There is a very little reason to
think that a Dyson sphere or Dyson swarm may have been sighted in orbit of star KIC 8462852 . Whatever it is be it natural or of intelligent design it is big enough
to dim the star’s light by 22%, and is not orbiting periodically. In the case
of a Dyson Sphere or Dyson swarm this would indicate mega structures
independently orbiting the star and eclipsing it along our line of sight. They
are on record as stating that their Allen Telescope Array ought not be able to detect
an intelligent signal at that distance.
Headlines around the world blared the news, bad news many had anticipated since 2011: Japan confirms that a worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant got cancer from his exposure to radiation.
In Thessaloniki for a greek weekend and a wedding, I had a chance this morning to visit the city's archaeological museum. I was not expecting much, although I had a vague recollection that the area is rich with old archaeological sites and tombs, many of which were unearthed in pristine state. Hence I was extremely happy of the wealth of sculptures, jewelry, vases, and objects of all kinds, especially ones from the pre-Ellenistic period.
The collection of jewelry and gold and silver coins was impressive; by itself it was well worth the visit. But two things really made my day: some incredibly beautiful vases from Chios, and the Derveni papyrus.
The Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus euryale) is a bat species that, which the name implies, occurs in the Mediterranean region and Balkan peninsula. Unfortunately, the populations of these bats are declining. Conservation efforts have so far focused on protecting the area where the bats occur/hunt. However, Aitor and his colleges say that that will not be enough.
You might call it a two-tone football. If you're a real mathematician you may be able to explain to me what the real name of the thing is. I'm not a real mathematician but I occasionally wrangle with math problems as visualized surfaces in my head. It's like speaking in metaphor without knowing where the metaphors came from or what they mean. I have a thin grasp of what an Euler Spiral is and I sort of understand that the surface of an American-style football is a Prolate Spheroid. Put those two concepts together and you come up with the Yin and Yang of the Yellow Brick Road, which leads to discovery and greater knowledge.
Last week, the Western Plant Health Association, which represents California, Arizona and Hawaii companies involved in plant nutrients, soil amendments, agricultural minerals and crop protection products (basically, technologies such as fertilizer and pesticides), held its annual meeting in Maui and I was invited to speak about the issues involved in bringing agricultural science to a public that is increasingly removed from its food.
Another "study" — junk is too kind a term for this laugher — attempts to impugn the revolutionary technology for oil and gas exploration: high-volume hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking." The wise men and women of the formerly respected Johns Hopkins-Bloomberg School of Public Health published their propaganda piece in the journal Epidemiology
with the neutral-sounding title, "Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcome in Pennsylvania, USA."
Perversion and sexual assault is what Geoff Marcy is accused of
not “harassment” or treating a conference like a “dating market”. In our collective zeal to protect women from
unwelcome but otherwise ordinary advances let us not conflate asking someone at
a cocktail party over drinks on a date with doing what UC Berkley Prof Geoff
Marcy is accused of.
A pilot Earth Index commissioned by BBC Earth using data from the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) sets a new standard for estimating pretend money. It values coral at $10 trillion for the global economy. Trees are worth even more, at $16 trillion, which means the pretend value of trees are almost as much as all of the real value of the people in the United States (GDP $17.42 trillion.) Heck, the Grand Canyon is worth $700 million and it just sits there looking stoic.
How does knowing that neutrinos have mass, and change from one kind of particle to the other kind benefit all mankind? Why should Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald get a Nobel Prize for finding this? What the heck is a neutrino anyway? How does the impact of science like basic Physics or Astronomy compare to say… lung cancer research in terms of the immediacy of the impact? In short why should the normal average person care about Neutrinos? In a tweet, a better understanding of the basic forces particles and fields that comprise the material world will inevitably lead to numerous direct applications that will effect the daily lives of our descendants.