Scripturient: Neanderthals: a love story

Squat, hairy, broad shoulders, a big nose, beetle-browed with a low forehead. As Blind Willie McTell wrote in his classic song, Statesboro Blues, “I know ain’t good lookin’, but I swear I’m some sweet woman’s angel child.” That line might have been written for early Neanderthal cousins. First described as dim-witted and brutish, our more ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – George Monbiot observes that while few people would want to drive animals to extinction directly, we’re all too often eager to settle for a consumerist culture which produces exactly that result. – Carol Linnitt reports on the Trudeau Libs’ appointment of an oil industry cheerleader to review the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dramatic Jupiter Exploration Video

It’s done in the style of a fiction/action movie trailer, but this is for real. One of the early results is this compressed/shifted audio depiction of aurora on Jupiter.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Alan Freeman is duly appalled by Apple’s attempt to throw itself a pity party with the money it’s hoarding rather than paying in fair corporate taxes. And James Mackintosh reports on Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s response to Apple’s utterly tone-deaf position that it’s entitled to its entitlements, while the Globe ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Oversides of Clouds – Earnestly Magical

The simple elegance of our ever churning atmosphere on display from space.   Filed under: Science Tagged: Space Photograhpy

Scripturient: Flat earthers? Must be a spoof…

At first, I thought a story on Tech.mic titled “Meet the People Who Believe the Earth Is Flat” was satire. You know, a parody of those zany conspiracy theorists who believe in such nonsense as chemtrails, gluten-free, the government staged the 9/11 attacks, homeopathy, vaccines cause autism, Trump is a good presidential candidate, astrology, creationism, climate ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gamma Rays – They can ruin your day.

I’m glad that our Universe is so large that we shouldn’t have to worry (much) about being erased as a species by a gamma ray burst.  🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Astrophysics, Death from Space, Kurzgesagt, Science

Dead Wild Roses: Snake Oil? – A guide.

Health fads come and go, some shouldn’t some should definitely make a quick exit.  Here is a guide to the good and the bad. Filed under: Science Tagged: Good Fads, Good Foods, Science

Dead Wild Roses: How Science Works…

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Humour, Science

Dead Wild Roses: Breaking Space News: Perseids set to be extra-spectacular this year

Scientists are predicting the Perseid Meteor Shower will be extra-spectacular this year, with up to double the usual number of meteors – up to 200 per hour! Arb and I are probably not going to get to see them: the forecast is for clouds and rain a good portion of the night.  If any of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

In response to Herb Pinder’s July 16th op-ed “Climate change alarmists ignore nature’s role”, I wonder if the Leader-Post has decided to publish conspiracy theories as reasonable opinions. I think many have heard of “young earth creationists” who contend the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it’s news to me there are people such ...

Dead Wild Roses: Discovering DNA – The Woman You Don’t Hear About

Here is the new ‘joke’ – What did Watson & Crick discover? Rosalind Franklin’s notes.   Rosalind Franklin’s Legacy When it comes to her place in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, Rosalind Franklin has not received fair treatment. Or so maintains Lynne Osman Elkin, a professor of biological sciences at California ...

Scripturient: Transcendance

It’s not surprising that AI replaced the biological form in the popular Frankenstein monster trope. In fact the smart-evil-machine scenario has been done so often this past decade or so that I’m more surprised any film writer or director can manage to give it some semblance of uniqueness that differs it from all the others. Transcendence tries, ...

Dead Wild Roses: What Happened Before History?

  Context is nice with regards to where we are and what we are doing in the world.  Predictably, the religious find a great deal wrong with this video as it is based on reality as opposed to magic. 🙂   Filed under: History Tagged: History, Science, What Happened Before History

Scripturient: The Postmortal

Mortality. We all get it. It’s the one one incurable ailment all humans succumb to without a chance of succor. Mortality is always 100% fatal. No medicine, no therapy, no diet cure or magic pill. But as you read this, scientists are researching, seeking clues to unlock the mystery and, potentially, cure us of aging,of death ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Grandfather Paradox – Resolved? – Minute Physics

Oh, it was that easy? 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Grandfather Paradox, Minute Physics, Science

Dead Wild Roses: Lateral Discrimination Or, “No No No, take your other left!”

       Lateral awareness, or the ability to discriminate left from right is an acquired skill.  Most people have it by age 10 and most people start to lose in after age 50 (good times).  Lateral awareness, of course, falls on a spectrum and here are the results so far: “A recent survey of 800 people ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Fermi Paradox – Kurzgesagt

The Fermi paradox or Fermi’s paradox, named after Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates, e.g. those given by the Drake equation, for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.[1] The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi (1901–1954) and Michael H. Hart (born 1932), are: ...

Dead Wild Roses: What are You?

Human thought tends to function in binaries, but much of the reality we inhabit just doesn’t work that way. Filed under: Philosophy, Science Tagged: Cells, Human thought, Philosophy, Reality, Science, What are you?

Dead Wild Roses: How Far Can Humanity Go?

When physics drops the hammer on your galaxy exploration dreams… Filed under: Science Tagged: Limits of Humanity, Physics, Science

Montreal Simon: The Amazing Rocket and America’s New Supergun

It's amazing what we humans can do when we push the boundaries of science.Like fire off this SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, deploy a satellite.Then land the first stage on a so-called drone ship in the North Atlantic. And this is what a new and speeded up video of that landing looks like from the ...

Scripturient: Not quite seven signs of the apocalypse

A 2014 story on Salon, titled 7 things Americans think are more plausible than man-made global warming made its way around Facebook again, recently. It lists seven statistics about things Americans believe in more than they believe that human activity has caused climate change. It got a lot of shares and likes. Climate change is, of course, fact, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Taxonomy of Candy

Innocuous start, but one can really see how complex a job classifying stuff can be.  🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Science, Taxonomy

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Big Bang

It is always nice to find a well put together video, and this one titled ‘The Beginning of Everything’ does a wonderful job of laying down the fundamentals of how our universe began. Filed under: Atheism, Science Tagged: The Big Bang, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: Minute Physics – The Limb of the Sun

Physics?  On a Monday?  Eeek! Filed under: Science Tagged: Limb of the Sun, Physics, Science