Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica - A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie has broken off from a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.The iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf, scientists at the University of Swansea in Britain said. The iceberg is described as weighing 1 trillion tons (1.12 trillion U.S. tons). From Nony
Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica - One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey.
A Survey of Our Secret Lives - Neuroskeptic - What kinds of secrets does the average person keep? In a new paper, Columbia University researchers Michael L. Slepian and colleagues carried out a survey of secrets. From Nony
802.eleventy what? A deep dive into why Wi-Fi kind of sucks | Ars Technica - When wireless networking based around the 802.11b standard first hit consumer markets in the late nineties, it looked pretty good on paper. Promising "11 Mbps" compared to original wired Ethernet's 10 Mbps, a reasonable person might have thought 802.11b was actually faster than 10Mbps wired Ethernet connections. It was a while before I was exposed to wireless networkingâsmartphones weren't a thing yet, and laptops were still hideously expensive, underpowered, and overweight. I was already rocking Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) wired networks in all my clients' offices and my own house, so the idea of cutting my speed by 90 percent really didn't appeal. From Nony
Melting glaciers around Mount Everest may be forming killer lakes | Science | AAAS - Of the roughly 198,000 glaciers on the planet, more than a quarter are found in the Himalayas. But even this frigid expanse of ice and snowâhome to nine of the worldâs 10 highest peaksâis reeling from climate change. Many Himalayan glaciers are recedingâand a new study of 32 glaciers around Mount Everest has found that those terminating in lakes have lost more ice mass than landlocked glaciers. Thatâs a worrying trend because many glacial lakes form behind unstable debris dams that are poised to collapse and send disastrous floods hurtling down valleys. From Nony
A strange link between the human mind and Quantum Physics - "I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."
The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics. From Supreeth
Microbiome Science Could Bring a Revolution in Medical Care - The human body is made up of roughly 10 trillion cells. That's a huge number, but it's dwarfed by the 40 trillion or so bacterial cells that live on and inside the body.
In recent years, scientists have learned that our bacteria known collectively as the microbiome are intimately involved with many aspects of our health, including the robustness of our immune system and our risk of developing asthma and allergies. Now, new research suggests that the microbiome may also play a key role in neurological and psychological disorders. From Popper
Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs - Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people.
The cells made up just a tiny part of each embryo, and the embryos were grown for only a few weeks, researchers reported Thursday. From Popper
Why the fly-over states voted for Frumpy Trump - Circumcision started in America during the masturbation hysteria of the Victorian Era, when a few American doctors circumcised boys to punish them for masturbating. Victorian doctors knew very well that circumcision denudes, desensitizes, and disables the penis. Nevertheless, they were soon claiming that circumcision cured epilepsy, convulsions, paralysis, elephantiasis, tuberculosis, eczema, bed-wetting, hip-joint disease, fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse, wet dreams, hernia, headaches, nervousness, hysteria, poor eyesight, idiocy, mental retardation, and insanity. From Olga
This Melting Glacier in Antarctica Could Raise Sea Levels By 11 Feet | Motherboard - The Earths climate, it seems, isnt listening to the politicians that are insisting its not warming. The temperature continues to rise incrementally, and the globes large glaciersgiant vaults of stored watercontinue to melt, releasing into the oceans. The global sea level, due to thermal expansion and glacial melting, continues to rise, building up a head of steam like a train just beginning its descent down a steep hill. From Nony
Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed - Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are âmythologized history.â In other words, based on the evidence available they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a âhistorical Jesusâ became mythologized. From Nony
Typhoon turbine could power Japan for 50 years - CNN.com - "Typhoons are normally nothing but a disaster," says Atsushi Shimizu.But that's not the case for this Japanese engineer, who believes these violent forces of nature could solve Japan's green energy problem.Shimizu has invented the world's first typhoon turbine. A robust, egg beater-shaped wind turbine, designed not only to withstand the incredible force of a tropical cyclone, but also to harness it. From Nony
Chunk of ice the size of India disappears from polar regions - In a massive blow to those hoping to combat climate change, itâs been revealed that sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic has been lost, which equates to roughly the size of India, or two Alaskas.Polar sea ice extent on December 4 was estimated to be around 3.84 million sq km (1.48 million square miles) below the average amount between 1981 and 2010, according to NSIDC satellite measurements. From Nony
December: Super-capacitors | News | University of Bristol - Ground-breaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology which could revolutionise the capabilities of appliances that have previously relied on battery power to work. From Nony
West Antarctic ice shelf breaking up from the inside out - A key glacier in Antarctica is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the continent.The Pine Island Glacier, part of the ice shelf that bounds the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is one of two glaciers that researchers believe are most likely to undergo rapid retreat, bringing more ice from the interior of the ice sheet to the ocean, where its melting would flood coastlines around the world. From Nony
The United States in Bible Prophecy - Where is the United States in Bible prophecy? It is a question I am asked wherever I go. It is only natural that we should wonder. Since the United States is not mentioned specifically by name in Bible prophecy, people have resorted to their imaginations to find our nation in the Scriptures. From Nony
Biblical Archaeology Society - Have you had your Biblical archaeology today? Find out what archaeology can reveal to anyone eager to understand the world of the Bible. Access dozens of free eBooks and daily articles on key Biblical archaeology topics, as well as the latest news and reviews. From Nony
Is Christianity the One True Religion? - Yes, Christianity is the one true religion. That may sound awfully dogmatic and narrow-minded, but the simple truth is that Christianity is the only true religion. From Nony
Multiple Studies Refute Claims of Rising Seas Due to Global Warming - Despite the gloom-and-doom predictions often made by pundits associated with the environmental lobby, several recent studies show that there is no evidence to indicate that global warming caused by human activity has contributed to the rise of sea levels. From Nony
Bible Numerics - The spiritual significance of numbers is evident throughout the Word of God. According to evangelist Ed. F. Vallowe, âOne out of every five Scriptures in the Bible contains a number. Numbers are important to having a working knowledge of the Bibleâ (Ed F. Vallowe, Keys to Scripture Numerics). From Nony
Prenatal fun: 3D ultrasounds show that male fetuses masturbate | Dangerous Minds - The human body is wired weird. Authentic sexual behavior commences in the second decade of life, but the wiring for sexual gratification has to be thereâand indeed is there, as a paper authored by two researchers working in the Spanish city of Pontevedra, Vanesa RodrĂguez FernĂĄndez and Carlos LĂłpez RamĂłn y Cajal, claims to prove definitivelyâwith visual evidence based on a volumetric rendering mode study. From Nony
5 Delightful Science Experiments From 100 Years Ago | Mental Floss - In 1892, the dubiously named Mr. Tom Tit published a book of at-home activities for children called Magical Experiments: or, Science in Play. He made sure each scientific exploration could double as a parlor trick; something exciting and strange to impress as well as instruct. From Nony
Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry - Our sincere desire is for all Arabic speaking people on the Internet to be introduced to God's eternal plan for men's salvation through Jesus Christ the Messiah. May the Lord God bless you and guide you through our pages. From Nony
Mystery of the female orgasm may be solved - Scientists believe they can explain the evolutionary reason for womens sexual response Female orgasm has perplexed scientists, fuelled an equality movement and propelled Meg Ryan to fame. Now researchers say they might have found its evolutionary roots.
The purpose of the euphoric sensation has long puzzled scientists as it is not necessary for conception, and is often not experienced by women during sex itself. But scientists in the US have come up with an answer. Human female orgasm, they say, might be a spin-off from our evolutionary past, when the hormonal surges that accompany it were crucial for reproduction. From Popper
Scientific Proofs of Islam - One of the easiest ways to prove that validity and divine origin of the Quran (Koran) is to compare scientific hints in the Quran against the scientific knowledge agreed upon by most scientists today. You will find that whatever was mentioned in the Quran is true. The Quran has scientific information that could not possibly have been known at the time of Prophet Mohammad. Many of such scientific information have only been discovered recently by scientists using modern technologies that were not available 1400 years ago. In comparison, the Bible is full of false scientific information. From Olga
Scientists Confirm Donald Trump 'Just A Big, Dopey, Orange, Bigoted A-Hole' - NEW YORK, NEW YORK â One of the nationâs leading scientific research organizations has published a study they conducted since alleged billionaire Donald J. Trump announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, and the results âprove conclusively that Donald Trump is just a big, dopey, orange, racist a-hole,â according the press release accompanying the the study. From Nony
The Largest Ever Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender: 2,000 scripts, 25,000 actors, 4 million lines - In January 2016, researchers reported that men speak more often than women in Disneyâs princess films. We validated this claim and doubled the sample size to 30 Disney films, including Pixar. The results: 22 of 30 Disney films have a male majority of dialogue. Even films with female leads, such as Mulan, the dialogue swings male. Mushu, her protector dragon, has 50% more words of dialogue than Mulan herself. From Nony
Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change | Reuters - LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Record temperatures in the first half of 2016 have taken scientists by surprise despite widespread recognition that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, the director of the World Climate Research Program said.The earth is on track for its hottest year on record with June marking the 14th straight month of record heat, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said last week. From Nony
Lost Incan City, Last Refuge of Warrior Túpac Amaru, Found at Last? - ICTMN.com - Spanish historian Santiago del Valle Chousa has published a book claiming that the last capitol of the Inca Empire, Hatun Vilcabamba, has finally been located after the last of 16 expeditions since 1997 reported on a site first noticed in the mid-60s. In Vilcabamba: The Sacred Refuge of the Incas, del Valle tells the tale of the search and promises that archaeologists will begin excavation of 99 percent of the site. From Nony
How to develop a picture from a corpse's eye - The morning of November 16, 1880, Wilhelm Friedrich KĂŒhne (1837â1900), a professor of physiology at the University of Heidelberg, dissected the head of an executed murderer in his dark room within minutes of the manâs death. KĂŒhne worked around the contracting muscles in the left eye socket to remove the eye and develop an image from the retina of the last thing this man saw.1 From Nony
80 Percent of Americans Can%u2019t See the Milky Way Anymore - The Milky Way galaxy, that torrent of stars that slashes across a deeply darkened night sky, has been a deep well of inspiration from humanityâs earliest days. The ancient Egyptians saw it as a pool of cowâs milk, while in Hindu mythology the arcing galactic arm was likened to a dolphin swimming through the sky. Countless scientists, philosophers, and artists, including Galileo, Aristotle, and Vincent Van Gogh, have drawn upon the galaxy as their muse. (Read âHow Much Does the Milky Way Weigh?â) From X Isle
Researchers Say King Tut%u2019s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite - History in the Headlines - Tutankhamen, the famed boy king of Egyptâs 18th Dynasty, ruled from about 1333 to 1323 B.C., and was believed to have been only 19 when he died. In 1922, the English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutâs near-intact tomb, containing the young pharaohâs mummified corpse inside a solid gold coffin, along with other priceless treasures. Nearly a century later, Carterâs find remains one of the most celebrated in the history of Egyptology, and a lesser-known artifact from Tutâs tomb is making news of its own. A new study has determined that the blade of an ornate dagger found wrapped with the pharaohâs body does not match iron found on Earth, and probably came from a fallen meteorite. From X Isle
What It%u2019s Like to Be Chemically Castrated - Surgical castration has a long and ugly history â from ancient Athenian man-slaves and 18th-century Italian castrati to 19th-century America, when a man named Dr. Harry Sharp castrated nearly 200 inmates, aiming to reduce the likelihood that they would offend again. But it wasnât until the 1940s that the use of hormone therapy surfaced as a way of lowering testosterone and reducing âpathologicalâ sexual behavior in men. (The death of British code-breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing was famously attributed to suicide over the female hormone treatment mandated by a court after he had been caught having sex with men and convicted of âgross indecency,â although this has since been disputed by Turingâs biographer.) From Nony
Jesus Did Not Exist. Probably. - Approximately one year ago I caused a bit of a stir over at The Washington Post, daring to question whether the so-called Historical Jesus existed; apparently a verboten exercise for a scholar. Now, with the help and support of numerous other academics, itself quite noteworthy, I have become more assertive in declaring that Jesusâ non-existence is not merely possible. It is probable. From Nony
Debate Erupts over Strange New Human Species - Scientific American - When scientists unveiled the fossil remains of a newly discovered human species from South Africa called Homo naledilast September, the find electrified audiences around the world. It was an astonishing haul: some 1,550 specimens representing at least 15 individuals, recovered over just a few weeks of intensive excavation from the Rising Star Cave system outside Johannesburg. From X Isle
Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change - Scientific American - The north pole is on the run. Although it can drift as much as 10 meters across a century, sometimes returning to near its origin, it has recently taken a sharp turn to the east. Climate change is the likely culprit, yet scientists are debating how much melting ice or changing rain patterns affect the poleâs wanderlust. From X Isle
A basic ingredient of life, ribose, can form in comets, say researchers - CSMonitor.com - The molecular building blocks of life are organic compounds that can be assembled into proteins, RNA and DNA in living cells. To date, scientists have found most of these compounds in meteorites, comets, and interstellar dust. But the sugar ribose, which forms the backbone of RNA, has never been detected in this context. Now experimental results, published in the journal Science, suggest that even ribose can form in comets... From X Isle
Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy | Quanta Magazine - Two mathematicians have uncovered a simple, previously unnoticed property of prime numbers â those numbers that are divisible only by 1 and themselves. Prime numbers, it seems, have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them. From Nony
Gravity Waves | NASA - "The wave pattern seen in the image is not from large ocean waves, however. The pattern is of atmospheric gravity waves on the surface of the ocean. As the name implies, atmospheric gravity waves form when buoyancy pushes air up, and gravity pulls it back down. On its descent into the low-point of the wave (the trough), the air touches the surface of the ocean, roughening the water. The long, vertical dark lines show where the troughs of gravity waves have roughened the surface. The brighter regions show the crests of the atmospheric waves. Beneath the crests, the water is calm and reflects light directly back towards the sensor." From X Isle
Beam Me Up, Scotty? Turns Out Your Brain Is Ready For Teleportation - People who experienced virtual teleportation in a video game were able to mentally navigate to known destinations without relying on visual information or perceived motion, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Neuron. And during "teleportation," their brains produced a distinctive electrical signal that's associated with navigation. From Supreeth
Whoops! 12 Tales Of Accidental Brilliance In Science : NPR - The Golden Mole Award, from NPR's Skunk Bear, celebrates these moments of serendipity in science. We asked for examples of happy accidents in the lab and in the field from the last few years ... and 300 submissions came pouring in. From X Isle
Scalia%u2019s Supreme Court Replacement Should Respect Science - Justice Antonin Scalia was a brilliant man in many ways. He was not, however, a science expert, or a science enthusiast, or even a science believer.In one puzzling opinion, he admitted that he wasnât sure whether he accepted the reality of molecular biology. In another, he wrote that âcreation scienceâ (that is, creationism) was a legitimate âbody of scientific knowledgeâ and that public schools can teach âwhatever scientific evidence there may be against evolution.â And in a dissent contesting the federal governmentâs duty to combat climate change, he shrugged that the courtâs âalarm over global warming may or may not be justified.â From X Isle
World famous ancient Siberian Venus figurines 'are NOT Venuses after all' - New groundbreaking research shows that a celebrated collection of prehistoric Venus figurines are - in fact - a fashion show of ordinary people of all ages from some 20,000 years ago.Close microscopic inspection reveals them as being far from idealised female forms. Rather, many are male, and others are children, the new research shows. From Nony
The Future of Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Scientific American - A century ago, when Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational wavesâsubtle ripples in spacetime produced by massive objects hurtling through the cosmosâhe also guessed they could not ever be seen. Though the echoes of distant celestial symphonies must ripple through the very fabric of reality, Einstein thought their ethereal harmonies were destined to remain eternally unheard.On Thursday, scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) proved Einstein both right and wrong, announcing their detection of the first note in a cosmic symphony he predicted no one would ever hear. It was a burbling chirp of gravitational waves produced by the cataclysmic birth of a black hole from the merger of two smaller ones. Emitted in a distant galaxy when multicellular life was just beginning to populate the Earth, the waves traveled at the speed of light for more than a billion years to at last wash over our planet last September, taking just seven milliseconds to traverse the distance between LIGOâs twin listening stations in Louisiana and Washington State. From X Isle
The Hummingbird Effect %u2014 How We Got to Now %u2014 Medium - THE HISTORY OF IDEAS and innovation unfolds in a similar way. Consider Johannes Gutenbergâs printing press. Everyone knows it changed the way information was stored and shared, triggering multiple revolutions in science and theology and art. But it also had a less celebrated, but crucial, effect on a seemingly unrelated field: the printing press created a surge in demand for spectacles, as the new practice of reading made Europeans across the continent suddenly realize that they were farsighted. (Before books came along, most people had no need to discern tiny figures on a page.) The market demand for spectacles encouraged a growing number of people to produce and experiment with lenses, which led to the invention of the microscope, which shortly thereafter enabled us to perceive that our bodies were made up of microscopic cells. You wouldnât think that printing technology would have anything to do with the expansion of our vision down to the cellular scale, just as you wouldnât have thought that the evolution of pollen would alter the design of a hummingbirdâs wing. From X Isle
Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them - The New Yorker - Then, on September 14, 2015, at just before eleven in the morning, Central European Time, the waves reached Earth. Marco Drago, a thirty-two-year-old Italian postdoctoral student and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, was the first person to notice them. He was sitting in front of his computer at the Albert Einstein Institute, in Hannover, Germany, viewing the LIGO data remotely. The waves appeared on his screen as a compressed squiggle, but the most exquisite ears in the universe, attuned to vibrations of less than a trillionth of an inch, would have heard what astronomers call a chirpâa faint whooping from low to high. This morning, in a press conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO team announced that the signal constitutes the first direct observation of gravitational waves. From X Isle
We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why - The Atlantic - It's really strange that only humans have chins, says James Pampush from Duke University. When we're looking at things that are uniquely human, we can't look to big brains or bipedalism because our extinct relatives had those. But they didn't have chins. That makes this immediately relevant to everyone. Indeed, except in rare cases involving birth defects, everyone has chins. Sure, some people have less pronounced ones than others, perhaps because their lower jaws are small or they have more flesh around the area. But if you peeled back that flesh and exposed their jawbonesand maybe don't do thatyou'd still see a chin. From Nony
2015 was the hottest year on record - If you needed further signs that humans are likely warming the planet, you just got it. NASA and NOAA have independently determined that Earth surface temperatures in 2015 were the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, beating the 2014 average (the previous record) by a sizeable 0.13 degrees Celsius. Most of the on-record warming happened within the past 35 years, too. And you can't pin this on weather patterns like El NiĂ±o. While those conditions certainly contributed to 2015's higher temperatures, it was the "cumulative effect" of decades of warming that led to the new high. From Nony
Why too much evidence can be a bad thing - Under ancient Jewish law, if a suspect on trial was unanimously found guilty by all judges, then the suspect was acquitted. This reasoning sounds counterintuitive, but the legislators of the time had noticed that unanimous agreement often indicates the presence of systemic error in the judicial process, even if the exact nature of the error is yet to be discovered. They intuitively reasoned that when something seems too good to be true, most likely a mistake was made. From Nony
Magnetically driven resonance helps heat sun's atmosphere - Solar physicists have captured the first direct observational signatures of resonant absorption, thought to play an important role in solving the "coronal heating problem" which has defied explanation for over 70 years
First resonant absorption transfers energy to the torsional motions, producing a resonant flow along the surface of the prominence thread. Then turbulence in this strengthened resonant flow converts the energy into heat.
Impacts of Solar Flares : explosive heat of a solar flare can't make it to Earth - NASA: The explosive heat of a solar flare can't make it all the way to our globe, but electromagnetic radiation and energetic particles certainly can. Solar flares can temporarily alter the upper atmosphere creating disruptions with signal transmission from, say, a GPS satellite to Earth causing it to be off by many yards. Another phenomenon produced by the sun could be even more disruptive. Known as a coronal mass ejection or CME these solar explosions propel bursts of particles and electromagnetic fluctuations into Earth's atmosphere. Those fluctuations could induce electric fluctuations at ground level that could blow out transformers in power grids. A CME's particles can also collide with crucial electronics onboard a satellite and disrupt its systems...
And, even at their worst, the sun's flares are not physically capable of destroying Earth. From Supreeth
5 Scientific Studies That Prove Republicans Are Stupid - There are all types of statistics that could lead one to believe that liberals are smarter than conservatives. These include the fact that âBlue Statesâ have higher graduation rates than âRed Statesâ and the fact that most people who seek higher education have liberal ideologies. From Nony
The hunt for Albert Einstein's missing waves - In the Italian countryside, not far from Pisa, a vast experiment is about to be switched on.
If it's a success, one of Albert Einstein's greatest predictions will have been directly observed for the first time.
If it fails, laws of physics might have to be reconsidered.
The experiment is called Advanced Virgo, and it will be hunting for the most elusive of astrophysical phenomena.
WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period | Media Centre - Geneva 25 November 2015 (WMO) The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1Â° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El NiĂ±o and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events - especially heatwaves - influenced by climate change, according to a WMO five-year analysis. From Nony
Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Irrational Based On Nonsense - MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial. When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? Its just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period.
Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore: We are dealing with pure political propaganda that has nothing to do with science.
Pigeons spot cancer as well as human experts | Science/AAAS | News - It may sound like a bird-brained idea, but scientists have trained pigeons to spot cancer in images of biopsied tissue. Individually, the avian analysts can't quite match the accuracy of professional pathologists. But as a flock, they did as well as trained humans, according to a new study appearing this week in PLOS ONE. From Nony
October continued global heat parade as 2015 soars toward record - Last month was the warmest October on record worldwide, federal scientists announced Wednesday, further cementing the likelihood that 2015 will be Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880.October also marked the sixth consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, according to the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Earth's temperature in October was 1.76 degrees above the average of 57.1 degrees. From Nony
Cold sun rising - The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it - the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy.
news for Al Gore. The sun heats the earth. From Roddy
There Probably Won't Be A Mini Ice Age In 15 Years | IFLScience - She commented on how the changes in the Sun are likely to affect the Earth's environment. During the minimum, the intensity of solar radiation will be reduced dramatically. So we will have less heat coming into the atmosphere, which will reduce the temperature.
However, Zharkova ends with a word of warning: not about the cold but about humanity's attitude toward the environment during the minimum. We must not ignore the effects of global warming and assume that it isn't happening. The Sun buys us time to stop these carbon emissions, Zharkova says. The next minimum might give the Earth a chance to reduce adverse effects from global warming. From Nony
NASA Study Showing Massive Ice Growth Debunks UN Claims - In a barely noticed statement released last week, NASA dropped the equivalent of a nuclear bomb on the United Nations' climate-alarmism machine, noting that ice across Antarctica has been growing at break-neck speed for decades. The surging ice growth, of course, directly contradicts the predictions of global-warming alarmists, including a 2013 report by the increasingly discredited UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claiming, falsely as it turns out, that Antarctica was losing ice at an accelerating rate and causing rising sea levels, all supposedly owing to humanity's emissions of the "gas of life" CO2. From Roddy
Middle Aged White People Are Dying At An Alarming Rate - Mortality Rates On The Rise - According to a review âof statistics published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the death rate for white men and women ages 45 to 54 has climbed steadily between 1999 and 2014. This is significant. For a majority of other sections of the population, incidents of death are going down. Or, as The Washington Post put it: "An increase in the mortality rate for any large demographic group in an advanced nation has been virtually unheard of in recent decades." The one exception, the Post noted, is Russian men after the fall of the Soviet Union. From Nony
What a Deep Neural Network thinks about your #selfie - Okay, so we collected 2 million selfies, decided which ones are probably good or bad based on the number of likes they received (controlling for the number of followers), fed all of it to Caffe and trained a ConvNet. The ConvNet "looked" at every one of the 2 million selfies several tens of times, and tuned its filters in a way that best allows it to separate good selfies from bad ones. We can't very easily inspect exactly what it found (it's all jumbled up in 140 million numbers that together define the filters). However, we can set it loose on selfies that it has never seen before and try to understand what it's doing by looking at which images it likes and which ones it does not. From Nony
This foam 'pump' works like a human heart - Scientists have created a new lightweight and stretchable polymer foam and used it to make a pump that mimics both the shape and function of a human heart.The foam is unique because it can be formed and has connected pores that allow fluids to be pumped through it. Scientists say it has the potential for use in other artificial organs as well as prosthetic body parts and soft robotics. From Nony
Greenpeace Founder: Lets Celebrate CO2 - There is no definitive scientific proof, through real-world observation, that carbon dioxide is responsible for any of the slight warming of the global climate that has occurred during the past 300 years, since the peak of the Little Ice Age. If there were such a proof through testing and replication it would have been written down for all to see. From Roddy
Global Warming 'Tipping Points' Identified - An international team of scientists has identified potential 'tipping points' where abrupt regional climate shifts due to global warming could result in natural disasters. From Nony
Mind hack: Scientists use magnets to change attitudes on immigration, religion %u2014 RT UK - Researchers from the University of York have used magnetic energy to suppress humansâ âthreat-responseâ functions and dramatically change peopleâs attitudes to immigration.Psychologists used magnetic force to safely shut down the region of the brain associated with âthreat-response functionsâ and conducted a series of tests where volunteers were asked questions about their beliefs. From Nony
Global warming is shrinking California's critical snowpack - As the world warms, it leads to very obvious results such as a reduction in snowpack in various parts of the world. While this seems intuitive, there are some caveats. A warmer world is also a wetter world because there is more moisture in the air. Therefore, there is a potential for more snow. From Nony
Glaciers receding due to global warming: Dobhal - DP Dobhal, a senior scientist of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), has expressed concern at speedy receding of glaciers in the Himalayan region.Dobhal was addressing a workshop on âHimalayan ecosystem, challenges and opportunitiesâ organised by the Centre for Science and Environment in Dehradun today. He said global warming was leading to recession of glaciers in the Himalayan region. He referred to Gangotri and other glaciers in the region and added that in the past one century, several of Himalayan glaciers had receded substantially, amply reflecting the level of global warming. From Nony
Is global warming a fallacy? 'Ice caps are actually INCREASING', claims geologist | - Mr Kamis is a former employee of BTA Oil Producers, based in Midland, Texas, a private firm which has been active in oil and natural gas exploration, development and production for 50 years. He has also been a long-standing member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, so his impartiality on the subject of whether man's use of fossil fuels has led to global warming is open to question. But he claims the facts speak for themselves. He added: "The entire Atlantic Ocean is cooling, and not just in the northern portion of the Atlantic that is adjacent to Greenland." From Nony
What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic - Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the worldâs largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities. From Nony
Hurricane Joaquin: Another Word for Climate Change - The Daily Beast - In case you hadnât guessed, a new study shows âsuperstormsâ will be much more frequent in the years ahead.As Hurricane Joaquin devastates the Bahamas and feints toward the east coast of the United States, and as American communities hunker down for superstorm potential, the connection to climate change is already clear. Whatâs more, a new study shows thereâs a lot more of this sort of thing to come. From Nony
MASSIVE GLOBAL COOLING process discovered as Paris climate deal looms - The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected. Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models and which climate science is still struggling to assmilate. From Roddy
70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region - The findings from geographical scientist Dr Alexey Galanin show how ancient glaciers - thousands of years old - are fast disappearing in the Sakha Republic, better known as Yakutia, the largest and coldest region both in Siberia and the Russian Federation. From Nony
Stonehenge researchers 'may have found largest neolithic site' - BBC News - Nearly 100 stone monoliths found buried near Stonehenge could be the largest neolithic monument built in Britain, archaeologists believe.The 4,500-year-old stones, some measuring 15ft, were discovered under 3ft of earth using ground-penetrating radar at Durrington Walls "superhenge".The monument was on "an extraordinary scale" and unique, researchers said. From Nony
Carbon dating suggests world oldest Koran is even older than the Prophet Muhammad - cholars believe a copy of the Koran held in England may be even older than the Prophet Muhammad.Carbon dating of a fragment from a Koran stored at a Birmingham library suggests that the book was produced between 568 and 545 A.D., said scientists at the University of Oxford, but Islamic scholars generally believe Muhammad lived between 570 and 632 A.D. From Nony
Argentine sea experts warn about climate change consequences - BuenosAiresHerald.com - An Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ex-chairman says nearly half of Buenos Aires province could eventually be flooded if seas continue to growThe increasing global warming is melting the planetâs ice and the subsequent rise of sea levels may flood nearly half of the province of Buenos Aires, and even cause some insular states to disappear, a leading international expert from Argentina warns. From Nony
July 2015 was very likely Earth's hottest month on record - The warmest year on record so far may have claimed another milestone, and this time it's a big one.According to preliminary data from NASA along with information from the Japan Meteorological Administration, July 2015 was the warmest month on record since instrument temperature records began in the late 1800s. From Nony
Hearing Color - A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shokoâs blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow! From Nony
Motivations of Professional Strippers - This research studied 470 different strippers across the globe through a content analysis of messages exchanged in a stripper-oriented discussion group. Stripping literature has primarily focused on the external rewards of stripping and has found that the primary motivation for engaging in stripping is the economic gain.This research revealed that there are other motivations to stripping beside just economic. Non-monetary motivations were significantly important to the strippers; and were discussed more than monetary motivations. From Nony
Astronomers raise alarm over finding the universe isslowly dying,losing energy - The discovery that the 200,000 galaxies had lost half their energy in just two billion years alarmed astronomers, as this could mean the slow death of the universe. An international team of astronomers studying the galaxies has measured that all energy in the universe will eventually dissolve into nothingness. However, the timespan is over a billion years, not just a few years. From Nony
Zooming in on the planetary nebula ESO 378-1 - YouTube - This video sequence starts from a wide field of the Milky Way and closes in on a rather empty patch of sky in the huge constellation of Hydra. A strange blue disc becomes visible the planetary nebula ESO 378-1. The final very detailed view comes from ESOs Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought - New Scientist - Highly speculative. Full of conjecture. Based on flimsy evidence. Not supported by mainstream science. Not peer reviewed. Not suitable for basing policy on.It sounds like climate scientists are talking about the claims of climate deniers. But this time they are talking about a 23 July discussion paper by James Hansen, the most famous and respected climate scientist on the planet.In it, Hansen starts by arguing that the ice melting on and around Greenland and Antarctica will cause rises in sea level that are much faster than mainstream predictions, meaning that we are likely to see several metres of sea level rise this century. It is an argument he has been making for a long time: for instance in his 2007 feature for New Scientist. From Nony
Is Antarctica Ice Melting or Growing? Watch This NASA Video and See for Yourself - You might have seen the news from NASA last week: Antarcticas Larsen B Ice Shelf could disappear before the end of the decade.
But even while the Antarctic land ice disintegrates down south, and Arctic ice contracts further up North, climate change deniers are touting the record extent of Antarctic ice and using that to claim that climate change isnt even happening. From Nony
Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag - Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record. June snow cover for the Northern Hemisphere was the second lowest on record. In contrast, Antarctic sea ice extent remained higher than average. The pace of sea ice loss was near average for the month of June, but persistently warm conditions and increased melting late in the month may have set the stage for rapid ice loss in the coming weeks. From Nony
There's more to that 'mini ice age' story, and here's why - Earlier this week, we wrote about a presentation given by mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova from Northumbria University in the UK at the annual National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, in which she compared three solar cycles 15 years in the future to the Maunder Minimum - a 'mini ice age' that plunged the northern hemisphere into a series of bitterly cold winters between 1645 and 1715. While Zharkova and her team maintain that things will be extra chilly during this period of decreased solar activity, others are not so convinced, because believe it or not, humans actually have a bigger impact on Earthâs climate than the Sun does. From Nony
Mini ICE AGE on the way? - The sunspots have been quiet for years now, which explains the 19 years of cooling temperatures. This happens on a cyclical basis. This led to a phenomenon known as the 'Maunder minimum' - which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London's River Thames to freeze over.
News flash!!! The sun heats the Earth!!! From Roddy
Lack of education as deadly as smoking: - Studies show that a higher level of education is a strong predictor of longevity due to many factors, including higher income and social status, healthier behaviors, and improved social and psychological well being.
I wonder if they have any statistics on Second Hand Stupidity? From Roddy
Scientists Considered Pouring Soot Over the Arctic in the 1970s - To Help Melt the Ice In Order to Prevent Another Ice Age
When you have lived through one period of harebrained alarmist claims, you recognize what they sound like. From Roddy
US Burn Acreage Plummeting, Lowest In A Decade - Climate fraudsters say that forest fires are getting worse due to global warming. Only problems are, the climate isnt warming, and US burn acreage is plummeting.
Also, tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather has dropped off dramatically. A major hurricane has not made landfall in Florida in TEN YEARS. From Roddy
No Schoolchild Has Seen Any Global Warming - Every public schoolchild has been exposed to massive amounts of global warming propaganda. But none have experienced any global warming. Both sets of satellite data show no warming for nearly 19 years. From Roddy
Accelerated modern human%u2013induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction - The oft-repeated claim that Earths biota is entering a sixth mass extinction depends on clearly demonstrating that current extinction rates are far above the background rates prevailing in the five previous mass extinctions. Earlier estimates of extinction rates have been criticized for using assumptions that might overestimate the severity of the extinction crisis. We assess, using extremely conservative assumptions, whether human activities are causing a mass extinction. From Nony
The World in 2100, According to NASA's New Big Dataset - The image you're looking at is a glimpse into our future. Welcome to July 2099, according to 21 different climate models. CO2 concentrations have topped 900 parts per million, comprising nearly 0.1 percent of our atmosphere. From Nony
Meteorologists Dismantle Bill Nyes Alarmist Global Warming Claims - Nye has been been relentless in trying to connect such extreme weather events to man-made global warming in recent months, to the point where actual meteorologists who study weather patterns are fed up with him.
For nearly a decade, no Category 3 or higher hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., and theres been no upward trend in other natural disasters like tornadoes, droughts or wildfires. Even a meteorology student at Pennsylvania State University and independent weather forecasters out of New Jersey criticized Nye for harming the scientific debate on global warming. From Roddy
Pulse laser projects 3D image into mid-air - the Japanese company Aerial Burton has improved the holographic technology. They created a holographic display that operates without any screen, surface or substance. It projects a 3D image into mid-air From cw
Exploring the dimensions of nomophobia - Nomophobia is defined as the fear of being out of mobile phone contact and is considered a modern age phobia introduced to our lives as a byproduct of the interaction between people and mobile information and communication technologies, especially smartphones. This research study sought to contribute to the nomophobia research literature by identifying and describing the dimensions of nomophobia and developing a questionnaire to measure nomophobia. Consequently, this study adopted a two-phase, exploratory sequential mixed methods design. The first phase was a qualitative exploration of nomophobia through semi-structured interviews conducted with nine undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university in the U.S. The qualitative findings from this initial exploration were then developed into a questionnaire measuring nomophobia. In the second phase of the study, the nomophobia questionnaire (NMP-Q) was tested with a large sample of 301 undergraduate students. From Nony
Study: Antarctic glaciers melting faster than thought - ABC News - Glaciers in Antarctica are melting faster and across a much wider area than previously thought, a development that threatens to raise sea levels worldwide and force millions of people to flee low-lying areas, scientists said Wednesday.Researchers once believed that the melting was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow tongue of land pointing toward South America. But satellite data and automated weather stations now indicate it is more widespread. From Nony
New NASA Report Reveals Ice Caps Are Not Melting - The report shows that when the data is averaged, the extent of the ice caps remained static until 2005, which is when they started to recede. By 2012, they had lost 10% of their original mass. But since that time, the ice caps have increased 5% over the 1979 average. In any event, it turns out that the 1979 benchmark used to gauge ice melt, was abnormally high.
This information appears to be in direct contrast to NASAs previous reports. From Roddy
This Watery Graveyard Is The Resting Place For 161 Sunken Spaceships | Gizmodo Australia - In a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, the broken remains of space stations and robotic freighters litter the ocean floor, 4km below the waves. The worldâs space agencies call this region the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area. But itâs also called the Spacecraft Cemetery.There are no islands in these waters, the nearest shores are thousands of kilometres away, and shipping traffic is relatively light here. Itâs an ideal place for spacecraft to plunge back to Earth and die, far from any humans that might be injured by falling debris. From Nony
Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: Evidence - The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era â and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earthâs orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives. From Nony
Facebook use linked to depressive symptoms -- ScienceDaily - The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends. From Nony
Science Confirms the Bible - RationalWiki - Science Confirms the Bible is a short poster full of imagined "proofs" that the Bible is scientifically accurate. In an effort to show this it quote mines the Bible and then compares what it says to science "now" and "then". The intended effect is to demonstrate that the Bible was right long before science was while, in fact, the Bible is rife with scientific error. From Nony
A glacier area the size of the entire South is melting away and it could swallow your house - A new study by scientists from the United States, Britain, France and Australia has found the worlds largest thinning ice sheet, the Totten Glacier in East Antarctica, is now melting from below. To put it in perspective, the Totten Glaciers catchment area (the ice it holds in) is larger than the entire southeastern United States (at 538,000 square kilometers). If it were to melt, scientists say, the global sea level could rise eleven feet or more than three meters worldwide. From Nony
Understanding World Religions Homepage - The purpose of this website is to help people understand the beliefs and practices of different world religions. It provides free learning resources for anyone interested in studying religion. From Nony
Bright Minds: Stained Glass Tributes to Tesla, Turing, and More %u2014 The Shutterstock Blog - We take data very seriously â you could even say religiously. So, with Pi Day â our favorite unofficial math and science holiday â approaching, we decided to celebrate some of the pioneering scientists of the world. And what better way to do that than with stained-glass lithographs? We challenged artist Aaron Coleman to give these scientific heroes the window treatment using assets from the Shutterstock library. Feast your eyes on the resulting transcendent tableaux below, complete with brief descriptions of the works by the artist. From Nony
Surgeons announce world's first successful penis transplant - In a nine-hour surgery, a South African medical team successfully transplanted the penis of a dead donor to a young man without one. Three months later, they say, the recipient, who lost his penis because of complications from a ritual circumcision, has a totally functional sexual organ. That makes him the first successful recipient of a donated penis.
One Person, Two Sets of DNA: The Strange Case of the Human Chimera - In 1953 a woman known only as "Mrs. McK" entered a blood clinic in northern England. She was there to donate: it was a routine trip, a common gesture of goodwill, but the act would permanently alter Mrs. McK's perception of herself as well as genetic knowledge of what constitutes an individual body. After Mrs. McK donated her blood and perhaps ate a cookie and drank some juice, she sorted herself out, returned home; in all likelihood she believed that her day had been unremarkable. And for her, it had been. But the piece of herself that she had left at the clinicâthat bag of blood meant for a strangerâwould have a dizzying journey. From Nony
This Is Your Brain on Magic - The Atlantic - Im going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle, Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. Not the bottom onethats kind of simple for mebut one in the middle. Okay? From Nony
Are polar bear populations increasing: in fact, booming? - One of the most frequent myths we hear about polar bears is that their numbers are increasing and have, in fact, more than doubled over the past thirty years. Tales about how many polar bears there used to be (with claims as low as 5,000 in the 1960s) are undocumented, but cited over and over again. Yet no one I know can come up with a legitimate source for these numbers.* From Nony
More Bad News for Alarmists: Polar Bears Doing Just Fine - Bad news, that is, for all those environmentalists from David Attenborough downwards who have spent the last few years assiduously bigging up the polar bear as a threatened species.
The species has experienced a five-fold increase in its population in the last fifty years (in the 60s there were about 5,000 of them; now there are around 25,000) From Roddy