Category Archives: Science & technology

Russia plans to colonize the Moon

Dr. Eowyn:

. . . whereas under Obama, not only is America NOT returning to the Moon, NASA’s “foremost” mission is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

The enemy of the United States is sitting in the Oval Office of the White House.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

This is what’s happened to the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Barack Obama’s presidency:
  • Cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program to build new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the Moon.
  • Since February 2006 NASA’s mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. In July 2010, however, NASA administrator Charles Bolden declared that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
  • In 2011, NASA ended its space shuttle program.
  • In April 2013, Bolden told a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington that “NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime.”

Charles Bolden

But Russia not only will return to the Moon, they plan to colonize it. Will Stewart reports for

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Creation: So who created God?

Ring galaxyThe Ring Galaxy, with a span of 100,000 light years, is 600 million light years away from Earth. Visible in the gap (at about one o’clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies even farther in the distance. [NASA]

Dr. Hugh Ross is a Christian physicist and astronomer who writes books and a terrific blog, Reasons to Believe, showing how science and Christianity can be very compatible. More than that, Dr. Ross uses science to demonstrate the truths of our Christian faith.

In his Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) famously reasoned for the existence of God by pointing to “the chains of effecting causes that exist in the world. Things here are produced by their causes; these causes in turn were produced by their causes, and so on. Ultimately, there must be a first cause….”

In his post of April 7, 2014, Dr. Ross answers a very good question from a non-believer on who/what created that first cause. Here’s the question:

Hello,

Let me start by saying I’m not actually a believer at this moment. When listening to the lectures, I hear a lot of talk about the complexity of things being a big proponent for creation or design because somebody created it. But at some point in the paradigm you’re at least admitting that, somewhere, something just existed that was at least as complex as, or more complex than, us….If we couldn’t have just existed, how could you say God just existed without something creating him. I’d like to hear your answer on that.

— Submitted by an attendee of an RTB event in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Ross gave a brilliant answer, pointing out that cause-and-effect can only happen in our Universe of space and time.

For if we say that X caused Y, X must have happened some time before Y.

But the Creator of the Universe cannot Himself be contained in that Universe. That means the Creator is outside our Universe of space and time, which in turn means that the Creator, the First Cause, is outside of time and, therefore, has no cause.

As St. Thomas Aquinas put it:

Where there is motion, there is a mover, and ultimately a first mover, itself unmoved. This is God.Ultimately, there must be a first cause which is itself uncaused. This is God.

Here is Dr. Ross’s answer:

Dear not-yet-a-believer,

Your question is one of the most important any human being could ask—and one that most Christians are ill prepared to answer.

As I understand your query, if explaining the natural realm’s ability to support life, especially human life, requires extreme levels of complexity and design, then would not the cause of all this complexity and design need a cause that is even greater than Him? As Richard Dawkins puts it, the problem with Christianity is accounting for who “designed the Designer?”1

The question of who created God was the heart of my debate with Lewis Wolpert at Imperial College in London. (You can listen to the debate here). In a nutshell, I explained that, today, physicists across the philosophical spectrum acknowledge that the space-time theorems are unassailable. If the universe contains mass and if general relativity reliably describes the movements of bodies in the universe, the theorems are valid. Those theorems establish that space and time had a beginning at the origin of the universe. They imply that the causal agent of the universe is not subject to space and time—thus, that agent can create space-time dimensions at will.

Of course, any entity—such as the universe and everything subject to the laws and dimensions of the universe—that is constrained to a single dimension of time, where time cannot be stopped or reversed, must have a beginning. Ultimately, such entities must be traceable back to a creation event. However, an entity not constrained by time need not have been created.

The Bible declares in multiple passages that God created time (e.g., John 1:3; Colossians 1:16–17). Psalm 90 adds that God can arbitrarily compress or expand time as we know it. In my book Beyond the Cosmos (3rd edition), I include diagrams illustrating that this compression and expansion of time is only possible for beings with access to the equivalent of at least two dimensions of time. Scripture also declares that God has no beginning, no ending, and is not created (e.g., Psalm 90:2; Hebrews 7:3). These declarations could be true only of a Being who created time, rather than one who is subject to time.

Philosophers responding to Dawkins have pointed out that he made a category error. God is in a different category than the universe or humans in that He is not subject to the physical laws of the universe or to its space-time dimensionality.

For a more thorough answer to this question, I suggest reading Beyond the Cosmos. The book includes a description of scientific evidence for the existence of nine dimensions of space and for a Being who brought into existence ten space-time dimensions.

~Eowyn

Hollywood conditioning the masses for souless transhumans

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From Wikipedia:

Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Transhumanist proponents believe that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman.”

Influenced by seminal works of science fiction, the transhumanist vision of a transformed future humanity has attracted many supporters and detractors from a wide range of perspectives. Criticisms of transhumanism and its proposals take two main forms: those objecting to the likelihood of transhumanist goals being achieved (practical criticisms); and those objecting to the moral principles or world view sustaining transhumanist proposals or underlying transhumanism itself (ethical criticisms).

At least one public interest organization, the U.S.-based Center for Genetics and Society, was formed, in 2001, with the specific goal of opposing transhumanist agendas that involve transgenerational modification of human biology, such as full-term human cloning and germinal choice technology.

Transhumanism has been characterized by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as among the world’s most dangerous ideas.

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

~Eowyn

Newly discovered Heartbleed computer virus lets hackers read everything in your computer

computer virusHannah Kuchler reports for Financial Times, April 9, 2014, that Internet security engineers recently discovered a nasty computer “heartbleed bug” that allows hackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users (i.e., your computer’s hard drive), and impersonate services and users.

The bug was found in an encryption method used on about two-thirds of all websites, including Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Facebook, potentially exposing web traffic, user data and stored content to cyber criminals.

Although the bug has been around for three years, we are told there is so far no evidence that a hacker has exploited the flaw.

OpenSSL has released an update to repair the flaw and companies must update their software to be safe. Those companies include:

  • Google, which said it had fixed the flaw in key Google services and Facebook by adding protections even before the heartbleed bug was publicly disclosed.
  • Amazon Web Services, whose clients include sites from Netflix to Unilever, said it had applied “mitigations” so customers did not need to act.
  • Yahoo said it had “made the appropriate corrections” to its main properties and was working to fix its other sites.
  • Matthew Prince, chief executive at Cloudflare, a company that provides a security barrier for about 5% of web requests, said it had fixed its encryption after being alerted last week.

But even those who fix the software cannot necessarily see if a hacker has already used the vulnerability to access their systems. Netcraft, which monitors what code is used in each site, said more than half a million trusted websites were vulnerable to the bug.

Prince said “This is very bad and it may be extremely bad. This is one of the really bad internet bugs ever.” He warns that the flaw could affect “almost everyone” as the software is used by more than 60% of all websites. The flaw could have allowed hackers to read everything in a computer’s memory. Researchers had found the vulnerability could be used to read people’s Yahoo emails, but Prince says they still do not know if the keys to other secure information have also been found, which could render protection of anything from intellectual property to credit card details useless. “The nightmare scenario that everyone is worried about is if it also allows access to the store of core cryptographic keys which allow organisations to keep data stores. If the keys have been accessible, companies may have to replace all these secret codes that guard their information.”

I suggest that you not wait for companies to fix their software. Go to your various online accounts and change your passwords!

UPDATE (April 11, 2014):

As reported by the Daily Mail, a German computer programmer Dr Robin Seggelmann has come forward admitting that he had written the Heartbleed code which contained an error overlooked by reviewers, and added to the OpenSSL software on New Year’s Eve in 2011. No one spotted the mistake until earlier this month.

Affected sites include a number of Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Yahoo and Dropbox. All of these sites have been patched and security experts are advising people to change their passwords on these accounts, even if the sites themselves aren’t issuing the advice. Yahoo is the only major site that has explicitly said its users should change their password.

Sites that don’t use the OpenSSL software are not affected by the flaw. This includes PayPal, Microsoft accounts and Twitter.

However, there are still thousands of websites who are yet to fix the problem, or officially announce the fix – leaving their users in limbo.

Password and security experts have created tools to see which sites are at risk including the Heartbleed Test and Heartbleed Checker.

UPDATE (April 12, 2014):

Surprise! (Not)

Michael Riley reports for Bloomberg that Obama’s National Security Agency knew for at least two years about the Heartbleed bug but kept the bug secret, and regularly exploited it to gather “critical” intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Obama Pathological Liar’s administration, of course, denies it.

~Eowyn

Chinese J-20 stealth fighter incorporates F-35 secrets stolen from U.S.

Dr. Eowyn:

And what is Obama doing about this?

Instead of tightening the controls on technology transfers to China, he’s loosening the controls!

This man truly is an enemy of America.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

F-35 J-20

Bill Gertz reports for The Washington Free Beacon, March 13, 2014:

A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.

The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry.

Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC).

An AVIC subsidiary, the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, used the stolen data in building the J-20, said defense and intelligence officials familiar with reports of the illicit tech transfer.

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Obama’s EPA wants to regulate cow fart to fight “global warming”

cow fartThe Daily Caller reports, March 28, 2014:

As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations.

This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.

The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

Some of these methane emissions come from cow flatulence, exhaling and belching — other livestock animals release methane as well.

“Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.”

“Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse gas emissions in 2012. Cows and other animals produce methane through digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

“During digestion, microbes resident in an animal’s digestive system ferment food consumed by the animal,” the EPA notes. “This microbial fermentation process, referred to as enteric fermentation, produces [methane] as a byproduct, which can be exhaled or eructated by the animal.”

It’s not just the dairy industry that the Obama administration is clamping down on. The White House is looking to regulate methane emissions across the economy from agriculture to oil and gas operations — all this despite methane emissions falling 11 percent since 1990.

Methane emissions have largely been reduced because of the incentive for companies to capture it and sell it for monetary gain. Oil and gas companies, for example, have been looking for ways to increasingly capture methane leaked from drilling operations which they can then sell.

“The industry has led efforts to reduce emissions of methane by developing new technologies and equipment, and recent studies show emissions are far lower than EPA projected just a few years ago,” said  Howard Feldman, head of scientific and regulatory affairs at the American Petroleum Institute. “Additional regulations are not necessary and could have a chilling effect on the American energy renaissance, our economy, and our national security.”

“Methane is natural gas that operators can bring to the market,” he added. “There is a built-in incentive to capture these emissions.”

Environmentalists have been pushing the Obama administration to crack down on methane emissions for some time, arguing that they drive global warming and pollute the air and water. Activists have argued that the methane leakage rate from natural gas operations is 50 percent higher than the EPA estimates.

“President Obama’s plan to reduce climate-disrupting methane pollution is an important step in reining in an out of control industry exempt from too many public health protections,” Deborah Nardone, campaign director of the Sierra Club’s Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground campaign. “However, even with the most rigorous methane controls and monitoring in place, we will still fall short of what is needed to fight climate disruption if we do not reduce our reliance on these dirty fossil fuels.”

Republicans and the oil and gas industry argue that the methane leakage rate has been estimated to be 50 times lower than the EPA’s estimate. The GOP argues that the EPA’s estimate is simply an attack on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

“The EPA has been on a witch hunt to shut down hydraulic fracturing, and yet again the evidence doesn’t back up their excessive claims,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “All too often we see the Agency using flawed science for political purposes, but this report – partially funded by environmental activists no less – shows EPA’s emissions estimates from hydraulic fracturing are way off.”

H/t Clash Daily

~Eowyn

We need a new president FAST

 

The people who built this did NOT expect to hand it to a Commander in Chief like President Lucifer. ~ TD 

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X-47B UCAS Aviation History Under Way

Note the short take-off and landing, the stealth features, and the fact that it is unmanned (meaning no POWs or hostages). That means Russia, China, North Korea and Iran can’t defend against it. It can be launched from anywhere the carrier is located. All good things,

…except for the fact that it is now in the hands of an antichrist, who might use it on his own civilian population.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” – Psalm 20:7

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” – Luke 22:35-36

Chicago Subway Crash. Can You Say YIKES!!!!

Watch the Vid it’s about :40 sec. Do you think those guys 

A) Have Guardian Angels?

B ) Needed to change their shorts?  s_shocked-11

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NTSB to check whether Chicago train operator dozed before crash

AP4:09 p.m. EDT March 25, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O’Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.

The events that led to Monday’s accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift, according to the union representing transit workers. But Tuesday’s announcement that a piece of emergency safety equipment might have failed was the first indication the accident could have been caused by human error and mechanical failure.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin said a preliminary review showed the train was traveling at the correct speed of 25 mph as it entered the station. Investigators said they have not yet determined whether the operator ever applied the in-cab brake.

Turpin, who is leading the investigation, said an automatic emergency braking system located on the tracks was activated but failed to stop the train as it burst onto the platform.

“It activated,” Turpin said of the emergency system. “That’s all we know factually. Now, whether it did it in time or not, that’s an analysis that we have to figure out.”

A team from the NTSB also is exploring how rested the train operator was before starting her shift and whether rules governing overtime had been violated, after a union official suggested she might have dozed off.

They planned to interview the train operator Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re going to ask probably the operator how they felt … because we always take into consideration the fatigue factor. It’s one of the things we do investigate,” Turpin said.

The operator, whom officials have not identified, was off duty for about 17 hours before starting work around 8 p.m. Sunday but had recently put in a lot of overtime, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly said Monday.

“I know she works a lot – as a lot of our members do,” he said. “They gotta earn a living. … She was extremely tired.”

Kelly said the operator took standard drug and alcohol tests after the derailment and that she assured him they were not an issue.

Asked whether she might have nodded off, Kelly responded: “The indication is there. Yes.”

Federal investigators hoped to turn the scene over to local officials later Tuesday to begin removing the train from the escalator at the underground Chicago Transit Authority station.

The train is designed to stop if operators become incapacitated and their hand slips off the spring-loaded controls. Kelly speculated that, upon impact, inertia might have thrown the operator against the hand switch, accelerating it onto the escalator.

~Steve~

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/25/chicago-train-ohare-speed/6869687/

Creation: How hummingbirds stay aloft

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl!

~Eowyn

Professor wants global warming deniers to be imprisoned

Lawrence Torcello

Lawrence Torcello is an assistant professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Note that his academic specialty is Philosophy, not Science.

In an opinion essay of March 13, 2014, for the UK newsletter The Conversation, Torcello proclaims that those who deny the “science” of climate change man-made global warming should be criminally prosecuted who, when found guilty, will be imprisoned.

Torcello begins with an earthquake that rocked L’Aquila, Italy in 2009, which killed more than 300 people and left nearly 66,000 people homeless. Six Italian scientists were sentenced to 6 years in prison for not communicating the risks of the impending earthquake.

Torcello then opines that just as the Italian scientists were jailed for not adequately informing the public of the L’Aquila earthquake:

“this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism.

More deaths can already be attributed to climate change than the L’Aquila earthquake and we can be certain that deaths from climate change will continue to rise with global warming. Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.

We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.

Then Torcello airily and arrogantly dismisses free speech implications in his proposal to CRIMINALLY PROSECUTE those who disagree with him on manmade global warming:

My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech. We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions. Protecting the latter as a form of free speech stretches the definition of free speech to a degree that undermines the very concept.

Torcello describes his “current projects” as including “the environment,” “animal welfare,” and “political discourse.” Among his publications are encylopedia entries on “animal rights” and “separation of church and state,” and journal articles on “separating the infant from the fetus” and “same-sex marriage.” No doubt, we can expect future opinion essays from Assistant Professor Torcello that deniers of animal rights, pro-lifers, pro-prayer in school, and opponents of same-sex marriage should also be CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED.

Lawrence Torcello can be reached at lgtghs@rit.edu.

As a university professor, Lawrence Torcello can’t be fired for saying and writing whatever he wants, under the guise of “academic freedom.” Professors who achieve tenure are even more securely protected.

But Torcello is an assistant professor, which means he doesn’t yet have tenure. You can help make sure he doesn’t get tenure. Contact the president of his university and convey your objections about Torcello:

Dr. Bill Destler
President, Rochester Institute of Technology
phone: 585-475-2396 voice/tty
e-mail: bill.destler@rit.edu

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~Eowyn