Firstly, as I reported before there is a huge piece of flaming hurtling death-inflicting space junk falling to earth even as I write. I calmly explained the facts here in my post entitled “RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! FALLING BURNING SPACE BUS! AAAAH!“. Go to confession, do your penance, make some Mystic Monk Coffee just wait for it to happen.
Second, I understand from a friend in Rome who sent a story from ANSA that the flaming hurtling space junk may hit Northern Italy. If that is the case, to all my Italian friends in the north I issue a blanket question: When the time comes, can I have all your stuff? Thanks in advance!
Also, I received from one of you readers today, without a packing slip so I don’t know who you are, J.L. Heilbron’s book on churches and cathedrals as solar observatories called The Sun In The Church. This book is so cool that I almost hyperventilated during my first cursory glance through. Some of the math is now beyond me, but this book is… way cool. Way cooler is the fact that it came on the Autumnal Equinox! I will jot down within the book’s cover as I make the book my own. Thank a million to the kind reader who sent it. UK link HERE. As I flipped through, I saw this:
“Leibnitz, who noticed everything, kept track of the development of the astronomical apologetics of the Jesuits.”
Heilbron puts the whole thing in the context of what was going on theologically in the Church.
In other news, I read at The Daily Telegraph, the speed of light isn’t as fast as we thought.
Speed of light ‘broken’ at CERN, scientists claim
It was Albert Einstein, no less, who proposed more than 100 years ago that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light.
By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent
But last night it emerged that the man who laid the foundations for the laws of nature may have been wrong.
The science world was left in shock when workers at the world’s largest physics lab announced they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light.
If the findings are proven to be accurate, they would overturn one of the pillars of the Standard Model of physics, which explains the way the universe and everything within it works.
Einstein’s theory of special relativity, proposed in 1905, states that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. But researchers at the CERN lab near Geneva claim they have recorded neutrinos, a type of tiny particle, travelling faster than the barrier of 186,282 miles (299,792 kilometers) per second.
The results have so astounded researchers that American and Japanese scientists have been asked to verify the results before they are confirmed as a discovery.
Pretty cool. Not much application to daily life yet, but pretty cool.
Wasn’t there an episode of Star Trek Voyager in which a guy goes faster than Warp 10 and then mutates into a nasty critter? We had better be careful with this stuff.
I also received an iTunes card. Thanks! I will use it to get some good music.