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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

  Here’s a thorny, delicate, controversial subject – but then again, when have I ever been known to shy away from such things? Peoples’ lives and well-being are at stake. We cannot afford to be tepid, mousey or weak-minded. Accor… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

Dead Wild Roses: The Science in Sci-Fi Explained. :)

A concise guide to the levels of Science in popular science fiction:   Star Trek: This is science-fiction, but we want our science to at least sound plausible. Therefore, most of the time, our scientific explanations will be rooted in scientific fact or at the very least solid, generally accepted theory. Stargate: We’re about half […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Science in Sci-Fi Explained. :)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Mental Note: Design rocket so it doesn’t explode at 90 degree tilt

Rockets that land are a new thing, so it’s probably a minor oversight. No one was hurt in the blast. It’s hard to reuse a rocket that lands, if it then explodes. SpaceX rocket explodes after landing on ocean barge https://t.co/FowcJfrvJ0 pic.twitter.com/FAzyrvf6ns — CP24 (@CP24) January 18, 2016 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Mental Note: Design rocket so it doesn’t explode at 90 degree tilt

Scripturient: Architeuthis dux redux

Imagine swimming beside a giant squid. That’s what happened recently to some Japanese divers, on Xmas eve, who happened to have the presence of mind to film this extraordinary event. The video, above, shows the animal in its glory. Stunningly bea… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Architeuthis dux redux

A Grumpy Hobbit: A Belated Merry Yuletide and Happy New Year Post

It has been nothing but work work, sleep, work, work, sleep, work work workYEAH CHRISTMAS BREAK,… sleep sleep sleep sleep,…That is what it has felt like for the last few weeks, and thus my absence from blogging. Do not fear, the Grumpy Hobbit w… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: A Belated Merry Yuletide and Happy New Year Post

Susan on the Soapbox: The Rules-of-the-Universe-Do-Not-Apply Christmas List

The politicians on a break and so are we… Ms Soapbox is curled up in front of the fire playing with her Christmas List. Like most of us she has pretty much everything her little heart desires—a comfy home, loving … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Rules-of-the-Universe-Do-Not-Apply Christmas List

Dead Wild Roses: Common Physics Misconceptions.

Ah, Minute Physics, one of my favorite ytube channels. Explain away :)  Filed under: Science Tagged: Minute Physics, Travel . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Common Physics Misconceptions.

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

My current job, it is not mentally demanding and it allows me time to think through problems and find different solutions. This often means that a design I figured out the day before goes in the filing cabinet and a new modified design or a entire ne… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Many people are looking at tiny homes. This solution is not for everyone and it requires a good deal planning and prep-work. One of the very first things you need to do is down size. I mean down size with a vengeance!!! I have already accomplis… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Dead Wild Roses: Rats, Toilets, and Weiners: things you will wish you didn’t know

I went to Youtube looking for more versions of Wagner’s Stehe Still to listen to, but, as it does, Youtube presented me with a number of recommendations before I typed in my search. One thing led to another, and now I’m… more educated I guess? Just sharing my joy! Videos after the break because some people […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rats, Toilets, and Weiners: things you will wish you didn’t know

Susan on the Soapbox: Notley Reads the Tea Leaves: The Climate Leadership Plan

Last Sunday hell froze over, or so it seemed to many Albertans. Alberta’s NDP premier, Rachel Notley, unveiled her government’s Climate Leadership Plan. She was surrounded by representatives from NGOs and aboriginal groups as well as the CEOs of Suncor, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley Reads the Tea Leaves: The Climate Leadership Plan

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

In my first article about Going Green – Transportation I touched on Electropeds/Electro-Peds and the battery requirements and costs. That was on November 22nd. The thing that was burning my butt was the cost, a 48volt, 1500 Watt – 20Ah battery pa… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Well Joshua is back with his second installment of "How Conservatives Can Reclaim Science", and still no science. When I first read Joshua’s second article I didn’t think much of it, for he had very little to say about science. Then after a second, more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken and there is much to dissect. So what can we learn from his second installment? Well we find out . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000010 – Joshua Attempts Science/Science, Again

Dead Wild Roses: Mars: The Death of a Planet

I’m tired and not braining much today, so sit back and enjoy this astronomical short on Mars. :)  Filed under: Science Tagged: Death of a Planet, Mars . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Mars: The Death of a Planet

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car. It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly. While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in … . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

A Grumpy Hobbit: E-FLAP #000008 – The RWNJs at The Rebel Is Going To Do Sciency Science

Oh God, the impending hilarity that is going to ensue with this series from Joshua Lieblein at The Rebel Media. Yup they are going to reclaim science for Conservatives and be like all sciency I guess. So who is Joshua Lieblein? I guess we should know who we are dealing with first. Jashua is;

A Pharmacist by Education and Employment He is also a member of The Toronto Tax Payer Federation,

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall’s Beef With A&W is 100% Bull Something

.@PremierBradWall 100% Canadian, growth-hormone-free milk will never be back after #TPP is ratified. That's okay with you though?

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 10, 2015

“TPP would allow milk from cows receiving hormones into Canada U.S. allows bovine growth hormone currently banned in Canada”

Unique to the TPP is the prospect of fluid milk crossing the border from the U.S. The terms of the agreement made public earlier this month specify that 85 per cent of fluid milk imports must be processed in Canada before hitting store shelves.

At the initial briefing offered to journalists, TPP negotiators said (Read more…)

A Grumpy Hobbit: Day Two of the The Rebel Media E-FLAP

Well, The Rebel Media doesn’t disappoint. It is now my second day of E-FLAP, Ezra Fabrication, Lies and Propaganda (E-FLAP) and we already have two more additions to the catalog. First we have a Rebel Blogger Sid Camus and his hit piece on marijuana, it has AUTHORITATIVE STUDIES (you can see where I am going with this one)Then we have the Chief Propaganda Minister, Ezra on why Shell canceled

Scripturient: What KIC 8462852 Says About Us

KIC 8462852. Hardly a household name. But it may be, one day soon, or at least when it garners a more prosaic name. It’s a star and it sits rather forlornly in space in the rightmost edge of the constellation Cygnus, almost 1,500 light years away. And although it’s too dim to be seen by the naked eye, it […]

Things Are Good: Canadians: Support the Science Integrity Project

Polling opens for the Canadian election on October 9th with the final day to vote on the 19th. This election, the organization Evidence for Democracy (and many more!) are asking you to vote with science in mind.

The Canadian Conservative party blatantly ignores scientific facts in their policies and this has led to some horrible practices in Canada. The good news is that you can change that this October by voting for knowledge, look into the Science Integrity Project

Our project reflects the collective wisdom of 75 leaders — in science, indigenous knowledge, public policy, civil society, and governance (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why It is Impossible to Tune a Piano – The Case for Temperament

I’ve read about somewhat arcane nature of piano tuning and the various temperaments used through the ages, but Minute Physics succinctly describes what is going with all the math behind the production of sound.

From Wikipedia:

Many factors cause pianos to go out of tune, particularly atmospheric changes. For instance, changes in humidity will affect the pitch of a piano; high humidity causes the sound board to swell, stretching the strings and causing the pitch to go sharp, while low humidity has the opposite effect.[1] Changes in temperature can also affect the overall pitch of a piano. In (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence […]

Terahertz: The Big Bang Theory is ruining science

When The Big Bang Theory first premiered, I watched it with a lot of hope.

It had science script checkers and sought to bring the nerdy culture of physics into the mainstream. My wife (then girlfriend) and I started watching it while we were both undergrads – me in engineering physics and she in physics. While it’s predominantly male cast and token ditzy blonde was problematic from the start, it was relatable for us and our friends. Even if none of us were a Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, or Howard, we saw bits of each of those characters in each of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Twelve Minutes on Neuron Stars – PBS Crash Course

Yes, this series is purposefully very user friendly – but it does cover some new stuff – who knew about Magnetars? You will.

 

 

Filed under: Science Tagged: Astronomy, Crash Course, Neutron Stars, Science

Things Are Good: Why Science is Important in Democracies

Canada is in the midst of an election, and it’s a close one. The anti-science incumbents have spent a lot of effort muzzling scientists in Canada as they pursue their environment-destroying goals. Why does this matter?

In a democracy it is necessary to have educated debates about issues instead of baseless opinons and flat-out hearsay. Over at the Tyee they took a look at the important role science plays in democratic discourse.

Government scientists occupy a special place in our democracy. They are the only scientists paid specifically to protect the public interest. They are also the only scientists whose (Read more…)