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" Phil — Just a quick note to encourage you to do the right thing and shoot yourself in the head. Don’t waste any more time, do it today. It is truly the greatest contribution to life that you will ever make. "

- A note sent to climate scientist Phil Jones • Suggesting he kill himself for his work on climate change. Jones, a scientist at the center University of East Anglia, was one of the people at the center of “Climategate,” a controversy that climate change skeptics used to call into question the basic tenets of climate change. Journalist James Delingpole, one of the skeptics who spearheaded Climategate, called into question the idea that Jones got death threats, so an environmentalist checked with the university — and got back eight pages worth of death threats. Wowza. (via shortformblog)

(via randomactsofchaos)

My son’s making crystals and they aren’t growing at all like we expected. This little tree bloomed off a tiny crystal shard today. It was a tiny point sticking out of the water last night.

"Man can never have enough knowledge to explain the universe, and all of those answers are not intended to be found in the Bible. Do we need the Bible to show us the beauty of a flower, the elaborate dance of bees, the phases of the moon? Of course not, these things are here in our world for our observation, for us to learn about on our own.

Belief in the infallibility of man’s language and in culture’s memory, diminishes the meaning of the book and its stories. Leaving nothing for discovery or for understanding puts mankind on a pedestal, as if we could have perfect understanding. That perfect understanding requires us to be perfect as well, and we are not. We are both less and more than that.”

(read the rest at my next move sideways blog)



Quantum Levitation Will Blow Your Mind

This video demonstration is in something called Quantum Levitation, a phenomenon that results from the fact that superconductors and magnets tend to not like each other.

When possible, the superconductor will expel all the magnetic field from inside. This is the Meissner effect. In our case, since the superconductor is extremely thin, the magnetic field DOES penetrate. However, it does that in discrete quantities called flux tubes.

Inside each magnetic flux tube superconductivity is locally destroyed. The superconductor will try to keep the magnetic tubes pinned in weak areas (e.g. grain boundaries). Any spatial movement of the superconductor will cause the flux tubes to move. In order to prevent that the superconductor remains “trapped” in midair.

Oh, the “Star Wars” applications this effect would lend itself to! 8-)


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NASA Scientist Hansen Arrested at Tar Sands Protest - A Grim Sign of the Times

The world’s best known and most outspoken climate scientist, James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, arrested today.

Hansen has posted a collection of remarks, notes and powerpoints explaining how greenhouse gas emissions associated with the pipeline and the development of unconventional fossil fuels risk the global climate system, and how to avoid such a scenario.  

(via plantedcity- click for more links)

Why are carrots orange?

(Is it political?)

A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. From the tall guy.