X-Files is Back!

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Mulder and Scully are back together. (Image Credit: Fox Television)

WELL, we watched the opening episode to the X-Files reboot last night (well, most of it – since we had set it to record on our DVR, and the end of the football game bled into about 20 minutes of the program). Overall, it was nice to see Mulder and Scully back solving mysteries, but the reset to almost square one for those who’d never seen the series before was more than annoying. Walter Skinner looked great (does that actor never age?), and I’m wondering why the old X-Files office was being painted blue just as Mulder’s standing in it–and where did that pristine poster come from on the floor (I Want to Believe)? Didn’t that burn up in the fire?

My biggest beef though is that DNA profile that Scully glanced at and sent back for a re-test. A whole genome sequence is currently VERY expensive and is delivered as a large computer file. We’re talking about 3 billion base pairs. Oh, but her hospital squeezed it all onto one blank sheet of paper. Sheesh. The reference to ‘element 115’ was a nice nod to Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked at Area 51 and said the ships used that element (which was only theoretical at the time) for propulsion. Since then, element 115 has been discovered and apparently couldn’t propel a washing machine. Derek watched the second episode last night and said it was much better. And Darin Morgan wrote at least one of the upcoming episodes (Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster, a title reminiscent of old Abbott and Costello films).  That will be a lot of fun.

 

Stephen Hawking’s Face Took Over Times Square with This Cryptic Message and No One Knows Why – CraveOnline

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A photograph of Stephen Hawking appeared on a group of billboards in Times Square yesterday alongside a cryptic numerical code, and now the Internet is left to decipher what this all means. (source: Imgur)

Assuming this is a genuine image (and not manipulated), it gives us a tantalizing puzzle. Why would Hawking (or his team) want us to ponder 48,16, and 11? November 16, 1948? Perhaps, 2048? Time will tell….

Read more here: Stephen Hawking’s Face Took Over Times Square with This Cryptic Message and No One Knows Why – CraveOnline

Gravitation under human control? Physicist proposes using magnetic fields to produce and detect gravitational fields — ScienceDaily

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According to a recent report, published originally in French, and provided at the ScienceDaily website, Prof. André Füzfa of Namur University believes humans can control and manipulate gravity. What could possibly go wrong?

Although this experiment would require major resources, if conducted, it could be used to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. If successful, it would certainly be a major step forward in physics: the ability to produce, detect and, ultimately, control gravitational fields.

Source: Gravitation under human control? Physicist proposes using magnetic fields to produce and detect gravitational fields — ScienceDaily