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Dead Wild Roses: Larry Strangelove or How Lurking in a Haunted House Helped Alleviate My Existential Angst and Fear of Death

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” -Mark Twain, maybe

I like this quote and I envy its author. It is rational, clear headed, and it makes all kinds of sense. Earlier this year . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Larry Strangelove or How Lurking in a Haunted House Helped Alleviate My Existential Angst and Fear of Death

Scripturient: The 10 Worst?

Skeptoid just published its top-ten worst anti-science websites and I’m sure you won’t be surprised at the awardees, especially not the regulars like Mercola, Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra and Food Babe (aka the Worst Assault on Science on the Internet). Predatory quacks, crackpots and fakirs you will easily recognize. Surprisingly, the uber-wingnut David Wolfe was . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The 10 Worst?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: As Humans Do

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016). Killed by coal, ocean acidification and climate change: https://t.co/V4npCbP1yR

— 350 dot org (@350) October 14, 2016

Idle conversation among strangers around the office printer: -“How are you today?” “Fine… aside from the problem that the world might end due to climate change one . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: As Humans Do

Dead Wild Roses: Genetic Engineering

Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly. Well, if we don’t immolate ourselves first, some interesting things await for us in the future. 🙂 Filed […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Genetic Engineering

Scripturient: Neanderthals: a love story

Squat, hairy, broad shoulders, a big nose, beetle-browed with a low forehead. As Blind Willie McTell wrote in his classic song, Statesboro Blues, “I know ain’t good lookin’, but I swear I’m some sweet woman’s angel child.” That line might have been written for early Neanderthal cousins. First described as dim-witted and brutish, our more … Continue reading “Neanderthals: a love story” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Neanderthals: a love story

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- George Monbiot observes that while few people would want to drive animals to extinction directly, we’re all too often eager to settle for a consumerist culture which produces exactly that result. – Car… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dramatic Jupiter Exploration Video

It’s done in the style of a fiction/action movie trailer, but this is for real. One of the early results is this compressed/shifted audio depiction of aurora on Jupiter. . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dramatic Jupiter Exploration Video

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Alan Freeman is duly appalled by Apple’s attempt to throw itself a pity party with the money it’s hoarding rather than paying in fair corporate taxes. And James Mackintosh reports on Jeroen Dijsselbloe… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: The Oversides of Clouds – Earnestly Magical

The simple elegance of our ever churning atmosphere on display from space.  Filed under: Science Tagged: Space Photograhpy . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Oversides of Clouds – Earnestly Magical

Scripturient: Flat earthers? Must be a spoof…

At first, I thought a story on Tech.mic titled “Meet the People Who Believe the Earth Is Flat” was satire. You know, a parody of those zany conspiracy theorists who believe in such nonsense as chemtrails, gluten-free, the government staged… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Flat earthers? Must be a spoof…

Dead Wild Roses: Gamma Rays – They can ruin your day.

I’m glad that our Universe is so large that we shouldn’t have to worry (much) about being erased as a species by a gamma ray burst. 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Astrophysics, Death from Space, Kurzgesagt, Science . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Gamma Rays – They can ruin your day.

Dead Wild Roses: Snake Oil? – A guide.

Health fads come and go, some shouldn’t some should definitely make a quick exit. Here is a guide to the good and the bad. Filed under: Science Tagged: Good Fads, Good Foods, Science . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Snake Oil? – A guide.

Dead Wild Roses: How Science Works…

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Humour, Science . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: How Science Works…

Dead Wild Roses: Breaking Space News: Perseids set to be extra-spectacular this year

Scientists are predicting the Perseid Meteor Shower will be extra-spectacular this year, with up to double the usual number of meteors – up to 200 per hour! Arb and I are probably not going to get to see them: the forecast is for clouds and rain a good portion of the night. If any of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Breaking Space News: Perseids set to be extra-spectacular this year

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

In response to Herb Pinder’s July 16th op-ed “Climate change alarmists ignore nature’s role”, I wonder if the Leader-Post has decided to publish conspiracy theories as reasonable opinions. I think many have heard of “young earth creationists” who contend the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it’s news to me there are people such […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

Dead Wild Roses: Discovering DNA – The Woman You Don’t Hear About

Here is the new ‘joke’ – What did Watson & Crick discover? Rosalind Franklin’s notes.   Rosalind Franklin’s Legacy When it comes to her place in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, Rosalind Franklin has not received fair treatment. Or so maintains Lynne Osman Elkin, a professor of biological sciences at California […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Discovering DNA – The Woman You Don’t Hear About

Scripturient: Transcendance

It’s not surprising that AI replaced the biological form in the popular Frankenstein monster trope. In fact the smart-evil-machine scenario has been done so often this past decade or so that I’m more surprised any film writer or director c… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Transcendance

Dead Wild Roses: What Happened Before History?

  Context is nice with regards to where we are and what we are doing in the world. Predictably, the religious find a great deal wrong with this video as it is based on reality as opposed to magic. 🙂  Filed under: History Tagged: History, Science, What Happened Before History . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: What Happened Before History?

Scripturient: The Postmortal

Mortality. We all get it. It’s the one one incurable ailment all humans succumb to without a chance of succor. Mortality is always 100% fatal. No medicine, no therapy, no diet cure or magic pill. But as you read this, scientists are researching,… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Postmortal

Dead Wild Roses: The Grandfather Paradox – Resolved? – Minute Physics

Oh, it was that easy? 🙂 Filed under: Science Tagged: Grandfather Paradox, Minute Physics, Science . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Grandfather Paradox – Resolved? – Minute Physics

Dead Wild Roses: Lateral Discrimination Or, “No No No, take your other left!”

Lateral awareness, or the ability to discriminate left from right is an acquired skill. Most people have it by age 10 and most people start to lose in after age 50 (good times). Lateral awareness, of course, falls on a spectrum and here are the results so far: “A recent survey of 800 people […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Lateral Discrimination Or, “No No No, take your other left!”

Dead Wild Roses: The Fermi Paradox – Kurzgesagt

The Fermi paradox or Fermi’s paradox, named after Enrico Fermi, is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence and high probability estimates, e.g. those given by the Drake equation, for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.[1] The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi (1901–1954) and Michael H. Hart (born 1932), are: […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Fermi Paradox – Kurzgesagt

Dead Wild Roses: What are You?

Human thought tends to function in binaries, but much of the reality we inhabit just doesn’t work that way. Filed under: Philosophy, Science Tagged: Cells, Human thought, Philosophy, Reality, Science, What are you? . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: What are You?

Dead Wild Roses: How Far Can Humanity Go?

When physics drops the hammer on your galaxy exploration dreams… Filed under: Science Tagged: Limits of Humanity, Physics, Science . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: How Far Can Humanity Go?

Montreal Simon: The Amazing Rocket and America’s New Supergun

It's amazing what we humans can do when we push the boundaries of science.Like fire off this SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, deploy a satellite.Then land the first stage on a so-called drone ship in the North Atlantic.And this is wh… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Amazing Rocket and America’s New Supergun