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Anthropogenic global warming is a premeditated crime against science

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I dedicate this column to the memory and work of Vincent Gray, one of the earliest and most effective critics of the deliberate deception that human CO2 is causing global warming. He knew what was wrong because he was an expert reviewer of the Science Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was among the first to identify the failure to validate any climate models. Here is how he explained the problem in his 2002 The Greenhouse Delusion.
"The whole point is, that a computer-based mathematical model of any process or system is useless unless it has been validated. Validation of such a model involves the testing of each equation and the study of each parameter, to discover its statistically based accuracy using a range of numerically based probability distributions, standard deviations, correlation coefficients, and confidence limits. The final stage is a thorough test of the model's ability to predict the result of changes in the model parameters over the entire desired range."
As a response to my comment that no model has ever been validated, they changed the title in Climate Models - Evaluation" no less than fifty times. There is not even a procedure in any IPCC publication describing what might need to be done in order to validate a model."
"Instead of validation, and the traditional use of mathematical statistics, the models are "evaluated" purely from the opinion of those who devised them."

Comment: See also: An engineer debunks claims of man-made CO2 causing arctic and antarctic melting


Mars will be closer to Earth than it has in 15 years - Here's how to spot it


As mankind is gearing up to land on Mars, the red planet is orbiting closer to Earth than it has done in more than a decade. Known as perihelic opposition, it means Mars will appear larger than normal in the night sky
Mars is set to balloon in size in the night sky next month, as the red planet orbits closer to Earth than it has done in over a decade.

Throughout the month of July, the orbit of Mars and Earth will align in a rare phenomenon known as perihelic opposition.

This occurs when Mars reaches its closest point to the sun at the same time as Earth's orbit brings it directly between the two.

As a result of the phenomenon, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been for 15 years, making it appear almost three times larger than normal in the night sky.

Perihelic opposition, which will also make the red planet appear brighter, can be seen with the naked eye.

Stargazers all over the world will be able to see the red planet, although those in the southern hemisphere will get the best view.

Comment: See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: The Electric Universe - An interview with Wallace Thornhill


New paper on the 'hard problem of consciousness'

Consciousness Study
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Ready to have your mind blown?

A new paper published in The Journal of Consciousness Studies claims that consciousness isn't a unique property of humans-rather, the entire universe is conscious, and humans are all manifestations of its multiple personalities.

The proposition, based on research into dissociative identity disorder in humans, is meant to solve a perennial problem in philosophy: the "hard problem" of finding where consciousness comes from and understanding its true nature.

The hard problem of consciousness can be summed up like this:
Humans are made up of a bunch of matter (atoms) that organizes itself into biological systems (sensory organs, the brain, etc.), but if humans are just assemblies of various systems, why are we able to reflect on those systems and have individual, subjective experiences?
Why aren't we unthinking automatons?

Bizarro Earth

Elites work with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan on complete smart city (VIDEO)

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Outside of their obvious geopolitical influence and machinations, the Bilderberg Group is firmly entrenched in the push by global tech elites toward Artificial Intelligence, quantum computing and smart technology.

Aaron and Melissa Dykes cover Bilderberg's designs for the complete smart city digital grid of the future and where freedom is headed under such centralized management of every human movement and activity.

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Giant viruses invent genes found no where else on Earth

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Pandoravirus quercus, as viewed through an electron microscope. The scale bar equals 100 nanometers.
Giant viruses may invent genes and proteins found nowhere else on Earth, new research suggests.

As their name implies, giant viruses are big - as big as bacteria, and more than twice the size of typical viruses, scientists have previously reported. Giant viruses have more complex genomes than some simple microbial organisms, and many of their genes code for proteins found only in giant viruses, according to past studies.

These so-called orphan genes puzzled scientists, but a new study may suggest where they come from. In three new species of Pandoraviruses - a family of giant viruses described in 2013 - these genes originated in the viruses themselves. The giant viruses were like factories, churning out novel genes and proteins - though the origin and purpose of this prolific gene creation is still a mystery, the study authors wrote.

Even before the discovery of giant viruses, viruses occupied a questionable position on the tree of life: They contain much of the cellular material found in living organisms, including DNA or RNA, but they lack cell structure and cannot replicate outside a host - two key criteria for defining life.


Carbon-14 dating accuracy called into question after researchers discover major flaw in assumptions

Though one of the most essential tools for determining an ancient object's age, carbon dating might not be as accurate as we once thought.

When news is announced on the discovery of an archaeological find, we often hear about how the age of the sample was determined using radiocarbon dating, otherwise simply known as carbon dating.

Deemed the gold standard of archaeology, the method was developed in the late 1940s and is based on the idea that radiocarbon (carbon 14) is being constantly created in the atmosphere by cosmic rays which then combine with atmospheric oxygen to form CO2, which is then incorporated into plants during photosynthesis.
crabon cycle carbon-14 dating


Meteor craters: The best candidate for the location of the origin of life on earth

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NEARLY 4 billion years ago, the first life appeared on our planet. It would have looked unlike any life as we know it today, more basic even than bacterial cells - barely more than a few genetic molecules packaged up in some kind of a sac. Working out how this popped into existence is one of our greatest intellectual endeavours. And at the root of the problem is an epic hunt for the perfect location.

Comment: Not only that. It's one of the world's greatest mysteries because our current theories are totally inadequate to explain it.

Researchers studying the origins of life each have their favourite spot. Some sites offer the right molecular ingredients, others provide ready-made little containers to hold these early reactions. But is it possible that one special place had the perfect combination of all the conditions essential for the chemistry of life? And does a similar place still exist today, on Earth or elsewhere in the universe?

Charles Darwin kicked off the quest. In a letter he wrote to the botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1871, he described a hypothetical warm little pond, rich in chemicals and salts, with sources of light, heat and electricity. He imagined that in such an environment, proteins might spontaneously form, ready to turn into something more complex. In the 1950s, chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey managed to create Darwin's pond in the lab. They mixed water with gases they thought would have been present on early Earth, and zapped them with simulated lightning. This produced amino acids, the building blocks of all proteins.

Comment: Darwin was thinking along these lines before we knew about DNA and how information-rich it is. Things don't become "more complex" - especially to the degree necessary for life - without some intelligent input.


Tiny quantum device has redefined the ampere

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Semiconductor single-electron current source ("single-electron pump", left), connected to the high-precision current/voltage converter ("ultrastable low-noise current amplifier" (ULCA), right).
EU-funded scientists have succeeded in redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics. Based on the electron charge, the newly developed microscopic device has been reported as the most accurate technique for making measurements of tiny currents to date.

Over the last few decades, the need for increasingly high-accuracy and reliable measurements has determined a shift towards standards based on fundamental quantities of nature.

Within the EU-funded project SINHOPSI, researchers from the University of Cambridge, the National Physical Laboratory and Hitachi Ltd have joined forces in creating novel quantum technology critical in creating a new standard for electrical current based on electron charges. Experimental demonstrations advanced the state of the art of both accurate electric current generation and single-charge remote sensing.


'Shocking' new workout claims to cut gym time in half

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If you could change your entire body by simply doing a 30-minute workout twice a week, but you'd get shocked in the process, would you do it?

Shock Therapy gym on the Upper East Side offers workout classes that promise just such an electric edge.

Clients don a power suits that hook up to Electronic Muscle-Stimulation Technology, known as EMS.

Comment: Or, consider the Body By Science approach of Dr. Doug McGuff to improve health and strength, which doesn't require getting mildly electrocuted twice a week.

Snowflake Cold

An engineer debunks claims of man-made CO2 causing arctic and antarctic melting

It's just amazing how we as a society can let global group-think ideas have fantastically large continued public traction when direct scientific observation utterly refutes the very basis of the ideas. Can not the alarmist scientific folks (I'm thinking here of Mann, Alley, Schmidt, Hansen, etc.) be just a little bit honest about what is actually going on?

Sea level rise is widely reported every single day as an imminent man-made climatic disaster. Portions of Greenland melt, and portions of Antarctica melt. are presented as proof-positive that human burning of fossil fuels is causing the Earth to overly warm and therefore causing these melts...which will lead to coastal inundation...and we must therefore change our ways at any cost.

However, it just so happens that these same portions of Greenland and Antarctica melt are now known to be situated over highly active geothermal sites... and that 100% of the observed melt is easily and readily attributable to current enhanced geothermal heat release.