Hadron Gone

Or, ghosts are gone?


The short version of all this is that Professor Brian Cox has said that if ghosts exist the CERN atom smasher should have found them by now. His apparent reasoning is because the Large Hadron Collider using the Standard Model of Particle Physics hasn’t found a ghost, and the particle / energy interaction levels they measure at scale wise make it inconcieveable they can be real.

Um. Okay.

Look here’s the thing, I’m not even going to tell you I have more than a passing idea of how the Collider works. I know the basics of it and with that I’m going to say that a project set up to see one thing doesn’t disprove another because of its non results. Okay it can but I don’t think so in this case. I get the energy / particle / mass thing he’s saying but just because he thinks we know it all doesn’t mean we do. And we don’t have to look too far back in time to see some things scientists said were definitively fact that just aren’t and have been disproved (ie: the earth is flat, atoms are the smallest particle, the sun goes around the earth, etc..).

There’s just a bunch of stuff we likely don’t know or are capable of understanding yet. We have to be open to that, to the fact we at our current state of evolution aren’t the end all be all wonder we like to thin we are, and that’s okay.


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( Photo from sxc.hu  with original article at http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/304378/has-the-hadron-collider-disproven-ghosts )

A podcast has been released into the wild

A new podcast is up and its based on “All Hail the Hobbits“.

Direct link here https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/parapopulous/episodes/2017-02-27T08_39_47-08_00 . And iTunes version here http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/parapopulous-podcast-version/id1037944377?mt=2 ( or just search parapopulous in the iTunes store).


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( Photo from Professor Peter Brown, University of New England )

All Hail the Hobbits

Or, say hello to your cousin Frodo.


Somewhere back in 2003 3 foot tall fossil remains dating 18,000 years old were found on the Indonesian island of Flores and their story continues to cause controversy. See originally it was whether was a separate species, an offshoot or genetic mutation and this is still being debated even with test results beginning to come in. Even among the scientists there’s discord and how some of the general public feels about this is a whole lot less friendlier.

The remains are dentally closest identifiable to the branch of homo erectus that has been found in the Java islands though height wise there is considerable difference, and this is where the confusion begins. Is this a case of devolution or evolving to suit the local conditions and if so is it a mutation or a separate lineage? The standing as I understand it is that these are not modern humans with abnormalities but a distinct evolution perhaps occurring because of environment, though for some reason there’s still questioning within the scientific community.( Forgive any misunderstandings I might have interpreted as I am not a scientist. )

General public reactions on the article alone suggests feelings of cool it’s a real hobbit to this isn’t real because evolution isn’t real and a bunch seem unhappy about it in general. Here’s my thing … just why are people so upset about this? Are we so egocentric that we’ve come to believe we are the ultimate and only? Or is it a question of it’s not what I believe so it isn’t real? No matter how you look at it, agree or not, you really should be marveling at the adaptability of life and doing more to encourage a safe and livable world for all of us now.


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( Photo from Professor Peter Brown, University of New England with original article at http://www.livescience.com/52839-hobbits-were-separate-species.html )

Dimming the View

Or, why’d you build there.


The things NASA’s Kepler sees are breathtaking and often bewildering, and this will likely cover both no matter how it turns out.

So, Kepler has been peeping at star KIC 8462852 for a while now, no it doesn’t seem so exciting with the name but trust me we’ll get here. Over this time between 2009 to 2013, its seeing a significant dimming of almost a quarter.Now this might not be unusual in a forming system but this star system is too old for that and thing is, there’s not too much else that can cause a drop like this. There’s a bunch of optical telescopes trained on it waiting for it to repeat and then the spectrographs will swing into action and analyse things hopefully whittling down what few options we can think of. Oh and the most likely left are a swarm of exocomets or well, the aliens have a megastructure of some sort. Gads, lets hope its not an outlet mall!


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(Photo from NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle with original article at http://www.space.com/30948-dimming-star-alien-megastructure-mystery.html .)

A podcast has been released into the wild…

Sixth podcast is up and it’s based on “wanna go on a dig“.

Direct link here http://parapopulous.podomatic.com/entry/2015-10-15T15_27_14-07_00 . And iTunes version herehttp://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/parapopulous-podcast-version/id1037944377?mt=2 ( or just search parapopulous in the iTunes store).

Sorry for the delay in release of this, it was unavoidable.


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( Photo credit to blog.fossilfinder.org/ )


Crystallize your Memories

More stuff that makes me wonder where sci-fi writers really get ideas from, LOL.


Scientists at Southampton University have come up with a memory crystal that will outlive us. Its a fused silica quartz that is inspired by Superman’s unique storage and it can hold 360 TB of data as well as withstanding temperatures of over 1800 F.

So, let’s get this right… When people suggest ancient civilizations might have just done this, they get laughed at. When people said perhaps some crystal skulls might just be doing this, they get laughed at. When Superman does it (well more correctly his ancestors) it’s cool. And now science does it and it’s amazing.

Seriously gang it’s stuff like this that lets me know why aliens don’t visit us openly. We had suggestions of this for years and it was poo-pooed away as being ideas of crackpots. We have this illusion we know so much but really we’re maybe getting into kindergarten. We have to not be ashamed of different ideas. Sure, they’re all not going to be feasible or even workable but that one off the wall idea might just be the one that sparks one that will. It pays to have an open mind and entertain possibilities.


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( Photo from CC BY 3.0 Alexander Van Driessche with original article on http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/superman-memory-crystal-would-last-1-million-years-151001.htm .)