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Archive for December 2008

You are highly encouraged to read the entire article at the source (click next to “clipped from”).

I would like to hear what physicists, geneticists, and rocket scientists who believe and/or theologians and theistic philosophers who like science have to say about these findings. Perhaps over isaw and drinks. (Dream a little dream of geekery.)

clipped from www.sciencedaily.com
A person’s unconscious attitudes toward science and God may be fundamentally opposed, researchers report, depending on how religion and science are used to answer “ultimate” questions such as how the universe began or the origin of life.
What’s more, those views can be manipulated
to explore how information about science influences a belief in God, and how religious teaching can also cause people to doubt certain scientific theories
Those who were asked to use God as an ultimate explanation for various phenomena displayed a more positive association with God and a much more negative association with science than those directed to list other things that can explain God
When God isn’t being used to explain much, people have a positive attitude toward science. But when God is being used to account for many events – especially the things that they list, which are life, the universe, free will, these big questions – then somehow science loses its value.
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Original clip by P.
clipped from www.darkroastedblend.com
We covered bizarre cloud formations before,
but there seems to be no end of them… The tsunami-looking fog wave was strange enough, and now these “gateways in the sky” –
circular absence of clouds, with wispy tendrils reaching out of them…

Punch Hole Clouds may appear as a circular or oval holes in a layer of
supercooled clouds; sometimes they assume a form of a perfect circle and persist
for quite a long time,

Another strange hole in the cloud, reported from Mobile, Alabama

Photo taken in Melbourne, Australia in 2003

NASA takes satellite images of this phenomenon

Cloud Vortices: another “holey” sky phenomena

More Incredible and Fascinating Clouds

Another supercell cloud in Alberta skies, this time over Edmonton:


Another cloud “wave”, similar to the one over South Dakota Badlands

Roll clouds… get into a small plane and start “surfing” them

A “genie”, coming out of a bottle:

Spectacular lenticulars in the morning light


rainbow effect

Nacreous clouds

Prepare to get squashed

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Holy crap, I can’t wait.

Original clip by PC.

clipped from www.pinktentacle.com
Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep

ATR mind reader --
scientists were able to reconstruct various images viewed by a person by analyzing changes in their cerebral blood flow. Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the researchers first mapped the blood flow changes that occurred in the cerebral visual cortex as subjects viewed various images held in front of their eyes. Subjects were shown 400 random 10 x 10 pixel black-and-white images for a period of 12 seconds each.
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Key points in this interesting article:
– The hourglass figure is not a visual cue for fertility. If this were true, then evolution should have made us women all hourglass-shaped by now. Instead, it seems to have done the opposite.
– More cylindrical women are stronger, healthier, and just as if not more likely to be fertile.
– It’s possible that men prefer the hourglass figure in countries where they also prefer women who are dependent upon them.
clipped from blog.newsweek.com
more scientists are taking aim at the ludicrous idea that there is a biology of beauty—specifically, that men prefer women with an hourglass shape because that is a sign of fertility
anthropologist Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah argues that a factor that makes women stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress—all of which are good for health and staying alive,a prerequisite for having children—also tends to redistribute fat from hips to waist
few women in any society (Victoria’s Secret models do not constitute a “society”) have that 0.7 ratio. They tend to be much higher, with a cylindrical rather than hourglass shape. Surely, given that evolution cares only about whether your traits enable you to leave offspring, there would have been tremendous selection pressure for women to have an hourglass shape if it truly conferred greater fertility.
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EJSM is still a proposal, however, and is competing with a proposal to send a probe to Saturn and its moon Titan. Whichever gets picked will be launched in 2020 and arrive 2030.

Still, the idea of life in another part of our space neighborhood is exciting.

clipped from www.space.com

There is an ocean beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Strange creatures could be swimming in these alien waters, but so far no missions have been sent there to investigate this possibility.
Now researchers are developing a new plan to study the moon with even greater detail. The Europa-Jupiter System Mission
This mission could answer the question of whether there is life on Europa by analyzing the ice shell.
If life is carried in these waters, then their remains could now be frozen in the ice and an orbiter could detect them.
Some scientists think the origin of life on Earth occurred at volcanic vents in the ocean. They suspect Europa has similar volcanic activity
Io orbits even closer to Jupiter than Europa, and its surface is pockmarked with active volcanoes that spew sulfur and other chemical compounds into space. Many of these same compounds are found at Earth’s hydrothermal vents, and may be associated with early life on our planet.
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Original clipper cb says, Lucozade = energy drink.


clipped from www.disinfo.com
During one of the gloomiest weeks in recent memory, the story that Owen Louis, a 21-year-old student in Portsmouth, had succeeded in powering his iPod by plugging it into an onion soaked in Lucozade came as a shaft of brilliant sunshine.
Batteries are, after all, extraordinarily expensive. Even cheap supermarket ones, which have about half the life of decent brands, cost nearly two quid a packet — and they can’t be recycled.
Recharging technological trinkets such as iPods from the mains doesn’t come free, either; it costs the best part of 2p each time and at the same time supposedly contributes, however slightly, to global warming.
But imagine if that droopy celery in the fridge or those pears that have gone soft in the fruit bowl could turn themselves, like a sort of horticultural Superman, into a source of energy?
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