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Climate change scientists warn of 4C global temperature rise
Post Date: 2010-11-29 13:53:40 by go65
A hellish vision of a world warmed by 4C within a lifetime has been set out by an international team of scientists, who say the agonisingly slow progress of the global climate change talks that restart in Mexico today makes the so-called safe limit of 2C impossible to keep. A 4C rise in the planet's temperature would see severe droughts across the world and millions of migrants seeking refuge as their food supplies collapse. "There is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary," said Kevin Anderson, from the University of Manchester, who with colleague Alice Bows contributed ...
LHC May Locate The Higher Dimensions Next Year
Post Date: 2010-11-18 15:23:21 by WhiteSands
The Large Hadron Collider took several years to construct, and it was expected that it would take several more to begin yielding game-changing scientific data. But, to the delight of CERN researchers, that hasnt been the case. The LHC is already yielding reams of valuable scientific data, and a bulletin released by lead researchers Monday indicates that the ATLAS experiment is working so well that researchers should be able to confirm or rule out the existence of the Higgs Boson by next year, and could even find evidence of extra dimensions before the end of 2011. The pace of experimentation and accuracy of data coming from ATLAS one of the LHCs primary experiments ...
'Overwhelming' Breakthrough: CERN Traps The Antimatter Atom
Post Date: 2010-11-18 11:43:34 by Brian S
PARIS -- Scientists at CERN said they had trapped dozens of hydrogen "antimatter" atoms, a technical feat that boosts research into one of the great puzzles of particle physics. Under a theory expounded in 1931 by the eccentric British physicist Paul Dirac, when energy transforms into matter, it produces a particle and its mirror image -- called an anti-particle -- which holds the opposite electrical charge. When particles and anti-particles collide, they annihilate each other in a small flash of energy. If everything were equal at the birth of the cosmos, matter and anti-matter would have existed in the same quantities. The observable Universe would have had no chance of ...
Is the universe a big hologram? This device could find out.
Post Date: 2010-11-15 17:39:41 by WhiteSands
During the hunt for the predicted ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves physicists stumbled across a rather puzzling phenomenon. Last year, I reported about the findings of scientists using the GEO600 experiment in Germany. Although the hi-tech piece of kit hadnt turned up evidence for the gravitational waves it was seeking, it did turn up a lot of noise. Before we can understand what this noise is, we need to understand how equipment designed to look for the space-time ripples caused by collisions between black holes and supernova explosions. Gravitational wave detectors are incredibly sensitive to the tiniest change in distance. For example, ...
Proof of Extra Dimensions Possible Next Year: CERN
Post Date: 2010-11-15 17:34:24 by Brian S
GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height and time -- would become easier as the energy of the proton collisions in ...
Swiss Archaeologists Find 5,000-Year-Old Door
Post Date: 2010-10-20 18:15:20 by Brian S
GENEVA (AP) -- Archaeologists in the Swiss city of Zurich have unearthed a 5,000-year-old door that may be one of the oldest ever found in Europe. The ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding the boards together, chief archaeologist Niels Bleicher said Wednesday. Using tree rings to determine its age, Bleicher believes the door could have been made in the year 3,063 B.C. - around the time that construction on Britain's world famous Stonehenge monument began. "The door is very remarkable because of the way the planks were held together," Bleicher told The Associated Press. Harsh ...
Plants Kick-Started Evolutionary Drama of Earth's Oxygenation
Post Date: 2010-10-12 15:35:04 by Ferret Mike
A panser shark (predatory fish greater than 30 feet long) is a consequence of the Earth's oxygenation event of 400 million years ago. (Credit: Staffan Waerndt / Swedish Museum of Natural History) ScienceDaily (Oct. 9, 2010) An international team of scientists, exploiting pioneering techniques at Arizona State University, has taken a significant step toward unlocking the secrets of oxygenation of the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. Evolution of the Earth's multitude of organisms is intimately linked to the rise of oxygen in the oceans and atmosphere. The new research indicates that the appearance of large predatory fish as well as vascular plants approximately 400 million ...
Scientists Turn Snails Into Slug-Like Creatures
Post Date: 2010-10-12 14:27:06 by Ferret Mike
Marisa transformed. (Credit: Heinz Köhler and Irene Gust, Universität Tübingen) ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) Biologists have re-shaped the body design of snails. Exposure to platinum results in the formation of an internal shell instead of the normal external shell. During embryogenesis of the freshwater snail, Marisa cornuarietis, a time slot of just one or two days determines whether the animals form an outer shell or not. Reprogramming of the direction of growth of the molluscs´ shell-generating tissue during this sensitive phase prevents the development of the usual convoluted shell. In lieu thereof a small hollow cone grows inside the body -- similar to ...
Top scientist resigns from post – admits Global Warming is a scam [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-10-11 14:56:03 by Badeye
Top scientist resigns from post admits Global Warming is a scam Share As reported by the Gateway Pundit: Top US scientist Hal Lewis resigned this week from his post at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He admitted global warming climate change was nothing but a scam in his resignation letter. From the Telegraph (because for some reason the Liberal Media here in the U.S dont like this stuff getting out). The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emeritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis From: Hal Lewis, University of ...
Russian-American Crew Launched To ISS Aboard New, Modified Soyuz TMA-01M Spacecraft
Post Date: 2010-10-08 00:31:15 by Brian S
KAZAKHSTAN (BNO NEWS) The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft carrying two Russian astronauts and one American launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on early Friday morning. At approximately 5.10 a.m. local time, the Russian spacecraft departed towards the ISS, carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka. The mission is controlled by the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) which assured that the crew is ready to fly the new, modified Soyuz rocket. "For the Soyuz commander, Alexander Kaleri, its his 4th trip to space," Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov said. ...
Oil-drilling worms (eat oil) and brittlestar cities: taking stock of life in the oceans
Post Date: 2010-10-04 14:16:54 by hondo68
What lives in the sea? That question has been the singular focus of the Census of Marine Life, an ambitious 10-year survey, launched in 2000, that is reporting its findings at a Royal Society symposium in London today. Of course, the project hasnt catalogued all the life in the worlds oceans, but census has vastly increased our knowledge of the ocean biodiversity and filled in many gaps, its scientists say. Highlights profiled in last week's Nature news feature on the project include a tubeworm that drills for oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, a 'brittlestar city' with tens of millions of the creatures living in close quarters atop a seamount south of New ...
NASA Gets New Orders That Bypass the Moon (Orion - Deep Space)
Post Date: 2010-09-30 22:30:43 by hondo68
NASA, best known as the agency that put the first man on the moon, is about to end its moon program for the foreseeable future. Under legislation passed by the House late Wednesday, the nations spaceflight program will take a new direction. NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will turn to private companies to launch astronauts into space, while it starts work on a larger rocket for travel to more distant destinations an asteroid, perhaps, and eventually Mars. The bill helps put the U.S. space program on a more sustainable trajectory, Lori B. Garver, NASAs deputy administrator, said Thursday during a telephone news ...
New Earth-like planet discovered; Gliese 581g in 'Goldilocks zone' [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-09-29 18:30:09 by hondo68
Gliese 581g in 'Goldilocks zone' of space where liquid water could exist is strong contender for a habitable world An artist's impression of Gliese 581g, which astronomers say is near Earth - relatively speaking - at 120 trillion miles. Photograph: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation/AP Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet of similar size to Earth in orbit around a nearby star.A team of planet hunters spotted the alien world circling a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, 20 light years away.The planet is in the "Goldilocks zone" of space around a star where surface temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to ...
The Remarkable Summer of 2010
Post Date: 2010-09-28 21:40:04 by go65
The summer of 2010 will be remembered by millions of people of people around the world as the hottest in memory. In fact, it is probable that no warmer summer in the Northern Hemisphere has ever been experienced by so many people in world history; NOAA's National Climatic Data Center rated the summer of 2010 as the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere since record keeping began in 1880. From the densely populated I-95 corridor of the USA's mid-Atlantic region (New York City to Virginia), the entire region of western Russia (St. Petersburg to the Caspian region) and for almost all of Japan, there has never in modern records been such a warm meteorological (meaning June-August) ...
EARTHQUAKE WARNING; 6.0 to 7.0 earthquake likely in Southern California Sept 30; Frisco, Oct 4
Post Date: 2010-09-28 12:20:56 by hondo68
September 28-03; Earthquake risk in CaliforniaEARTHQUAKE WARNING; 6.0 to 7.0 earthquake likely in Southern California; Most likely in the Salton Sea or Chino Hills, Los Angeles area. September 29 - October 1. (Foreshocks Sep 28) NOTE; The main earthquake should hit on September 30th. However, the foreshocks should occur on September 28. NOTE; Because of the volume of traffic quakeprediction.com is being temporarily redirected and tomorrow it should go back to the original server. NOTE; Click on earthquake forecast maps for more detail. RISK IN LOS ANGELES; Oct 05: 05% Oct 04: 11% Oct 03: 41% Oct 02: 72%Oct 01: 96%Sep 30: 98%Sep 29: 90% - foreshocks Sep 28: 82% - foreshocks RISK IN SAN ...
The Apple/Flash fight comes to an end with an app authorization process that's wide open as the end result
Post Date: 2010-09-28 04:33:04 by KellyD
Last spring, everyone saw the Apple-Flash player fight begin, but now it has ended. Apple shocked the app developer world Thursday when it announced the business is soothing controversial restrictions on the tools programmers are allowed to use to create iPhone and iPad apps. App authorization guidelines can be released to the public also. Apple declared this as well. Adobe's common app toolkit is now part of Steve Job's app acceptance process although Apple didn't actually announce Flash was the reason for the change. As soon as news reported Apple's statement, Adobe stock skyrocketed. All about the feud between Apple and Flash Apple made a list of approved languages ...
Computers show how wind could have parted Red Sea
Post Date: 2010-09-24 14:43:53 by Skip Intro
New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds. The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers. Simulations by US scientists show how the movement of wind could have opened up a land bridge at one location. This would have enabled people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety. The results are published in the open-access journal Plos One. The researchers show that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a ...
New horned dinosaurs discovered
Post Date: 2010-09-22 21:34:49 by Skip Intro
New horned dinosaurs discovered A bizarre dinosaur with a ''crown of horns'' has been discovered by scientists. Kosmoceratops used their impressive armaments to find mates rather than take on predators Kosmoceratops richardsoni was a cousin of the famous Triceratops, but instead of just three horns it had 15. Horns sprouted from its nose, above each eye, and out of its cheeks. In addition, the creature had a bony frill adorned with an extraordinary array of 10 horns. Dr Scott Sampson, from the Utah Museum of Natural History in the US, said: ''Kosmoceratops is one of the most amazing animals known, with a huge skull decorated with an assortment of bony bells ...
Sarah Palin speech at Gleen Beck 8 28 Restoring Honor Rally Lincoln Memorial [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-08-29 12:36:06 by Skip Intro
Common Virus used to make Fabrics that are also Batteries
Post Date: 2010-08-24 19:35:25 by jwpegler
Scientists report progress in using a common virus to develop improved materials for high-performance, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be woven into clothing to power portable electronic devices. These new power sources could in the future be woven into fabrics such as uniforms or ballistic vests, and poured or sprayed into containers of any size and shape, said Mark Allen, Ph.D., who presented the report. He is a postdoc in Angela Belcher's group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These conformable batteries could power smart phones, GPS units, and other portable electronic devices. "We're talking about fabrics that also are batteries," ...
AMPERE, The First System for Tracking Space Weather in Real Time, Goes Live
Post Date: 2010-08-19 21:28:41 by A K A Stone
The solar flare that slammed into Earth's atmosphere earlier this month was a prescient reminder that solar weather -- though sometimes beautiful -- can have serious impacts on the Earth. So perhaps the timing is right for something like AMPERE, the first space-based system capable of monitoring the Earth's immediate space environment in real-time. The system is the first step in a process that will enable around-the-clock monitoring and eventual prediction of solar and space weather and its effects on Earth. AMPERE -- short for Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment -- is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics ...
Fossils of Earliest Animal Life Possibly Discovered
Post Date: 2010-08-17 22:42:53 by Skip Intro
Fossils of Earliest Animal Life Possibly Discovered Fossils of what could be the oldest animal bodies have been discovered in Australia, pushing back the clock on when animal life first appeared on Earth to at least 70 million years earlier than previously thought. The results suggest that primitive sponge-like creatures lived in ocean reefs about 650 million years ago. Digital images of the fossils suggest the animals were about a centimeter in size (the width of your small fingertip) and had irregularly shaped bodies with a network of internal canals. The shelly fossils, found beneath a 635 million-year-old glacial deposit in South Australia, represent the earliest evidence of animal ...
Fossil Bone Markings Show 'Lucy' Species Used Stone Tools 3.4 Million Years Ago
Post Date: 2010-08-11 13:44:16 by Brian S
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Two ancient animal bones from Ethiopia show signs of butchering by human ancestors, moving back the earliest evidence for the use of stone tools by about 800,000 years, researchers say. The bones appear to have been cut and smashed some 3.4 milion years ago, the first evidence of stone tool use by Australopithecus afarensis, the species best known for the fossil dubbed "Lucy," says researcher Zeresenay Alemseged. "We are putting stone tools in their hands," said Alemseged ("Uh-lems-uh-ged") of the California Academy of Sciences, who reports the finding with colleagues in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Some experts urged ...
Space Station Drama As Cooling System Fails
Post Date: 2010-08-02 12:20:26 by Brian S
WASHINGTON A failure of the cooling system on the International Space Station forced astronauts to re-route power Sunday as NASA planned emergency spacewalks to fix the problem. One of two cooling loops shut down Saturday night, triggering alarms throughout the orbiting station, which is manned by three Russian and three American astronauts. NASA said the crew is not in any danger, but an attempt overnight to close the circuit breaker and restart the pump module that feeds the vital ammonia to the cooling system failed. Astronauts closed down two of the gyroscopes that position the station as they re-routed power from the Destiny Laboratory research module to keep the temperature ...
Scientists Inch Towards Finding "God Particle"
Post Date: 2010-07-27 10:59:01 by Brian S
PARIS (Reuters) - Scientists working with particle accelerators in Europe and the United States said on Monday they may be closing in on the elusive Higgs Boson, the "God particle" believed crucial to forming the cosmos after the Big Bang. Researchers from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project near Geneva said in just three months of experiments they had already detected all the particles at the heart of our current understanding of physics, the Standard Model. Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) which runs the LHC, told the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris experiments were progressing faster than expected ...
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