NASA"s new view of the unfriendly skies seen in the hard gamma ray regime- yes, there is a black hole in the middle of the galaxy.
-- NASA will hold a media teleconference on Tuesday, August 26, at 2
p.m. ET, to announce the first results from NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area
Space Telescope and the telescope's new name. http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10167
The rivalry between America's space program and the Strategic Defense Initiative dates back to the time NASA's Tang Dynasty ignited the Cold War struggle to spin the spin-offs that make men free, and motivate Members Of Congress to vote for next fiscal year's cost overruns
For decades, the Tang Label was NASA's battle flag,but now the Star Wars empire has struck back with a cool new icon that testifies that the era of optical underkill is at its end. Solid state lightbulbs cannot be far behind.
While Bolt was blowing away the 100 meter mark , another speed record fell, with far more portentious consequences . An entangled pair of photons ran an information relay at better that ten thousnd times the speed of light , and those who managed the race may end up with another sort of gold medal , for passing a milestone on the road to multiple worlds.
Physicist Nicolas Gisin and colleagues report in Nature that pairs of quantum-entangled photons sent
from the university University of Geneva through fiber-optic cables to two Swiss villages 18
kilometers apart changed polarization not justidentically, butfaster than
synchronized atomic clocks could detect.
Whatever was affecting the photons seems to have happened so
nearly instantaneously that t the phenomenon influencing the particles had to
be traveling at least 10,000 times faster than light.Since that can't happen in four dimensions of
space and time, the experiments show that entanglement might be controlled by
something existing beyond it.
Gisin says that once the scientific community "accepts
that nature has this ability, we should try to create models that explain
it." This doesn't demonstrate spooky action at a distance directly, but
does provide a lower bound-the speed is truly superluminal. And out of this world.
Like the Beijing propagandists who studied the1936 Berlin games and turned to Albert Speer Jr. for helpful Olympic design hints, some people seem
oblivious to Godwin's Law.
It never seems to have dawned on the producers of Expelled that invoking Hitler can lose more than internet arguments. Blaming
science for the holocaust , Ben Stein's
neo-creationist 'documentary', styles
Darwinism its 'necessary' cause, and commending the film, Intelligent Design advocate David Klinghoffer
"many...don't want to understand ...Darwinism inspired Mein Kampf ...The major Hitler
biographers...all agree on Hitler's debt to Darwinism. "
Mein Kampf never mentions 'Darwin' or 'Darwinism', or
indeed The Origin Of Species.Why was the mild mannered Victorian biologist expelled
from Hitler's infamousautobiography?
The answer is antithetic to Expelled's
equation of 'Godless materialism' 'with moral decay-- Hitler was a staunch
advocate of " intelligent design."
Expelled repeats a common cultural
never wrote such incendiary phrases as "Survival of the fittest" or "Nature red
in tooth and claw."yet instead of crediting Herbert Spencer and Alfred Lord Tennyson with inventing and immortalizing ' Social Darwinism', Expelled instead ignores the genealogy of eugenics' moral descent from Nietsche's metaphysics and lays everything from the Gulag to the
holocaust at science's door. Klinghoffer, invokes Hitler's "appeal to
biology, which, as he argued, revealed certain iron laws of Nature –
principally the struggle for supremacy pitting the superior races against the
what kind of biologyresults from
expelling evolution from the curriculum ? Though fictitious as Frankenstein, Stein's torch and
is less monstrous than fatuous. Deliberately confusing biology and astrophysics,
it carps on evolution's failure to explain the origin of the universe. The reality is that Darwin wrote little about First Things. He had
no desire wrangle with The Reverend
William Paley's metaphysical views --what
would become the 'intelligent design' movement was around before the science
of biology was born.
Our world is always at risk of ideologydriving the lethal apotheosis of politicized science,
but there's nothing Darwinian about the way
in which Karl Marx's scorn forRomantic beliefs like ' elan vital ' evolved into the Leninist dogma of 'Scientific
Socialism'. To say it aimed at conquering nature and transforming man is rather like insisting Werner von Braun kepthis eyes on the stars over London. Put into
practice from Russia to Cambodia,
it gave National Socialism's program of un-natural selection some deadly serious
Klinghoffer's take on Expelled turns history on its head. It
imputes to the Nazis a "philosophical outlook is based on respecting
Nature's laws " in contrast to Hitler's bizarre belief that the core of Judaism
is "that "Man's role is to overcome Nature!" " The
reality is that the two Socialisms competed in creating an equal opportunity holocaust that rounded up , and killed
, scientists they could not suborn.
Did fascination with the origin of life inspire
Stalin to send geneticists to the Gulag,
or lend intellectual frisson to Der Fuhrer'storchlight parades?Hitler's deservedly obscure Tischgespraeche
holds the answer:
"Woher nehmen wir das Recht zu glauben,
der Mensch sei nicht von Uranfaengen das gewesen , was er heute ist? Der Blick
in die Natur zeigt uns, dass im Bereich der Pflanzen und Tiere Veraenderungen
und Weiterbildungen vorkommen. Aber nirgends zeigt sich innherhalb einer
Gattung eine Entwicklung von der Weite des Sprungs, den der Mensch gemacht
haben muesste, sollte er sich aus einem affenartigen Zustand zu dem, was er
ist, fortgebildet haben."
"From where do we get the right
to believe that man was not from his very origin what he is
today? Glancing at nature we see that in the plant and animal kingdoms
changes and developments happen. But nowhere in that do we see a
leap, a development of the magnitude man must have made, if he has as
surmised, advanced from an ape-like state to what he is."
was der Mensch von dem Tier voraushat, der veilleicht wunderbarste Beweis fuer
die Ueberlegenheit des Menschen ist, dass er begriffen hat, dass es eine
Schoepferkraft geben muss."
"An advantage humans
enjoy over animals, and what may be the best proof of their superiority is that
they have grasped there must be the power of a creator."
This is no paean to 'godless materialism', but an endorsement of creationism
from a man who set an army goose-stepping off to war with 'Gott Mit Uns' blazoned on its belt
If Expelled has a prequel,it's not the Auschwitz
episode of the late great Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man, which
Expelled shamelessly apes. Islamic creationists will find more to applaud in Triumph Of The Will than Hitler's rejection of Darwin's big idea. Poor Ben has joined the ranks of populists from William Jennings
Bryan onward who have set out to bolster biblical literalism by blustering against science, only to inherit the wind.
GREETINGSNATIONAL REVIEWREFUGEES I see John Derbyshire has warped you over by offering newly excavated wonders , but he gives me too much credit- the Hitler quote first appeared in a letter from an Intelligent Design enthusiast published by The American Spectator, but for some strange reason he did not offer a translation.