Saturday, December 31, 2005
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Peabody's Improbable History
You can also go Wayback on the internet, see The Internet Archive Wayback http://www.archive.org/web/web.php
If you use Firefox, you can get an extension that automatically Waybacks any page you happen to be on at the click of a button.
However, the ultimate irony is that I was unable to use Internet Wayback to get a history of Mr. Peabody's page as it blocked the Wayback function!
Friday, December 30, 2005
There are 123 pages in the draft. Rumor has it that the TSA is trying to include it's "No Fly List" and watch list in the regulations. This will delay anyone named David Nelson who wants to go into space.
If you aren't on the list, you can keep an eye on the first commercial concern actually developing the concept based on Burt Rutan's designs. Check out Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic at http://www.virgingalactic.com/en/
Be careful, though. Remember what happened to PanAm. I suspect since the company is long bankrupt, you will never be able to use these tickets to get to the moon. The following is from http://www.reference.com
Pan Am sold tickets for future flights to the moon, and these later became valuable collectors' items; a fictional Pan Am Space Clipper or commercial space shuttle (the Orion III) had a prominent role in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was also featured in the poster.
Ignore the links in my previous missive about distributed computing. Now, all is centralized at the site above. My old SETI@Home screensaver and data are no more!
There are a number of other distributed computing projects you may participate in. There is also the SETI project, a project to find Mersemne prime numbers: www.mersenne.org/prime.htm
To help find SETI, try the University of California's SETI@Home project at: http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/
Another is to help in medical research, read the article at: http://www.betterhumans.com/News/5027/Default.aspx
This article has links to sites to help research in HIV, Alzheimer's and Cancer.
I am a longtime SETI search participant. I have yet to get a "WOW", or at least to my knowledge. However, SETI@Home gives you a great screensaver showing the star from which the signal your computer is analyzing comes from and a variety of signal parameters. Any other legitimate distributed computing projects out there?
We may yet be doomed! See the year in Science at:
What is your entry as to the most momentous news in 2005 in the area of "Life, the Universe and Everything"?
Monday, December 26, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Despite Lower CO2 Emissions, Diesel Cars May Promote More Global Warming Than Gasoline Cars
For the big picture, see: "The Case of the Missing Mars Water" at
Finally, see the Spirit and Opportunity
One Martian Year Anniversary (one earth year, 14 dog year) at
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Global Consciousness Project -- consciousness, group consciousness, mind
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Whitney Clavin (818) 354-4673
Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
News Release: 2005-175
Partial Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered some of life’s most basic ingredients in the dust swirling around a young star. The ingredients – gaseous precursors to DNA and protein – were detected in the star’s terrestrial planet zone, a region where rocky planets such as Earth are thought to be born.
The findings represent the first time that these gases, called acetylene and hydrogen cyanide, have been found in a terrestrial planet zone outside of our own.
"This infant system might look a lot like ours did billions of years ago, before life arose on Earth," said Fred Lahuis of Leiden Observatory in the
Lahuis and his colleagues spotted the organic, or carbon-containing, gases around a star called IRS 46. The star is in the Ophiuchus (pronounced OFF-ee-YOO-kuss), or "snake carrier," constellation about 375 light-years from Earth. This constellation harbors a huge cloud of gas and dust in the process of a major stellar baby boom. Like most of the young stars here and elsewhere, IRS 46 is circled by a flat disk of spinning gas and dust that might ultimately clump together to form planets.
When the astronomers probed this star's disk with Spitzer's powerful infrared spectrometer instrument, they were surprised to find the molecular "barcodes" of large amounts of acetylene and hydrogen cyanide gases, as well as carbon dioxide gas. The team observed 100 similar young stars, but only one, IRS 46, showed unambiguous signs of the organic mix.
"The star's disk was oriented in just the right way to allow us to peer into it," said Lahuis.
The Spitzer data also revealed that the organic gases are hot. So hot, in fact, that they are most likely located near the star, about the same distance away as Earth is from our sun.
"The gases are very warm, close to or somewhat above the boiling point of water on Earth," said Dr. Adwin Boogert of the California Institute of Technology,
Organic gases such as those found around IRS 46 are found in our own solar system, in the atmospheres of the giant planets and Saturn's moon Titan, and on the icy surfaces of comets. They have also been seen around massive stars by the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory, though these stars are thought to be less likely than sun-like stars to form life-bearing planets.
Here on Earth, the molecules are believed to have arrived billions of years ago, possibly via comets or comet dust that rained down from the sky. Acetylene and hydrogen cyanide link up together in the presence of water to form some of the chemical units of life's most essential compounds, DNA and protein. These chemical units are several of the 20 amino acids that make up protein and one of the four chemical bases that make up DNA.
"If you add hydrogen cyanide, acetylene and water together in a test tube and give them an appropriate surface on which to be concentrated and react, you'll get a slew of organic compounds including amino acids and a DNA purine base called adenine," said Dr. Geoffrey Blake of Caltech, a co-author of the paper. "And now, we can detect these same molecules in the planet zone of a star hundreds of light-years away."
Follow-up observations with the W.M. Keck Telescope atop Mauna Kea in
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The Impact of Emerging Technologies: The Internet Is Broken -- Part 2
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: The Internet Is Broken
Slashdot | Ham Hears Mars Orbiter 45 Million Miles From Earth
Monday, December 19, 2005
"Quake-alarm cell phone to be tested
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to develop a new emergency-broadcast system capable of automatically turning on cell phones so it can send a warning alarm and information to them in case of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.
The ministry is planning to start testing the system, which uses a digital terrestrial television broadcasting signal, before March 31, and it hopes to be able to put it into practice within a few years, a ministry official said.
The system would allow cell phone users to receive useful data, including information about disasters, and evacuation instructions and routes. The ministry believes text messages would help people evacuate a disaster area safely and, in doing so, prevent a disaster situation from worsening.
The ministry plans to test the system in Sapporo in April 2006, piggybacking a new broadcasting system, called One Seg, that is being set up to enable television programs to be played on cell phones.
The new system will enable the ministry to send an emergency-broadcast signal to specially designed cell phones capable of being switched on remotely.
(Dec. 19, 2005)"
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Wired News: The Hydrogen Gold Rush Is On
Institute of Noetic Sciences: Home Page
Read this in conjuction with Edward Wilson - Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. Edwin Wilson is a biologist and Pulitzer Prize winning author. See his site at: http://www.2think.org/hii/wilson.shtml
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Sunday, December 11, 2005
Buddhism and the Interdisciplinary Study of the Mind
Thursday, December 08, 2005
S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MARTIAN MISSION
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