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  • Lost 'Epic of Gilgamesh' Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods (New find)

    10/05/2015 7:25:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor
    A serendipitous deal between a history museum and a smuggler has provided new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told: "The Epic of Gilgamesh." The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown "chapter" of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. This new section brings both noise and color to a forest for the gods that was thought to be a quiet place in the work of literature. The newfound verse also reveals details about the inner conflict the poem's heroes endured. In 2011, the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Slemani, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, purchased...
  • Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

    10/05/2015 1:38:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Oct 5, 2015
    The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears today in the international journal Nature. "What we have is a game changer," said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW. "We've demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate - the central building block of a quantum computer - and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor chip than for any of the leading...
  • interview with Alex Epstein, the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"

    10/04/2015 5:57:05 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 10/4/15 | Jacki Daily
    In Today's show, Jacki interviews Alex Epstein, the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels".
  • Archaeologists discover possible ruins of ancient Sodom in the Holy Land

    10/03/2015 9:00:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | September 29, 2015 | Becca Stanek
    The long-lost Biblical city of Sodom — a city that the Bible claims was destroyed by God because of its immorality — may finally have been found. Archaeologists have uncovered a slew of monumental structures and artifacts in a Jordan Valley mound known as Tall el-Hammam offering evidence of a city-state that is believed to have thrived during the Bronze Age when other Holy Land cities were being abandoned or were in decline. Based on the location, dates of occupation, and the remains of other ancient cities nearby, archaeologists think it's the best candidate yet for what was once Sodom....
  • Communicators Phasers Replicators Cloaking Device Impulse Drive and the Borg

    10/03/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Technology also offers the prospect of transforming our societies and cultures in ways we need to examine unless we intend to fly into the future blind In many ways I have always been a dystopian believing that the inevitable rise of a future technology enhanced totalitarian state will regiment and control a society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. I was influenced by early and repeated readings of such works as 1984, The Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and the Iron Heel. I was also influenced by the History of the Twentieth Century and the steady...
  • This new 3D printer creates structures with gel, could help build living organs

    10/02/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 1, 2015 | A.J. Dellinger
    3D printing is proving to be a potential game changer for a wide variety of fields. One group in particular that could benefit is the medical community, thanks to a recent development by scientists that could make it easier to print organs from living tissue. How? By printing structures inside of special gel that provides support during the build process. New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville came to the breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight. The technique prints objects inside a...
  • Journey to Mars lies through the moon

    10/02/2015 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The discovery of water on the surface of Mars, which just happened to coincide with the premiere of the hit film The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the Red Planet, has caused some degree of excitement for space enthusiasts. NASA is particularly inspired because its central organizing project is “the journey to Mars” which is scheduled to put astronauts on the Martian surface by the 2030s. The discovery and the movie certainly would not hurt the effort to gin up support for the humans to Mars program.
  • Scientist leading effort to prosecute climate skeptics under RICO

    10/02/2015 8:44:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/2/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    “The letter by global warming scientists calling on President Obama to look into prosecuting climate skeptics has prompted international outcry. Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama The uproar over the effort to enact racketeering charges against those who disagree with the view of dangerous man-made global warming has just added a new twist. Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has revealed the leader...
  • Google Claiming it Can Make us Gods

    10/02/2015 3:55:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzwell is promising that with robots in our brains, we’ll be godlike OMG, here comes Google. Now that the UN is prepping to force a robot like lifestyle on unsuspecting humanity with its Agenda 21 morphed into Agenda 2030, Search Engine giant Google, will impose robot-hood on human beings on the same 2030 deadline. As if life isn’t tough enough with the cunning that comes with human DNA, what with terrorists posing as refugees, psychopaths‎ in the workplace and politicians getting elected with the express intention of fundamentally transforming a nation, not to mention paying...
  • New $20 Million XPRIZE Aims to Tackle CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels

    10/01/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Wire ^ | September 29, 2015 | Eric Desatnik and Jackie Wei
    Global Competition Challenges Innovators to Develop Breakthrough Technologies to Convert CO2 into Valuable Products.AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference today, XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis announces the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. With registration opening today, teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the 4-˝ year competition will include two tracks, with the new technologies tested at either a coal power plant or a natural gas facility. “We are...
  • Doctors astonished after ViroCap test detects all viruses lurking in a human body

    10/01/2015 9:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    World Tech Today ^ | October 1, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    Researchers have successfully created a new test that could eliminate the need for needles in testing for viruses — and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. It’s called ViroCap, and while the test is not ready for use in patients just yet, it has passed a big clinical trial that is paving the way for its eventual entry into the market, according to a UPI report. ViroCap supposedly can detect any virus known to man — and animals — and it could help doctors who don’t know what they’re looking for spot a virus...
  • Increase of Orbiting Satellites from 1961-2013

    09/30/2015 9:51:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
  • Are You Over 70? Are You Ready To Die?

    09/30/2015 8:47:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/30/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Where did this headline come from, you may ask. All in good time, my little pretty. All in good time. We must start with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, coming out of the United Nations. A few months ago, this column examined the dubious and somewhat contradictory notion of “sustainability,” shortened from the original 1987 version “sustainable development.” The best working definition of this term, which is then invoked countless times in hundreds of documents, is “Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations.” Good luck finding any further clarification...
  • Robert Henneke dishes on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” and the new WOTUS rules.

    09/30/2015 2:55:19 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 2 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 6/15/2015 | Jacki Daily
    Robert Henneke dishes on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” and the new WOTUS rules. Henneke leads the Center for the American Future (CAF) at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The CAF litigates to advance Tenth Amendment principles, fighting federal overreach and abuse in the subject matter areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights.
  • Can we run our cars on natural gas? Interview with Bob Farris and Carole Hornsby Haynes, PhD,

    09/29/2015 4:05:50 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 62 replies
    The Jacki daily Show ^ | 6/17/2015 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Can We Run Our Cars on Natural Gas? In an attempt to insulate the U.S. from dependence on foreign oil, many have advocated that we transition our vehicles from oil derived gasoline to natural gas. One North Texas couple invested in this plan, and Bob Farris and Carole Hornsby Haynes, PhD, share their experience. While natural gas is a great fuel for fleet vehicles and large trucks or buses, it faces many challenges in the rest of the commercial fleet.
  • Stem cells op gives millions hope of cure for blindness

    09/29/2015 2:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | September 29, 2015 | David Pilditch
    A BRITISH pensioner has become the first person to undergo revolutionary eye surgery aimed at curing blindness in millions of people. The 60-year-old woman, who had severely impaired sight and was in danger of going blind, is said to have had no complications so far following the three-hour operation last month. The surgical team hopes to determine how successful the treatment was by early December. The woman has asked to remain anonymous. The scientists behind the pioneering procedure hope it will dramatically transform lives, allowing the blind to recognise faces of loved ones again and regain the ability to carry...
  • Earthquakes and Fracking: THE JACKI DAILY SHOW

    09/28/2015 5:06:39 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 23 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 5/18/15 | Jacki Daily
    Steve Everley is the National Spokesperson for He addresses claims about earthquakes and frac’ing and the data showing the positive impact that frac’ing and development brings to property values.
  • NASA Discusses Science Update Sheds Light On Mars Mystery! !!:30 AM FIVE MINUTES!

    09/28/2015 8:25:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies

    09/28/2015 2:20:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 | S.H. BLANNELBERRY
    We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. We’re on record as saying it’s the best fun-gun ever! So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon. Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle...

    09/28/2015 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 9 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | JON HODOWAY
    he’s a Flamethrower! Some of you will get the reference. Some of you won’t, and that’s okay (the rest of us forgive you). Perhaps you should crank up the volume and watch the video at the bottom of this page to ensure that you’re well rounded, culturally. Freon and BBs. Why isn't Umarex making one of these old classics? Freon and BBs. Why isn’t Umarex making one of these old classics? When I started this review, I knew it would be fun. I’ve had this feeling before. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a product advertised in...
  • The Jacki Daily show 9/27/2015, interview with Scott Tinker

    09/27/2015 10:15:47 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 09/27/15 | Jacki Daily Show
    Listen to Jacki's interview with Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas in Austin. Scott Tinker, University of Texas in Austin
  • Jorge Bergoglio’s Green Encyclical (The Green Fascist Pope)

    09/26/2015 1:12:59 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 14 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 9/25/2015 | William Kay
    Writing a bio of Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) requires a directory of late-20th century neo-fascist organizations. His life is entwined with: the Argentine Iron Guard, Propaganda Due, the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance, Tacuara, Comunione e Liberazione, La Cite Catholic, and Opus Dei. Arguably, the worst neo-fascist clique Bergoglio has links with is the Argentine Episcopal Conference. Bergoglio’s election as Pope culminated a half-century struggle whereby reactionaries inside the Church regained control after the liberalizing, modernizing efforts of the Second Vatican Council. It is fitting that Catholic-fascism’s triumph should be celebrated with the hoisting of a great green standard. Laudato Si, with...
  • Global Consciousness (Let's give the n00b a group hug)

    09/26/2015 6:57:57 AM PDT · by Soul Equality · 43 replies
    Our mission statement at Soul Equality is to raise the Global Consciousness Level in order to Truly (1) Unite all Souls as one (2) End Global suffering & (3) Restore the Vitality of the Physical Plane of Existence. Please visit, for more information.
  • Pope Francis’s Progressive UN Speech Avoids Confronting Islamic Jihad

    09/26/2015 4:21:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/26/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Christians and other religious minorities are suffering genocide in the Middle East and parts of Africa directly as a result of Islamic jihad. They cannot afford to worry about the effects of climate change. They are in a daily battle for their lives Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th. He started out by praising the UN, which is observing its seventieth anniversary this year. He gave credit to the UN for such achievements he described as the “codification and development of international law, the establishment of international norms regarding human rights, advances in humanitarian law,...
  • Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices, trends in 2015.

    09/25/2015 10:10:38 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 5 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 02/05/2015 | Jacki Daily
    This show is from February, was this guest correct? listen in to find out! Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices and likely price trends in 2015.
  • Col. Allen West, CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Lloyd Bentsen IV Join Jacki

    09/25/2015 10:05:17 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 02/04/2015 | Jacki Daily
    Col. West and Mr. Bentsen discuss current trends in energy and the work of the NCPA.
  • Super Blood Moon? Sunday to Bring Rare ‘Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse

    09/25/2015 4:32:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 23 ,2015 | STAV ZEV
    A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Mexico City on April 15, 2014. On September 27, a lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a supermoon for the first time since 1982. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS
  • Green Jobs Fail-CA’s “Critters Before Humans” Water Policy-TX’s New Earthquake & Fracking Study

    09/24/2015 5:46:28 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | The Jacki Daily Show
    Green Jobs Fail-CA’s “Critters Before Humans” Water Policy-TX’s New Earthquake & Fracking Study
  • Amb. James Woolsey and the EMP THREAT

    09/24/2015 5:24:07 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 22 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 12/21/14 | Amb. James Woolsey
    In this segment, Jacki and Clinton appointee Amb. Woolsey discuss the vulnerability of the U.S. electrical grid and the threat of electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP.”
  • What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars

    09/24/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Inverse ^ | September 24, 2015 | Neel V. Patel, science and tech journalist
    NASA officials will announce Monday morning a major scientific discovery related to their continued exploration of Mars. The agency won’t give too many details on what exactly the big reveal is, apart from the fact that the briefing will feature some pretty big names at the space agency (including Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA HQ; Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha, a grad student at Georgia Tech; Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and a grad student at Georgia Tech as well; and Alfred McEwen at the University of...
  • Finally, Pluto In Real Color View

    09/24/2015 2:52:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Friends of NASA ^ | September 22m 2015 | Staff
  • Researchers grow functional kidneys from stem cells that work in live animals

    09/24/2015 2:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Futurism ^ | Hashem AL-ghaili
    In Brief Japanese researchers have successfully grown kidneys from stem cells that worked as they were supposed to after being transplanted into rats and pigs. The Breakthrough With all the parts, grown, the kidney was placed inside a rat, then the pathway was added, followed by the bladder they’d grown—the new bladder was then connected to the rat’s native bladder. After sewing up the rat, they found the whole system worked. The team then repeated what they had done with a much larger animal, one much closer in size to humans—a pig—and found the same results. The paper was published...
  • 22 Articles:Commentaries:Hawking's Aliens.The Search for Intelligent ET Life

    09/24/2015 10:14:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies ^ | August, 2015 | Various
    22 Articles on Whether Or Not To Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Full Title:Commentaries: Stephen Hawking's Aliens. The Search for Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life. Project Breakthrough Listen Abstract Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner have launched a $100m search for intelligent alien life beyond solar system; a program focused on listening for radio signals coming from advanced civilizations far beyond the solar system, which, presumably, rely on similar technologies as those of the present civilizations of Earth. The search will be 50 times more sensitive, and cover 10 times more sky, than previous hunts for alien life. According to Stephen Hawking the effort...
  • 1973 Mazda RX-3 (Rotary Engine) Commercial

    09/24/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 64 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Remember this- 'Piston engine goes boing, boing, boing, boing boing, boing... but the Mazda goes hmmmmmmm.' [YouTube] If you've ever driven a car with a rotary engine like a Mazda, it really is a lot of fun, very torquey and revs like crazy, always super smooth (except most from the 70s tend to backfire)- it's a shame the couldn't make them work out in a more substantial way. Besides smoothness of operation, the motor is compact, light, and simple, with only two moving parts. But in an example of epic bad timing, Mazda launched the Wankel-engined RX series just was...
  • Forcing Global Warming No. 1 issue not God but Man-Made

    09/24/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/15 | Judi McLeod
    Elevation of global warming/climate change to top issue by President Obama and Pope Francis wears the same label that they put on global warming. It did not come from the Almighty or from science. It is “man made”. A little prayer sent your way to get the faithful through the pope’s address to Congress today and the United Nations tomorrow: St. Teresa’s Book Mark: “Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing affright thee, All things are passing; God only is changeless. Patience gains all things. Who hath God wanteth nothing—Alone God sufficeth.” Yesterday a chill wind came blowing through the fast-moving...
  • Solar Energy at parity for fossil fuels? An interview with Vance Ginn

    09/21/2015 3:24:20 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 9/20/2015 | Vance Ginn
    Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an Economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, TX, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2013, Vance was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at TPPF in 2011 and anxiously awaited his return to fight for liberty. In 2006, he interned for a U.S. Texas Congressman in Washington, D.C. and received his B.B.A. in Economics and Accounting with minors in Political Science and Mathematics before earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University in...
  • Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil.

    09/21/2015 2:39:57 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 10 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 8/19/14 | Dr Ed Ireland
    In Segment 1, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil. In Segment 2, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Dr. Bill Forstchen interviewed on The Jacki Daily show

    09/19/2015 6:43:19 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dr. Bill Forstchen
    The United States is now the top energy producer in the world. For that, we are thankful. But all the shale gas, crude oil, coal, nuclear energy and renewables on earth are of little benefit if we do not have a secure means of delivering energy to our homes, our hospitals, schools and even our military. For this reason, we must focus on securing the U.S. electrical grid, the means of delivering our energy, at all costs. Throughout history, literature has played a key role in educating and inspiring the public to “think beyond” to a world of possibilities as...
  • First-of-its-kind, 3D printed guide helps regrow complex nerves after injury

    09/18/2015 8:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies ^ | September 18, 2015 | Benedict
    As the vital relationship between 3D printing and medical science continues to flourish, potentially life-altering developments continue to be made. A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research, undertaken in Minnesota, has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Nerve regeneration is a complex process. Because of this complexity, regrowth of nerves after injury or disease is very rare, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nerve damage is often permanent. While the peripheral...
  • VIDEO: The Future of Fracking

    09/18/2015 2:56:57 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 7 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 2/9/15 | Jacki Daily
    Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick Discusses the Future of Fracking in Texas
  • Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,”

    Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,” which invites us to take a critical view of statistical correlations. Just because the divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine does not mean that we should cut back!
  • How to gain control of Washington, even the EPA

    09/18/2015 2:42:26 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 16 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 08/31/15 | Jacki Daily
    How to Regain Control of Washington – even the EPA Roman Buhler, former counsel to Newt Gingrich, unveils the plan to take back Washington from the bureaucrats. In addition to the REINS Act, this is the best plan we have seen for bringing the EPA under control.
  • You Want to Put E15 in Your Motor?

    09/18/2015 1:48:24 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 48 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 8/31/15 | Lauren Fix
    Lauren Fix, “The Car Coach” is a competitive race car racer, a mom, and America’s top woman in automotive news. She explains E15, and why it will invalidate the warranty for most cars.
  • New Pluto photo.. Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains (Wow!)

    09/17/2015 5:26:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 63 replies
    John Hopkins ^ | 9/17/15
    Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured a near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon. The smooth expanse of the informally named Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the skyline. The backlighting highlights more than a dozen layers of haze in Pluto's tenuous but distended atmosphere. The image...
  • Schrödinger’s bacterium: physicists plan to put a microbe in two places at the same time

    09/17/2015 5:05:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Why Evolution is True ^ | 9/17/15 | Jerry Coyne
    Schrödinger’s bacterium: physicists plan to put a microbe in two places at the same time Okay, this is WAY above my pay grade, but I’ve been sent articles on this by several authors, including an explanation at the Guardian. It’s a description by two theoretical physicists of an experiment that uses quantum superposition to put a bacterium in two places at the same time. They plan to collaborate with experimentalists to actually carry it out. Here’s what the Guardian says about it: The researchers plan to build on the work of others at the University of Colorado who showed in 2013 that a tiny, vibrating...
  • Why we must lift the ban on exporting crude oil

    09/17/2015 5:04:27 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 2 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 7/6/2015 | Jacki Pick
    Economist Ed Ireland who Chairs the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council shares his expertise on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and why we should not fear that it is possible for the U.S. to run short on energy if we export. Exports would be a boom for job creation and wealth creation for the middle class.
  • Jacki Daily Show:Unvieling the anti-fracking movement

    09/16/2015 3:14:51 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 9 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 9/14/2015 | Jacki Pick
    Unveiling the AntiFracking Movement & How Fracking Brings Manufacturing Boom 9/14/15
  • Pushing the Limits: Traveling at near-supersonic speeds

    09/16/2015 10:30:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 16, 2015
    Hyperloop Technologies is working on a project to move people and cargo at nearly the speed of sound, and its engineers believe they're approaching a transportation breakthrough not seen in ages, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans. In 1903, the Wright brothers launched the age of aviation in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their experimental flying machine. It connected the world, pushing the limits of what many believed possible. Hyperloop Technologies co-founder and engineer Brogan BamBrogan wants to change the world again, with a ground transit system that would go faster than a commercial jet. "We're kind of inventing a...
  • The long, sordid antivaccine history of Donald Trump

    09/15/2015 1:44:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 107 replies
    ScienceBlogs ^ | September 15, 2015 | Orac (David H. Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS)
    ... Trump is antivaccine to the core. Don’t believe me? Never heard this before? Oh, ye of little faith! Orac can back up this statement very easily. To begin, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Donald Trump might be hip, happening, and now as far as the media is concerned because of his skill for making outrageous and often offensive statements so full of burning stupid as to threaten to singe the fabric of reality, but one thing that isn’t frequently discussed is his long history of parroting antivaccine misinformation. The first time I learned of Donald Trump’s antivaccine...
  • Latest Images from Pluto: 'It's Complicated,' Says NASA

    09/15/2015 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | Jen Pikowski
    The New Horizons probe has sent back the latest images from its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto. While the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet, taken from 7800 miles above the surface, had the New Horizons team—and people around the world—giddy with excitement about intriguing features like 11,000-foot-tall ice mountains, the latest, downlinked over Labor Day weekend, have left them scratching their heads. "If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top—but that’s what is actually there," said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research...