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=/\= multiple science news items today!
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:10:15 pm »
first off is the fun one. this one i am sure will ruffle feathers in the trek vs wars debate, so i am going to don my fire-proof suit just in case
we all know that the explosion graphic in "undiscovered country" of praxis blowing up was epic awesome. it was not, however, very scientific. a new blog  post describes how the special edition of "a new hope" got it closer to truth with the new death star explosion graphic. but! they did still manage to screw it up. read on... http://www.shadowlocked.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=587:the-praxis-effect-star-wars-over-star-trek&catid=48:movies-misc
next, as a native american i have a huge attraction to birds of prey. my name, my totem animal for instance. this story is not a new concept as i have read articles on it before but it is still cool. i would also point out that it is the u.s. military so it is nice to see some progressive techniques being used. falcons to protect falcons! read here: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/65483

finally the controversial topic. it seems a new study is stating that isotope decay rates can be and are being affected by neutrino emissions from the sun. now this is controversial for two reasons. first radioactive decay rates have been thought to be constant since their discovery. secondly, neutrinos very rarely interact with matter in any form.  as you can imagine this is causing quite a storm of controversy in the scientific community. i am going to give you two links here. the link to the actual work is being hammered with traffic so it is currently down so i will give a second link that actually goes into detail about what is going on. the first link is also mentioned in the article in the second link so that should hopefully keep the site fresh in your mind :) now admittedly, i think there are some valid concerns over the methodology and research data used.
source work: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/august/sun-082310.html (currently down. keep trying)
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/08/26/scientist-smackdown-are-solar-neutrinos-messing-with-matter/


edit: adding another article here. a discussion of FTL drive methods. http://news.discovery.com/space/warped-imaginations-star-wars-fans-want-a-nasa-hyperdrive.html
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Re: =/\= multiple science news items today!
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 10:54:53 am »
you didn't get the first link in there.  It is the neutrino link that you have for the last one.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 02:37:05 am »
Well We all KNOW gobal warming  has NOTHING to do with the SUN. Its all the Americans fault so lets move on with that subject  :buck2: Call that one a fluke of nature. Or Gods issue :-X
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 11:13:13 am »
got it thanks for pointing out the wrong link!
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