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The Curse of Tippecanoe [Jul. 17th, 2007|09:54 am]
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Curse of Tippecanoe:

Starting in 1840, every president who entered office on the 20th year has died or been assassinated while in office until the year of 1960. This includes the years 1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940, and 1960. However, in 1980, Reagan was shot but survived, thus ending this curse...or has it? President Bush was sworn in 2000, so if he dies in office, it may still be on.

Wikipedia: "The pattern was broken by Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980 and served two full terms; however, he barely survived an assassination attempt early in his first term and, like the presidents who had died in office, Reagan was succeeded in office by his vice president, George H. W. Bush. In the process, Bush became the first incumbent vice-president in 152 years to win a presidential election, the last one having been Martin Van Buren (who was elected in 1836, in the last election before the zero curse began)."

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(no subject) [Jul. 13th, 2007|12:00 pm]
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The universe is so mind-blowingly gigantic. I love astronomy.
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Unexplained photon action and VV Cephei [Jan. 28th, 2007|06:19 pm]
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[Current Mood |kinda sick]


That article described a test performed in Switzerland. Basically, a pair of photons were seperated and sent opposite directions, then forced to make a decision at another "fork in the road". The choices should be random, and they should not have any effect on each other, but that's not what's happening. Both photons, even though they're 7 miles apart, are making the exact same decision every time. This reveals that there's somekind of unknown connection between the two photons.

This raises the possibility that maybe in the future we'll be able to transmit information much faster than the speed of light.


Not really unexplained, but I thought that was cool as hell. VV Cephei A is about 1900 times bigger than our sun. Kinda puts into perspective how big the rest of the galaxy actually is (~100,000 light years in diameter), then the distance between galaxies, and finally the size of the entire universe.

Achieving light speed is still a snail's pace at the grand scale.
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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2006|02:39 pm]
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When you chew a wintergreen life savor, it will spark due to a chemical in the life savor that gives it it's flavor.
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We have an effect on the Universe? [Oct. 25th, 2006|11:52 pm]
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An experiment was done to see how matter moves through two slits in a wall and ends up on the other side. Then they started using this experiment at the quantum level, launching electrons at the slits. Things started getting Very interesting. See for yourself.

Basically, the fact that the scientists watched the electrons move, made the electrons somehow change their behavior as matter.

This makes me realize how much we really don't understand about how things are in the universe, and how much of an impact we as individuals have on the universe even if we don't realize it.

Still kind of on topic is another interesting thing I want to bring up. All things with a mass have a gravitational force of its own, even us. Newton's Law of Gravitation calculates the force of gravity any two objects exert on each other depending on how far apart the two objects are.

The cool part about this law is that even if two objects were almost an infinite distance apart, the gravity attracting them together still wouldn't be zero. So all of us, no matter how big or small we are, have an effect on the farthest objects in the universe. Even though it's an extremely miniscule effect we have, we still all count.

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Quantum Computers [Oct. 2nd, 2006|10:13 pm]
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"In quantum mechanics, the state of a physical system (such as an electron or a photon) is described by a vector in a mathematical object called a Hilbert space. The realization of the Hilbert space depends on the particular system. For instance, in the case of a single particle system in three dimensions, the state can be described by a complex-valued function defined on R3 (three-dimensional space) called a wave function. As described in the article on quantum mechanics, this function has a probabilistic interpretation; of particular significance is that quantum states can be in a superposition of the basis states. The time evolution of the system state vector is assumed to be unitary, meaning that it is reversible.

A classical computer has a memory made up of bits, where each bit holds either a one or a zero. The device computes by manipulating those bits, i.e. by transporting these bits from memory to (possibly a suite of) logic gates and back. A quantum computer maintains a set of qubits. A qubit can hold a one, or a zero, or a superposition of these. A quantum computer operates by manipulating those qubits, i.e. by transporting these bits from memory to (possibly a suite of) quantum logic gates and back.

Qubits for a quantum computer can be implemented using particles with two spin states: "up" and "down" (typically written |0\rangle and |1\rangle) in fact, any system possessing an observable quantity A which is conserved under time evolution and such that A has at least two discrete and sufficiently spaced consecutive eigenvalues, is a suitable candidate for implementing a qubit, since any such system can be mapped onto an effective spin-1/2."


If that lost you, it lost me too. The best information I can give on this is from a class I had taken on encryption. It was explained to me that a quantum computer would completely exclude 3rd party information hackers because information would be sent directly from person to person without any sort of traveling. There would be no way to intercept the message. It had something to do with light speed and information traveling with photons. Another thing the computer is supposed to do is determine special numbers that are created by multiplying two prime numbers together. This is challenging for current computers because there is no algorithm (or pattern) of finding prime numbers like 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, etc. The only way current computers can solve this is to try each prime one by one until they find it. When you have a number like 29845724529363992837453, I can see why it would take a while to figure out which two primes are factors.

Here's what I just said in fancy science talk:
"Integer factorization is believed to be computationally infeasible with an ordinary computer for large numbers that are the product of two prime numbers of roughly equal size (e.g., products of two 300-digit primes). By comparison, a quantum computer could solve this problem relatively easily. If a number has n bits (is n digits long when written in the binary numeral system), then a quantum computer with just over 2n qubits can use Shor's algorithm to find its factors. It can also solve a related problem called the discrete logarithm problem. This ability would allow a quantum computer to "break" many of the cryptographic systems in use today, in the sense that there would be a relatively fast (polynomial time in n) algorithm for solving the problem."


More info about the power of these computers:
"...some modern simulations that are taking IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer years would only take a quantum computer a matter of seconds."

I assume that's one of the fastest computers in the world. Sounds a bit faster.

As always, wikipedia strikes again.
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Doppleganger [Sep. 25th, 2006|12:54 pm]
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There isn't much info to really write something of my own, so here is what this site had to say:

"A double, an identical replica of a person. The idea behind this is that everyone has a Doppleganger, an identical copy of themselves somewhere in the world. If the person is good, then the Doppleganger will be evil and vice versa. It is even said that if the two should meet, then they will both perish.

Although there is no evidence that Dopplegangers exist, some people have actually reported claims of witnessing what they believe to be their Doppleganger. In all likelihood however, Dopplegangers are an aspect of myth only."

It sounds pretty unlikely to me, but alas, it is unexplained.
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Shadow People [Sep. 25th, 2006|12:10 pm]
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Dark figures that seem to always catch the corner of your eye. What are they? Here are a few theories:

1. Ghosts: They share the same properties at shadow people, except for the look of them. A ghost is usually representative of a person or fog, neither of which is black. Some people simply think they are black because they are evil spirits, or

2. Demons: Due to the "scarier" look of shadow people, some may think they have an evil purpose.

3. Aliens: Aliens always get tossed into the mix of the unexplained. Maybe they have this formless look and are simply watching us.

4. Astral-projection: Some people believe that this is a person's soul while they sleep or meditate. It just wanders the earth.

5. People through time: Some say when we go into the past we might look like a shadow person.

6. People through dimension: It may even be that we can see partially into another dimension for a brief person while this shadow person is there.

7. Guardian Angels: It may be the angels looking after you.

8. The Mothman

8. Nothing: There's always the chance it's just your imagination messing with you.

Shadow people are generally black human-like forms, sometime noted with glowing eyes. Sometimes they jump around the room, other times they just hover around. There are reports of attacks, which means they may be dangerous, but it is not very likely. They are most often seen in mirror reflections or out of the corner of your eye.

Wikipedia's picture (with no source)

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Mothman [Sep. 19th, 2006|04:21 pm]
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If you haven't seen the movie, The Mothman Prophecies, I would recommend it. Unlike most "based on true events" movies, this one uses actual events. It involves the crashing of a bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. What the movie describes is that a reporter mysteriously finds his way into this town right as even more strange happenings begin to occur. People report sightings of this Mothman all over town. The Mothman eventually contacts the reporter and tells him that people will die over the river. As soon as he figures out what this means, it's too late and the bridge collapses, killing 36 people.

There are many theories as to what exactly this Mothman is, such as a ghost, the grim reaper, an alien, time travelers, and of course, fake.

What the movie leaves out is even more strange phenomena such as several UFO sightings (one website claims "hundreds") and even Men In Black (MIB).

As for the Mothman itself, it is known to predict future events (or cause them), warn people, hypnotise them, and even in some cases injure them. There are so many stories dealing with each theory that I honestly can't make a good decision on what this thing does other than confuse the hell out of mankind.

Here's a link: Mothman Lives
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Grayling Dreams [Sep. 19th, 2006|04:10 pm]
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I was doing a google search when I came upon this forum entry.

It's a little post someone made about how their son has dreams of the demise of Grayling, Michigan. He describes it as ashes and dead bodies.

They don't live here and wonder if maybe there is a nuclear plant or a military base nearby. I can't reply unless I sign up to the forum but I can give some insight here.

There is indeed a military base in Grayling. I also found it odd that the son remember the numbers 75 (for I-75) and 49738 (zip code for Grayling). Check out the post in the link and let me know what you think.
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