Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Impossible EM Drive.

Although this definitely would be interesting, I find it highly questionable.  The wording of the article makes me think that they are trying way too hard to make their claims, as if the article was written by the proponents of this.  Although not technically perpetual motion, it has that kind of ring to it.

Over the last 4 decades there have been a number of people claiming to extract energy out of basically nothing.  Most of these have not panned out or have been shown to be an artifact of something else.  Although not the same thing, this EM Drive has the same kind of ring to it.



​In order for this to be true, our understanding of the laws of physics would have to change.  (That could be a good thing.)​  If their claims of manipulating Quantum Vacuum were true, then one would have to wonder if there is some unseen environmental impact?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fwd: Interesting documentary film I'm watching right now.


I am not sure you stand on this issue, but the skeptics have valid points.  What bothers me about the left is that they take the same position they take on every issue, which is that if you don't agree with them you are either stupid or evil.  Rarely do they argue the points being made.  Instead they engage in character assassination.   

The alternative is to attack those opponents on the extreme fringe.  This is sort of a straw man argument because it doesn't acknowledge that some people have legitimate arguments. For example, they say that all skeptics deny that global warming is taking place.  Maybe a few do, but the real issue is not whether it is taking place, which few dispute, but how much will we get and will it lead to disaster?

When you have politically funded and motivated science, then it is not real science at all  Some of it could be, but I question the motivations of at least some of those involved.  This is science to push an agenda.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Graphene disipating heat

'Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for cooling electronics using graphene-based film.


The researchers have shown that the in-plane thermal conductivity of the graphene-based film, with 20 micrometre thickness, can reach a thermal conductivity value of 1600W/mK, which is four times that of copper.

"Increased thermal capacity could lead to several new applications for graphene," said Liu. "One example is the integration of graphene-based film into microelectronic devices and systems, such as highly efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), lasers and radio frequency components for cooling purposes. Graphene-based film could also pave the way for faster, smaller, more energy efficient, sustainable high power electronics."'



Saturday, July 4, 2015

How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath

​I found this interesting.  I have been curious for a while about the difference between the two disorders, but most websites don't distinguish between the two.  

How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath