• Two things:

    LaDavid Johnson’s body was not recovered for two days, and his funeral is closed casket. It seems clear he was mutilated, probably because he was the only black in the four special forces.

    Second, it seems clear that Trump called almost no gold star families, otherwise why was the Pentagon getting the names and numbers of…[Read more]

  • Thanks. This is quite fascinating.

  • A Brief History of Flight, Part 1

    The Wright Brothers

    I am in the process of developing a new physics course for students interesting in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as […]

  • Clingy Drones

    Vice News’ Motherboard reports that a new type of drone has successfully been designed by researchers at the Createk Design Lab at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec that can a […]

    • Looking at what drones can do nowadays, I definitely would not want to be a soldier on the ground or a sailor on a ship in the next war.

    • Yep the more automation advances Drones, robotics etc. its going to render the trillions spent on the current military tools of the trade obsolete. Jets with drones or auto pilot will make useless jets with human pilots. Ive wondered if laser tech has proceeded to the point if a sub orbital plane with a laser on board could take out navel surface fleets by targeting fuel tanks or ordnance storage areas. The main damage to the Arizona was when a bomb made a direct hit on its ordnance storage area. Thiers a lot of testing going on at area 51,52 and Vandenberg that we’ll never know about. I figure they’ll do what they can to keep Trump away from those areas 🙂

    • we have our applicant for the job 🙂 Note probably more qualified than anyone trump would hire.

      Fourth grader submits adorable application for NASA’s “alien protector” job

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/73e8e83a-baae-3ac0-9da9-62adbf8322bf/ss_fourth-grader-submits.html

  • The only thing I have come up with is recycling the water bottles. I had a Brita system, but hated it. Most students today are carrying permanent plastic water bottles, and I applaud them for it.

    What will defeat Trump are people who persevere with global friendly practices. Young people are doing this now. I tell my students that they will…[Read more]

  • My name is Bob. I have a variety of nicknames, some self-imposed, such as bebimbob. Bebimbob is a play on bebimbop, the korean noodle dish with an egg on the top. I acquired this name during my Aikido days, when we would spend a lot of time at a Japanese food mart after practicing Aikido. I would order bebimbop often.

    I also go by bobarebob…[Read more]

  • Tesla Model 3

    Well, it’s finally “almost” here, the Tesla Model 3 all electric sedan and sportscar, that promises to be affordable to the masses, and be practical to use.

    Over a half million blokes have […]

    • Thanks again for another Science Sunday. Just curious if a short version of your user name is bob or bimbo?

      • My name is Bob. I have a variety of nicknames, some self-imposed, such as bebimbob. Bebimbob is a play on bebimbop, the korean noodle dish with an egg on the top. I acquired this name during my Aikido days, when we would spend a lot of time at a Japanese food mart after practicing Aikido. I would order bebimbop often.

        I also go by bobarebob (like rhubarb pie), mahatmahomey (play on Ghandi and homey), and mahonius maximus. I enjoy all the nicknames.

        My real surname is Mahoney.

    • New cars and car purchasing are so far away from me that I have no idea how common the new car price of $42,000 is? I do wonder how something like this “affordable” Tesla will move through the used car market.

    • An indirect but worthwhile method to limit the use of plastic bottles would be an intensive infrastructure program guaranteeing everyone access to safe clean drinking water. It would eliminate the need for such a wasteful practice. The money could come from the bloated military budget.

      • The only thing I have come up with is recycling the water bottles. I had a Brita system, but hated it. Most students today are carrying permanent plastic water bottles, and I applaud them for it.

        What will defeat Trump are people who persevere with global friendly practices. Young people are doing this now. I tell my students that they will inherit the Earth, so they need to think about what Earth they want to inherit, and start working for it. The boomers like me will soon be gone, and in the meantime, we are collectively too dense to get what is needed to “save” the world. Maybe I am just speaking for myself.

        I think the all electric car is inevitable, and I think Musk is one sharp cookie.

    • http://www.cbc.ca/life/wellness/everything-you-need-to-know-about-august-s-eclipse-of-a-lifetime-1.4226211

      On the morning of August 21, a dark shadow will cross over North America. The temperature will drop, people will see stars and a fiery halo will appear in the sky.
      No, it’s not the apocalypse – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse.

      We happen to be at a very lucky place in the universe and a very lucky place in earth’s history and time to be able to see this complete blocking out of sun.
      In fact, the complete solar eclipse will last between just two minutes and two minutes and 40 seconds in parts of the United States.

      Still, a two-minute eclipse? What’s all the hype about? The answer: an eclipse of this magnitude – it will travel from coast to coast across the United States – hasn’t been seen since 1918, according to NASA.

      To witness “totality,” you must be within a 110-kilometre-wide band that moves from northwest to southeast across the U.S., starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. Head to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where the full eclipse will last two minutes and 40 seconds, the longest period of totality in North America, or go to an eclipse festival. But be warned: some hotels have been booked up for years.

    • http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-design-different-chevy-bolt-2017-7/#-1

      The Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt are both long-range, all-electric cars for the people — each is about $35,000 to $37,000 before tax credits — but they embody very different design philosophies.

      The Model 3, which launches Friday, is the handiwork of Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen. When it was unveiled in March 2016, it set a slightly new direction for the carmaker. The front fascia, for example, lacked any conventional automotive cues, such as a grille — an unnecessary element, of course, because Teslas don’t need to inhale air to burn gasoline.

      The Tesla Model S and Model X would adopt this new language. In any case, the Model 3 continued Tesla’s tradition of making its cars look sleek, fast, and sexy. The Model 3 might be for the mass market, but it evokes the luxury EVs that Tesla is selling.

      The Bolt is something else altogether: an electric car that aims for practicality over sex appeal, while still serving up some tasty performance. (You can read our review here.) Designer Stuart Norris and the South Korea-based studio made sure the Bolt was roomy inside and provided good cargo capacity.

      The Bolt looks much more like an everyday five-door hatchback. In this sense, it’s a throwback to some earlier ideas about alternative-fuel vehicles. Think of the Toyota Prius when it arrived — nobody would have called it beautiful. Its appearance advertised its virtue.

      It’s sexy versus sensible, then, when you put the Bolt and the Model 3 side by side. (By the way, we’re talking about the preproduction version of the Model 3. The real deal won’t enter our field of vision until Friday evening.)

      • Very interesting. I wonder whether sexy or sensible will prove to be more reliable–the most important attribute for me.

    • Electric car movies: 2006, 2011

      “Who Killed The Electric Car” was shown in 2006.

      GM introduced it in CA in the 1990’s — this is from wikipedia

      The film deals with the history of the electric car, its modern development, and commercialization. The film focuses primarily on the General Motors EV1, which was made available for lease mainly in Southern California, after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed the Zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate in 1990 which required the seven major automobile suppliers in the United States to offer electric vehicles in order to continue sales of their gasoline powered vehicles in California. Nearly 5000 electric cars were designed and manufactured by Chrysler, the Ford Motor Company, General Motors (GM), Honda, Nissan, and Toyota; and then later destroyed or donated to museums and educational institutions. Also discussed are the implications of the events depicted for air pollution, oil dependency, Middle East politics, and global warming.
      The film details the California Air Resources Board’s reversal of the mandate after relentless pressure and suits from automobile manufacturers, continual pressure from the oil industry, orchestrated hype over a future hydrogen car, and finally the George W. Bush administration.

      A portion of the film details GM’s efforts to demonstrate to California that there was no consumer demand for their product, and then to take back every EV1 and destroy them. A few were disabled and given to museums and universities, but almost all were found to have been crushed. GM never responded to the EV drivers’ offer to pay the residual lease value; $1.9 million was offered for the remaining 78 cars in Burbank, California before they were crushed. Several activists, including actresses Alexandra Paul and Colette Divine, were arrested in the protest that attempted to block the GM car carriers taking the remaining EV1s off to be crushed.

      The film explores some of the motives that may have pushed the auto and oil industries to kill off the electric car. Wally Rippel offers, for example, that the oil companies were afraid of losing their monopoly on transportation fuel over the coming decades; while the auto companies feared short-term costs for EV development and long-term revenue loss because EVs require little maintenance and no tuneups. Others explained the killing differently. GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss argued it was lack of consumer interest due to the maximum range of 80–100 miles per charge, and the relatively high price.

      The film also showed the failed attempts by electric car enthusiasts trying to combat auto industry moves, and save the surviving vehicles. Towards the end of the film, a deactivated EV1 car #99 is found in the garage of Petersen Automotive Museum, with former EV sales representative, Chelsea Sexton, invited for a visit.
      The film also explores the future of automobile technologies including a deeply critical look at hydrogen vehicles, an upbeat discussion of plug-in hybrids, and examples of other developing EV technologies such as the Tesla Roadster (released on the market two years after the film).
      Interviews[edit]

      The director produced a follow up movie in 2011 “The Revenge of the Electric Car”

      Plot[edit]

      Revenge follows four entrepreneurs from 2007 through the end of 2010 as they fight to bring the electric car back to the world market in the midst of the 2008 global recession. The film has unprecedented access to co-Founder Elon Musk in the first three years of Tesla Motors during which Musk suffered several grave setbacks to his dream of a car company without gasoline. His foils include the charismatic Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of General Motors during its 2008 bankruptcy, due in part to its focus on trucks and SUVs instead of fuel efficient and electric cars. Elon and Bob also face Carlos Ghosn, the CEO credited with saving Renault-Nissan from near bankruptcy and who now had pledged $1 billion to beat Toyota to the pure electric game. A final character, Greg Abbott, makes the case for independent electric car conversions in California.[2][3] Danny DeVito is also interviewed, as an electric car enthusiast and owner of a Chevy Volt and earlier GM’s ill-fated EV-1, as well as Internet entrepreneur and Tesla customer Jason Calacanis.

      Whereas the 2006 film Who Killed the Electric Car? ended with the destruction of 5,000 electric cars from California’s clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film documents the rebirth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Tesla Roadster.[2][3]

      Again, that was from wikipedia.

      In the wake of world wide rush to renewables, here way back in 2010 was action on EV

      And now Trump harps on fossil fuel

      He is being out run by EV

    • Wireless is wonderful!! (for repressive governments)

      Technology + Politics in UAE + US think tanks + weapons

      We look in horror at the defense budget and the rise of surveillance around the world. Here is a story of politics and repression in a country

      Photo: Andy Wong/Press Pool/AP
      HACKED EMAILS SHOW UAE BUILDING CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH D.C. THINK TANKS THAT PUSH ITS AGENDA

      THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES has one of the most repressive governments in the world. The Gulf dictatorship brutally cracks down on internal dissent and enables abusive conditions for its massive migrant labor force. It also plays a key role in the bloody war in Yemen, running a network of torture prisons in the “liberated” parts of the country.

      That makes it all the more shocking that the UAE is so rarely criticized by leading U.S. think tanks, who not only ignore the Gulf dictatorship’s repression, but give a privileged platform to its ambassador, Yousef Al-Otaiba. Otaiba is a deeply influential voice in U.S. foreign policy circles, and is known in Washington for using his pocketbook to recruit allies.

      And if Hillary was elected, this could be her Scty of Defense

      One of the documents obtained by The Intercept was an invoice from the Center for New American Security, an influential national security think tank founded in 2007 by alumni from the Clinton administration. The invoice, dated July 12, 2016, billed the UAE embassy $250,000 for a paper on the legal regime governing the export of military-grade drones. It was signed by Michele Flournoy, a senior Pentagon official under President Barack Obama; Hillary Clinton was widely expected to name Flournoy as her Secretary of Defense. Flournoy co-founded CNAS and, in addition to outside work as a management consultant, currently serves as the think tank’s CEO

    • Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at hacking competition

      This has been known for years and years and years

      SOSDD same old shit different day

      article from The Hill posted today on hackers at the convention

      who benefits???

      both political factions because they want the ruse that elected officials are legitimate because they are elected

      part of the larger ruse that we are a democracy

      hard to keep that fiction going after the slow moving coup d’etat

      Greg Palast, the investigative reporter who has been on the voting story for almost a decade, met with Bernie and Rev. Jackson in Chicago a few weeks ago. Bernie and Rev Jackson said they would take up the issue of elections.

      I called Thom Hartmann’s program last week and asked why the dems have not taken up the issue. He said that he has been on it since 2000 and finally sees a little movement from the dems.

      Amazing that Bernie is the leader of the country. Shadow cabinet.

      • Link to Greg Palast’s web page. Two videos are currently on top. Short one with Bernie and Rev Jackson. And Greg points out that 93 million voter files already given to Kobach through his KS SOS web site. Then a second longer video of Greg on Thom Hartmann’s show

        Greg Palast.com

    • T and R bebimbob, and thanks!! 🙂

    • A rhetorical question.

      Which one is the birdbrain? The bird for consuming the plastic of US for putting it there in the first place.

    • The demise of the gas powered car will happen Big Oil is going fight it kicking and screaming for every $$$. How much oil is left since its finite is the biggest secret on the planet. So the day alternative powered cars is coming. So are self driving cars which will be a big help to elderly with eyesight conditions and other ailments where they shouldn’t be driving but still want to go places this tech would be useful in that reguard

  • True that. So how to recycle plastic? I buy bottled water, so what to do about just that plastic?

  • Quoth The Raven “No Problem!”

    A study in the July issue of Science once again demonstrates the stunningly high intelligence of ravens, and other members of the crow family.

    Ravens are part of a lar […]

    • Thanks once again bebimbob for an cross section of interesting topics.

    • The problem with the abundance of plastic is that we as consumers often have no alternative choice. Glass bottles are becoming a thing of the past.

      • True that. So how to recycle plastic? I buy bottled water, so what to do about just that plastic?

        • A life-long recycler here. Problem is do they actually reuse it to make new products or is that a scam? T and R, bebimbob!! 🙂

        • My city recylces it, but like bebimbob, I’ve read some stuff lately that there’s too much to recycle or something like that. Plus they don’t recycle caps, which are one of the banes to the birds that pick out the colorful little things as food and then they mostly die.

        • Same here but its mostly for my work shift as the water supply is so chlorinated you can smell it when you turn on the tap. At home the city supply is primarily well water and not over treated.

    • Wow!!!! It’s all interesting and I can’t choose a favorite yet, although I do love crows and ravens.

    • I saw an short blurb on Bill Nye the science guy that their is R &D going on with bio degradable plastics using a plant oil as a base supply to form the plastic. its in its infancy but according to the scientist it breaks down into the environment in an friendly way not like the plastics of today.

  • Deep Space Testing

    On July 10th, NASA sealed the James Webb Telescope into a chamber designed to see how well the telescope will work in the environment of outer space.

    The telescope is a successor to the […]

    • Thanks for your post bebimbob.

      Just imagine what scientific discoveries could be accomplished if the money wasn’t wasted in military spending.

      https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*Sd31qgHBu9ZvV6XpsSm3rg.png

      • wi59 replied 5 months ago

        Slam dunk Humphrey, Trump will push that well over 600 billion.Hopefully NASA got the Mirror right on this one, Current “known” manned spacecraft don’t go that far out for a service call like Hubble.

      • Yes, but technology spin off are wonderful!

        Look at the spin offs for NASA which gets funding as part of the military budget

        But as Ballard points out, one year of NASA would fund 1,600 years of NOAA

        And Ballard gave TED talk in 2008

        Since that was almost 10 years ago, doing arithmetic, 10 years, times 1,600, means since the talk there has been 16,000 times more spend on NASA than on NOAA which includes the study of the oceans

        That math is probably way off, but the military budget would fund science, combat global climate change

        I may have posted this before

        AIME‏ @AIMEproject Jul 12

        Hard to start a holiday learning of the role of (some) humans as the agent of the sixth extinction of species-do you feel ok as a meteorite?

        How do people in a “democracy” relate to being an agent of the sixth extinction??? Well, it was the government…. Well, ….

        As the City on the Hill, are we also accountable???

        AIME‏ @AIMEproject Jul 13

        It’s one thing to be the historical agent of emancipation of the human race but another to be the agent of the 6th extinction of non-humans.

        AIME project is Bruno Latour’s effort

    • Some countries are getting there.

      https://www.juancole.com/2017/07/australian-homes-triumphs.html

      Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

      Because of less expensive and more efficient technology, about one quarter of all Australian households now have solar panels. This process is uneven, with a rush to put them up recently because of a fall in the price of the panels. The adoption of solar may slow next year. But the technology is such that there will certainly be more periods of rapid adoption. Before you know it, all Australian homes will be run on solar power. Incidentally, if you run an electric car off the solar panels, it causes the payback period to fall for both. Even OPEC and big oil have vastly increased their estimate of the number of electric vehicles on the road in 2040.

      Case Western Reserve University scientists have found a way to boost panel output by 10%, and the breakthrough is now being tested for durability. If you follow these things, such reports of improved solar efficiency or fall in costs (which is the same thing) are quite common. The potential for technological breakthroughs is so high given the R&D money being thrown at solar research that all projections about the future are ‘way too conservative.

    • T and R, bebimbob! 🙂

  • It seems clear that Trump was promised the Podesta and DNC emails, but then the campaign decided to have Wikileaks release them, so as to deny any coordination with Russian sources. There are emails somewhere else that will eventually pop up, bringing the whole house of cards down with a giant thump (I mean trump).

  • NBC Nightly News reported today that China produces 11% of its energy from solar. That is an amazing statistic.

    Meanwhile, NBC News Montana (coal country) reports that solar energy is killing coal.

    The same article quotes Bloomberg Research that by 2040, renewables energy production will skyrocket by 169%, with coal energy production…[Read more]

  • You Go Frogs

    A recent article in National Academy of Sciences Journal asserts that frogs were a primary beneficiary of the asteroid strike some 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.

    Known as […]

    • This is good news.

      https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/7/15939394/tesla-solar-energy-bid-south-australia-powerpack-solarcity

      Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised back in March that his electric car company, which also owns solar energy provider SolarCity, could help the state of South Australia with its routine weather-caused blackout issues. At the time, Musk said Tesla was so serious about the endeavor, he wrote on Twitter that the project could be completed within 100 days of a signed deal or it’d come free of charge. Now, Tesla is getting the opportunity to make good on that promise, as the company has won the government of South Australia’s bid to build what would be the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.

      The battery will store wind energy generated from French company Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, located outside Jamestown, South Australia. “The Tesla Powerpack system will further transform the state’s movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid,” Tesla wrote in a statement issued yesterday. In simple terms, by storing solar energy during off-peak hours and then discharging that energy during peak hours, utilities companies are able to cut costs and reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

    • NBC Nightly News reported today that China produces 11% of its energy from solar. That is an amazing statistic.

      Meanwhile, NBC News Montana (coal country) reports that solar energy is killing coal.

      The same article quotes Bloomberg Research that by 2040, renewables energy production will skyrocket by 169%, with coal energy production declining by 51%.

    • I hope that Trump will read this not that it will make any difference.

      http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jul/09/clean-coal-project-officially-ends-in-m/?f=business

      A seven-year, $7.5 billion effort to build a first-of-its-kind “clean coal” power plant in Mississippi is officially over.

      Mississippi regulators ordered utility owner Southern Co. on Thursday to come up with a deal that will have the Kemper plant — once hailed by former President Barack Obama’s administration as the future of coal — running as a natural gas-fired generator instead. That ratified Southern’s June 28 proposal to pull the plug on using coal there.

      The ruling seals the fate of the Kemper plant and memorializes the state utility commission’s call last month for the company to give up on “unproven” technologies at the plant. It also assures that customers won’t pay for the failure. Almost three years after the plant began generating power with gas, Southern has been unable to put crucial coal-gasifiers into service.

      The death of Kemper’s “clean coal” component represents a major setback for the very technologies that President Donald Trump has promoted as a way to help save mining jobs. It also marks the end of a high-profile project that was plagued by construction slowdowns, equipment failures and sliding gas prices. Kemper is already years behind schedule and more than $4 billion over budget.

    • Not sure how scientific this is but I found it interesting.

      https://www.rt.com/viral/395794-cosmodrome-space-shuttle-soviet-union/

      An intrepid group of YouTubers have taken on their most daring adventure yet – breaking into an active spaceport to find two of the few remaining Soviet-era space shuttles.
      After navigating their way across barren flatland, members of the group, which publishes videos as Exploring the Unbeaten Path, dodge boobytraps and security patrols to steal into an abandoned hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

      What they find inside does not disappoint.

    • Thanks @bebimbob!

      I thought this was interesting:

      Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

      Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been cracked.

      The Roman recipe – a mix of volcanic ash, lime (calcium oxide), seawater and lumps of volcanic rock – held together piers, breakwaters and harbours. Moreover, in contrast to modern materials, the ancient water-based structures became stronger over time.

      Scientists say this is the result of seawater reacting with the volcanic material in the cement and creating new minerals that reinforced the concrete.

      “They spent a tremendous amount of work [on developing] this – they were very, very intelligent people,” said Marie Jackson, a geologist at the University of Utah and co-author of a study into Roman structures.

      As the authors note, the Romans were aware of the virtues of their concrete, with Pliny the Elder waxing lyrical in his Natural History that it is “impregnable to the waves and every day stronger”.

    • Seeing the 21st century windmills ‘up close and personal’ is an unforgettable experience. They are very big, something you don’t expect cos of their simple, sleek design. I didn’t see any flying critters near them. The WA State power folks obviously have a line on that hazard. 🙂 Now back here in Floridumb, solar is slowly advancing in spite of Retch Scott and the Tallahassee Crook Cabal! T and R, bebimbob!!

    • Thanks! Here’s to frogs and renewables! :O) and cool quarks.

  • Colony Collapse Disorder

    The ongoing concern about declines in honey bee populations worldwide recently made the news again, with a report that neonicotinoid insecticides may play a significant role in […]

  • Paris Air Show

    This year’s International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport finishes today, after one week of spectacular surprises.

    Perhaps the standout of many competitors is Aeromobil’s Flying Car […]

  • Colbert announces run for us presidency on russian tv. Absolutely fucking hilarious.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/06/24/stephen-colbert-announces-potential-2020-presidential-run-on-a-russian-tv-show/

    Next week’s shows will be historic.

  • bebimbob commented on the post, Science Sunday #52 6 months ago

    Thanks humphrey. Quantum entanglement is fascinating. Thumb nail version is that two particles are created that have a relationship, but neither have a defined state until at least one is detected. When one is forced into a state by being detected, the other automatically and instantaneously is forced into the other “related” state.

    The…[Read more]

  • How We All Got Here

    In roughly the time it takes for light to get from the Sun to the Earth, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains how the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to us safely ensconced […]

    • This article is above my pay grade but it seems to fit here.

      http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1052175.shtml

      A team of Chinese scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over 1,200 kilometers. The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after travelling long distances.

      The experiment shows quantum entanglement, described by Albert Einstein as a “spooky action”, still exists at such a distance.

      This satellite-based technology opens up bright prospects for both practical quantum communications and fundamental quantum optics experiments at distances previously inaccessible on the ground, said Pan Jianwei, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

      The achievement was made with the world’s first quantum satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS); also dubbed Micius, launched by China on August 16, 2016, and was published as a cover article in the latest issue of academic journal Science.

      Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in quantum physics, which is so confounding that Albert Einstein described it as a “spooky action at a distance” in 1948.

      Scientists found that when two entangled particles are separated, one particle can somehow affect the action of the far-off twin instantly.

      Scientists liken it to two pieces of paper that are distant from each other: if you write on one, the other immediately shows your writing.

      The mystery of quantum entanglement has been puzzling scientists since it was detected.

      Quantum physicists have a fundamental interest in distributing entangled particles over increasingly long distances and studying the behavior of entanglement under extreme conditions.

      • i LOVE this. such implications for our lives!

      • Thanks humphrey. Quantum entanglement is fascinating. Thumb nail version is that two particles are created that have a relationship, but neither have a defined state until at least one is detected. When one is forced into a state by being detected, the other automatically and instantaneously is forced into the other “related” state.

        The problem with entanglement is how does the first detected particle tell the other particle what its state must be, if they are separated by such a large distance that the message from the first detected particle would have to be communicated faster than the speed of light in the vacuum, something forbidden by the theory of relativity.

        It’s like the particles are separated in regular space, but right next to each other in some other as yet undetected space.

    • T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂 Thanks, bebimbob. I really like the deep sea stuff. Hopefully, idiotic human sapiens won’t be able to pollute it to death!! 🙁

    • David Suzuki explains rationally that as humans we should be working on the climate issue

      David Suzuki – For Thought: Hope for the Planet: Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas

      Talk given March 2016

      From Bruno Latour and other sources realized why this doesn’t work.

      It is so rational, how could anyone not accept this argument and charge off to address the most important issue in the history of earchbounds (Latour’s word for what used to be called humans)

      I have heard David say that his 30 years of climate activism has been a failure because he failed to stop the carnage of the earth. He was part of and/or led many successful actions, but the overall trend won the day and continues for the most part and is accelerated with republican rule.

      • correction, earthbounds, not the word earchbounds – that sounds like “lurch” but saying that is only an excuse for my typing error

        and why wouldn’t I want to rationalize my mistake rather than standing before you, naked, a failed typists and a failed speller

        God have mercy on me

    • Run, as always. Thx, beimbob.

    • Nazneen Rahman: ‘Science and music are mediums in which I create’:
      The scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research – and a singer-songwriter with two albums – reflects on her two loves and motivating forces

      As I am writing this, I wonder if I am forcing these connections, if they are a post-hoc construct that allows me to give a more pleasing answer to why I am both scientist and songwriter. But I have truly come to believe that, in me, science and music are different manifestations of the same need. A central deep desire to create new things – elegant, beautiful, new things. It doesn’t much matter if it’s a scientific discovery, a clinic protocol that makes things easier for patients or a song that tells a human story from a fresh perspective. When it works it feels amazing. Even when it doesn’t work, the journey is always paved with nuggets of enlightenment that feed into future creations.

      So what do I do?

      I think, at my core, I am a creative, though it would be perplexing to many if I started to describe myself this way. Science and music are the mediums in which I happen to create, undoubtedly an unusual combination. But maybe only because we are relentlessly conditioned, from an early age, to believe we must choose whether we are in the science or the arts camp. People from the “arts camp” routinely tell me they were hopeless at science, sometimes apologetically, sometimes as a badge of honour, a mark of their creativity. Likewise, scientists worry that any proficiency in creativity might be interpreted as a deficiency in objectivity, the bedrock of science. It seems our society has lapsed into considering activity in the sciences and the arts a zero-sum game. It is not.

      What would happen if we stopped constraining ourselves and our children in this way? If we embraced and fostered fluid boundaries between the sciences and the arts? If many more people were able to cross freely in and out of both worlds, successfully and unapologetically?

      I believe science, art, individuals and society would reap countless benefits.

  • Over at C99, there is a report that TOP is purging Bernie supporters. I don’t know if that is true, but their site traffic has declined 100% since Sept 2016 and 33% since April 2017. No wonder they keep sending me emails begging for money.

  • Empathy

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