Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Scariest Thing About America

Paranormal America Survey   Chapman University - October 17, 2017

Miami politician running for Congress says aliens took her on a spaceship at age 7  
'Miami Herald - October 17, 2017
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National Museum of the Paranormal is full of eerie oddities  
Atlas Obscura - October 17, 2017

$5 Million Ranch for Sale in Arizona is Alleged Alien Hotspot  
Mysterious Universe - October 17, 2017

Hoax: The Cardiff Giant was Discovered 148 Years Ago Today  
Cult of Weird - October 17, 2017

The 10 Most Haunted Hotels In America  
Patch.com - October 17, 2017

21 spooky ways to celebrate Halloween on Staten Island   SI Live.com -
October 17, 2017

  Ghosts in Irish School or Pranks?  
The Today Show - October 17, 2017

New Madrid Fault Zone

The New Madrid Fault Zone isometimes called the New Madrid Fault Line, is a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intraplate earthquakes (earthquakes within a tectonic plate) in the southern and midwestern United States, stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri. The New Madrid fault system was responsible for the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes and has the potential to produce large earthquakes in the future. Since 1812, frequent smaller earthquakes have been recorded in the area. Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone potentially threaten parts of eight American states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Read more ...

Good Video - October 1, 2017 - Triggering Ancient Fault Lines

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves highlight the world of science this week. They are ripples in the curvature of spacetime that are generated in certain gravitational interactions and propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light. In 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their role in the detection of gravitational waves. Read more

Brian Greene explains Gravitational Waves to Stephen Colbert in 2016

In the news ...

Einstein's waves detected in star smash   BBC - October 17, 2017

Scientists have detected the warping of space generated by the collision of two dead stars, or neutron stars. They have confirmed that such mergers lead to the production of the gold and platinum that exists in the Universe. The measurement of the gravitational waves given off by this cataclysmic event was made on 17 August by the LIGO-VIRGO Collaboration. The discovery enabled telescopes all over the world to capture details of the merger as it unfolded. David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech in Pasadena, California, said: "This is the one we've all been waiting for."
Einstein's waves win physics Nobel
Gravitational waves quest to go into space
Getting your head around Einstein's waves
Gravitational waves: A triumph for big science

  Gravitational waves: So many new toys to unwrap   BBC - October 17, 2017
Whenever there's a big science discovery, it's always nice to get a historical perspective. And so here goes with the remarkable observation of gravitational waves emanating from the merger of two dead stars, or neutron stars, some 130 million light-years from Earth. It's 50 years since the existence of these stellar remnants was confirmed (July 1967) by the mighty Northern Irish astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell. It's more than 40 years since we realized neutron stars might occur in pairs, or binaries, as we call them.

  'New chapter in astrophysics' as scientists detect gravitational waves created by a titanic gold-producing neutron star collision 130 million light years away   Daily Mail - October 16, 2017
Scientists yesterday discovered a vast supply of gold on the far side of the universe. The extraordinary hoard is the result of a huge collision between two ultra-dense neutron stars. The resulting gravitational waves and radiation flash were picked up by powerful detectors and telescopes on Earth and in orbit. The explosion happened 130 million years ago in the Hydra constellation, which is so far away that the light and the ripples in space and time have only just reached us.

The gold created by the blast is estimated to weigh more than the whole of the Earth's mass. Huge quantities of platinum, uranium and other heavy elements such as lead were also created. Scientists not only 'heard' the phenomenon by measuring vibrations in space-time, they also used satellite and ground-based telescopes to see light and radiation pouring out of the stellar fireball, dubbed a 'kilonova'. Excited astronomers talked of opening a 'new chapter in astrophysics' and unlocking a 'treasure trove' of new science. The discovery will help scientists better understand the inner workings and emissions of neutron stars, as well as more fundamental physics such as general relativity and the expansion of our universe. One scientists suggests the event 'will be remembered as one of the most studied astrophysical events in history.'