The economy remains much in the news this past week as the Big Three automakers are still holding their collective hands out to the US government for some Monopoly money. As of this writing, the White House is granting them a $17.4 billion bail-out from the TARP Fund.
God forbid the CEOs running these dinosaurs are going to go without their golden parachutes at Christmas time, eh?
That won’t do, that wouldn’t be the American Way, would it?
In science news, scientists discover that Mars has mineral evidence of a past water environment; http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE4BH7IV20081218 and could Mr. Obama’s Green Agenda be already starting?; http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2008/12/18/green-jobs-really-on-the-way-new-us-solar-plants-announced-this-week/.
As always, Jeff Renses’ site has a take on the Zionist/NWO agenda; http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/12/talmud-stock-market-and-bernie-goniff.html , http://www.rense.com/general84/d22er.htm and my pal gfish at Weird Things writes about NASA, bureaucracy and why US space exploration will likely languish during the Obama Administration; http://worldofweirdthings.com/2008/12/18/nasa-vs-the-bureaucrats/#comments.
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It has been running around in the astronomy circles that this past August was the first time in more than a century the sun didn’t have any sunspot activity.
Sunspot activity is linked to climate cycles of Earth, much more so than the vaunted “anthropic global warming” we are supposedly experiencing.
Now according to Ted Twietmeyer of Data4Science.net , the resumption of Sol’s sunspot activity is perhaps a little odd:
For years I have publicly announced that manipulation of our nearest star has been taking place. It was announced in August, that it had been more than 100 years since the sun did not manifest sunspots for an entire month. Now we’re almost into two months…until now:
What’s quite amazing about this sunspot (which no one is talking about,) is that this sunspot appears to have a square geometry as shown in the enlargement below:
In the upper left corner a dark feature is visible. Only a few of these objects were visible across the entire surface when this image was taken. Superheated plasma dancing randomly can be seen everywhere in this image. Each of these tiny peaks are actually hundreds to thousands of miles high.
Yet this lone, square sunspot appears out of nowhere.
I’m not an astronomer or a solar scientist, but a square sunspot is definitely different by any stretch.
It kind of goes along with the hexagon storm at Saturn’s North Pole , but who am I to say?
Twietmeyer’s premise if I’m reading this right is that the sunspot might be intelligently controlled, by us.
Weird stuff. And the mainstream scientists either deny the evidence of their extented “eyes”, or ignore it altogether.
Take some magic ‘shrooms boys and lighten up! 😆
A powerful cosmic particle accelerator has been pinpointed in the Crab Nebula: a doughnut-shaped magnetic field surrounding the stellar corpse at the nebula’s heart. The finding is based on a tricky measurement showing that high-energy radiation near the star is polarised, with its electric field lining up neatly with the star’s spin axis.
The Crab Nebula is the expanding remnant of a supernova that was observed by Chinese and Arab astronomers in 1054 CE. When the star exploded, it left behind a dense corpse called a pulsar.
The pulsar spins about 30 times per second, but is gradually slowing down as it emits a wind of particles and electromagnetic fields.
Some of these particles – mainly electrons – emit high-energy radiation, in the form of X-rays and gamma rays, when they are accelerated by magnetic fields in the region. But it has been unclear where this acceleration is taking place.
Now, researchers led by Tony Dean of the University of Southampton in the UK say it is occurring quite close to the pulsar.
This is the first time I heard that the Crab nebula had a pulsar in the center of it, interesting. Must be I was snoozing on this one for years.
When one speaks of particle accelerators, images of the Fermi Accelerator and the new Large Hadron Collider come to mind. Impressive pieces of technology to be sure.
How do we know this isn’t the result of someone’s technology? We don’t, do we? We just assume it’s a natural occurrance.
Just a thought.
It’s relevant to questions so important that most adults don’t think to ask them – why are there only eight planets? Or nine, or however many there are now? Why are they where they are? Because of all the objects that formed during the birth of the solar system, the ones we see are the ones that survived. It’s likely that many small proto-planets formed as the stellar dusts condensed into larger bodies – some collided and merged, some may have been pinballed out of the system by the varying gravitational fields, and it seems that some got smashed to bits in the confusion. The existence of the asteroid belt supports such planetary pile-ups – but we can look at these antarctic rocks much closer.
Mineral analysis of the fragments reveals a large concentration of feldspar – large enough to have needed a planet to create it. You might not think of rocks as hot and runny (unless you’re the Human Torch), but when you gather enough of anything together the pressure and heat provided by gravity will melt it. Materials of different densities float to different heights (just like oil in water), and as the system cools these differentiated layers are frozen in. If you hang around for a while you have a hard shell around a layered liquid core, like our own Earth, and eventually the entire system solidifies, like the Moon. If you lose a fight with another extremely solid body you get blown to pieces – but each of those pieces still shows evidence of the layer-cake structure.
As the evidence for the collision theory of planetary formation piles up, one cannot help but think of the theories of Velikovsky and Zecharia Sitchen.
While I’m not going to go into the details of Tiamat, Niburu and the Annunaki for now, it is interesting to note that what is fashionably becoming mainstream now, was once ridiculed.
Somewhere, Velikovsky is laughing his arse off.
Lifelike graphics are breaking free of elite computer games and spreading throughout society in what industry insiders proclaim is the dawning of a “visual computing era.”
Astronauts, film makers and celebrities joined software savants, engineers and gamers in the heart of Silicon Valley this week for a first-ever NVision conference devoted to computer imagery advances changing the way people and machines interact..
“Visual computing is transforming the videogame industry; transforming the film industry, and has all kinds of potential for how we view real-time television,” NVIDIA co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang told those gathered at the event.
“We solve some of the most challenging problems for more and more companies around the world. Let the era of visual computing begin.”
Gamers dueled for three days in a cavernous room in the San Jose Convention Center while entrepreneurs showed how graphics breakthroughs are shining in other fields.
Car makers are exploring letting potential buyers not only customize automobiles with graphics software but go on virtual test drives.
Graphics processing underpins financial modeling and weather forecasting
It was only a matter of time before this became a reality, and it’s only going to get better.
Or worse, depending your take on it.
Science-fiction writers such as Greg Egan, Iain Banks and Alistair Reynolds have used extrapolations of this technology to create entire cultures, worlds and universes as backdrops for their stories.
Often these tales are set centuries hence.
I surmise such are going to be possible in decades, not centuries.
What will the price be to become an immortal upload ( or download ) in a virtual reality universe?
Good stuff at Scientific American this past week. Let’s check out a few:
A bill barring employers and insurers from discriminating against people based on their genetics won unanimous passage in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, moving one step from final congressional approval.
The Senate voted 95 to 0 to pass the bipartisan bill. It is supported by the White House and health insurers but opposed by business interests including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Scientists are learning increasing amounts about the genetic basis of illnesses ranging from cancer to diabetes to heart disease, and tests are being developed to assess a person’s predisposition to them.
Bill supporters sought to make sure these test results are not be used against people by employers or insurers unwilling to accept the burden of paying to treat costly diseases.
“Discrimination based on a person’s genetic identity is just as unacceptable as discrimination on the basis of race or religion,” said Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, calling it the century’s first major new civil rights bill.
Congress has done very little in the past two years to inspire much confidence, but on this issue they got it right.
Which is a big relief to me, since 95% of my chronic diseases have a genetic familial component to them. As long as this bill gets signed, I won’t have to worry so much about being a genetic minority (ala Gattica) and the chances of getting cured through genetic medicines are greatly increased.
Even if it doesn’t benefit me directly, at least my children and grandchildren have a chance of being cured if need be.
A new high-resolution study of the hot, charged gas spouting from an enormous black hole provides the most direct evidence yet that such plasma jets are powered by corkscrew-shaped magnetic fields. Researchers say the finding helps clarify the inner workings of blazars, extremely energetic galaxies that flare up unpredictably, driven by central black holes millions of times more massive than the sun.
Researchers believe that large galaxies such as the Milky Way contain supermassive black holes in their cores that drag dust and gas toward them in a disk and fling it back out via jets of ionized gas or plasma moving at up to 99.9 percent of the speed of light. If that jet points toward Earth, researchers call it a blazar, and it is “one of the most impressive high-energy natural laboratories” in the universe, says astronomer Alan Marscher of Boston University’s Institute for Astrophysical Research.
Among the consequences of these near light-speed or relativistic jets are flashlightlike beams of high-energy x-rays and gamma rays as well as the illusion of superluminal (faster-than-light) speeds when viewed straight on …
I’m not a cosmologist, but the idea of twisting magnetic fields to control particle streams as a natural process seems a little too pat for me. I guess it’s because black holes and super-dense neutron stars spin at a pretty good clip. But these objects are touted as being natural particle accelerators. How does anyone know they’re natural? Maybe it’s just my normal nature of questioning dogma poking out, but I’m reminded of a recent discussion about how we could recognise mega-engineering projects by potential Kardeshev Type III Civilizations.
I’m not too confident we could.
Designed nearly 150 years ago but never actually built until recently, the Difference Engine No. 2 designed by Charles Babbage (1791 to 1871) is a piece of Victorian technology meant to tussle with logarithms and trigonometry long before the first modern computer. Technophiles have a rare opportunity beginning May 10 to see one of these devices (only two exist) on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Babbage’s automatic computing engine consists of 8,000 bronze, cast iron and steel parts, weighs five tons, and measures eleven feet (3.4 meters) long and seven feet (2.1 meters) high. Museum guest curator Doron Swade used Babbage’s own plans to bring the engine to life.
Learning about Charles Babbage is one of the very first items of study in any computer programming course. I’d forgotten that he never built his metal monster. The size of this thing almost matches ENIAC, its great-grandchild!
Watch the slideshow, it’s interesting.