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Monday, April 10, 2006

Giant Bubble Bullies Our Space

"When stars explode as supernova, they carve giant bubbles in space. Our own solar system is enveloped by such a structure from a long-ago explosion.

Now scientists have shown that our bubble is being pinched and bullied backward by another expanding bubble forged from multiple supernovas.

Our bubble is called the Local Bubble by astronomers. It’s shaped like an hourglass. The bully goes by the name of Loop 1 Superbubble; it’s the result of several exploded stars over the past few million years, researchers figure.

Superbubble’s outer boundaries are marked by hot, expanding gas that radiates low-energy X-rays."

posted by NEXUS  # 6:13 PM


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Lost Book Of Judas

Lost for centuries and bound for controversy, the so-called gospel of Judas was unveiled by scholars Thursday.

With a plot twist worthy of The Da Vinci Code, the gospel — 13 papyrus sheets bound in leather and found in a cave in Egypt — purports to relate the last days of Jesus' life, from the viewpoint of Judas, one of Jesus' first followers. Christians teach that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, but in this gospel, he is the hero, Jesus' most senior and trusted disciple and the only one who knows Jesus' true identity as the son of God.

posted by AnnBlogs  # 2:06 PM


Thursday, April 06, 2006


Physicists make baffling discovery

According to a computational study conducted by a group of physicists at Washington University in St. Louis, one may create order by introducing disorder.

While working on their model – a network of interconnected pendulums, or "oscillators" – the researchers noticed that when driven by ordered forces the various pendulums behaved chaotically and swung out of sync like a group of intoxicated synchronized swimmers. This was unexpected – shouldn't synchronized forces yield synchronized pendulums?

But then came the real surprise: When they introduced disorder – forces were applied at random to each oscillator – the system became ordered and synchronized.

posted by NEXUS  # 5:50 PM


by Princeton University

The Princeton Dante Project opened for local use on 18 May 1999.The PDP combines a traditional approach to the study of Dante's Comedy with new techniques of compiling and consulting data, images, and sound. The text of Dante's poem is always at the center of the user's attention, and he or she is able to consult, within the confines of the PDP itself, the following materials:

posted by AnnBlogs  # 4:52 PM


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

George Orwell"s 1984

Students for an Orwellian Society (SOS) is a nationwide student group. Although SOS has always been a nationwide student group, there is evidence to suggest that it first appeared at Columbia University. The mission of SOS is to promote the vision of a society based upon the principles of Ingsoc, first articulated by George Orwell in his prophetic novel, 1984.
A book absolutely worth reading. It is a "negative utopia" (a bad future vision), and shows a world ruled by totalitarianism.

posted by AnnBlogs  # 11:46 PM


Monday, April 03, 2006

Twice Told Tales

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Twice-Told Tales Cover

Hawthorne's famous collection of tales — published originally in magazines and newspapers and then in two separate editions during Hawthorne's lifetime — includes many of his best stories, from "The Minister's Black Veil" and "Wakefield" to "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe" and "The Lily's Quest. the struggle between chaos and order, animal impulse and the specter of eternal damnation, purity of action against the power of temptation and the fear of isolation," these stories — like all of Hawthorne's work — remain powerfully contemporary.

posted by AnnBlogs  # 5:19 PM


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yesterday's Memories

Yesterday's Memories Every Saturday Night
- LIVE over the Internet, starring Ed and George on Saturday nights, from 6pm till midnight (Eastern time). 3:oopm to 9:00pm Pacific time. The broadcasting from Marshfield, Massachusetts.

I have tried to stump the D.J with my requests. I haven't tricked them yet! Ed and George have the greatest assortment of Motown and Rock-n-Roll ever.

Plus Ed is my uncle... ;oD

posted by AnnBlogs  # 12:11 AM


Saturday, April 01, 2006

Evidence for Universe Expansion Found

Mar 17, 7:06 PM (ET)

Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.
The discovery - which involves an analysis of variations in the brightness of microwave radiation - is the first direct evidence to support the two-decade-old theory that the universe went through what is called inflation.

It also helps explain how matter eventually clumped together into planets, stars and galaxies in a universe that began as a remarkably smooth, superhot soup.
"It's giving us our first clues about how inflation took place," said Michael Turner, assistant director for mathematics and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. "This is absolutely amazing."
Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist, said: "The observations are spectacular and the conclusions are stunning."
Researchers found the evidence for inflation by looking at a faint glow that permeates the universe. That glow, known as the cosmic microwave background, was produced when the universe was about 300,000 years old - long after inflation had done its work.
But just as a fossil tells a paleontologist about long-extinct life, the pattern of light in the cosmic microwave background offers clues about what came before it. Of specific interest to physicists are subtle brightness variations that give images of the microwave background a lumpy appearance.
Physicists presented new measurements of those variations during a news conference at Princeton University. The measurements were made by a spaceborne instrument called the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe, or WMAP, launched by NASA in 2001.
Earlier studies of WMAP data have determined that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, give or take a few hundred thousand years. WMAP also measured variations in the cosmic microwave background so huge that they stretch across the entire sky. Those earlier observations are strong indicators of inflation, but no smoking gun, said Turner, who was not involved in the research.
(AP) This graphic provided by NASA illustrates the idea that the expansion of the universe over most of...
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The new analysis looked at variations in the microwave background over smaller patches of sky - only billions of light-years across, instead of hundreds of billions.
Without inflation, the brightness variations over small patches of the sky would be the same as those observed over larger areas of the heavens. But the researchers found considerable differences in the brightness variations.
"The data favors inflation," said Charles Bennett, a Johns Hopkins University physicist who announced the discovery. He was joined by two Princeton colleagues, Lyman Page and David Spergel, who also contributed to the research.
Bennett added: "It amazes me that we can say anything at all about what transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe."
The physicists said small lumps in the microwave background began during inflation. Those lumps eventually coalesced into stars, galaxies and planets.
The measurements are scheduled to be published in a future issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

posted by AnnBlogs  # 11:50 PM


Shugborough Coat of Arms Relates To Merovingians and the Alien Nummo

"The Merovingian bloodline appeared in the Holy Blood Holy Grail and in the Da Vinci Code fiction, where the Frankish royal family was supposed to be descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. According to my research, the Merovingian bloodline is much older than the biblical Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It predates these myths by thousands of years.

Through my research of the ancient African Dogon religion, I have found links between the fish and serpent like alien Nummo talked about by Dogon, and the Merovingians. According to legend, the Merovingians traced their ancestry back to Merovée, a semimythical person who was born of two fathers. One was a king named Clodio and the other a sea monster that seduced his mother when she was swimming in the sea. The Merovingians were supposed to have been descended from aliens, who were the offspring of "nephilim" or fallen angels. Because of their ancestry, Merovée and his descendants were reputed to have supernatural powers and unnaturally long lives."

posted by NEXUS  # 11:34 AM


Machine Poetics Code Time

Code Time
So, you’ve thrown the I Ching. Aleatory textual systems — you kinda get it. In fact, you’re feeling pretty good about your command of multiple stochastic variables as a generator of modular meaning structures. But are you ready for a little server side PHP script hacking?

Oh yeah. Oh hell yeah.

I wasn’t sure about this… but your fearless TA Dan Richert shown us the way with a thoughtful, detailed boo-yah directed at the subject of Random Seed Variables in the Wu Name Generator.

We’ll get there. First, we have some ground to cover….

Please Note: using an oracle is not consulting an external system - it is placing yourself within a system as one aspect of it... so- into the matrix we go...

posted by NEXUS  # 1:19 AM


Theory of Expanding Planets

Comic book legend
Neal Adams
, who is currently creating a six part series of Batman, discussed his research on a new model for the Universe. His theory proposes that the Earth, and by extension, all moons and planets, expand in size from the inside as they age.

The bottom of the ocean is only between 70 to 180 million years old, said Adams. He hypothesized that Earth was originally ¼ its current size, and that the tectonic plates fit perfectly together on this smaller world which had significantly less areas of water. 600 million years ago Jupiter was also smaller, he said, and thus larger meteors came into the inner solar system, hitting Mars and our moon (as evidenced by their craters). Further, his notion of a growing universe negates the Big Bang theory, and he outlined how a solar system could come into existence as matter is attracted to a sun's electromagnetic field.

posted by AnnBlogs  # 12:46 AM


Bird Flu Resides Deep in Lungs, Preventing Human-to-Human Transmission

Science Image: chickens

SCIENCE NEWS March 23, 2006 -- To date, roughly 103 people have been infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus--or bird flu. Yet few, if any, of them have spread the disease to other humans. A virus's ability to spread is the key to its ability to create a pandemic. New research shows that this bird flu currently lacks the protein key to unlock certain cells in the human upper respiratory tract, preventing it from spreading via a sneeze or a cough.

Virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and University of Tokyo and his colleagues tested strains of H5N1 isolated from respiratory tissue in the noses, throats and lungs of infected humans. Although regular human flu viruses bound easily with the receptors found in the nose and throat cells, H5N1 strains attached only to those receptors on cells found in the deepest regions of the lungs.
"Deep in the respiratory system, receptors for avian viruses, including avian H5N1 viruses, are present," Kawaoka explains. "But these receptors are rare in the upper portion of the respiratory system. For the viruses to be transmitted efficiently, they have to multiply in the upper portion of the respiratory system so that they can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing." Viruses require entry into such cells in order to replicate themselves and spread to yet more cells. Only one H5N1 strain--A/Hong Kong/213/03--showed the ability to latch onto either type of receptor and thus gain such access. The findings suggest one way in which H5N1 must mutate if it is to become a highly contagious virus, the researchers argue in their paper in today's Nature. It also reveals a way to monitor for the emergence of such a strain. "Identification of the H5N1 viruses with the ability to recognize human receptors would bring us one step closer to a pandemic strain," Kawaoka says. "Recognition of human receptors can serve as molecular markers for the pandemic potential of the [isolated strains]." --David Biello

posted by AnnBlogs  # 12:08 AM



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