cement-feathered:

“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
—Terrence McKenna

cement-feathered:

Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.

—Terrence McKenna

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we-are-star-stuff:

The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist. Today (July 10) marks the 158th anniversary of his birth. Though Tesla holds 112 lifetime U.S. patents, and is most famous for helping to develop the modern alternating current (AC) system of electric power, the inventor died penniless and in relative obscurity on Jan. 7, 1943, at age 86.
Tesla’s outsized and quirky personality, along with some of his more far-out ideas — such as his experiments to develop a particle gun, or death ray — earned him a reputation that fell somewhere between “creative genius” and “mad scientist.” While some regard him as the true father of electricity, others have come to remember Tesla more for his peculiarities than his accomplishments.
But, let’s take a look at what he has actually given to the world. For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.
Alternating Current: This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago. A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed. The division can be summarized as one of cost and safety: the DC current that Edison (backed by General Electric) had been working on was costly over long distances, and produced dangerous sparking from the required converter (called a commutator). Regardless, Edison and his backers utilized the general “dangers” of electric current to instill fear in Tesla’s alternative: Alternating Current. As proof, Edison sometimes electrocuted animals at demonstrations. Consequently, Edison gave the world the electric chair, while simultaneously maligning Tesla’s attempt to offer safety at a lower cost. Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was perfectly safe by famously shooting current through his own body to produce light. This Edison-Tesla feud in 1893 was the culmination of over a decade of shady business deals, stolen ideas, and patent suppression that Edison and his moneyed interests wielded over Tesla’s inventions. Yet, despite it all, it is Tesla’s system that provides power generation and distribution to North America in our modern era.
Light: Of course he didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed. Tesla developed and used fluorescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, he took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs. However, it is his Tesla Coil that might be the most impressive, and controversial. The Tesla Coil is certainly something that big industry would have liked to suppress: the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) utilizing frequencies as a transmitter. All that is needed on the other end is the receiver - much like a radio.  
X-rays: Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.  X-rays, like so many of Tesla’s contributions, stemmed from his belief that everything we need to understand the universe is virtually around us at all times, but we need to use our minds to develop real-world devices to augment our innate perception of existence.
Radio: Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day. However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi. Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association. In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents: US 645576, and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Tesla. 
Remote Control: This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898. Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat’s propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights. While this exact technology was not widely used for some time, we now can see the power that was appropriated by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war. Radio controlled tanks were introduced by the Germans in WWII, and developments in this realm have since slid quickly away from the direction of human freedom.
Electric Motor: Tesla’s invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name. While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla’s invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil. However, his invention in 1930 succumbed to the economic crisis and the world war that followed. Nevertheless, this invention has fundamentally changed the landscape of what we now take for granted: industrial fans, household applicances, water pumps, machine tools, power tools, disk drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.
Robotics: Tesla’s overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses.  He stated: “I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli”. Thus, the concept of the robot was born. However, an element of the human remained present, as Tesla asserted that these human replicas should have limitations - namely growth and propagation. Nevertheless, Tesla unabashedly embraced all of what intelligence could produce. His visions for a future filled with intelligent cars, robotic human companions, and the use of sensors, and autonomous systems are detailed in a must-read entry in the Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2006 (PDF). 
Laser: Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man. Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. However, with this leap in innovation we have also crossed into the land of science fiction.  From Reagan’s “Star Wars” laser defense system to today’s Orwellian “non-lethal” weapons’ arsenal, which includes laser rifles and directed energy “death rays”, there is great potential for development in both directions.
and 10. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy: These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite - what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled? Free? Never. J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text. This represented the world’s first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places, as well as allow people to harness the free energy around them. Essentially, the 0’s and 1’s of the universe are embedded in the fabric of existence for each of us to access as needed. Nikola Tesla was dedicated to empowering the individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge. But we know the ending to that story… until now?
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we-are-star-stuff:

The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian inventor, electrical engineermechanical engineer, and futuristToday (July 10) marks the 158th anniversary of his birth. Though Tesla holds 112 lifetime U.S. patents, and is most famous for helping to develop the modern alternating current (AC) system of electric power, the inventor died penniless and in relative obscurity on Jan. 7, 1943, at age 86.

Tesla’s outsized and quirky personality, along with some of his more far-out ideas — such as his experiments to develop a particle gun, or death ray — earned him a reputation that fell somewhere between “creative genius” and “mad scientist.” While some regard him as the true father of electricity, others have come to remember Tesla more for his peculiarities than his accomplishments.

But, let’s take a look at what he has actually given to the world. For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.

  1. Alternating Current: This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago. A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed. The division can be summarized as one of cost and safety: the DC current that Edison (backed by General Electric) had been working on was costly over long distances, and produced dangerous sparking from the required converter (called a commutator). Regardless, Edison and his backers utilized the general “dangers” of electric current to instill fear in Tesla’s alternative: Alternating Current. As proof, Edison sometimes electrocuted animals at demonstrations. Consequently, Edison gave the world the electric chair, while simultaneously maligning Tesla’s attempt to offer safety at a lower cost. Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was perfectly safe by famously shooting current through his own body to produce light. This Edison-Tesla feud in 1893 was the culmination of over a decade of shady business deals, stolen ideas, and patent suppression that Edison and his moneyed interests wielded over Tesla’s inventions. Yet, despite it all, it is Tesla’s system that provides power generation and distribution to North America in our modern era.
  2. Light: Of course he didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed. Tesla developed and used fluorescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, he took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names, in effect creating the first neon signs. However, it is his Tesla Coil that might be the most impressive, and controversial. The Tesla Coil is certainly something that big industry would have liked to suppress: the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) utilizing frequencies as a transmitter. All that is needed on the other end is the receiver - much like a radio.  
  3. X-rays: Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.  X-rays, like so many of Tesla’s contributions, stemmed from his belief that everything we need to understand the universe is virtually around us at all times, but we need to use our minds to develop real-world devices to augment our innate perception of existence.
  4. Radio: Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day. However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi. Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association. In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents: US 645576, and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi’s financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Tesla. 
  5. Remote Control: This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898. Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat’s propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights. While this exact technology was not widely used for some time, we now can see the power that was appropriated by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war. Radio controlled tanks were introduced by the Germans in WWII, and developments in this realm have since slid quickly away from the direction of human freedom.
  6. Electric Motor: Tesla’s invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name. While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla’s invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil. However, his invention in 1930 succumbed to the economic crisis and the world war that followed. Nevertheless, this invention has fundamentally changed the landscape of what we now take for granted: industrial fans, household applicances, water pumps, machine tools, power tools, disk drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.
  7. Robotics: Tesla’s overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses.  He stated: “I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli”. Thus, the concept of the robot was born. However, an element of the human remained present, as Tesla asserted that these human replicas should have limitations - namely growth and propagation. Nevertheless, Tesla unabashedly embraced all of what intelligence could produce. His visions for a future filled with intelligent cars, robotic human companions, and the use of sensors, and autonomous systems are detailed in a must-read entry in the Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2006 (PDF)
  8. Laser: Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man. Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. However, with this leap in innovation we have also crossed into the land of science fiction.  From Reagan’s “Star Wars” laser defense system to today’s Orwellian “non-lethal” weapons’ arsenal, which includes laser rifles and directed energy “death rays”, there is great potential for development in both directions.
  9. and 10. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy: These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite - what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled? Free? Never. J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text. This represented the world’s first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places, as well as allow people to harness the free energy around them. Essentially, the 0’s and 1’s of the universe are embedded in the fabric of existence for each of us to access as needed. Nikola Tesla was dedicated to empowering the individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge. But we know the ending to that story… until now?

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fishstickmonkey:

Two active regions with their intense magnetic fields produced towering arches and spiraling coils of solar loops above them (June 29 - July 1, 2014) as they rotated into view. When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, magnetic field lines are revealed by charged particles that travel along them. These active regions appear as dark sunspots when viewed in filtered light. Note the small blast in the upper of the two major active regions, followed by more coils of loops as the region reorganizes itself. The still was taken on June 30 at 10:33 UT. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA. (via SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory)

fishstickmonkey:

Two active regions with their intense magnetic fields produced towering arches and spiraling coils of solar loops above them (June 29 - July 1, 2014) as they rotated into view. When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, magnetic field lines are revealed by charged particles that travel along them. These active regions appear as dark sunspots when viewed in filtered light. Note the small blast in the upper of the two major active regions, followed by more coils of loops as the region reorganizes itself. The still was taken on June 30 at 10:33 UT. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA. (via SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory)

Reblogged from Photons to Protons

Every star is a sun as big, as bright, as our own. Just imagine, how far away from us you’d have to move the sun to make it appear as small and faint as a star. The light from the stars travels very fast. Faster than anything. But not infinitely fast. It takes time for their light to reach us. For the nearest ones, it takes years. For others, centuries. Some stars are so far away it takes eons for their light to get to Earth.

By the time the light from some stars gets here they are already dead. For those stars, we see only their ghosts. We see their light, but their bodies perished long, long ago.

- Episode 5: A Sky Full Of Ghosts, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

Reblogged from Photons to Protons

philosophere said: Hey I love your blog and mind boggling photos of our universe. Could you please explain what The Great Attractor is?

astronomicalwonders:

The Great Attractor is less of an object and more of a region in super-galactic space. It is located very close to the Hydra-Centaurus galaxy super-cluster (which is a cluster of clusters of galaxies) and close to our own Virgo super-cluster (This is the cluster of galaxy clusters that our milky way is in). This map places us in a cosmic scale with our neighboring super-clusters, each dot is one or more galaxies:

image

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In the above image the red areas represent areas of relatively high gravitational attraction and the purple areas represent areas of relatively low gravitational attraction. The Great Attractor has been observed to be tens of thousands of times more massive than our own galaxy and all of its mass is densely packed into a small amount of space. It is currently pulling all of the galactic super-clusters in its area toward it. The Great Attractor is not understood very well because we suspect that its secrets are hidden in “dark matter” and we have no direct view of it. It is obscured by our own Milky Way:image

The blue portions of this above map represent areas of highly dense mass. Notice that this gives us little “direct” information about the Great Attractor because the arms of the Milky Way block our view of it. With today’s tools it is very difficult, nearly impossible in fact, to “see through” the interference of our own galaxy. Astrophysicists and Astronomers must look at large data sets to gain information about the Great Attractor and use maps, like the one above, to calculate what its mass should be. In many ways the Great Attractor is anomalous and Astrophysicists do not have a full explanation of it yet. Most think that it will be better understood once we can better understand what “dark matter” actually is and how it operates. The Great Attractor has even hinted at a nonuniform/asymmetric expansion of the universe.

It seems that the more that we learn about the universe, the more we realize we don’t know. There are so many mysteries that science has yet to solve, and I can’t wait to see what is learned in our lifetimes. We are very fortunate to live in an age where we are beginning to understand these mysteries. Thanks for the excellent ask, stay curious, and DFTBA!

"somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known" ~ Carl Sagan

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sagansense:

ohstarstuff:

Happy Darwin Day! The perfect day to celebrate science and reason!

sagansense:

ohstarstuff:

Happy ! The perfect day to celebrate  and reason!

Reblogged from sagan|sense

unknowneditors:

Erdal Inci - Light Pattern GIFs

Erdal Inci is İstanbul based multidisciplinary artist.

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Reblogged from Cross Connect
sagansense:


Fox News: Say NO to Reason and Scientific Enlightenment…

via confrontingbabble-on
Allow me to correct this meme by replacing the condescending word "stupidity" with the much more appropriate “ignorance.”

sagansense:

Fox News: Say NO to Reason and Scientific Enlightenment…

via confrontingbabble-on

Allow me to correct this meme by replacing the condescending word "stupidity" with the much more appropriate ignorance.”

Reblogged from sagan|sense
thenewenlightenmentage:

"Dark Matter Might Not Exist"
This past 4th of July 2013, a European team of astronomers led by Hongsheng Zhao of the SUPA Centre of Gravity at the University of St Andrews presented a radical new theory at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews. Their theory suggested that the Milky Way and Anromeda galaxies collided some 10 billion years ago and that our understanding of gravity is fundamentally wrong. Remarkably, this would neatly explain the observed structure of the two galaxies and their satellites.
In 2009, Zhao led An international team of astronomers that found an unexpected link between ‘dark matter’ and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could revolutionize our current understanding of gravity. Zhao suggested that an unknown force is acting on dark matter.
The team believes that the interactions between dark and ordinary matter could be more important and more complex than previously thought, and even speculate that dark matter might not exist and that the anomalous motions of stars in galaxies are due to a modification of gravity on extragalactic scales.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

"Dark Matter Might Not Exist"

This past 4th of July 2013, a European team of astronomers led by Hongsheng Zhao of the SUPA Centre of Gravity at the University of St Andrews presented a radical new theory at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews. Their theory suggested that the Milky Way and Anromeda galaxies collided some 10 billion years ago and that our understanding of gravity is fundamentally wrong. Remarkably, this would neatly explain the observed structure of the two galaxies and their satellites.

In 2009, Zhao led An international team of astronomers that found an unexpected link between ‘dark matter’ and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could revolutionize our current understanding of gravity. Zhao suggested that an unknown force is acting on dark matter.

The team believes that the interactions between dark and ordinary matter could be more important and more complex than previously thought, and even speculate that dark matter might not exist and that the anomalous motions of stars in galaxies are due to a modification of gravity on extragalactic scales.

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western-aristocracy:

Samantha Bee nailing it.

Reblogged from Truth
sagansense:


An Early Draft of Carl Sagan’s Famous Pale Blue Dot Quote

A peek into the evolution of a beloved passage.
Read more. [Image: NASA]


Source: theatlantic

sagansense:

An Early Draft of Carl Sagan’s Famous Pale Blue Dot Quote

A peek into the evolution of a beloved passage.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

Source: theatlantic

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sagansense:

For those of you who may have forgotten, haven’t been made aware, or are giddy with excitement regarding the pending outcome…TODAY, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (The Creationist Guy) will be dare-I-say “debating” the topic of - well, what else? - CREATION. More specifically, origins regarding Evolution by Natural Selection (otherwise known as Evolutionary Biology, aka Life Science against the pseudo-intellectual debacle that is Creationism, as Ken Ham is the President/CEO/Founder of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
Aptly (and confusingly) titled "Is Creation A Viable Model Of Origins?", the event is taking place at none other than the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall at 7pm.
I understand that everyone seems to have conflicting opinions on this, so I invite you to watch Hemant Mehta’s “11 Tips For Bill”  which should muffle your worries a bit. During moments such as these…
Just keep in mind…

As for my own opinion on this….pseudoscience and religious fundamentalism should be dragged out into the public square and debated rigorously for all to see. “Debates” such as these are not unique or unfamiliar throughout human history. Galileo Galilei was not only branded a heretic for sharing his inventions and discoveries with the public, he was viewed as “arrogant” by the Holy Office of the Inquisition throughout the 1500’s-1600’s when he would communicate science openly, such as his experiments regarding inclined planes and his most famous: the demonstration of how bodies fall via gravity from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which led to NASA Commander David Scott replicating the experiment 382 years later during the Apollo 15 mission…on the moon.
After astronaut David Scott performed the experiment on the moon successfully, he said, "that proves Mr. Galileo was correct in his findings."
Galileo at the Leaning Pisa tower proving “equal rates of acceleration of free falling objects” [source]
Galileo didn’t just perform this experiment for fun. Or for science. He did this publicly to mock (and put to rest) those who stood by the teachings of Aristotle, who claimed the objects were similar in substance to the ground, due to his infatuation with the supposed “basic” elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Through Galileo, we learned of the frictional forces involved with inertia, and that Copernicus was right - the Earth was just another planet, and the forces (laws of nature) which govern us on Earth also govern the heavens.
No such difference is there between publicly exposing Creationism and its failings for what it is.
"It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."- Galileo Galilei
So yeah…tune in (or not) to the live-streamed event: “rumble in the scientifically illiterate jungle.”.

sagansense:

For those of you who may have forgotten, haven’t been made aware, or are giddy with excitement regarding the pending outcome…TODAY, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (The Creationist Guy) will be dare-I-say “debating” the topic of - well, what else? - CREATION. More specifically, origins regarding Evolution by Natural Selection (otherwise known as Evolutionary Biology, aka Life Science against the pseudo-intellectual debacle that is Creationism, as Ken Ham is the President/CEO/Founder of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

Aptly (and confusingly) titled "Is Creation A Viable Model Of Origins?", the event is taking place at none other than the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall at 7pm.

I understand that everyone seems to have conflicting opinions on this, so I invite you to watch Hemant Mehta’s “11 Tips For Bill which should muffle your worries a bit. During moments such as these…

imageJust keep in mind…

image

As for my own opinion on this….pseudoscience and religious fundamentalism should be dragged out into the public square and debated rigorously for all to see. “Debates” such as these are not unique or unfamiliar throughout human history. Galileo Galilei was not only branded a heretic for sharing his inventions and discoveries with the public, he was viewed as “arrogant” by the Holy Office of the Inquisition throughout the 1500’s-1600’s when he would communicate science openly, such as his experiments regarding inclined planes and his most famous: the demonstration of how bodies fall via gravity from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which led to NASA Commander David Scott replicating the experiment 382 years later during the Apollo 15 mission…on the moon.

After astronaut David Scott performed the experiment on the moon successfully, he said, "that proves Mr. Galileo was correct in his findings."

imageGalileo at the Leaning Pisa tower proving “equal rates of acceleration of free falling objects” [source]

Galileo didn’t just perform this experiment for fun. Or for science. He did this publicly to mock (and put to rest) those who stood by the teachings of Aristotle, who claimed the objects were similar in substance to the ground, due to his infatuation with the supposed “basic” elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Through Galileo, we learned of the frictional forces involved with inertia, and that Copernicus was right - the Earth was just another planet, and the forces (laws of nature) which govern us on Earth also govern the heavens.

No such difference is there between publicly exposing Creationism and its failings for what it is.

"It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."
- Galileo Galilei

So yeah…tune in (or not) to the live-streamed event: “rumble in the scientifically illiterate jungle.”.

Reblogged from sagan|sense

skeptv:

Great Minds: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time. His “unquenchable curiosity” led him to make discoveries and inventions that were beyond his time, not to mention his numerous artistic masterpieces. Today on SciShow, Hank takes us into the mind of this Renaissance Man and explores some of his many contributions to the world.

via SciShow.
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openscience:

Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests
“The particles that make up light, photons, may live for at least 1 quintillion (1 billion multiplied by 1 billion) years, new research suggests.
If photons can die, they could give off particles that travel faster than light.”

openscience:

Photons Last At Least One Quintillion Years, New Study Of Light Particles Suggests

The particles that make up light, photons, may live for at least 1 quintillion (1 billion multiplied by 1 billion) years, new research suggests.

If photons can die, they could give off particles that travel faster than light.”

Reblogged from Future of Science