The U.S. Government Made a Powerful New Kind of Nuclear Fuel
We don't even know if Dark Matter is matter. We just know that extra gravity exists that we can't explain. According to Einstein, gravity isn't so much of a force as it is a side effect of curved space-time. Even while we are still we are moving through space-time, and the curvature of space-time exerts a force on us. (Which to me sounds more like a cute mathematical model than reality.)
I wonder if the extra gravity could be related to the Higgs field or some as of yet undiscovered field?
Do Black Holes have Dark Matter in them? Do Neutron Stars have Dark Matter in them?
University of Pittsburgh scientists discover antibody that 'neutralizes' virus that causes COVID-19
Its component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody
"America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality."
Seems apropos to today.
It is also interesting how well the stories tie into mythology. One of the main premises of the show is that ancient mythical beings and gods were actually aliens from other worlds.
Some shows have great characters and it is these great characters that make the show. After a few years, I find myself wanting to see those characters again because they feel like friends that you have not seen in years. If the stories are good, then the series is worth watching again.
The first season is a little rough around the edges, but the show mostly improved for all ten seasons. Seasons 6 and 7 had a slightly lower budget after a switch to the Sci-Fi network, and these two seasons were not the best but are still okay. However, seasons 8 through 10 were fantastic. Seasons 8 and 9 especially blew me away. Then the series concludes with two very good made for TV movies.
Stargate SG-1 is a big step up from the 1994 movie Stargate. Although some people hated this movie, it had mixed reviews and I felt like it was interesting enough to watch. It serves as a good introduction to the series.
The 200nth episode, called "200", tries to do a parody of both itself and other science fiction shows, and for me, this mostly falls flat. I have noticed that many science fiction shows fail when they try to be funny.
Stargate SG-1 inspired two spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis which was excellent, and Stargate Universe which wasn't great at first but ended up very good.
This frustrates me a little bit.
It's a disease more usually associated with the densely-packed cities of Europe in the middle ages, but health officials have confirmed a case of plague at South Lake Tahoe—the first in California in five years. The infected person is reportedly recovering at home. "Human cases of plague are extremely rare but can be very serious," El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said, according to CNN. Health officials believe the South Lake Tahoe resident may have been bitten by an infected flea while walking a dog along on Tahoe's south shore. The last reported human cases of plague in California were in 2015 when two people were exposed to infected rodents or their fleas in Yosemite National Park. Both recovered. Plague can successfully be treated with antibiotics, and, according to the CDC, treatment has lowered mortality rates to approximately 11 percent, with antibiotics working best if given within 24 hours of the first symptoms
The disease is spread by contact with fresh water contaminated with the parasites. These parasites are released from infected freshwater snails. The disease is especially common among children in developing countries, as they are more likely to play in contaminated water.
Schistosomiasis affected about 252 million people worldwide in 2015. An estimated 4,400 to 200,000 people die from it each year. The disease is most commonly found in Africa, Asia, and South America. Around 700 million people, in more than 70 countries, live in areas where the disease is common. In tropical countries, schistosomiasis is second only to malaria among parasitic diseases with the greatest economic impact.
Infected individuals release Schistosoma eggs into water via their fecal material or urine. After larvae hatch from these eggs, the larvae infect a very specific type of freshwater snail. For example, in S. haematobium and S. intercalatum it is snails of the genus Bulinus, in S. mansoni it is Biomphalaria, and in S. japonicum it is Oncomelania. The Schistosoma larvae undergo the next phase of their lifecycles in these snails, spending their time reproducing and developing. Once this step has been completed, the parasite leaves the snail and enters the water column. The parasite can live in the water for only 48 hours without a mammalian host. Once a host has been found, the worm enters its blood vessels. For several weeks, the worm remains in the vessels, continuing its development into its adult phase. When maturity is reached, mating occurs and eggs are produced. Eggs enter the bladder/intestine and are excreted through urine and feces and the process repeats. If the eggs do not get excreted, they can become engrained in the body tissues and cause a variety of problems such as immune reactions and organ damage.
Humans encounter larvae of the Schistosoma parasite when they enter contaminated water while bathing, playing, swimming, washing, fishing, or walking through the water
On Monday nights I run online the Greenwood Chess Club that I started five years ago. We are not meeting in person because of the pandemic.
While I was playing chess online, I noticed that it was storming outside and at 8:35 PM my power went out. This was accompanied by a very loud buzzing sound that had me worried. The first thing I did was to text the guy I had been playing to tell him that my power went out.
The power toggled on and off, again with the troubling loud buzzing. I decided to investigate. The power came back on. I opened my garage and stepped outside. This time I saw what looked like a huge electrical spark above my neighbor's house accompanied by that loud buzzing sound again, but this looked like nothing I had ever seen before. It was obviously an electrical spark, but it looked more like an orange vertical bar. (Electrical sparks cause the electrons to be stripped off of air molecules, which turns the air into the 4th state of matter, called Plasma. When you see an electrical spark, what you are really seeing is the plasma emit light. You can't actually see electricity.) I figured that this had to be a transformer in the process of blowing up. Maybe it was on fire, which might explain why the spark was orange in color, although I'm not sure that this is a good explanation. Maybe the chemicals in the transformer caused the spark to look orange.
This looked scary. My first thought was that I did not want this to burn down my neighbor's house and then take mine with it. There were people in the street watching this strange sight, and I yelled at them and asked if they had called 9-11. They said that they had. One of the neighbors yelled that there was a tree on fire, but I couldn't see this from my vantage point. Then immediately the power went off again and I was relieved because the situation looked very dangerous. Very shortly fire trucks drove by, so I thought thank goodness the Fire Department is here, but they just kept on driving. In the middle of a thunderstorm, they probably had other problems to deal with.
I was not inclined to get any closer to investigate, especially since it was still storming outside. There was a huge crack of lightning close by which convinced me to seek shelter back in the house.
So I mostly sat in the dark texting my friends about what happened until the power came back on 2 hours and 20 minutes later.
Maybe this was all predictable. If you were writing a novel about a pandemic, you could not a write better story. There are many unknowns, which causes uncertainty and agitation. We can't even agree on the death rate of the disease, because the numbers people come up with are all over the place. There are a great many numbers that seem way optimistic. I have seen multiple people, some of which I know, claim that they would not take the vaccine when and if it becomes available. People are protesting having to wear masks and social distance. I regularly see people claim that wearing a mask is a sign that you have been brainwashed. Some scientists are saying that it is safe for children to return to school, while others are saying the opposite. In parts of the country, some teachers are saying that they won't teach if the schools reopen.
The problem is that nobody is on the same page. I thought that a crisis like this would bring us together, but it is more like it split us apart.
I do not consider wearing a face mask an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat at a construction site. The danger is real, and we have to act accordingly. Masks provide a small amount of protection for us, which is far better than not wearing a mask, and a greater protection for others.
This disease is not done with us yet. Almost exactly 1% of the state has been infected. The number of cases has doubled since the beginning of June. Does that mean that 2% will be infected by the beginning of October? I don't know, but two months ago we were having 500 new cases per day, and now it is closer to a thousand.
I don't know why, but the death rate in Utah compared to Indiana is several times less.
We can beat this disease by having everyone wear a mask in public and take precautions. This is not like the flu. COVID-19 attacks your organs and your heart. Be careful.
Some people can't help doing stupid and the have a total disregard for black lives.
Unfortunately, there are a great many people, mostly in conservative media, who are claiming that the death rate is only 0.3%. They are constantly saying that this isn't much different than the seasonal flu. This number is being quoted so frequently that I tried to find some information to verify it, but I can't find anything. Even Bill Gates said that the death rate is less than 1%, but I can't find anything to back that either.
I think that this idea of a low death rate comes from a California study a couple of months ago that found that there were ten times as many positive tested cases in a sample population than what was predicted. So the argument was made that if there were ten times as many cases then the real death is ten times less. The problem is that the California study was criticized for its methodology. They did not do random sampling but instead asked for volunteers to be tested. The problem is that volunteers probably don't represent the population as a whole, and likely include many people who think that they may be infected.
It has also been pointed out that unknown cases could mean unknown deaths from COVID-19. Just because you have unknown cases doesn't necessarily mean that the death rate is lower.
So there seems to be much discussion about asymptomatic people because the argument seems to be that if there are a large number of asymptomatic cases then the death rate must be lower. However, studies from Wuhan and Italy both indicate that the number of asymptomatic cases is only around 40%. In addition, there are articles all over the place saying that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
In regard to unknown cases, I'm going to argue that it really doesn't matter. The number of *known* cases is still growing at apparently an ever-increasing rate, and those people are still dying at a rate of around 4%. About 3 days ago I noticed from official numbers that 100,000 people had died from COVID-19 worldwide in 12 days. That is around 34 times the number of deaths from 9-11, and we spent trillions of dollars fighting wars because of 9-11. As long as the number of known cases keeps increasing and those people keep dying at a significant rate, then this pandemic is a still serious problem.
There seems to be some resistance to mandates to wear masks. I don't consider wearing a mask to be an infringement on my freedom. It is the equivalent of wearing a hard hat in a construction zone.
I am appalled at how many people are espousing conspiracy theories in regard to COVID-19, especially in regard to a potential vaccine. A small part of the problem is that many politicians are trying to politicize the pandemic, so this contributes to people distrusting public officials and their motives.
The mRNA-1273 vaccine induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified. These findings support further development of this vaccine.
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Jose admits he returned fire, but didn't hit anyone. He says explaining to Jessica's son Greyson that he'll never see his mom again has been the hardest part for the family.
"It's hard to tell him his mom is in heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, 'I love you mom,'" said Ramirez.
Just one week earlier, two people were shot on the same part of canal. During one of those shootings, a 14-year-old identified as Curtis White Junior died during what police describe as an attempted armed robbery.
"Our message is that the canal is still a safe to go," said IMPD Capt. Jerry Leary.
I was in Salt Lake City on a slope near the base of a mountain where I dropped the iPhone 5. It went bouncing on pavement downhill but suffered only very minor scuffs on the corners.
"Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers," the FDA wrote. With use of hand sanitizers at a high amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency advised that anyone who has used the methanol-containing products "seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning."
The newly identified products are in addition to nine methanol-containing sanitizers the FDA identified last month, which are all made by the Mexico-based manufacturer Eskbiochem SA de CV.
If I look at the known cases versus known deaths, we get 4.5% for the U.S. and 4.7% for the world. However, some are claiming that there are ten times as many cases that we don't know about, meaning that the death rate is actually much lower. On the other hand, one source said that we might be underestimating COVID-19 deaths because the people were never tested.
I also saw one article that said that the death rate has been going up worldwide:
According to data gathered by The New York Times, China had reported 90,294 cases as of Friday and 4,634 deaths, which is a C.F.R. of 5 percent. The United States was very close to that mark. It has had 2,811,447 cases and 129,403 deaths, about 4.6 percent.
I used to like this channel, but I don't find this useful at all. It is all conspiracy theories. The virus is real. People dying is real. You can argue over the details, but we need better treatments and vaccines. Things will return to normal, maybe in 6 months to a year.
For me, I'm afraid. I'm more at risk. My 80-year-old leukemia patient mother has been told that she would die from this disease if she were to catch it. Her health is frail already.
We have only been social distancing for barely over 3 months. I started on March 21st. Most of what has transpired has done so in a single season. What will things be like in another 3 months? I don't know, but one possible outcome is that things get much worse. People need to take steps now to prevent a much worse outcome for the remainder of the year.
This is all very inconvenient I know. We are in the middle of a worldwide crisis. We have to act accordingly.
Just watch NFL football. The NFL is planning to play the black national anthem before the real national anthem on their opening week. This is a big turn-off for me. I look at the NFL as a sports entertainment venue. I go there to get away from it all. I don't want to see or listen to their political rhetoric. So, I say goodbye to the NFL. NFL call me when you're ready to be a sports entertainment venue again.Btw, the black national anthem as a piece of music is not that great. Thank goodness it's short. Lol
It sees occasional violence as a necessary stimulant of long-overdue change. It argues that the American founding focus on liberty and freedom as increasingly selfish and incompatible with social justice and equality.
Racism, the protesting left says, is in the American DNA. It finally requires massive cutting, chemotherapy and radiation — treatment that deservedly will sicken and may even kill the host.
The other half of the country will vote to preserve what is under attack. They feel that the dreamy world of the demonstrators and rioters is an Orwellian vision far worse than the present reality that they are protesting.
America in their view is the world's only large, successful multiracial democracy. It is the dream destination of the world's immigrants — precisely because its ancient institutions adapt and change for the better, but only if they are preserved and allowed to work.
The angry and the demonstrating are loud and visible; their opponents are angry and quiet.
The election will reveal not just who is more numerous — but sadly also who is the angriest.
My problem is that I don't want to go back to the movie theater any time soon, if ever. AMC, the nation's largest movie chain, is reopening on July 15th, and by all accounts, they are on the brink of bankruptcy. How many people are going to rush back to the movie theaters on July 15th?
This crisis has made me think that movie theaters are now redundant. They were in trouble before the pandemic. They should give as a way to stream all movies at home.
"I never looked at it to grow this big, this fast, and I've worked on all different therapeutic areas from Alzheimer's to cancer, and to see a pipeline of this size and this breadth is amazing," Thomas said.
Imagine a science fiction novel written 20 years ago, where every person infected with a deadly virus infects two other people, and the carriers are asymptomatic, and up to 5% of the known cases die. Imagine a story where people can't interact with each other. People can't visit their parents. Movie theaters and other public events are canceled. The economy shuts down. And people get so agitated that there are riots in the streets.
It certainly would have seemed like science fiction.
Actually, the 2011 movie Contagion had every detail spot on except for the deadliness of the disease.