I show this sun-set display this past weekend on Saturday night when my youngest daughter and son-in-law were here.
If you’re into star-gazing, nothing puts on a show like Mother Nature!
The glitterati of the solar system turned out this weekend for an Oscar-worthy show: a triple play featuring Jupiter, the moon and Venus in evening skies. This photo, snapped by photographer Jeff Berkes in Pennsylvania’s Chester County, is a classic portrayal.
“The crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter have formed a slim triangle in the western skies at sunset,” Berkes told me in an email today. “It is also visible tonight, with the moon right next to Jupiter and Venus shining bright below them.”
And that’s not all: Mars rises in the east a few hours after sunset. This sky guide from Space.com’s Tariq Malik provides the details. Even if the skies are cloudy all night, you can still get in on the fun online via Slooh.com’s planet-watching webcast.
The weather forecast calls for clear at sun-down again. I plan to check it out!
I know I posted something like this a couple of years ago, but this is an updated video from the NASA SOHO spacecraft orbiting our Sun.
Take a good look. Are they alien spacecraft, or just photographic “artifacts” as NASA purports?
You be the judge.
Moore’s Law :
The law is named after Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore, who described the trend in his 1965 paper. The paper noted that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year from the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958 until 1965 and predicted that the trend would continue “for at least ten years”. His prediction has proved to be uncannily accurate, in part because the law is now used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development.
This trend has continued for more than half a century. 2005 sources expected it to continue until at least 2015 or 2020.[note 1] However, the 2010 update to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors has growth slowing at the end of 2013, after which time transistor counts and densities are to double only every 3 years.
As noted above, Moore’s Law has been the moving force in the computer community for 47 years. For a while, the Law must’ve looked like it was coming up against the proverbial brick wall with the advent of quantum computing. But quantum computing is going to have to wait, or is going to be slightly different from originally prognastsized:
Moore’s Law could be safe for another decade or so. An international team of scientists has demonstrated a working transistor composed of a single atom–nearly 100 times smaller than the 22-nanometer cutting-edge transistors fabricated by Intel.
More importantly, the research team led by Michelle Simmons of the University of New South Wales in Sydney was able to show a method for repeating the process with great accuracy and in a fashion that is compatible with the CMOS technology used in transistor fabrication today.
“This is the first time anyone has shown control of a single atom in a substrate with this level of precise accuracy,” said Simmons, who worked with colleagues from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, Purdue University, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and the University of New South Wales on the project.
The “law” associated with Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicts a steady rate at which the density of transistors on silicon-based semiconductors increases over time. That steady procession of ever-smaller computer circuitry has held up for decades, but as the size of transistors approaches atomic scales, there have been serious questions as to whether Moore’s Law can last much longer than another five years or so.
The work of Simmons and her colleagues could show a way to keep making microprocessor circuitry smaller and smaller through 2020 and beyond.
As they run up against atomic scales with ever-smaller circuitry, semiconductor manufacturers today are running up against problems affecting transistor performance that stem from quantum effects (basically, the fact that materials interact very differently at very small sizes) and a need for precision that may not be possible with the lithographic methods currently in use.
In recent years, advances in quantum computing have offered a viable path to smaller and smaller transistors, to be sure. But the new research might be the first strong sign that atomic-level transistor fabrication can be done in keeping with the part of Moore’s Law that’s often forgotten amidst the wonderment over tinier and tinier computer chips–that it be done cheaply.
Using a “combination of scanning tunneling microscopy and hydrogen-resist lithography,” the team was able to “deterministically” place an individual phosphorus dopant atom “within an epitaxial silicon device architecture with a spatial accuracy of one lattice site,” according to a paper published Sundayin the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
In layman’s terms, that means the researchers are able to stick the phosphorous atom (used to “dope,” or add an electron charge to a silicon substrate) precisely where they want to, whenever they want to.
That’s important, because as transistors approach the size of atoms, it becomes hugely important to place each of those atoms very precisely. On larger scales, silicon can be doped with less accuracy and still produce the electrical current needed to switch between “on” and “off,” the essence of what a transistor does and how it works.
Hmm..this is the crux of the standard technology, the ability to turn the electrical current “on” and “off”, the “ones” and “zeros” of the simple binary code itself. There’s no worrying about about “qubits” existing in the events at the same time and how the act of “observation” is going to affect calculations.
As noted above, the quantum effects are going to become noticeable anyway, simply because of the atomic scale size of the processors.
But I surmise the theme here isn’t just the perfecting the size of the technology, it’s how cheaply the technology can be done now — and how cost-effective the processors can be manufactured.
So not to worry Singularitarians, this will only enhance the availability of cybernetic enhancements!
Thanks to the Daily Grail
Yesterday a press release by NASA scientists of a water world 40 light years distant hit the ether and it described a place that although it had water, it was uninhabitable by human standards.
This meant it was safe — and that there would be no marauding aliens invading from said planet:
Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet — a steamy waterworld that is larger than Earth but smaller than Uranus.
The standard-bearer for this new class of exoplanet is called GJ 1214b, which astronomers first discovered in December 2009. New observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suggest that GJ 1214b is a watery world enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.
“GJ 1214b is like no planet we know of,” study lead author Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., said in a statement. “A huge fraction of its mass is made up of water.”
Adding to the diversity To date, astronomers have discovered more than 700 planets beyond our solar system, with about 2,300 more “candidates” awaiting confirmation by follow-up observations.
These alien planets are a diverse bunch. Astronomers have found one planet as light and airy as Styrofoam, for example, and another as dense as iron. They’ve discovered several alien worlds that orbit two suns, like Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in the “Star Wars” films.
But GJ 1214b, which is located 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer), is something new altogether, researchers said.
This so-called “ super-Earth ” is about 2.7 times Earth’s diameter and weighs nearly seven times as much as our home planet. It orbits a red-dwarf star at a distance of 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers), giving it an estimated surface temperature of 446 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius) — too hot to host life as we know it.
Discussion of alien life in the mainstream is a taboo subject — the possibility of actually discovering life that is not terrestrial is not spoken of in academic or industrial circles what-so-ever according to Professor N. Chandra Wickramasinghe, a prominent astropyhicisist and a former student of Fred Hoyle .
It is not often scientists are willing to openly discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
According to a famous astronomy professor there is a reason why a majority of scientists avoid the subject – it is censored!
Even though the general public embraces ideas of extraterrestrial life, science is expected to shun this subject no matter how strong the evidence, albeit through a conspiracy of silence.
It is an unwritten doctrine of science that extraterrestrial life could not exist in our immediate vicinity, or, that if such life did exist, it could not have a connection with Earth.
Professor N. Chandra Wickramasinghe was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 20, 1939.
He studied astrophysics at Cambridge, where he was a student of Hoyle’s.
He received his Ph.D. in 1963 and an Sc.D. in 1973, and served on the faculty at Cambridge. He is now a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at the University College, Cardiff, Wales. He is an expert in the use of infrared astronomy to study interstellar matter.
“My own personal involvement in this matter dates back to the 1970’s when, together with the late Fred Hoyle, I was investigating the nature of interstellar dust.
At this time evidence for organic molecules in interstellar clouds was accumulating at a rapid pace, and the interstellar dust grains that were hitherto believed to be comprised of inorganic ices were shown by us to contain complex organic polymers of possible biological provenance.
These discoveries came as a surprise to astronomers, and for a long time the conclusion was resisted that such molecules might have a relevance to life on the Earth,” says professor Wickramasinghe.
Hoyle and Wickramasinghe were among the first scientists to make a connection between complex organic molecules in interstellar clouds and life on Earth.
“My first inkling of any censorship relating to extraterrestrial life came when we made the intellectual leap from prebiology in space to fully-fledged biology outside the Earth.
In setting out to explore the hypothesis that interstellar grains were not just abiotic organic polymers but bacterial cells in various stages of degradation, we made a prediction that interstellar dust in the infrared spectral region must have the signature of bacteria.
Infrared sources near the galactic centre were a prime target for this investigation and on our instigation approaches were made to the Anglo-Australian telescope committees to provide time on the AAT to test our seemingly wild hypothesis.
An application for observing time for this project made by my brother Dayal T. Wickramasinghe at ANU and David Allen was duly refused as “having no scientific value,” explains professor Wickramasinghe. “After 1982, when evidence for cosmic life and panspermia acquired a status close to irrefutable, publication avenues that were hitherto readily available became suddenly closed.
With the unexpected discovery that comets had an organic composition, with comet dust possessing infrared spectra consistent with attitudes hardened to a point that panspermia and related issues were decreed taboo by all respectable journals and institutions.”
Wickramasinghe believes that this campaign of explicit denials and censorship may have started between 1962 and 1965 when microorganisms were actually recovered from the stratosphere using balloons flown to heights between 20 and 43km.
“This important pioneering work, carried out by NASA at the dawn of the Space Age, probably rang alarm bells to which the authorities had to react, and react they surely did.
I was told by Leslie Hale, an atmospheric scientist at Penn State University that this exciting programme of work was suddenly halted by funds being withdrawn. Nothing more was said,” says professor Wickramasinghe.
When Hans Dieter Pflug, a colleague of professor Wickramasinghe investigated the Murchison meteorite, he discovered a wide range of organic structures uncannily similar to terrestrial microorganisms
Hans Pflug was invited to Cardiff and gave a lecture, introduced by Fred Hoyle, that left the audience speechless. Pflug was not attacked on grounds of contamination or artifacts, but he was given what could be described as the “silent treatment”.
Richard B Hoover’s recent reexamination of Murchison meteorite microfossils confirms Hans Pflug’s discoveries.
“Using state of the art technology Hoover concludes that microbial fossils unambiguously exist in great profusion. The furore that greeted this new publication, with vocal condemnation from Science journals and from NASA chiefs, shows that earlier tactics of rejection by silence have now been replaced by strident ranting and even personal insults.
Had we lived in the Middle Ages there is no doubt that Richard B Hoover, and possibly Fred Hoyle, Pflug, and I too, would have come to a bad end – suffering the fate of Giordano Bruno in 1600!”, says professor Wickramasinghe
Hmm..I remember when Hoover came out with his findings last year. He was quickly shut down and NASA confiscated his work.
Needless to say the mainstream made fun at his expense and it was quickly named so much tinfoil.
In short, mainstream politics and science doesn’t need Star Trek aliens to denounce and keep Earthly life prominent in the eyes of human-beings.
Distance, and small critters are good enough.
Yup, I’m still alive after being ill for the past eight or nine months. Heart attacks and epileptic seizures take some time to recover from. Also my wife has health problems and I’ve been the primary care giver.
It doesn’t leave much time to write and post blog stuff, but I received an email from an old friend the other day and interest in blogging has reappeared. For now.
Well, how do you folks like the world political situation? Isn’t it quite a hoot?
I’ve done some research and found that the last Bilderberg meeting had a lot to do with things. No?
Well, check this out:
The 59th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland from 9 – 12 June 2011. The Conference will deal mainly with Challenges for Growth: Innovation and Budgetary Discipline, the Euro and Challenges for the European Union, the role of Emerging Economies, Social Networks: Connectivity and Security Issues, New Challenges in the Middle East, Conflict Areas, Demographic Challenges, China, Switzerland: Can it remain successful in the future?
Approximately 130 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America and other countries. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.
Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period.
The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems – from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other. Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still – even increasingly – critical.
What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely.
In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.
Bilderberg’s only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-eight conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.
For further information refer to www.bilderbergmeetings.org. A list of participants is attached.
9 June 2011
- Official List of Participants for the 2009 Bilderberg Meeting
- 1995 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1977 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1957 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1965 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1963 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1970 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
- 1996 Bilderberg Meeting Participant List
Notice the number of people representing financial concerns. That is no accident.
In short, this is probably old news to most of you out there, but this is to show initiates in the “esoteric” that there is a reason for the way things are and it is not due to mainstream politics.
Feedback is appreciated.