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Random science posts…

Posted in Science and Technology with tags on January 29, 2009 by hotpoo

Repulsive quantum effects measured. Sure it doesn’t mean much for you, but it’s a giant leap for the science of nanomachines.

A poisonous shrew? Who knew? And I thought that Australia had the patent on odd mammals.

Here are some odd sounds that the NOAA Acoustics Monitoring Program picked up. No one really knows what they are, but there is a lot of speculation. My favorite is the Bloop, for this little tidbit of speculation I found on the Tom Francis blog:

The Bloop is an unidentified noise picked up twelve years ago by several sets of military hydrophones in the Pacific. Unlike other unidentified sonic events, it matches the frequency signature of the type of sounds made by living creatures. The problem is that the largest known animal on Earth is too small to have produced it.

Creepy, if you think about it. I’m voting for Cthulhu, but it’s the wrong ocean. I’m pretty sure that R’lyeh is supposed to be in the Atlantic.

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I need to use my good friend Mr. Wikipedia more often. R’lyeh is in the Pacific. Lovecraft Mythos fail…

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Um… maybe we shouldn’t?

Posted in Science and Technology with tags on January 8, 2009 by hotpoo

It’s great that we have the technology… or at least will have the technology soon. Just because we can, however, doesn’t mean we should. Let’s figure out solutions to some other problems first, before we start raising the dead…

Evolving minerals

Posted in Science and Technology with tags on November 26, 2008 by hotpoo

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=839b3ae1-264a-4e61-a6f5-d464d5f0f923

The theory seems reasonable to me. To quote:

“Biochemical processes may thus be responsible, either directly or indirectly, for most of the Earth’s 4,300 known mineral species,” the study states.

“Mineral evolution is obviously different from Darwinian evolution-minerals don’t mutate, reproduce or compete like living organisms,” said Hazen in a statement announcing the study’s findings. “But we found both the variety and relative abundances of minerals have changed dramatically over more than 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history.

“For at least 2.5 billion years, and possibly since the emergence of life, Earth’s mineralogy has evolved in parallel with biology,” Hazen added. “One implication of this finding is that remote observations of the mineralogy of other moons and planets may provide crucial evidence for biological influences beyond Earth.”

One wonders, if this is the case, how much the growing subterranean biomass has influenced this “evolution.” This is the theoretic, super-massive collection of various single-cell and small multi-cellular that may exist in pockets / layers between the earth’s crust and mantle. If such a thing does exist (as of yet, still unproven), it is estimated that the biomass would exceed all other life on earth (sea, land, and air). The real Living Gaia, so to speak.