Friday, September 15, 2006

Interesting Solar power Ad

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Nuclear Monument in New Mexico desert

The US govt has planned to build a super structure costing upto 1 billion dollars over the "Nuclear waste storage" facility in New Mexico desert.
The monument was intended to be a warning sign for future generations not to dig or drill up at that site for 10,000 years since the nuclear material in that facility takes upto 10,000 years to decay.
The construction of the monument commences in 2030 AD when the facility is filled up to its maximum capacity. The facility is called "WIPP" (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) and is located half a mile below the surface. After construction, the monument will be guarded for the next 100 years.

This is how the facility look from the surface as of now.
The current buildings will be destryed and something that serves as a warning sign will be built up there within 25years.
And, there will be pictorial warning signs installed all over the place to make sure that future civilizations with new languages can also understand the warning signs.

Here are some suggested designs of how the structure would look like after centuries.





Detailed info here
More photos here

And, one point is that, Pyramids were built to keep people out, but, they were broken into.
We will have to hope that such curiousity doesnt make future generations to investigate this monument site!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Science Mysteries

Some mysteries that are opposing existing scientific theories,
Digg it here!
Dark Energy:

"Are Galaxy Clusters Corrupting Big Bang Echoes?"
-- spaceflightnow.com

"Astropysics Challenged By Dark Energy Finding"
-- space.com

"A Cosmic Crisis?"
-- Science Magazine Online

"Dark Matter: Hidden Mass Confounds Science"
-- space.com

"New Doubts On Dark Energy"
-- PhysicsWeb.org

Expanding Universe:

"New Model Of Expanding Universe"
-- Nature Magazine Online

NASA's discovery about Gravity:

"Newtonian Physics - All The Wrong Moves"
(Above article based on original New Scientist article )

" The Problem With Gravity "
-- space.com

String Theory:

"New Theory Proposes Strong Gravity"
-- Berkeley Lab Science Beat

"A Journey to the 10th Dimension"
-- Popular Science

Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics:

"Exorcising Einstein's Spooks"-- Nature Magazine Online

Particle Physics Failures:

"New Particle Baffles Physicists"
-- PhysicsWeb

Failed Search for Fundamental Answers:

"No Sign Of The Higgs Boson"
-- New Scientist

False Claim of Particle Discovery-- Nature Magazine Online

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Origin of Lorem ipsum...

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat, vel illum dolore eu feugiat nulla facilisis at vero eros et accumsan et iusto odio dignissim qui blandit praesent luptatum zzril delenit augue duis dolore te feugait nulla facilisi."

This is a common passage of text that is used everywhere in place of real paragraphs. For example, if you design a website for someone else, you may insert a few lines of Lorem ipsum to show what it would look like, even though you don't have the real text that will eventually go there.But where does it come from?
The phrase has been used for several centuries by typographers to show the most distinctive features of their fonts. It is used because the letters involved and the letter spacing in those combinations reveal, at their best, the weight, design, and other important features of the typeface.
It appears to be Latin, but is actually pretty much nonsense.
Lorem ipsum is taken from text that reads, "Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit ..." which translates as, "There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain...." That is a passage from de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (The Extremes of Good and Evil) written in 45 BC by Marcus Tullius Cicero.
During the 1500s, a printer adapted Cicero's text to develop a page of type samples. Since then, the Latin-like text has been the printing industry's standard for fake, or dummy, text. Before electronic publishing, graphic designers had to mock up layouts by drawing in squiggled lines to indicate text. The advent of self-adhesive sheets preprinted with Lorem ipsum gave a more realistic way to indicate where text would go on a page.
It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using 'lorem ipsum' is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'This here is content', making it look like readable text. There also have been many examples where someone has forgotten to change the dummy text for the final copy.