Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Universe is Finely Tuned for Life

Gerald Schroeder has several books dealing with this topic, my favorite is The Science of God. In that book he explores the evidence supporting the view that God created the universe and uses the Hebrew Scripture to help support his thesis. I recommend that book for anybody serious about the question of whether or not God created the all that there is.

Meanwhile, here's a fine video approaching the question from a simple, logical point of view employing science to back up the thesis:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Science of Over the Edge: Drinking Hot Beverages in the Summer

In Give Her the Stars, Elise, the heroine, like to drink hot tea in the summer. This practice actually has benefits, provided certain conditions are met.

1) all your sweat will evaporate

2) it's not humid

If you drink a hot beverage on a hot day your stomach's thermo-sensors become overactive and send signals to the hypothalamus that you're hot, causing that organ to trigger sweating. So, if it can all evaporate, you'll lose more heat than you took in when you drank the hot drink.

If it's humid and/or you're already soggy with sweat, choose something cold.

Why Your Weird Friends are Drinking Hot Coffee in the Summer...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Warp Drive, Gravity and Passenger Spaceships

If you can create a warp drive that rides a wave of bent time/space, how do you jump start it and more importantly, how do you turn it off? The leading edge of the wave is not in your time. The proposed design places passengers in a time bubble within a large ring. The time bubble operates on home time while the ring rides a wave of space/time. For more, read the article below:

NASA's interplanetary space ship design

photo credit: sploid.gizmodo.com
 In the Over the Edge series Candan Rubeek is the primary inventor of the gravitational drive, a system that employs gravity to propel ships to near light speeds. Admittedly this author has no idea, at this time, precisely how that might work except to say that it pushes against and pulls depending on the chosen direction--like a magnet pushing and pulling against another magnet. If you've ever played with super strong magnets you know you can get quite a bounce when you force the magnets resisting ends toward one another.

Though we can say a lot of things about gravity, we still don't understand it. In this video we come right to the edge of the answer to the big question, "What is gravity?", and then veer back into known territory again. Why? Because we don't know what gravity is! Check it out, it is worth the watch:

Virgin Galactic is the front leader in the creation of passenger spaceships. The most interesting bit of information for me in the clip featured below is how the ships are constructed without rivets or welds:

An insider's look at Virgin Galactic's passenger space ship

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Your Jet Pack Coming Soon

I'll admit it. I'm super tired and I don't want to write even an opening paragraph. Just go to the website and read what these guys have to say, it's easier and faster for both of us: The Martin Jetpack

And while we're on the subject, if you don't want to go to the website, here's a video of the Martin Jetpack, but if you're going to ride this thing, you're going to want hearing protectors:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Recipes From the "Over the Edge" Universe

In the Over the Edge series characters drink wines, "cofaynee," Ephonian "Blizzards" and this Celian drink reformulated for Earthlings by Chris Colman of Las Vegas, Nevada:

Electric Blue Freeze

Hurricane Glass (ice to top of glass)
1 oz Malibu Rum
1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
½ oz Blue Curacao
Almost fill with Sweet & Sour
Splash of 7-up