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A Second Bite Of The Gamma-Ray-Burst Apple

A Second Bite Of The Gamma-Ray-Burst Apple

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DISCLAIMER ... From now on, if, in reading these columns, you encounter extraneous hyperlinked ads that have nothing to do with what I am writing about, please understand that I did not insert these ads. They are there because some single-digit-IQ evolutionary dead-end(s) decided to hijack WordPress, my development / writing environment, so as to get some advertising. I have no idea how to remove these abominations. They do not show up as href tags in the HTML. The hijackers owe us all an apology. Let’s lighten up a little on the otherwise-unmitigated pessimism and gloom involved in considering the consequences of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) for galaxies that experience them. The Universe is a big, big place, big enough that, even with GRBs irradiating galaxies, we might realistically ...
God, Magic Slates, And Gamma-Ray Bursts

God, Magic Slates, And Gamma-Ray Bursts

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I have written before here, here, and here – among other places – about the lack of evidence of intelligent life elsewhere in our Galaxy. But recently I watched a potentially game-changing science documentary on Netflix that seems to be critically relevant to the issue of the existence of life, intelligent or otherwise, in our or any other galaxy. The Netflix documentary, which is quite accessible to people with little or no technical knowledge of astronomy or astrophysics, is entitled, somewhat melodramatically, The Real Death Star (hereafter Death Star). I watched Death Star, and began to formulate my own speculations about the possible effects of gamma ray bursts in any galaxy unfortunate enough to suffer one, in particular, the unfortunate consequences for life in general – and in...
TEOTWAKI? Pass The “Wacky Ta-Bakkey”!

TEOTWAKI? Pass The “Wacky Ta-Bakkey”!

Astronomy, Big Bang, Biological warfare, Biology, Cosmology, Creation, curiosity, Epidemics, extraterrestrial intelligences, Ideology, Milky Way Galaxy, Nature, physics, quantum physics, Science, SETI, Uncategorized, Virology, wonder
I’m tired of ranting against Donald Trump, and you’re probably tired – quite understandably – of reading about him. So let’s talk about something much more pleasant:  different scenarios, all possible but of varying degrees of probability, of how the world could end.  Back in the early 70s and into the early 80s, I ran a kind of internal think-tank at Boeing that did highly classified work for the US Defense Department and for many of the defense ministries of the NATO countries.  In the process, I got to know fairly well some people working in various disciplines who were employed by what those in “the Game” generically refer to as the “3-letter agencies,” including some work for one known facetiously as “Christians In Action”. Back then, there was an acronym in fashion:  TEOTWAKI, st...