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Scientists slow down light

25 February 2015 - 09:06 AM


Scottish scientists have managed to make light travel slower than the speed of light.

They did it by changing the shape of the photon’s by sending it through a special mask. This change of shape caused the photons to travel slower than the speed of light.

*** News reports:
The experiment is likely to alter how science looks at light.
The collaborators – from Glasgow and Heriot-Watt universities – are members of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. They have published their results in the journal Science Express.
The speed of light is regarded as an absolute. It is 186,282 miles per second in free space.
Light propagates more slowly when passing through materials like water or glass but goes back to its higher velocity as soon as it returns to free space again.
Or at least it did until now.
Two and a half years ago, the experimenters set out to see if they could slow down light just a little – and keep it moving more slowly.
In a laboratory at Glasgow university, Dr Jacquiline Romero, Dr Daniel Giovannini and colleagues built what amounts to a racetrack for photons, the individual particles of light.

Anyone give up anything for Lent??

23 February 2015 - 04:10 PM

Not religious, but I think I'm gonna take about a month break from the internetz.

Anyone on here give up anything?

Catholic priest dies- says God is a woman

22 February 2015 - 10:30 AM

A Catholic priest from Massachusetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart. During that time, Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure.

The 71-year old cleric was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival. With the aid of a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2, that kept the blood flowing to his brain, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital managed to unblock vital arteries and return his heart to a normal rhythm.

The doctors were afraid he would have suffered some brain damage from the incident, but he woke up less than 48 hours later and seems to have perfectly recovered.

The elderly man claims that he has clear and vivid memories of what happened to him while he was dead. He describes a strange out-of-body experience, experiencing an intense feeling of unconditional love and acceptance, as well as being surrounded by an overwhelming light.

He claims that at that point in his experience, he went to heaven and encountered God, which he describes as a feminine, mother-like “Being of Light”.

“Her presence was both overwhelming and comforting” states the Catholic priest. “She had a soft and soothing voice and her presence was as reassuring as a mother’s embrace. The fact that God is a Holy Mother instead of a Holy Father doesn’t disturb me, she is everything I hoped she would be and even more!”

The declarations of the cleric caused quite a stir in the catholic clergy of the archdiocese over the last few days, causing the Archbishop to summon a press conference to try and calm the rumors.
Despite the disapproval of his superiors, Father O’neal says that he will continue dedicating his life to God and spread the word of the “Holy Mother”.

“I wish to continue preaching” says the elderly cleric. “I would like to share my new knowledge of the Mother, the Son and the Holy Ghost with all catholics and even all Christians. God is great and almighty despite being a woman…”

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has not confirmed however, if they will allow Father O’neal to resume his preaching in his former parish in South Boston.

The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, made a public statement this morning stating that Father O’neal suffered hallucinations linked to a near-death experience and that God clearly isn’t a female.


Why did WTC 7 fall but the Dubai tower didn't?

21 February 2015 - 06:00 PM


Why do old people always try to pay with exact change??

20 February 2015 - 06:11 PM

Brb- my total is $21.37

Brb- pulling out a $20 and $1....then digging through my purse or pocket for an entire minute looking for a quarter, a dime, and two pennies

Brb- finally finding it and acting like I saved everyone a ton of time

It's literally the least efficient way to pay for your stuff. In order it would go:

- use your debit and hit your pin
- use your credit card and sign the pad
- pay with cash and take your change

- write a check

- dig through your pile of random change so that the guy who has it neatly organized in the register doesn't have to give you three more coins

No hate, I just think it's funny and amusing.