Congratulations! We melted the glaciers.

I have always had a fascination with scientists and their detail on glacier observations. There is a trend that is becoming well known about glacier ice melting at the polar ice caps. With every passing year, comes more evidence of this snowball effect of global warming.

The first alarming thing that you need to realize is we need a warming trend for many years before large glaciers start melting and in turn causing sea level rises. More details are being discovered between the connection of humans and natural climate changes.

Ben Marzeion and his team used computer simulations to show models of all glaciers on the planet between 1851 and 2010 and how they would react with natural and man-made influences.

“While we keep factors such as solar variability and volcanic eruptions unchanged, we are able to modify land use changes and greenhouse gas emissions in our models,” says Ben Marzeion, who sums up the study: “In our data we find unambiguous evidence of anthropogenic contribution to glacier mass loss.”

The computer simulation determined that between 1851 to 2010, the glacier ice mass loss was only about 25% cause by humans. But, don’t breath a sigh of relief just yet.

Extreme_Sea_Level_Rise_Scenario-640x541The team also found that between 1991 and 2010 that figure increased to two thirds of ice melt caused by humans.This is quite shocking, because it tells us that humans are responsible for 295 billion tons of ice melting in the past two decades.

I love technology and I love what it has helped us achieve in the last 50 years, but I also hate that we are making such an impact on mother nature due to some of our techniques of moving forward as a species.

But, who knows..maybe I’ll love the ocean view from my home in Pennsylvania someday.

I Want a Shrinky Dinks Robot!

First off, HI everyone! It has surely been a long time since I posted anything here. But here I am!

Anyway, I’m here to share my giggly excitement about a simply, cute little “robot”. Some engineers apparently made a little robot out of paper and shrinky dinks. This little guy crawls without any 140807145900-largeassistance from the engineers!

“Getting a robot to assemble itself autonomously and actually perform a function has been a milestone we’ve been chasing for many years,” said senior author Rob Wood, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The team included engineers and computer scientists from the Wyss Institute, SEAS, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Even though it is so simple, we are going in the right direction into building robots that assemble themselves into workable form. I’d say that is an accomplishment.

Included in the build of this little guy, engineers added a two motors, two batteries, and a micro-controller.

You can read more here.

Can the Theory of Evolution and Religion Coexist

English: German-born theoretical physicist Alb...

English: German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe in God, but I also have a huge belief in scientific theories and evolution is one of my big ones. Like it is ingrained in my mind, so to speak.  As if it is a natural occurrence that has happened to the human species and I cannot shake it off – nor would I want to.

According to an article on Haaretz.com, 92% of Americans believe in God, but only 16% believe in the theory of evolution. While the theory has fewer believers, that also means that some that believe in God also believe in the theory.

While this is a touchy subject, I’m leaving my opinion here and mine alone. I will NOT tell you what to believe. Not many believe in the co-existence of religion and this theory. In fact, 93% of scientists are atheists or agnostics.

Agree or disagree, that is just fine with me. But, I feel this theory of evolution can come hand in hand with God(s) in some way or another.

Mr. Einstein was a genius in so many ways…

“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

I’ve had conversations with people that say there couldn’t be other life out there, because of their religious beliefs.  I always come back with a response such as, “If God created the Universe, why couldn’t he have created other creatures on other worlds?”

Science without the ideas of religion still holds validity with my beliefs, but I still believe in a God.

This post is in no means to offend anyone, but can these beliefs ever be mainstream as one?

By Vsasi at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

Red Rain Discovered to Have Organisms with No Dna

Scientists are baffled with what might be, in my opinion one of the strangest discoveries ever.

The red “blood” rains that fell in India in 2012 has been discovered to have living organisms that contain no DNA.

Check it out for yourself here.

Where did these organisms come from and more importantly, can it be a danger to life on Earth?

This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, these types of events have occurred in the area since 1896. The name for such an event is the Kerala red rain phenomenon. This phenomenon also occurred back in 2001, when people also reported yellow, green, and black rain.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/4747873754/

The Good, Bad, & the Awesome: Physics of the Future

Most people go day to day oblivious to the work and research that goes into every digital interaction they partake in.  Cell phones, computers, and televisions are the simple examples that physicists helped develop.

I’m sharing this idea with you, because I believe in the words of Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku.

Physics is a large part of our advanced tech world, but imagine what we would be like to people 100 years ago and what will we think of people and technology 100 years from now?  That’s what Dr. Kaku talks about in the video below.

One very astounding fact:

Computers are doubling in power every 18 months!

While I believe that advancement through technology as a species is important and one day maybe we will have limited discoveries; We also have to consider that we will have quite a bit more to worry about with more advanced technology available, especially to the general public.

More facts that I absolutely love:

In the future, we could remove the word “tumor” from our language! We could have a 10 year warning before full blown cancer!

Only a handful of genes separate us from the chimp, but we live twice as long as they do. So, scientists will find those genes and we could double our lifespan. Scientists have already doubled the lifespan of other animals – Why not us?

Think about the technology we could harness in the future. We just need to realize our human limits and gain responsibility along with our technological advances.

Silence Kills…Well, It Can Make You Go Crazy

We live in a very, very noisy world and our minds have gotten comfortable with the large array of background noises. In fact, My kids and I all need fans in our rooms and my husband plays music on his phone at night. That is the only way we can sleep – with noise!

I have been woken up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night before, because our power went out and it was totally silent in the house. I know, don’t laugh.

Anyway, back to the point…

You have to watch this short video – A room has been built that has four walls that do not echo sound and it can drive people crazy. NO sound can echo in this room due to the very unique walls. But, it amplifies noises like your heartbeat and organ functions. People have also been report to have hallucinations. Weird! The longest anyone was able to handle being in this room is 45 minutes!

Crazy, right? Well, let’s just say I’d never go in that thing!