Science

Faster Than the Speed of Light

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

You may have been told that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. That’s not true.

I’ve been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be father or step-father to a bunch of amazing gentlemen. One of them recently asked me about his understanding that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light. It led to an interesting discussion.

According to Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity matter gets heavier as it approaches the speed of light, and time experienced by the matter relative to a ‘fixed’ point slows down. Just looking at the first part of that you see it means as something, say a ball, approaches the speed of light it gets so heavy that pushing on it harder doesn’t speed it up much more than it’s already going. At the speed of light it’s mass would be infinite. It would be heavier than Jupiter.  Time on the ball would slow down until it stood still. You could never get the ball to go faster than the speed of light.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

You know that information can travel on  radio waves.  You listen to a radio and hear what is being broadcast on the high frequency waves of the radio.  You are aware of fiver optics. Information travels on a light beam. The information may be a YouTube video or a conversation between cousins, but is still information.  The light is behaving as a very high frequency radio wave.

It can be shown that the information traveling on a light beam is traveling faster than the beam. That is to say information can travel faster than the speed of light.

If gets more interesting than that. Light is described as both a wave and a set of particles. It behaves as both. Imagine a tennis ball gun shooting tennis balls. Each time it shoots a ball it recoils a little because of the weight of the balls being shot out. When you turn on a flashlight there is an imperceptible “kick” to it as the light particles start shooting out of the flashlight. It’s as if the light is made up of little particles each with mass, at the same time it is behaving as a wave. L:ight is both matter (particles) and information (waves).

According to the Book of Genesis what did God create on the first day? Light. By the first verse of the first chapter of the book of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”.  Before there could be matter; before there could be air and water and plants and animals there had to be a transition from the Word (Information) to physical matter.  Light is that transition.  It is both information and physical matter. That is why God had to create light first.

 

X-Ray of my Left Foot

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Defiance

Yesterday I watched a pot until it boiled.

Heating It Up with a Wood Stove

Here at the cabin my wife and I built we installed a wood burning stove. It’s a high efficiency unit, rated to heat our whole house. The plain black unit stands on legs with an airtight glass door on the front, the steel unit being very heavy. It is simple but attractive in design and is a beautiful addition to the decor of the room Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

When I was a teenager my girlfriend’s father installed a wood stove in the lake house where they lived. I watched him as he tiled a space on the wall behind where the wood stove was to be placed and built a brick pad where it was to sit. I don’t recall actually watching him install the stove, but I do recall seeing a fire burning in it later. He called it a Franklin stove.

I’ve always been intrigued by the wood burning stove. It seemed to me a much more efficient way to heat than with a fireplace. As the stove gets hot it radiates heat completely around it instead of just to the front as with a fireplace. I imagine during the pioneer days of old wood burning stoves, used for cooking as well as heat, were more common than fireplaces. I don’t know this to be the case, but I imagine it. There is a strange nostalgia I feel for a wood stove even though I’ve never had one until now.

Last weekend I built a fire in my new wood stove for the first time. It is recommended you keep the windows open the first time it’s lit, that the paint needs to cure and may emit from unpleasant smells the first time it is used. I kept the windows open but I did not notice any unpleasant fumes.

The first time I tried to build a fire in the wood stove it didn’t turn out really well. The next day I got the proper kindling and remembered a couple of things they told me. I also read the instructions. The second time I tried I was rewarded with a handsome fire. It’s amazing what following directions can do for you.

The wood stove is an amazing piece of engineering. It burns the wood very efficiently and leaves very little ash. It’s suppose to have a secondary level of burn above the first where it finishes up the fuel left in the smoke. It burns with a beautiful flame and puts out a lot of heat. Even with all of the windows and doors open it heated up the house. It’s rated to heat our whole house and now I believe it. It has a lever on the front to control the rate of burn. I left it on high because I wanted to get the thing real hot and because I wanted to burn the wood up.

In a recent discussion of the wood stove I was reminded of the heaters commonly used for heat in rural East Texas when I was a child. They typically burned LP gas although there were still come kerosene heaters in use. As a centralized source of heat you could move up next to them when you came in from the cold for an intense session of warming up. Usually you backed up to it to warm the back of your clothes and spare your face. Coming in from a brutal cold it was a wonderful feeling to soak up the intense heat next to the heater. It was handy and nice to have a source of heat you could back up to.

I’ve had several fireplaces over the years. With a fireplace you have a central source of radiant heat as with a stove, but most fireplaces are not very efficient. Ii is especially true of open air fireplaces. It is possible for open air fireplaces to send all of their heat up the chimney and actually cool a room. The efficiency can make a big difference in the heat output and therefore how pleasant it is standing next to it when you are chilled. Still, one of the advantages of having a fireplace is having that radiant hot heat when you need to warm up quick.

I burned a couple of logs at a high rate of burn to bake the new paint on to the new wood stove and within a few hours the first fire was over. But I wasn’t sad, I was excited. I can’t wait to get some practice this winter keeping the house warm with the wood stove. For the first time in my life I’m looking forward to the cold damp dreary days of winter. It’s going to be a lot of fun getting to know my wood stove. And I’m looking forward to having a heater I can back up to.

Energy Crisis

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We Are Not Alone

Organic Matter has been discovered on one of Saturn’s Moons -> link

Global Warming

The environment is all the rage right now. A good time to straighten out some misconceptions.

The earth may be getting a little warmer as of late. That’s not such a bad thing. Better to get warmer than colder. The last time is cooled down much it caused massive crop failures and the Black Plague. Things could be worse than warmer.

Despite what you have read and heard, “greenhouse gases” will not cause the disaster and catastrophe you have been led to believe. The earth regulates such things with amazing fervor and agility. In fact, we should all pray for more greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.

The reason all of the computer predictions announce calamity which is not going to happen is they do not take into account water vaper. Once you introduce water vapor into the computer models the whole picture changes.

It’s true carbon dioxide will trap heat from the sun near the earth. However, the earth’s surface is 75% water. As water gets warmer it released more water vapor into the atmosphere. Water vapor. You may know water vapor in the atmosphere as “clouds”. Clouds do two things relavent to our issue here. Number one: they block the suns rays. So, the warmer it gets the more clouds will block the sun and cool things off. Number two: they rain.

Add to this what we all know from introductory biology, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, much in the same way we convert it back. Carbon dioxide is a plant’s “oxygen”. Cover a house plant with a tent and lay a piece of dry ice in there with it. The plant will explode into foliage in the next 24 hours. Try it. I have.

So lets review. We are headed toward more carbon dioxide, more rain, and the temperature is not going to get much hotter. Mild temperatures and a lot of rain? Where is the climate like that? Correct. The tropics. Couple that with increased vegetation.

You can look forward to not a climatic fiasco, but a tropical paradise. It’s time to quit scaring the kids.

Report: Scientists Create New Life Form in Lab

“He said Mr Venter was creating a “chassis on which you could build almost anything. It could be a contribution to humanity such as new drugs or a huge threat to humanity such as bio-weapons”.

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