Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Science’

Peace in the Middle East: Could Alternative Energy Be the Solution?

June 4th, 2008

I have been thinking about the situation in the Middle East and also the rise of oil prices, peak oil, and the problem of a world economy based on energy scarcity rather than abundance. There is, I believe, a way to solve the problems in the Middle East, and the energy problems facing the world, […]

The Wikipedia, Knowledge Preservation and DNA

April 19th, 2008

I had an interesting thought today about the long-term preservation and transmission of human knowledge. The Wikipedia may be on its way to becoming the one of the best places in which to preserve knowledge for future generations. But this is just the beginning. What if we could encode the Wikipedia into the Junk DNA […]

Reverse Anthropology: Native Tribe Visits UK to Study Brits

September 8th, 2007

Check out this fascinating article about a new show on the BBC: ne bright morning in St James’s Park and a stream of tourists approaches Buckingham Palace, where trumpets will shortly herald the Changing of the Guard. In the middle of the crowd walk five very short, very odd-looking men. They carry camcorders, gesticulate wildly, […]

Burning Salt Water — A New Form of Fuel

August 28th, 2007

Inventor, John Kanzius, has figured out a way to burn salt water. This could provide a clean, naturally available alternative fuel source. Salt water is one of the most abundant natural resources on our planet. Here’s a video.

Virtual Out of Body Experiences

August 25th, 2007

A very cool experiment in virtual reality has shown it is possible to trick the mind into identifying with a virtual body: Through these goggles, the volunteers could see a camera view of their own back – a three-dimensional "virtual own body" that appeared to be standing in front of them. When the researchers stroked […]

Scientist Says "Never in Our Imagination Could This Happen." Famous Last Words?

August 19th, 2007

Whenever a scientist says something like, don’t worry our new experiment could never get out of the lab, or don’t worry the miniature black hole we are going to generate couldn’t possibly swallow up the entire planet, I tend to get a little worried. The problem is that just about every time a scientist has […]

Steorn Set to Demo "Free Energy" Device Tomorrow

July 4th, 2007

Steorn, the Irish company that claims to have invented a mechanical device that generates unlimited free energy with no fuel, is scheduled to demonstrate their device publicly for the first time in London tomorrow. A panel of 22 independent world experts has been recruited to study the device. It should be an interesting demo!

A Modern Day Da Vinci?

June 27th, 2007

My brother pointed me to this video of some incredible kinetic sculptures by a man who appears to be a modern-day Da Vinci. Watch the video to see what I mean.

Very Cool Laser Graffitti Technology

February 20th, 2007

Josh sent me this link. It’s a video of a new technology for doing laser graffitti on the sides of buildings at night. Josh and I have been discussing how to do this for years. You could also project onto clouds. And of course with a computer to control the image you could make some […]

Must-Know Terms for the 21st Century Intellectual

January 12th, 2007

Read this fun article that lists and defines some of the key concepts that every post-singularity transhumanist meta-intellectual should know! (via Kurzweil)

British Ministry of Defense Chief Resigns; Cites Concerns About UFO's

November 9th, 2006

Ok, here’s a very unusual news item: During his time as head of the Ministry of Defence UFO project, Nick Pope was persuaded into believing that other lifeforms may visit Earth and, more specifically, Britain. His concern is that "highly credible" sightings are simply dismissed. And he complains that the project he once ran is […]

Why Machines Will Never be Conscious

October 17th, 2006

Below is the text of my bet on Long Bets. Go there to vote. “By 2050 no synthetic computer nor machine intelligence will have become truly self-aware (ie. will become conscious).” Spivack’s Argument: (This summary includes my argument, a method for judging the outcomeof this bet and some other thoughts on how to measure awareness…) […]

How to Build a Landspeeder

September 23rd, 2006

So as a kid you watched Star Wars and since then you’ve wanted your very own Landspeeder. The problem is, how to make things hover without using fans, magnets, or special effects? Well, a maverick UK scientist may have invented a way to do it. By harnessing microwaves, and a loophole provided by special relativity, […]

The Hidden Structure of Quantum Mechanics and The Prime Numbers Turns Out to Be 42 After All

September 4th, 2006

This is a wonderful article about how a chance encounter led to the discovery of a connection between physics and number theory that may help explain everything from quantum mechanics to the prime numbers….and the most incredible thing is that the answer may actually really be "42" after all. You’ve heard of "Life Imitates Art," […]

Scientist Raises Possibility of Silicon-Based Life

August 25th, 2006

Just read an interesting article on the possibility of "intraterrestrial" silicon-based life on Earth: SETI spends enormous amounts of money and resources looking for life outside of Earth’s realm, but life forms so alien that scientists may simply not have recognized evidence of their existence could inhabit the Earth, according to a leading scientist. Dr […]

Good Article on Loop Quantum Gravity — New Approach to Physics

August 22nd, 2006

The New Scientist published a nice overview of the emerging theory of Loop Quantum Gravity. I’ve been following this for a number of years, ever since my friend Bram turned me onto it. It’s related in some ways to other models of discrete space-time, such as cellular automata and digital physics. LEE SMOLIN is no […]

A Problem with Space Travel

August 17th, 2006

As the distance a spaceship travels through space increases, so do the odds that it will collide with debris in its path – such as interstellar dust, micrometeorites, asteroids, dark matter, dark stars, etc. If you are traveling at super high-speed, through uncharted territory, there is no way to know what is out there. Even […]

Electric Currents Heal Wounds

July 26th, 2006

150 years ago, German physiologist Emil Du Bois-Reymond discovered that electric currents could speed up the healing of flesh wounds. But his research has been ignored ever since. Until now… Now Josef Penninger of the Austrian Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna and Min Zhao of the University of Aberdeen, UK, have demonstrated that natural […]

Device Uses Waves to Print on Surface of Water

July 25th, 2006

This is a really cool science and art project — Researchers in Japan have developed a device that uses waves to cause images to form on the surface of water. Check the link for a cool picture.

Virtual World to Test Telepathy

July 19th, 2006

A new test for telepathy harnesses a "completely objective" virtual world.

Water Powered Car — Too Good to Be True? Video.

June 11th, 2006

OK this is a clip from Fox News, which is not normally a source that I consider to be factual or trustworthy — but it cerrtainly is an interesting story. The video clip profiles an inventor who has developed a novel method of converting water to useful fuel. He powers a welding torch and a […]

Acoustic Locators and Sound Mirrors

June 1st, 2006

Wow — this page has some fabulous photos of devices for locating things using sound. Think radar, only much louder…

Fighting Infection with Phages

May 31st, 2006

I’ve been interested in bacteriophages for a few years, ever since I first heard about them. This article goes into more detail about why they may present a new and better alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of resistant bacterial infections. In the 1920s and ’30s, with diseases like dysentery and cholera running rampant, the […]

Freezing Water at Room Temperature

May 8th, 2006

This is pretty cool. It turns out you can freeze water at room temperature, creating so-called "hot ice." There are at least two known methods for doing this. Hot ice effectively transforms water into a solid that is like a form of glue. This opens the door for some interesting potential applications — including using […]

All Cell Phone Calls Easily Eavesdropped … With Common Household Appliance

April 1st, 2006

A major, virtually unfixable, security flaw in the design of nearly all cell phones and other mobile devices will be announced this week by researchers at the Foundation for Microwave Safety (FMS). According to sources, it turns out that due to a coincidence in engineering, ordinary household microwave ovens can actually be used to receive […]

Quantum Evolution — A Radical Theory

January 24th, 2006

The theory of quantum evolution is a radical new take on how mutations in DNA occur. Basically the theory postulates that DNA molecules are in fact macroscopic quantum objects that undergo quantum interference. It is spearheaded by Johnjoe McFadden, a professor in the UK and makes for an interesting read. Here is a brief overview […]

Collective Intelligence 2.0

January 24th, 2006

Introduction: This article proposes the creation of a new open, nonprofit service on the Web that will provide something akin to “collective self-awareness” back to the Web. This service is like a “Google Zeitgeist” on steroids, but with a lot more real-time, interactive, participatory data, technology and features init. The goal is to measure and […]

New Quantum Propulsion Being Researched By Air Force

January 6th, 2006

A radical new form of propulsion is being researched that may enable travel from Earth to Mars in 3 hours, and travel to nearby stars in just 80 days. The system is based on a novel quantum theory termed Heim quantum theory (HQT). The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based […]

Big Thinkers' Most Dangerous Ideas

January 4th, 2006

The Edge has published mini-essays by 119 "big thinkers" on their "most dangerous ideas" — fun reading. The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about […]

Does the Cosmic Background Radiation Contain Hidden Message?

December 16th, 2005

This is a cool idea — some researchers are considering whether the cosmic background radiation may contain an encoded "message from God." OK I doubt it. I think it is more likely to be somewhere in our DNA, or in the digits of Pi, or perhaps in the distribution of the prime numbers. But it’s […]