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When a Devastating Solar CME Hits Earth...

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Ken Hughes Mar 18. 1 Reply

House M.D. mind-reading technology

Started by Radu Andreiu. Last reply by Pope Beanie Dec 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Will we "Humans" evolve backwards?

Started by Sadly 'M' iCantSay. Last reply by Dave G Jun 15, 2013. 42 Replies

Radio Astronomy... "Sounds" of the Universe

Started by Nathan Hevenstone. Last reply by Nelly Bly Feb 24, 2013. 6 Replies

This was on 60 Minutes- What are your thoughts???

Started by Matt. Last reply by R Allan Worrell Feb 23, 2012. 7 Replies

My Review of the Ganzfeld Procedure

Started by Morgan Matthew. Last reply by Jim Sky Feb 14, 2012. 4 Replies

Child with cat eyes 'he can see in the dark'

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Thomas Jan 26, 2012. 2 Replies

10 Questions for Stephen Hawking

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Akshay Bist Jul 26, 2011. 18 Replies

Fun Science activities for kids? Any Suggestions?

Started by Jason Lamar Sorensen. Last reply by Jim Sky Jul 11, 2011. 11 Replies

assuming world peace is possible

Started by landofhopeanglory Jan 6, 2011. 0 Replies

Let us talk about unguided processes.

Started by Pancake Croissant. Last reply by Bill Dec 28, 2010. 29 Replies

How the Universe Makes the Building Blocks of Life

Started by Jesus_Was_A_Man_Or_Myth_Or_Both. Last reply by Jesus_Was_A_Man_Or_Myth_Or_Both Nov 30, 2010. 2 Replies

Asteroid Impact Procedures

Started by day vo. Last reply by day vo Nov 12, 2010. 1 Reply

SETI procedures

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Comment by Jaume on December 29, 2010 at 10:35am
What sort of equipment did they use to cut through the snow so cleanly?
Comment by Don on December 29, 2010 at 10:17am
Honshu, Japan.  56 feet!
Comment by Don on December 29, 2010 at 9:24am

You think YOU"VE got snow...

 

Comment by Cohiba on December 29, 2010 at 9:11am

@Adriana -- It's fun so long as you don't have to shovel or drive in it.  Living here in Stamford, I've sadly had to do both... but at least it's pretty!

 

@doone -- Those statistics are very depressing.  I'm actually a bit surprised that the numbers are that low among Democrats and Independents. 

 

I've always found the belief that God guided evolution to be a bit disconcerting.  It seems like a very wasteful and cruel process to use if there is an actual intelligence behind it. 

Comment by Jaume on December 22, 2010 at 1:36pm

That's not news to the ancients, and to military historians since the Hellenistic period -

 

The successful military use of elephants spread across the world. The successors to Alexander's empire, the Diadochi, used hundreds of Indian elephants in their wars. The Egyptians and the Carthaginians began taming African elephants for the same purpose, while the Numidians used
the Forest elephant. The African savannah elephant, larger than the
African forest elephant or the Asian elephant, proved too difficult to
tame for war purposes and was never widely used. Elephants used by
Egyptians at the battle of Raphia in 217 BC were smaller than their Asian counterparts, but that did not guarantee victory for Antiochus III the Great of Syria
. [source]

Comment by iTheist on December 14, 2010 at 2:28pm
Biological Computers: Genetically Modified Cells Communicate Like E...

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2010) — Genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits. Using yeast cells, a group of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has taken a groundbreaking step towards being able to build complex systems in the future where the body's own cells help to keep us healthy. The study was presented recently in an article in the scientific journal Nature.

 

Comment by Don on December 11, 2010 at 10:41am

Doone and Adriana, regarding the liberal-science correlation (and the corresponding conservative-anti-science bent), do see this discussion on Jerry Coyne's blog of a few days ago.  Great comments (as ever, on his blog):

 

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/the-scientists-w...

Comment by Pope Beanie on December 11, 2010 at 1:20am

This is probably too simplistic but maybe there are two different ways to deal with the world.

 

"Progressive" = Humble admission that there's so much we don't know yet about ourselves and our world, with desire to discover what's unknown and push forward. It's a socially inclusive vision, humbled (again) while seeking input from (and interaction with) the widest range of cultures. Description is favored over Prescription and Proscription.

 

versus

 

It's all about "us" and protecting what we have in our small part of the world. The pressure is to celebrate our own unique culture and tradition and when in doubt, conserve the status quo. Do not seek change or new knowledge, since all of the most important knowledge is already known, and largely perhaps even written thousands of years ago. Prescription and Proscription are favored over Description.

 

Comment by Jaume on December 9, 2010 at 6:03am
Nifty little toy they did there: Scales of the Universe

(No 'average human penis size', tho' - isn't it what most guys seem to be concerned about?)
Comment by Jesus_Was_A_Man_Or_Myth_Or_Both on December 1, 2010 at 5:51pm
The Estimated Number of Stars in the Universe Just Tripled

A study by Yale astronomer Pieter van Dokkum just took the estimated number of stars in the universe—100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or 100 sextillion—and tripled it. And you thought nothing good ever happens on Wednesdays.
Van Dokkum’s study in the journal Nature focuses on red dwarfs, a class of small, cool stars. They’re so small and cool, in fact, that up to now astronomers haven’t been able to spot them in galaxies outside our own. That’s a serious holdup when you’re trying to account for all the stars there are.
As a consequence, when estimating how much of a galaxy’s mass stars account for – important to understanding a galaxy’s life history – astronomers basically had to assume that the relative abundance of red-dwarf stars found in the Milky Way held true throughout the universe for every galaxy type and at every epoch of the universe’s evolution, Dr. van Dokkum says. “We always knew that was sort of a stretch, but it was the only thing we had. Until you see evidence to the contrary you kind of go with that assumption,” he says. [Christian Science Monitor]
 

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When a Devastating Solar CME Hits Earth...

Started by Pope Beanie. Last reply by Ken Hughes Mar 18. 1 Reply

House M.D. mind-reading technology

Started by Radu Andreiu. Last reply by Pope Beanie Dec 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Will we "Humans" evolve backwards?

Started by Sadly 'M' iCantSay. Last reply by Dave G Jun 15, 2013. 42 Replies

Radio Astronomy... "Sounds" of the Universe

Started by Nathan Hevenstone. Last reply by Nelly Bly Feb 24, 2013. 6 Replies

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