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A Little Time Travel Thought Experiment

During the Back to the Future (BTTF) anniversary celebrations there was a lot of talk about how accurately they represented time travel. The consensus seemed to be that travelling back and appearing at the same physical location but in a different time was how time travel would likely work. This is where I got thinking. The universe is an ever moving beast. Nothing sits still and this leads to some pretty big problems. To start with the Earth rotates on its axis every ~24 hours, so our traveller would need to arrive at approximately the same time of day in the past. He’s worked out time travel so that’s not going to be hard to do. Next, the Earth orbits the sun every ~365.25 days. This one is a little more of a problem. If our traveller is in the heat of June and has decided to travel back because he wants to see an Xmas in the past he’s got a problem. The Earth will be on the other side of the Sun. So Marty needs to travel back to roughly the same day each year? Fair enough I suppos…
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Is It Really Nearly Two Years?

It doesn’t feel like almost two years since I last posted on 22hundred.net. I have written a few posts for mikemcconville.com over on the Medium network but it hasn’t felt quite the same. It’s time to come back home.

Coming back got me thinking and re-reading some of my old stuff. While some of posts were quite good, if I do say so myself, some could've done with more time to develop before being published. A few years older and wiser, this time is going to be different. Going forward my goals are to:
•Post regularly (once or twice a week)

•Post quality

•Have fun doing it


To reflect this, the blog is now called 22Hundred Ruminations.

So, lets get going.

Michael

Radon in Newry, Mourne and Down - Action & Education Needed

Council budgets have been and continue to be slashed and perhaps that's the reason why more is not being done to educate people on the risk Radon gas is posing to their health in the area of Newry, Mourne and Down. A recently published Government report includes the below map which starkly highlights the huge areas of the district that are potentially exposed to high levels of this naturally occurring radioactive gas.



While the UK Government recognises and highlights the role this gas plays in causing lung cancer the EPA in the U.S. goes further adding numbers and additional facts such as : 1. 21,000 deaths a year are linked to Radon gas in the U.S.  2. It's the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking 3. Radon can enter the home through the water supply as well as the soil 4. There is a risk of stomach cancer from ingesting water containing Radon and lung cancer from inhaling the gas carried in the water.
To help protect and educate the population it's time the c…

iOS 8.4 Is Here!

iOS8.4 is here and available to download so head over and grab it from Software Update.

Asteroid 1999 FN53: The Truth

This is a short post just to correct reports coming out of some media outlets. The 0.9 km wide 1999 FN53 asteroid is not going to hit us on May 14th. There are no instabilities in its orbit that might send it our way. In fact it will not hit us within the next 8000 years. Its going to miss us by about 7 million miles. Panic over. Check out the link below from NASA JPL for more details:
http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/1999FN53/1999FN53_planning.html

General Election 2015 Analysis - Labour Government Most Likely?

The UK General Election is tomorrow and it's looking like yet another hung parliament. Many of the parties are looking beyond the results and figuring out who they're willing to go into coalition with. With that in mind I've taken a look today at some of the opinion polls that were broken down by constituency and noticed a very interesting picture begin to emerge, maybe this is indeed Ed Miliband's year after all.

Before I delve in though here's a quick rundown of how the UK elections work for anyone not familiar with it. On May 7th those registered to vote in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will select who they want to represent them in Westminster. The country is split up into 650 constituencies (seats) with parties putting forward candidates in one or more. The big two parties are David Camerons' Conservatives and Ed Milibands' Labour who hold over 250 seats each. The remaining main parties are the Scottish National Party (SNP), UK Independ…

BBM Channel

I've created a new BBM Channel. If anyone would like to follow me there as well then the PIN is C00236D42.