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Smarter Every Day: Helicopter black magic

I'm a fan of Smarter Every Day. He has some pretty cool stuff in his stream. I have seen model helocopter pilots like this before and it amazes me every time. I'm looking forward to the followup vids  Cool


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WdEWzqsfeHM)

Science Fair Victory!

Who is 9 years old and just got 1st place in his school science fair? This guy:

Congratulations Connor! His aquaponics exhibit was selected to go to the Discovery Museum to display alongside other winning entries. w00t!

Top 10 conspiracy facts of 2011

As with all stories of conspiracy, take them with a grain of salt until you can confirm or deny. I ran across these and found them very interesting. A few I had previously seen and the facts can't really be disputed. Others I'm still checking out. This was found at . Have fun!

2011 was the year in which many conspiracy “theories” became conspiracy FACTS. Articles that used to earn you a tinfoil hat designation suddenly were front-page news stories across the country. The world is stranger than we can imagine, it seems, and 2011 proved it yet again.

Here are the top ten conspiracy facts that emerged over the last year:

– Obama admits U.S. government used Guatemalan prisoners for illegal medical experiments

When we exposed the U.S. government’s long list of medical crimes against humanity back in 2006, the mainstream media was silent (). People insisted the government was ethical and honest, and it could never be involved in crimes against humanity. (ROFL!) When the truth came out about Guatemalan prisoner experiments, however, it went viral so quickly the mainstream media couldn’t whitewash the story.

Quantum levitation demonstration

Way cool quantum levitation. Floats like it's on invisible rails, but not like other magnets. The structure makes it so it can be positioned and "stuck" above the magnet in orientations that I haven't seen before.


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xuEY2bm-W50)

National Science Foundation: "less probability of extreme climatic change than previously thought"

It appears the the NSF is letting down Al Gore a bit here. says,

This won’t come as much of a surprise — :

According to a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation’s Paleoclimate Program, climate change may be far less sensitive to carbon dioxide fluctuations than previously predicted.

The most notable predictions of CO2-based climate change came from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2007. The report suggested that should the CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere double from pre-Industrial standards (pre-1850), it could result in a global 2 to 4.5 degree Celsius (3.6 – 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature increase worldwide. The mean level in this finding was 3 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). This, of course, would be catastrophic, leading to the melting of polar ice, as well as significant sea temperature increases and global flooding due to rising ocean levels.

Maybe; however,

It appears that that these dire numbers might not be accurate according to a the lead author of the new report, Oregon State University researcher Andreas Schmittner.

Time lapse view of Earth from the ISS

sent this to me the other day. It's a pretty hypnotic video taken from the space station.  Hypnotized

Now everyone is entitled to the internet as a basic human right

What is a basic human right? Is there a difference between natural rights, human needs, and wants? Certainly. There are traditional rights and more recent "new" rights which seek not to give equal opportunity to thrive, but to force equality.

There is an incompatibility between the two since traditional rights are about individual liberty while the new rights are about social fairness. The former allows for personal freedom and responsibility and the latter for governmental power and lack of personal responsibility.

(People) could not be allowed to use their knowledge for their own purposes but would have to carry out the plan which rulers have designed to meet the needs to be satisfied. From this it follows that the old civil rights and the new social and economic rights cannot be achieved at the same time but are in fact incompatible; the new rights cannot be enforced by law without at the same time destroying that liberal order at which the old rights aim".— F A Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2, (Chicago, 1982) p 103.

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