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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, what’s worse? Intentionally creating machines that can destroy humans, or accidentally doing it? Let’s aim at neither.

@dylangallagher People should be worried. I say this as a Computer Science trained person, and a cyborg.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 27, 2015

Many people have seen (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Rivers of Energy – Our Sun

Our cool science video of the day goes to the Space Rip channel on youtube a they have cobbled together some of the latest imagery from our space based solar observatories.

Filed under: Science Tagged: Our Universe, Science, The composition of the Sun, The Sun

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Be Left On The Moon

Some of these items found in Armstrong’s closet, were to be abandoned on the surface of the Moon.

More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon and Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.

That camera “took one of the most significant sets of images in the 20th century,” said Allan Needell, a curator in space history at the National (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Health Canada—another Conservative mouthpiece?

The Conservatives have started early on their advertising campaign for the upcoming election. We are, for example, being told ad nauseam that Justin Trudeau isn’t ready. With their large war chest, the Conservatives can afford to lay it on thick. But they’re not only relying on their own funds, they are also relying on ours. Health Minister Rona Ambrose has announced a rerun of the anti-marijuana

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Paying Back Our Carbon Debt

This is concerning information.

The scariest climate paragraph I've read today: http://t.co/p8qLzSyHRB pic.twitter.com/HS4PhTzbDd

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 13, 2015

So, how do our politicians (in B.C. and elsewhere) deal with the fact that we need to triple the size of our forests by 2050 to have a fair shot at avoiding 2 degree climate change (which will ruin everything)?

BREAKING: @AJWVictoriaBC calls for immediate emergency debate on #climatechange #bcpoli @BCGreens

— Adam Olsen (@AdamPOlsen) July 13, 2015

@chrisalecanada @BCGreens @AJWVictoriaBC Yes – I just started watching now as well – apparently gov & opposition shut (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Women in Science – Marie Tharp

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, History, Science, Women

reeves report: Can Elizabeth May Unmuzzle Canada’s Scientists?

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May.

The success rate of private member’s bills in the federal parliament is abysmal. In the 100-plus years since 1910, Ottawa has passed just 271 of them. For comparison, more than 1,600 PMB’s were tabled between 1997 and 2015, and the rate at which they’re being drawn up is on the rise.

It’s not unusual for entire sessions of parliament to hum along without the passage of a single PMB. And when an errant private member’s bill does become law, more often than not the content of the bill is symbolic, proclaiming National Philanthropy Day (November (Read more…)

Terahertz: Libertarian activist puts politics before reality to argue the left puts politics before reality

On the libertarian blog Reason, John Stossel trots out the tired cliche that the left are just as anti-science as the right, and in this case potentially even more damaging. Because non-evidence based views about climate change have no real world consequences right?

He cites the usual tropes as the left-wing anti-science positions, yet fails to actually show any political divide for any of the claims. In fact, public opinion research debunks his two main examples: vaccines and GM. In the US, at least, there is a divide on support for nuclear power and animal research* – but a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Raindrops Should Not Exist – So says Physics

Well that is a sticky wicket if I’ve heard of one. I’ll post the answer video as well, but see if you know before you watch the second part (No peeking!).

And the spoiler…

Filed under: Education, Science Tagged: Just say no to Raindrops, Minute Earth, Minute Physics

Scripturient: Books versus E-readers

Back in February, Naomi Baron wrote a piece called “Reading on-screen versus on paper,” in which she compared the two reading experiences: printed books and e-readers in five areas: Cost Container vs content Environmental impact Quality of screens Concentration Baron actually looks at these as true-or-false questions, not really comparisons. She doesn’t address issues like […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

When I read about the $9 computer on Crash Bang Labs’ Facebook page, I was ready to help kick start that CHIP. But I got to the payment screen when the shipping amount came up. How much could it cost I’d thought to ship a computer smaller than a couple of AA batteries? I braced myself for an exorbitant $5. If I was American, I’d have that somewhat greedy option. No, the over-popular CHIP computer (shipping next year) comes to Canada and most of the world for $20US (19% more than CAD right now)! It’s literally twice as expensive to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed

This week, Canada’s three major public sector unions protested the Harper government’s continuing muzzling of the country’s federal scientists.

The post Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Isn’t Going To Work #skpoli

.@laurengolosky Why isn't the Environment Minister up to speed on #climatechange? It's basic knowledge for Environment portfolio. #skpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) May 21, 2015

It’s 2015, and the entire effing cabinet should understand perfectly that climate change is a serious economic and environmental problem that’s overdue to be tackled.

New SK environment minister Herb Cox takes his oath of office. #skpoli pic.twitter.com/gpjtYlY5GA

— Karen Briere (@kjbriere) May 21, 2015

I honestly didn’t know who the Environment Minister was before this shuffle, and from Cox’s early comment it sounds like I needn’t bother still.

Yay, MLA Herb (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How to Subtract by Adding – Minute Physics

Damn, and you think that Math would be straightforward. I’m contemplating throwing this at students when I get to sub in for a Math teacher – I can’t wait.

Filed under: Education, Science Tagged: Adding by Subtracting, Minute Physics

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Worm Turns

This morning when I was doing my regular news search online, I came across two stories that stopped me cold: we’re being invaded. By worms. Yep. Worms. Not the slimy invertebrates who write scurrilous, defamatory self-aggrandizing blogs and whine about free speech when they are taken to court over their lies, but actual earthworms. Nightcrawlers. The […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Baseload Mistake

One of the hangups some of my friends have about converting the electrical grid to renewable energy, has been the difficulty in storing electricity generated for use when energy input is reduced. Tesla Energy should help with that logistical problem.

Energy storage no longer an excuse. Did Tesla just spur a tipping point for mass renewable adoption? http://t.co/ZjGb0v7wKU

— Build SK Green (@BuildSKGreen) May 1, 2015

In the meantime, we’re dealing with homes, power grids, and even an economy that cannot easily survive even short interruptions of constant energy input. That has to change to make our way of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Oh Wow – Let’s Not Believe “Spirit Science”

Cool Hard Logic proves that the religious do not have the monopoly on bullshite. The New Age woo-meisters are going hard on astrophysics and thus, it is necessary slap down them down hard. CHL admirably rises to the challenge.

All I can say is “ouch”.

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: Cool Hard Logic, Science, The Galaxy of Lies

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Oily Media

There are opportunities to support journalism in Canada that doesn’t take millions from the oil industry and the oil-soaked Conservative government.

Had you heard that the Conservative Party communicated with Enbridge, in secret, through Mike Duffy? If you don’t watch independent journalism online, you might miss important news like that.

The National/Vancounver Observer and CanadaLand are two independent media outlets in our country who can tell you the real story, because their funding doesn’t come from CAPP/Enbridge, and the Conservative government.

Think also about how Mike De Souza was laid off from Postmedia, after his reporting on the oil (Read more…)

A Grumpy Hobbit: And I Am Back

It has been years since I blogged, I have been generally been using FaceBook and the twitters, but I have been finding that these are limited and I need a more organized approached to keep things,… well organized. So I talked to Scott at the Progressive Bloggers about rejoining again and he was “Hey no problem”. I was hoping that I would have a WordPress blog set up, but money is

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 2020 Solar Power for 100% of Saskatchewan Homes Possible

This letter appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Saturday.

In response to Kurt Soucy’s letter about the cost of powering the entire provincial grid with Photovoltaic (PV) solar power, I’d like to voice my support for his idea. It’s also possible to power every Saskatchewan household with concentrated solar thermal power plants similar to what’s already operating in California at Ivanpah. We’d need only three of those plants, and with a modification to their design, the solar power would be available into the night, using heat storage.

Mr. Soucy’s solar PV idea is sound also, and by aiming at (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How Big is the Sun – Minute Physics

Take the advice and do watch in full screen if you can.

Filed under: Science Tagged: How Big is the Sun, Minute Physics, Science

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Forcing An Athiest to Practice Religion

Here’s what it can feel like to practice religion when you don’t believe in the common fantasy [AKA faith].

I knew from a young age that I didn’t see religion as a literal interpretation of moral code sent from God, but rather a human construct of what we (those writing holy books) wanted or imagined it to be. Being commanded to participate for years after in routine rituals is boring and felt like a giant waste of time/effort. The only consolation was that it was still time spent with family, and friends in the community sharing snacks and meals, (and (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Pompeii: Swords-and-Sandals Flop

As a film setting, the town of Pompeii in the first century CE is a lot like the deck of the Titanic in 1912: no amount of special effects or clever script writing is going to save it from the disaster awaiting. As a film, Pompeii has a lot of the former, but precious little of […]

Terahertz: Lunney unleashed

Citing media “intolerance and bigotry”, anti-science Canadian MP James Lunney has quit the government caucus to sit as an independent. Among Lunney’s claim to the crown as Canada’s least scientifically literate MP are:

He doesn’t believe in evolution He’s a chiropractor He’s claimed there’s a link between vaccines and autism He doesn’t believe the climate is changing

In his surreal press release (dated March 31, not April 1), he states that he will address his religious beliefs in Parliament at his next opportunity, which sounds like it will be a hoot. Lunney claims that Christians are being persecuted in Canada, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Bubble Burst – The Physics of Space Battle

Star Wars Episode III had some great moments, the Battle of Corsucant is one of them. John Williams expertly set the scene, the base drum setting the martial tone early.

Thank you Star Wars for a dramatic rendition of what space battle might be like. Unfortunately, it resembles nothing of what it would actually be like.

Sadly Battle Star Galactica is closer, but ultimately in the same boat. Aw Frack. :/ Okay Science…do your worst.

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: damn you physics, Space Battle, Star Wars

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