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I picked up my son to run an errand for him, he was bursting with news.  He told me that he just read that a mystery sound was heard in space!  I was surprised!  We looked at each other,  "Wow, what does that mean?" I asked him.  Then I told him to repeat what he read.  He told me that scientists have heard some kind of loud noise in space on the other side of somewhere out there.  I'm like, wow!  So we started chatting and guessing at the possibilities at...
December 13, 2008 by jeremyfranks on begreennow
The concept of offsetting environmentally damaging practices, like emitting carbon dioxide, has met with mixed reviews.  But the success of the voluntary offset market in the United States, coupled with the strong compliance market overseas, demonstrates that many believe in the positive effects of carbon offsets.  Fueled by offset dollars, projects that reduce or avoid CO2 emissions have been popping up steadily. However, an even more controversial form of offsetting has emerged:...
December 13, 2008 by jeremyfranks on begreennow
 

Dry cleaning is known to use harsh chemicals, lots of water, and produce waste in the form of disposable bags and hangers.  So what is the industry doing to go green? The National Cleaners Association recently debuted their Green Cleaning Council, which created a rating system for environmentally friendly dry cleaning businesses.  Cleaners can earn ratings of 1 to 5 leaves for taking actions like recycling hangers, using non-toxic or biodegradable cleaning chemicals, and...
Someone should really keep an archive of the various global warming prediction graphs and then match them with actual data.

I remember back in college when global warming was just getting..warmed up with predictions of doom and gloom.

I managed to find one:



So here we are, 20 years later and the temperature is about the same. Possibly an increase of 0.2 degrees.

Now I'm not saying there isn't global warming nor am I saying that humans aren't the cause. But I think people need to ...
November 25, 2008 by grokTheSystem on grokthesystem
Interesting article investigating both the placement of robot soldiers and the ability of robots to behave "ethically":

 

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/25/america/robot.php

 
November 23, 2008 by grokTheSystem on grokthesystem
This guy's done a pretty good job with annotating MIT's Algorithm video lectures, themselves a great resource for autodidacts:

http://www.catonmat.net/blog/category/introduction-to-algorithms/page/2/

 

In general, here are some free science lectures on a range of topics (seemed a bit biology heavy last I checked):

 

http://www.freesciencelectures.com/
November 21, 2008 by grokTheSystem on grokthesystem
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/11/20/gromia-cambrian.html
August 24, 2008 by Boudica on warriorqueen
I really can't understand why people can't just accept that God could have made life that evolved.  Why do they have to be mutually exclusive ideas? 

I believe in God.  I believe God made humans.  I believe that the biblical creation story, is just that, a story.  Just like every culture has a creation story, this is the creation story of the Jews.  I believe that many Bible stories are just stories not factual events.  I do not believe that the Bible is a s...
August 9, 2008 by imaginationgs11 on imaginationgs11
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From Beginning to Advanced and Everything in Between:There is so much within the realm of Web Design.

HTMLDesignLayoutProgrammingAdministrationXMLGraphicsand much, much more...No matter where you are along the path of Web design, there is sure to besomething more for you to learn and grow. But how do you decide where to gonext? Luckily, there are...
June 19, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
(This is a reply to a question asked in the comments section of a previous article about Creationism. Question asked was about examples of scientific research in Islamic countries in the past.)

I am neither a religious scholar nor an expert on Islamic history.

But I do know the word "algebra" comes from Arabic and comes to us via a book written in Islamic Persia over a thousands years ago that describes algebra (as we know it).

Similarly the word "algorithm" is based on the name of ano...
So my husband passes me the paper this morning as per usual after quickly scaning the front page.  He reads aloud the headline, bold and big as he throws the paper in my direction:

"Storms not fueled by warming.  Federal scientist changes mind about hurricanes."

Really?  The first paragraph out of Washington goes on to say:

"Global warming isn't to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist wh...
April 29, 2008 by erathoniel on Erathoniel's Blog
    Did you know that 90%-95% of mass in the universe is unaccounted for? I believe that there is no mass (or else God is the mass), and God is holding the universe together with his wonderful salvation giving hand.

    Prove me wrong, I dare ya'.
April 22, 2008 by MasonM on Who's life is it anyway?
I've been watching a program called Crude on the History Channel. It's the first truly realistic scientific examination of the planetary greenhouse effect that I have seen. It was quite compelling and made far more sense than most of the propaganda pieces out there today.

Scientists compared data from fairly diverse fields of study. They compared past mass extinctions, formation of oil and coal deposits, past climate data extrapolated from both fossil and geologic records, and past CO2 levels...
April 16, 2008 by erathoniel on Erathoniel's Blog
Intelligent Design is proved by two scientific statements: Einstein'sTheory of Relativity, and Occam's Razor. Basically, nothing can comefrom nothing, without an outside force.

    What I meant by this statement was that due to the Theory or Relativity, everything had to be created somehow and Occam's Razor would mean that any attempt to explain it as a mere co-incidence is more-or-less putting a customized one-person secular theology in. For those who haven't read the article ...
April 11, 2008 by erathoniel on Erathoniel's Blog
    Now, I know that the title is incredibly vague. This covers my views on three topics, robotic destruction of the world, cybernetics (define it as you wish, here used to describe unnecesary body part replacement), and pollution/environmental damage/radiation.

    We will kill ourselves to go to the next level of scientific progress. And we won't shed a tear about it either. We'll be too oblivious until the world comes to an end.

    First, ro...