Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist,
best known for his work on Chicago Pile-1 (the first nuclear reactor), and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He is one of the men referred to as the “father of the atomic bomb”. Fermi held several patents related to the use of nuclear power, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and the discovery of transuranic elements.
He has also become known as the developer of the Fermi Paradox, a concept that attempts to explain the size of the universe, the potential for extraterrestrial life, and the lack of evidence for that life. The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart, are: Continue reading
It’s not an elephant or a (bony) fish and although it’s sometimes called the elephant shark, it isn’t a shark either. They can also be referred to as ghost sharks, but they are nothing like those in the movie. Callorhinchus milii are similar to sharks and rays in that they have cartilaginous rather than bony skeletons, but belong to the order Chimaeriformes.
Bad Science Watch (BSW) is a group of volunteers who believe that the lives of Canadians can best be protected and improved by countering bad and fake science. (in the interests of full disclosure, I am one of those volunteers). Although relatively new, BSW is involved in several projects:
In relation to the WiFi projects, they have published a position paper on Electrosensivity Sensivity (Ideopathic Environmental Intolerance Attributed to Electromagnetic Fields).
An electromagnetic field (EMF) is a physical field that affects the
Computer simulation of the Earth’s magnetic field. Photo from Wikipedia
behaviour of charged particles in its vicinity. It is produced by the movement of electrically charged objects, and propagates in a wave-like fashion. Electromagnetic fields are produced naturally (the Earth and the Sun have natural EM fields) and artificially, both intentionally (microwaves to cook food, WiFi and radio for telecommunications) and as a by-product of technology…. Continue reading
Caitlin Keefe Moran at The Toast describes some of her experiences as a Saturday Morning escort at an abortion clinic.
On her first day, a man jumps from a building across the street and the first responders show up sirens blaring. The protesters talk:
“Isn’t it a shame?” the woman says loudly, looking in the direction of the sirens. “Everyone rushes to help this person who’s already dead, but no one comes to help the babies.”
“That’s all they care about, death,” the man answers. “Culture of Death! They love death!” He finally turns to me. “They are escorts of death! Escorts of death!”
“What do you think happened to them,” the woman wonders, “to make them love death so much?” Continue reading
Breastfeeding is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some women are bullied and essentially accused of abuse for not breastfeeding their children. Other women wean their children at 6 years when they go them to school, or are chastized for breastfeeding in public. Others may add breastfeeding their partner to spice up their sex lives. The debate around this practice can be extremely heated at time.
The benefits of breastfeeding are touted by government agencies in Canada, the US , and the UK. The current beliefs are concisely stated on Health Canada’s site.
Breastfeeding – exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding – is important for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers.
For women, there are a number of reasons why breast feeding is not recommended, such as medical conditions or medications. Continue reading
Recently I wrote about crocodiles in trees being your worst nightmare. Well, it appears that rescue may be at hand. In Australia, where everything wants to kill you, there is something that will save you.
From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation North West Queensland comes the photo evidence. Continue reading
You would think more people would be anxious to get there.
But then, Tahiti is magical too.
Like most of us outside of the Middle East, I’ve had the luxury of not being directly impacted by the events in Syria. I realize I am lucky to live in a part of the world that has not seen large scale violence since 1814, and even then PEI wasn’t the site of any major battles. The expulsion of the Acadians in the mid 1700s was the last time we had major disruptions on this small island.
Back to the present and Syria. The Yarmouk section of Damascus has been home to Palestinian refugees since 1948, but recently has been the scene of devastation in the current civil war. Worst of all, the battles between the factions have prevented aid from entering the camp for many months.
Here is a lineup for food supplies: Continue reading
The Five Eyes is the name by which the security agencies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are collectively known. The vegetable soup of organizations (ASD, ASIS, DIO, CDIS, CSEC, CSIS, DDIS, GCSB, NZSIS, DI, GCHG, MI5, MI6, CIA, DIA, FNI, NSA) shares intelligence, or at least gathers information from around the world. Most of us really only became of the evasiveness last year when Edward Snowden leaked the classified files from the NSA.
Sometimes, the spy game can be a bit of a farce, as the Guardian UK reports. Apparently, the UK and US spies were shocked, shocked I tell you, by the amount of explicit images on Yahoo Chat. Continue reading
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Some Muslims push their thin-skinned idea of blasphemy, and they seem to be supported by many, especially in the UK. In the latest instance, a young British Muslim activist has forced Google to edit a Katy Perry video on Youtube.
It all began with an online petition started by Shazad Iqbal whose personal feelings are apparently shared by over 65,000 others. The petition was placed on the site Change.org and Google caved to the demands. Continue reading
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Tagged islam, religion