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Pluto's Neighbors

C.E. Dorsett It's getting crowded around the ninth planet:

Adding to the growing compendium of Kuiper belt objects, astronomers have spotted two new moons orbiting Pluto. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope from May of last year show two tiny dots revolving around the same center of gravity as the ninth planet and its largest moon, Charon. Reporting the finding today in Nature, the researchers speculate that the tiny companions formed in the same cataclysmic collision that produced Charon (Scientific American).

I hope they release pics soon. I would like to see them, even if they are just specs of light.

Beam me up, For real?

C.E. Dorsett This is a real jaw dropper... I have to say, the science headlines lately have just been blowing me away:

The first experimental demonstration of quantum telecloning has just been accomplished by scientists at the University of Tokyo, the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the University of York. Telecloning is a combined achievement; it combines quantum teleportation with quantum cloning into a single step.

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In their telecloning experiment, researchers cloned a beam of laser light, transmitting its electric field amplitude and phase - but not its polarization - to two distant beams with 58 percent fidelity. The theoretical limit on the experiment was 66 percent (Live Science).

Now, I have to admit, my imagination is peaked by this technology, and I do believe it might one day replace the mail service, I have my doubts whether living beings could be successfully telecloned. I like it in fictions, but feel a bit like Bones when it comes to the idea of it happening to me.

Global Warming: Is it too late?

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to whether climate change is progressing so rapidly that, within decades, humans may be helpless to slow or reverse the trend. This “tipping point” scenario has begun to consume many prominent researchers in the United States and abroad, because the answer could determine how drastically countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years. While scientists remain uncertain when such a point might occur, many say it is urgent that policymakers cut global carbon dioxide emissions in half over the next 50 years or risk the triggering of changes that would be irreversible (Washington Post).

Just thought you should know... Usually, this is were I wax all political and start pointing fingers... but this is too important to start pointing fingers. Climate Change threatens us all. It is real. It is happening.

Most of December 2005 and January 2006 it has been so warm I have been wearing shorts! Usually, there would have been snow or at least bitterly cold winds. I am very concerned about all this.

This is a global problem, and will require global solutions. This is bigger than party, religion, or nationality. The effects of climate change will hurt us all. We have to unite for change.