Preparing the World for Aliens

first_imgSome people are so convinced there are alien intelligences in the universe, we should be getting ready to meet them.    The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, reported that NASA has partly financed a creative writing class on “interstellar message composition” at the University of Wyoming.  Professor Jeffrey Lockwood wants to help the 11 students think about what we might say to an alien intelligence.  One student “created a poem about menstruation with syllables arranged in a mathematically harmonious order, known as the Fibonacci sequence.”  The course is being advised by Douglas Vakoch, director of interstellar message composition at the SETI Institute (see 04/17/2008).  Who better than writers, he said, to express the human condition to our stellar neighbors.  “It could be tomorrow that we’ll need to be ready to decide if we reply,” he said.  Don’t expect a lively dialogue, though; each one-way message could take thousands of years.    Over the Rockies at Denver, Jeff Peckman is asking the city council to create an “Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission,” reported the Denver Post.  He believes the federal government is already aware of extraterrestrials and is spending a great deal of taxpayer money to conceal the fact.  Peckman is gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to create an 18-member commission, at the cost of $75,000 a year, to decide on policies for dealing with space beings.  The Rocky Mountain News said that Peckman believes he saw an alien winking through a window on a video of a UFO.Which of these stories is absurd, pseudoscientific and an egregious abuse of taxpayer money?  Pick any two.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Major Cosmic Questions Remain Unanswered

first_imgSome basic ideas about physics and astronomy remain so mysterious, and their explanations so flexible, they may lead some to question whether they should be called “hard sciences.”It’s about time:  Most of us take time for granted and wish we had more of it.  Why, then, is it controversial for a physicist to claim that time is real?  Live Science describes the ideas of Lee Smolin, who “controversially” claims that time is not an illusion, but a fundamental aspect of the universe.  The question opens up a “meta-law dilemma” about whether laws of nature are inside or outside of time.  If outside, Smolin argues, they have no meaning.  The question also bears heavily on the nature of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and why it presents an asymmetrical “arrow of time.”  In his article for New Scientist, Smolin said, “It might be a funny thing to say, but the idea that time is real requires a radical departure from the standard paradigm of physics.”  Nature reviewed Smolin’s new book, Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe.Theory of massive star formation encounters surprise:  Science Daily reported that astrophysicists were surprised when a massive star disobeyed theory.Standard candle isn’t:  PhysOrg reported the possibility that gravitational lenses could make Type 1a supernovae, the leading cosmic distance indicators, much brighter than they are.  The implications of this realization for estimating the size and age of the universe were not explored.The antimatter puzzle:  The BBC News, Live Science and Science Daily all reported that the Large Hadron Collider may have found a case of matter-antimatter asymmetry for a particular form of matter (the Bs meson) and its antiparticle.  It’s not enough to explain the predominance of matter in our universe though.  Jason Palmer at the BBC writes, “but puzzle abides.”  Science Daily quoted the physicists saying that the observed asymmetry is “too small to account for the matter-dominated Universe.”Grand finale came first:  Another observation supports the surprising finding that the universe underwent extraordinary periods of star formation in its infancy (01/08/2002, 09/21/2005, 04/02/2009, 12/17/2010). Big bang theory posits that the universe began in a highly smooth state, but Science Daily wrote, “Astronomers using a world-wide collection of telescopes have discovered the most prolific star factory in the Universe, surprisingly in a galaxy so distant that they see as it was when the Universe was only six percent of its current age.” Another example, “a dust-obscured massive maximum-starburst galaxy at a redshift of 6.34,” was reported by Nature: “it seems that environments mature enough to form the most massive, intense starbursts existed at least as early as 880 million years after the Big Bang.”Dark matter moment of truth:  Science Magazine stated that the “dark matter mystery” is nearing its “moment of truth.”  Dark matter is supposed to be much more plentiful than visible matter, according to leading theory, but has eluded all detection.  One team thinking it has a potential detection of WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles, a theoretical kind of dark matter) is not ready to announce it.  Others are urging caution because of other falsified claims in the past.Higgs vs inflation:  Nature reported that the properties of the newly-discovered Higgs boson “could spell trouble for leading Big Bang theory.”  Astronomer Paul Steinhart believes data from the Planck telescope “introduce new, serious difficulties” for the popular hypothesis that the universe underwent exponential expansion in the first fraction of a second after the big bang.A simple, ignored question:  Back in January, in Live Science, Joel Shurkin asked, “Where did the universe’s magnetism come from?”  That question is rarely addressed.  The big bang would have begun with no magnetism, he says: “In the beginning there was no magnetism.”  Today, though, it is one of the most powerful forces in stars and galaxies.  Any incipient fields after the big bang should have cancelled each other out.  Shurkin entertained a theory by one German physicist, Reinhard Schlickeiser, who thinks it began very weak until iron evolved in stars, then current flows magnified it.  “You have to have something to start from,” his partner said, but that begs the question of where the something came from.Inconstant speed of light:  It’s not just creationists who put forth the idea that the speed of light is not constant.  Live Science entertained ideas from two physicist teams who propose it, even though their estimates of the amount of change are slight.  Still, it shows that fundamental ideas unquestioned since Einstein can still be questioned.Hubris nonetheless:  Given the amount of mystery remaining in physics and cosmology about the most basic questions, it seems blatantly hubristic for Stephen Hawking to continue claiming that “the big bang didn’t need God,” as Space.com reported.  He’s assuming there even was a big bang.  On April 16, long lines waited to hear him at Caltech mock God and religion.  He even fancies himself a prophet.  He said, “I don’t think we will survive another thousand years without escaping our fragile planet.”  Fortunately for him, he won’t have to face accusers in the year 3013.Never confuse the observable, repeatable, testable science that gives us cell phones with the unverifiable speculation emerging from the mouths and keyboards of secular scientists who don’t know what they’re talking about, who keep making theoretical claims that get falsified by new observations, and who intrude into metaphysical questions they are not philosophically prepared to approach.  Their only qualification lies in the sophistication of their ignorance. 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Belga laments costly miscommunication as Rain or Shine misses out on semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Tells Colin Cowherd He Has To “Go To Church, Ask For Forgiveness” For His John Wall Criticism

first_imgJohn Calipari talks to Colin Cowherd about John Wall.John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.last_img read more

Desmond Tutu Calls For Urgent Action To Protect Syrian Children

first_imgSave the Children and other leading humanitarian agencies have published an open letter calling on the parties to the Syrian conflict meeting in Geneva to urgently focus on the plight of children.The 14 signatories also include Antonio Gutteres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee; Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF.The letter marks the first time top humanitarian agencies have come together to publicly call on all sides to take measures to allow lifesaving aid to reach children trapped inside Syria and prevent them from being targets of violence.More than 11,000 children have died in this conflict already, 71 percent of them killed indiscriminately by explosive weapons used in towns and cities.“With the parties in Syria’s conflict meeting in Geneva tomorrow, we believe the time has come to urgently focus on the plight of children. Over 11,000 Syrian children have already lost their lives,” reads the letter. “From the shelling of residential areas to attacks on schools and hospitals, children are being targeted. More than 4 million children have been forced to flee their homes, including over a million who have fled the country altogether. Many are traumatized, hungry, and in urgent need of shelter and protection. Scandalously, aid cannot reach the children who need it the most. Hundreds of thousands of children are trapped in conflict zones and are receiving little or no humanitarian assistance at all.“Every child in Syria who is hurt, or killed, or loses a loved one, represents yet another failure by the international community. We hereby commit to becoming champions for Syria’s children, speaking out for their rights at every opportunity. An entire generation is being lost to violence. All of us bear a responsibility to save these children.”Save the Children, the world’s leading independent organization focused on the needs of children, wants the Geneva II participants to make protecting children the first item on their agenda. It called on all parties to commit to the following:• Allow lifesaving aid to reach children inside Syria • Protect schools and health facilities • Prevent the use of explosive weapons in populated areas“Children in Syria are experiencing an unrelenting brutality of war. Four million children have been forced to leave their homes and children are frequent victims of violence that leaves them severely injured or dead. This tragedy is man-made, and it is within the power of the warring parties to stop it,” said Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles.“The first item on the agenda at Geneva II must be protecting children,” Miles added. “The parties have already demonstrated the power of political will when they began moving chemical weapons out of Syria. We need to see the same political will to ensure that even if the fighting continues, children and other civilians are no longer targeted.”“Save the Children’s three-point plan to protect the children of Syria is about ending the appalling situation that places the most vulnerable directly in harm’s way. If parties to the talks come together to make these three things happen, fewer children will die. It is that simple,” Miles said.Save the Children has reached 900,000 people through its regional response to the Syrian crisis, including more than 300,000 within Syria Itself. The agency’s response includes supporting mothers to ensure babies are kept healthy and fed, preventing malnutrition and providing communities with food, safe water, medicine and shelter.Save the Children is also working to help children overcome their traumatic experiences through emotional support and play therapy, and helping them to return to getting an education.The agency said that approximately 4.5 million children inside Syria need assistance.last_img read more

Crowdfunding making the world a little smaller for Nunavut

first_imgAPTN National NewsEverything costs more in Nunavut and fundraising isn’t always easy.Especially considering Nunavut’s remote communities don’t have a lot of money in the first place.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports crowdfunding on the Internet is changing that.last_img

Womens Lacrosse Ohio State falls 1716 in doubleovertime thriller to Jacksonville

Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Jacksonville in a double-overtime thriller, losing 17-16 on the road Friday night. Ohio State junior attacker Sara Dickinson scored with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game to take the Dolphins (2-1) into overtime. Jacksonville gained possession on a free position shot and freshman midfielder Megan Prescott scored to win the game one minute into the second overtime period. Ohio State sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes (1-2) with five points and junior midfielder Baley Parrott picked up three goals. Hernandez tied her career high of five goals. A goal by Hernandez nearly four minutes into the second half to tie the game at 13-13 was called back after a review in the Dolphins’ favor.The Buckeyes had 19 turnovers, eight of which came in the second half, which gave the Dolphins an opportunity to widen their lead. Ohio State was down by three goals entering the second half. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Epstein tied the game at 13 with 12:49 left in the second half. Both teams traded goals until the end of regulation. Jacksonville freshman attacker Alyssa Arnold  scored with 1:34 left in the second half, leading 16-15. Senior midfielder Ashtyn Hiron led the Dolphins with four goals. Jacksonville had 37 shots compared to the Buckeyes’ 23 shots. Ohio State was 6-for-9 in free position shots. Jacksonville had a 15-14 draw-control advantage.Defensively, the Buckeyes held an advantage. Sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had six saves, helping the offense to close out the second half with a tie. The Buckeyes look to bounce back on the road against Cincinnati on Monday. read more

Gerrard far from impressed with Rangers attack

first_imgSteven Gerrard admitted Rangers were below par in their 1-0 loss at Livingston.A goal from Dolly Menga was all that Livingston needed to seal a win against the Steven Gerrard tutored Rangers to move third in the Premiership.The result leaves them eight points behind leaders Hearts, who they host at Ibrox next weekend.Gerrard told Sky Sports: “We never had enough quality in terms of crosses, in terms of trying to disrupt their back three.“When we got into good areas, we either over-hit the cross, under-hit the cross or they defended it quite well.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“In the final third today, we were nowhere near good enough. We could still be playing for a couple of days, I don’t think we’d have scored.“We’ve had praise and we’ve had a lot of credit. Now we have to take the criticism and when we’re not good enough, I need to tell the players when they’re not good enough.“They’ve done ever so well so far so I can’t go over the top in terms of criticism but we’ll definitely analyse it and if individuals need to be told or they need to be told as a team, that’s my job to do it.“The squad’s getting healthy now, there’s a lot of competition. The one thing you don’t want to do now as a player is play your way out of the team.”last_img read more

Samuel Umtiti boost for Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti could return in time from injury to face Atletico Madrid at the end of next monthThe French international has been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad following his €25m arrival from Lyon in 2016.However, Umtiti has been unavailable for Barcelona since September due to a recurring knee injury.Summer recruit Clement Lenglet has filled in for Umtiti at the heart of the Barcelona defence alongside Gerard Pique.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…But Marca reports that Umtiti is recovering well and could be in contention to be named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the trip to Madrid on November 24.It will be the club’s first game back from the next international break and could prove to be a decisive one with both Barcelona and Atletico currently separated by two points in La Liga.Umtiti has made a total of 90 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.The Catalan giants will first face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey tonight with Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez all expected to be rested.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic – AC Milan betrayed me

first_imgIn his autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted to feeling betrayed by Milan when they sold him to PSG for €20 million in 2012.According to reports, Ibrahimovic is going back to San Siro, where he never wanted to leave.The 37-year-old Swede revealed details in his new book titled ‘I am football’. He gave an insight regarding his experience with former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.In excerpts from the book were published by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic wrote: “Galliani told me: ‘Ibra, you have nothing to be worried about, we won’t sell you.’“A few weeks later, I was in my holiday home in Vaxholm. I had just returned from water skiing and saw there were five missed calls on my phone from Mino Raiola.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’d made him swear not to call me during my vacation, so I knew something was going on. ‘We have to talk,’ he told me. ‘Leonardo will call you.’“I wondered who this Leonardo was, then put it together. Leonardo… the director of sport at PSG. ‘Listen, I don’t want to talk to him. There’s nothing to talk about, seeing as Galliani promised I wasn’t for sale.’“Raiola replied: ‘Well, see, in reality, they’ve already sold you…’ ”last_img read more