background preloader

Interesting - alternative - science views

Facebook Twitter Physicists have 'solved' mystery of levitation. Their discovery could ultimately lead to frictionless micro-machines with moving parts that levitate But they say that, in principle at least, the same effect could be used to levitate bigger objects too, even a person. The Casimir force is a consequence of quantum mechanics, the theory that describes the world of atoms and subatomic particles that is not only the most successful theory of physics but also the most baffling.

The force is due to neither electrical charge or gravity, for example, but the fluctuations in all-pervasive energy fields in the intervening empty space between the objects and is one reason atoms stick together, also explaining a “dry glue” effect that enables a gecko to walk across a ceiling. Now, using a special lens of a kind that has already been built, Prof Ulf Leonhardt and Dr Thomas Philbin report in the New Journal of Physics they can engineer the Casimir force to repel, rather than attact. Aristotelian Biology. The ancient Greek philosopher was the first scientist. VIKING ADULT, SEPTEMBER 2014In the Aegean Sea there is an island called Lesbos.

It has pine-forested mountains, glades of chestnut trees, and valleys filled with blooming rhododendrons. Terrapins and eels navigate the rivers. In the spring and autumn, migrating birds pause there in the thousands as they travel between Africa and Europe. And there is the Lagoon. Twenty-two kilometers long, 10 wide, Kolpos Kallonis nearly cuts the island in two. Around 345 BC, Aristotle left Athens, where for 20 years he had studied and taught at Plato’s Academy.

Aristotle’s philosophical works, such as Metaphysics, Politics, Poetics, and his logical treatises loom over the history of Western thought like a mountain range. And then there is his greatest work of all. Aristotle’s books are lecture notes for an epic biology course. Aristotle’s biology is all but forgotten. But that’s no reason to read him. The Plasma Universe Wikipedia-like Encyclopedia) Science’s Looming ‘Tipping Point’ It is essential in these exuberant times to pay critical attention to both the observational constraints and to the basic mathematical laws, with a clear sense of what is solid theory and what is only unsupported speculation. This seeming platitude is offered here without jest, because at the present time there are ‘theories’ – scenarios sometimes quite detailed – seriously and often passionately held, for almost every exotic astronomical object that is not resolved in the telescope. In contrast, the one star that can be properly resolved – the pedestrian Sun – exhibits a variety of phenomena that defy contemporary theoretical understanding.— Eugene N.

Parker A ‘tipping point’ in science is supposed to happen when the weight of evidence against a theory tips the balance of opinion against it. But we are dazzled in this space age by computer-generated ‘virtual reality’ and the sheer technological brilliance of applied science. Dysfunctional Science Dysfunctional Education Research Funding. The Electric Universe | Welcome to my website. Two of these four forces act in the atomic core. One of them UNIFIES and holds matter together in the core (e.g. via fusion), the other force SEPARATES parts of the atomic core. It produces the radioactivity of e.g. uranium and thorium (table). The other two forces of these four forces act in the infinite space. One of them - gravity - UNIFIES and holds matter together e.g. it forms stars from huge clouds. The attractive and repulsive forces in microcosm and macrocosm show the elegant simplicity and beautiful symmetry of the Universe. [The placebo mystery or neurobiology of t... [Bull Acad Natl Med. 2011]

Meet Alana, The Girl With Three Biological Parents. Meet Alana Saarinen, one of only a handful of people in the world who have three biological parents. No, she’s not the result of some weird genetic engineering experiment, but a pioneering infertility treatment which has now been banned. The procedure involved transferring part of a donor’s cell to her mother’s egg which contains tiny structures called mitochondria.

Since these structures possess their own genome, Alana consequently has DNA from three parents. Mitochondria are sausage-shaped organelles that are sometimes referred to as cellular powerhouses. A variety of diseases can result from faulty mitochondria which mainly affect cells of the brain, heart, skeletal muscles and respiratory system. Alana’s mother had been trying to conceive through IVF for 10 years. After three extensive reviews to scrutinize the safety of mitochondrial replacement, the UK’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority concluded that the procedure is “not unsafe.”

[Via BBC News] About the ANPA WEST Journal When a photograph develops in the darkroom, it doesn't just emerge as a face or a landscape or whatnot. Isolated details show up first, gradually finding their places in an expanding and changing gestalt. Sometimes you see them wrong, and such mistakes are hard to let go of. An emerging spot first appears as a frog on a lily pad, and that frog is still there even after a nose and mouth appear below it. But then all of a sudden it has become an eye, and the frog pond is a face. Quantum mechanics began as Planck's quantum of action, a detail in atomic physics.

About 30 years ago, a small group of English physicists and mathematicians tried to let go of the frog. Making it so has not proved easy, however. Planck's quantum didn't make sense as a detail of atomic theory; it had to be understood in the larger context of mechanics. What is this larger context? Vol 1 # 1. A Conversation with Pierre Noyes About ANPA History.

Why Discrete Physics? Vol. 1 #2 Vol. 1 #3 ... Are you Alone? Exponential Economist Meets Finite Physicist. [slimstat f='count' w='ip' lf='resource contains economist'] views this month; [slimstat f='count' w='ip' lf='strtotime equals 2011-07-01|interval equals -1'] overall Some while back, I found myself sitting next to an accomplished economics professor at a dinner event. Shortly after pleasantries, I said to him, “economic growth cannot continue indefinitely,” just to see where things would go. It was a lively and informative conversation. I was somewhat alarmed by the disconnect between economic theory and physical constraints—not for the first time, but here it was up-close and personal. Though my memory is not keen enough to recount our conversation verbatim, I thought I would at least try to capture the key points and convey the essence of the tennis match—with some entertainment value thrown in.

Cast of characters: Physicist, played by me; Economist, played by an established economics professor from a prestigious institution. Act One: Bread and Butter Physicist: Hi, I’m Tom. Resources | Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. My Science, My Religion. An Insider’s View of a Fringe Archeology. I presented this paper at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, held in Zadar, Croatia, September 18–23, 2007, in a session called “‘Fringe’ Archaeologies: ‘The Other’ Past,” organized by archeologists Eleni Stefanou and Anna Simandiraki.

This paper is in the form of a discursive essay, so if you were expecting a neatly developed argument, intricate footnotes, and a formal bibliography, you are going to be disappointed. I will, however, touch on a number of topics related to the title of this paper. And I will give enough hints for you to track down articles and books mentioned in the essay. First, let me establish my credentials as a “fringe” archeologist, one whose work is concerned with the development of an “other” past. Andrew O’Hehir, in “Archaeology from the Dark Side” (, August 6, 2005), said about me, “Cremo is a singular figure on the scientific fringe. In 1984, I began researching the Puranic accounts of human origins and antiquity. Vedic Science - Is the Computer our God? Quackwatch. Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed. A pair of one-act chamber operas takes the audience inside the world of imagined sound.

A scene from "Visitations"NOAH STERN WEBERToward the end of her life, Jonathan Berger’s mother suffered from dementia. In the throes of musical and auditory hallucinations, she repeatedly hummed a song that Berger, a composer and music professor at Stanford University, did not recognize. He transcribed the tune. “Thank heavens for the Internet. I was able to actually track it down,” Berger said. Both Berger’s personal fascination with the phenomenon and his immersion in the most up-to-date research are on view in “Visitations,” a pair of one-act chamber operas he composed, which explore the theme of auditory hallucinations from the perspectives of those who suffer from them.

These operas are striking, not only for the command performances given by those involved, but also for the scientific accuracy of Berger’s artistic choices. Stranger than Fiction. Plant biology: You can't make this stuff up. Jack climbed a beanstalk so tall that it could only exist in a fairy tale. Audrey II demands that Seymour feed her larger and larger quantities of human blood in the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors, and venomous, predatory triffids spread like kudzu in the 1951 novel The Day of the Triffids. The 2009 sci-fi movie Avatar even comes with its own guide to the exotic flora of the moon Pandora, where plants communicate with each other via “signal transduction from root to root.”

The panoply of fictional plants offers a large and varied dose of the weird and wonderful. But there’s no need to resort to fiction to find truly unusual plant characteristics. Our January issue explores some of these unique biological traits. “Researchers have stumbled upon some ‘mind-blowing’ findings in plant genomics,” reports Megan Scudellari in “Genomes Gone Wild.” Fascinating, and true, stories. Mary Beth Aberlin Editor-in-Chief Science, Politics and Global Warming. “In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don’t know any better. That’s not a good future for the human race. That’s our past.”

—Michael Crichton, “Environmentalism as Religion,” (A lecture at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA, September 15, 2003). The Global Warming circus in Copenhagen was politics driven by a consensus that, by definition, has nothing to do with science. Despite the glossy media image, modern science is a mess. “Science has become religion! There have been several warm climatic periods documented in history that had nothing to do with human activity. . — cosmologists have been misled by theoretical physicists who don’t understand gravity, which forms the basis of the big bang theory.

. — geologists have been misled by astronomers about Earth’s history; Is Reality An Illusion? WARNING: Watch this video only if you're ready to wake up! Inequality Is Real. Mind over Matter: Secrets of Human Aura. Mind-Matter Interaction Princeton Research. Lost your phone? Log on to these websites. If you know the IMEI number of your phone, it is not very difficult to trace the lost phone News | BANGALORE, INDIA: There are various websites that help you track your lost mobile phone. So, the next time you lose your precious mobile phone/smartphone, all you have to do is check out the following websites.

These websites offer the software that you can download free of cost on your mobile phones. In case of theft, the software shows the exact location of the phone based on its IMEI (International Mobile Equipment identity) number. The websites also list out the precautions that you have to take in order to prevent theft of your mobile phones and feature the toll-free number which offers first-hand assistance in tracking your phone. The first thing that you have to do as soon as you purchase your smartphone is to note down the IMEI number. Thus, the next time you lose your smartphone, don't panic, simply log on to any of the above websites and recover your lost gadget.

Top 5 Most Weird Human Marvels /Part I/ Seriously Facts The Unnecessary knOWLedge Advertisment none Top 5 Most Weird Human Marvels /Part I/ 23.07.2013 by Ellie Leave a Comment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Read Part II Advertisment none Reddit Digg StumbleUpon Speak Your Mind none Return to top of page Copyright © 2014 · Education Theme on Genesis Framework · WordPress · Log in. An Astronomer Followed a Whim -- and Discovered a New Moon for Neptune - Megan Garber. A reminder of how much we still have to learn about our own little corner of the universe It started when Mark Showalter followed a whim.

On July 1, the SETI Institute astronomer was studying -- as one does, when one is a SETI Institute astronomer -- archival pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope. The images were of Neptune, and Showalter was analyzing the faint arcs, or segments of rings, that surround the ice giant. Here was the whim: Showalter had a thought that he should look beyond the ring segments ... and, when he did so, he discovered a tiny, white dot about 65,400 miles from the planet. The dot he spotted was located between the orbits of the Neptunian moons Larissa and Proteus. And Showalter noticed that the dot appeared repeatedly in more than 150 archival photographs of Neptune taken by Hubble between 2004 and 2009.

Here, now, is why whims can be worth following: the dot, it turns out, is another moon for Neptune -- the planet's fourteenth that we've discovered. No, doctors did not “inject HIV into a dying girl” to treat her cancer. Although the real science is fascinating, doctors didn't "inject HIV into a dying child" We’ve recently noticed an inspiring short film circulating on the internet about how doctors in the US have apparently cured a child of leukaemia by “injecting her with HIV”. But while the actual science behind this story is fascinating, the treatment is still at an extremely experimental stage and has only been tested in a handful of patients. And while we’re always keen to welcome exciting experimental cancer treatments, we also want to clear up a few misconceptions about what the research actually involved.

To be absolutely clear, the doctors in the video did NOT inject HIV – nor a “deadly disease” – into a child. So who are these people, and what did they actually do? [Note – the headline of the Upworthy page hosting the video has now been changed to reflect that it was a modified form of HIV. Turning the immune system on cancer The research comes from Professor Carl H. At least, that’s the theory. Kat. Hungry Birds (hungry_birds)

Llaboration sheds new light on autism and artistic practice. System D, the informal economy: Robert Neuwirth at TEDGlobal 2012. Tasmanian Science Talent Search. Tending to Divinity -- The Shape of Mathematics. SHIFT. Institute of Noetic Sciences | Consciousness | Science | Spirituality | Wisdom. Resonance: Beings of Frequency. The Many Faces of Success in Citizen Science | CitizenSci. A Day in the Future. CSETI Papers and Press Releases. Giant Crystal Pyramid Discovered In Bermuda Triangle. More pyramids uncovered by Google Earth search. The Conscious Universe: Chapter 1. What is Psi? Articles and Papers - Scientific Papers - Morphic Resonance - Morphic Fields.

Life on Earth… but not as we know it | Science | The Observer.