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« Reply #12600 on: Apr 22nd, 2015, 7:17pm »



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This went around Twitter. He is holding his three week old daughter for the first time.

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« Reply #12601 on: Apr 22nd, 2015, 8:46pm »

Beautiful Crystal!


Sys Smoking Gun Report

Stunning Results on Scratching Heads and the Uncertainty Principle

Applying my own algorithm (patent pending) with a hack modification on googles search engine
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Why are so many scientists scratching their heads all the time with discoveries?
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64,600 results

It seems they are stumped 10 to 1 more than itching on scalps

scientists are stumped
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and perhaps almost as baffled
scientists are baffled

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but perplexed only half as much as they are baffled

scientists perplexed
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and only stymied slightly more than scratching but not mutually exclusive.
scientists stymied
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The confidence of certainty and cocksuredness outnumbers any other finding
scientists certain
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They are just slightly more likely to be unsure than mistaken but just as easily upset

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scientists are a happy lot with an inclination to cheating less than 10 percent, and another 10 percent temperamental and quitting about 15 percent and about as many incompetents as there are drunks and cheaters..
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the number that consider themselves genius is about the same as those that are happy but most of them are dead certain about everything whether they drunk, mistaken, or incompetent.
However there is a stark resemblance between those considering themselves genius and those found outright incompetent

Still...more research must be done to determine the reflex of scratching heads seen in many articles and anecdotal records.

My next article will provide some promising leads addressing this this topic and could be the smoking gun we are looking for.

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« Reply #12602 on: Apr 23rd, 2015, 08:23am »

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Could the Planets in Star Wars Actually Support Life?

The Star Wars franchise always has been long on imagination. Fantastic creatures, giant spaceships, man-made death moons—the galaxy far, far away has them all. It also contains a rich array of planets, each with a unique environment. But one thing about those celestial bodies always stood out: the singular adjective—desert, ice, etc.—describing each of them.

Whereas Earth hosts a wide diversity of biomes, the planets of Star Wars boast far fewer climates and topographies. The ice planet Hoth never thaws. The desert planet Tatooine seems to never see rain or cold. Meanwhile, the forest moon Endor orbits the temperate zone of a gas giant and a diminutive Jedi master trains in a world covered by an unchanging bog.

While a world of sorcerers, faster-than-light travel, and fussy robots may not meet the standards of the hardest of hard sci-fi (why was the T-65 X-wing starfighter a long-range vehicle but the TIE Fighter wasn’t?), seeing the mono-ecosystem worlds of Star Wars raises the question: Is a world with a single, homogenous weather pattern the exception or the rule? Earth has many environments, but does the rest of the universe look more like our home or Luke Skywalker’s?

The first thing we should pointed out: In many cases, no one knows for sure. Scientists know there are more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets out there, but in many cases, that’s all they know. While that could change sooner rather than later, for now, science must speculate on their attributes based upon our solar system, what is known about planetary formation, and a few educated guesses.

“It’s amazing that we’ve found all these extrasolar planets, but we know virtually nothing about them,” says Greg Laughlin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an exoplanet expert. “So there’s still license to do whatever you want when it comes to fictional representation of habitable worlds. And I think there’s no way to know if monolithic worlds are the rule, or if a planet is bouncing around between a lot of climatic patterns.”

Just how much license does the Star Wars galaxy take with its many worlds? We talked to some planetary scientists to find out.

Tatooine

Monosystem: Desert
Climate: Hot, arid

The first planet we “visit” in the original Star Wars trilogy is the desert world of Tatooine, a harsh planet where the surface has been scorched by binary stars and moisture must be farmed from the air. The idea of a desert world (seemingly) is revisited in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but J.J. Abrams says the world seen in the teasers isn’t Tatooine, but Jakku, which may or may not be an all-desert world.

Most coverage, however, points to Jakku being a desert planet. It certainly looks Tatooine-esque in the trailer; and the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront videogame promises a DLC for the “Battle of Jakku,” which EA says occurs on a “remote desert planet.” We’ll have to wait and see the game—and The Force Awakens—to know whether Jakku is a desert world or one of more varied terrain.

But if Jakku and Tatooine end up being twin—or nearly twin—worlds, they wouldn’t be alone. Most astronomers agree desert worlds might be quite common. However, whether those desert planets would be viable places to live, as they are in the Star Wars universe, is another story. Is a planet without much water capable of sustaining indigenous life like Jawas, Tusken Raiders, and wamp rats?

“I don’t remember seeing a lake or oasis on Tatooine, and maybe I missed it but it seems like an awfully dry place for people to live and it wasn’t clear to me if they were growing crops,” says Andrew Johnston, a geoscience researcher at the National Air and Space Museum. “And where were the crops and how were they irrigating them?”

Johnston says moisture-farming situations are certainly possible; they’re used in the Atacama Desert in South America, for instance. But to sustain a population of Jawas, Tuskens, farm boys, and bounty hunters, the planet would need some bodies of water. Otherwise it would be harsh, unforgiving, and all but lifeless.

We even have an example of it in our solar system, albeit one that’s a little colder than Tatooine. “Mars is largely a desert world, but having an all desert world that has creatures that have grown up there and walk around is somewhat unusual,” Johnston says. (And anyone who has read The Martian knows Mars isn’t exactly an easy place to survive.)

However, with sufficient water, Laughlin thinks organisms on a planet like Tatooine might not only survive, but thrive.

“If I had to guess, and this is based not on science but just a hunch, I’d have to say that [Tatooine] is the most realistic depiction of a world in our galaxy,” he says.

A desert world might have an advantage over a verdant planet, as desert worlds are more resistant to the harmful effects of global warming. As the stars they orbit grow hotter, the worlds are better able to rebound from increased luminosity.

That brings us to the most striking feature of Tatooine: its binary stars. But while the planet’s double noon is striking, it’s also plausible. We know of planets orbiting binary stars. Some orbit the common center of mass between pairs of stars, while others spend their time around just one of the stars in the system.

“The inference is that they were quite close together, and the planet was quite distant from the stars,” Laughlin says. “That posts zero problems for habitability. As far as the planet is concerned, it’s just getting mixed light from the two stars.”

Could It Exist? Yes

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« Reply #12603 on: Apr 23rd, 2015, 08:51am »

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UFO expert to lead other-worldly discussion at ETSU

Since the birth of human consciousness, man has peered into the beyond for a sign, an indication from another being to let him know he is not alone in this life and this universe.

In the early days, we looked to gods to keep us company and watch over us; in the latter part of our history, we dreamed of intelligent beings from other planets, both benevolent and malicious, who might one day stop by our spinning blue marble to say “hello.”

In many ways, Nick Pope, an author, television personality and former official in the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense, says the belief in and search for extraterrestrial life parallels religion.

“People do want to believe,” he said Wednesday in a conference room on the campus of East Tennessee State University. “Some people almost talk about the UFO subject as a new religion. Humanity throughout history has always placed its gods in the sky; well, are these not modern representations of that same belief?”

Pope will lead a lecture tonight in the college’s Rogers-Stout Hall covering the questions he worked to answer as a civilian governmental worker and as an author: “Is there life elsewhere?” and “Is any visiting us?”

A 21-year employee of the British Ministry of Defense, Pope was tasked from 1991 to 1994 with researching and investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.

The work, which Pope said may have been more an effect of the ending Cold War, rather than a search for aliens, still produced interesting results toward the latter, in his mind answered the first question with a resounding “Absolutely,” but left the second question open-ended.

“I don’t know whether or not we’re being visited,” he said. “But the great thing about even that is that the skeptics have to be right all of the time, the believers only have to be right once.”

One of the UFO cases most compelling to Pope as evidence of alien life, one which contained “the perfect storm” of multiple, credible witnesses, radar tracking and well-kept and investigated documentation, was the Rendlesham Forest incident, about which Pope co-wrote his most recent book.

That incident occurred in December 1980 outside RAF Woodbridge, a military base in England at that time used by the U.S. Air Force.

Base personnel claim to have seen lights descend into nearby woods, then, upon further investigation, reported a glowing, metallic object, later reproduced in a sketch, that moved through the trees and flew away. The next morning, three indentations were said to have been found at the site of the craft’s landing, and radiation above the level of the normal background levels was recorded.

”I’m not here to say that it was aliens,“ Pope said. “It is unexplained to this day, but what it does tell us is that whether we think it’s Russian or Martian, there is more to this mystery than just intensification and hoaxes.”

Following what we know about the observable constants in the universe, Pope said it’s logically sound to believe intelligent life outside our world exists and it’s probable that we may contact or be contacted by those life forms, likely by radio signals.

When that happens though, he said, it opens the possibilities to either earth-shaking realizations or to mundane thoughts of fancy.

“There’s no point in getting into a skeptic versus believer dogfight; both camps are so deeply entrenched that you’re probably not going to change anyone’s mind,” he said. “So wouldn’t it be more productive to suppose it’s true, then ’What if?’ What would be the effects on politics, science, religion, personal world view and paradigm, all those things?

“On one level, you could say the implications might be profound, but on the other level, there’s still this ’Yeah, but does any of this mean that we don’t have to go to work tomorrow?’”

Writing both non-fiction and science-fiction books on the subject and consulting on television shows and feature films, Pope said relying on his government experience allowed him a perspective not shared by many in the intelligent-life debate.

In addition to the Thursday evening appearance, Pope planned to visit creative writing and English classes at ETSU.

“I hope the students in the class interactions and the students and the public who come to the talk tomorrow evening will find what I have to say both interesting and fun and thought-provoking,” he said. “If people will go away and debate this, I will be happy. I don’t want everyone to agree on this, I want there to be this interaction between skeptics and believers.”

Pope’s lecture will be at 7 tonight in Rogers-Stout Hall Room 102.

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"Begs the questions curved in which direction, and with reference to what ?"

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« Reply #12614 on: Apr 24th, 2015, 12:44pm »

Re the volcano ufo.

I would suspect a camera drone sent out by some interested government organisation. Safer than flying around in a plane or helicopter.

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