Science

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80% of Universe’s Light “Missing”

In the 19th century, scientists were working under the presumption that the universe was stable and, for practical purposes, infinite in all directions.  They believed matter moved through a field that gave it form.  They called this field an aether. Then Einstein came along and discovered a way to calculate relativistic mechanics without the need…

Why It’s Impossible For Reductive Materialism To Fully Explain The Universe

It is generally accepted that reductive materialism is the only acceptable philosophy for a scientist to hold.  It’s a form of physicalism that treats the entire universe as if everything is physical.  To quote wiki, “It asserts that mental events can be grouped into types, and can then be correlated with types of physical events in the brain.” This type of philosophy…

Religion Test For Nerds

Do you believe material systems can display strongly emergent properties? Do you believe some matter exists that cannot be detected optically or by other electromagnetic means? Do you believe, in some areas of the universe, stable matter exists that violates the island of stability in nuclear chemistry? Do you believe infinitely dense point-mass particles exist,…

HP Just Turned The Computing World On Its Head

HP just announced the next revolution in the evolution of computing.  In fact, the computing solution they’ve come up with is beyond revolutionary. 80 times less energy consumed. Photons (light) are used for processor to memory communication instead of electrons. 160 petabytes of stable long term non-volatile memory, byte addressable,  accessible in under 250 nanoseconds.  That’s the equivalent…

The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding And Rejecting Science

Ooooh that has to hurt. http://www.drugpolicy.org/sites/default/files/DPA-MAPS_DEA_Science_Final.pdf From the executive summary: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is charged with enforcing federal drug laws. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, its powers include the authority to schedule drugs (alongside other federal agencies) and to license facilities for the production and use of scheduled drugs in federally-approved…

Gold Produced From Ground Up Beer Bottles

According to Blue Eagle Refiners Inc, they can produce up to 400oz of pure gold from 1 ton of empty beer bottles.  Their process and rate of gold production far exceeds the production rates of the best gold mines in terms of cost per unit of metal obtained. Assuming these guys are legit, that pretty much…