Can We Live On?

Morning my friends….it is a Sunday and my final day of rest and relaxation….I shall spend some time in the orchard and the garden today….a back to nature sort of thing….

We all have seen the movies where our “essence” is downloaded into an android or some such and in the movie things go horribly wrong and the world ends….and then is resurrected as a zombie movie of some sort…..

Some of us scoff at the idea of such a download…..but is it ever going to be a thing?

“Imagine scanning your Grandma’s brain in sufficient detail to build a mental duplicate. When she passes away, the duplicate is turned on and lives in a simulated video-game universe …. herself as the same person that she always was, with the same memories and personality — the same consciousness — transferred to a well regulated nursing home and able to offer her wisdom to her offspring forever after. And why stop with Granny? You could have the same afterlife for yourself in any simulated environment you like. But even if that kind of technology is possible, and even if that digital entity thought of itself as existing in continuity with your previous self, would you really be the same person?” (07/14/16)

Personally, I would like to have my essence downloaded….for no other reason than it would be time spent with my granddaughter and possibly her granddaughter…..

How about you?

That is my post for the day….please go out and enjoy the rest of your weekend….we can return to our normal stuff tomorrow…..

Star Gazing The Old Way

It is a Sunday and I have been spending time with the granddaughter she just got braces and her self-esteem is a bit low….so we are spending time on other stuff to keep her mind off the changes…..

I love history and have always thought about the vast knowledge that the ancients have had about the heavens…..and since the telescope is only about 400 years old what can explain their large amount of knowledge?

Well it seems there may be an answer to that question…….

Telescopes as we think of them date back 400 years to the Enlightenment. But astronomers studying huge tombs in Portugal believe ancient humans were making their own stargazing instruments 6,000 years ago, the Atlantic reports. Researchers, who presented their findings Wednesday at the National Astronomy Meeting in Britain, believe the tombs themselves were a type of massive lensless telescope, according to Live Science. The Guardian reports the long, narrow entrances to the tombs—which were the only source of light—would focus the eye on a single piece of sky, block out the sun’s rays at dawn, and make the eye more sensitive to low light. “This would allow enhanced observing, especially in the twilight hours of dusk and dawn,” astronomer Daniel Brown tells Live Science.

The tombs may “have been the first astronomical tools to support the watching of the skies, millennia before telescopes were invented,” the Royal Astronomical Society says in a statement. Ancient humans admitted inside the tombs may have been seen as having “secret knowledge or foresight” due to being able to see the rise of seasonal stars days before those outside the tombs could see them. They might use that information to declare when it was time to move herds to new grazing areas, for example. Researchers are now experimenting to see what stars might align with the entrances to the tombs.

The ancients were smarter than we thought they were….or I am sure the the wackos with the “Ancient Aliens” will have another wild theory on how they accomplished this feat.

There are so many holes in our knowledge of the “ancients”… any info achieved is a big step forward…..

Go Ahead And Eat It!

I smile….today I begin 3 days of total relaxation…..let the holiday weekend begin!

Before I start….this morning was a good day in the garden…..

As long as we are starting with the food thing……..

Remember back in the day when we were told that everything edible for breakfast was bad for us…eggs, bacon, butter….I always ate those items in moderation so I never worried about eating them.

Finally a study on butter……

We might all owe Paula Deen an apology. A study published this week in PLOS ONE finds no connection between eating butter and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, researchers found eating butter might actually make people slightly healthier by reducing the risk of diabetes. Researchers from Tufts University looked at nine previous studies of more than 636,000 people who ate between one-third a tablespoon of butter and three tablespoons of butter per day, Live Science reports. For the purposes of the study, they called one tablespoon of butter a daily serving. Researchers found that eating butter was in no way associated with a risk of stroke or heart disease and reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 4%.

“Hallelujah,” Gizmodo responds to the study, pointing out that warnings about the dangers of butter have been around since the 1970s. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to eat an entire butter sculpture. Researchers say that while butter may actually be healthier than sugars and starches, it’s probably still worse for you than olive oil or some margarines. “Overall, our results suggest that butter should neither be demonized nor considered ‘back’ as a route to good health,” researcher Dariush Mozaffarian says in a press release. Researchers did find that eating butter led to a 1% higher risk of death, though they chalk that up to the fact that “people who eat more butter generally have worse diets and lifestyles.” (This guy found edible butter dating back to Jesus.)

Two things…, butter is so much better in cooking than margarine and two, I would never apologize to that racist cow Deen……

Now start your holiday…..cook something with butter and eat your fool head off…..have some fun……

Space: The Final Frontier

Today I begin my weekend stuff…..and I apologize for the corny title….I was having a time with one so I just stole one from TV……(I’m a bad boy)…..

I try to catch my readers up on different things on the weekends and today I will do some of that for the science of astronomy……

Is there a 9th planet out there…hiding in plain sight…..

The Solar System could be harbouring far more planets than we currently know about, astronomers have said. After carrying out calculations relating to the hypothetical Planet Nine, the scientists said the presence of even more planets could better explain the unusual orbits of objects at the far reaches of the Solar System.

Evidence for the existence of Planet Nine was presented by Caltech scientists earlier this year. Scientists found six trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs) with highly unusual orbital paths. However, they said these paths could be explained by the presence of a massive planet (about 10 times the mass of the Earth), the gravity of which was influencing the six objects.

Source: Planet Nine is not alone: More planets predicted to be hiding at edge of Solar System

And it does not stop there…..gravity waves… in any language……

Astronomers say they’ve heard the echoes of two more crashing black holes—a discovery that hints that the unseen violence of the universe may be pretty common, the AP reports. They detected a second gravitational wave. That’s the warp in the fabric in the cosmos that Albert Einstein predicted a century ago and only results only from the most massive space crashes. It’s something that can’t be seen and Einstein thought would never be detected, but scientists have found a way to hear it—first one note, in September 2015, and now two. “This is what we call gravity’s music,” a Louisiana State University physicist says.

With that second, higher pitch chirp, detected Christmas night in the United States, an international team of scientists have switched from reveling in the “aha” of first discovery to the more detailed and telling recording of the historical soundtrack of a chaotic universe. Astronomers announcing the sounds likened that soundtrack to jazz, maybe with a mix of classical music. “This event really does establish that there are quite a few merging black holes in the nearby universe,” a Penn State University physicist says. “The universe is full of these tremendous collisions that are depositing tremendous energy.” The latest sound was from a cosmic crash 1.4 billion light-years away. A light-year is 5.9 trillion miles.

Black hole

Source: Sleeping Black Hole Wakes To Devour Passing Star

Now my readers are caught up with the newest discoveries in astronomy……you can sleep well tonight……but before that please go out and have a little “you” time and some enjoyment…..

Peace out

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Here we have hurricanes and we know when they will hit but California has earthquakes and few know for sure when they will pop up and shake the crap out of the state.

There is a small one almost everyday in California and in the past have had some butt busting ‘quakes and many seem to think that a really big one is not far off……

It’s the most well-known US fault, but the San Andreas Fault’s southern section hasn’t been behind a major earthquake since a 7.9-magnitude temblor in 1857—and that’s got Thomas Jordan worried, the Los Angeles Times reports. “The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight,” Jordan, the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, told Wednesday’s National Earthquake Conference. “And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded, and ready to go.” The area (which includes Los Angeles on its periphery) is due for a major quake, Jordan says, adding it’s imperative Southern California continue to prepare, following the example of LA in pushing quake retrofits for buildings, as well as protecting telecommunications and water systems. “An earthquake on the San Andreas would really affect all of Southern California,” said Jordan’s SCEC colleague, Mark Benthien, per CBS Los Angeles.

In tectonics-speak, the San Andreas Fault—which Curbed Los Angeles calls a “ticking … time bomb”—is where the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate meet, and the Pacific Plate is shifting northwest of the North American one at a rate of 16 feet or so every century, ScienceAlert notes. That’s a lot of tension that needs to be released, which would be devastating: A 2008 USGS study found a 7.8-magnitude quake on the San Andreas Fault’s southern portion could cause 1,800 fatalities, 50,000 injuries, and $200 billion in damage. Other parts of the fault have also remained dormant even longer, including in San Bernardino County (no major shakeup since 1812) and near the Salton Sea, more or less steady since the late 1600s. “We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century,” Jordan said last year. “But we know that tectonic forces are continually tightening the springs … making big quakes inevitable.”

Buy some desert land in western Arizona…..for one day it will be beachfront property…

Jeepers Creepers

Sunday…..I shall spend the day in the garden then the orchard and then end it in the vineyard…..Spring and beautiful weather and I will put my research aside and enjoy a little slice of life……strolling around the property gives me a perspective….kinda like recharging the batteries……

One of my fave jokes is…..2 cannibals eating a clown….one cannibal turns to the other and says…”Does this taste funny?”  (rip shot)

Moving on….we all have things that creeps us out….some it is snakes, my daughter it is snails, my granddaughter it is spiders and me… is clowns….just the sight of one makes me feel like hitting them between the eyes… say that I do not like them would be an understatement…..all are just plain creepy!

I know that it may seem irrational……. but maybe it is not so irrational……after all…….

As Slate puts it: “Creepy is a state of being that’s easy to identify but hard to pin down.” That is, until two social psychologists at Knox College conducted the first-ever empirical study of “creepiness,” publishing their findings in New Ideas in Psychology. The researchers surveyed more than 1,300 people around the world about people and things that creeped them out. Here are some of the results: Clowns, taxidermists, and funeral directors are creepy. So is repeated lip licking, violating personal space, laughing at the wrong times, and steering conversations toward sex. Also creepy: bulging eyes, long fingers, greasy hair, and pale skin. According to Business Insider, 95% of respondents believe creepy people are more likely to be men. And women are more likely to see creepy people as a sexual threat.

Researchers concluded that unpredictability is a big reason why things and people get labeled as creepy. As the study puts it, being creeped out is an evolved response that “enables us to maintain vigilance during times of uncertainty.” Researcher Francis McAndrew tells Business Insider their research shows a creepy trait is “anything that would make you unsure of what the person would do next.” But sociologist Lisa Wade says the research appears to show an inherent bias against things or people that aren’t conventionally attractive. “There’s a bias toward attractive people that’s reinforced by mass media,” she says. “Even when a movie casts a bad guy they cast someone who’s objectively unattractive, unless the intention is to have the audience be surprised that the bad guy is bad.”

I knew it!  I knew I was not crazy….well not because of that…..I mean if I am in a spot where there is a black guy in baggy pants and a person that appears to be Middle Eastern and a clown… money is on the clown as the person most suspicious….I am keeping my attention of the twat in the funny nose…..

What creeps you out?

Now You See Us, Now You Don’t

Sunday and my last day of sanity…..granddaughter came by and we argued the benefits of a woman president……

I remember back during the days of the original Star Trek  the only “aliens” that had a cloaking device was the Romulans, then later the Klingons had such a device…well Kirk stole the Romulan device and never understood why they did not reverse engineer it and put it on all Federation starships…..

That brings me to today’s post….it seems that we may be able to cloak the entire planet to save it from alien invasion…..

Heeding the warning from theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking that Earth may be unwittingly advertising its presence to intelligent life on other planets, two astrophysicists have proposed using lasers to cloak the planet’s existence, reports

According to a paper submitted to the Royal Astronomical Society, Columbia Professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey explain that a burst of light from lasers would make it look as if Earth didn’t exist when it passed it front of the sun.

Scientists have warned that intelligent beings elsewhere may search for planets the same way we do — spotting them as they pass in front of stars and temporarily block out the light. The two researchers propose using bursts of light from lasers during Earth’s transit periods.

The two authors of the new study suggest that transits could be masked by controlled laser emission, with the beam directed at the star where the aliens might live. When the transit takes place, the laser would be switched on to compensate for the loss of light emissions.

“There is an ongoing debate as to whether we should advertise ourselves or hide from advanced civilizations potentially living on planets elsewhere in the Galaxy,” Kipping explained. “Our work offers humanity a choice, at least for transit events, and we should think about what we want to do.”

The researchers suggest emitting a continuous 30 MW laser for about 10 hours, once a year, would be enough to eliminate the transit signal at the visible light end of the spectrum.

“Alternatively, we could cloak only the atmospheric signatures associated with biological activity, such as oxygen, which is achievable with a peak laser power of just 160 kW per transit. To another civilization, this should make the Earth appear as if life never took hold on our world”, said Teachey.

According to Hawking, alien civilizations might be looking for planets like Earth that are rich in resources for colonization.

It would be possible to cloak an entire planet….then why not a plane or ship?  Got to be cheaper than “stealth” technology…..which only makes something “visible” to radar….

Whatcha think?