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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Recent Reading - Mainly Technology

  Beyond shale gas - development work proceeding on extracting methane hydrate gas reserves. Keep us going at tiny prices for 1,000+ years
HL Mencken quotes
The "debunking" of cold fusion, aka LENR, aka quantum fusion, was largely based on scientific fraud committed at MIT in 1989. This is the allegation of the head of MIT's science information office at the time, the late Dr. Eugene Mallove. He alleges this fraud was perpetrated to ensure that MIT continued to receive tens of millions of dollars for its thermonuclear fusion program ("hot fusion"). The report containing this allegation is quite long but the documentation to support the charge is extensive and well worth the read.

MIT and Cold Fusion: A Special Report

This doesn't prove "cold fusion" is genuine but it certainly supports the view.
Acknowledged that Labour, the teacher's unions and the "education experts" deliberately lied to pretend the kids education was not getting worse.  This is child abuse worse than anything merely sexual but we all know known of these obscenities will be punished.
Mental control of a robot hundreds of kilometres away. This will be a massive force multiplier when we start working orbital and lunar industries.
Love Of Theory Is The Root Of All Evil

Love of truth, on the other hand, is the root of all that is good.

List of Scottish Green groups funded by the wind subsidy industry.
US changes patent laws - the independent inventor loses out again.
Tech $Billionaires Want to Be Space $Trillionaires - Asteroid mining will make $trillions of resources available. So far this is beyond the reach of any government so who are they going to pay taxes to?

India's food problem - they have to much to be able to store!  Is this technological progress or is it increased CO2 in the atmosphere. I think both.  Isn't it a wonderful world we live in?
Evidence that establishing life is even more difficult than previous reinterpretations of the Drake Equation suggest. So it is more likely that (A) we are alone & (B) the difficult bit of human progress is already done.

The long-term diversity of life in the sea depends on the sea-level set by plate tectonics and the local supernova rate set by the astrophysics, and on virtually nothing else.
The long-term primary productivity of life in the sea – the net growth of photosynthetic microbes – depends on the supernova rate, and on virtually nothing else.
Exceptionally close supernovae account for short-lived falls in sea-level during the past 500 million years, long-known to geophysicists but never convincingly explained..
As the geological and astronomical records converge, the match between climate and supernova rates gets better and better, with high rates bringing icy times.

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