Monday, July 23, 2012

Here Are 20 Mathematicians Who Changed The World

Here Are 20 Mathematicians Who Changed The World:
Gottfried Leibniz
Before scientists can develop medicines or engineers can advance technology, they throw numbers onto whiteboards using concepts laid out by mathematicians sometimes centuries earlier.
Generations of school children will disagree, but no other field of study has played a bigger role in changing the course of history as mathematics.
Unfortunately, mathematicians often get little recognition for their contributions to history.
We're changing that right now.
We've identified the 20 mathematicians responsible for the modern world.

Theater massacre shatters Americans' sense of security

Theater massacre shatters Americans' sense of security: Oklahoma City, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson and now, Aurora, have made domestic terrorism a grim reality.

Myanmar Learning curve

Learning curve:
Having driven the Myanmar’s educated elite from its shores many decades ago, the country is scrambling to reverse its brain drain. alt
When General Ne Win ordered his troops to open fire on more than 100 Rangoon University students, who were campaigning for their educational rights, it marked the first time in Myanmar’s history that a ruling regime committed the brutal killing of its own citizens.

At least 14 students died during the demonstrations on July 7, 1962 – just over four months after the military leader had seized power during a coup d’état to lead the once prosperous country down the long road of military rule and repressive governance.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Population: Poor Countries Grow as Rich Countries Age

Population: Poor Countries Grow as Rich Countries Age: SOURCE Population Reference Bureau

Nearly all future population growth will be in the world's less developed countries, and the poorest of these countries will see the greatest percentage increase.

In contrast, developed countries as a whole will experience little or no population growth in this century, and much of that growth will be from immigration from less developed countries.

Monday, July 16, 2012

IMF cuts forecast for global growth

IMF cuts forecast for global growth: Revision shows how the latest round of turmoil in the eurozone and the slowdown in large emerging markets are threatening the world economy

Cymatics, the study of visible sound and vibration

Cymatics, the study of visible sound and vibration:
Cymatics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

these images were generated using a machine that captures the sinusoidal properties of water. Musicology :: Cymascope Research

Other methods include using corn starch or a chladni plate.

i wonder if there is a link here with the crop circles. Perhaps understanding this better will lead to greater insights in science.

ferrofluid sculpture shows a similar and equally visually pleasing effect using magnetic fields.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Confidence in organized religion at an all time low - National General Religion |

Confidence in organized religion at an all time low - National General Religion |
In a recent Gallup poll released yesterday it shows American’s confidence in organized religion at an all time low of 44%. This follows a long term trend of American’s confidence in religion since the 1970’s. The new poll shows it at a lower level than it’s previous lows of 45% in 2002 and 46% in 2007.
With various scandals throughout the years including the televangelist scandals of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart along with the Catholic sex abuse scandals; confidence in organized religion has waned.
Despite these stats, organized religion/church is ranked fourth among the 16 institutions tested, right on par with the medical system. Other institutions tested included public schools, banks and television news; all of which also recorded all-time lows.
What is your take on these results? Is it just a part of a loss of confidence by American’s period or is there more to it?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

PRESENTING: The 20 Best Resorts In America

PRESENTING: The 20 Best Resorts In America:
Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
Travel + Leisure's brand new list of best resorts in America proves you don't have to stay at a palace in Hawaii to have a good time. Three of the top five resorts on the list are nestled in the mountains of Colorado — perfect for that ski trip you've always dreamed of.
T+L compiled the list based on questionnaire results from its readers. Readers were asked to rate resorts based on rooms, location, service, restaurants and value. We're looking at the top 20 from T+L's lists of the best resorts in the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
From golf courses to snowy slopes to sandy beaches, these resorts are the best in America.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The God Particle, Higgs Boson Explained, Video

The God Particle, Higgs Boson Explained, Video: God Particle Discovered

Earlier today, scientists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that's consistent with the Higgs Boson. So, have physicists finally found the elusive particle? Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? Well...

Let's all put on our physics hats for a moment (stick with us, it'll be worth it): Today July 4, 2012, scientists announced the Higgs boson -- or "God particle" -- does actually exist. Man has been possessed for years on the biggest, the tallest, the fastest but sometimes it is the smallest that will provide the most answers and shed light on something that will explain the largest thing of them all......... the universe!

So what is the Higgs boson?

Looking Ahead To The Next Oil Price Spike—And The Threat Of War

Looking Ahead To The Next Oil Price Spike—And The Threat Of War:
lighting motor fuel
Oil prices have been falling.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

IMF urges lawmakers to do more to boost U.S. recovery - Jul. 3, 2012

IMF urges lawmakers to do more to boost U.S. recovery - Jul. 3, 2012

IMF warns on U.S. economy

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is encouraging U.S. lawmakers to focus on boosting the economy now, and worry about cutting deficits later.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Boost the U.S. economy now and worry about cutting deficits later, the International Monetary Fund recommended Tuesday.
The U.S. recovery remains "tepid" and according to the IMF, is expected to grow only 2% this year. Meanwhile, the fiscal cliff looms in 2013, threatening to reduce the economy's growth to only 1% next year.
Amid that weakness and threats from slower growth abroad, the IMF recommended U.S. policymakers spend more on infrastructure, worker training programs, extended unemployment benefits and fixes for the housing market.


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‘Why Christians and Muslims Can’t Get Along’

‘Why Christians and Muslims Can’t Get Along’:
Why Christians and Muslims Can’t Get Along

What do I know?

Like most other American Christians, I can’t claim to know much about Islam. I took a two-month class on the religion in college, and learned a bit about it in high school, but other than that, I have had no immersion into the religion, and only see it through the lens of the war.
But let’s focus on what we do know. Muhammad was a normal and pious man, born around 570 C.E., married to an older woman, living his life when the angel Gabriel came to him and ordered him to recite. The Qur’an is the result of this recitation from illiterate Muhammad. The Qur’an is the living word of God, similar to how Christ is the living word to the Christian God. Muslims worship only God, Islam means “submission to God,” and Muhammad was a prophet, just as Abraham, Jesus, and all the Old Testament prophets were.
Out of the Qur’an comes the Five Pillars. They are 1) Confessing faith in one God, 2) Prayer five times a day, 3) Alms-giving, 4) Fasting at Ramadan, and 5) hajj, which is a pilgrimage to Mecca, a historically relevant city to the Muslim faith.

Observing the Arab uprisings

English: Thousands of demonstrators gather for...
English: Thousands of demonstrators gather for "National demands: An elected government" rally in Karrana, Bahrain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arab awakening, Arab uprising, people demand freedom!

Observing the Arab uprisings:

Supporting al-Assad’s regime and calling the Syrian uprising an American plot is an irresponsible position, since similar accusations are already made to discredit the uprising in Bahrain and justify the crackdown on the Bahraini protesters.
Not that I am angry with myself for not being able to express myself as perfectly
honestly as I should on so sensitive a subject as the ‘Arab Spring’, but I
always thought, as a Palestinian, I would not think twice before I make it
clear to anyone and everyone that I am a person who unwaveringly supports all
the revolutions in the Arab world from Bahrain through to Syria and all across
the region to Tunisia.