009 | Daniel Martin
    Patients in Health Service hospitals are far more likely to go hungry than criminals in jail, scientists warned yesterday. They say frail and elderly patients do not get the help they need with meals, and nobody checks whether they get enough to eat. Despite years of Government promises to tackle poor hospital nutrition, food still arrives cold, and patients often miss out because meal times clash with tests and operations. The Daily Mail has been highlighting the scandal of old people not being fed properly in hospital as part of its Dignity for the Elderly campaign The latest figures show...
  • Tragic Tales From The NHS

    08/27/2009 5:08:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 901+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care Reform: A study by the British Patients Association tells the true story about socialized medicine in Britain. It's one of willful and woeful neglect of millions, missed diagnoses, and elderly patients left in pain.BD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For FailureWhile reading this disturbing analysis of the pitiful state of medical care in Britain in the Daily Telegraph, the Vincent Price horror classic "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" came to mind. Price portrayed a man who used bizarre methods to dispatch his victims. The abominable British National Health Service, based on this report, is only slightly better. The...
  • P.S. On Hawking (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/27/2009 5:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 689+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | IBD Editorials | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Medical Care: We took a lot of heat for using Stephen Hawking as an example of someone who'd suffer under a socialized health system. But a closer look at the treatment he got in the U.K. shows it wasn't all roses.As our Aug. 1 editorial put it: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless." Now, Hawking is British and though he suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou...
  • Woman Gives Birth on Pavement 'after being refused ambulance'

    08/19/2009 5:17:31 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 25 replies · 784+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2009 | Staff
    A young mother gave birth on a pavement outside a hospital after she was told to make her own way there. Mother-of-three Carmen Blake called her midwife to ask for an ambulance when she went into labour unexpectedly with her fourth child. But the 27-year-old claims she was refused an ambulance and told to walk the 100m from her house in Leicester to the city's nearby Royal Infirmary. 'They said they were not sending an ambulance and told me I had had nine months to sort out a lift.'
  • British Statesman Warns America of Government Healthcare Horrors

    08/10/2009 11:27:10 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 12 replies · 790+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 10, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan warned Americans of the dangers of government-run healthcare on the Friday edition of the Glenn Beck Program. Hannan, a Conservative who represents Southeast England in the European Parliament, said of the British National Health Service (NHS), The most striking thing about it is that you are very often sent to the back of the queue. Beck noted the lengthy waiting times for care under Britains socialist National Health Service (NHS). These figures were provided by the BBC on May 27, 2009: *cataract surgery 8 months *hip replacement 11 months *knee replacement ...
  • Health Care Here And Over There

    08/12/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 788+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is a shining example of British health care, how is it that others in the U.K. are repeatedly denied critical care and medicine?In commenting on efforts to overhaul American's health care system, we have tried to pull back the curtain and pay attention to those trying to clone the systems of Canada and Britain. But supporters of government-run health care frequently ignore some of the less-pleasant facts. Much has been made of this statement in one of our Aug. 3 editorials: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance...
  • Daniel Hannan on ObamaCare: Are you people insane? (Glenn Beck interview)

    08/07/2009 6:45:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,484+ views ^ | August 7, 2009 | Allahpundit
    A desperate intervention from a man whos already seen this car crash up close, wondering why any free people would tolerate it short of a major war forcing them to. The words of one of the worlds most eloquent conservatives need no elaboration from me, but as companion reading to Becks point about how lame the arguments are for this boondoggle, try Ramesh Ponnurus piece on the paradoxes of ObamaCare in Time. Quote: There are two basic points about health-care reform that President Obama wants to convey. The first is that, as he put it in an ABC special in...
  • EDITORIAL: The Brits' bad example (Friendly warnings against national health care)

    08/07/2009 1:15:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 877+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to help you appreciate your own blessings. So it was Tuesday evening when Daniel Hannan, a British, 37-year-old member of the European Parliament, spoke at the Army and Navy Club in Washington. Mr. Hannan made a convincing case that the American health care system is far superior to the British one, and thus should not move down Britain's path toward government control. "Ponder our example, and tremble," Mr. Hannan warned. "You see a grizzly picture of your own country's possible future. . .. Do not make the same mistakes we have." He continued: "I...
  • Oral cancer rates rise 'alarmingly' in Britain

    08/12/2009 11:14:07 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 553+ views
    InTheNews ^ | August 11, 2009 | Staff
    The number of people in their forties diagnosed with mouth, tongue and lip cancer has increased by a quarter in the past decade. According to figures today from Cancer Research UK, oral cancer is "largely preventable", with smoking and drinking alcohol among the main risk factors. However, experts believe the increase is down to alcohol consumption, as they say cancers caused by smoking often take 30 years to develop, and smoking rates have gone down while drinking has gone up. Researchers also point to diets low in fruit and vegetables and the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV) as reasons...
  • American Cancer Care Beats The Rest (especially Britain and Canada)

    08/12/2009 9:26:10 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 729+ views
    Manhattan Institute ^ | June 22, 2008 | David Gratzer
    Why do the British lag behind American survival rates? Screening standards are different. In the United States, internists recommend that men 50 and older get screened for colon cancer; in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, screening begins at 75. And British patients wait much longer to see specialists. A Clinical Oncology study of British lung cancer treatment found in 2000 that 20% "of potentially curable patients became incurable on the waiting list." Novel drugs offered here often aren't available there; for instance, Avastin, a drug for advanced colon cancer, is prescribed more often in the U.S. than...
  • Government Medicine Kills - The U.K. and Canada prove it.

    08/07/2009 10:09:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,030+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 07, 2009 | Deroy Murdock
    August 07, 2009, 0:00 a.m. Government Medicine KillsThe U.K. and Canada prove it. By Deroy Murdock Imagine that your two best friends are British and Canadian tobacco addicts. The Brit battles lung cancer. The Canadian endures emphysema and wheezes as he walks around with clanging oxygen canisters. You probably would not think: “Maybe I should pick up smoking.” The fact that America is even considering government medicine is equally wacky. The state guides health care for our two closest allies: Great Britain and Canada. Like us, these are prosperous, industrial, Anglophone democracies. Nevertheless, compared to America, they suffer higher...