Density = mass /volume
Diet cola is less dense than regular cola. If you took a diet Pepsi and a regular Pepsi and placed them in a bucket of water, the regular Pepsi would sink, while the diet Pepsi would float. The reason is because the regular Pepsi is more dense than water -probably due to the fact that the manufacturer packed 41g of sugar in to a 355ml can. (around 7 teaspoons of sugar equivalent)
Here's another learning fun bit about density. Saturn is less dense than water. So if you had a scoop of Saturn, it would float in your bathtub.
Mostly burnt meat or proteins. The char marks and black areas of burnt food (usually proteins but also vegetables and toast) have benzopyrene (C20H12). Its highly toxic and carcinogenic.
Don't believe me?
Read this report and be careful to not burn that shrimp on the barbie :)
You need to read this study
it goes in depth. But here are the opening paragraphs:
GISS Surface Temperature Analysis
Global Temperature Trends: 2007 Summation
The year 2007 tied for second warmest in the period of instrumental data, behind the record warmth of 2005, in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis. 2007 tied 1998, which had leapt a remarkable 0.2°C above the prior record with the help of the "El Niño of the century". The unusual warmth in 2007 is noteworthy because it occurs at a time when solar irradiance is at a minimum and the equatorial Pacific Ocean is in the cool phase of its natural El Niño-La Niña cycle.
Figure 1 shows 2007 temperature anomalies relative to the 1951-1980 base period mean. The global mean temperature anomaly, 0.57°C (about 1°F) warmer than the 1951-1980 mean, continues the strong warming trend of the past thirty years that has been confidently attributed to the effect of increasing human-made greenhouse gases (GHGs) (Hansen et al. 2007). The eight warmest years in the GISS record have all occurred since 1998, and the 14 warmest years in the record have all occurred since 1990.
As read this morning on my rss reader.
A photo of US presidential candidate Barack Obama wearing Somali clothing is causing a storm after it got released to the Drudge Report website.
Yusuf Garaad Omar, head of the BBC's Somali Service, explains the meaning of the robes.
These are the normal clothes that nomadic people wear.
The head turban is especially used by elderly people as a suggestion of respect. It is something that has no meaning whatsoever in Somalia culture.
If you see someone dressed like that in Somalia, you think it is a nomadic person - that is all.
There is no religious significance to it whatsoever. It is mainly the nomadic people who use it. Some of them are religious, some are not.
It is simply a tradition of the place where they are from.
In this particular place, Wajir in north-east Kenya, the community is majority ethnic Somali.
I tried to search Drudge's pathetic website and couldn't find anything - of where he initially posted the "breaking news" story about Obama in a turban. If anyone else has any luck please leave a comment.
I came across this article.
The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.
While much of the study confirms earlier findings -- mainline Protestant churches are in decline, non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing -- it also provides a deeper look behind those trends, and of smaller religious groups.
"The American religious economy is like a marketplace -- very dynamic, very competitive," said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum. "Everyone is losing, everyone is gaining. There are net winners and losers, but no one can stand still. Those groups that are losing significant numbers have to recoup them to stay vibrant."
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates the United States is 78 percent Christian and about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation, at 51 percent and slipping.
More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religion or no religion at all, the survey found. Factoring in moves from one stream or denomination of Protestantism to another, the number rises to 44 percent.
One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.
"In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one
We still have a long way to go but the churches are slowly losing their power. Maybe its because people are starting to realize that churches are just a means of control - financially and also inter-generational. Part of their power lies in the ability to span generation after generation of church "members" - knowing full well, that parents are going to indoctrinate their children, and if they do an especially good job, their children's children.
I was at work today and I was reading the latest edition of ENR and came across an interesting article. You are going to to have to click on the image to enlarge it so you can read it.
So this kind of puts the last nail in the coffin so to speak. I liked McCain in 2000 and was disappointed in what finally happened to him. It was completely unfair how fucktards like Rush Limbaugh continually bashed him day in and day out. I absolutely do not agree with his position on the war at all, and these statements he made about infrastructure seal the deal for me to endorse Obama.
His parents were secularists I am told, and although he put his Christianity punch card out there, he is the most sensible choice. The recent announcement of Ralph Nader kind of throws a monkey wrench in the works, (if he could only win!) but I believe the best choice is going to be Obama. I believe in lesser party politics, but we cannot hand the country over to another republican who thinks its ok if we spend another 100 years in Iraq.
I initially liked the ideas of Ron Paul (not that he ever had a chance to begin with) although I disagreed with him on some points, his points on how government should be run outweighed his points that I disagreed with. It is worth noting that both Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich got completely shafted by the main stream media.
The next 8.3 months are going to be a roller coaster ride of accusations, counter-accusations and smearing and mudslinging. I hope it is at least half as tolerable as the swift boat debacle.
This is the man you need to be supporting. This is the man who should be the next president. We have had 43 White Guys. Isn't it about time for a change?
I filled up the company vehicle. Even though I am not forking over the shitpile of cash that is $50.89 I feel very bad paying so much. Then I think of the UK and other parts of the world. And how in Australia they were paying the equivalent of $3.36 USD per USG since 2001. Then I think of the UK, and how they pay £0.90 for one liter of gas. Which is equivalent to $7.20 USD per USG. Which is indeed a whole shitpile of money.
(i.e. America has a higher infant mortality rate than other countries, a lower literacy rate, a higher obesity rate, and a pretty fucked up welfare system for retirees and underprivileged children. And they also want to teach creationism in the science classes of schools here in America too.)
Fig 1. The influenza virus
It may be sweeping the country, but I am glad we have scientists hard at work at the WHO and the CDC researching, developing and combating things that want to kill us. A perfect example is the battle against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Fig 2. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
This mean mofo is a clear example of evolution right before our eyes. It is on the move as well as the influenza virus. Changing, adapting, evolving via Natural Selection. Its a thing of beauty - even if it wants to kill us. I got hit with the flu 2 weeks ago and I honestly have no idea where I got it from. No one from work had it, and no one that I can remember was sneezing or coughing. I practice good hygiene and yet -still, I was wiped out for several days with the flu. I tried very hard to isolate myself, but when you have a wife and child, living in the same house -it becomes nearly impossible to isolate yourself and prevent the spread of the virus. Despite all my efforts, both caught a virus - although not flu, it may have been a variant. These are clever organisms. A lot of times, people talk about "strains" but they fail to acknowledge what they are truly saying. More often than not, people who have creationist tendencies speak about strains and "different strains of the virus" and are completely unaware that they are contradicting creationism with their own tongues. Viruses and bacterium evolve by natural selection. Bacterium were one of the first forms of life on Earth 4 B years ago. So although it is quite unpleasant to be ill with the flu, I am quite happy in the knowledge that scientific record and findings are being validated daily and the spooky language of the bible and the explanations of the dark ages are being laughed out of existence in today's modern society. It appears the flu has hit Nashville hard, as I come across a lot of stories lately, of everyone having the flu. The CDC gathers this info and passes it on to the WHO for development of a flu vaccination for the southern hemisphere come March. And the same process happens all over again, in September for the northern hemisphere, mutatis mutandis.
I guess I don't really have a point, but to report on the spread of the flu and other viruses, and to point out examples of Darwin's natural selection in the real world, right in front of our eyes. And whether or not they are aware, creationists invalidate creationism and "intelligent design" (two cheeks of the same ass) when they mention viruses and a "new strain". The same goes for lice in people's hair. They adapt and resist - special shampoos year after year. I like the video I posted on 10 FEB of Lewis Black cause he said it best. "Evolution is a major thread in the larger tapestry that I like to call... REALITY!"
I guess there is a point in there, it just took a while for me to get to it.
Back when the author of the book of Revelation wrote that part of the bible, they tried to use spooky language to explain what we couldn't understand. "and the moon became as blood" as it says. We now know why the moon turns red with a total umbral eclipse and can predict (calculate) its occurrence to the second. Don't you just love science and reasoning. Critical thinking? Its a thing of beauty when observing the natural universe without mythical superstitions to cloud your judgment.
I am a bit pissed off, as the next (partial) lunar eclipse will be visible on Daniella's birthday 6 August 2009. And the next total lunar eclipse visible from here will be 21 December 2010.
And here I was all set to impress biblical fundamentalists with my prediction skills of the moon turning "blood red" as told in the bible (Revelation 6:12) :(
Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted.
Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people's brains to make them more intelligent, said Ray Kurzweil.
The engineer believes machines and humans will eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost intelligence and health.
"It's really part of our civilisation," Mr Kurzweil explained.
"But that's not going to be an alien invasion of intelligent machines to displace us."
Machines were already doing hundreds of things humans used to do, at human levels of intelligence or better, in many different areas, he said.
Obligatory commentary (snicker) :
Maybe if they make us smarter, they can cure the human race of the delusion that is religion. And we can advance as a species.
I only just now realized how to unlock the photos from my phone and place them on to the computer using infrared. This will come in handy when I see something cool or funny, I can send it to the PC and then post it on flickr. Its a work phone - so text messaging has been disabled. Its also a VGA quality - so it kind of sucks, but the advantages are- I always have a camera at hand. Like this photo for example. I went to Staples a while back, and saw this retard pull up and just left his van that way. He didn't straighten it out as any decent normal person would do. So he has opened himself up to ridicule from me -publicly.
Another down side, the EXIF data is non existant. So accurate info is going to have to be edited.