Weird Cool Science Stuff 2022: More science, more cool

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Mendalla

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Well, I kind of let the last one die, so I thought it was time to reboot on a new thread. Interesting article from CBC Quirks and Quarks by Mark Crawley about the latest work trying to track down one of history's greatest pandemics: The Black Death. Graves in Kyrgyzstan dating to 1338-1339 show "pestilence" as a cause of death in the epitaphs and the bodies within tested positive for DNA of yersina pestis, the bacterium that causes the Plague. And it's a strain that predates the one that appeared just a few years later in in the first wave of The Black Death, suggesting this could be one of the roots of that great pandemic.

 

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So usually when we hear about Pleistocene mega-fauna being found in an intact state, it's in the Siberian permafrost. However, we do have similar conditions across the North of our country. So it is perhaps not that big a surprise to hear that a largely intact baby mammoth was found mummified in the Yukon. These are important finds because they provide a better image than just building off of a skeleton and are more likely to give us DNA. For instance, if we can get DNA from this calf and sequence it, we can compare to the DNA sequences from Siberian specimens to see how the North American branch of the family compares. Is this identical, meaning it probably died soon after they crossed Beringia into North America, or are there differences suggesting that North American woolly mammoths had been isolated long enough to start diverging?

 

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And sticking with ancient life, new analysis of human artifacts from a site in Israel has given the first indication that humans were using fire as much as a million years ago. This particular human technology has previously been shown to be rare in deposits more than half a million years old so this is a big step. More importantly, it predates homo sapiens and probably Neanderthals, confirming (if these results are accepted) that homo erectus or a similar early member of the genus homo might have been the first species of human to control and use fire. There is a still unproven theory that fire and cooking started about 1.8-2 million years ago so this starts moving things back in that direction though not far enough to support that theory.

 

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Many, probably most, North Americans consume caffeine in some form; coffee, tea, chocolate, or even more exotic stuff like yerba mate. But caffeine is an interesting evolutionary story because the plants that contain it are, by and large, not related to each other. Tea, coffee, cacao, and so on are each from distinct branches of the plant family tree and often separated by thousands of kilometers and millions of years of evolution. So how did they all end up producing this same wonderful stimulant? And why? Convergent evolution is the first answer. Bugs is (mostly) the second.

 

Luce NDs

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May be because of the terpene contend ... a peculiar base for hormones, endocrines and other mood shifts inducing electric transfers! Realize they can also cause toxic effects ... and blurring of good sense when set upon by emotional stress ...

Some find this eclectic ... and it diffuses ... sometime dissemination ... so it goes ... sapient? Is that truly a word of virtue? Many find alien knowledge plainly shocking and upsetting to what they believed they knew, but didn't ... traveling along this scale (measure) we slowly begin to become aware of how really little we know ...

One may wonder about if it all comes together in the end ... thus cause of exotic OBI's? Isn't that out there and much dispersed by those that didn't get a grip early on ... thus in form of metaphor may abstract or something ill confined ... a free concept? Thus we sacrifice as we didn't lose it just shared ... now that it is out there ... but prone to destructive physical forces ... said to be unmentionable or otherwise ineffable ... don't say it! The psyche state is fearful to lumps and masses ... gobs**te?
 
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Archaeologists and paleontologists travel the world in search of evidence of past life and prehistoric societies. But Dr. Timothy Rowe made a major find on his own property down in New Mexico. And it is huge. Mammoths who were clearly, unquestionably butchered by humans and reliably dated to nearly 37000 years ago. It is only the latest find to blow our old timeline of human migration to the Western Hemisphere, traditionally believed to have happened 14-16000 years ago, out of the water.

 

Luce NDs

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Thus the solution to the elephant mist in the room? It could lead to a mammoth myth ... monsters exist ...

The symbols can even be found unraveled in Washington ... wicked strings thus ensue to tell truths about brutes ... when the brutes don't wish their past revealed ... again trumped?

It returns as man learns nothing without pains of thorns in the foundation wear ...Elizabeth George uses this icon in one of her novels. It may beat around a sense of what causes that strange procreative itch ... opposed by cons ... and little balance is achieved mentally because of the push for ... emotional overwhelm! Lst, etc. ble all control ... especially in regard to populace and demons, democracy as insane? It just won't fly in the place of heavies ... gravitas?

Back to the meaning of Vida's again ... that's life ... sometime a vital missing component to psychotic states ... where unthinking went overboard ...
 
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Luce NDs

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Then is science accepted in pious states as well bricked up?

How to separate one self from brutal and tyrannical states ... spiritual autonomy while leaving stinking physical remains? Thus the great escape ... as a mental process ... temporal or permanently ... periodic dipping required for refreshment of the pain therein ... faintly understood by a number of observed levels ... Vidal immersion!
 
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So this is an interesting look at a specific case of evolution in action. And while we may never know for sure how it happened, even the theories are thought -provoking. There is a molecule called alpha-gal that is present on the surface of cells in every mammal except one group: catarrine primates, which includes African and Asian monkeys, great apes, and humans. Even more interesting, we actually have antibodies that target it, which is of the reasons xenotransplantation has proven a tough nut to crack. The question is, how did this happen and what evolutionary advantage could losing it have given us.

 

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This is weird! So a population arose that was different in this way from the rest of the population of primates. So American monkeys have alpha gal on their cell surface?
 

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This is weird! So a population arose that was different in this way from the rest of the population of primates. So American monkeys have alpha gal on their cell surface?
Yep. And the lemurs in Madagascar. By the time the split happened, those populations had already been isolated from the ones that lost it. Watch the video if you haven't. It is amazing stuff.
 

Luce NDs

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Imagine the things that have escaped our attention! Given an urge to not know by pious application of establishmentarianism.

Then there are the effect of prions, histamines and other strange particles in the mother material sometimes referred to mitochondrial matter that poses portals known as opiate receptor's that are presently unpredictable considering what we don't know about them given our dislike of examining twisted codes ... tiny ribbons? These may be broken and proportioned out ... thus forming odd thresholds as genetic portals ... they may form their own confinements causing us to question the nature of the autonomous neurological disbelief as something gets emotional ... something divides as gam-OZ. ... gametes? The dark game goes on ... due to failures in the disconnecting theory ... wrong disseminations?

Breaks in the human learning curve sometimes presenting as Kruger-Ross or other lines demonstrating dip in essence!

Essence is said to be abstract ... simulating temporal functions if you grasp my meaning ... items out there? The determined will not accept that they missed something ... thus they are established ... like stones! Beyond that Aaron matter ... wholly? Hairy dis entanglements ... carding functions prior to the looming ... raises questions in the glooming ... twilight ...

Here the body may loose something for a period of time ... a fluid dimension?
 

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Fusion power is what has provided the energy for life on Earth since the beginning, since it is how the Sun works. You smash two hydrogen atoms together to get a helium atom and some energy. Do it billions of times a second, and you get the Sun (and other stars).

So, perhaps naturally, humans have been trying to replicate that process here on Earth on a controlled basis as a way to generate energy (hydrogen bombs use it but are uncontrolled so can't be used to generate energy). If we could achieve its full potential, it would be cleaner than fission and fossil fuels for generating electricity. However, decades of experimentation still have not produced a fusion reactor that can produce more energy than we have to put into it to achieve "ignition" (i.e. start a fusion chain reaction similar to the fission chain reactions in a current nuclear reactor).

A project in California came a step closer last year, though, based on the papers they have now published in peer-reviewed journals.


There was a time when I was very "hell, yes" about fusion, but I'm less certain now. Given that we are still probably decades away from success here, one wonders if the money being spent might not be better directed to things like more efficient renewables and conservation. After all, solar arrays are using fusion power, just not directly, and are an established, working technology. Fusion is great on paper and would definitely help with climate change, but might not arrive in time and may cost far more than simply using what we already have.
 

jimkenney12

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I believed fusion power was a fantasy for at least 10 years. Since there is no material that could withstand the required temperatures and enormous energy would be required to contain the reaction with magnetic fields, it seemed to have a small percentage payoff at best along with enormous risk. The size of reactor needed to produce the amount of electricity to make it worthwhile would make it potentially very dangerous if something went wrong.
 

Luce NDs

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I believed fusion power was a fantasy for at least 10 years. Since there is no material that could withstand the required temperatures and enormous energy would be required to contain the reaction with magnetic fields, it seemed to have a small percentage payoff at best along with enormous risk. The size of reactor needed to produce the amount of electricity to make it worthwhile would make it potentially very dangerous if something went wrong.

Thus energy of the stars if far and distant ... Pharos? Lost in distant time ... but ignored by recent entrants ... in the peculiar conspiracies of those that haven't a clue under the rule that knowledge is evil ... especially to underlings ... that have found their way to the surface ... facetiae? The the depths remain ...

It is stated there is Dark Energy radiating from the distance ... Gamma? But saying that is discouraged ... as mysterious to those adhering to the don't know system of the 5th degree! An alien composition of laws and loss ... from here on we declare we don't know ... a simple denial ... yet lies do support something ...

Isn't that something that we know nothing ... what gramps called love ... a sense of deficiency that grows ...

It may be an auld m'n theory ... a Greek MU? That's meme or M! There are two presentations of this in Hebrew one for the midst and one end M! as endometritis!
 
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Delightful Life

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I believed fusion power was a fantasy for at least 10 years. Since there is no material that could withstand the required temperatures and enormous energy would be required to contain the reaction with magnetic fields, it seemed to have a small percentage payoff at best along with enormous risk. The size of reactor needed to produce the amount of electricity to make it worthwhile would make it potentially very dangerous if something went wrong.
Lol yep
Just imagine if the putative France Fusion reactor they have been building gets hit by a Carrington Event?
Lol
Similar to all our nuclear reactors

Thank you, Deity, for making all of this so...you know :3
 

Delightful Life

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We are definitely made in Deity's image :3

File this under Canadian, eh?
(Vivre Quebec!)




Totally cool. Plant based, no infectious potential, seems to work by topology, no genetic codes, another alternative esp for those who are leery of the gene therapy jabs.

Oh and made with the aid of AI :3


We human beings are so fecund and may we never stop ;3

(I've actually walked by the construction site of the production facility)

#MutualAid
#BeNotAfraid
 
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