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  • Study: Conservatives and liberals smell different

    09/17/2014 7:58:53 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 43 replies
    The Week ^ | 9/16/14 | Bonnie Kristian
    A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors. The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. While the difference is small, it is apparently significant enough that we subconsciously prefer the scent of those who vote like we do. "It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways," the researchers wrote.Previous research has found a number of other political view correlations with unknown degrees of biological and...
  • Jurassic 'squirrels' push back clock on emergence of mammals

    09/17/2014 5:26:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 10, 2014 | Pete Spotts
    In placing three newly discovered species along the mammal family tree, researchers conclude that mammals emerged and exploded in diversity between 235 million and 201 million years ago... Over the past three years, a team of researchers has uncovered six 160-million-year-old fossils that represent three new species who were living in trees at the time of the dinosaurs. In placing these creatures along the mammal family tree, the researchers conclude that mammals emerged and exploded in diversity between 235 million and 201 million years ago, during the Triassic period. If the results hold up to additional scrutiny, they imply a...
  • Antarctica Ė where more ice and less ice is proof of climate change

    09/17/2014 4:58:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | September 16th, 2014 | joanne
    The sea ice around Antarctica is at a record high since satellites started recording, and snowfall is thumping down on the northern Antarctic Peninsula*, but alas ó some glaciers on the same peninsula are continuing to melt, just like they have done for 300 years. Hence, a team of researchers-with-models conclude that this means these glaciers are especially, very, super-sensitive to air temperature changes and will ďlikelyĒ melt fast, raise sea-levels, and disappear in 200 years time.Glaciers in northern Antarctic Peninsula melting faster than ever despite increased snowfall Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the...
  • 46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a 'D' or 'F'

    09/17/2014 3:33:44 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama's healthcare law a "D" or an "F," according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an "A" or a "B." The findings come from a survey that was emailed to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association" this March through June as the law's major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors. In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a...
  • Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

    09/17/2014 11:19:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    BBC News Science and Environment ^ | 09/17/2014 | By Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed with one another within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based analysis of the genomes of nine ancient Europeans. Agriculture originated in the Near East - in modern Syria, Iraq and Israel - before expanding into Europe around 7,500 years ago. Multiple lines of evidence suggested this new way...
  • Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'

    09/17/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by Natufian · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/17/2014 | Paul Rincon
    The modern European gene pool was formed when three ancient populations mixed with one another within the last 7,000 years, Nature journal reports. Blue-eyed, swarthy hunters mingled with brown-eyed, pale skinned farmers as the latter swept into Europe from the Near East. But another, mysterious population with Siberian affinities also contributed to the genetic landscape of the continent. The findings are based analysis of the genomes of nine ancient Europeans.
  • Apple rolls out iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad users: Here's how to get it

    09/17/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 09/17/14 | Zack Whittaker
    After first displayed publicly at its annual developer conference in June, Apple has finally released iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads. Just days before the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant opens its retail stores to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, existing smartphone and tablet users can upgrade to the latest mobile operating system.
  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:55PM BST 17 Sep 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    A structure once believed to form part of an ancient town is identified as a 5,000 year old monument believed to have been used to honour the Mesopotamian moon god 'Sin' A stone monument in the shape of a crescent moon found in northern Israel is more than 5,000 years old, archaeologists have said. The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb or Jethro Cairn, is located near the Sea of Galilee and predates the construction of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, as well as the writing of the Bible. It was initially discovered in the early part of the...
  • Why the Narrative Trumps the Facts

    09/17/2014 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 36 replies
    Darwin's God ^ | September 17, 2014 | Cornelius Hunter
    Why the Narrative Trumps the Facts What Evolution is All About Greg Conterio, echoing Robert Bidinotto, makes the point that culture war differences often pit the facts versus the narrative. The facts can win every battle but the narrative wins the war. As Bidinotto puts it, ‚ÄúOne of the most valuable insights I discovered in recent years is how Narratives trump everything else ‚ÄĒ including what most of us would call concern for ‚Äėpractical results.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Conterio and Bidinotto are mainly concerned with political issues, but what lies behind their insight is our beliefs about origins. A predetermined narrative is...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvaniaís About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...
  • 'Exosuit' Mission to 2,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Begins

    09/17/2014 8:59:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    livescience.com ^ | September 16, 2014 11:47am | Megan Gannon,
    Sponge divers first discovered the 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the Greek island Antikythera in 1900. They recovered fragments of bronze statues, corroded marble sculptures, gold jewelry and, most famously, the Antikythera mechanism, a clocklike astronomical calculator sometimes called the world's oldest computer. Teams led by Jacques Cousteau pulled up more artifacts and even found human remains when they visited the wreck in the 1950s and 1970s. But none of those previous expeditions had access to the Exosuit, a one-of-a-kind diving outfit that weighs 530 lbs. (240 kilograms), and can plunge to the extraordinary depths of 1,000 feet (305 meters) and stay...
  • University Fire: Environmental Scientists Make Shock Discovery that Eco-Friendly Wood Is Combustible

    09/16/2014 2:13:55 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 36 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 9-16-2014 | James Delingpole
    Environmental scientists at the University of Nottingham have made a shocking and expensive discovery: eco-friendly buildings made of "sustainable" wood burn much more easily than eco-unfriendly ones made of stone, concrete, steel or glass. They made their surprise discovery over the weekend when their new Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry burned to the ground in what local firemen claimed was the biggest blaze in over a decade. The £15 million building had been erected according to the most rigorous environmental principles, made with a wooden frame and other "sustainable" materials, and powered with "renewable" energy, so that the structure...
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    09/16/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT | Kevin Begos
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests...
  • The "New Atheism" Has a Problem with Women

    09/16/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 21 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 16, 2014 | David Klinghoffer
    The "New Atheism" Has a Problem with Women David Klinghoffer September 16, 2014 4:37 AM | Permalink A long and fascinating article at Buzzfeed ("Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?") is worth reading if you don't mind a lot of crude language. Reporter Mark Oppenheimer describes the misogynist culture of the atheist-"skeptic"-materialist demimonde, and it's an eye-opener. I will not quote from it because the most fascinating passages would exceed the limits of tolerance for graphic talk by ENV's family-friendly audience. Suffice to say that, whether the rampant accusations of sexual harassment are all true, mostly true, or even...
  • Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech

    09/16/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/15/14 | Bec Crew
    A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a personís breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a 'voice' for the first time.
  • The 'heart of evil' where hostages are hidden in tunnels

    09/15/2014 4:20:49 PM PDT · by traumer · 4 replies
    The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is at the centre of an intelligence gathering operation to find Jihadi John. Dubbed the Ďheart of evilí by Special Forces, it is effectively capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Raqqa, on the north bank of the Euphrates, is the headquarters of IS and base to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It is also where most of the 20 international hostages are being held Ė probably in a network of underground tunnels. US drones and satellites are focused on the city. Every detail from surveillance images, electronic monitoring and human intelligence from within Raqqa is...
  • Stalking Uranus: A Complete Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season

    09/15/2014 3:04:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Dickinson on
    In 2014, opposition occurs at 21:00 Universal Time (UT)/5:00 PM EDT on October 7th. If this date sounds familiar, itís because Full Moon and the second total lunar eclipse of 2014 and the ongoing lunar tetrad of eclipses occurs less than 24 hours afterwards. This puts Uranus extremely close to the eclipsed Moon, and a remote slice of the high Arctic will actually see the Moon occult (pass in front of) Uranus during totality. Such a coincidence is extremely rare: the last time the Moon occulted a naked eye planet during totality occurred back during Shakespearian times in 1591, when...
  • Looking for CrowdFunding Advice

    09/15/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by lafroste · 37 replies
    9/15/14 | lafroste
    Does anyone here have any experience with crowd funding? In order to finish the development of my new product, I need to raise approximately $65,000 to finish, prototype, and produce an initial product run of 100 units. I have already built the entire machine, minus the magnetics necessary to power it. I would like to try crowdfunding since I cannot find any other venues for funding. Does anyone have suggestions or experiences with this strategy? Thanks for any advice received!
  • New Horizons Sights Tiny Pluto Moon As Spacecraft Races Toward Dwarf Planet

    09/15/2014 12:40:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Hereís Hydra! The New Horizons team spotted the tiny moon of Pluto in July, about six months ahead of when they expected to. You can check it out in the images below. The find is exciting in itself, but it also bodes well for the spacecraftís search for orbital debris to prepare for its close encounter with the system in July 2015. Most of Plutoís moons were discovered while New Horizons was under development, or already on its way. Mission planners are thus concerned that there could be moons out there that arenít discovered yet ó moons that could pose...
  • The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

    09/15/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2013 | Tom Stafford
    Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
  • Cometís Head Selected as Landing Site for Rosettaís Historic Philae Lander

    09/15/2014 9:10:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    Site J is an intriguing region on Comet 67P/ChuryumovĖGerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites, according to ESA. ďAs we have seen from recent close-up images, the comet is a beautiful but dramatic world Ė it is scientifically exciting, but its shape makes it operationally challenging,Ē says Ulamec. ďNone of the candidate landing sites met all of the operational criteria at the 100% level, but Site J is clearly the best solution.Ē Philaeís history making landing on comet 67P is currently scheduled for around...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 62 Kilometers above Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

    09/14/2014 10:40:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | September 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Spacecraft Rosetta continues to approach, circle, and map Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Crossing the inner Solar System for ten years to reach the vicinity of the comet last month, the robotic spacecraft continues to image the unusual double-lobed comet nucleus. The reconstructed-color image featured, taken about 10 days ago, indicates how dark this comet nucleus is. On the average, the comet's surface reflects only about four percent of impinging visible light, making it as dark as coal. Comet 67P/ChuryumovĖGerasimenko spans about four kilometers in length and has a surface gravity so low that an astronaut could jump off of it. In...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling

    09/14/2014 1:02:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Eric Worrall writes:Professor Bob Carter, writing in todayís edition of The Australian, a major Aussie daily newspaper, warns that the world is unprepared for imminent global cooling, because of the obsession of policy makers with global warming.According to Bob Carter; Heading for ice ageďGRAHAM Lloyd has reported on the Bureau of Meteorologyís capitulation to scientific criticism that it should publish an accounting of the corrections it makes to temperature records (ďBureau warms to transparency over adjusted recordsĒ, 12/9). Corrections which, furthermore, act to reinforce the bureauís dedication to a prognosis of future dangerous global warming, by turning cooling temperature trends...
  • New all-time satellite-era record for Antarctic sea ice extent

    09/14/2014 12:50:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The Antarctic Sea Ice Extent on Sept 13 2014 may have set a† new all time record (at least for the satellite era, we donít have data prior to that).Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Extent With AnomalyNational Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Ė Click the pic to view at source Sunshine hours writes: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Sept 13 2014 Ė 1,121,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. Data for Day 255. Data here.Breaking the record set in 2013 by 48,000 sq km.Source: http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/antarctic-sea-ice-extent-sept-13-2014-new-all-time-record
  • UN Global Warming Propaganda Campaign: Return to Perceived Success Indicates Desperation

    09/14/2014 12:37:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Opinion by Dr. Tim Ball
    Opinion by Dr. Tim Ball |The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is running a campaign using television weather presenters and national broadcasters from around the world, to influence the UNís Climate Summit 2014 scheduled for New York City on September 23. It is a counter attack designed to offset their losing the public, political, and scientific debate.Theyíre releasing a series of films to, as WMO Secretary General Michel Jarroud said, ďpaint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet,ĒÖďClimate change is already leading to more extreme weather such as intense heat and rainÖWe need to act...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M27: The Dumbbell Nebula

    09/13/2014 9:28:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | September 14, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us...
  • Scientists turn textbook volcanic eruption theory on its head

    09/13/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Zeenews (India) ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | ANI
    Researchers at Caltech and the University of Miami in Florida found that the volcano pictures, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian Islands, illustrate that it erupts when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth but those pictures are wrong. Don Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillian Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech said that new seismology data are now confirming that such narrow jets don't actually exist. He further explained that, in fact, basic physics doesn't support the presence of these jets, called mantle plumes, and the new results corroborated those fundamental ideas. It...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Median Mashup: Hubble's Top 100

    09/13/2014 12:42:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | September 13, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Now, as you sip your cosmic latte you can view 100 Hubble Space Telescope images at the same time. The popular scenes of the cosmos as captured from low Earth orbit are all combined into this single digital presentation. To make it, Hubble's top 100 images were downloaded and resized to identical pixel dimensions. At each point the 100 pixel values were arranged from lowest to highest, and the middle or median value was chosen for the final image. The combined image results in a visual abstraction - light from across the Universe surrounded by darkness.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Supernova Remnant Puppis A

    09/13/2014 12:40:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | September 12, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. At that distance, this remarkable false-color exploration of its complex expansion is about 180 light-years wide. It is based on the most complete X-ray data set so far from the Chandra and XMM/Newton observations, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In blue hues, the filamentary X-ray glow is from gas heated by the supernova's shock wave, while the infrared emission shown in red and green is from warm dust. The bright pastel tones trace...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Zodiacal Light before Dawn

    09/13/2014 12:36:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | September 11, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: You might not guess it, but sunrise was still hours away when this nightscape was taken, a view along the eastern horizon from a remote location in Chile's Atacama desert. Stretching high into the otherwise dark, starry sky the unusually bright conical glow is sunlight though, scattered by dust along the solar system's ecliptic plane . Known as Zodiacal light, the apparition is also nicknamed the "false dawn". Near center, bright star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster seem immersed in the Zodiacal light, with Orion toward the right edge of the frame. Reddish emission from NGC 1499, the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster of Galaxies

    09/13/2014 12:33:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | September 10, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It is not only one of the largest structures known -- it is our home. The just-identified Laniakea Supercluster of galaxies contains thousands of galaxies that includes our Milky Way Galaxy, the Local Group of galaxies, and the entire nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies. The colossal supercluster is shown in the above computer-generated visualization, where green areas are rich with white-dot galaxies and white lines indicate motion towards the supercluster center. An outline of Laniakea is given in orange, while the blue dot shows our location. Outside the orange line, galaxies flow into other galatic concentrations. The Laniakea Supercluster...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- An Aurora Cupcake with a Milky Way Topping

    09/13/2014 12:30:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | September 09, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This sky looked delicious. Double auroral ovals were captured above the town lights of ÷stersund, Sweden, last week. Pictured above, the green ovals occurred lower to the ground than violet aurora rays above, making the whole display look a bit like a cupcake. To top it off, far in the distance, the central band or our Milky Way Galaxy slants down from the upper left. The auroras were caused by our Sun ejecting plasma clouds into the Solar System just a few days before, ionized particles that subsequently impacted the magnetosphere of the Earth. Aurora displays may continue this...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

    09/13/2014 12:28:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | September 08, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is so super about tomorrow's supermoon? Tomorrow, a full moon will occur that appears slightly larger and brighter than usual. The reason is that the Moon's fully illuminated phase occurs within a short time from perigee - when the Moon is its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. Although the precise conditions that define a supermoon vary, given one definition, tomorrow's will be the third supermoon of the year -- and the third consecutive month that a supermoon occurs. One reason supermoons are popular is because they are so easy to see -- just go outside...
  • The History and Science of Color Temperature (video)

    09/12/2014 7:55:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | May 11, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    The way we perceive color is greatly influenced by our cultural understanding. We all grew up learning that Fire is Hot and Ice is Cold. Therefor red and orange are warm colors while blue and cyan are cool colors.This association in our mind is so strong that filmmakers can actually invoke a sense of temperature just by the color palette they use in their films.Take for example Spike Lee¬ís 1989 film ¬ďDo the Right Thing¬ĒThe film beautifully photographed by Ernest Dickerson, is awash in yellows, oranges and reds invoking the heat of a long, hot day in the Bed Stuy...
  • Hollywoodís History of Faking It - The Evolution of Greenscreen Compositing (video)

    09/12/2014 7:29:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | Jul 16, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    With cameras and computers everywhere in our modern world, it¬ís easy to forget that the very first motion pictures were, themselves, essentially a special effect. It¬ís here at the beginning of filmmaking that we¬íll start our journey: ¬†the close of the 19th century with one of the world¬ís first prolific filmmakers ‚Äď a man who spent his life studying the art of illusion ‚Äď Georges M√©li√®s.Georges M√©li√®s In his 1898 film ¬†Four Heads are better than one, (Un Homme De T√™te)¬†M√©li√®s employs a visual trick that is the rudimentary beginnings of what we now think of as greenscreen compositing. The...
  • Brussels Anti-Green Purge Ė New EU Leaders Neuter Green Lobby

    09/12/2014 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    From Benny Peiser and The GWPF Ė [Conservative MEP] Miguel Arias Canete, Spainís former agriculture and environment minister, was nominated as the European Unionís next commissioner for climate and energy, becoming the first single supervisor of those two policy areas. The new commission will take office as energy policy is moving up the EU agenda amid a crisis in Ukraine, the transit country for around half of Russian natural gas to Europe, and the unrest in Middle East. ĖEwa Krukowska, Bloomberg 10 September 2014 Jean-Claude Junckerís decision to group EU commissioners into teams serving under a vice-president has been...
  • Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain

    09/12/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 70 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 09-11-2014 | Staff
    DON'T mind the gap. A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is. The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she'd had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn't walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6. Doctors did...
  • Spinosaurus fossil: 'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed

    09/12/2014 6:01:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | September 11, 2014 | Rebecca Morelle
    The 95-million-year-old remains confirm a long-held theory: that this is the first-known swimming dinosaur. Scientists say the beast had flat, paddle-like feet and nostrils on top of its crocodilian head that would allow it to submerge with ease. The research is published in the journal Science. Lead author Nizar Ibrahim, a palaeontologist from the University of Chicago, said: "It is a really bizarre dinosaur - there's no real blueprint for it.
  • (Video Link) Automated Conveyor Belt Sushi, Or, Why $15 Minimum Wage Will Doom Fast Food Workers

    09/11/2014 7:28:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Chonday ^ | Peter Barakan
    Conveyor Belt Sushi, Japan A dining concept that lets you pick from a wide range of one of Japan's best-known foods. NOTE: Click on the referenced link to watch the video. P.S. This technology will doom the SEIU/$15.00 minimum wage movement.
  • Pictograph Photo Gallery

    09/11/2014 2:06:56 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 18 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Staff
    Pictograph Photo Gallery A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock. It is not "carved" into the rock - that would be a "petroglyph." This is a series of photographs of pictographs from around the world. There are many links to other galleries.
  • Scientists: 'Extreme' Solar Storm Heading to Earth

    09/11/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Scientists say an extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions. Forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center don't yet know when Wednesday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could be as early as Thursday morning to a few days.
  • Solar Flare Geomagnetic Strength Increased by Twice: NASA

    09/11/2014 11:07:27 AM PDT · by dware · 12 replies
    Capital Wired ^ | 09.11.2014 | Jidde Plas
    NASAís recent reports alerted that Earthís magnetic field will face a double-blow from a pair of CMEs on Sept. 12th. Previously, the two storm clouds were propelled in our direction by explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158, which also fired off another intense solar flare on 9th and 10. These two flare outburst process was captured on camera by NASA. Huge geomagnetic tornados are expected on Sept. 12th and 13th as an outcome of the above repeated impacts.
  • When Will Betelgeuse Explode? (Constellation Orion)

    09/11/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | September 8, 2014 | Phil Plait
    If thereís one star in the sky people know about, itís Betelgeuse.* Marking the right shoulder of the hunter Orionóremember, heís facing us, so itís on our leftóthis orange-red star is one of the brightest in the night sky. Itís been studied for as long as weíve had telescopes, yet for all our advanced technology and knowhow, details about it are maddeningly vague. We donít even have a good determination of how far away it is! Still, thereís a lot we do know: Itís a red supergiant, a star that started out life already a lot bigger, more massive, and...
  • In Berlin, a Memorial to German Euthanasia Victims

    09/11/2014 6:03:43 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 10, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    In Berlin, a Memorial to German Euthanasia Victims Wesley J. Smith September 10, 2014 4:46 PM | Permalink The Associated Press reports: Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless."The transparent 24-meter (79-foot) blue glass wall outside the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall is near memorials to the Jewish Holocaust victims and the Nazis' gay and Gypsy, or Roma, victims, opened over the past decade.It stands on the site of a villa where the murder of patients at hospitals and mental institutes was...
  • Underground map reveals mysteries of Stonehenge (+video)

    09/10/2014 2:54:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 50 replies
    http://www.csmonitor.com/A.P. ^ | September 10, 2014
    Using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech devices, archaeologists at Stonehenge have discovered a complex of monuments buried beneath Britain's iconic paleolithic shrine.
  • True North Gems [Rubies in Greenland]

    09/10/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 34 replies
    BEMining ^ | 9/3/2014 | Staff
    The finest rubies are rarer and more valuable than diamonds and for many the icy brilliance of the latter is no match for the colour, warmth and romance of the former. Their prices are on the rise too: the record of just under $275,000 per carat set in 2005 has since risen to over $550,000. The worldís richest source of fine rubies, Burma, is still under an embargo and the market is hungry for gemstones of that quality, particularly if they can be certified ethical. In that context, True North Gemsí Aappaluttoq Ruby Project is coming on stream at just...
  • Ancient swamp creature had lips like Mick Jagger

    09/10/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Provided by Duke University
    Sir Mick Jagger has a new animal named after him. Scientists have named an extinct swamp-dwelling creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa after the Rolling Stones frontman, in honor of a trait they both shareótheir supersized lips. "We gave it the scientific name Jaggermeryx naida, which translates to 'Jagger's water nymph,'" said study co-author Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University. The animal's fossilized jaw bones suggest it was roughly the size of a small deer and akin to a cross between a slender hippo and a long-legged pig. Researchers uncovered the fossilsóconsisting of multiple jawbone fragmentsóamid the...
  • Unsettled Science: 53 different explanations for the failure of computerized climate models

    09/10/2014 6:50:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/10/2014 | Viv Forbes
    We are told by government-funded climate alarmists that their forecasts of dangerous man-made global warming rely on ďsettled scienceĒ. Their ďsettled scienceĒ represents a mareís nest of computer models, resting on a few match-sticks of science, surrounded by tall forests of uncertainty. It is indeed settled science that all gases in the atmosphere can affect the exchange of heat between the sun, the Earth and outer space, and this can affect global temperatures. It is also agreed that certain gases like water vapor and carbon dioxide can absorb and redirect radiant energy passing through the atmosphere. It is also settled...
  • Man pulls out of garage just as tornado hits. (video)

    09/10/2014 4:14:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-10-2014 | Viral Hog
    A man captures a terrifying tornado on his car's dashcam while pulling out of his garage in Bashkiria, Russia. Once the man realizes that he's in the path of the tornado, he tries driving back into his garage only to witness the tornado's power firsthand.