Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12454 on: Mar 26th, 2015, 10:25pm »
Rumors that workers left their lunch boxes throughout the CERN collider causes postponement of extinction event !!
will the debris cause an explosion..can the singularity swallow a thermos? How much energy will be feasibly released..can we name any new particles like the quarks after flavors like Grey Pupon..onion or baloney? Big science must be prepared to answer these questions if it is to be taken seriously!
Days before it was supposed to start circulating protons again after a two-year hiatus, the world's largest particle accelerator has developed a short circuit. The team behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is now evaluating its options to determine whether the problem will cause a delay of days or months.
“An intermittent short circuit to ground in one of the machine’s magnet circuits was identified on 21 March and is under investigation,” says a 24 March statement from the CERN, Europe's particle-physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland, which hosts the LHC.
The suspicion is that the short circuit, which is interrupting the power supply to one of the accelerator’s magnets, is caused by a piece of debris. “A small metallic object is sitting in what we call the diode box,” explains accelerator physicist Lyn Evans, who led the original design and construction of the LHC.
There are two beam pipes at the heart of the LHC that circulate protons. The diode box is part of the complex system of electronics that surrounds these pipes.
Unavoidable debris The accelerator, which made its landmark discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, shut down in 2013 for upgrades. Designed to ramp up the energy of the collider, the improvement programme involved a lot of cutting and welding, says Evans. “It’s unavoidable to have small bits of metallic debris in the circuits.”
He adds that a similar problem occurred before, at the start of the LHC’s first run, and is often solvable without causing major delays.
In the best-case scenario, he says, the accelerator team will be able to remove the metal debris by flushing it out with high-pressure helium gas. This will require warming up the liquid helium that flows inside the 15-metre long superconducting magnet module, where the diode box is found, but by only a few degrees above its operating temperature of 1.9 kelvin.
If this ‘purge’ does not work, he says, the team may need to open up the module. This would require temporarily warming an entire sector of the 27-kilometre ring up to room temperature — and would cause a much longer delay. “If we have to warm up the whole sector, that’s a couple of months,” says Evans. CERN staff are also X-raying the magnet to diagnose the problem precisely.
The short circuit is not comparable to the fault that caused a magnet to explode when the LHC first started up in 2008. In that case, the magnet was already on, but in this case the fault prevents the magnet from turning on, says Evans. “You can’t even put current in a magnet with a ground fault.”
Evans is now director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, which is planning a next-generation collider, but he says that he is still on hand to provide advice about the LHC.
Edit! I don't want to hear your pathetic excuses! We are paying you each a 160k a year for crap we can't even see with a microscope and now this? We want results . Now get back to work you miserable slackards and fix it
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12455 on: Mar 27th, 2015, 09:48am »
Lunch boxes 1, Humans 0
The Only Dating Site You Need If You Believe In Ghosts And UFOs
by Cheryl Eddy
So you're on a date, and the conversation turns to ghosts and UFOs, and the other person flatly declares he or she doesn't believe in that woo-woo crap. Awkward! But fear not — now there's The Amazing Kreskin's Supernatural Dating Society, aimed at making love matches 'twixt paranormal enthusiasts.
Kreskin did an interview with dating bible Cosmopolitan about the new site, in which he predicts (he is a mentalist, after all) the venture will "take on a dimension that I never realized."
Though 8o-year-old is single, he's not among the site's dating pool:
I only have four days off a month, so there's not much time for dating. What I'm going to do also, is I'm going to make some commentary every week or two on what seems to be the dominant thing people are wanting to read about, whether it's a UFO thing or something else, and then I can give my own experiences and so forth. I like to keep on top of things.
Too bad, since he has a pretty incisive view of modern love:
People are not hearing what each other [is] saying anymore. They're so used to looking at notes and looking at a machine in their hands that they're looking at quick bites and not fully paying attention to what's said. I want to say to everyone, when you meet someone in person and you really want to show your love for them, your feeling for them: For god's sakes, put the damn cell phone away. Don't sit in a room at a dining room table or a table in a restaurant with a cell phone on the table because unconsciously you're saying, "I like you, but really, I don't feel totally close, totally committed because I need this other support." I'm not saying we shouldn't have cell phones, but people are going to have to talk and build on their thoughts because one of the greatest gifts we have is not just talking to each other but listening.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12456 on: Mar 27th, 2015, 09:56am »
Myakka Pines Golf Club spots massive aligator 'Goliath' again
By: Ashley Miller, WFTS web team
Posted: 10:31 AM, Mar 27, 2015
ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - Look who’s back! The HUGE alligator spotted at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood is at it again!
This picture posted on the Myakka Pines Golf Club's Facebook page must have been snapped at feeding time, as you can see the gator is biting down on a turtle. It may be hard to look at, but these are wild animals.
Earlier this month, the mammoth gator was seen walking the course. The club’s general manager told ESPN he estimates the alligator is 12 to 13 feet long.
The Myakka Pines Golf Club even held a contest to name it, according to its Facebook page. So, say hello to “Goliath.”
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12459 on: Mar 27th, 2015, 11:21am »
Oh boy! Let's attend college for six years so we can go study THIS!
Medieval Parasite-Filled Poop Found in Jerusalem Latrine
by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer March 27, 2015
The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds.
The people who used the latrine may have been long-distance traders or on a pilgrimage, likely from Northern Europe, where these parasites were common, the researchers said.
Researchers originally found the latrine during an excavation in Jerusalem's Christian quarter in 1996. The latrine had stone walls, a vaulted roof, an earthen floor and two entry chutes on opposing sides, just in case nature called two people at once.
A fragment of charcoal found in the cesspool helped the researchers to date the latrine to the late 1400s- early 1500s, when the city was under the jurisdiction of the viceroy of Damascus during the Mamluk Period (the Mamluks were a ruling military caste).
Stool study Jerusalem is a unique city: It's important to Christians, Jews and Muslims, and also sits between Europe and Asia, making it a prime trading spot. But researchers continue to look for more clues about who actually visited the city. "We were keen to study the latrine, in case there was evidence for parasite species that shouldn't be in the region, which would indicate the presence of travelers," Mitchell said.
To investigate, the researchers sieved the sediment within the latrine, and found 12 lightly mineralized coprolites — or fossilized stool. Using a series of microsieves, they looked for parasite eggs within the coprolites and one sediment sample.
They found six types of intestinal parasite species. Four were intestinal worms (roundworm, whipworm, beef/pork tapeworm and fish tapeworm), and two were single-celled parasites that cause dysentery (Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia duodenalis), Mitchell said.
The most common parasites in Jerusalem at the time, whipworm and roundworm, were present in all 13 samples. But two of the parasites, fish tapeworm and Entamoeba dysentery, were common in Northern Europe, but rare in the Middle East.
Perhaps fish tapeworm was more prevalent in Northern Europe because of the way people prepared food there, the researchers speculated. Northern Europeans tend to eat raw, smoked or pickled fish, and none of these preparations kill intestinal parasites. In contrast, Arabic texts indicate that people in inland Syrian cities did not commonly eat fish, and when they did, they would cook it, effectively killing any parasites.
Inside the latrine, the researchers also found pieces of Italian pottery, reinforcing the idea that people in Europe and Jerusalem traded with each other during the late 1400s, Mitchell said. It's possible that the latrine was near a town house owned by Jerusalem merchants, who contracted the parasites during their travels, or by a hostel that housed European merchants or pilgrims, the researchers said.
Nowadays, people can treat intestinal parasites with antibiotics, but treatments were vastly different 500 years ago.
"Medieval medical texts show they did not realize intestinal worms were live organisms," Mitchell said. Instead, illnesses were blamed on the body's attempt to restore the balance of the four humors, including blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm, he said.
The researchers "did an excellent job of combining archaeology and parasitology," said Karl Reinhard, a professor of natural resource sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, who was not involved in the study.
"Parasites travel long distances within their hosts," Reinhard said. "Protozoa [single-celled organisms], as well as parasites, can be found in ancient contexts."
The molecule is found in some deep sea fish, forms the basis of some cancer therapies and has been previously prescribed intravenously for night blindness. Jeff Tibbets, the lab’s medical officer, said: “There are a fair amount of papers talking about having injected it in models like rats and it’s been used intravenously since the 60s as treatments for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step.”
The next step was to moisten the eyes of biochemical researcher and willing guinea pig Gabriel Licina’s eyes with 50 microlitres of Ce6.
The effect was apparently almost instantaneous and, after an hour, he was able to distinguish shapes from 10 metres away in the dark and soon at even greater distances.
“We had people go stand in the woods,” Licina said, “At 50 metres, I could figure who they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.”
The effect of the chemical only lasted for a few hours and the test subject's eyesight returned to normal the next day.
The organisation has released a paper that detailed the experiment in their website. It says that more research will need to be conducted to measure the actual amount of electrical stimulation increase in the eye whilst the long term effects of the procedure will require further investigation.
Tibbets says that this success is perfect demonstration of the work that his organisation conducts: “For us, it comes down to pursuing things that are doable but won’t be pursued by major corporations. There are rules to be followed and don’t go crazy, but science isn’t a mystical language that only a few elite people can speak.”
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"doesn't one of those kittens bear an uncanny resemblance to...Whom?" MIGHT YOU POINT TO WHICH FELINE PROVIDES THAT IMPRESSION TO YOU ~
SECOND POINT OF CLARIFICATION:
"handle all this?" ~ WOULD IT BE AN IMPOSITION TO ASK FOR YOU EXPOUND UPON THE AFOREMENTIONED ~
"...How about a nice game of chess?...."
Uhh.. if you have to ask... indicates perhaps maybe I read too much in your marvelous gif, ZETAR!
But to answer (I'm on my day off, TV, mainly CNN, and internet time, with little else on my mind other than UFOs and the esteemed Casebook community, the Germanwings crash, Hillary Clinton's immaculately clean server fills me with envy, plus I am attempting to establish telepathic communication with our own cats, results thusfar inconclusive): in your image the feline at far right moves his ears much like US State Secretary John Kerry imo. One has to look for these kinds of things you know !
I'm happy to re-expound on what the US / Obama administration is "handling" right now.
the immense challenges the US faces in Yemen, and Iran (where supreme leader Khamenei's unwavering dislike of the west seems to be Netanyahu's best and last hope of preventing a deal), and to a lesser degree Putin's Ukraine designs? (More of a European headache.)
I might expound a little further by adding the degrade&destroy operations targeting Islamic State, one more convoluted element playing into US-Iran nuclear negotiations. (That meeting is what I, [over?]-imagined your table of conversing cats was meant to portray. "Fuhgeddaboudid" then equalling your view on the projected results of US-Iran talks .)
Seems like Obama is playing a nice game of chess with the King (or Ayatolla) of Persia. Which move is the strategically advantageous one...