Posts under Tag: science
Once again Japan…WTF?! Meat made from poo.

I continue to be shocked daily by the things scientist study. Combine that with a culture who likes game shows that injure people and/or make you want to barf and you get…Meat made from human feces.

“The scientists hope to price it the same as actual meat, but at the moment the excrement steaks are ten to twenty times the price they should be thanks to the cost of research…They hope that once the research is complete, people will be able to overlook that ugly detail in favor of perks like environmental responsibility, cost and the fact that the meat will have fewer calories.”

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Einstein’s Biggest Secret

Are you a scifi junkie? If you are wondering weather or not the fact that you own a life sized cut out of R2D2 puts into the category of scifi junkie, let me save you some time, the answer is most definitely YES! If you are jumping up and down in your chair screaming “YES THAT’S ME!” then wake up and take notice because we have found a book that is sure to charge your phasers! Next time you are in the age old library or your browsing the iBooks bookstore, be sure to check out “Final Theory” by Mark Alpert. Check out the excerpt from this post in alt.tv.scifi –

What I am reading now is a book of fiction called
*Final Theory* by Mark
Alpert, it is based upon the scenario, what if Albert Einstein’s so called
Unified Field Theory could both be solved and thus proven scientifically?
This book of fiction takes physics out of the classroom and into the
high-stakes realm of action, danger, and a plot that could doom the world.
An elderly physicist, one of Einstein’s last living colleagues, is brutally
tortured, then left to die, when he refuses to reveal what he knows about a
long-hidden secret — the solution to Einstein’s proposed Unified Field
Theory.
As his life ebbs, he whispers a mysterious string of numbers to Colombia
professor David Swift.
Torn between excitement and disbelief that such a momentous discovery could
have remained a secret for all these years, David Swift has no time for
thought.
Already, both a lethal Russian assassin and the FBI are hot on his trail.
His one hope is to team up with his former girlfriend Monique Reynolds, a
brilliant Princeton scientist, in a desperate race to uncover the shocking
truth before they are both silenced — forever.
It does for science, what the Da Vinci Code did for Religion.

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UN Appoints Space Alien Ambassador

Apparently the UN doesn’t share Stephen Hawking’s view about contact with extra terrestrial life and has appointed Mazlan Othman as the new Space Ambassador. Now I’m not sure what the fine folks in alt.aliens.they-are-here think about this development, but I for one think we need to have our bases covered. Sure its highly unlikely that any species capable of interstellar flight would want to talk to us for any reason beyond strip mining our planet. Sure its less likely now that we’ll be found as radio transmissions are of less power and won’t penetrate as far into space as they had in the past. There is always the chance that if they exist and want to be nice they could be. Besides you could always vote for Kodos if they take over the planet.

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$1 Million Dollar Prize for Proof of Paranormal Evidence

Former stage magician, skeptic, and beard aficionado James Randi founded a non-profit organization in 1996 to investigate paranormal and supernatural claims, like ghosts, bigfoot, and chupacabras. Since 1996, he has offered one million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of a paranormal claim under controlled scientific conditions, but so far, nobody has been able to claim the prize.

Alt.Paranormal user |-|ercules has applied and has so far been unable to get the Foundation to take his claim seriously. I think he’s a psychic who is claiming that he has the ability to determine a person’s name by their writing or speech. Check out his demo video below in which he demonstrates his amazing ability to point to a word on a random page.

From Alt.Conspiracy/Alt.Paranormal:

The whole Paranormal Claim idea is flawed

Because you have to define an impossible event into a contract, it’s too easy for the skeptics to copout. If they know you might be paranormal, they won’t sign a test protocol and just blacklist you.

The only way a $prize challenge would be fair is to accept the psychic’s terms for a demonstration, which may be revealed DURING the demonstration in front of witnesses and media.  This is not a problem as for the test phase it must be repeatable.

I’ve applied to a dozen paranormal prizes. here is my demo video.

Here is the video of a control for comparison.

Any skeptics want to put their money where their mouth is?  (shut up Raven)

–Herc

James Randi Educational Foundation[Link]

List of prizes for evidence of of the paranormal via Wikipedia[Link]

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sci.space.news – New Commander Launching to the ISS

Hailing frequencies open – point your browsers and TVs to NASA TV. for the next spacecraft launch and landing as the International Space Station gets a new commander….

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NASA TV TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OF NEXT SOYUZ LANDING, LAUNCH

HOUSTON — The return to Earth of three International Space Station
crew members and the prelaunch activities, launch and docking of the
station’s newest trio of residents will be broadcast on NASA
Television during the next several weeks.

After almost six months aboard the orbital laboratory, Expedition 24
Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, NASA Flight Engineer Tracy
Caldwell Dyson and Russian Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko are
scheduled to land their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft in southern
Kazakhstan on Sept. 23 (Sept. 24 in Kazakhstan).

Russian cosmonaut and Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri, NASA Flight
Engineer Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka will
launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-01M on Oct. 7 (Oct. 8 in Kazakhstan) from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will join NASA astronaut
and Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock, NASA Flight Engineer
Shannon Walker and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, who have been
aboard the station since June 18.

The coverage begins with a NASA TV Video File feed at 11 a.m. CDT
Sept. 17. The footage will include the prelaunch news conference with
Kelly, Kaleri and Skripochka at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
in Star City, Russia, and their ceremonial visit to lay flowers at
the Kremlin Wall in Red Square in Moscow.

A change of command ceremony in which Skvortsov will hand over command
of the station to Wheelock will be conducted at 4:05 p.m. Sept. 22.
It will be replayed during NASA TV’s International Space Station
Update at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 and during landing coverage that evening.

The full schedule of the landing, launch and docking coverage that
will air on NASA TV’s public and media channels is (all times are
CDT):

Sept. 17, Friday
11 a.m. — Video File feed of the Expedition 25 prelaunch news
conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City and
tour of Red Square in Moscow
Sept. 22, Wednesday
4:05 p.m. — Expedition 24/25 change of command ceremony
Sept. 23, Thursday
4:45 p.m. — Expedition 24 farewells and hatch closure (hatch closure
scheduled at 5:20 p.m.)
8:15 p.m. — Expedition 24 undocking coverage (undocking scheduled at
8:34 p.m.)
10:30 p.m. — Expedition 24 deorbit burn and landing coverage (deorbit
burn scheduled at 11:03 p.m., landing in Kazakhstan scheduled at
11:55 p.m.)
Sept. 24, Friday
1 p.m. — Video File feed of Expedition 24 post-landing activities and
interview with Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson
Sept. 27, Monday
11 a.m. — Video File feed of Expedition 25 farewell activities at the
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City (recorded Sept. 25)
Oct. 4, Monday
11 a.m. — Video File feed of Expedition 25 prelaunch activities and
Soyuz TMA-01M rocket mating in Baikonur
Oct. 5, Tuesday
11 a.m. — Video File feed of the Expedition 25 Soyuz TMA-01M rollout
to the launch pad in Baikonur
Oct. 6, Wednesday
4 p.m. — Video File feed of the Expedition 25 final prelaunch news
conference and state commission meeting in Baikonur
Oct. 7, Thursday
4:30 p.m. — Video feed of the Expedition 25 crew final prelaunch
activities in Baikonur
5:15 p.m. — Expedition 25 launch coverage (launch scheduled at 6:10
p.m., followed by launch replays)
9 p.m. — Video File feed of the Expedition 25 prelaunch activities,
launch and post-launch interviews
Oct. 9, Saturday
6:30 p.m. — Expedition 25 docking coverage (docking scheduled at 7:01
p.m. followed by the post-docking news conference)
9:30 p.m. — Expedition 25 hatch opening and welcoming ceremony (hatch
opening scheduled at 10:01 p.m., followed by the welcoming ceremony)
Oct. 10, Sunday
12 a.m. — Video File feed of the Expedition 25 docking, hatch opening
and welcoming ceremony

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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