News Briefs 21-04-2010

Cat Vincent’s “Frequently asked questions about weird sh*t” would make a good TDG manifesto…

Quote of the Day:

To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant.

Terence McKenna (1983)

  1. To Mythbusters
    “At the end of The Eagle’s Gift, Don Juan reveals to his student that there’s no point to existence. That we’re given our brief 70-100 years of consciousness by something the mystics call “The Eagle,” named for it’s cold, killer demeanor. And when we die, the eagle gobbles our consciousness right back up again.

    He explains that the mystics, to give thanks to the eagle for the brief bout of consciousness they’re granted, attempt to widen their consciousness as much as possible. This provides a particularly delicious meal for the eagle when it gobbles one up at the end of one’s life.

    And that, to me, is a fine mission.”

    Thank you Adam for speaking your mind and shutting people up!!!

  2. public tree ring data
    I would think that data gathered by a researcher should be private as long as the researcher doesn’t publish any conclusions from said data. Once conclusions are published, the scientific community, and in fact everyone, should be allowed to check these conclusions.

    Separately I have my doubts about the meaning of tree ring data. They record the annual growth of trees, that much we know. They don’t exist in the tropics, trees have no rings there.

    But what causes trees to grow bigger or smaller rings each season?

    What are the contributions of temperature, light conditions, rain or fog, soil nutrient conditions, and CO2 level? I would think that higher CO2 levels allow trees to grow more, unless the tree growth is otherwise limited. There are probably more factors.

    So looking back at tree rings from a long time ago, how does one know which factors affected tree ring growth most significantly?

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