Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative | Mother Jones

Both Left and Right have over time thought there was seriously wrong with the thinking of their opponents……but is there a scientific way to determine who will be a conservative?

Glad you asked.

 

Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are…Conservative | Mother Jones.

Can You Dig It?

It is the weekend and as usual I have found a few things that have NOTHING to do with the mindless dribble of politics……

Yes, I admit it…I like archeology………I am always finding a few things that I think would stir the imagination……

Stonehenge….some say it is an ancient astrological observation site…..while others seem to think that it is a religious site…..and then there are those that think some mysterious alien race used it as a landing site…….and then there are weird ones that are too out there to mention….and then I found this article…….

The ancient monument of Stonehenge dates back to between 2500 BC and 3000 BC—but when it was built, people had already been living in the area for millennia, researchers found after a dig. Artifacts from what is now Amesbury, the nearest settlement to Stonehenge, dated to 8820 BC. It’s been inhabited ever since, the BBC notes, making it Britain’s oldest settlement, something the Guinness Book of Records has now officially recognized. (As such, Thatcham has lost the honor.) The year was established after burnt flints and large animal bones were unearthed; they point to feasts held there, Smithsonian reports. “The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways,” says researcher David Jacques, who notes that it provides evidence of “people staying put, clearing land, building, and presumably worshiping, monuments.”

Experts had believed the stones were erected by European immigrants, notes Culture24, but in fact the area was a hub for people in the region, says Jacques. It “was a forerunner for what later went on at Stonehenge itself,” he says. “The first monuments at Stonehenge were built by these people. For years, people have been asking why is Stonehenge where it is; now at last, we have found the answers.” Giant pine posts were placed in the area long before Stonehenge was there, sometime before 6590 BC, reports the Guardian; the study offers a “missing link” between the posts and the stone monuments. (Click to read about Stonehenge’s sonic secret.)

So anyone else have an idea or maybe a theory on this site?  please share with the world……..

Here Is How To Not Do An Impact Study

In case some did not know it before there can be any construction or such that would effect the environment there has to be an environmental impact study and in this study points are given to any negative and positive results of the said construction……and yes, for the government, there is a right way and a wrong way to present the findings of the study…..

I recently read a study that made just sit there staring at the screen for a long while before breaking out into raucous laughter……would you like to see the part that caught my attention?  Gonna show you anyway……..

There is at least something of a bright side to oil spills, pipeline company Kinder Morgan says.

In a recent submission to the National Energy Board, the company says marine oil spills “can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies” thanks to the economic activity generated by cleanup operations.

“Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up service providers,” the company says.

The comments appear in a 15,000-page application to the NEB to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to Port Metro Vancouver.

I could not resist it……i had to re-read it several times to see if I missed something……..I love this stuff…….

Helloooooooo, Nessy!

Okay time for the Professor to kick back and do something fun and not in front of the PC……2 days for mental cleansing……always a good thing….

For how many years or decades for that matter have you heard all about the Loch Ness monster?  There have been theory after theory…..there has been a few expeditions to locate the elusive beasty……..so far all we have is the legend and one grain pic that could be just about anything floating on the Lock……but leave it to the old Apple (BTW, Steve Jobs is still dead) machine to give us something to think about………

Since its inception in the sixth century, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has endured unreliable sightings, doctored photos and faked footprints, but a mysterious satellite image has given fresh hope to believers of the elusive Scottish sea creature.

The image, taken by an Apple map satellite, depicts a shadowy form of around 100 feet in length with something akin to flippers in the water of the Loch Ness.

“We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is,” Gary Campbell, president of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, told the Daily Mail.

“It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is.”

After studying the image for six months, and with apparently no other obvious explanation, the Club has concluded that shadow is probably the Loch Ness Monster.

The shadowy form which measures around 100ft has been studied for six months by experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club

Okay sports fans…..what say you?

Clean Energy In Our Future?

We hear a lot about ‘clean’ energy….like clean coal, which is a con…….we hear about the nat gas boom as our next ‘clean’ energy…….

For decades scientist have been in pursuit of fusion nuke energy….not to be confused with what we have now which is fission energy……and that form of energy generation is anything but clean, fission that is……..there have been many failed attempts in the invention of a fusion reactor……but could all that failure be a thing of the past?

After years of frustration, scientists have finally made a breakthrough in the quest to harness the same fusion energy that powers the sun. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say that by pointing the world’s most powerful laser at a peppercorn-sized target, they unleashed a huge amount of energy with a fusion reaction—in effect, creating a miniature star for a split-second, the Wall Street Journal reports. The breakthrough, which follows many failed experiments, was made last fall but was only revealed this week in a study published in Nature. “For the first time anywhere, we’ve gotten more energy out of the fuel than what was put into the fuel,” says a researcher at the California laboratory, though useful levels of fusion still appear to be a long way off, NPR finds. The ultimate goal is to reach “ignition”—a self-sustaining fusion reaction that would provide the world with an almost limitless source of clean energy. A Princeton professor of astrophysical sciences compares the process to lighting a match and then igniting a pile of lumber. “They’re close to getting the match lit,” he tells the New York Times. “Which is a big step.”

Whatcha think?   Is fusion energy production only a short time away or was this just an accident that could lead nowhere?

Is There More To Stonehenge?

The weekend mercifully has arrived and I can smile at the past week’s lunacy and write on something cheery or amazing or just flipping funny.

Do you know all about Stonehenge?  If you watch enough TV you will have been bombarded with all the theories from meeting place to ancient aliens….a fabulous site and has an interesting history….well as much of the history as archeologist can make up…….so when I read this piece I thought of all those people that live and breath the weird and occult…..

There are no shortage of theories about Stonehenge, but few are so melodious as this: A recent study carried out by the Royal College of Art in London suggests that the monument holds a “sonic secret.” The researchers’ theory surrounds Stonehenge’s bluestones, some of which hail from 200 miles away in Wales’ Preseli Hills. While archaeologists are still working to establish whether man or, perhaps, glacier carried them to Wiltshire, the Royal College of Art researchers suggest the rocks were intentionally brought to Stonehenge because of their “unique acoustic properties.” As part of a larger study of the acoustic elements of the Pembrokeshire landscape where the bluestones hail from, it was discovered that many of the rocks in the area issue a metallic sound (akin to a bell or gong) where hit with a hammerstone. In fact, the study notes that one Preseli village used bluestones as its church bells through the 1700s. The BBC reports that the researchers tested thousands of rocks, and that a high percentage rang “just like a bell,” says a lead researcher. “And there’s lots of different tones, you could play a tune,” he adds. In July, the team was granted permission to acoustically test Stonehenge’s bluestones, and found that a number of them did indeed return a sound, though a slightly muted one, perhaps in part because some of the rocks have been shored up using concrete. They also saw indications that some of the bluestones featured what could be strike marks; more study is needed on that front. (Click for more on the mysteries of Stonehenge’s bluestones.)

So sports fans…..what is your theory of the site?

The same plastic chemicals in yoga mats and shoes are found in nearly 500 foods | GlobalPost

Yummy!  We are all a foodie deep down….we like what we like and no amount of ‘research’ can change our eating habits, right?

Well sports fans….you really need to read this article…bon apatite!

The same plastic chemicals in yoga mats and shoes are found in nearly 500 foods | GlobalPost.

Well, there goes lunch!

An Anti-Hurricane Weapon?

When people use to ask me where I lived I would reply….”Just north of a hurricane”….I live on the Gulf Coast and hurricanes are a fact of life, like them or not.  There are always stories about the storms and people with a wealth of opinions….most of them from people that would not know a hurricane even if it bit them in the ass….but from time to time there are those reports that show promise and the other day I read one…..

A Stanford University professor is proposing what USA Today calls a “groundbreaking” anti-hurricane plan: We could use offshore wind turbines to reduce the storms’ power—even a storm like Katrina. For that, we’d need a lot of them, though, according to Mark Jacobson: something along the lines of 78,000 of them over 13,500 square miles of ocean outside New Orleans. That’s an area 2.5 times as big as Connecticut, Scientific American reports. But according to computer modeling, it would have reduced Katrina’s storm surge up to 79% and shaved some 80mph off its wind speeds at landfall—which were 118mph. The upside: It wouldn’t cost anything, at least not over time. The installation would require billions of dollars, but the system would eventually pay for itself thanks to the electricity it would sell—unlike, say, $20 billion in seawalls proposed in New York after Hurricane Sandy. Scientific American notes that Jacobson painstakingly addresses all kinds of possible objections to his plan, including concerns that the storm could knock over the turbines (he explains why they’d stay standing) and fears for the lives of birds (more are killed by fossil-fuel plants, he says). The US currently has no offshore wind farms, but 11 are in the development stage, USA Today reports. Jacobson, Scientific American adds, is becoming something of a celebrity scientist due to his idea:

Sounds like something that may work…..but on the other side of that…..my grandfather use to say if it sounds to good to be true…it usually is.

Whatcha think?

Life’s Little Questions

It is the weekend and I find myself scrambling to find something, other than the political circus, to write about……and then after a couple of coffees….BAM!  Like a flash it comes on the wings of curiosity…..there are little questions in life that are seldom asked and even more seldom answered when asked by opinionated SOBs such as myself…….

I thought I would take this opportunity to ask and then answer those pesky little questions that are seldom asked………

1–Why do geese and ducks fly in a V formation?

OK, this is just cool: We all know birds fly in V-formations, but an in-depth study into the pattern using high-tech GPS sensors has found just how precise a science the flight model is. After tracking and monitoring a flock of northern bald ibises—rare birds raised in captivity that are taught to migrate—a research team found each bird stationed itself an average four feet behind the one in front of it, at an angle of about 45 degrees. Why? That’s the precise position needed to catch the rising air from the bird’s wings flapping up ahead. But researchers were “completely surprised” to find their timing is also incredibly precise, too: As USA Today explains, “a bird regulates its stroke so its own wingtips trace the same path in the sky as the bird in front,” and adjusts that stroke instantly, as needed. “What these birds are able to do is amazing,” lead researcher Steven Portugal tells the BBC. “They’re able to sense what’s going on from the bird in front, where this good air is coming from and how to position themselves perfectly in it.” And while USA Today notes the study doesn’t directly show that the birds save energy by doing these things, an aerospace engineer not tied to the study says it’s a fair assumption to make, and Portugal notes that the formation lets birds give “a bit of a free ride” to the bird behind it. And humans are taking note. Plenty of unmanned aerial vehicles are looking to copy the bird’s natural pattern to save fuel, he added.

2–If the earth was in eminent danger of destruction, where would we go?

Good news: A mathematical model has been created that could help save your life in the event that your city is hit by a nuclear bomb. Scientist Michael Dillon’s model, published Tuesday, is about reducing radiation risk from the bomb’s fallout, and calculates “optimal shelter exit time.” The longstanding advice has been to immediately seek shelter, ideally underground, if a bomb hits. But there is better and worse shelter—the latter being “lightweight” buildings (such as ones made of wood) or ones without basements; the AFP reports more than 20% of US homes fall into the worse category. Here is Dillon’s determination for people living within 20 miles of a low-yield nuclear blast, meaning one a bit smaller than Hiroshima:

  • If it would take five minutes or less to reach better shelter (that concrete basement, or the center of a large building, like a big office, reports LiveScience), bypass the more immediate shelter and go there straight away.
  • If better shelter is 15 minutes away, stay in the worse shelter for up to 30 minutes, then head out.
  • As for the transit period, don’t waste time worrying about protecting your body from the radiation, he says, which can mostly be rinsed off once you get to your shelter.

The findings are actually intended for emergency planning officials, who can make use of the findings when designing “an optimal low-yield nuclear detonation response strategy,” writes Dillon, who works at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

3–For years now, scientist have theorized that there is a substance in the universe, dark matter….but is it just a theory?

Scientists have seen a tendril of dark matter for the first time, and all it took was a “cosmic flashlight.” Using the Keck telescope in Hawaii, a scientific team spotted the dark matter in a gas cloud illuminated by the radiation of a distant quasar, the BBC reports. “The light from the quasar is like a flashlight beam,” said Sebastiano Cantalupo, lead author of the report. Lit by that beam, the glowing hydrogen of the gas cloud traced out the dark matter lying behind it. This all supports a theory that galaxies are wrapped up in filaments of gas that stretch across space like a web, National Geographic reports. About 85% of the web is said to be dark matter, Nature World News explains, and galaxies sit like spiders on intersections of the web. Gravity is what keeps us, and all matter, sitting on these filaments, and now one has actually been observed. It’s “giving us the first picture of extended gas between galaxies,” co-author J. Xavier Prochaska tells The Space Reporter. “It provides a terrific insight into the overall structure of our universe.”

4–Okay this one is for all the religious types…..for years people have been saying that they have found the ark of Noah…unfortunately the physical evidence is a bit….how shall I term it?  Lacking.  There is a possibility that there is something to celebrate for those that believe……

Seeking confirmation of the Noah’s Ark story? Look no further than Babylonian cuneiform tablets. One was discovered as far back as 1872 that pre-dated the Bible with its own version of the Ark story. Now a tablet has arrived at the British Museum that actually describes how to build the ark, according to Irving Finkel, who works at the museum’s Middle East department. The palm-sized tablet dates back to 1900-1700BC, is written in Semitic Babylonian, and has exactly 60 lines of text, writes Finkel in the Telegraph. It also explains that the ark built by Artra-hasis—the Noah-like figure who took instructions from the god Enki—was completely round. “Draw out the boat that you will make,” Artra-hasis is told, “on a circular plan.” That contradicts our usual Ark image but does makes sense, because ancient Mesopotamian round boats—called coracles—were hard to sink and hard to steer, and who needs steering during a world-wide flood? The boat was made of coiled, waterproofed rope with a base area of 38,750 square feet, about an acre in all, according to the tablet—which then reads, “and the wild animal[s of the st]ep[pe], two each, two by two.” While this supports the Ark story……..

Okay that is NOT physical evidence….more like a confirmation…..take it and believe!

And now you have some answers to those little questions that have bugged you for decades……enjoy!

Yet Another Dog Post

You guys know me….if there is a story about dogs I will most likely post on it….I like DOGS!

Ever noticed the ritual a dog will go through to poop?  They have what I like to call…”The Poopy Dance” going on….it seems like they have walked for miles twisting and turning until they find that one of a kind spot…that one spot that makes the trip all that worthwhile……well sports fans there is an answer to all that work just to poop………

(Newser) – Early contender for line of the year in a genuine scientific study: “Dogs preferred to excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis under calm MF conditions.” MF, in this case, referring to the Earth’s magnetic field. That’s right: When dogs poop, they position themselves according to the planet’s magnetic field, say Czech and German researchers. They watched 70 dogs of nearly 40 breeds go through the motions for two years before publishing their results in Frontiers in Zoology, reports UPI.

Before grabbing the compass ahead of your next dog walk, Motherboard points out that the findings apply most consistently to dogs that are off the leash and in an open field. As for the related questions of why and how, the researchers admit they have no idea, or even whether the dogs do this intentionally. Only that they do. “Our analysis of the raw data … indicates that dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction.” (The find is a first for dogs, but other animals have been shown to be in tune with the magnetic field.)

I just knew there had to be an answer to all that work…….and now I have it.  I feel so much better now.  LOL