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  • Why the American military is so hot on laser weapons

    10/09/2015 4:31:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    From hand-held blasters to planet-destroying death rays, laser weapons are a fanciful staple of science fiction. But at their core, lasers are just concentrated beams of light that generate heat. As simple as that sounds, they've proven remarkably difficult to weaponize. Until now. Quietly and without great fanfare the laser weapon has arrived, and warfare will never be the same. This week Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor behind the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced it was exploring ways to put a laser on the controversial fighter. The U.S. Navy has already fielded a laser weapon on the USS Ponce. And...
  • Sierra Club’s Aaron Mair Responds to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Attack on Climate Science

    10/09/2015 11:18:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Aaron Mair, Sierra Club
    This week, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing to attack the clean air and clean water safeguards that protect millions of families all across America. Sierra Club President Aaron Mair was there to talk about how communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate disruption, rely on these safeguards to protect them. A friend to big polluters, Cruz unsurprisingly tried to cover all their talking points. His game? To attack the climate science that shows how carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing climate disruption in the first place while assailing the Clean Power Plan, which...
  • Core Concept: Atom interferometry (May help scientists figure out what dark matter is, etc.)

    10/08/2015 6:26:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    PNAS ^ | Oct 2015 | Maggie McKee
    Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Faced with some of the universe’s most stubborn mysteries, such as the identity of dark matter, physicists are turning to a technique that employs the weird laws of quantum mechanics: atom interferometry. Atom interferometers allow the study of various physical phenomena by splitting atom waves using a nanograting, such as this one. Composed of silicon nitride, this grating, imaged with a scanning electron microscope, has a period of 100 nm. Image courtesy of Alex Cronin (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ). This method, which takes advantage of the fact that quantum particles behave...
  • Laughing Gas

    10/08/2015 5:17:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/08/15 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Newest menace to the globe: Laughing Gas Some dentists use Laughing Gas for its analgesic effects instead of local anaesthetics. It’s supposed to prevent pain when they get close to your nerves. I’ve never had the pleasure of such a treatment and my dentist prefers the modern “slight discomfort” version of the poke and needle variety. Of course, that’s miles ahead of the procedure I experienced in my early years when the dentist appeared to use a hammer drill to lay bare the live nerves of my teeth—without any analgesic at all. But I’m getting sidetracked. This post is about...
  • Scientists: Genetically Modified Humans Can Fight Climate Change

    10/08/2015 5:10:25 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/08/15 | Patrick Wood
    The U.N.'s dream of Sustainable Development is precisely a Brave New World It was just a matter of time before Eugenics met Climate Change. Even if it sounds like science fiction and absurd speculation, the discussion is taking place now in scientific circles. In fact, this is the ultimate application of science to the human condition. For instance, designer babies might be genetically engineered to be smaller as adults: This would proportionally reduce their carbon footprint. Or genes might be inserted to improve night vision. That would allow nighttime lighting requirements to be reduced, thus saving boatloads of energy and...
  • After Intelligent Life Is Discovered

    10/07/2015 8:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 6, 2015 | Tom Chmielewski
    Here’s what happens if astronomers make contact with a civilization on another planet.The false alarm happened in 1997. The Green Bank Radio Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, was picking up some unusual signals—and Seth Shostak, then the head of the Center for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Research in Mountain View, Caifornia, was convinced that they had come from intelligent life somewhere in the universe. “It looked like it might be the real deal,” Shostak recalled. Within a few hours, he had a call from The New York Times. But within a day, it became clear that the source...
  • Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada

    10/07/2015 7:00:32 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies ^ | 07-10-2015 | lit
    While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom. Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. Nevada is about to get a boost first from Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) upcoming battery gigafactory, and...
  • Hog-Nosed Shrew Rat Is 'Exciting' New Species

    10/06/2015 12:21:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 6, 2015
    Scientists say the rat is part of an "amazing group of rodents" only found in a remote part of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia.A new species of rat has been discovered on an island in Indonesia. The previously unknown hog-nosed shrew rat (Hyorhinomys stuempkei) was found in a remote and mountainous region of Sulawesi Island located about two days' hike from the closest village. Scientists consider the rat so exceptional that they have described it not only as a new species but a new genus - a step up from the "new species" label. The rat was discovered by an international...
  • Yet More Mindless Attacks On E-Cigarettes

    10/06/2015 9:20:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/6/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    This column has already documented officialdom’s unrelenting war on e-cigarettes. In fact, those articles were some of the best-read I have ever posted, so I guess we touched a nerve. The insidious tag team—comprised of Big Tobacco and the supposed public health interest groups against smoking—is perfectly evocative of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” phenomenon, originally described by economist Bruce Yandle. This latest attack comes in the form of certain Indiana laws, passed this year. Specifically, we refer to Indiana House Enrolled Act 1432 (regulates e-liquids); and Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 463 (regulates the sales of e-cigarettes, treating them as tobacco...
  • Lost 'Epic of Gilgamesh' Verse Depicts Cacophonous Abode of Gods (New find)

    10/05/2015 7:25:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor
    A serendipitous deal between a history museum and a smuggler has provided new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told: "The Epic of Gilgamesh." The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown "chapter" of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. This new section brings both noise and color to a forest for the gods that was thought to be a quiet place in the work of literature. The newfound verse also reveals details about the inner conflict the poem's heroes endured. In 2011, the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Slemani, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, purchased...
  • Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

    10/05/2015 1:38:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Oct 5, 2015
    The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears today in the international journal Nature. "What we have is a game changer," said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW. "We've demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate - the central building block of a quantum computer - and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor chip than for any of the leading...
  • interview with Alex Epstein, the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"

    10/04/2015 5:57:05 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 10/4/15 | Jacki Daily
    In Today's show, Jacki interviews Alex Epstein, the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels".
  • Archaeologists discover possible ruins of ancient Sodom in the Holy Land

    10/03/2015 9:00:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | September 29, 2015 | Becca Stanek
    The long-lost Biblical city of Sodom — a city that the Bible claims was destroyed by God because of its immorality — may finally have been found. Archaeologists have uncovered a slew of monumental structures and artifacts in a Jordan Valley mound known as Tall el-Hammam offering evidence of a city-state that is believed to have thrived during the Bronze Age when other Holy Land cities were being abandoned or were in decline. Based on the location, dates of occupation, and the remains of other ancient cities nearby, archaeologists think it's the best candidate yet for what was once Sodom....
  • Communicators Phasers Replicators Cloaking Device Impulse Drive and the Borg

    10/03/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    Technology also offers the prospect of transforming our societies and cultures in ways we need to examine unless we intend to fly into the future blind In many ways I have always been a dystopian believing that the inevitable rise of a future technology enhanced totalitarian state will regiment and control a society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible. I was influenced by early and repeated readings of such works as 1984, The Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, and the Iron Heel. I was also influenced by the History of the Twentieth Century and the steady...
  • This new 3D printer creates structures with gel, could help build living organs

    10/02/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 1, 2015 | A.J. Dellinger
    3D printing is proving to be a potential game changer for a wide variety of fields. One group in particular that could benefit is the medical community, thanks to a recent development by scientists that could make it easier to print organs from living tissue. How? By printing structures inside of special gel that provides support during the build process. New Scientist reports that researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville came to the breakthrough method while searching for a way to enable the printing of items that cannot support their own weight. The technique prints objects inside a...
  • Journey to Mars lies through the moon

    10/02/2015 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The discovery of water on the surface of Mars, which just happened to coincide with the premiere of the hit film The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the Red Planet, has caused some degree of excitement for space enthusiasts. NASA is particularly inspired because its central organizing project is “the journey to Mars” which is scheduled to put astronauts on the Martian surface by the 2030s. The discovery and the movie certainly would not hurt the effort to gin up support for the humans to Mars program.
  • Scientist leading effort to prosecute climate skeptics under RICO

    10/02/2015 8:44:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/2/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    “The letter by global warming scientists calling on President Obama to look into prosecuting climate skeptics has prompted international outcry. Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama The uproar over the effort to enact racketeering charges against those who disagree with the view of dangerous man-made global warming has just added a new twist. Dr. Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has revealed the leader...
  • Google Claiming it Can Make us Gods

    10/02/2015 3:55:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzwell is promising that with robots in our brains, we’ll be godlike OMG, here comes Google. Now that the UN is prepping to force a robot like lifestyle on unsuspecting humanity with its Agenda 21 morphed into Agenda 2030, Search Engine giant Google, will impose robot-hood on human beings on the same 2030 deadline. As if life isn’t tough enough with the cunning that comes with human DNA, what with terrorists posing as refugees, psychopaths‎ in the workplace and politicians getting elected with the express intention of fundamentally transforming a nation, not to mention paying...
  • New $20 Million XPRIZE Aims to Tackle CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels

    10/01/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Wire ^ | September 29, 2015 | Eric Desatnik and Jackie Wei
    Global Competition Challenges Innovators to Develop Breakthrough Technologies to Convert CO2 into Valuable Products.AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At Fortune’s Brainstorm E conference today, XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis announces the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. With registration opening today, teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the 4-˝ year competition will include two tracks, with the new technologies tested at either a coal power plant or a natural gas facility. “We are...
  • Doctors astonished after ViroCap test detects all viruses lurking in a human body

    10/01/2015 9:26:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    World Tech Today ^ | October 1, 2015 | Dan Taylor
    Researchers have successfully created a new test that could eliminate the need for needles in testing for viruses — and dramatically increase the success rate of doctors trying to diagnose an illness. It’s called ViroCap, and while the test is not ready for use in patients just yet, it has passed a big clinical trial that is paving the way for its eventual entry into the market, according to a UPI report. ViroCap supposedly can detect any virus known to man — and animals — and it could help doctors who don’t know what they’re looking for spot a virus...
  • Increase of Orbiting Satellites from 1961-2013

    09/30/2015 9:51:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
  • Are You Over 70? Are You Ready To Die?

    09/30/2015 8:47:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/30/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Where did this headline come from, you may ask. All in good time, my little pretty. All in good time. We must start with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, coming out of the United Nations. A few months ago, this column examined the dubious and somewhat contradictory notion of “sustainability,” shortened from the original 1987 version “sustainable development.” The best working definition of this term, which is then invoked countless times in hundreds of documents, is “Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations.” Good luck finding any further clarification...
  • Robert Henneke dishes on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” and the new WOTUS rules.

    09/30/2015 2:55:19 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 2 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 6/15/2015 | Jacki Daily
    Robert Henneke dishes on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” and the new WOTUS rules. Henneke leads the Center for the American Future (CAF) at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The CAF litigates to advance Tenth Amendment principles, fighting federal overreach and abuse in the subject matter areas of environmental, private property, and business autonomy rights.
  • Can we run our cars on natural gas? Interview with Bob Farris and Carole Hornsby Haynes, PhD,

    09/29/2015 4:05:50 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 62 replies
    The Jacki daily Show ^ | 6/17/2015 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Can We Run Our Cars on Natural Gas? In an attempt to insulate the U.S. from dependence on foreign oil, many have advocated that we transition our vehicles from oil derived gasoline to natural gas. One North Texas couple invested in this plan, and Bob Farris and Carole Hornsby Haynes, PhD, share their experience. While natural gas is a great fuel for fleet vehicles and large trucks or buses, it faces many challenges in the rest of the commercial fleet.
  • Stem cells op gives millions hope of cure for blindness

    09/29/2015 2:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | September 29, 2015 | David Pilditch
    A BRITISH pensioner has become the first person to undergo revolutionary eye surgery aimed at curing blindness in millions of people. The 60-year-old woman, who had severely impaired sight and was in danger of going blind, is said to have had no complications so far following the three-hour operation last month. The surgical team hopes to determine how successful the treatment was by early December. The woman has asked to remain anonymous. The scientists behind the pioneering procedure hope it will dramatically transform lives, allowing the blind to recognise faces of loved ones again and regain the ability to carry...
  • Earthquakes and Fracking: THE JACKI DAILY SHOW

    09/28/2015 5:06:39 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 23 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 5/18/15 | Jacki Daily
    Steve Everley is the National Spokesperson for He addresses claims about earthquakes and frac’ing and the data showing the positive impact that frac’ing and development brings to property values.
  • NASA Discusses Science Update Sheds Light On Mars Mystery! !!:30 AM FIVE MINUTES!

    09/28/2015 8:25:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies

    09/28/2015 2:20:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 16 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 | S.H. BLANNELBERRY
    We love the Can Cannon! Heck, everyone loves the Can Cannon. We’re on record as saying it’s the best fun-gun ever! So, we were incredibly perturbed to learn that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently issued a letter on the Can Cannon saying that when it is affixed to a rifle receiver it is considered a (SBR) or short barrel rifle and when place on a pistol it becomes an (AOW) Any Other Weapon. Now, by itself, the Can Cannon is not a firearm or a controlled item. But the minute it is put on a rifle...

    09/28/2015 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 9 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 | JON HODOWAY
    he’s a Flamethrower! Some of you will get the reference. Some of you won’t, and that’s okay (the rest of us forgive you). Perhaps you should crank up the volume and watch the video at the bottom of this page to ensure that you’re well rounded, culturally. Freon and BBs. Why isn't Umarex making one of these old classics? Freon and BBs. Why isn’t Umarex making one of these old classics? When I started this review, I knew it would be fun. I’ve had this feeling before. In the late 70’s and early 80’s there was a product advertised in...
  • The Jacki Daily show 9/27/2015, interview with Scott Tinker

    09/27/2015 10:15:47 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 09/27/15 | Jacki Daily Show
    Listen to Jacki's interview with Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas in Austin. Scott Tinker, University of Texas in Austin
  • Jorge Bergoglio’s Green Encyclical (The Green Fascist Pope)

    09/26/2015 1:12:59 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 14 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 9/25/2015 | William Kay
    Writing a bio of Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) requires a directory of late-20th century neo-fascist organizations. His life is entwined with: the Argentine Iron Guard, Propaganda Due, the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance, Tacuara, Comunione e Liberazione, La Cite Catholic, and Opus Dei. Arguably, the worst neo-fascist clique Bergoglio has links with is the Argentine Episcopal Conference. Bergoglio’s election as Pope culminated a half-century struggle whereby reactionaries inside the Church regained control after the liberalizing, modernizing efforts of the Second Vatican Council. It is fitting that Catholic-fascism’s triumph should be celebrated with the hoisting of a great green standard. Laudato Si, with...
  • Global Consciousness (Let's give the n00b a group hug)

    09/26/2015 6:57:57 AM PDT · by Soul Equality · 44 replies
    Our mission statement at Soul Equality is to raise the Global Consciousness Level in order to Truly (1) Unite all Souls as one (2) End Global suffering & (3) Restore the Vitality of the Physical Plane of Existence. Please visit, for more information.
  • Pope Francis’s Progressive UN Speech Avoids Confronting Islamic Jihad

    09/26/2015 4:21:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/26/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Christians and other religious minorities are suffering genocide in the Middle East and parts of Africa directly as a result of Islamic jihad. They cannot afford to worry about the effects of climate change. They are in a daily battle for their lives Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th. He started out by praising the UN, which is observing its seventieth anniversary this year. He gave credit to the UN for such achievements he described as the “codification and development of international law, the establishment of international norms regarding human rights, advances in humanitarian law,...
  • Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices, trends in 2015.

    09/25/2015 10:10:38 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 5 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 02/05/2015 | Jacki Daily
    This show is from February, was this guest correct? listen in to find out! Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices and likely price trends in 2015.
  • Col. Allen West, CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Lloyd Bentsen IV Join Jacki

    09/25/2015 10:05:17 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 02/04/2015 | Jacki Daily
    Col. West and Mr. Bentsen discuss current trends in energy and the work of the NCPA.
  • Super Blood Moon? Sunday to Bring Rare ‘Supermoon’ Lunar Eclipse

    09/25/2015 4:32:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 23 ,2015 | STAV ZEV
    A shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Mexico City on April 15, 2014. On September 27, a lunar eclipse will occur at the same time as a supermoon for the first time since 1982. EDGARD GARRIDO/REUTERS
  • Green Jobs Fail-CA’s “Critters Before Humans” Water Policy-TX’s New Earthquake & Fracking Study

    09/24/2015 5:46:28 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | The Jacki Daily Show
    Green Jobs Fail-CA’s “Critters Before Humans” Water Policy-TX’s New Earthquake & Fracking Study
  • Amb. James Woolsey and the EMP THREAT

    09/24/2015 5:24:07 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 22 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 12/21/14 | Amb. James Woolsey
    In this segment, Jacki and Clinton appointee Amb. Woolsey discuss the vulnerability of the U.S. electrical grid and the threat of electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP.”
  • What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars

    09/24/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Inverse ^ | September 24, 2015 | Neel V. Patel, science and tech journalist
    NASA officials will announce Monday morning a major scientific discovery related to their continued exploration of Mars. The agency won’t give too many details on what exactly the big reveal is, apart from the fact that the briefing will feature some pretty big names at the space agency (including Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA HQ; Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha, a grad student at Georgia Tech; Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and a grad student at Georgia Tech as well; and Alfred McEwen at the University of...
  • Finally, Pluto In Real Color View

    09/24/2015 2:52:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Friends of NASA ^ | September 22m 2015 | Staff
  • Researchers grow functional kidneys from stem cells that work in live animals

    09/24/2015 2:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Futurism ^ | Hashem AL-ghaili
    In Brief Japanese researchers have successfully grown kidneys from stem cells that worked as they were supposed to after being transplanted into rats and pigs. The Breakthrough With all the parts, grown, the kidney was placed inside a rat, then the pathway was added, followed by the bladder they’d grown—the new bladder was then connected to the rat’s native bladder. After sewing up the rat, they found the whole system worked. The team then repeated what they had done with a much larger animal, one much closer in size to humans—a pig—and found the same results. The paper was published...
  • 22 Articles:Commentaries:Hawking's Aliens.The Search for Intelligent ET Life

    09/24/2015 10:14:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies ^ | August, 2015 | Various
    22 Articles on Whether Or Not To Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Full Title:Commentaries: Stephen Hawking's Aliens. The Search for Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life. Project Breakthrough Listen Abstract Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner have launched a $100m search for intelligent alien life beyond solar system; a program focused on listening for radio signals coming from advanced civilizations far beyond the solar system, which, presumably, rely on similar technologies as those of the present civilizations of Earth. The search will be 50 times more sensitive, and cover 10 times more sky, than previous hunts for alien life. According to Stephen Hawking the effort...
  • 1973 Mazda RX-3 (Rotary Engine) Commercial

    09/24/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 64 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Remember this- 'Piston engine goes boing, boing, boing, boing boing, boing... but the Mazda goes hmmmmmmm.' [YouTube] If you've ever driven a car with a rotary engine like a Mazda, it really is a lot of fun, very torquey and revs like crazy, always super smooth (except most from the 70s tend to backfire)- it's a shame the couldn't make them work out in a more substantial way. Besides smoothness of operation, the motor is compact, light, and simple, with only two moving parts. But in an example of epic bad timing, Mazda launched the Wankel-engined RX series just was...
  • Forcing Global Warming No. 1 issue not God but Man-Made

    09/24/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/15 | Judi McLeod
    Elevation of global warming/climate change to top issue by President Obama and Pope Francis wears the same label that they put on global warming. It did not come from the Almighty or from science. It is “man made”. A little prayer sent your way to get the faithful through the pope’s address to Congress today and the United Nations tomorrow: St. Teresa’s Book Mark: “Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing affright thee, All things are passing; God only is changeless. Patience gains all things. Who hath God wanteth nothing—Alone God sufficeth.” Yesterday a chill wind came blowing through the fast-moving...
  • Solar Energy at parity for fossil fuels? An interview with Vance Ginn

    09/21/2015 3:24:20 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 18 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 9/20/2015 | Vance Ginn
    Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an Economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, TX, one of the top free market, state-level think tanks in the nation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2013, Vance was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at TPPF in 2011 and anxiously awaited his return to fight for liberty. In 2006, he interned for a U.S. Texas Congressman in Washington, D.C. and received his B.B.A. in Economics and Accounting with minors in Political Science and Mathematics before earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas Tech University in...
  • Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil.

    09/21/2015 2:39:57 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 10 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 8/19/14 | Dr Ed Ireland
    In Segment 1, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of lifting the decades-old ban on exporting U.S. crude oil. In Segment 2, Dr. Ireland explains the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Dr. Bill Forstchen interviewed on The Jacki Daily show

    09/19/2015 6:43:19 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 12 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dr. Bill Forstchen
    The United States is now the top energy producer in the world. For that, we are thankful. But all the shale gas, crude oil, coal, nuclear energy and renewables on earth are of little benefit if we do not have a secure means of delivering energy to our homes, our hospitals, schools and even our military. For this reason, we must focus on securing the U.S. electrical grid, the means of delivering our energy, at all costs. Throughout history, literature has played a key role in educating and inspiring the public to “think beyond” to a world of possibilities as...
  • First-of-its-kind, 3D printed guide helps regrow complex nerves after injury

    09/18/2015 8:35:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies ^ | September 18, 2015 | Benedict
    As the vital relationship between 3D printing and medical science continues to flourish, potentially life-altering developments continue to be made. A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research, undertaken in Minnesota, has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Nerve regeneration is a complex process. Because of this complexity, regrowth of nerves after injury or disease is very rare, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nerve damage is often permanent. While the peripheral...
  • VIDEO: The Future of Fracking

    09/18/2015 2:56:57 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 7 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 2/9/15 | Jacki Daily
    Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick Discusses the Future of Fracking in Texas
  • Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,”

    Tyler Vigan of the Harvard Law School highlights his new book, “Spurious Correlations,” which invites us to take a critical view of statistical correlations. Just because the divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine does not mean that we should cut back!