Big troubles within the Science of Physics & ongoing issues with Astrobiology
|Photo courtesy of CERN|
Some important quotes: "A beautiful but unproved theory of particle physics is withering in the harsh light of data."
"For decades, many particle physicists have devoted themselves to the beloved theory, known as supersymmetry. But it’s beginning to seem that the zoo of new particles that the theory predicts —the heavier cousins of known particles — may live only in physicists’ imaginations. Or if such particles, known as superpartners, do exist, they’re not what physicists expected."
"New data from the world’s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider, now operating at higher energies than ever before — show no traces of superpartners."Unbelievable. All this time it has been something mostly in the "Imaginations of Physicists" ? All these billions of dollars invested and nothing. As far as climate change, deforestation, ocean dead zones and a plethora of other Earth shattering realities, how much serious money and research have the world's authorities and leading experts actually put into the Earth's ecology ? Thus far all I continue to see is the Nightly News providing us with the usual ideologically driven political squabblings ? Well, enough of that, I believe it all speaks for itself. Now for my next pet peeve - Astrobiology
|image: Proxima b, artist's vision, by ESO/M. Kornmesser via Science Daily.|
The headlines last month were all a buzz with grandiose announcements and proclamations of another earth-like planet discovered. The illustrated image above is not an actual photograph, but rather an imaginary depiction by an artist as to what he believes it to be. No life of course:
Then there was one headline from the (BBC) which read: "Neighbouring star Proxima Centauri has Earth-sized planet" - Then this remarkable admission and quote within the article by the BBC Science Correspondent, Jonathan Amos, who wrote,
“the discovery of a planet potentially favourable to life in our cosmic neighbourhood is likely to fire the imagination.”There's that word/term "imagination" again. Is anybody interested in reality anymore ? I suppose if you assume something, anything is possible. Same with imagination, if you just imagine enough, it seems to make it so. Kinda like the X-Files Agent Mulder's poster in his office, "I want to Believe." But imagination seems to be more and more an attribute Scientists call upon to mask their limited human inexperience. Astrobiology is steeped in imagination. It's the science discipline still looking for a subject. It's the science of "could," "maybe," "possibly," and "might." It thrives on generalizations, conjectures, assumptions and assertions. Unfortunately imagining something does not make it so. And yet it gets wide funding. But there are clearly other more important scientific areas which deserve more funding based on the urgency. I've written previously about Astrobiology:
Let's focus on just one important subject in dire need of more funding, "Climate Change"Recent News out there now says that "La Niña" is a bust. It's fizzled. NOAA is calling for below average precipitation and above average temperatures in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, southern Alaska and the lower half of the USA in general. Interestingly, most people are comfortable with things staying just as they are. In the case of climate change and the ongoing lack of viable solutions from the scientific community, this spells disaster not only for the southwestern USA, but the entire globe. Still, valuable scientific resources and earnest efforts continue to fall well short. Sci-Fi World illusions allow people to escape our world's negative reality even if it's momentary. The bad news now is there will be no "La Niña" for the West coast of the USA for cooler temperatures. Just more of the same. If humans don't get a handle on this, their goose is cooked, literally. And it has to be a united effort to succeed. Fat chance of that actually happening.
Important Update - October 5, 2016
This article is beautiful & exactly what I'm talking about
|image - modernfarmer.com|
Growing food and creating a livable environment are two engineering
challenges on Mars that are just as important as making fuel.
"We still don't understand how to control our own planet's environment, let alone one on a world we've only been exploring for a few decades. That's why Martian environmental science will be important for Earth's future, too. If we can figure out how to live sustainably on Mars, we will have the tools to save the Earth many times over."
|Image by John Rogers Cox - "White Cloud" (1943)|
|Image from listvers.com, Roman Life|
While there is certainly a plethora of negativity in most of the Nightly News Reports these days, I did read one nice piece by Marine Biologist, William Graham, who today wrote about Earth's web of life and the awesome interconnectedness within all ecosystems. Bill is presently teaching a year-long environmental education program to high school students that is based on the conservation of the web of life. The holistic character of Nature seems to make a lot of sense to many of his students. Below is the link to the article.
Nature's Web of Life
The Art, Soul, And Science Of A Connected Nature
|Image - ENENEWS|
William Graham's piece got me thinking however on what has become of the web of life today. He had a nicely defined summary of what it was in the past and is supposed to be in his post this morning:
“Web of Life” paints a metaphorical picture. It suggests a vision. One can almost see lots of living interconnected organisms as the words roll off your tongue. If you like to see dictionary definitions, “Web of Life” is described as a succession of organisms in an ecological community that are linked to each other through the transfer of energy and nutrients.I love that description and in times past earth was once more that way than it is at present. The title, "Earth's Web of Life" got me thinking of the way humans have molded and mutated that web of life through their irresponsible custodianship. I found an archived photo I had saved of spider's webs from both the Chernobyl and Fukashima disasters. The Spider's web above is the result of radiation poison's effects on the spider and it's instinctive sophisticated ability at constructing the perfect fishnet spider web. Clearly this spider's genetic informational memory has been greatly altered by the negative epigenetic responses to damaging outside environmental influences. And I pondered how this web above is in reality more representative of what humankind has done to our once healthy Earth Web of Life that no longer exists as it once did. That Fukashima spiderweb photo is the exact representation of what human leadership has done to our Earth's Web of Life. Look at where the funding is going people and understand where their priorities lay.