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16-08-2016, 11:33 PM
RE: The elegant nature of science
"omg this is coo-HOLY MOTHERFUKER!"

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17-08-2016, 06:41 AM
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Two black holes colliding (the blip) :
http://www.scientificamerican.com/articl...ck-holes1/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06_jRK939I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4XzLDM3Py8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyDcTbR-kEA

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20-08-2016, 05:30 AM
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How do they know where it came from?
They say it came from 2 black holes merging to form a bigger black hole, but how do they actually know that?
I thought all this thing did was pick up on gravitational waves, how is it suppose to pinpoint their source?

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23-08-2016, 11:18 PM
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28-08-2016, 11:37 AM
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Not quite in the same class as the pictures above but elephant in its own way and useful for teaching dumbwuts, sorry, theists what science really is

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30-08-2016, 12:06 PM
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Cell Wars: Revenge of the (Leuko)Cytes.

Seriously, the visuals are stunning (strongly recommended in HD), the plot is better and more epic than a lot of action and science-fiction movies and it’s narrated by none other than David Tenant.





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30-08-2016, 11:18 PM
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Russians may have discovered the first alien civilization's signal, 94 light-years away.

Unfortunately, it was a weak signal and may well be an anomaly. SETI has been unable to confirm the signal.

The interesting thing about the article, to me, is that they break down the amount of signal strength from other civilizations that it would take for our current instruments to pick them up, and the numbers for an omnidirectional broadcast (as opposed to a deliberate beam toward a system) means that the signal would have had to be stronger at its origin than the amount of energy our entire civilization produces-- by a lot. More than the amount of energy the sun sends to earth. By a lot.

It tells me that one of the reasons we haven't heard any transmissions from the skies yet is because no one broadcasts at that signal strength in the EM spectrum, nor beams a signal directly at us. Why would they?

Anyway, this is a possible detection of an alien civilization, and we're training more-sensitive instruments to look that way, just in case. SCIENCE! Smile

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal

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01-09-2016, 03:46 AM (This post was last modified: 01-09-2016 03:54 AM by RocketSurgeon76.)
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Update. It was a bogus signal. Sad

From the SETI website, linked above:

August 31, 2016

An article that quotes the Russian news agency TASS is suggesting that the signal found using the Russian RATAN-600 radio telescope is, indeed, terrestrial interference. The article, which can be found here –
http://tass.com/science/896683 -- says in part “Director of the Institute of Applied Astronomy at the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Ipatov told TASS that back at the Soviet period he had been part of a group of young astronomers at the special astrophysical observatory searching for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. ‘We, indeed, discovered an unusual signal. However, an additional check showed that it was emanating from a Soviet military satellite, which had not been entered into any of the catalogs of celestial bodies,’ Ipatov said.”

As noted in the accompanying write-up, we have been unable to find this signal using our Allen Telescope Array. That would be consistent, of course, with it being terrestrial interference, such as a military satellite. However, there seems to be some contradiction in the Russian response quoted above, as the signal was labeled as being measured in May, 2015, long after the demise of the Soviet Union.

Later today, a statement from the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences was made:
https://www.sao.ru/Doc-en/SciNews/2016/Sotnikova/ The statement concludes with this sentence: “It can be said with confidence that no sought-for signal has been detected yet.”

Even though it turned out to be a false signal, this is a triumph for science because it was released for others to test, and when they did it was found out to fail under Peer Review, so to speak. We didn't just believe it because it conformed to our hopes and dreams. That is a win for science, even in failure. That's why the guys on "Mythbusters" always said it was important to learn that failure is not really failure if you learn from it, and gather good data.

Hooray for science. Smile

Edit to Add: It just dawned on me that Russian scientists located a classified Russian stealth satellite. If it wasn't classified, it would have been on the register of celestial objects, and if it wasn't stealth, then US radar tracking arrays on the ground would have picked it up-- we have pretty good ones, due to our need to protect things like the ISS/STS/etc from being drilled by loose screwdrivers traveling at over 17,000 miles per hour. The Russian government tried to blame it on their Soviet predecessors, but the articles notes that that's "some contradiction", as the Sovs have been out of business for a couple of decades, now.

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17-09-2016, 08:28 PM
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18-09-2016, 04:15 AM
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Stringiness, revisited:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160915-...cond-life/

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