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  • Meet the mother theory (physics)

    05/20/2012 2:57:41 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    plus magazine ^ | 4/19./12 | Marianne Freiberger
    There's an old Indian story about six blind men who go to visit an elephant. One touches its leg and decides that elephants must be like trees. A second examines its trunk and declares they are like snakes. A third feels its side and concludes they are like walls. You can imagine the rest. Everyone is right yet they are all wrong and it all ends in an argument. Only a major leap of the imagination, inspired by a lot more careful feeling around, could reveal the true nature of the animal that combines so many different characteristics. Six blind...
  • Pelosi pulled strings to let dying Dallas lawyer Baron try experimental cancer drug

    08/15/2010 9:54:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    dallas news ^ | 8/15/10 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    WASHINGTON – Dallas' top Democratic donors will cut big checks to share dinner later this month with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Most will be motivated by a desire to protect the party's congressional majority. Lisa Blue will have an extra reason: to say thanks for Pelosi's efforts when her husband, Fred Baron, was dying of bone marrow cancer. His only option was an experimental drug whose manufacturer refused to give permission to use it for Baron's condition. "He was a big fan of hers, and now I am as well," Blue said. Baron, the "King of Toxic Torts," built a...
  • Evolution versus Intelligent Design: The God of the Gaps

    03/11/2006 10:35:26 PM PST · by DallasMike · 22 replies · 538+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 11, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost has an outstanding article on the "God of the Gaps." Joe explains in easily understandable terms that the notion "actually encompasses four different views based on distinctions between a “science gap” (a gap in our current scientific knowledge) and a “nature gap” (a break in the continuous cause-effect chain of natural process) that may or may not be bridged by miraculous-appearing theistic action." As technology advances, our science gaps close, but more science gaps often rise up to take their place. For example, we once thought that an electron was a sub-atomic particle that...
  • Strings Attached [interview with physicist Andrew Strominger]

    12/22/2004 11:39:04 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 9 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Telegraph (Calcutta, India) ^ | December 20, 2004 | Pathik Guha
    Strings attached Wanted: Proof that the mother of all theories is correct. Pathik Guha reports But is that physics? That seemed to have been the caveat raised by Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate physicist, against the string theory, popularly known as the Theory of Everything. Though the experts, not particularly fond of hypes, don’t like the name that much, the string theory is one of the attempts to unify the two seemingly irreconciliable concepts — relativity and quantum mechanics — which between them explain everything from an apple’s fall to a picture’s formation on a TV screen. Albert Einstein, always...
  • The Elegant Universe

    11/15/2003 8:05:58 PM PST · by Michael Barnes · 17 replies · 409+ views
    Nova Online ^ | unk | Online Stream Of video
    If anyone is interested, here is a link that has approx 3 hours of streaming video (Real and Quick Time) of PBS's The Elegant Universe. It begins with Newton and ends up with Witman's unifying of the 5 string theories. Very well done IMO...Good educational piece for the sciences.