Tue, 23 Oct 2007 17:32 CDT
This week's full Moon is the biggest full Moon of 2007. It's no illusion
. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and Thursday night's will be a whopper. Why? Read the answer below.
|Left: A big, bright perigee Moon. RIght: A lesser apogee Moon.
The Moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other. The full Moon of Oct. 25-26 is located on the near side, making it appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier in 2007.
Tue, 23 Oct 2007 17:30 CDT
Archaeologists believe ancient animal remains found 65 feet beneath a Stockton construction site may be those of a Columbia mammoth or a mastodon.
Crews building a new San Joaquin County office building unearthed the rear portion of the ancient skeleton last week.
Tue, 23 Oct 2007 09:47 CDT
With its triumphant descriptions of a range of subatomic phenomena, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful scientific theories of all time. Now it holds out the tantalising prospect of explaining one of the great mysteries in biology: the nature of consciousness. It may even explain why dreams are dream-like.
Tue, 23 Oct 2007 02:10 CDT
On Earth, thieves steal everything from diamonds to art to bags full of money. In space, gas - fuel for making stars - is a commodity worth the price of theft. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant, massive galaxy in the act of ripping off vast reservoirs of gas - the equivalent of one billion suns - from its smaller, neighbor galaxy. The stolen gas, which has become scorching hot during the heist, will likely cool down and get turned into new stars and planets.
|A big galaxy is stealing gas right off the "back" of its smaller companion in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Fri, 19 Oct 2007 22:51 CDT
Nine South African soldiers died and eleven were injured last Friday during a live-fire exercise when an anti-aircraft gun went out of control. But, contrary to some reports, the tragic accident was not the result of an automated or robotic weapon going out of control, a defence expert says.
Let us contrast some quotes from the original story
vs. the comments in the above damage control story.
Original: Young says in the 1990s the defence force's acquisitions agency, Armscor, allocated project money on a year-by-year basis, meaning programmes were often rushed. "It would not surprise me if major shortcuts were taken in the qualification of the upgrades. A system like that should never fail to the dangerous mode [rather to the safe mode], except if it was a shoddy design or a shoddy modification.
Damage Control: "I think it is bad luck more than anything else, the shells move through the gun so fast you only have to be a fraction out for something to go wrong," O'Halloran says, adding that weapons are usually subject to rigorous tests to try and ensure that they rarely, if ever, malfunction.
We find it curious that not only is our good expert lying, but even the lie is horrifying in its implications. Just what does he mean by "usually"? Do they flip a coin before deciding which weapons to test rigorously, and which are going to get the rushed, shoddy design?
As for these weapons rarely if ever malfunctioning, here's a video
of another one of those shoddy autonomous weapons apparently taking its aim at certain "VIP's" which may include members of Congress! They must've forgotten to warn Congress that there is coin-flippage afoot. A minor "intelligence failure" we suppose.
On the other hand, maybe these weapons are conspiring with bands of wild monkeys
to try to end the pathocracy as we certainly cannot fault either on their choice of targets. When our own weapons refuse to listen to us anymore and bands of wild monkeys take matters into their own hands one would think humanity would take notice?
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 18:55 CDT
A 7,000-year-old statue of a woman has been discovered by archaeologists in the Czech Republic.
A team of archaeologists working in the Czech Republic have uncovered a 7,000-year-old statue, dating back to an ancient prehistorical culture.
The half a metre high statue of a woman has been reported in the Czech press as an exceptional find and was created in a style known as Moravian Painted Ceramic.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 14:56 CDT
Height may point to a biological basis for pedophilia, according to new research released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The study found that pedophilic males were shorter on average than males without a sexual attraction to children.
The study, published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, suggests that pedophiles may have been exposed to pre-birth conditions that affected their physical development. The researchers observed this height difference by analyzing the files of over 1,000 men who were assessed for pedophilia or other sexual disorders between 1995 and 2006 at the Kurt Freund Laboratory in Toronto, Canada.
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 14:39 CDT
China's preparations to launch its first lunar orbiter are on schedule for lift-off later this week, a Chinese official said on Monday, as the country steps up efforts in a new international race for the moon.
|The Long March 3A rocket and a lunar orbiter, the Chang'e One, which are under wraps, sits on the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, in southwest China's Sichuan province, October 20, 2007.
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 13:51 CDT
Oil is getting scarce and the internal combustion engine adds to pollution, therefore the car of the not too distant future needs a new motor. But what?
Delegates at the Nikkei automotive conference here, in the week of the Tokyo Autoshow, reviewed the industry's sputtering progress towards new power systems in the knowledge that if they do not come up with a solution the sector may come to a halt.
Sun, 21 Oct 2007 13:59 CDT
Scientists have made a breakthrough in man's desire to control the forces of nature - unveiling plans to weaken hurricanes and steer them off course, to prevent tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina.
The damage done to New Orleans in 2005 has spurred two rival teams of climate experts, in America and Israel, to redouble their efforts to enable people to play God with the weather.