Monthly Archives: October 2012

Inventions and Deceptions – Oort Cloud

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Jan Hendrik Oort [1900-1992] was a pretty smart Dutch astronomer who [amongst many other things] empirically derived the Oort Constants that characterize the local rotational properties of our galaxy [the Milky Way]. However, Oort is probably best remembered for inventing … Continue reading

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The Earth’s Nuclear Reactor

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During the 1950s geophysicists began to consider the possibility that nuclear fission might occurs naturally. Then, in 1972 a natural nuclear fission reactor was discovered at the Oklo uranium mine in the West African state of Gabon. Natural nuclear fission … Continue reading

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The Phyllotactic Solar System

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It is well known that the arrangement of the leaves in plants may be expressed by very simple series of fractions, all of which are gradual approximations to, or the natural means between 1/2 or 1/3, which two fractions are … Continue reading

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Solar Cycle 24

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Taking a totally non-scientific “chartist” view of the latest Hathaway prediction for Cycle 24 shows that the cycle is very compressed both horizontally and vertically. This compressions provides a far clearer view of the underlying “signal” with very little noise. … Continue reading

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Inventions and Deceptions – Dirty Snowballs

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Fred Lawrence Whipple (1906–2004) was a pretty smart astronomer who was professor of Astronomy at Harvard University from 1950 until 1977. After taking a class in astronomy, he enlisted at the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his PhD … Continue reading

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Inventions and Deceptions – Extraterrestrial Water

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Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive! Sir Walter Scott – Marmion – 1808 The major problem with Post-Normal Science is that it does not follow the Scientific Method: Formulate: A question based upon … Continue reading

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Inventions and Deceptions: Post-Normal Science

Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive! Sir Walter Scott – Marmion – 1808 Arguably, the rise of Post-Normal Science during the 20th century can be attributed to the imperatives and necessities associated with … Continue reading

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