Archive for January 29th, 2009

Global Warming: The question is no longer IF we’re scr*w*d, it’s how scr*w*d we are…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

According to one of the world’s leading scientists on climate and global warming, the issue is no longer whether we will suffer from severe global warming but rather how badly.

Here’s a particularly relevant excerpt from the article:

"People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. What we’re showing here is that’s not right. It’s essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years," Solomon says.

This is because the oceans are currently soaking up a lot of the planet’s excess heat — and a lot of the carbon dioxide put into the air. The carbon dioxide and heat will eventually start coming out of the ocean. And that will take place for many hundreds of years."

It’s the reality of this future that makes it imperative we educate children around the world as well as we can–not only because a strong education makes a child’s life more rich and better in general, but because the next generation will have to pick up the mess our (and past generations) have created for them.

Cyborg beetles — the agency that invented the Internet is creating spy bugs

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Here’s another one of those things that makes you wonder if what you’re reading is real or a hoax.  However, in this case, the story appears legitimate.  There is already a beetle, being developed under a DARPA research grant (DARPA is the agency, via ‘DARPAnet’ that invented the original Internet)  which has radio controls added and can be remotely manipulated via electrodes.  The idea, I guess, is that these beetles could serve as reconnaissance mechanisms on battlefields and in covert operations.  They might also, eventually, include GPS transmitters which could help in the targeting of bombs by jetfighters.

You can read the full story here.

Here’s a picture of how this works:

rc beetle

Of course, this is a much more important use of American taxpayers’ dollars then, say, finding a way to halt the spread of breast cancer, or reducing the infant mortality rate in the U.S.?