Earth’s Resources

Earth’s Resources are finite. We may be able to drag stuff down from the space around us but only in very small quantities, the cost per pound of getting stuff from the moon works out to about $250,000 per gram. From low earth orbit it is probably a lot cheaper at maybe $10,000 per gram, […]

Earthquake Storm on La Palma

19/09/2021 There have a number of earthquakes ranging from 2 to 3.8 on the island of La Palma clustering in the Cumbre Vieja area. It is one of those areas that is across the atlantic from a lot of major US cities. This may be worrying in it’s potential for a Tsunami.

Some are More Equal than Others

‘All men are born free and equal, but some men become freer and more equal than others.’ 1887. ‘All men are born free and equal’ we have little doubt, but that some are far more ‘equal’ than others, we have less doubt. 1848. ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ […]

Coronavirus Risks 10 (SARS-CoV-2)

I’ve been following the virus for 95 weeks now. Originally, I thought that it would be very limited, but that changed about 93 weeks ago, when the numbers began to rise and we found out more about it. A rough estimate is that the outbreak started out around October 2019 in the vicinity of Wuhan, […]

Intransigence

Tradition is what anchors us in our society. It is what we grew up with and regard as the normal situation, quite often what we think of as right and decent. Changes from this are resisted and worried about. ‘This is what we have always done, who are you or we to change it?’ But, […]

Weight Loss Diets

Firstly, weight loss diets don’t work except for short-term advantages. Most people will put the weight back on unless they change their lifestyle. Activity, portion control, and deprogramming are what is needed. People are quite often subconsciously blackmailed into eating more than they need. A large amount may be served, but there is the pressure […]

Petrol, Diesel or Electric?

Petrol is something like CnH2n+2 so can range from C1H4 to about C10H22, most being C8H18. Oil from the ground has been used for over 2000 years, petrol coming from the French word petroleum. They average about 85% Carbon (Atomic weight about 12), so if there is perfect combustion you would need to replace the […]

Covid-19 and Herd Tolerance

Coronaviruses in the past have been responsible for about 14% of the cases of the common cold. The rest are rhinoviruses, influenza, adenoviruses, syncyctial viruses, enderoviruses, parainfluenza and metapneumoviruses. Usually, because of the numbers you catch more than one at a time, so they overlap, perm any small quantity from a big quantity. They are […]

Unusual Seismic Activity

The so called ring of fire which Alaska sits on the edge of is not unknown for it’s activity. Normally you get a volcano a year erupting it some form over year. Three volcanoes have now erupted in a short time, plus a 6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Alaska this morning, and by […]

Unsung Heroes

One thing that struck me with the history of Smallpox is that a similar virus that infects cattle, cowpox, was used to give an effective immunity to smallpox, basically because it was from a very similar family. With Covid-19, SARS and MERS we have a betacoronavirus that infects humans, and the fact that there is […]

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