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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Life's resilience.

Life on Earth is resilient, this is the main idea I learned during Jay Melosh PI Lecture Death of the Dinos: Giant Impacts and Biological Crises. We could owe our existence to the cosmic impacts. Life on Earth survived to numerous cycles of extinctions. We are the result not only of life and death of stars but also life and death of generations of species.

As for the unfortunate fate of dinosaurs... they were roasted alive, in Jay's opinion. The heat from the sky was caused by the violent return of the matter that was thrown into the space as result of the impact. Our ancestors survived since they lived mostly underground.

Also I learned about geology's fascination and the power of gravity. Geology is able to decrypt the code of Earth evolution while the gravity makes the space small even though it is big since the big mass tells the space how to curve while the space tells the small mass how to move. That is why small objects are attracted by the bigger ones, as shown in the video of this post.

Detonation, airplane engines and coal power.

You may be wondering what all these have in common. Saving energy is their common factor. The same technology used to design the next generation of airplane engines is used to make coal boiler more efficient.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

He says turn them off, she says leave them on.

During the 777 Big Bang event I learned about the domestic dispute between the well known environmentalist tycoon Richard Branson and his wife. The issue at hand is if the lights should be turned off if you leave the room. He thinks you always should. She argues that there are exceptions. Why should you in situations when you come back right away? In the end she realized that he is right.

I remembered this story while trying to formulate the solution to my cosmic soccer puzzle. Richard Branson is the first player of my puzzle. He is convinced that human competitive spirit could offer the solution (as it did in the past) to the current global warming crisis. His $25-million Virgin Earth Challenge launched in February is about capturing efficiently the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Once captured in a bag the bad gases could be kicked into outer space.

From there, Jill Tarter could kick the "ball" to the sun, as she thinks that the sun doesn't care if we take aim at it, as confessed during her PI lecture.

I'm just wondering what other players could join this game?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cosmic soccer puzzle.

Someone has an idea of capturing the greenhouse gases (GHG), pack them into a ball and kick it into space. Someone else thinks that once into outer space the ball could be shot to the sun that gentle as it is doesn’t care. If you don’t guess who are the above players stay tuned for my solution to the puzzle.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

777 - a Big Bang ECO-SOS.

On the 7th day of the 7th month of the 7th year of the new millenium a global musical outcry rocked the world with a big bang message: fight climate change and global warming by acting now.

Al Gore's environmental campaign that sparked few years ago have reached global scale. And what better language could be used to send such an universal message than the common language of the human soul, music. The 29 hours record breaking global music marathon showed that musicians are true eco-ambassadors announcing the beginning of a revolution, as Madonna said.

Considering the wide audience of the Live Earth show we can say that not only the eco-ambassadors care, but their fans too. Here are few green ideas that I've picked up during the show:
keep car's tires properly inflated, turn off the lights if not needed, adjust the thermostat at the limit of the comfort zone, etc. and always think ecoholic.

777 will be remembered as the triple lucky day for our Earth that started the ECO revolution.