May 10, 2011
Well today is a special day on The Hub! We're expecting a lot of new visitors to our site due to the little promotion that we're running, and so without further ado, we'll just jump right in! We started the Hub to supplement some of the work that is done at The Monroe Institute, and to facilitate conversation about this wild human (and sometimes non-human) experience. Today, we're offering two lucky commenters a $25.00 gift certificate to spend in the TMI Bookstore. Our winners will be chosen at random just for offering a comment on this post!
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May 09, 2011
I heard on the the news this weekend that Einstein's theory of gravity had more or less been proven by NASA, and I immediately thought of you, dear Hub readers, but as I have been reading about it and trying to distill down all of the pieces, I'm realizing that my (non-existent) degree in Physics is not serving me well. But, I want to make sure that we talk about this because it drives home two points: there is A WHOLE LOT MORE going on in this existence than meets the eye, and, just because one generation isn't able to "prove" something, that doesn't always mean that the something is wrong. While it's true that Einstein was one smart cookie, a lot of people that he was out of his mind when he presented the majority of his theories, and yet...here we are.
I thought that you might be interested in the findings, and I'm hoping that some of you smart folks out there are going to weigh in, so here is a nice summary of the project as presented by Kottke.org:
NASA's just finished an impressive experiment designed to test Einstein's general theory of relativity -- specifically the "mass distorts spacetime" part:
Put a spinning gyroscope into orbit around the Earth, with the spin axis pointed toward some distant star as a fixed reference point. Free from external forces, the gyroscope's axis should continue pointing at the star--forever. But if space is twisted, the direction of the gyroscope's axis should drift over time. By noting this change in direction relative to the star, the twists of space-time could be measured.Gravity Probe B's experiment was 47 years in the making, helped spawn 100 PhD theses, and required the invention of 13 brand-new technologies, including a "drag-free satellite." The four gyroscopes in GP-B are "the most perfect spheres ever made by humans... If the gyroscopes weren't so spherical, their spin axes would wobble even without the effects of relativity."
NASA finished collecting the data in 2005; now they've crunched the numbers. And yes, Einstein was right. The gyroscopes wobble in just the way general relativity predicts.
The first and most famous empirical experiment testing Einstein's theory was performed in 1919 by Arthur Eddington during a full solar eclipse. Photographs showed that the sun's mass caused starlight to bend around it.
May 06, 2011
Plato's 'dialogues' from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis 'in a single day and night... disappeared into the depths of the sea.'
Continuing yesterday's theme of curiosity, exploration and discovery, we shift from peering into outer space to looking at what may be the site of the ancient legendary city.
Zach Howard, reporting for Reuters.com, writes,
A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain.
"This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.
"It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.
To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.
The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site.
...Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years. Plato's "dialogues" from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis "in a single day and night... disappeared into the depths of the sea."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312" target="_blank">See full source article here.
May 05, 2011
"...computers and humans need each other. While telescopes are much better at finding galaxies, and computers are good at recording data, humans still possess something that machines do not: curiosity."
If Bob Monroe had a favorite word it was most likely "curiosity." Curiosity was his muse and his driving force. Bob's curiosity led to groundbreaking sound technologies, a new angle on consciousness investigation, and The Monroe Institute.
The urge to explore and discover, so deeply a part of the human experience, is finding an ever-expanding outlet on the Web. The call is going out for "citizen researchers" to scrutinize, record, and classify immense amounts of data collected about the universe as well as Earth.
There's even an app for that!
Two popular projects reported in DiscoveryNews welcome our participation.
Scientific Discovery Goes Viral—Citizen-Research Efforts Expand the Rate of Scientific Discoveries ~
In 2007 Chris Lintott, who works at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois and colleagues decided to launch a website asking for volunteers to help characterize over 1 million images of galaxies. After some news coverage, “Galaxy Zoo” went viral. To date it has managed to attract 375,000 people who have made over 200 million classifications and a few big discoveries from their own home computers. Lintott’s team believes that citizen-research efforts could expand the rate and progress of science-based studies and discoveries ...
...computers and humans need each other. While telescopes are much better at finding galaxies, and computers are good at recording data, humans still possess something that machines do not: curiosity.
from the Galaxy Zoo Website:
The original Galaxy Zoo was launched in July 2007, with a data set made up of a million galaxies imaged with the robotic telescope of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. With so many galaxies, the team thought that it might take at least two years for visitors to the site to work through them all. Within 24 hours of launch, the site was receiving 70,000 classifications an hour, and more than 50 million classifications were received by the project during its first year, from almost 150,000 people.
And a little closer to home:
If you regularly take photos of birds, animals, bugs, mushrooms and leaves while on vacation or even from your backyard, you may be more a citizen scientist than you thought. And now you can put your natural love for the environment to good use by uploading your images to a new website called SciSpy. A new free app that you can download from the iTunes store or from the SciSpy website makes it easier. I've already uploaded a bunch of images myself from recent vacations. (By the way, I was surprised at how many images of living creatures and plants I had taken.)
May 03, 2011
And then tell us what happens...
May 02, 2011
Although denominational, we think that this prayer has a global message, and hope that you do too. With all of the political turmoil that has taken place this weekend, we thought that we would offer a request for peace and unity today.
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