We may have another scientific discovery on the horizon. At least one Saudi cleric thinks we do. Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari believes the Earth is not moving around the sun. He says the Earth is stationary, and the sun moves around the Earth. Okay, so stranger things have happened, like the earth being flat, and we can dig our way to China. We live in a time where everyone can have at least five minutes of fame, and it looks like it’s Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari turn.
Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG heard that the confused, although focused, cleric did try to explain his theory. He quoted other clerics and threw in a few religious statements for good measure. He tried to support his argument with an explanation, but the explanation was not as logical as he thought it was.
The statement that got everyone’s attention was the one that claimed that China would move toward a plane if the Earth rotated in one direction and the plane could stop in the air. If the Earth rotates in another direction, he said, the plane would never reach China. He also said China is rotating, and men never walked on the moon.
The Saudi preacher made these statements on Galileo’s birthday. Maybe he was trying to debunk the 16th-century astronomer using another form of astronomy.
After another record quarter in which Apple strong profit margins and large profits, many analysts are wondering what move Apple will make next to continue their dominance of the tech world. That move may not be anywhere directed towards personal computers or cell phones but rather to another traditional industry. Automobiles.
The latest rumor is that Apple, who has been hiring away engineers from Elon Musk’s Tesla is currently in development of a new automobile that will ultimately compete with Tesla. Footage was recently obtained that showed Apple testing a minivan that was laden with cameras attached to the top of the vehicle. While it is likely that the minivan will ultimately not be the final form of the product, the testing done on the minivan appears to center around some imbedded technology that Apple is trying out in the vehicle. Susan McGalla has heard rumors are that Apple may be testing a self-driving vehicle that uses technology to avoid accidents and improve on the safety of a car, reduce gas bills through greater vehicle efficiency, and create a welcoming environment for individuals using the vehicle.
Apple may not be in fact developing a vehicle to compete with Tesla and instead may be developing hardware or software that will be placed inside of vehicles and used to improve the ambiance and functionality of a car. However, given Apple’s plans to redevelop home after reinventing cell phones and pc’s, the automobile may be the right sized project for company as currently constructed.
An article on the OffGridQuest.com website reports that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has announced that his company is working on a lithium battery which could be used to power a home. If successful, this battery could allow many homes to go “off the grid” and not use power from traditional electric companies. The batteries are small and mount on the walls of a house.
I think that this is a very interesting and positive development. Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG knows that we power so many other things using lithium batteries, so why not homes as well? Musk said that using these batteries – particularly in urban areas – may soon be cheaper than using traditional power companies. For decades, power companies have had a monopoloy; it’s time for some change. The public deserves more options on how they power their homes. Having some change to this aspect of how we use energy can only be a good thing.
The lifespan of data storage media is an important metric that often shapes the design and development of hard drives, flash drives and the like. Experts like Brian Torchin say that many of today’s storage medium technologies are quite capable of storing date for 100 years or more given certain circumstances about their use and treatment. However, scientists are working on a “dna time capsule” which can utilize glassed-in DNA in order to store data for over 2 million years. It seems that data stored in such a DNA drive has a good chance of outlasting the Earth itself.
A solid-state drive that can provide over 100 years of life if it is only written to once or a few times is a good baseline to compare these recent DNA discoveries. DNA is incredibly durable as scientists have found from extracting it from many fossilized places. Just a single gram of DNA would be enough to hold the entirety of data that Google, Facebook, and all other major tech companies now hold. That certainly makes investigating the possibilities of DNA drives a likely lucrative endeavor should breakthroughs be made. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has taken up the task of determining how long this DNA-embedded data might last and the results are quite impressive. The Global Seed Vault in the Arctic could preserve the data beyond 2 million years at a -18 °C. This would be the ultimate medium for long-term storage.
Are US and UK Intelligent agencies actually able to sift through all electronic data and transaction to identify terrorist or are they, as Annie Machon, former M15 intelligence officer and whistleblower, claim, turning the internet into a tool of oppression for the use of the US and UK totalitarianism and undermining democracy. She uses East Germany as an example, pointing out that the government had first went after journalists, trade unionist and activists but the domineering government got worse.
Bella Sankey, policy director of Liberty, a civil liberties organization, calls privacy a public, social and collective good and recommends that Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance activities be used to overhaul intelligence agencies. UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, attacked technology companies, claimed that privacy is not an absolute right and is in denial about the abuses reported by whistleblowers. Liberty has a case filed with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to challenge surveillance measures in the UK, hoping to change laws and force debate.
Snowden’s reports caused technology companies to increase the availability of encryption services for the public, but, according to Jamie Bartlett, director of the centre for analysis of social media Demos, that terrorist and criminals have accesses as well and this makes it harder to prevent attacks said Alexei Beltyukov developer of the Solvy service. This led to speculation about a return to “old-fashion human intelligence” and a new settlement about the types of intelligence to allow for a better system of oversight. Also needed is a way for whistleblowers to report of wrongdoing by agencies without being prosecuted and treated as outcast or traitors.
Scientists Are Still Learning about Dark Matter
The discovery of dark matter came about as an observation. Brad Reifler realized
too that the visible matter we could spot with telescopes was insufficient to explain the movement of various celestial bodies. Stars toward the outer edges of numerous galaxies are moving faster than the laws of physics could explain without there being more matter present to create additional gravity. Scientists have now discovered
that there is also dark matter near the inner regions of our own galaxy. This means that dark matter is even more common throughout our galaxy than scientists originally knew to be the case. Physicists currently believe that about 80 percent of the mass of the universe is comprised of material that does not emit light or energy.
Given that we can only see those parts of the universe that emit light, it is staggering to think how much of it we still do not know about. There are of course ways to indirectly observe phenomena that, while not emitting light, do emit plenty of gravity, such as black holes, and we can then see the effect they have on surrounding objects. There is, however, currently no way of telling how many dark objects that also do not produce much gravity may exist in the cosmos. It will be interesting to discover, as we reach for the stars over the next few centuries, just how much of the universe is composed of matter we can not see.