Friday, April 18, 2014

Progressive Water Resource Management Gone Wild

Mt. Tabor Reservoir. Image Credit: File Photo – The Oregonian
Progressive Water Resource Management Gone Wild

Here in California, the Delta Smelt, a non-indigenous (imported) fish, is given grand reverence over the human need to grow and harvest food for living and profit. We are very familiar with the over-reach of power over common sense in the pursuit of progressive political perception.

Just this week in Portland Oregon, it was discovered via a review of surveillance camera video, a teen-aged male was captured emptying his bladder into the Mount Tabor Reservoir, an open air facility established during the period of 1894 through 1911 and used to hold a portion of the city of Portland’s water fed into the home delivery water resource system.

Mt. Tabor Reservoir. Image Credit: KBOO.FM

This excerpted and edited from Oregon Public Broadcasting -
    Portland To Empty Water In Mt. Tabor Reservoir After Contamination
    OPB | April 16, 2014 1:42 p.m. | Updated: April 17, 2014 6:39 a.m. | Portland

    The Portland Water Bureau was forced to shut down one of its Mount Tabor reservoirs early Wednesday. A trespasser urinated into one of the reservoirs.
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    Bureau officials say about 50 million gallons of drinking water were isolated at Reservoir No. 5. None of the contaminated supply was distributed to customers.

    David Shaff is with the Portland Water Bureau. He says water quality samples have been taken for safety reasons.

    “I’m still going to empty the reservoir, clean it, and re-fill it. And the reason I’m going to do that is because I have customers who have an expectation that I’m not going to deliberately deliver water that has been contaminated by someone peeing into the reservoir,” Shaff said.

    “The basic commandment of the Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers,” Shaff said Wednesday. “And the premise behind that is we don’t have pee in it.”

    The open reservoirs hold water that has already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers.

    The urine poses little risk — animals routinely deposit waste without creating a public health crisis — but Shaff said he doesn’t want to serve water that was deliberately tainted.

    “There is at least a perceived difference from my perspective,” Shaff said. “I could be wrong on that, but the reality is our customers don’t anticipate drinking water that’s been contaminated by some yahoo who decided to pee into a reservoir.”
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    The three unidentified men were cited for trespassing after being stopped at the site early Wednesday morning. One was also cited for public urination.

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.
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    The reservoir is one of five the city is in the process of replacing with underground storage to comply with federal regulations.

    Floy Jones, co-founder of the group Friends of the Reservoirs, criticized the decision to drain the reservoir, saying there’s no evidence any urine reached the water and it wouldn’t harm anyone if it did.

    “It’s extremely wasteful,” she said.

    In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act.

    The man who urinated into Portland’s water supply in June 2011 eventually pleaded guilty to misuse of a reservoir and was sentenced to community service.

    [Reference Here]

This is another situation where common sense and the progressive application of power collide in the wasteful pursuit of perception. The cost to drain and re-clean the reservoir (that had its bi-annual cleaning process completed about three weeks ago according to Water Bureau records) is referenced in Wikipedia as being around $36,000 for the 2011 incident.

Has anyone around here heard of Bear Grylls? Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter and is best known for his internationally syndicated television series Man vs. Wild, also known originally as Born Survivor.

On his program, he was famous for a survivalist meme of showing people that urine is, when all else is not available, a hydrating substance. He would show that one would not die, or become ill, in drinking pee straight out of a container in order to keep alive and to not having bodily functions shut down due to a lack of water for a short period of time.

Does it taste good straight – NO, it tastes as one would expect pee to taste.

Can one taste human urine when it is diluted in, say, EIGHT MILLION GALLONS OF WATER?

    A better question that should be asked is – what percentage of contamination does this known human urine waste cast-off represent to the overall unmeasured wildlife/animal waste cast-off (urine and solid waste sewage) of all birds, bats, rats, squirrels, dogs, cats, and etc. that make it into the Portland water supply through the feeder system and the reservoirs as well … before delivery into the system?

‘Infinitesimal’ is the word that comes to mind.

Save the $36,000.00+ of public money on the perception of power and show real power through the education of all who use the public water system that employs open air reservoirs on this Oblate Spheroid. This is still a water system, without filtration, that will always be classified until changes are made, as … “Gone Wild.”

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 - Fireworks Display Via GIF

New Year in the Philippines - The view of the Metro Manila skyline from Monterey Hills in San Mateo, Rizal. Credit: Paolo Nacpil via 24.media.tumblr.com

Happy New Year 2014 - Fireworks Display Via GIF

Fireworks at the end of a rope. Credit: musicsongz.com


Simultaneous color bursts all in one line. Credit: 9to5gifs.com


Random explosions in light blue-white. Credit: media.tumblr.com


Single red, white, and blue spherical burst. Credit: twodelighted.com


Cityscape fireworks at waters edge. Credit: 24.media.tumblr.com


Random spray burst fireworks at waters edge. Credit: f.ptcdn.info

Single rocket multiple burst cascade firework. Credit: gifs.gifbin.com


Eiffel Tower with superimposed white burst 'twilight sky' effect over Paris display. Credit: announcingit.com

Have a Happy and Abundant 2014 here on this Oblate Spheroid shaped blue orb!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Popular Science Settles On Consensus Over Reporting Fact

Popular Science magazine cover that has as an article, "How to Prevent America's Next TRAIN CRASH" - funny, how now Popular Science is about trying to prevent the crash in the flow of America's research funding through shutting off comments that expose fraud. Image Credit: m5.paperblog.com

Popular Science Settles On Consensus Over Reporting Truth Based In Facts

This week saw an actual sea change and weak stomach for debate on consensus over publishing comments that argue for scientific method derived facts and the truth.

This excerpted and edited from PopularScience.com -


Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments

By Suzanne LaBarre - Posted 09.24.2013 at 8:15 am

Starting today, PopularScience.com will no longer accept comments on new articles. Here's why.

Comments can be bad for science. That's why, here at PopularScience.com, we're shutting them off.
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Another, similarly designed study found that just firmly worded (but not uncivil) disagreements between commenters impacted readers' perception of science.

If you carry out those results to their logical end--commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded--you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the "off" switch.

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

[Reference Here]

"How It Works" - Credit: Popular Science
The 'money quote' has to be:

popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics

This is what Popular Science, the magazine and website, bases all of it opinion and articles on ... popular consensus. The fact that Popular Science is shutting down comments to their consensus derived articles proves that they admit to publishing Consensus over Scientific Method derived facts.

Since WHEN is Consensus a substitute for Scientific Method?

Not once is Scientific Method mentioned as the basis of information their articles are based upon. Their statement only alludes to popular consensus and scientifically validated topics.

Further, the editors admit to trying to shape public opinion through their publishing silo with this observation - "commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded--you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the "off" switch." - and therein lays the rub.

Who holds the scientific community's feet to the fire when mathematical formulas and data are shaped so that results reflect the intent of the politically-motivated public policy. Follow the money.

The biggest problem with Popular Science is that the editors are nothing more than Progressive-Minded J-School Stenographers who report what has been bought-and-paid-for Consensus objectives, rooted in politically-motivated public policy, as opposed to reporting Scientific Method derived FACTS!!!

Does the mathematical fraud perpetrated by the University of East Anglia ever get reported and calculated into the Consensus equation? At Popular Science, now that they have hit the "off" switch on comments to their published articles - we, at Oblate Spheroid, think not!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Auto Show In The Mountains At Big Bear Lake's 24th Annual Fun Run

Crowds viewing the  classic cars, hot rods, custom paint jobs, wheels, tires and chrome all in one place, the parking spaces in the Village of Big Bear Lake! Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2013)

 Auto Show In The Mountains At Big Bear Lake's 24th Annual Fun Run

Join the Antique Car Club for the 24th Annual Fun Run! The show takes place all around a closed-down Big Bear Lake Village on the South shore of Big Bear Lake. All of the cars in the show are staged/parked in the commercial parking spaces and Chamber of Commerce parking lot in and around the village.

The competition is limited to 500 entries and the admission to the car show is free!

Special commemorative Big Bear Fun Run artwork adorns T-shirts for sale to help raise money for many local charities.  Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2013)

The Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club was founded in 1982 by a group of people who shared a common interest in “vintage automobiles.” The purpose of the club is to indulge this common interest and raise money for charities in the Big Bear valley, California.

One of the greatest spectacles of this vintage motor culture display and the reason the event is dubbed "Fun Run" is when all of the vehicles that are in the show competition take to the road that circumnavigates the lake and drive to both the delight of the owners and spectators. The cars and motorcycles leave at 3:45 PM on Saturday, August 10, 2013 (This time is FIRM) and the West gate will open for the "Cruise around the Lake" or "Fun Run."

People who are aware of what is about to take place, set up perches around the roads waiting to see and hear their favorite vehicle(s) and greet them with enthusiastic waves. This cruise for the participants who are driving takes about 30 minutes ... but for the spectator, the parade of the "Fun Run" or "Cruise around the Lake" lasts over an hour.

Route map of the actual Big Bear Fun Run ... the rolling display is why, for 24 years, this car show remains a must do summertime Southern California attraction. Image Credit: Big Bear Fun Run

The run will go West from the Village entrance on Hwy. 18 for about 4 miles and North across the Dam, turn right or East on Hwy. 38 through Fawnskin (for about 5 miles). Then continue on Northshore, turn right on Northshore lane, pick-up their commemorative mugs, and turn right on North Shore (Hwy 38) to Stanfield Cut-Off and turn right, go across the cutoff road to Big Bear Blvd. and turn right, and back to the Village. Any roadside perch is a good spot to see all of the vehicles as they roll around the Lake.

When the cars that were on display, take to the road for the roughly 15 mile parade, clock-wise around this San Bernardino mountians 'blue jewel', this is when the fun really begins ... what a treat. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2013)

The cars parade through Fawnskin on the North shore of Big bear Lake here on August 13, 2011. Image Credit: vegaslugnut via YouTube

For 23 years, people have come up to the mountain air and Ponderosa pines of the San Bernardino national forest and enjoyed the classic cars, hot rods, custom paint jobs, wheels, tires and chrome all in one place, Big Bear Lake! Come on up and bring a camera because this is the kind of event around the Oblate Spheroid that never disappoints.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Umbrella Public Relations Stunt Achieves World Record Claim

Umbrella display: Located within the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, Mission Hills Resort Hainan marks a magnificent addition to Hainan's tropical island paradise. Boasting an exceptional variety of world-class lifestyle, recreation and wellness facilities, the Resort is poised to be one of China's most sought-after leisure destinations. Caption and Image Credit: Mission Hills Resort Hainan

Umbrella Public Relations Stunt Achieves World Record Claim

Yesterday, at what has been billed as the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills Shenzhen, China, people holding umbrellas on the fairway of a picturesque golf link, claimed a world record by creating a “human” displayed QR Code.

Close-up detail. Image Credit: Mission Hills Resort Hainan

The QR Code was formed by nearly 2,000 staff carrying umbrellas and an aerial photograph was taken from a height of 270 feet so that the code could be used in Press Releases.

The purpose of this PR effort is designed to promote sustainable eco-tourism ... and in celebration of Mission Hills' 20th anniversary, the Group is giving away twenty 3 day / 2 night Romantic Premier Spa Suite Getaway packages at Mission Hills Haikou Resort on the tropical island of Hainan.

When users scan the QR Code, they will be directed to a campaign website to answer three simple questions related to sustainable eco-tourism. Those who complete the questions with the correct answers will be entered into the draw for a chance to win one of the Mission Hills Micro Holiday packages valued at US$2,600.
(ht: PR Newswire)

Say Hi to the world, 1,369 people love Taiwan, the arrangement of the world's largest human OR Code, hands in the air to empty footage Say Hi to let the world see Taiwan, to show the enthusiasm of the people of Taiwan. Caption and Image Credit: Wen Shiren Cultural Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation (taiwansayhi.com)


QR display detail - Wen i Taiwan ‧ wonderful movie tidbits Say Hi to the world activities Video posted January 16, 2013. Image Credit: Wen Shiren Cultural Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation (taiwansayhi.com)

This is not the first time people holding umbrellas stand in a predetermined pattern in order to form a QR Code upon which folks with camera/QR enabled smart phones could scan the code created and be directed to a website to qualify or buy something of value or interest. At the beginning of December last year, 1369 people raised black, white and blue umbrellas to form a QR Code directing people to a website that promotes Taiwan culture and tourism - http://www.taiwansayhi.com.
(ht: 2d)



** Article first published as Umbrella Public Relations Stunt Achieves World Record Claim on Technorati **

Thursday, June 14, 2012

City Block Size Asteroid Comes Near-Earth To Oblate Spheroid

The asteroid, which is 10 times the size of an Olympic swimming pool, is one of 9,000 "near-Earth objects" recorded by Nasa. It will not be visible to the naked eye but stargazers can watch a live broadcast and catch a glimpse of it passing by Earth online. Named LZ1, the asteroid is 500m (1,650ft) wide and is likely to get only within 14 times the moon's distance from Earth. Image Credit: The Telegraph


City Block Size Asteroid Comes Near-Earth To Oblate Spheroid

An asteroid the size of a city block discovered by astronomers in Canberra will zoom past Earth but poses no risk of a collision.

The "unusually large" asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye but asteroid enthusiasts may watch it pass by during a live online broadcast, said Patrick Paolucci, president of the skywatchers' site, Slooh.

NASA has already cataloged 9000 such Near-Earth Objects, but astronomers are always on the lookout for new ones.

"Once in awhile one will come out of nowhere like this one, which is actually pretty big," Paolucci told AFP.

"We were like, 'Wow, we should track this one."'

The asteroid, named 2012 LZ1, is thought to be about 500 metres wide, and is expected to pass within 14 times the Moon's distance from the Earth.

The massive object was discovered just days ago by Scottish-Australian astronomer Rob McNaught and colleagues at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Australian National University.

The asteroid qualifies as a Near-Earth Object because of its size and proximity - more than 152 metres wide and within a distance of 7.5 million kilometres from Earth.

Paolucci said the asteroid's fly-by would be covered in real-time with footage from an observatory in the Canary Islands at Slooh.com beginning at 10am (AEST) on Friday.
[Reference Here]

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hubble Captures Oldest On Record Galaxy - 13.1 Billion Light Years Away

Image Credit: NASA


Hubble Captures Oldest On Record Galaxy - 13.1 Billion Light Years Away

NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the oldest galaxy on record, the space administration announced January 10, 2012.

The space administration said it has captured an image of a group of galaxies located 13.1 billion light years away. The team said the galaxies represent a cluster in the initial stages of development.

The space administration notes that galaxy clusters are among the largest structures in the universe, comprising hundreds to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity. The developing cluster, or protocluster, is seen as it looked over 13 billion years ago.

“These galaxies formed during the earliest stages of galaxy assembly, when galaxies had just started to cluster together,” said Michele Trenti of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. “The result confirms our theoretical understanding of the buildup of galaxy clusters. And, Hubble is just powerful enough to find the first examples of them at this distance.”

Hubble spotted the five galaxies while performing a random sky survey in near-infrared light. The newly found galaxies are small, ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent the size of our own Milky Way. But they are similar in brightness to the Milky Way, said astronomers NASA says the galaxy has likely grown into one of today’s massive “galactic cities,” comparable to the nearby Virgo cluster of more than 2,000 galaxies.



This excerpted and edited from NASA -

The Age of the Universe ... Then vs. Now

Before 1999, astronomers had estimated that the age of the universe at between 7 to 20 billion years. With advances in technology and the development of new techniques we now know the age of the universe is 13.7 billion years, with an uncertainty of only 200 million years. So how did this understanding come to be?

Early estimates of the Age of the Universe

In the 1920's Edwin Hubble discovered the expansion of the universe. He found that galaxies which are further away are moving at a higher speed following the law, v=Hod, where v is the velocity in km/s, d is the distance in Mpc, and Ho is the Hubble constant in km/s/Mpc. By independently measuring the velocity and distances to galaxies, the value of Ho could be determined. Astronomers further determined that the age of the universe is related to Hubble's constant, and that it is between 1/Ho and 2/3Ho depending on cosmological models adopted. The velocity could be determined via the redshift in the spectrum. The distance to the galaxy can be determined using observations of certain types of pulsating stars, called Cepheids, whose instrinsic brightness is related to the period of their brightness variation. However, the accuracy of the distance measurement was hampered by how faint ground based telescopes could see. Up until the 1990's, the best estimates for Ho were between 50 km/s/Mpc and 90 km/s/Mpc, giving a range on the age of the universe between 7 and 20 billion years.

Enter the Hubble Space Telescope

So in 1993, the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope began a "key project" to obtain distances to the Cepheids in 18 galaxies. Astronomers were able to obtain for the first time more precise distances, and a more accurate value of Ho. In 1999 after several years of observations with HST astronomers were able to estimate Ho to be 71 km/s/Mpc within 10% uncertainty, one of the greatest achievements of modern astronomy. Extrapolating back to the Big Bang, that value of Ho implied an age between 9 and 14 billion years old.
[Reference Here]

Astronomers note that most galaxies in the universe reside in groups and clusters, and astronomers say discovering clusters in the early phases of construction has been a challenge due to the fact that they are rare, dim and widely scattered across the sky. The new find helps demonstrate that galaxies build up progressively over time, researchers said. It also provides further evidence for the hierarchical model of galaxy assembly.

The team of astronomers are scheduled to deliver the results of the findings Tuesday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas. The study will also be published in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

“Records are always exciting, and this is the earliest and the most distant developing galaxy cluster that has ever been seen,” said Michael Shull, a member of the team who discovered the protocluster. “We have seen individual galaxies this old and far away, but we have not seen groups of them in the construction process before.”
(ht: The State Column)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

An American President's Christmas Message From America To All



An American President's Christmas Message From America To All

It may amaze one to ponder that only 30 years ago (December 23, 1981), a President of the United States felt it was his leadership duty to speak directly about the reason for the season and assure all, whether they believed in Christianity or not, that our country and its citizens were protected here as one, under "Faith and Freedom" ... regardless of belief or circumstance.

May God bless the memory of Ronald Reagan. A message as poignant and timeless in 1981 as it is here in 2011.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Permafrost Estimates Increase Its Potential Contribution To Climate Change Theory

Melting permafrost makes the ground cave in, creating a ribbon or pocket of collapsed land called thermokarst. Scientists at Toolik are studying this to see how often they find it and what impacts it has on surrounding environments. Image Credit: trendsupdates.com

Permafrost Estimates Increase Its Potential Contribution To Climate Change Theory

All climate change attributed to the concept that "greenhouse gasses" are the main change agent may not be associated with actual human activity at all. A major contributor to Carbon and Methane gas released in our atmosphere may actually come from Earth's natural processes as the Earth goes through its cycles of hot and cold aided by the activity of our solar system's Sun.

What the release of this information does not do, as nearly all Global Warming articles that put forward the conclusion that Human Activity is the primary reason for Earth's climate of change, is point out that the math, most of the climate change projection in time models are based upon, is a fraud that was exposed in November 2009 with the unauthorized release of emails from the University of East Anglia in Great Britain. That the theory, Anthropomorphic Global Warming (AGW) is just an effort fueled by the money from Governments and Institutions (in the form of grants) that get there power to do things by proving AGW actually exists.

Take for example this article from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. As it is written, it stands as a cheer-leading news piece without the balance of stating that all AGW/Climate Change studies are based upon a theory ... not a fact. The article referenced below has inclusions that help to bring balance to the article with "[called-out inclusions]".

This excerpted and edited from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner -

New estimate boosts permafrost contribution to climate change

by Jeff Richardson / jrichardson@newsminer.com

A survey of 41 [grant-paid] scientists — including seven University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers — estimates the amount of carbon released from thawing permafrost by 2100 will be 1.7 to 5.2 times larger than previously estimated.

Their conclusions, reported Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, describe permafrost thawing as a likely accelerator of
[the unproven concept on] global warming.
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In most soils such material is typically in the top several feet, but in frozen soils those carbon-filled sediments can be much deeper.


Because of that, the estimated amount of carbon stored in northern soils has tripled in recent years, to roughly 1,700 billion tons. That’s four times more than all the carbon emitted by human activity since the Industrial Revolution and twice as much as is currently present in the atmosphere.


“Soils in the north are cold,” said Ben Abbott, a UAF doctoral student at the Institute of Arctic Biology and co-author of the Nature article. “It’s like a big refrigerator, and all that material is just stored.”


With that much carbon-filled material present, a small change in the estimated amount released could make a notable difference in climate change projections. Most scientists
[an untrue assumption] believe gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, both of which are released by warming permafrost, contribute to global warming [an unproven concept].

But researchers studying northern areas with permafrost have admittedly sparse data
[not enough for true conclusions], said Ted Schuur, a University of Florida professor who co-authored the article. Because of that, he said, numerous members of the Permafrost Carbon Research Network were surveyed to collect a larger picture, combining scientific data with their predictions. A National Science Foundation grant paid for the work [as in, follow the money].

“We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but these are probably the best people to ask [a collection of people who get paid to come up with these conclusions],” Schuur said.
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Ben Abbott, the UAF doctoral student at the Institute of Arctic Biology and co-author of the Nature article mentioned above said he and other researchers have more work ahead to test their hypotheses
[again, not factual conclusions] through field research. He’s spent recent summers at Toolik Field Station, a research center north of the Brooks Range, and said he’s looking forward to another season of testing soil cores and water samples for gas emissions [no mention that the most abundant greenhouse gas that exists on Earth is Water Vapor].

Other UAF researchers who participated in the survey included Terry Chapin, IAB professor emeritus; Guido Grosse, research assistant professor at the Geophysical Institute; Dave McGuire, professor of ecology; Chien-Lu Ping, natural resources professor; Vladimir Romanovsky, Geophysical Institute professor; and Katey Walter Anthony, research assistant professor with the International Arctic Research Center.

[Reference Here]

Biggest Take-Away: "The estimated amount of carbon stored in northern soils has tripled to roughly 1,700 billion tons. That’s four times more than all the carbon emitted by human activity since the Industrial Revolution and twice as much as is currently present in the atmosphere."

What this information proves is that "greenhouse gasses" and their regulation may do nothing to curb the changes in a system of changing climate found here on this Oblate Spheroid.

Live cleanly? ... Yes!

Live under the cloud of regulation based on the grant-fueled, unproven theory that Human Activity and its control can effect climate here on Earth? ... No!

Lest one wants to put forward the additional theory that Man, and his activity, are the small rock that has turned into this larger problematic snowball, check out this article that was written before the discovery of the FRAUD that became "Climategate" in November 2009, by the National Geographic about Polar Ice Caps!


<first seen as Permafrost Estimates Increase Its Potential Contribution To Climate Change Theory at Technorati and Politisite>

Friday, November 18, 2011

Matter/ Antimatter - Atom Smasher Makes New Discovery


The LHCb team stands in front of their experiment, the LHCb detecor, at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Image Credit: CERN/Maximilien Brice, Rachel Barbier

Matter/ Antimatter - Atom Smasher Makes New Discovery

An atom smasher based near Geneva, Switzerland conducted an experiment recently and found that there may be bits of matter that don't mirror the behavior of their antimatter counterparts.

This observance is unexpected, in that scientists have operated under the theory the universe started off with roughly equal amounts of matter and antimatter where particles of antimatter have the same mass of their twins but an opposite charge. They theorized that over the ensuing 14 billion years, most of the antimatter was destroyed, leaving a leftover universe of mainly matter.

After many experiments, in Switzerland, using the Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile (27 km) circular particle accelerator, researchers are reporting that some matter particles produced inside the machine appear to be behaving differently from their antimatter counterparts, which might provide a partial explanation to the mystery of antimatter.

Roughly equal amounts of matter and antimatter are created in the collision of energetic gold nuclei inside the particle accelerator dubbed RHIC, but because the fireball expands and cools quickly, antimatter can survive longer than that created in the big bang. In this collision an ordinary helium-4 nucleus (background) is matched by a nucleus of antihelium-4 (foreground). Image Credit: STAR Collaboration and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This excerpted and edited from LiveScience.com -

Is the New Physics Here? Atom Smashers Get an Antimatter Surprise

By lt | LiveScience.com

One potential explanation for this outcome is called "charge-parity violation." CP violation means that particles of opposite charge behave differently from one another.

The LHCb researchers found preliminary evidence that this is happening when particles called D-mesons, which contain "charmed quarks," decay into other particles. The whimsically named charmed quarks, like many exotic particles, are so unstable, they last only a fraction of a second. They quickly decay into other particles, and it is these products that the experiment detects. ("LHCb" is short for LHC-beauty, another flavor of quark.)

From the experiment, the researchers found a 0.8 percent difference in the probabilities that the matter and antimatter versions of these particles would decay into a particular end state.
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The new finding ranks as a "3.5 sigma" result, meaning the statistics are solid enough that there is only a 0.05 percent likelihood that the pattern they see isn't really there. For something to count as a true discovery in particle physics, it must reach a 5 sigma level of confidence.

"It's certainly exciting, and certainly worth pursuing," LHCb researcher Matthew Charles of England's Oxford University told LiveScience. "At this point it's a tantalizing hint. It's evidence of something interesting going on, but we're keeping the champagne on ice, let's say."
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If the finding is borne out, it would be a big deal, because it would mean the reigning theory of particle physics, called the Standard Model, is incomplete. Currently the Standard Model does allow for some minor CP violation, but not at the level of 0.8 percent. To explain these results, scientists would have to alter their theory or add some new physics to the existing picture.
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One possible example of the kind of new physics that might explain such CP violation is called supersymmetry. This theory suggests that in addition to all the known particles, there are supersymmetric partner particles that differ by half a unit of spin. Spin is one of the fundamental characteristics of elementary particles.

So far, no one has found direct evidence of supersymmetry. But if supersymmetric particles exist, they might be created instantaneously and disappear again during the particle-decay process. That way they could interfere with the decay process, potentially explaining why matter and antimatter decay differently.
[Reference Here]

As the old saying goes ... the more man gains answers to questions, the more questions to be answered are raised here ... on this Oblate Spheroid.



<Article seen first as Matter / Antimatter - Atom Smasher Makes New Discovery at Technorati>

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Toyota (TMG - Europe) To Attempt New Speed Record For Electric-Powered Vehicle

No official photos of the Toyota EV racer yet, but the car is expected to be similar to this e-Wolf ALPHA·1 SRF. The "e-Wolf" features two high-capacity electric-powered engines that catapult the ALPHA 1 SRF to 100 km/h (62.137 mph) in less than 4 seconds. This vehicle was conceived for application on a full racing distance. Image Credit: ewolf-car.com

Toyota (TMG - Europe) To Attempt New Speed Record For Electric-Powered Vehicle

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will attempt to set a new electric vehicle (EV) lap record at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. The current record is held by e·WOLF, a Germany based pioneer in the area of street-legal electric vehicles.

TMG has developed a high-performance electric powertrain and this will form the basis of the record attempt, which is provisionally scheduled for the end of August.

The TMG 100% electric car, which is based on a two-seater sportscar chassis fitted with TMG’s exclusive EV technology, has a top speed of 260km/h and can travel from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

This car is ideal for a single-make EV championship and TMG aims to prove that green-thinking motorsport can generate emotion among fans by using innovative technology to deliver high performance.

Its challenge is to break the existing EV lap record of 9min 1.338secs set earlier this year. Already the TMG electric powertain has bettered this time during unofficial testing and it is expected to make a significant improvement during the official timed laps.

Rob Leupen, TMG’s Director of Business Operations, said: “We are extremely confident we can break the record by some distance, which is an indication of how EV performance is continuously improving. TMG is a leader in high-performance powertrains and we want to show the world how far this technology has developed. Our mission is to advance this technology, not only in motorsport but in the automotive sector in general, to deliver products with more performance and better durability for our customers.”

Ludwig Zeller, TMG’s General Manager Electrics and Electronics, said: “TMG has developed a very robust and reliable electric powertrain, which has been proven in several products already. We have built up a tremendous amount of knowledge about such high-performance powertrains, particularly battery management systems and vehicle control units, during our development programmes. Our lap record attempt brings together this knowledge and it should clearly show the great potential of high-performance electric powertrains.”

Further details about the project, including photographs and a timetable for the record attempt, will follow in the coming days.
(ht: TMG)

... notes from The EDJE


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Twisting Buzz Lightyear ... "To Beyond, And Infinity"


Using the infrared Herschel Space Observatory, Astronomers have discovered this ring of gas at the center of our Milky Way that looks like an infinity symbol - image annotated. The image was taken using two of Herschel's instruments -- the photodetector array camera and spectrometer (70-micron-light is coded blue; 160-micron light is coded green) and the spectral and photometric imaging receiver (350-micron light is red). Image Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech

Twisting Buzz Lightyear ... "To Beyond, And Infinity"

In a strange twist of science, astronomers using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that a suspected ring at the center of our galaxy is warped for reasons they cannot explain. The above image reveals the ring with greater clarity than ever before. It can be seen as the yellow loop that appears to have two lobes, highlighted here with a white ribbon overlay. In fact, the ring, which is a collection of very dense and cold gas and dust, is twisted so that part of it rises above and below the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.

Astronomers aren't sure how rings like this form in galaxies but some theories suggest they arise out of gravitational disturbances with neighboring galaxies. New stars are thought to be forming in the dense gas making up the ring.

According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., astronomers were shocked by what they saw when they aimed the telescope at the galaxy's inner ring.

"[The] ring, which is in the plane of our galaxy, looked more like an infinity symbol with two lobes pointing to the side," JPL officials said in a statement. "In fact, they later determined the ring was torqued in the middle, so it only appears to have two lobes. To picture the structure, imagine holding a stiff, elliptical band and twisting the ends in opposite directions, so that one side comes up a bit."

Previous observations to date had only revealed portions of the ring. The Herschel Space Observatory, an infrared European Space Agency-led mission with important NASA contributions, sees long-wavelength infrared light, which can penetrate through the murky region at the center of our galaxy, allowing Herschel to get a more complete view.

"This is what is so exciting about launching a new space telescope like Herschel," said Sergio Molinari of the Institute of Space Physics in Rome, lead author of a new paper on the ring in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. "We have a new and exciting mystery on our hands, right at the center of our own galaxy."

The ring stretches across more than 300 light-years of space, and is about 15 Kelvin (that's minus 433 degrees Fahrenheit here on the Oblate Spheroid). The warmest material in this picture is blue, and the coldest is red.

The twist in the ring is not the only mystery to come out of the new Herschel observations. Astronomers say that the center of the torqued portion of the ring is not where the center of the galaxy is thought to be, but slightly offset. The center of our galaxy is considered to be around "Sagittarius A*," where a massive black hole lies. According to Alberto Noriega-Crespo of NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, it's not clear why the center of the ring doesn't match up with the assumed center of our galaxy. "There's still so much about our galaxy to discover," he said.

Oh, and the reference to Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear? ... Whenever he launched himself to be in flight, he would always exclaim, "To infinity, and beyond!" Little did the writers and creators of Toy Story know that there was actually a destination as ... Infinity.

An abstract and full PDF of the Astrophysical Journal Letters study is online at http://arxiv.org/abs/1105.5486.
(ht: herschel.caltech.edu & space.com)

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Google's Blogger Down For Over 24 Hours!


Blogger Logo - Image Credit: Blogger.com

Google's Blogger Down For Over 24 Hours!

Blogger ... Google's web log hosting portal, has been down for a full 24 hours at the time of this posting.

This seems like a modern era record for this usually very reliable communications service and personal publishing arm of the giant search powerhouse, Google.

With all of the push Google has been putting in on Chrome, one has to ask - Is Blogger now becoming just an ugly stepchild to the array of focused services that Google has to offer? What - isn't Blogger sexy enough for Google to keep outages down to a minimum?

If this is the case, Google's shine is losing its luster.

This excerpted from Blogger's Status Link:

Blogger Status

Friday, May 13, 2011

We’ve started restoring the posts that were temporarily removed and expect Blogger to be back to normal soon.

Posted by at 06:07 PDT

To get Blogger back to normal, all posts since 7:37am PDT on Weds, 5/11 have been temporarily removed. We expect everything to be back to normal soon. Sorry for the delay.

Posted by at 04:25 PDT

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UPDATE May 13, 2011 - 9:50am PT:

Blogger back online after nearly 30 hours of non-service.

Thanks, Google ... but we will be keeping an eye on you.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Image Of Mercury From NASA Spaceship In Orbit Around Planet

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington


First Image Of Mercury From NASA Spaceship In Orbit Around Planet


Date acquired: March 29, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 209877871
Image ID: 65056
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: -53.3°
Center Longitude: 13.0° E
Resolution: 2.7 kilometers/pixel (1.7 miles/pixel)
Scale: Debussy has a diameter of 80 kilometers (50 miles)

Of Interest: Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System's innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down. Tomorrow, March 30, at 2 pm EDT, attend the NASA media telecon to view more images from MESSENGER's first look at Mercury from orbit.

The dominant rayed crater in the upper portion of the image is Debussy. The smaller crater Matabei with its unusual dark rays is visible to the west of Debussy. The bottom portion of this image is near Mercury's south pole and includes a region of Mercury's surface not previously seen by spacecraft. Compare this image to the planned image footprint to see the region of newly imaged terrain, south of Debussy. Over the next three days, MESSENGER will acquire 1185 additional images in support of MDIS commissioning-phase activities. The year-long primary science phase of the mission will begin on April 4, and the orbital observation plan calls for MDIS to acquire more than 75,000 images in support of MESSENGER's science goals.

On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. The mission is currently in its commissioning phase, during which spacecraft and instrument performance are verified through a series of specially designed checkout activities. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation will unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the science questions that the MESSENGER mission has set out to answer.



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