Monday, May 4, 2020

The 10 Things That All Flat Earthers Say

I think that this is interesting because it also applies to other misinformation.

If a person either has a belief or has reason to distrust what is generally accepted as the truth and then they hear something that gives confirmation to their point of view, then they will latch onto it like it is the gospel.

Some of this ties in with conspiracy theories, which seem to me to be fueled by the belief that there are sinister forces that intend to do us harm.

Can You Call an iphone in a Vacuum Chamber? 4 Different Signal Tests!

The last part with microwaves is a bit scary. I thought the microwave ovens were supposed to be faraday cages blocking all EMR.

Where Did Life Come From?

Why Math Might Be Complete BS | Answers With Joe - YouTube

The Fringe Theory That Could Disprove Dark Matter

How real is "Contagion?"

Best wishes,

John Coffey

3 Perplexing Physics Problems

A Brief History of: The Demon Core (Short Documentary)

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology - YouTube

This is surprisingly interesting ...

The Dirty Police Secret: DNA Evidence is Sometimes Wrong

March 1st, 1896

March 1st, 1896 - French physicist Henri Becquerel discovered the principle of radioactive decay when he exposed photographic plates to uranium salts.  

Why Whales Explode

POPULATION Growth Comparison 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 (70.000 BC - 2100)


The History of Climate Cycles (and the Woolly Rhino) Explained

The 1995 Hubble photo that changed astronomy

Brown; color is weird

What If Betelgeuse Exploded Right Now?

Best wishes,

John Coffey

5 of the World's Most Dangerous Chemicals

Monster magnet meets blood.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

This is significant. We are looking at an exponential increase on a daily basis. Since it is still early, it is likely to level off somewhat. 

Down The Rabbit Hole Of The Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser | Answers With...

Basic Rocket Science: Sub-Orbital Versus Orbital - Scientific American Blog Network

You can launch a balloon mission to the stratosphere for about the cost of an iPad. | Space

I have been wondering for a long time why couldn't you have a space capsule that is lifted by multiple hydrogen-filled balloons, and when it reaches the maximum altitude, it would pump the hydrogen out of the ballons and use it for fuel to continue its journey upwards?  At the maximum balloon height, air resistance would be minimal.  The temperatures would be cold making it easier to store gasses under compression if you need to.

I assume that ordinary balloons will break or be fragile.  Perhaps tougher materials can be devised for this.

You will also need oxygen.  The only question is if you can get enough from the atmosphere when you need it, or if you have to store it.  I'm thinking that maybe you could work out a process to acquire and store it as you rise.

To get a better technology, we need a really dense energy source, such as nuclear power, nuclear fusion, or antimatter.  The last two are beyond our capability, for now.

High-level equilibrium trap - Wikipedia

Why Snatch Blocks are AWESOME (How Pulleys Work) - Smarter Every Day

Overpopulation & Africa

7 World Cities Most Likely to Experience an Earthquake | Travel Trivia

Betelgeuse Looks Fainter Than Usual. Could It Mean It's About to Go Supernova?

Physically, the star is currently bloated out to a radius of perhaps eight Astronomical Units (AU). If you plopped it down in the center of our Solar System, Betelgeuse might extend all the way out to past the orbit of Jupiter.

Predictions I made 10 years ago about 2020.

Now might be a good time to review the predictions I made 10 years ago for the year 2020. However, most of my predictions were overly optimistic. 1. Self Driving Cars. This one was not hard since progress was being made on this ten years ago. We're not yet to the point where everybody can have a self-driving car, but we are not far off. 2. Cloning Organs. Certainly, we will see this in the coming decade. Progress is being made on creating human-compatible organs in animals like pigs. Also, some progress has been made in 3D printing organs and constructing body parts surgically. 3. Intelligent Robots. This prediction was way off, but an astonishing amount of progress has been made in the last decade in Artificial Intelligence. Mostly this has been done in the area of deep mining data to allow computers to make predictions, including predictions about you personally, like what kind of advertising you would like to see. I don't think that "Sophia" counts here, as the robot mostly follows scripted responses. 4. The joke about Nuclear Fusion is that it has always been 30 years away, and will still be 30 years away 30 years from now. Although the first prototype was originally predicted to come online about now, it is still about five years away. Other efforts at Nuclear Fusion has been making progress and show promise, but are a ways off. It is likely that something will be working by 2030, but not in widespread use until 2040. However, Nuclear Fusion has the potential to change our world as much as any technology that has come before it. 5. Increasing human lifespan. There are people claiming that they can do this right now by lengthening telomeres, but it is far from proven (and maybe dangerous) and may take a long time to become an acceptable medical procedure.  

Best wishes,

John Coffey