As the quest for space moves from government to corporations (like so many other fantastic things developed by taxpayers and then handed over to the crony-ist bidder) new and exciting achievements are on the horizon. (sic) Take, for example, this amazing video of a SpaceX rocket ship that does the heretofore unthinkable: this rocket takes off and lands all in piece. … Read the rest
“Look, look over there, a group of elephants is coming.”The recorded voices were played for hundreds of elephants across 47 family groups during daylight hours.When elephants heard the adult male Maasai voices, they tended to gather together, start investigative smelling with their trunks, and move cautiously away.But when elephants heard females, boys, or adult male Kamba speakers, they did not show concern.“The ability to distinguish between Maasai and Kamba men delivering the same phrase in their own language suggests that elephants can discriminate between different languages,” said co-author Graeme Shannon, a visiting fellow in psychology at the University of Sussex.… Read the rest
In school we were taught that humans engineered farm animals to be perfect by clever breeding over centuries, but that might not be true. In the recent past, herd animals mixed with wild – and their DNA reveals the trails taken by humans as we spread across the planet. … Read the rest
My fellow web worker says she “was talking about why we had to make some changes based on Google’s best practices, bla bla bla and my teenage daughter suddenly asked “Why do you have to do everything Google says”?
Using a search engine is the most popular online activity, according to surveys by Pew Internet and most of internet users go to Google first.… Read the rest
I am on the board of the Sustany Foundation, and tomorrow we will be in the Tampa City Council Chambers honoring the new businesses in our Sustainable Business Program. Congratulations, everyone! Then tomorrow night Sustany leads a fun and yummy walking tour to restaurants that think green like we do!… Read the rest
According to I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society Party, the super rich like to put on dresses and then dis the masses. It’s all in a night’s fun according to these bankster types. “Young Money” is Kevin Roose’s Wall Street exposé and truly bizarre tale of crashing the annual induction ceremony of the uber-secret Wall Street fraternity Kappa Beta Phi.… Read the rest
Oh dear, it was bound to happen I suppose. But now there is a crowd that claims Google is actually God! The Church of Google has nine proofs that explain why we should worship her above all other gods.
Google is the closest thing to an Omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence, which can be scientifically verified.… Read the rest
Maybe you saw Todrick with the Pentatonix doing a version of the Wizard of Oz movie with modern lyrics or maybe you saw him with Willem Belli playing Cinderella defending herself in a court case against Snow White, or maybe this is your first exposure to Todrick Hall. … Read the rest
Police in Florida and other states refuse to talk about the new device that allows them to intercept cellular phone communications. According to Associated Press journalist Jack Gillum “a Stingray device tricks all cellphones in an area into electronically identifying themselves and transmitting data to police rather than the nearest phone company’s tower.” Read more here and here.… Read the rest
Dean Baker says “People who like the market to determine outcomes should be happy with the idea of having the government compete on a level playing field with private sector firms.
If private firms offer a lower price or a better product, the government will be driven from the market with little harm done.… Read the rest
From Common Dreams comes this from the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago: scientists warned that without international cooperation with a focus on “deep-ocean stewardship,” deep sea mining will follow the destructive examples set by commercial fishing and offshore fossil fuel operations.… Read the rest
When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!… Read the rest
What do mirrors really tell us? In today’s Sonic Circus short radio comedy we learn what Sam and Sal have to say to Marvel S. Day (Audrey Hensen) who worries that her hair is too short and that her genetically-engineered girlfriend is a bit fishy. … Read the rest
Everything was going fine for the documentary on King Tut’s DNA when the scientific study was abruptly called to a halt. Why? In an article called Tutankhamun’s Blood: Why everyone from the Mormons to the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate for a piece of the Pharaoh writer Jo Marchant writes
“Woodward and a team from Brigham Young, a Mormon university named after one of the movement’s early leaders, raised suspicions that they might be looking for distant ancestors they could convert to their religion.… Read the rest
“For the last 40 years we have tried to capture this energy with PV panels,” André Broessel says in the promotional video on his Indiegogo campaign for his company, Rawlemon. “But the earth is moving around the sun, and the fixed panel is losing its efficiency.”
The rotating glass orb, he says, brings in energy from the sun and concentrates it onto a small surface of tiny solar panels.… Read the rest
You can’t even get a Google Glass yet, and maybe you don’t want to! It could get you arrested like a fellow who was nabbed by ICE half way through a film in Columbus, Ohio. He says “a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’”.… Read the rest
Today on the Sonic Circus we join Sam and Sal at the Tom Toe Psychic Putt Putt Course on lovely Venus where Marvel S. Day and Stormy Gnyte compete for the title! Listen as they project their psyches right into the ball and then navigate the obstacle courses of life.This radio comedy short is from Cosmic Significance 2012 and stars Audrey Hensen and Carleigh Tuttle.… Read the rest
From a small tent city archaeologists, students, and specialists work on digging up the ruins of Songo Mnara. According to Archaeology.org “the island seems a remote backwater today, but the sprawling ruins, though overgrown and studded with coconut palms and the stout, distended trunks of baobabs, tell another story—of a significant, wealthy, well-connected town.… Read the rest
Steve says “here’s a story for the science day.” Bill Nye of Science Guy TV fame went mano a mano against Creationist Museum owner Ken Ham, who believes the world is 6,000 years old and defends the book of Genesis.
Even we greenies don’t agree on everything, so Alex Steffen handily classifies: Bright Greens, Light Greens, Dark Greens and Grays. Here is a quick summary:
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What is bright green? In its simplest form, bright green environmentalism is a belief that sustainable innovation is the best path to lasting prosperity, and that any vision of sustainability which does not offer prosperity and well-being will not succeed.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.… Read the rest
Wow! If you are working on a Saturday, you might want to take a break and read Lauren Davidson’s Case for a Six-Hour Workday. She notes “Kellogg’s introduced the six-hour workday, which proved to be immensely popular with staff members and lasted until 1985″ and gives psychological and social arguments for a shorter work day and week. … Read the rest
Here is another 3 minute radio comedy from Cosmic Significance. In this web-extra Sal Sonic (Elizabeth Brackman) interviews Media Man Sam (yours truly) as he manipulates the Massive Media to put ideas into your head. How does it work? “Why, just help me attach these testicular electrodes to the info net and ….” Well, be warned: your own imagination could get awfully naughty.… Read the rest
by Caitlyn Williams
Carrying almost the same power as our personal computers (PCs), smartphones and tablets have shown a significant increase in performance to be able to run our favorite graphic-intensive and processor-hungry games.… Read the rest