Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Leafy Seadragon

Saw this at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Dec 4th.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Weedy Seadragon

Saw this at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Dec 4th.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scientists Assume Electricity Is Dark Matter

"It's not that most of the matter and energy in the universe is dark, but that most cosmologists are totally in the dark about the real nature of the universe." -- Wallace Thornhill, physicist, October 2006

"In summation, Dark Matter and Dark Energy add up to the blank cheques that postpone the falsification of bankrupt theories." -- Ralph Sansbury, physicist, May 2009

"Dark matter is an excuse for the failure of gravitational theories." -- Stephen Smith, author, June 17th 2010

Science Daily: Dark Matter Could Transfer Energy in the Sun.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2010) — Researchers from the Institute for Corpuscular Physics (IFIC) and other European groups have studied the effects of the presence of dark matter in the Sun. According to their calculations, low mass dark matter particles could be transferring energy from the core to the external parts of the Sun, which would affect the quantity of neutrinos that reach Earth.

"We assume that the dark matter particles interact weakly with the Sun's atoms, and what we have done is calculate at what level these interactions can occur, in order to better describe the structure and evolution of the Sun," Marco Taoso, researcher at the IFIC, a combined centre of the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Valencia, explains.

Imaginary Neutron Stars Produce Imaginary Gravitational Waves

"According to electric star theory, neutron stars belong in the same category with invisible pink unicorns." -- Stephen Smith, writer, November 2008

"It is claimed that the LIGO and LISA projects will detect Einstein's gravitational waves. The existence of these waves is entirely theoretical. Over the past forty years or so no Einstein gravitational waves have been detected. How long must the search go on, at great expense to the public purse, before the astrophysical scientists admit that their search is fruitless and a waste of vast sums of public money? The fact is, from day one, the search for these elusive waves has been destined to detect nothing." -- Stephen J. Crothers, astrophysicist, August 2009

Break out your tinfoil hats. Gravitational pseudoscientists make more grossly inaccurate predictions based upon make believe.

Science Daily: Distribution of Gravitational Wave Sources Predicted.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2010) — A pair of neutron stars spiraling toward each other until they merge in a violent explosion should produce detectable gravitational waves. A new study led by an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, predicts for the first time where such mergers are likely to occur in the local galactic neighborhood.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

300 Sextillion Stars

300 sextillion stars. That's 200 sextillion more than previously thought.

ScienceDaily: Discovery Triples Number of Stars in Universe.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) — Astronomers have discovered that small, dim stars known as red dwarfs are much more prolific than previously thought -- so much so that the total number of stars in the universe is likely three times bigger than realized.