Posts Tagged ‘science’

It Doesn’t Take Much To Get Scientists Excited

November 13, 2014
Space probe Philae of the Rosetta mission on the comet (or Yoda’s House?)

Yesterday we saw on television news bulletins pictures of scientists jumping up and down, screaming and shouting and generally behaving they way we would expect from Liverpool football supporters if they heard Mario Balotelli had been transferred to another club.

What was the cause of this celebrationete? You might well ask.

It seems the pointy heads were worked up because they had landed a space probe, The Rosetta Mission, on the surface of a comet. Or maybe not, later news reports said the capsule had not attached itself to the surface of the comet, some even said it had bounced back into space again.

No matter, today we hear it is down once more. The scientists are in a somewhat calmer frame of mind though still ebullient.

‘Rosetta mission could unlock key to alien life,’ says lead Philae lander scientist

“For Jean-Pierre Bibring, the astrophysicist who has worked on the Rosetta mission for over two decades, the crucial question of our very existence could be found on that relatively tiny spot in the solar system.

“When you observe the solar system now, actually we do not understand why life started here. We are convinced that really the keys were in the origin of the system itself; the process that’s really governed the modeling of different pass-ways,” Bibring said on Wednesday.”

“We are essentially convinced that these molecules, with their specific composition and structures, when they were fed in the oceans of the earth and possibly of other planets, were the missing link to the emergence of life,” he continued.

Bibring extols the “beauty” of the comet, saying it has the ability to preserve the composition of the ingredients out of which the entire solar system formed.” (Source)

There seem to be far more dogmas and established truths in that than the detached objectivity we expect from scientists.

While other scientists are chanting the “mantra “We will learn so much from this,” the way they do when asked what the moon landing actually achieved (forgetting that all we learned from putting men on the moon was that it isn’t made of cheese). Its the standard justification for flushing shitloads of taxpayers’ money down the toilet on pointless projects run by people who make no distinction between research ans science fiction of course. WTF possible benefit can there be in having another few thousand theories about the origins of life? They are emerging already.

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Last April, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope team discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” – the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. (Really they observed a change in the radiated light from that star which suggested a planet sized object had passed between it and earth. As it would take our fastest spacecraft about 100,000 years to reach that star system we ain’t going to be finding our for sure any time soon.

Some scientists theorize that five stars in our galaxy have Earth-sized planets in the habitable or Goldilocks Zone.

Whether life could have formed in liquid water on one of these ‘Goldilocks’ planets, or if it hitched a ride across the solar system on a comet, Philae potentially offers a key to the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. What’s more, if life on Earth came from microbes that hitched a ride on a comet, then ironically, human beings would in fact be the alien life they have always been looking for.

I’m sure it will not dampen the excitement of science heads if I reveal that theories claiming the whole comet landing stunt was filmed in a Hollywood studio have already been posted on the internet.

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Wormholes: The science behind Interstellar Travel

November 1, 2014

In a newly released video (embedded below)physicist Dr Simon Foster explains how ‘Wormholes’ the theoretical “shortcuts” through space-time, known as Einstein – Rosen bridges could enable travel across space and time and make interstellar travel possible.

The current interesting in wormholes is inspired by Interstellar, the latest of tat genre of Sci – Fi films that encourages science tits to believe it is a fly on the wall documentary. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar tells of the adventures of a group of science tit explorers who use newly discovered wormholes to travel through different dimensions and cover vast distances in order to bring back food to their dying planet. Easy to understand how conehead could confuse it with everyday reality then.

The film makers hired acclaimed astrophysicist Kip Thorne as technical adviser. Thorne claims that, in theory, it might be possible to stabilise a wormhole and use it to cross space and time, or to cross over into other universes.

“Wormholes would allow faster than light travel, or we would be able to cheat a little bit, and break the speed of the light,” said physicist Dr Foster explains. It is had to decide what the principle scientific discipline here actually is, the science of talking theoretical bollocks or the science of flushing taxpayers money down the toilet.

And if the scenarion protrayed in this film could possibly happen how long does anyone think it woyld be before a bunch of nine armed, three headed squid like creatures turned up demanding asylum and claiming the authorities in their own dimension were persecuting them by forcing them to work for a living.

Our politicians in collusion with unelected bureaucrats working for the U N (United Nebulae) would declare that in the interests of multiculturalism and diversity we should accept all the aliens demands and pay for everything they wanted.

Watch Dr Foster explain what you would need to do to create such a wormhole, what it might look like and what could be on the other side.

http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=7dfd98005dba40baacc82277f292e522&ec=dsOGVlcTo4mfnhSdS11RqTwedJWNEcvP


Look humans, this is not going to happen, OK. It’s bollocks, here’s why … Drag yourself six miles into the sky (tho top of Everest and unless your body has the support or prostection of a lot of expensive technology you die slowly.

Sit yourself on top of a bomb that produces thrust by means of a controlled explosion (don’t let anyone tell you rocket science is clever) and fire yourself ten miles above the earth and unless you are protected by a mini-environment costing $£€billions simulator you die very quickly.

Want to experience other worlds? Then get spiritual, study Hindu or Buddhist philosophy (not the Abrahamic religions which are all about paternalism and control freakery) ans set off on your own exploration of inner space. Imagination can put you wherever you want to be, consciousness is not tethered to a specific location or point in time.

In other words if you want to visit Jupiter – just go. Not the best choice for a beach holiday, too many noxious, gaseous vapours surrounded by some pretty uninteresting asteroids. But that’s the beauty of imagination, if you fancy a world of barren rock, with an atmosphere of toxic gas, populated by a race of beautiful alien Mermaids with three breasts bu no vagina, the human mind can create it. Why had your hard earned to science tits who are so lacking in imagination the have to go looking for Utopia.

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Giant Russian Hole Overshadows News From Ukraine, Gaza

July 18, 2014

malteser honeycomb centre
Maltesers: Does the Earth have a honeycomb centre like these sweets? (Source)

Russia Today reports that a major project is to be launched to investigate a mysterious huge hole that suddenly appeared in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of northern Russia’s . It was unclear what had caused the gaping crater, about 100 meters in diameter, filmed from the air (see YouTube video below) in Yamal, which means “the end of the Earth” in the local Nenets language, where arctic temperatures winter temperatures regulrly plunge to -55 degrees Fahrenheit. Yamal, inhabited by indigenous reindeer herders, is one of Russia’s richest regions in natural gas.

The hole was found near the Bovanentsky gas field, leading to speculation that it could have been caused by an underground explosion. No Thor’s Hammer found as yet, not a secret passage to a ‘Stately Pleasuredome’ (where Aelph the sacred river ran, through caverns measureless to man, into a sunless sea – h/t Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Kublai Khan) in sight.

And, to the great disappointment of certain American conspiracy sites I like to look at, there was no evidence of an underground city built by The Nephilim millions of years ago, nor the secret headquarters of a megalomaniac, paraplegic, billionaire psychopath who rolls around in a nuclear wheelchair with a white Persian Cat on his knee as the plots to seize control of the world.
Other theories we are dismissing at this stage include Godzilla breaking loose from his thousand food deep tomb to terrorize Tokyo again, and the Norse Demon Angrbodr bursting out of Niflheim to summon the forces of darkness to Ragnarok , the final battle between good and evil.
So what caused the hole. Well I’m going to suggest that all the science and mythology up to now has been wrong and the planet is really a giant Malteser offered by the God Cronos to his consort Rhea. Or maybe not.

What I really want to know however is how can you be a helicopter pilot who shot that video and not want to go down that hole and hover to get a better look. Health and Safety issues I suppose. People are such wusses these days.

Story source Russia Today

GM (genocidal malfeasance) exposed as bee killer

July 11, 2014

A very dark kind of satire here. Just a few days ago we had yet another ‘prominent scientist’ (i.e. one who has sold his arse for corporate money) repeating the discredited claim that there is NO EVIDENCE THAT GM CROPS HARM THE ENVIRONMENT

And yesterday we get this:

from Whiteout Press (where you see the news blacked out by governments and mainstream media).

July 11, 2014. Canada. (ONN) In 2006, a global die-off of our planet’s bee population began. Bee keepers the world over reported the sudden and mysterious deaths of entire colonies. Since then, researchers have struggled to learn the cause of the death of over 500 billion honey bees and counting. With 80 percent of edible plants and 7 billion humans dependent on bees for survival, this could become a catastrophe of biblical proportions.

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Death of Bees by neonicotioid poisoning (source)

The secret’s out. Catastrophe on a global scale.
When the annual March Against Monsanto demonstration took place a few weeks ago in cities around the world, your author was surprised to see that genetically modified foods (GMOs) weren’t the number one topic of protest. Instead, millions of people in almost 100 countries around the world elevated the plight of the globe’s honey bees to emergency #1. For Whiteout Press readers, this isn’t new. We exposed the pesticides in an article over two year ago titled, ‘Emergency Motion to stop Nicotine Pesticide in Global Bee die-off’.

After looking at the rapidly growing mountain of recent evidence, it’s obvious why bees were the hot topic for anti-Monsanto activists. The companies that are producing laboratory-created GMO food substitutes are some of the same corporations that are producing the pesticide now being blamed for killing off the Earth’s bees. And in turn, possibly killing off 80% of the world’s plants and plant-dependent species that rely on bees for their existence. According to a recent Huffington Post report, that includes 7.2 billion humans and 200,000 different plant species. – Continue reading

Now before the science heads and Monsanto shills start screaming “Unscientific” let’s just remind ourselves that the improved crop yield promised (but not delivered) by genetically engineered orgnisms are improved because food crop plants are engineered to resist herbicide and pesticide, thus preventing productivity being reduced by weeds and insects.

The main crops are Monsanto Roundup Ready Maize and Soya, engineered to survive being sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosate based Roundup herbicide. A growing mountain of evidence shows that Roundup ready GM organisms make a perfect delivery vehicle to get highly toxic glyphosate into human bodies.

Next most popular with exponents of GM (the science of Genocidal Malfeasance) are a type of pesticides named neonicotinoids that when sprayed on vegetation kill just about everything but are highly efficient at killing bees and other insects that pollinate the crops. And while the neonicotnoids stop insects eating the plants, they stop them fertilising said plants so the crop does not produce a harvest. No harvest, no food. So poison or starvation folks, no – one can says science does not give you a choice.

Ironic isn’t it that while the scienceheads and Monsanto shills and the idiots like Cameron, Obama and the Euronazis of Brussels are screaming that GM crops are needed to solve the problem of this world hunger by feeding the masses, the corporate scientits appear to have come up with an entirely different approach to solving the food supply problem.

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Ignore Scarmongering IPCC, science confirms CO2 cools the earth

March 31, 2014

The big news today is the scaremongering report issued by scientists working for the Rothschild Fear and Panic To Justify Theft Of Punters Money foundation also known as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change. Despite containing statements that the impacts of climate change are not likely to be as severe as predicted and the predictions of mathematical models used exclusively by the Rothschild climate scientists have so far differed wildly on the alarmist side from observed reality, the fearmongering must go on to persuade people around the world to accept global totalitarian government by Rothschild appointed technocrats.

Science was ever fascism’s whore.

Do not forget however that one of the designated joint authors of the report refused to be associated with it because of the fearmongering, exaggerations, deceptions and lies it contains.

UK professor refuses to put his name to ‘apocalyptic’ UN climate change survey .

Little Nicky Machiavelli @ 2014-03-26

A UK academic has refused to put his name to the ‘apocalyptic’ UN climate change survey that he claims is exaggerating the effects of climate change.

A climate scientist has accused the United Nations of being too alarmist over global warming – and demanded his name be removed from a crucial new report.

Professor Richard Tol, an economist at the University of Sussex, said fellow UN academics were exaggerating climate change and comparing it to the ‘apocalypse’.

His comments are a blow to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which on Monday will publish its first update in seven years on the impacts of climate change.

Previous IPCC reports on climate impact have been plagued by errors that damaged the body’s credibility

Continue reading:

And now to add to the woes of the Rothschild scientists, the Rothschild influenced Supranational bureaucracies, the Rothschild owned central banks and the Rothschild lackeys in governments of the world’s great nations, there are still some independent researchers out there doing real research on things that relate to the real world, rather that using the system known as the Rothschild Scientific Method which involves starting from an answer and working backwards to build a case to support it. People like these guys:

Science Confirmed: Carbon Dioxide & Water Vapour Cool Earth’s Atmosphere

Mexican study affirms a 1951 finding by top American scientists that
carbon dioxide (CO2) cannot cause global warming. Applying known scientific values, more eminent scientists are coming forward to confirm
that atmospheric CO2 mixes with clouds and water vapour to cause only
cooling. As such, the credibility of “consensus science” claims about
man-made global warming being caused by rises in CO2 levels are left in
serious doubt.

Professor Nasif Nahle (Monterrey, Mexico) provides a peer-reviewed paper,
‘Determining the Total Emissivity of a Mixture of Gases Containing Overlapping Absorption Bands,’
that uses known and well-established values from the results of experiments performed previously by H. C. Hottel, B. Leckner, M. Lapp,
C. B. Ludwig, A. F. Sarofim, et al, showing that the combined
effect of overlapping absorption bands of water vapour with CO2 causes a
reduction on the total absorptivity of the mixture of those gases in
earth’s atmosphere. As such, water vapour and CO2 are proven to combine
to cause global cooling, not warming.

Nahle’s paper affirms the long-forgotten findings of the eminent former head of Britain’s Met Office, CEP Brooks, and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) that also revealed that CO2 in the atmosphere could not cause warming. Brooks, Britain’s top climatologist at the time, along with America’s best meteorologists agreed that the idea that CO2 could warm the climate:

“was never widely accepted and was abandoned when it was found that all the long-wave radiation [that would be] absorbed by CO2 is [already] absorbed by water vapour.”
[see:“Geological and Historical Aspects of Climatic Change.” In Compendium of Meteorology, edited by Thomas F. Malone, pp. 1004-18 (at 1016). Boston: American Meteorological Association]

Scientists at Principia Scientific International(PSI), who peer-reviewed Nahle’s paper, are currently advising colleagues that the most reliable data available now confirms that CO2 is shown to act as a coolant in earth’s climate. As such, the notion of a so-called ‘greenhouse gas’ warming effect may be regarded as refuted, while environmental measures by governments and individuals to reduce “carbon emissions” to combat climate change are, in turn, rendered pointless.

For those interested in reading Professor Nahle’s full paper (revised April
2011), we publish it below:

Abstract
According to anthropogenic global warming (AGW)
theory, carbon dioxide increases the potential of water vapour to absorb and emit IR radiation as a consequence of the overlapping
absorption/emission spectral bands. I have determined the total emissivity of a mixture of gases containing 5% of water vapour and 0.039% of carbon dioxide in all spectral bands where their absorptivities/emissivities overlap. The result of my calculations is that carbon dioxide reduces the total absorptivity/emissivity of the water vapour, working like a coolant, not a warmer of the atmosphere and the surface …

Continue reading at Principia Scientific International

So you see, what the IPCC are trying to scare you with is not Climate Science, it’s Rothschild magic money science(i.e. we need those carbon taxes so the monster can grow because it it does not grow it dies, so the science is settled, naa naa na naa naa.)

Don’t you think its suspicious that as the desperation to get those carbon taxes implemented so governments can pay the interest on the obscene sums they have to borrow every month to make ends meet, just as governments create the illusion of economic recovery by using rigged markets to inflate another housing bubble and using that to drive a consumption led boom just ahead of the next planned crash is all a bit suspicious.

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Sciencetits Prove Their Colleagues Are Liars (new evidence to support big bang theory revealed)

March 17, 2014

from BBC News:

Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe.

Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after everything came into being.

It takes the form of a distinctive twist in the oldest light detectable with telescopes. Read more:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26605974

The findings will be analyzed carefully, but already there is talk of Nobel prizes. (What! I thought scientists were above speculating and jumping to wild conclusions – wouldn’t it be best to wait and see if it is bullshit?)

“This is spectacular,” commented Prof Marc Kamionkowski, from Johns Hopkins University.

“I’ve seen the research; the arguments are persuasive, and the scientists involved are among the most careful and conservative people I know,” he told BBC News (sic).

The breakthrough was announced by an American team working on a project known as BICEP2.

This has been using a telescope at the South Pole to make detailed observations of a small patch of sky.

The aim has been to try to find a residual marker for “inflation” – the idea that the cosmos experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second, i.e. it grew from the size of a gnat fart to the size of a marble. Scientists have never been troubled overmuch by reality.

Now I don’t know what you make of this but when I heard a headline on BBC TV News that said, “Big Bang Theory Was Always Just That – A Theory. Until Now” before going into this story, I thought, “Now hang on a minute, how many times have I argued with First Church Of Scientism disciples in my threads that Big Bang is a theory while they insisted that Big Bang had been proved beyond doubt and if I refused to believe it that proved I’m a young earth creationist.

And now I find it was a theory all along. And still is – take a look at the language of this latest “proof” (which is actually nothing more than another batch of subjective interpretations of data).

“Researchers believe”;”the evidence is persuasive”;

In other words Bayesean inference played a big part in helping these people see in their data the answer they most wanted to see.

Now follow the link above and read the POS in the press release to gain some scientific understanding that what this is really all about is blinding everyone by throwing pseudoscientific bullshit in our faces in order to keep the research grants flowing. They have found theoretical proof of one of the theories that is cited as proof of some of Albert Einstein’s theories (who was honest enough to recognise that his “thought experiments were just that). as I said scientists have never been troubled overmuch by reality.

What really motivates scientists of course is the fear that one day the world will catch on to what a lying, cheating bunch of con artists they are, and instead of being handed shitloads of cash for sitting around university faculties wanking all day they will have to go out into the real world and get some honest work done.

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Dave And The Internet Of Things

March 10, 2014

Our revered Prime Minister Call-me-twatface has been talking about the internet of things. Now Cammers probably does not understand this phrase probably but he thinks it’s the future because a scientist told him that’s what progressive people are thinking (and to that scientist I say; I was promised a personal hovercraft by some geek on Tomorrows World forty years ago – WHERE’S MY FUCKING HOVERCRAFT?

The internet of things is the latest buzzphrase among those who think anything that contributes to blurring the line between the real world and the virtual world inhabited by “scientists” and other reality deniers is “kewl”.

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There are many emerging technologies that have practical applications than the robot fuck buddies and wearable technology of the internet of things but manufacturers and owners of the creepy stuff like Google Goggles or smart watches that report your activities to a server farm.

Supermarkets are introducing smart shelves, homes are getting smart meters which tell the government how much energy you are wasting, and businesses are all finding ways to connect everyday objects to the internet of things with touch screens, QR codes, RFID chips and other sensors.

Google, being the most evil corporation on the planet, are even working on technology to connect our brains to the internet. All this extended connectivity has officially been dubbed the “Internet of Things” – and someone has told he will sound cool if he uses the phrase. Here’s a presser of Dave’s speech made earlier today:

“David Cameron has announced that the world is on the brink of ‘a new industrial revolution,’ where the internet will allow everyday objects like fridges to ‘talk to each other.’
Speaking at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, the Prime Minister said that ‘the internet of things’ would transform the world, as he announced a package of measures to promote Britain’s position in the global technological race.

“I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change,” said Mr Cameron, adding that the world was now “on fast-forward”. Well Dave might want to live in a dystopia where humans are Slaves Of The Machine but count me out.

In fact there isn’t much science involved that has not been around for years, what drives the internet of things is greed, lust for power and control freakery.

The Internet of Things really refers to seemingly ordinary objects that are programmed so they can make “decisions” based on the data they receive. That information helps people learn and grow from the feedback, developers to improve their products, advertisers to better understand their audience, and most amazing of all, for processes to become automated without human interaction. It also helps governments and corporations to nag us to consume more (and thus pay more VAT) and do as we are told because Big Brother is watching.

Recent technology glitches, covert data gathering exercises and hacking scandals demonstrate that personal data is vulnerable, the internet was never designed for the things it is being used for, such security as there was got stripped out when a scientist decided he could do a better job than the computer professionals and nobody has as yet addressed the failings. Governments and corporations have to invest in strong underlying infrastructure or this information is left vulnerable. The problem with that of course is that a secure internet would be far too difficult for scientists, academics and politicians to use although ordinary punters would manage quite well. We were landed with the POS we have now because scientists felts the systems used with ease by process workers, mechanics, clerks, shop, warehouse and distribution staff and even post office counter clerks were too difficult for someone with a PhD.

This question is being debated now, but in the meantime let’s focus on the fun we can have with some very cool new toys.

“My car will tell me when I need to fill the tank, check the tyres and top up the oil but it will not let me exceed the speed limit”
“My fridge will tell me when I need to buy more butter but will lock itself and warn me that I’ve already had my daily safe allowance when I try to get a third bottle of beer”
“My TV will tell me when my favourite programmes are on then automatically switch itself to a channel broadcasting output approved by the government”
My wardrobe will tell me it is the voice of Azazel and I must go out and kill people wearing silly trousers – oh, come to think of it I’ve had one of those for years. I tried to get rid of it once but it threatened to tell the Police National Crime Database where the bodies are buried.

The world is run by insane people doing insane things – John Lennon

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If you Think Global Warming Is Bollocks you’re One Of The 98%

March 2, 2014

Mike Haseler’s survey of sceptic opinion.

from Bishop Hill

The Scottish Climate & Energy Forum has been conducting a survey on the background and attitudes of participants to online climate discussions. Thanks to the generosity of all who participated, the survey has had a massive response which will take time and resource to process. However initial analysis already shows that the actual views and backgrounds of participants are in sharp contrast with some high-profile statements being made about the participants. [ … ]

A sceptical consensus: the science is right but catastrophic global warming is not going to happen

A recent survey of those participating in on-line forums showed that most of the 5,000 respondents were experienced engineers, scientists and IT professionals most degree qualified and around a third with post graduate qualifications. The survey, carried out by the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum, asked respondents for their views on CO2 and the effect it might have on global temperatures. The results were surprising. 96% of respondents said that atmospheric CO2 levels are increasing with 79% attributing the increase to man-made sources.

So what’s going on?

Above all, these highly qualified people – experts in their own spheres – look at the published data and trust their own analysis, so their views match the available data. [ … ]

Beyond this, the survey found that 98% of respondents believe that the climate varies naturally and that increasing CO2 levels won’t cause catastrophic warming.

Mike Haseler

Read more at Bishop Hill blog

So my fellow sceptics, isn’t it great to know we are part of the 98% consensus. That’s 98% of everyone, not 97% of 30% of 12% which is the scientific methodology behind those silly “the science is settled” claims.

Athlete’s Feet Cheese Eeeuch and double Eeeeuch

November 25, 2013

We have reported some weird food innovations on Boggart Blog in the past but this has to be the one that proves food scientists are stark raving bonkers in the head. I mean what kind of insanity must they be infected with to think of using athletes foot bacteria to make cheese.

It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “that cheese was so ripe it could have walked out of the fridge on its own.”

Move over Stinking Bishop cheese, step asideSurstromming these foul smelling products are no longer contenders. An talking of fowl smelling, even the cheese our daughter brought from France a couple of years ago, that is crusted with chicken crap is sidelined for the title of “world’s stinkiest food.” A pair of scientists from the U.K. recently unveiled a line of cheese products made from bacteria that they gathered from some of the smelliest parts of the human body. The main subjects of an unusual art and science project dubbed “Selfmade,” the cheeses reportedly contained cultured bacteria collected from people’s feet, bellybuttons, armpits. This stuff could be a sexual fetishist gourmet’s delight.

Inspiration for the new cheese came to biologist Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas, a perfume expert, after they spent time contemplating the individual scents and senses of smell of diverse human beings. I suppose they were investigating why we find the stink of our own farts quite pleasant but other people’s repulsive.

To study the disparity between how people react to the microbes normally used to make cheese and the microbes found naturally on the human body (which are in fact very similar), the pair devised a way of combining the two. Would people throw up at the stink of smelly sox but go yum yum on catching a whiff of cheese made from the same person’s athlete’s foot bugs.

“It’s no surprise that sometimes cheese odors and body odors are similar,” Agapakis told Dezeen magazine. “But when we began the project, we were surprised not only by the way cheese and smelly feet share a similar odour but also have similar microbe populations”

She went on to describe how samples were collected from a range of individuals, including artists, scientists, naturalists and even cheese makers (blessed are The Cheesemakers). They then grew cultures from the samples and created a new range of smelly cheeses. These were featured in an exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland but as yet we have not heard from anybody who has actually eaten them.

“Like the human body, each cheese has a unique set of microbes that metabolically shape a unique odor,” explained the artists about the methodology of their work. “Cheese odors were sampled and characterized using headspace gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, a technique used to identify and/or quantify volatile organic compounds present in a sample.”

Since cheeses tend to take on the unique odors of the microbes used to make them, Agapakis and Tolaas had hoped to essentially mimic this process using human microbes. And they were successful, having created an entire line of cheeses that now serve as literal manifestations of the humans from which they were derived.

Bill Gates Promises Your Web Enabled Dick

November 22, 2013

Yesterday we blogged about the intrusive nature of the web enabled television that sends details of your viewing habits to mission control so they can target ads according to your interests.

Today we report that the Davros of Redmond, the Sarah Palin of computer science, Bill Gates, has plans to connect your dick to the internet. The graphene condom which Gates is supporting promises ultra safe sex but don’t forget, graphene may be ultra thin although we can’t quite see how a material only one atom thick could be ribbed for extra sensitivity, but it is also the great hope of the technology Nazis for creating ultra small, ultra fast computers that can be printed on human skin or even implaneted in the body.

So obviously the graphene condom has other possibilities.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/21/graphene-condom-safe-sex-bill-gates

The Nobel prize-winning “wonder” product is being touted as the solution to the problem of men who say they don’t like wearing condoms but its advantages in the safe sex stakes are more exciting than that. With your podger wrapped in a skin capable of running biometric identification systems you could have a sexual health report on your intended partner beamed to your Googlegoggles.

My dear old Dad used to tell me a standing prick has no conscience but I think it might soon develop one if an extreme colse up of some slapper’s genital warts appeared an inch from my eyeball.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a £62,000 grant to the scientists at Manchester University who believe the material can be combined with latex to create a super-strong, super-stretchy, supercondom. This will make them very attractive to adolescents who think safe sex is for sissys but love the comic potential of using condoms as water bombs.

Only a sad nerd like Gates, who has probably never had a good shag in his life, could come up with this project. Condoms are very safe in their present form so long as people remember to use them.

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