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Learn Chinese. You’re Going to Need It.

New Chinese Bridge.  World's longest and highest suspension bridge. 1,102 ft. high and 3,858 ft. long
New Chinese Bridge. World’s longest and highest suspension bridge. 1,102 ft. high and 3,858 ft. long
This document is currently circulating on the Internet. It was purportedly written by someone named Robert Bagwell, but the Internet White Pages show 166 people in the US with that name. I have no idea which one wrote it, if any.
I cannot verify that it is all exactly true; but it all sounds right, based on what I know. If not 100%, it is definitely at least mostly true. The bridge and the photography are magnificent.

Note that the person below is 1102 feet above the ground and is sweeping the dirt off this twenty-first century engineering marvel with a broom that was designed centuries ago and he has no safety line. Blasting and coating this steel superstructure in a couple of decades will be an interesting project. Aizhai Bridge in Hunan province is 1,102 ft. high and  has a 3,858 ft. span. It connects two traffic tunnels in the mountains, cutting the time needed to traverse the canyon from 30 minutes to 1 minute. Construction took five years. Work finished at the end of last year, making it the world’s longest and highest suspension bridge. A brave worker put the final touches on the Anzhaite Bridge.  The bridge, which connects to two tunnels, was built to ease traffic.  During the opening ceremony, vehicles motor along a two-way, four-lane motorway. Pedestrians walk along it on a special walkway under the road. BA1CA123F33B4041AC9985E8BE5688EF@sanddell 8A6CD95F516F45A7B3BDB0C88C6A984E@sanddell 1B7B746E24244AF0B84E48B126AC65BE@sanddell 693D3FCA81AE46A1A5BC0DBE02126743@sanddell C98BC60EB707409F90D48A18CEE07D33@sanddell 52DC538DC55E434BA41947BE18CAB638@sanddell FE9E9B89C2EE45F4B0BFBCEE8D0ED29F@sanddell 5BF8AC0A40304282B4976D6E34A0B331@sanddell  China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following: # When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet. # Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars. # China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet. # China has the largest new car market in the world. # China now produces more than twice as many automobiles as the rest of the world’s countries put together. # China is the number one gold producer in the world. # The uniforms for the American & British Olympic teams were made in China. # 92% of all artificial Christmas trees the world are made in China. # The new World Trade Centre Tower in New York will have glass imported from China. # China now consumes more energy than Europe. # China is the leading manufacturer of goods in the world. # China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined. # China is the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe. # China produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States. # China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements. # China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of any national defence system. # In published scientific research articles, China is expected to become number one in the world very shortly. Learn to speak Chinese. You are going to need it

Moon Landings a Hoax After All?

Science proves NASA faked the moon landings 45 years ago.

Really? Well, no. Not really. Of course not! The moon landings were as real as Columbus’ trip to the New World.

Sorry to disappoint you conspiracy theorists, but no, science proves no such thing. All the moon landings were real. Of course!

Apollo Moon Landings by Nasa
Apollo Moon Landings

The United States’ Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and there were five more manned U.S. Moon landings between then and 1972. Each mission consisted of three male Astronauts, two of which landed and one of which remained in orbit in the command module. A total of twelve men landed.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 were first. The last three Moon landings all included rovers.

One group of Astronauts left a mirror on the Moon, facing precisely toward Earth. Any scientist with a suitable laser can reflect it off that mirror and see the reflection all the way from Earth with his or her instruments. While the mirror was placed there for scientific reasons, the fact that it is still in use today is one more proof (as if it were needed) that NASA really went to the moon. The Moon landings were actually real.

It has been pointed out that the flag could not “blow in the wind” on the moon, because there is no air. This is true. That’s why they took a metal flag, which you see in the picture below seeming to wave in an imaginary breeze. It’s an intentional illusion. I assure you, if NASA wanted to fool you about the Moon landings, they’re smarter than that.

Buzz Aldrin salutes US Flag during first moon landing
Buzz Aldrin salutes US Flag during first moon landing

It’s high time for new Moon landings.

We should have been making more footprints on the Moon for the last 45 years. Men and women should be living there by now, doing science and building a sheltered city. They should be building factories to manufacture space ships out of Lunar materials. Space ships with which to go on to Mars and explore the Solar System. Doing this work outside of Earth’s gravity field would make it a lot cheaper in the long run. It’s pitiful that we wasted all the science and engineering we had developed by just stopping.

It’s high time we made some new moon landings.



61,000 people up in the air

The Wright Brothers first powered flight
Considered the first successful flight of the Wright Flyer, by the Wright brothers. The machine traveled 120 ft (36.6 m) in 12 seconds, averaging about 10 feet (3.1 m) above the ground, at 10:35 a.m. at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville was at the controls, lying prone on the lower wing with his hips in the cradle operating the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur ran alongside to balance the machine, and had just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing in the photo. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine.

It was only a little over a hundred years ago that a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Rev. Milton Wright, claimed that God had reserved flight for birds and angels. (I dunno. I guess he never noticed gnats and mosquitoes.)

Boeing 747-400 taking off
Boeing 747-400 taking off

His sons, Wilbur and Orville, built their first airplane in their bicycle repair shop and flew it for the first time on December 17, 1903.

Just 111 years later, a four-engine Boeing 747-400 in a high density, one-class configuration can carry as many as 660 passengers, cruising at Mach 0.85–0.855 (up to 570 mph or 920 km/h), as far as 8,350 mi (13,450 km) across oceans, continents, or the north pole.

An Airbus A380 can seat up to 853 people. The F22 Raptor fighter cruises at 1,070 mph (1,725 km/h).

The newspaper says 61,000 people are airborne over the United States in any average hour now. The progress in air travel is absolutely stupendous!

Thanks, Bill and Steve

Thanks to Bill Moyers and Steve Mirsky for letting us know about this guy.

How can an ignoramus like this get elected to Congress? Much less become Chairman of the Science Subcommittee on Oversight of  the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology? He doesn’t understand the science he is supposed to regulate. He thinks it is “lies from the pit of hell.”

I first read about Paul Broun in Scientific American, December2012, Antigravity, by Steve Mirsky. He was in this position then, and he still is. As well as being a member of several other important committees.

Surely the State of Georgia can do better than to let this man run un-opposed again. Get him out of the House of Representatives and back into medical practice where he can only hurt one person at a time.

On second thought, he ought to have his license to practice medicine revoked, too. Do you really want a doctor who thinks that much of what he was taught in medical school is “straight from the pit of hell”? Including not just evolution and cosmology, but embryology, too?

And if Georgia won’t stop electing him, isn’t there at least some way to get him off any science-related committees?