Oct 242008

Wow.. This is pretty interesting to me.  I heard on the news that the earthquakes are continuing in York county.  One even occurred while a scientist was setting up a portable seismograph.  They say they hope to be able to detect where exactly the tremors are happening so they can determine the cause.

They seem to be pretty weak quakes but still it’s pretty unusual on the east coast and even more  unusual to have a swarm of them like Dillsburg has been experiencing.

Sep 232008

NASA’s Phoenix Lander Might Peek Under a Rock

I thought this was really pretty interesting.  It must be pretty cool to work on this and try to come up with a way to make the lander’s robotic arm perform a task it wasn’t designed to do.  To me it would be a great challenge to make it do something that is so simple that we take it for granted yet in reality a complex task and break it down into commands.

It would also be interesting to see what they find  under the rock.

 Posted by at 7:38 PM
Sep 102008

Today is the day LHC goes on line for testing.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing what we can learn from this massive machine.  It’ll probably create more mysteries than it solves.  Will it confirm our current theories or prove them wrong or  make no difference at all?  This is real science.

It’s not going to create a black hole that will destroy the earth.   Even if there was a small risk of that happening I believe the risk would be worth it to expand our  knowledge.  I really wish science was a big priority for funding.

 Posted by at 11:28 AM
Jul 022008

Earth’s Cries Recorded in Space

I saw this posted on slashdot this morning but thought it was interesting.  They talk about Auroral Kilometric Radiation which is caused by charged particles from the sun hitting Earth’s magnetic field.  To me this is what makes science so great.

I wonder if other planets make similar sounds.  I would be interested in what Neptune and the other gas giants would sound like.  I wonder radio would sound like if we could go back in time with a receiver before we had anything that could cause interference. I’d like to listen to VLF myself someday among other things.

May 262008

This news is something I really wish there was more of.  The Phoenix Mars lander has successfully landed and already sent back some pictures.  It’s really great that they had another lander on Mars in a different area.  I am looking forward to the new discoveries it brings to us.

I think it’s really important to explore the universe and work on finding other places where we could survive.  I think it’s important to the long turn survival of humans because there is too many things that could happen here on Earth to make us extinct.

It is also really interesting to think about the possibility of other forms of life out there.  I really believe that life is out there and at least simple life is probably pretty common.  I can’t imagine that our little spot in the vast universe is the only one where things came together just right to cause self replicating molecules that eventually became complex enough to be life.  i feel we narrow our searches too much but I understand you do have to start some place.  I makes me wonder what we miss when you look at the extremophiles here on Earth that live in places that it was thought that lfie could not exist.

Mars seems to have a lot of the ingredients that would be necesarry for life to have existed.  If it did ever exist I would really hope that in my lifetime It is understood why it isn’t there now. What could have happened to change things?

What could have happened to change things?  If life exists now It would be really interesting to understand what it has done to adapt to a harsh environment.  What makes it tick?  Were conditions on Mars always the same or did they change and if they changed what made them change?

I can’t help but have the feeling that there were be some amazing discoveries in science during my lifetime.  Science is amazing. I had always loved it as a kid and now I am rediscovering my interest in it.  I really wish I would have pursued it more in school but the experience I did have with anything science related in school was pretty pathetic.

Mar 272008

Cassini Tastes Organic Material at Saturn’s Geyser Moon I saw some pretty exciting news from NASA.  Cassini, the space craft out near Saturn detected higher temperatures than expected on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Cassini flew through a geyser like eruption and sensed water vapor and organic materials.  I thought this was pretty amazing news.

I only wish we had more space probes out there exploring

Feb 212008

Yesterday gave two very nice surprises.   First one was the clipper left us more than an inch of very fluffy snow acumulation.  It just kept snowing with nothing showing on radar anywhere near us.  My guess would have to be the precipitation was below the radar beam.

Last night about 9pm we decided to run to the store to pick something up and the moon was out.  It had cleared up in time for the lunar eclipse!  I spent about an hour watching it outside where It was pretty cold for that.  It was awesome to watch it since I haven’t done that before.  Int the past I had always forgotten the time.

Feb 192008

Tomorrow night will be the first total lunar eclipse of the year over North America.  The next one will not be until December 2010.  Naturally it will probably be cloudy here.  I will definitely keep checking outside but I don’t expect to see it.

A lunar eclipse is when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.  Once the moon is fully in the Earth’s shadow it turns red due to the atmosphere of the Earth.

Sep 122007

Can saltwater be burned as fuel?

This link talks about a man from Pennsylvania who discovered that exposing saltwater to radio frequencies can breat the bonds of the saltwater.

I don’t know if this could help with fuel or anything because I’m sure it takes more energy to break the saltwater bonds apart into hydrogen and oxygen than is released when it burns and creates water again but still it’s very interesting. I just doubt it’s some new alternative energy source.

 Posted by at 1:23 PM
Aug 172007

I saw something interesting last night. Scientists have discovered that under the right conditions plasma can become organized into helical structures that can interact with each other in ways that are associated with life. The article says they can dived to from two copies of the or the original structure.

I thought this was very interesting. It reassures my belief that there is other life in the universe. I think there is life in forms that we couldn’t even imagine. They could use processes we couldn’t begin to understand. We shouldn’t be too arrogant and ignorant to actually believe Earth is the only planet with life and we’re the only intelligent life.

 Posted by at 3:01 PM