Posts filed under “Science”
Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 14 – Horsetail Fall
Horsetail Fall is a small, ephemeral waterfall that flows over the eastern edge of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. For two weeks in February, the setting sun striking the waterfall creates a deep orange glow that resembles Yosemite’s historic “Firefall.”
Want a New Cardiovascular System?
By John Mauldin
March 1, 2011
This week’s Outside the Box is again a little unusual. Some of you will think, “There goes Mauldin again, dreaming of a brave new world of biotech.” Except this time the brave new world is here. My friend Pat Cox of Breakthrough Technology Alert has written a piece for me on what he and I think is potentially one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last few decades. Normally I don’t mention specific companies, but in this case we can’t talk about the breakthrough without mentioning the company. Disclosure: I own a small number of shares I bought over a year ago. This is one of a number of companies I am buying as part of my biotech holdings for the very long term. This is not investment advice and you should not replicate my holdings as each individual situation is very different. Always consult your investment professional and read all disclosures below.
Second, Pat gave what I thought was one of the better speeches I have heard in years last summer in Vancouver, and it is still relevant today. It is also one of the best and funniest PowerPoint presentations I have even seen. I was in awe with the creativity. It is about Schumpeter, creative destruction, and why the future is going to be full of dramatic changes. I really urge you to take the 35 minutes or so and listen to the speech and watch the PowerPoint. This is something that will really give you an education. Here’s the link. It is on my website. If you are not a member, you will have to enter your email address.
Now, I know the sales promotion is over the top, typical of investment letters, and not my style at all; it is just what investment newsletter publishers do. But that does not take away from my respect for Pat and the quality of his work. He is one of my real “go to” guys for biotech and all new technology.
As part of the agreement with Pat’s publisher to allow me to use this piece, I offer this link to a way to subscribe to his letter. If you want to subscribe to Pat’s newsletter you can click on this link and get a significant discount (over 50%), for my readers only, available through March 15. I consider Pat one of the really must-read writers on new technology. His record speaks for itself. And the promo has an old date in it they couldn’t change – the real date is March 15.
Your hoping to live a lot longer analyst,
John Mauldin, Editor
Outside the Box
Want a New Cardiovascular System?
Seven weeks ago, on January 3, the father of stem cell medicine made an announcement that will be remembered forever by historians. Dr. Michael West, CEO of BioTime Inc., launched a subsidiary, ReCyte Therapeutics, to commercialize endothelial stem cell therapies to reverse senescence in the cardiovascular and immune systems – the number one killer in the developed world. This newly launched enterprise will have a profound impact on our government and economy as well as our own expectations regarding investment, retirement and lifespans.
West’s announcement elicited the same response that other similarly historic medical breakthroughs have in the past. For the most part, it has been ignored.
This is a visualization of the 1236 exoplanet candidates observed by Kepler. As you can see, the vast majority of these planets orbit their stars at a distance less than Earth. This is likely due to the relatively short observation period – it is highly probable that many more planets will be found as the…Read More
The mind-blowing answer comes from a theory describing the birth of the universe in the first instant of time. The universe has long captivated us with its immense scales of distance and time. How far does it stretch? Where does it end… and what lies beyond its star fields… and streams of galaxies extending as…Read More
Given all of the interest in AG these days, perhaps we should look at something that might lead to some extreme scarcity: Honey Bees.
Or more specifically, the decreasing number of them. Daily Infographic has today’s digital delight: This monstrous graphic looks at the mystery of the Honeybee die offs:
This is the first 10% of it:
full graphic after the jump
FULL CREDIT goes to Michael Marantz for his brilliant original:
AND OF COURSE to Carl Sagan. I made an entire page of credits and forgot to cite The Pale Blue Dot. Total brain fart on my part. I miss the man dearly.
I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None of their brilliant scientists appear to know how to connect with the social media crowd, which is now more important than ever. In fact, NASA is an institution whose funding directly depends on how the public views them.
In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of humanity’s grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts. I have a lot of ideas for a NASA marketing campaign, but I doubt they’d pay me even minimum wage to work for them. I literally have an MSWord document entitled NASAideas.doc full of ideas waiting to share. I thought maybe, just maybe someone might be able to work their magic for me on that. But the primary point of this post is to vent my frustration with NASA. Sure, they’ve fallen victim to budget cuts but I honestly think cutting media will seal NASA’s own fate. Unless they can find a way to relate to the general public, support for their projects will always be minimal, and their funding will follow suit. A social media department would easily pay for itself in government grants because it could rekindle the public interest in the space program.
Edit: Another video I put together: