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maddog last won the day on November 8 2012

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About maddog

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    Searching for the inner mysteries between "between being in the world" and "I AM"
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  1. All the evidence on lifetimes so far have been based the breakdown of the tolameres (ends of chromosomes), or the inability of some genes in expression to produce the proper proteins. Estimates on how long naturally one could last is more conjecture than fact. If I were to guess this would naturally peak at 120 years. Now if one could perfect the above two items (or at least minimize), then maybe longer. This could be a sci-fi story line... maddog
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    As I understand your question, my answer would be no. My reason is for most animal systems on earth make use of a cardiovascular system with a beating heart at the center. The dominant factor on determining aging is the rate at which a heart beats. At one end are little creatures like hummingbirds which have very fast beating hearts. The opposite end example are sea turtles which have slow beating hearts. We are somewhere near the middle. Were our planet to rotate at half the speed then a "day" would be 48 hours long not 24. Now if you put forth an argument that slower rotation gives a
  3. The answer to your question is in two parts: 1) The first part is easy. This is just color (frequencies) of light from the sun. Our sun being a G2 IV main sequence star with the central wavelength around 580 nm or so (yellow). 2) The hard part is what would the color you would see somewhere (another planet). This depends on many things: the absorption properties of the atmosphere of the planet you are on (assuming there is one). This depends on the atmospheric density which is likely dependent on elevation and how thick the atmosphere is. If the atmosphere is thick enough to support vapor
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    Nasal Nourishment

    For our current line of evolution, I would concur with CraigD's findings. However, were you to consider a different line of evolution, it would have to be on the order of 10^7 (10 million) or more time efficient than current of our bodies to convert fragrances of food alone to energy to have nasal ingestion be viable. I am not sure how one were go about this. If at all possible the chemistry of such beings would likely not be humanoid at all and possibly be very small indeed. What a strange thought.... :P maddog
  5. I guess what concerns me is our Electric Power Grid, Gas Line Grid, etc are not as secure as they should be. Daily companies are being "hacked" for their passwords, credit accounts, etc. I can imagine an "all out cyber-war" would be "very bad" indeed. maddog
  6. Ok using this definition of Saltational type of Evolution (jumps), I would like to know more about the "leap" life took when the symbiosis between cellular life (bacteria) and mitochondrial like life into the type of cellular life we call the class of eukaryote cellular life. Do we know anything about how this whole thing/process came about ? When was approximate 1 billion years or so I was told. If Archea type of life is even older how did that come into play? Call me curious... B) maddog
  7. HH - np. What gave me the interest was Black Holes was a new and breaking story while I was in High School. It was that excitement and interest that propelled me into science and college. I didn't make it all the way to a professorship at a university and pure research. I instead changed careers to an engineering profession to make more $$. However, my interest has never waned. I will answer when/where I can. Everybody started as a "newbie" sometime in their life. :D maddog
  8. HH, I think maybe you take this analogy a bit too far. Your first question, actually is a great question "what is expanding?", the answer to which is not yet really well known. The breakdown occurs because we in science do not have a good understanding of what space-time (I hyphenate it to show I'm using the Einsteinian way of think about space and time) really is or how it works. Without that you can not easily describe what is expanding. It is clearly not just content (stuff in the universe). But what else is it? This is also where the linkage between General Relativity (Einstein) an
  9. I don't know from Turtle's response as I have not followed everything printed here by by belovelife. I don't think this process you have outlined is grounded in how things are typically from what I've read. If I were you I would research the process of Nanoscale Fabrication before I would try and "improve" on it. Meanwhile, if you were wanting to start with a new kind of base substrate, try Graphene. It is highly conductive. I do know that a photolithography process is used making chips. maddog
  10. I think it's quite the opposite. I think your questions are all Very Good Questions! I am sorry, I may not be able effectively answer all of them. I will give my best attempt. :rolleyes: I do know there are about 100 trillion (10^12) cells in you body (I may be off by factor of 10 - too small). So to complete this calculation, you will need to find out how much ATP (question 2) is made per unit time, say 1 hour, and much energy one ATP molecule release during conversion. Multiplying those two together will give the total output of energy of mitochondria per hour. Multiplying that ti
  11. I think this question is a little more complicated than that. A dominant fact needed to know first is what institution are planning to be at. If that answer is somewhere close, then where is that? The easy to answer part is such a program is most likely a four-year accredited college. A Trade school like DeVry or ITT-Tech will get you the experience to be a technician in this field (not an engineer). In general, IC design is a branch of science that straddles both Physics (Solid State) and Electrical Engineering. To do well, you will need both. You could major in either one and take a
  12. Yes, as Modest has said, the balloon is only an analogy. Yet one well enough to visually describe the situation that this is often used in teaching college Astronomy courses. One does not have to worry either about the balloon that is in your imagination from popping. ;-) As in most topology settings the rubber sheet in which you can deform is allowed to "stretch" infinitely without worry. In the case of observing the furthest out via Hubble being 13.2 Billion Years is fine. What is important to note is that it should always be less than the estimated age of the universe since the Big B
  13. I have to take issue with this post.... PLEASE!!! I will analyze it sentence by sentence... I would like to know how you arrived at "135" as the Exact number? You sure it wasn't 136 or 134. I know we can count Einstein (1), maybe Lorentz(2), & Minkowski (3). That leaves 133 more obscure ones. Maybe you could list them please??? Got it you took "college statistics". Did you take High School Algebra, as Statistics depends on it? I also doubt you took Logic in college either (we wouldn't be having this silly conversation if so. So you say the first principle of science that A) a
  14. Personally, I know these afflictions or disorders (as they are often represented) are not due to "missing anything". Each has their own bent. One similarity with all of them is that the normal behavior of the neural nets in the brain do not collaborate as they are expected. I do not know of Bipolor Disorder (other than it is some sort of lobe inbalance). For the rest: Autism: Collaboration between neuron near neighbors are impared. Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and ADD have what Autism has with the addition Collaboration farther apart is enhanced. ADHD & ADD impulsivity is increased
  15. Oh yes, forgot one technology that will probably prove useful for the next big thing. That is molecular storage. Reading one of the articles in this thread was the scale of future projects (IBM I think) will be measured in Exabytes (10^18) not Gigabytes or Terabytes. To encode that much information will need a very large space unless we can utilize new technologies. One method proposed is DNA (or something like it), encoding the bits in electron states that are part of the valence bonding in the molecule. I know at the moment this is only a research project at one of the universities. Us
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