Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Re: Deadly Drug in our Water Supply Systems

On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 5:00 AM, Dean McClain wrote:


Did you know there's an "invisible" drug that a majority of Americans consume on a daily basis—a drug so harmful it's been proven to cause serious health issues, including damage to your bones and teeth, as well as your kidneys, thyroid, pineal gland, and even your brain. This drug is so pervasive that over 40 percent of all American teens between the ages of 12 and 15 show visible signs of having been overexposed to it, and, shockingly, recent international studies indicate that even small doses of this drug can lower the IQ in children.

What is this drug?


RESPONSE: A Triumph of Science Over Propaganda

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fwd: Anti-Matter found in earth orbit

From: john.m.gardner

Antiquarks, two ups and a down.  You could also arrive at the necessary charge with three down quarks (charge -1/3), but then it wouldn't mass correctly and would not be an antimatter equivalent of the proton. 
Keep your dollar though, since I was reading about this stuff last night and it was fresh in mind. 
Collecting the stuff in orbit would be an interesting idea, though the cost to lift a penning trap into orbit would probably be prohibitive in terms of cost vs. benefit.  This does have interesting implications for space travel though, in terms of antimatter catalized fusion engines.  If antimatter is more common than previously thought, then it may be possible to scavange fuel en route per the old bussard ram-scoop idea.  Finding the stuff in orbit does tend to raise some eyebrows though. 

From: Coston, Cory

I'll give you a dollar if you can tell me what quarks compose an anti-proton without looking it up.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Geomagnetic reversal

At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker; the present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10–15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years...

The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate — 10 km per year at the beginning of the 20th century, up to 40 km per year in 2003,[11] and since then has only accelerated [12]. In the last decade magnetic north was shifting roughly one degree every five years.[13]

Friday, February 11, 2011

On my mind

A light year is a distance that is almost 6 trillion miles. The
nearest star to our sun is 4.3 light years away or roughly 25 trillion
miles. Our Milky Way Galaxy contains 200 to 400 billion stars and is
about 100,000 light years across. This alone is a staggering size
and at one time we thought that our galaxy was the entire Universe.
(Why would you need anything else?)

Then people began to discover other galaxies, the closest of which is
about 2.5 million light years away. We now know that there are at
least a hundred billion other galaxies, which makes for a Universe so
large that it defies comprehension, at least for my brain.

Nobody knows where the center of the Universe is. It appears as if we
are in the center, but this is thought to be an illusion caused by
space itself expanding. I haven't yet bought into the notion that
space is expanding, but many people smarter than me believe it.

The entire mass of our galaxy is about a trillion times the mass of
our sun. Like most galaxies, it has at least one black hole in the
center whose gravitational tug helps hold the galaxy together.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fwd: Deja Vu

From: larry.r.trout

'For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets.

"There's only a bit left to go," Alexei Turkeyev, chief of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone. His team has drilled for weeks in a race to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, before the end of the brief Antarctic summer.

It was here that the coldest temperature ever found on Earth -- minus 89.2 Celsius (minus 128.6 Fahrenheit) -- was recorded.

With the rapid onset of winter, scientists will be forced to leave on the last flight out for this season, on Feb 6.'

Isn't this how Clive Barker's "The Thing" Started…..

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Re: battery-less hybrids

I like it!

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 19, 2011, at 1:01 PM, larry.r.trout  wrote:

'When a driver is approaching a stop sign, some of the braking energy pumps fluid into the tank. When it's time to go again, the vehicle's gasoline engine shuts off completely and the pressure in the tank is released to drive. When it's needed, the gas engine takes over again.

The system increases fuel efficiency by about 30% to 35% in overall driving and up to 60% in city driving, according to the EPA.

0:00 /2:43The future inside your car

Among the benefits of the system, according to the EPA, is its low cost and simplicity. Once produced in high volumes, the system will pay for itself through fuel savings in less than three years, the EPA predicts. Battery-electric hybrid cars typically take much longer.'

Woolly Mammoth Could Walk the Earth Again in 4 Years

Breakthrough in converting heat waste to electricity: Automotive, chemical, brick and glass industries could benefit from discovery

Monday, January 3, 2011

Alpha particle

"Most smoke detectors contain a small amount of the alpha emitter americium-241. The alpha particles ionize air between a small gap. A small current is passed through that ionized air. Smoke particles from fire that enter the air gap reduce the current flow, sounding the alarm. The isotope is extremely dangerous if inhaled or ingested, but the danger is minimal if the source is kept sealed. Many municipalities have established programs to collect and dispose of old smoke detectors, to keep them out of the general waste stream."