How many intelligent civilizations could there be in our galaxy?

July 21st, 2008

The Drake Equation was devised by Dr. Frank Drake in 1960, in an attempt to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy with which we might come in contact. The main purpose of the equation is to allow scientists to quantify the uncertainty of the factors which determine the number of such extraterrestrial civilizations.

Plug your own numbers into the equation with this interactive Flash:
–>Link to The Drake Equation

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

July 20th, 2008

Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment, satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, but rather a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism into public schools. These people are mistaken. The Church of FSM is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental.

Avast, me mateys! Yarr!
–>Link

The Encyclopedia of Life

July 20th, 2008

This is the very beginning of our exciting journey to document all species of life on Earth.

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

–>Link to eol.org

Carbon Neutral Eco-boat Smashes Global Circumnavigation Record

July 18th, 2008

Earthrace is a 78 foot alternative fuel powered wave-piercing trimaran; part of a project to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat—and to do so using only renewable fuels.

Earthrace started her attempt to set a new world speed record for a powerboat to circle the globe from Vulkan Shipyard, Sagunto, Spain on Sunday 27 April 2008, 13.35 GMT/14.35 CET. She crossed the finish line on 27 June 2008 at 12.24.00 GMT/14.24.00 CET.

The previous record was 74 days 20 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds*. This record was set by UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998.

Earthrace smashed the record by almost 14 days, completing almost 24,000 nautical miles in just 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes!

–>Link to Earthrace website

–>Link to NPR Science Friday segment

Thousands of Free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader

July 18th, 2008

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are 21,140 eBooks available here and they’re all free!

–>Link to ManyBooks.net
–>Link to ManyBooks.net - Categories
–>Link to ManyBooks.net - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Long Now Foundation

July 18th, 2008

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed - some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.

–>Link to The Long Now Foundation

–>Link to The 10,000 Year Clock

–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking
–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking - Podcast

How To Become Batman

July 18th, 2008

Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: could a mortal ever become Batman? Zehr discusses the physical and skill training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen.

–>Link to book: Becoming Batman

–>Link to Q&A with author

The Moon Transits Earth

July 17th, 2008

The Deep Impact spacecraft was the one that smacked a chunk of copper into a comet so that we could see what materials were below the surface. After the impact, the spacecraft kept going (with the mission renamed EPOXI), and it’s being used to do all sorts of interesting observations.

In late May, 2008, it turned its cameras back to Earth and observed us over the course of a several hours. During this time, from EPOXI’s point of view, the Moon passed directly in front of the Earth!

–>Link to Bad Astronomy

Influence Your Brainwaves with Binaural Beats

July 17th, 2008


Binaural Beats are “auditory artifacts” that are not apparent outside the brain, they are produced via an internal process called “frequency follows response”. It has been shown that binaural beats can alter the dominant brainwave frequency of the mind.

By altering ones brainwave frequencies (entraining one’s brainwave frequencies) one may go into what researchers call the alpha, theta, or delta brain state. Each brain state has been associated with a different state of consciousness, for example; the alpha state is associated with being at peace or serenity and delta is associated with healing and deep sleep.
Binaural beats are produced when you listen to two slightly different tones with stereo headphones. Your brain quickly aligns to the difference of these two tones, thus changing its dominant frequency and effectively altering your state of consciousness this is called brainwave entrainment, or just entrainment for short.

Free binaural beat downloads and info:
–>Link to HealingBeats.com

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

July 16th, 2008

From Wikipedia:

Star Trek vs. Star Wars, is a rivalry between fans of Star Trek and Star Wars over hypothetical skirmishes between the two fictional universes that has become a significant topic of discussion on the internet.

–>Link to YouTube video

–>Link to Star Trek vs. Star Was: Technological Assessment


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