Climate change General interest governance UD Newswatch highlights

World population trends modelled 10,000 BC – 2100 AD

Here is a model of the top 15 “countries” across the span from the Agricultural Revolution onwards: Food for thought on trends and implications. Notice, the principle that trends (like pie-crusts) are made to be broken. To truly predict, we need dynamics and some reasonable idea of contingencies. Don’t forget to take reconstructions of the […]

Back to Basics of ID Cell biology Design inference Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization General interest Genomics ID ID Foundations Intelligent Design Origin Of Life speciation specified complexity The Design of Life They said it . . .

ID Breakthrough — Syn61 marks a live case of intelligent design of a life form

Let’s read the Nature abstract: Nature (2019) Article | Published: 15 May 2019 Total synthesis of Escherichia coli with a recoded genome Julius Fredens, Kaihang Wang, Daniel de la Torre, Louise F. H. Funke, Wesley E. Robertson, Yonka Christova, Tiongsun Chia, Wolfgang H. Schmied, Daniel L. Dunkelmann, Václav Beránek, Chayasith Uttamapinant, Andres Gonzalez Llamazares, Thomas […]

General interest health and health concerns UD's Sci-Tech watch

Are high intensity and/or high blue light “white light” LED’s damaging to our health?

Of course, any high intensity light source is potentially damaging to the retina; that’s why we should not look directly at the sun or try to view a solar eclipse directly. Electric arc welding and lasers — including laser pointers — are also hazardous. Retinal burns are painless and permanent. It is believed that that […]

Aesthetics, art, beauty and mind agit-prop, opinion manipulation and well-poisoning games Culture faith Freedom General interest Geo-strategic issues governance Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare UD Newswatch highlights

Churchill on rebuilding the traditional: “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”

According to news reports, already over US$ 1 billion has been pledged towards rebuilding Notre Dame: BTW: after the fire, a video tour: In today’s ever so polarised age [currently awaiting the infamous redacted Mueller Report on a two-year investigation into US President Trump], it is unsurprising that we see for example in Rolling Stone: […]

agit-prop, opinion manipulation and well-poisoning games Correcting trollish fallacies Darwinist rhetorical tactics Food for thought Free Speech Freedom General interest Geo-strategic issues Governance & control vs anarchy Intellectual freedom Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare UD Newswatch highlights

The ID issue vs Digital Empire/Cartel concerns: information utilities/ “superhighway” vs shadow-censoring, de-platforming information gatekeepers

The ID issue has long been a focal point for intense, often deeply polarised debate on our origins and world roots as informed by science. Science, being a major source of knowledge and understanding about our world, which also energises technological innovation and economic growth. Science is often treated as though it is the grounds […]

Biophysics General interest Self-Org. Theory

Scutoids: a New Geometric Shape found in Epithelial Cells

Here’s a new paper form Nature Communications describing a discovery of a new geometric shape that is apparently found only in curved epithelial cells. I find it intriguing that this shape is entirely new, not found elsewhere in nature, but now coined “scutoids” by the authors, and is proposed as making “possible the minimization of […]

Computing, AI, Cybernetics and Mechatronics General interest Geo-strategic issues governance UD's Sci-Tech watch

Sci-Tech: Meltdown patches patched as a first wave of lawsuits hits Intel over Meltdown and Spectre [u/d, AMD sued over Spectre too]

The Meltdown-Spectre processor architectural flaw crisis we have been monitoring has deepened as Intel has to patch its initial patch: . . . and as a first wave of the inevitable lawsuits hits. Here, we clip one in San Francisco:   NB: Comment 3 below links and clips documentation AMD has been sued over its […]

Computing, AI, Cybernetics and Mechatronics Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization General interest UD's Sci-Tech watch

The Meltdown microprocessor architecture flaw vs control systems in industry

Let’s follow up our earlier Sci-Tech Newswatch on the Meltdown-Spectre MPU architecture flaw issue. (We see here just how hard it is to create a robust, complex design that can readily be adapted to changes in the environment. Besides, a heads up on a big but under-reported story is helpful.) In a new Jan 15, […]

Food for thought Free Speech General interest Media Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare Of General Interest UD's Sci-Tech watch

Uncommon Descent ranked well within the top 1% of web sites

A few days ago, frequent commenter Dionisio noted: >> Web Rank 168 7,280 7,246 7,449 10,105 11,865 15,018 19,037 22,188 35,858 40,274 49,862 53,686 58,755 60,164 65,259 80,763 106,377 668,032>> I took a look, especially at […]

Computing, AI, Cybernetics and Mechatronics General interest governance UD's Sci-Tech watch

An Unhappy New Year for computers and smart devices: the Meltdown & Spectre flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM processors

On Wednesday, January 3rd, there has been an announcement of two security flaws that affect Intel, AMD and ARM micro-chips, thus potentially affecting PC’s, telephones and a great many appliances alike. As a Yahoo News article reports: “Phones, PCs, everything are going to have some impact, but it’ll vary from product to product,” Intel CEO […]

faith Food for thought General interest Geo-strategic issues Stirring the pot (tentative thoughts/explorations)

UD Community: New Year greetings and thoughts

One wishes as happy a new year as possible to one and all. It falls to insomnia power to open the innings for 2018 for UD. Let us use this open thread to share new year’s day thoughts. END PS: My own general thought is one of grave concern for our civilisation (per Machiavelli of […]