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Science (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Dr. Jerry Pournelle

    08/20/2012 11:21:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Freehold ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    We have a special treat for our readers this morning. One of my all time favorite authors Dr, Jerry Pournelle. Having co-authored my third favorite book Lucifer’s Hammer (1 and 2 are both Heinlein works). I was a little nervous to contact him and more nervous to actually ask for an interview. Luckily I got over that and I am very proud to present this interview for our audience here at the Freehold.
  • Ursa Major Star Explodes

    08/14/2012 5:18:41 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 43 replies
    Aug. 14, 2012 | Satin Doll
    Early this morning, about 5:05 AM, my nephew saw a star explode in the constellation Ursa Major. We're not star hounds and do not know the name of the star that blew, but he did see it and he was sober. This is his first ever critical astronomy observation. It is amazing what one can see smoking a ciggie on the back deck.
  • Mysterious planet-sized object spotted near mercury (Mercury)

    12/07/2011 3:29:16 PM PST · by decimon · 53 replies
    The Sideshow ^ | December 7, 2011 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Is a giant, cloaked spaceship orbiting around Mercury? That's been the speculation from some corners aftera camera onboard NASA's STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury. Theorists have seized on the images captured from the "coronal mass ejection" (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very...
  • Darwinists Wrong Again on Human Evolution

    08/16/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 70 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 16, 2012 | JP
    Paging Nicholas Wade. He’s the New York Times science writer who worships at the altar of Darwinism. Two years ago, he reported that biologists, led by Svante Paabo of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, had determined that Neanderthals mated with modern humans. That “scientific” finding provided a convenient explanation for what happened to humanity’s supposed ancestor: We interbred with them until they disappeared. Now comes a new study, reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that the finding reported by Wade, were wrong. There was no mating, no “hybridization,” between Neanderthals and Homo...
  • Grand Unification Theory of Cold Fusion

    08/15/2012 5:43:29 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 13 replies
    Vortex-L ^ | August 14, 2012 | Stewart D. Simonson
    Grand Unification Theory of Cold Fusion (and a few other things) August 14, 2012 Ok, so here is my theory about cold fusion, which actually might answer questions about a few other things in nature. I am refining this continuously so please be patient and make comments if you would like! I am still adding references so I will not leave anyone out. This includes but is not limited to publications from Mr. Ed Storms, Mr. Celani, Mr. Hagelstein, Mr. Ahern and others. Please be patient as I have learned alot these past couple of years from everyone, especially...
  • Doctors want to treat gun ownership like a "social disease!"

    08/13/2012 10:13:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/13/2012 | Doug Book
    “We live in a society saturated with guns and need better ways of preventing harm from them,” says a doctor who believes the federal government must take a “public health” approach to gun ownership in the United States. (1) Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the University of California’s Violence Prevention Research Program likens the dangers inherent in owning a gun to those involved in driving a car. “Highway safety measures, product changes and driving laws…slashed deaths from car crashes decades ago…” says the doctor. And just as it “…wasn’t enough…to curb [highway] deaths by trying to make people better drivers…it...
  • Obama Expresses Dissatisfaction with Media Coverage

    08/11/2012 1:53:51 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama expressed his profound displeasure with the media's coverage of the election campaign. “I'm sure they think they're being even-handed when they juxtapose the message we're trying to get out with the false assertions of the opposition,” Obama complained. “Unfortunately, this gives an undeserved platform from which the enemies of truth can spread their lies.” The President said he had hoped that “our friends in the media wouldn't succumb to pressures to appear balanced. When we hand them the truth they shouldn't feel they have to dilute it by inserting the disagreeable counterpoint of a disproved theory. For...
  • CARTOON: Mansquito!

    08/09/2012 11:51:19 AM PDT · by daletoons · 9 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 8-9-12 | Dale
    NASA has come a long way since 1968, when they were sued by Madalyn Murray O'Hair for the Apollo 8 crew's reading of the first 10 verses of Genesis, as they viewed the Earth from Lunar orbit. Today the great technological achievements of the agency are overshadowed by an increasingly anti-God mindset that pervades the scientific community as a whole. A recent example is the purge of Intelligent Design proponent, David Coppedge from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Talk about being lost in space, it's as if Dr. Smith has been put in charge of the mission. Warning, warning, Will Robinson!...
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in NV

    08/07/2012 3:21:58 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 5 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | August 7, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    LAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job. Despite this, Sen. Reid continues to hype Nevada as the “Saudi Arabia of renewable energy,” even though the renewable energy subsidized with federal dollars and mandated under Nevada’s Renewable...
  • Global Warming 'Skeptic' Never Really Was - Media's portrayal of scientist wrong

    08/07/2012 1:19:16 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/4/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The mainstream media is celebrating a physicist who allegedly did a U-turn on his global warming views and now says humans are the cause. Except Richard Muller had already said in 2008 that man was a cause of global warming. Nonetheless, the San Francisco Chronicle, for example, reported July 31: “The hot issue of global warming got hotter Monday when a UC Berkeley physicist, once a loud skeptic of human-caused climate change, agreed not only that the Earth is heating up, but also that people are the cause of it all.” Never mind that in an interview almost four years...
  • LENR Gets Major Boost From National Instruments

    08/07/2012 7:01:36 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 17 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | 7 August 2012 | Stephen B. Krivit
    National Instruments, a major U.S. company that produces tools for engineers and scientists, sponsored a demonstration of a nickel-hydrogen gas low-energy nuclear reaction reactor on Monday at its annual NI Week trade show at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. National Instruments is also sponsoring talks there on LENR research. According to a source at the show who spoke with James Truchard, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of National Instruments, Truchard is very interested in LENR research. New Energy Times spoke with Julia Britts, media relations manager for National Instruments, on Monday to get more information about Truchard’s interest...
  • Mars: A New Hope

    NASA’s most ambitious Mars probe is set to land late today (or early tomorrow, depending where you live). NASA is one of the few government programs that actually invests in a major — and important — industry that supports high-tech jobs and science and technology advancement. However, the geniuses in Washington has been throwing NASA under the bus as of late. They’d rather bailout unsuccessful ventures. But I digress. At least NASA is finally relying more on the commercialization of space.
  • The woman who made your WiFi work. (RF tech trivia)

    08/02/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Diogenes' Middle Finger ^ | August 1, 2012 | Diogenes
    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American actress. Max Reinhardt called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe” due to her “strikingly dark exotic looks”. Mathematically talented, Lamarr came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. The international beauty, along with co-inventor composer George Anthiel, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by...
  • Coming Soon to a Coal-Fired Power Grid Near You: 'Chevy Volt Village'

    08/01/2012 5:24:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 1 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    'Naturally', Obama's helping to pay for it The dangerous, unloved, taxpayer-subsidized debacle of a 'green' experiment known as the Chevy Volt is now being featured as the centerpiece of still more taxpayer-subsidized, anti-free-enterprise enviromento-social engineering: a low energy residential project touted as a new kind of 'Smart Community'. 'Pecan Street' is a project in Austin, Texas, and known unofficially as 'Chevy Volt Village' at GM and the US Energy Department, which now chipped-in $10.4M in taxpayer money in-addition to all the bailouts, grants, $7500-per-customer government retail subsidies and Soviet-style central-planning that made Government Motors' overpriced, plug-in-P.O.S. possible in the first place. GM is calling...
  • Plastic Bag Bans: Another Feel-Good Eco-Fad

    07/31/2012 10:27:08 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    RCS ^ | 7-31-2012 | Todd Myers
    Across the country, cities are joining the latest environmental trend – banning plastic grocery bags. Concerned about the amount of plastic that reaches our oceans and the impact on wildlife, communities have decided that banning the bags is a simple and environmentally responsible approach. But is it? What does the science say? The evidence points to the fact that banning the bags may actually be a net negative for the environment, yielding little benefit to wildlife while significantly increasing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. Advocates of banning plastic grocery bags often cite impacts on marine life and mammals, but...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

    07/29/2012 2:30:49 AM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 26, 2012 | David Middleton
    The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified development zones at 23,700 megawatts, enough to power seven million homes, by 2030. Wow! 23,700 megawatts! That’s a lot of megawatts! Right? No. It’s not… If all 285,000 acres were covered with solar PV arrays, the “Hot Spots” could have a generating capacity of about 40,000 MW at a cost of about $252 billion.If the same 285,000 acres were covered...
  • Axelrod Decries GOP Negative Campaign

    07/27/2012 9:41:25 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 39 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 July 2012 | John Semmens
    Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod accused the GOP of running ads that “cast a negative pall over the campaign.” Axelrod said he had a particular beef over the use of the “you didn’t build that” quote. “The GOP is playing on the egotism and greed of every small businessman in America,” Axelrod complained. “These self-centered twits congratulate themselves on their brilliance and hard work, but the fact of the matter is that the President is right on this issue.” “The business owner may think ‘I took the risk,’ or ‘I put in the 14-hour days’ and conclude that he...
  • An Anti-Chemical Weapon Paint

    07/26/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    Technology Review (MIT) ^ | 7-24-2012 | David Zax
    Next time you’re tempted to badmouth paint (if that’s something you’re wont to do), consider that it might someday soon be saving the lives of our troops. Researchers have developed a special kind of paint that can absorb dangerous chemicals, reports The Engineer. The special paint is a collaboration between The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (in the UK, hence the orthography) and the global paint giant AkzoNobel. The paint’s topcoat contains silica gel, which can absorb nerve gas and prevent it from getting in, say, a tank. The undercoat of the paint is designed with the optimal amount of...
  • Greenland Ice Melt every 150 years is ‘right on time’

    07/24/2012 7:44:35 PM PDT · by Rocky · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 24, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. ----------------------------------- I covered this over the weekend when Bill McKibben started wailing about the albedo going off the charts. I thought it might be soot related. The PR below and quote above is from NASA Goddard. I had to laugh at the title of their press release, where they cite “Unprecedented...
  • Sally Ride didn't want to be a gay icon

    07/24/2012 7:11:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | July 24, 2012 | Suzi Parker
    Sally Ride showed Generation X girls the sky’s the limit — literally. We could do anything boys could do and sometimes better. If we wanted to go into space, our gender couldn’t — and wouldn’t — stop us. If we studied hard enough and trained our brains, the glass ceiling could be shattered. Amid all the girl power that Ride taught women, one barrier the first American woman in space chose not to break was sexuality. When she died on Monday at age 61 from pancreatic cancer, it emerged that Ride had a partner. As one friend on Facebook wrote,...