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Ralphie: “I wonder what kind of umbrella they use over there?”
I shall propose a theory, which will have any and every mathematician or scientist worth his or her salt wearily shaking their heads, to their detriment, of course…:
I propose that straight lines are antithesis to nature and that what we perceive as such are parts of an enormously long curve, because nature can not abide straight lines. The seeming impossibility of this idea strikes me as being highly plausible! We can only have approximations of straightness (no sexual double entendre intended ;-)) The only straight line that could possibly exist is the one in your outdated imaginations.
However, I seem to contradict myself here(how delightful). Did I not state on a previous occasion that anything we can imagine is, if not true yet, then at least possible. Could there exist something more powerful than my imagination? Wether it be Mother Nature or God perhaps? What a droll and novel notion…
I leave it to the scientists to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a straight line does exist in nature or anywhere else, except their imagination. Until then I leave you in the certainty that they’re nonsense(predominantly the straight lines and to a lesser degree the scientist’s imagination).
From Scientific Illustration for the Research Scientist | somersault18:24
At least we have something in common…
July 10, 2013 — Scientists have observed in unprecedented detail the birth of a massive star within a dark cloud core about 10,000 light years from Earth.
The team used the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile — the most powerful radio telescope in the world — to view the stellar womb which, at 500 times the mass of the Sun and many times more luminous, is the largest ever seen in our galaxy.
The researchers say their observations — to be published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics — reveal how matter is being dragged into the centre of the huge gaseous cloud by the gravitational pull of the forming star — or stars — along a number of dense threads or filaments.
“The remarkable observations from ALMA allowed us to get the first really in-depth look at what was going on within this cloud,” said lead author Dr Nicolas Peretto, from Cardiff University. “We wanted to see how monster stars form and grow, and we certainly achieved our aim. One of the sources we have found is an absolute giant — the largest protostellar core ever spotted in the Milky Way!
“Even though we already believed that the region was a good candidate for being a massive star-forming cloud, we were not expecting to find such a massive embryonic star at its centre. This cloud is expected to form at least one star 100 times more massive than the Sun and up to a million times brighter. Only about one in 10,000 of all the stars in the Milky Way reach that kind of mass.”
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Here’s a striking view of Sarychev Volcano in the Kuril Islands, Russia going through its early stage of eruption, taken from the orbit of the International Space Station in June 2009.
They’re thingamejigging all by themselves!
Can you tell how scientific-minded I am?
Austrian multimedia art graduate Clemens Wirth filmed the extraordinary and gruesome life that can exist in just one single drop.The creatures look like something from your worst nightmares, yet these microbes live all around us, in rivers, lakes and ponds.
‘As an enthusiast for little things, I wanted to go deeper than the macro universe, so I found myself hanging on the eyepiece of a…
Isn’t it? Or is it? They have eyes, but they do not see…
Where are my heat-sensors? My coffee mug just turned infrared!
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Look at those colours… From Science.Memebase.com
And what about all those stars? There could be little Joes or Janes living anywhere in there!!! Or Glurckles, maybe Strontles?
My neighbour John just remarked that Orion may actually not be a nebula. He’s lying, because it’s been a while since I last cleaned my glasses and if I say it’s a nebula, then we are unanimous about that, dangit!
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I have been struggling with the notion of an alternate arithmetic for a while now, but once again, I am stumped.
Let me start simple and try to not confuse myself:
One and zero are just conventions, starting from the on/off principle.
There are other ways of looking at nature.
How about the power of three? As in colour(of light) theory: red, green and blue.
Take an even-sided triangle, with the angles being one of these three colours.
You can divide up each side of the triangle in as many parts as you like, but the middle of each side will come out as one of three secondary colors and form a new smaller triangle, and you can repeat this process ad infinitum.
I’m certain that, starting from this premiss, one could create a viable construct for doing calculus with, but I am too thick to see it! Can anybody help?
He’s just showing off!
I added the black spray-on.
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Dallas scientists have created a new device, which can render objects behind it invisible, using nano carbon tubes to bend light rays.
The Obama administration is planning to use this technique to hide the state of the US economy from the eyes of the world! All hail technology!!
Of course, in Europe EU politicians had mastered this technique long ago as the following article shows:
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“MINISTERS in the last Government failed to turn up to almost two-thirds of crucial European finance meetings as the economic crisis took hold.” – They were there, but had turned on their cloaking device!
Science following in science-fiction’s footsteps yet again.