Archive for the ‘Science’ category

Blog Notes: Another Short Day

December 18, 2008

Bleh. I’m not pleased by this. But an afternoon appointment looms.

When I get back, I hope to do the blog post for Leverage episode 3.

Meanwhile, the hell with global warming. Did you know our magnetic field is dying and we might turn into the next Mars?

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GIVE ME MY TIME MACHINE, DAMN YOU!!

December 16, 2008

This is so important, I’m ripping off the entire news report.

Swiss watch found in 400-year-old tomb

Archeologists in China are baffled after finding a tiny Swiss watch in a 400-year-old tomb.

The watch ring was discovered as archeologists were making a documentary with two journalists from Shangsi town.

“When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, a piece of rock suddenly dropped off and hit the ground with a metallic sound,? said Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Autonomous Region Museum.

“We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch.”

The time was stopped at 10:06am, and on the back was engraved the word “Swiss”, reports the People’s Daily.

Local experts say they are confused as they believe the tomb had been undisturbed since it was created during the Ming dynasty 400 years ago.

They have suspended the dig and are waiting for experts to arrive from Beijing and help them unravel the mystery.

Emphasis added by me.

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There it is.

Proof time travel exists!

Now give me my goddammed machine so I can go back to 1960!!!

Quotes: Nikola Tesla In 1926

December 3, 2008

WHEN WOMAN IS BOSS: An interview with Nikola Tesla by John B. Kennedy

When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.

We shall be able to witness and hear events — the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle — just as though we were present.

Emphasis added by me.

What would he have thought of the iPhone!?

And get this:

It is more than probable that the household’s daily newspaper will be printed ‘wirelessly’ in the home during the night.

He saw this in 1926!

That’s eighty-two years ago.

Can you see eighty-two years ahead?

No Frogs, No Bees … And No Acorns?

November 30, 2008

Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop

The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn’t find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head.

Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill.

But Simmons really got spooked when he was teaching a class on identifying oak and hickory trees late last month. For 2 1/2 miles, Simmons and other naturalists hiked through Northern Virginia oak and hickory forests. They sifted through leaves on the ground, dug in the dirt and peered into the tree canopies. Nothing.

Too early to tell what this means.

Have the frogs gotten better?

Have the bees returned?

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #441: Nash V. Smith

November 26, 2008

A Beautiful Mind (Adam Smith was wrong)

The blonde is all outstanding global debt: National, Corporate, and Consumer.

If everyone wants repayment, no one is going to get it.

Nations, societies, and the world we have known all fall.

If everyone ignores the blonde — all debt is forgiven — everyone prospers.

All Sink or All Swim in a nutshell.

Reference: Relativity

November 21, 2008

Simultaneity – Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity

Who Did He Kill That You Loved?

November 18, 2008

The medical miracle
Mother-of-two becomes first transplant patient to receive an organ grown to order in a laboratory

Claudia Castillo, who lives in Barcelona, underwent the operation to replace her windpipe after tuberculosis had left her with a collapsed lung and unable to breathe.

The bioengineered organ was transplanted into her chest last June at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.

Four months later she was able to climb two flights of stairs, go dancing and look after her children – activities that had been impossible before the surgery. Ms Castillo has also crossed a second medical frontier by becoming the first person to receive a whole organ transplant without the need for powerful immunosuppressant drugs.

Doctors overcame the problem of rejection by taking her own stem cells to grow the replacement organ, using a donor trachea (lower windpipe) to provide the mechanical framework. Blood tests have shown no sign of rejection months after the surgery was complete.

Emphasis added by me.

We’ve eight years of an ass in the White House. An ass who has no problem wiping out unarmed civilians in Iraq but gets all moral when the subject of stem cell research popped up.

How many people that you knew, how many people that you loved, have died these past eight years who might have been saved had stem cell research been allowed to proceed as it should have?

In 20 years’ time the commonest surgical operations will be regenerative procedures to replace organs and tissues damaged by disease with autologous [self-grown] tissues and organs from the laboratory. We are on the verge of a new age in surgical care.”

Professor Birchall said the technique could initially be extended to growing other hollow organs such as the bowel, bladder and reproductive tract but could later be extended to solid organs including the heart, liver and kidneys. “They have all got scaffolds [natural frameworks] on which new cells can be grown,” he said. “We will need units next to hospitals to generate the cells. The trick is turning it into a therapy for thousands of patients – [the process] will have to be automated.”

Emphasis added by me.

The worst irony is, that lame duck bastard will probably have his life saved years from now — thanks to stem cell therapies.

Professor Anthony Hollander, of the University of Bristol, said the advance had been achieved as a result of developments in stem-cell technology. “For stem-cell science, this is really exciting,” he said. “Without stem cells this procedure would not have been possible.”

Emphasis added by me.

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