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Daily Archives: April 19, 2012
The aquatic ape hypothesis (AAH) is a hypothesis about human evolution, which posits that the ancestors of modern humans spent a period of time adapting to life in a wet environment. AAH emerged from the observation that some traits that set humans apart from other primates have parallels in aquatic mammals. It was first proposed by German pathologist Max Westenhöfer in 1942, and then independently by British marine biologist Alister Hardy in 1960. After Hardy, the most prominent proponent has … Continue reading
Don’t stare at this number for too long as it is obviously the Devil’s work! A palindromic prime number starting with a 1 followed by 13, yes 13, zeros then 666 (the number of the beast) another 13 zeros and a final 1. Named after Belphegor a demon, and one of the seven princes of Hell. It is said that Belphegor seduces people to the dark side by suggesting to them ingenious inventions that will make them rich. According to some 16th century demonologists, his power is … Continue reading
ET3 is literally “Space Travel on Earth”. ET3 is silent, low cost, safe, faster than jets, and is electric. Car sized passenger capsules travel in 1.5m (5′) diameter tubes on frictionless maglev. Air is permanently removed from the two-way tubes that are built along a travel route. Airlocks at stations allow transfer of capsules without admitting air. Linear electric motors accelerate the capsules, which then coast through the vacuum for the remainder of the trip using no additional power. Most of … Continue reading
Observations of a ‘single’ electron apparently splitting into two independent entities — so-called quasi-particles — are reported in this week’s Nature. An electron has been observed to decay into two separate parts, each carrying a particular property of the electron: a spinon carrying its spin – the property making the electron behave as a tiny compass needle – and an orbiton carrying its orbital moment – which arises from the electron’s motion around the nucleus. These newly created particles, however, … Continue reading
The oceans teemed with life 600 million years ago, but the simple, soft-bodied creatures would have been hardly recognizable as the ancestors of nearly all animals on Earth today. Then something happened. Over several tens of millions of years – a relative blink of an eye in geologic terms – a burst of evolution led to a flurry of diversification and increasing complexity, including the expansion of multicellular organisms and the appearance of the first shells and skeletons. The results of this … Continue reading