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    Something or nothing, which is more supported?

    Yes, there is no answer to the OP since our tool for abstraction the mathematics breaks down beyond 10^-43 second timeline of the universe. And that implies at least to me, that the spacetime doesn't always exists but neither it has its first moment.
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    No more fossil fuels!

    We must stay in school and participate in the research whenever possible. Fossil fuels are technically ancient sunlight that was stored through photosynthesis. And plant leaves are harnessing solar energy more than scientists can explain the process. Achieving synthetic photosynthesis will...
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    Are social Sciences useful?

    Yes both natural sciences and social sciences talk in terms of mathematics. And social sciences must be more rigorous in the calculations to account as much as possible all relevant variables to produce repeatable experiments that yield the same statistics. There are more reasons to be rigorous...
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    No more fossil fuels!

    Fossil fuels are oil, gas, and coal. The Worldometers says world oil reserve will run out in about 40 years. Scientists and technicians are making progress in developing and harnessing renewable energy sources especially solar energy which are literally falling on our heads. I've seen on tv...
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    Are social Sciences useful?

    Science is about the established rules of empirical, stable, and demonstrable protocol. Social sciences may not be considered science because they are not stable i.e. repeatable experiments that yield same results, but social sciences are useful nonetheless. For example there is no single...
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    Where does new space come from as the universe gets bigger?

    That's how I understood it too, the big bangis mathematically allowed by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and upheld by the General Theory of Relativity. Our universe emerged from vibrant nothingness, nothing as is not even empty space where time could exist. Nevertheless, henceforth the...
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    Solar Flare Must Watch

    Nice to know that someone is interested in Heliophysics . And to feel at ease to mention an on-going research about http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30oct_ftes/"][/PLAIN] [Broken] Flux Transfer Event . I have reason why I was killjoy to some celestial art connoisseur...
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    Solar Flare Must Watch

    Nice, you found the time machine of the site. The CME from July 19 eruption in the OP did not hit Earth, but July 12 eruption did.. Earthsky reported it too.. http://earthsky.org/space/auroras-widely-seen-july-14-chance-on-july-15-too and NASA...
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    Solar Flare Must Watch

    You might like to bookmark this site.. http://spaceweather.com/ or find "NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center" in your favorite social media network for information when not to trust your GPS or unplug your electronic device especially if you don't have surge protector, among other info.
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    50 incredible facts about earth

    I had read about the underground fire in Centralia Pennsylvania, it is one of the most dangerous toxic ghost towns in the world. http://io9.com/10-of-the-worlds-most-dangeous-toxic-ghost-towns-1552144947 Btw, the earth magnetosphere I think should be included in the fact sheet about earth. And...
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    Translating poetry

    Another poem, shared by a Romanian friend which she admitted her translation is inadequate. It seems to me that it's about sadness felt upon the arrival of Autumn and I offered "Autumn Blues" as a title. Unsatisfied with her translation, I googled it and found a better translation with...
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    Translating poetry

    That reminded me of a song some kids were singing, I tried to Google the whole lyrics but failed to find it, it goes like this the part I can remember... "Oh how lucky is the man who doesn't walk astray All he does prosper well But the wicked are not so they are like chaff in the wind...
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    Translating poetry

    We don't know yet who inspired who, better be a Sherlock Holmes and check the dates of publications.. and we could also speculate that it's another case of synchronicity? Anyways, I had the same feelings too on many occasions. Voltaire quoted "The instruction we find in books is like fire; we...
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    50 incredible facts about earth

    Who wants to see real-time world statistics? http://www.worldometers.info/ Yes, you'll be curious how they gather the data.
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    Translating poetry

    I had read in leisure the comedia in paperback but can't remember which translation it was. The images and annotations in it attracted me more than the comedia itself. The Princeton Dante Project is similar but this is on-line not in paperback. http://etcweb.princeton.edu/dante/pdp/ Btw...
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    Translating poetry

    Another poem... it's English but I learned it first in my mother's language... http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-arrow-and-the-song/?m=0 The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, so swiftly it flew, the sight...
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    Translating poetry

    Not bad Enigman, the good thing is you tried :-) Here is another translation that tried to capture the spirit of the poem and didn't mind much the literal words and even gave it a title... http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8426/8426-h/8426-h.htm THE SKY-BLUE SMILES ABOVE THE ROOF The...
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    Translating poetry

    Nice if someone here would care to translate that un-titled French poem. Btw, maybe someone here might like this Spanish poem which the wikipedia said.. **"Mi último adiós"could be the most translated patriotic swan song in the world, and interpretations into 46 Filipino languages including...
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    Translating poetry

    I don't understand French, but I was in Algeria and found a poem in a pocketbook that was lying in the lounge. For reason I can't explain... perhaps because I'm having a deja vu as if I understood the poem intimately, I like the original version more than the English translation...
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    Sleep loss may cause brain damage

    Interesting, some companies it seems to me intuitively know that sleep deprivation is harmful to workers and thus considered it in their policy like shift rotation, maximum 12- hour duty and multiple/flexible day-offs. If proven on human specimen, perhaps such aforementioned company policy will...
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    How much of the night sky one could see from various locations

    I opened my world clock apps clicked "+" and it gave me a globe. Rough estimate of my coordinate is 27N49E. After sundown I could see the Orion overhead, and Canopus low in the south about 10 degrees above the horizon, facing north I could see Polaris about 20 degrees above the horizon and it is...
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    The Fastest-Approaching Object in the Universe

    Yes I blundered, thank you guys for telling me :-)
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    The Fastest-Approaching Object in the Universe

    It's an investigation in progress they don't know the exact figures yet. At least I gave an estimate from available data and perhaps prevent this thread going morbid :D
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    Is the universe really expanding?

    Yes that's a helpful article for understanding the universe. Astrophysics scientists are amazing, they could explain a lot by just analyzing the properties of the photons that came from the cosmos... Galaxies in local clusters sharing gravitational influence do not participate in the...
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    The Fastest-Approaching Object in the Universe

    If science succeed in arresting the cellular aging process we might live over 200 years old and witness it. The object is 54 lightyears away and incredibly blueshifted at1026 Km. per second.. 0.3 c? hence eta is about 165 years. It won't hit our solar system anyways because it surely has some...
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    B-modes and Inflation

    Those are excellent reading materials especially those with .edu in the url, besides that I'm also reading what matt strassler and sean carroll are telling about that. http://profmattstrassler.com/2014/03/18/if-its-holds-up-what-might-bicep2s-discovery-mean/...
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    How global exchange rates are determined

    Being aware of the forces that affects the global exchange rate is important especially if you are working in the c-suite and hence responsible for all the employees down the line i.e. their employment. http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/forex/how-forex-exchange-rates-set.asp Thousands...
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    B-modes and Inflation

    Nice article and a witty comment. And thanks! my subscription for their newsletter was confirmed just now :-)
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    Autonomy vs The Obligation to Conform to a Wider Community

    Approval of authority figure is one thing and obedience to authority figure is another thing. The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures is disturbing albeit it was just experiment which is subject to further analysis and interpretations. Against our 'free will' the majority of us...
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    Autonomy vs The Obligation to Conform to a Wider Community

    Eric Berne's "Transactional Analysis" it seems to me is telling that every person is of three parts, the "Parent" within us which is the taught concept of life-we were programmed by our superiors when we were kids… the "Adult" within us which is the thought concept of life-the critical thinker…...
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