Element 115 and Bob Lazar

Just the other week, a big announcement in the field of science was made. Element 115 was named Moscovium (Mc). Yes, it was discovered sometime in 2013, but I guess I wasn’t paying attention.

Why is Element 115, errr, Moscovium important? Bob Lazar is why. I don’t remember all the details from the video we got,1 but I seem to remember Mr. Lazar claiming that Element 115 was ultra stable, unlike most of the heavy man-made elements.2

Anyway, not much else to say on this. Though if anybody has a good copy of the video, I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

  1. I think we rented it from Hollywood Video. Remember that? Maybe it was Blockbuster though… 

  2. Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element on Earth. 

Pools 9 & 10 – Carlos Avery, Minnesota

This is a recording I made near pools 9 and 10 at Carlos Avery, a Minnesota WMA, on March 13, 2016. It was a pretty grey day overall, and there isn’t too much going on in the soundscape other than some wind and the occasional bird. I recorded at a couple other spots, but it was too windy. There a couple pictures below.

Carlos Avery - Water
Carlos Avery – Water
Carlos Avery - Improvised Mic Stand
Carlos Avery – Improvised Mic Stand (I’m not quite pointing at the microphone with my thermos, but look at the nice tree.)
Carlos Avery - Near Pools 9 and 10
Carlos Avery – Near Pools 9 and 10

MIFC # 3

While you are reading MIFC # 3, you can listen to the rather unexciting soundscape I made this afternoon of our backyard in Minneapolis. I was going to go out to one of the WMA’s, but because we have plans later this evening, I decided there was not enough time. In the recording you can hear some birds1, a truck pulling up, the neighbors talking, squirrels frolicking in the leaves, and then a couple of flies whizz past the microphones at the end of the track.

MIFC # 3
MIFC # 3

  1. The birds might be Black-capped Chickadees, but I’m not certain. I tried using the Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app, but ultimately was not sure because the birdsongs sound a different. If you have a guess of what the birds are, please feel free to comment. 

MIFC # 2

Here is the second installment of MIFC – and I have still been listening to Monomer’s Labyrinth; it’s solid, and I recommend visiting the band’s bandcamp site and supporting. Currently, however, I’ve switched over to Bernie Krause’s soundscape Desert Solitude, featuring recordings by Krause and Ruth Happel and put out by Wild Sanctuary.

Over the past couple weeks or so, I’ve also been working through Krause’s The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places (2013) on audiobook while I cook. It’s good, but my one complaint is it rehashes Krause’s other books in spots. For instance, parts of Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World (2002) appear in Orchestra. The points are still salient, particularly when he talks about the human impact on biophonies1, so this is a minor complaint.

MIFC # 2
MIFC # 2
# MIFC #2

  1. Krause defines a biophony as a creature symphony; the whole soundscape of a habit or specific biome.