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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Super Heavy Elements, Warp Drives, and Babies

A trio of science news articles from NBC News that I found interesting.

First, although first produced in Dubna, Russia about 10 years ago, researchers have confirmed the existence (ability to produce) element 115 on the Periodic Table.
A committee from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), which governs chemical nomenclature, will review the new findings to decide whether more experiments are necessary before element 115 gets an official name.
Second, another article on the theory of a workable "warp drive." From the article:
NASA scientists are performing experiments that could help make warp drive a possibility sometime in the future from a lab built for the Apollo program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
A warp-drive-enabled spacecraft would look like a football with two large rings fully encircling it. The rings would utilize an exotic form of matter to cause space-time to contract in front of and expand behind them. Harold "Sonny" White, a NASA physicist, is experimenting with these concepts on a smaller scale using a light-measuring device in the lab.  
"We're looking for a change in path length of the photon on the interferometer, because that would be potential evidence that we're generating the effect we're looking for," White told Space.com. "We've seen, in a couple different experiments with several different analytic techniques, a change in optical-path length. We're making one leg of the interferometer seem a little shorter because of this device being on, versus the device being off. That doesn't mean that it's what we're looking for." 
While these results are intriguing, they are in no way definitive proof that warp drive could work, White said. The scaled-down experiments are just a first step toward understanding if these concepts can be taken out of the realm of theory and applied practically.
We're a long way from proving its even possible, but it is exciting that it has moved beyond merely being a theoretical game, to where someone is doing actual research.

Finally, in what I'm sure is a devastating blow to Planned Parenthood and other supporters of infanticide, scientists have shown that unborn babies can hear sounds in the womb, and it impacts their brain development--i.e., they learn. From the article:
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reinforces what many people had believed—babies hear what their moms say and their brains recognize these words after birth. 
Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland looked at 33 moms-to-be, and examined their babies after birth. While pregnant, 17 mothers listened at a loud volume to a CD with two, four minute sequences of made-up words (“tatata” or “tatota”, said several different ways and with different pitches) from week 29 until birth. 
The moms and babies heard the nonsense words about 50 to 71 times. Following birth, the researchers tested the all 33 babies for normal hearing and then performed an EEG (electroencephalograph) brain scan to see if the newborns responded differently to the made-up words and different pitches. 
Babies who listened to the CD in utero recognized the made-up words and noticed the pitch changes, which the infants who did not hear the CD did not, the researchers found. They could tell because their brain activity picked up when those words were played, while babies who didn’t hear the CD in the womb did not react as much.
Prior to Judah's destruction by Babylon, Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied of Jerusalem's destruction if the people did not repent, and one of the primary reasons for God's judgment was the sacrifice of children to the pagan god, Moloch. We (speaking as a nation) do not sacrifice children on a literal alter, but we (speaking as a nation) do sacrifice children on the figurative alter of liberalism. I doubt we will fare much better than ancient Judah.

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