Dave Stancliff 2014-04-06 blogarama.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Will Secret U.S. Space Shuttle Lead to Manned-Flight in the Future?

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 The X-37B drone is probably testing technologies that might be used in spy satellites of the future according to experts, but the program could evolve into manned-missions.

Today, I’m going to take your on a tour of the origins, progress, and future of the U.S. Air Force’s Orbital Test Vehicle program.

Here’s how the program got started , and now 1,058 volunteers are waiting for their one-way ticket to Mars!

Learn about the advantages of having a reusable vehicle here.

Very few Americans seem aware of the Orbital Test Vehicle Program, and fewer still know what secrets the X-37B drone conceals as it orbits earth. The X-37B has already broken an endurance record for satellites and keeps on ticking!

Is there a chance that a manned version of the secret Space Shuttle is in the works?

Here’s the big question: Will the Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever return to Earth?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

How ‘Special K’ Can Make Your Day

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 A party drug called "Special K" aka Ketamine, has been illegally used for over a decade, but now a new study shows it can help treat severe depression.

Read on and discover the drug's history, side effects, and why it may become legal someday.

In the latest news from NPR:

 Growing Evidence that a Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Learn why researchers are attempting to come up with a new class of drugs:

How Does ‘Special K’ Work?

Learn about the Origin of Ketamine, Aka ‘Special K’

Discover the Long Term Effects of Using ‘Special K’

Read about Addiction to ‘Special K’

Here’s some good Parental Advise on Teenagers Using ‘Special K’

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Student Goes on School Rampage – Stabs 20 at High School

Family members wait outside Franklin Regional Middle School to take their children home after multiple people were stabbed ..

STORY HERE

Pterosaurs Aren’t Dinosaurs, but They Sure Are Close

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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” recently opened at the American Museum of Natural History today, putting the spotlight on flying creatures that went extinct 66 million years ago.

You have a while to check it out — it runs until January 2015 — but if you don’t make it, here are some facts to tuck away in case you find yourself at a dinner party with a paleontologist.

Pterosaurs Aren’t Dinosaurs

But they are close relatives. The flying reptiles diversified into more than 150 species over their 150-million-year reign over the skies.

Their Bones Are Extremely Rare

Hollow, light-weight bones might have been great for flight, but they don’t keep well over millions of years.

“I have been excavating fossils in the Gobi Desert for 25 years and I have collected thousands and thousands of dinosaur bones,” Mark A. Norell, chair of the museum’s division of paleontology, told NBC news. “I have only collected one pterosaur bone in that entire time.”

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They Probably Took Flight By Leaping Into the Air

While pterosaur fossils are rare, recently, computer models have helped scientists understand how the animal might have moved.

Before, some people theorized that they climbed up trees and took off from there, or ran to gain some momentum and then lifted their wings.

A computer model by Michael Habib, an assistant professor of biology at Chatham University, however, showed that they probably just had some mad hops.

“Habib’s evidence is pretty, pretty good that they were able to take off with an explosive jump into the air,” Norell said. “Then, they put out their wings and could generate enough lift with one downstroke to take off."

They Probably Weren’t Too Graceful on Land

Previously, some scientists thought they might have walked on two legs, like a pigeon. Turns out they probably walked on all fours, kind of like a bat. (More here and video)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Step in the Right Direction: VA Says Okay to Pot Study

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Reefer Madness is slipping into the insanity of the past.

Marijuana regulations nationwide are easing up and allowing light (facts) to penetrate the dark veil of ignorance about cannabis.

I see signs everywhere.

National polls show a majority of Americans are for legalization of the controversial herb. Annual national polls on the subject conducted by organizations like Gallup -  show an increasing tolerance for it’s use, both medically and recreationally.

For example, this one from January of this year:

Majority wants marijuana legalized

and last year:

For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises, at least to me, is that the Veterans Administration has given the green light to a study using marijuana to treat PTSD. Being a federal agency, that’s a big thing because it’s the feds who are stopping marijuana from becoming legal.

Here’s a story about that VA study:

“The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.

The proposal from the University of Arizona was long ago cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, but researchers had been unable to purchase marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency's Mississippi research farm is the only federally-sanctioned source of the drug.

In a letter last week, HHS cleared the purchase of medical marijuana by the studies' chief financial backer, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which supports medical research and legalization of marijuana and other drugs.” (The rest of the story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…