The Science Of Mistaking Fiction For Fact

Those clowns at NASA are at it again, phishing for research grants by mixing fact and science fiction. This time they think they have discovered a planet orbiting a nearby star, that may be ripe for colonisation by humans. Before we know it that retard Brian Cox will be jumping up and down on our television screens, babbling about how we must spend a trillion zillion pounds on getting to this planet (or phenomenon that might be a planet, because it will be so exciting to explore space and science is just so fucking brilliant!

Well as usual the reality is not quite a brilliant as the science.

from RT:

NASA has just discovered a potential “super-Earth” outside our solar system which is located comfortably inside its star’s habitable zone, meaning it could be ripe for human colonization.

While monitoring the star named GJ 357, which sits just 31 light years away in the constellation Hydra, the space agency’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) caught the star dimming every 3.9 days, indicating the presence of at least one transiting exoplanet.

Did you catch that distance. 31 light years. It takes light, moving at 186,000 miles per second thirty one years to get here from that star system. So travelling at a tenth the speed of light it would take us 310 years, 4 lifetimes, to get there. What a disappointment it would be if the great, great, great, great grandchildren of the astronauts who set off finally arrived to find a barren lump of rock.

And that’s if we could travel at a tenth the speed of light or 18,600 miles per second. If only. At the moment our fastest spacecraft will get up to 15 miles per second. And at that sluggish pace it would take over 300,000 years to get there. I’ve explained it all previously HERE

In spite of not needing to know much rocket science to work that out, (I did calculate the number precisely, in my head, without needing a calculator or even a pen and notebook,) I know from experience that pointing out that little snag to scientists would earn me only ridicule. “You don’t understand science,” they would say and call me an ignorant clown, a dinosaur or an arts graduate. Such things don’t bother me, but sometimes one feels trying to educate such deluded window lickers is just not worth the effort.

What we have to do, those of us lucky enough to live in nations that maintain an illusion of democracy, is take back power, vote against the establishment parties and for the realists, the people who seem competent enough to tacke the problems we have here and now, instead of spending our hard earned cash on funding lunatics to chase their impossible dreams. There is no point in exploring space, the cluer is in the name, there’s nothing there.

These NASA scientists and the saience fan boys like Brian Cox and Bill Nye the Science Guy need to go back to junior school, learn basic arithmetic and then work out exactly how long it would take us to get to the nearest star, Proxima Centuri (about 4.25 light years from the sun,) in a vehicle powered by any technology likely to become available to us in the foreseeable future.

Never mind the ‘warp speed’ engines proposed by theoretical physicists that would hurl us through space at many times the speed of light, what is possible in theory may look achievable when you work it out in equations on a computer screen, but doing it for real is a very different proposition. And currently so far beyond reality it is on a par with anything in Star Trek or Star Wars.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:

Scientists are wankers.

 

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US Congress Passes Bill Allowing Colonization Of Space

The for all the science tits and space wankers to involunarity ejaculate. We have blogged on the looniness of Church Of Scienology evangelists who lobby governments to commit? to spending $£€trillions on colonizing space even though getting beyond our solar system with current technology presents insurmountable obstacles.

Can you imagine the cost of getting a kilo of space dust back from some planet in even a nearby solar system

by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams (Reproduced under CC licence):

In a bipartisan bid to encourage commercial exploitation of outer space, the U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the Space Act of 2015, which grants U.S. citizens or corporations the right to legally claim non-living natural resources—including water and minerals—mined in the final frontier.

The legislation — described by IGN‘s Jenna Pitcher as “a celestial ‘Finders Keepers’ law”—could be a direct affront to an international treaty that bars nations from owning property in space. The bill will now be sent back to the House of Representatives, which is expected to approve the changes, and then on to President Barack Obama for his anticipated signature.

Pitcher continued:

The new Space Act allows ventures to keep and sell any natural resources mined on planets, asteroids and other celestial bodies. Commercial operations could reap trillions of dollars from mining precious metals like platinum, common metallic elements such as iron, and water, the “oil of space.”

The vote was celebrated by the Google-backed “asteroid mining company” Planetary Resources, which lobbied hard for the legislation and says “the market in space is ripe to bloom.”

Planetary Resources president and chief engineer Chris Lewicki added: “Throughout history, governments have spurred growth in new frontiers by instituting sensible legislation. Long ago, The Homestead Act of 1862 advocated for the search for gold and timber, and today, H.R. 2262 fuels a new economy that will open many avenues for the continual growth and prosperity of humanity.”

“This off-planet economy,” he said, “will forever change our lives for the better here on Earth.”

But there could be a snag. Along with Britain, France, and Russia, the U.S. is a signatory to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which reads in part: “Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.”

As Wired noted on Thursday, “handing out the right to exploit chunks of space to your citizens sounds very much like a claim of sovereignty, despite the Space Act’s direct statement that ‘the United States does not thereby assert sovereignty or sovereign or exclusive rights or jurisdiction over, or the ownership of, any celestial body’.”

“[O]n the one hand Congress is saying to these companies, ‘Go get these rights and we’’ll defend you,’ and at the same time saying, ‘We’re making no sovereign claim of ownership’,” space lawyer Michael Listner told the Guardian.

“They’re trying to dance around the issue,” he said of U.S. lawmakers. “I tend to think it doesn’t create any rights because it conflicts with international law. The bottom line is before you can give somebody the right to harvest a resource you have to have ownership.”

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Scientists Prove Science Is For The Terminally Insane

We have reported on this kind of scientific flushing-money-down-the-toilet so many times it’s a struggle to overcome the ennui.

Earth-like’ planet Kepler 78b discovered 400 light-years away

They have not discovered an “earth like” planet of course. What they have done is picked up some elecro – magnetic radiation, run it through there computer models, tweaked the data and come up with something they think will help them get their reseach grants renewed. Here’s what the report says:

“A “lava-world” orbiting 400-light years away has been discovered by scientists, who say the planet they have named Kepler 78b has a similar mass and density to Earth.

Kepler 78b is the smallest exoplanet with a known mass and size. Its orbit and mass was determined by analysing the light emitted from its star that was then blocked by the planet as it passed in front.

Scientists measuring the planets mass say it is approximately 1.2 times bigger than Earth, 1.7 times more massive, and has an almost identical density.

Like the Earth, scientists believe Kepler 78b mostly consists of rock and iron. Unlike earth, the planet hugs its parent star so closely that temperatures can reach up to 2,800C, ensuring that nothing could live on the scorching surface.

Although the planet is an uninhabitable “hellish world”, the authors of the study believe it “bodes well for the discovery and characterization of habitable planets.” (read all)

Now let’s have a little reality.

Scientists are once again creaming their knickers over a new and entirely pointless bit of space exploration via radio telescopes. Planet Kepler 87b, an earth like Planet that, even according to its discoverers, is not a bit like earth and is 400 light years away. A Light year is the distance travelled by light (at 186,000 per second) in one earth year. If we had a spacecraft capable of one tenth the speed of light (18,600 miles per second) it would take 4000 years to get to Kepler 87b. Our fastest spacecraft right now can reach ten miles per second with a following solar wind.

There is no fucking way we can get there and no way we could colonise it even if the thing exists, which is not guaranteed as the ‘evidence’ is a highly subjective interpretation of data.

Why are we giving research grants to the kind of idiots who think Star Trek was a documentary? If we were to see a scientific report proving all scientists involved in space exploration are money wasting fuckwits and should be banged up in secure units for the safety of themselves and our bank accounts, that would be something to celebrate.

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Scientists Find A Planet That Might, Just Possibly, Support Life.

In another step toward finding alien lifeforms who will teach us lots about really clever stuff like time travel and teleporters Earth-like planets that may support life similar to thsat found onb earth, NASA has announced the Kepler space telescope has confirmed observing its first-ever planet in a habitable zone outside our solar system.

Confirmation means that astronomers have seen it crossing in front of its star three times. But it doesn’t mean that astronomers know whether life actually exists there, simply that the conditions are right. What they have seen might be the Midgard Serpent chasing it’s own tail for all they know.

Potential life bearing planets have to be the right distance from their star to support water, plus have a suitable temperature range and atmospheric composition to support life. And if they are to support inteligent life there are other things that must be in place; Television, pubs, a beer making industry, a welfare state system and football stadiums.

“We have now got good planet confirmation with Kepler-22b,” said Bill Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA Ames Research Center told media representatives. “We are certain that it is in the habitable zone and if it has a surface, it ought to have a nice temperature”.

Spinning around its star some 600 light years away, Kepler-22b is 2.4 times the size of the Earth, putting it in class known as “super-Earths,” and orbits its Sun-like star every 290 days. Its near-surface temperature is presumed to be about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius). Scientists do not know, however, whether the planet is rocky, gaseous or liquid. Ah well gaseous could be a bit of a problem unless the life forms are like Amoeba Constabulae. In which case our first explorers would be able to say, “It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.)

It should be mentioned that a light year is the distance travelled by light at 186,000 miles a second, in one Earth year. So obviously the scientists know there are lifeforms there because with super dooper radio telescopes they can see the little green buggers waving to us. But at that distance we will never see them with the naked eye. Let’s hop Santa Claus brings us all some good binoculars.

The planet’s first “transit,” or star crossover, was observed shortly after NASA launched its Kepler spacecraft in March 2009.

Kepler is NASA’s first mission in search of Earth-like planets orbiting suns similar to ours, and has so far cost the US space agency about $600 million.

But these are exciting times for Trekkies Astronomers; this is the fourth “first” earth – like planet discovered in the past two years (OK, I admit one was only a maybe).

Kepler is searching for planets as small as Earth, including those orbiting stars in a warm, habitable zone where liquid water could exist on the surface of the planet. In addition to French astronomers’ confirmed finding of Gliese 581d in May, Swiss astronomers reported in August that another planet, HD 85512 b, about 36 light years away seemed to be in the habitable zone of its star.

However, those two planets are “orbiting stars smaller and cooler than our Sun,” NASA said in a statement, noting that Kepler-22b “is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our Sun.” In other words these guys have no idea if any of the possible life supporting planets could actually support life. And as show above it wll be quite some time before we can get there so all they will have to go on is guesswork, supposition and wishful thinking.

Once again we at Boggart Blog feel the scientists are so lost up their own equations they are missing the point. The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe, is that none of it has tried to visit us yet.

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World Population Passes Seven Billion

According to estimates from United Nations economic and social agencies yesterday was the day the number of people on our planet passed seven billion.

Pointing to the threat posed by exponential population growth one economist said “Twice every second, somwhere on this planet, a woman gives birth to a child.

In that case we must find her and KILL HER.

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Saving The Planet By Executive Jet

If you are sick of hearing about how we, you and me, us ordinary punters, are responsible for frying the planet you are going to love this.

UN Secretary General and leader of the Unification Church ( although he doesn’t like to talk about that), Ming Mong Moon, is getting very serious about saving the planet. So much so that he formed a high level Panel On Global Sustainability to compete with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a race to spend all the money in the world and achieve eff all.

So serious is Mr Moon (Sunny to his friends) that he called a meeting of his Global Sustainability Panel last week.

An internet video conference of these planet friendly folks you might well suppose. Or maybe the ecologically aware public servants met at the G20 meeting because everybody was already there.

WRONG.

The members from around the world, along with their rather large entourages flew to the cape in chartered jets.

Well when you’re saving the planet no luxury can be spared can it?

Old Chinese Proverb: Beware Jumped Up Dictators With Ill Thought Out Scheme

Lord Stern of Brentford, who is quite possibly a climate change czar, or at the very least a marquise, called yesterday for everyone in the world to cut out meat in an effort to save the planet.
Ring any bells with Chairman mao’s diktat, that in order to increase food production they would have to stop the birds eating the crops.
Millions of Chinese peasants dutifully mobilised themselves, banging tins, sticks, utensils and tools together thus scaring the birds and preventing them fom landing.
The birds were kept airborne until they literally dropped from exhaustion.
The crops had been saved!
That is until a plague of locusts, that would normally have been eaten by the birds, turned up and destroyed most of the crops, much more than the birds ever would have done.

Catastrophe in Space; Lembit Opik Collides With Jupiter

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An even that took place almost unnoticed on Sunday could have a profound effect on the fate of humanity. It was a cataclysmic cosmic collision of the kind many people believed wiped out the dinosaurs on Earth 60 million years ago and which space watchers predict could in the near future bring to a similar end the era of human domination.

Last Sunday as America watched veteran golfer Tom Watson fail in his effort to travel back in time and win a major golf tournament and Britain, Australia and most of the Indian sub continent were glued to the television watching cricket, Liberal, Democrat MP Lembit Opik collided with the gaseous planet Jupiter.

To the embarrassment of NASA, Jodrell Bank and the European Space Agency the incident was missed by their multi billion dollar observatories and has only been recorded thanks to an amateur astronomer.

Anthony Wesley (44) of Canberra, Australia was stargazing using the small telescope he has in his shed. He told a Boggart Blog reporter, “I had been watching Jupiter for a while but no notable stars had gone near it so I decided to take a short break to have a cuppa and check how the golf and cricket were going. When I returned and looked through the scope I said to myself,”Strewth, that bludger Opik is on a collision course.” He was about to crash into the gas giant’s filmy surface.

“Everybody in the world of star gazing knows Lembit Opik, he’s been banging on for years about an asteroid hit wiping out life on Earth.” Anthony said before admitting he was disappointed only to have seen an eccentric Member of Parliament from the UK rather than any real space travelling stars like David Bowie or Elton John.

The fact that he was able to alert NASA to the collision was some compensation he told us.

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrat Party said, “We have been worried about Lembit’s increasingly erratic behaviour for some time but nobody could have predicted he was about to do something like this. He never really got over being dumped by his former fiancée the pop asteroid Gabriella Cheeky-girl. In the wake of that set back in his personal life and his increasing concern that nobody was taking him seriously about the likelihood of a small heavenly body causing catastrophe on Earth.

Our mole in Westminster expanded on that. “It is well known in the bars and tea rooms of Westminster that Lembit was obsessed with his fears about how much damage a relatively small object from space could do. Gabriella Cheeky – Girl has a small heavenly body so clearly her leaving affected Lembit deeply. He could not come to terms with the break up and driven to despair he launched himself into space to warn us of what might happen if we get into ill matched relationships. See the small heavenly body that wound Lembit up by following this link Click to play – better with the sound off.

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