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Tsunami of Science To Your Benefit

Musing on gravity waves, the question of the definition of gravity comes to mind. Is gravity an attraction force? Is it the earth’s gravity that draws material to its surface?

Gravity and the Space-Time Continuum

 
Or, is it possible observable gravity events are actually the consequence of an outside force pushing material to the surface of the earth?
 
Dr. Albert Einstein theorized gravity waves in 1916. Proof of his theory came 58 years later on in 1974.

What are gravity waves?

 

To answer, let’s first examine gravity. Conventional thinking describes gravity as a force of attraction between masses, a force that draws them together. That picture of Newton’s falling apple comes to mind, suggesting the earth draws the apple to earth. We have math to support this concept. But, gravity is actually a force that unites the entire universe. This force is the four-dimensional space-time continuum that binds absolutely everything in the Universe together. Most often, this phenomenon is called a fabric, as a linen sheet or a tee shirt are made of fabrics.
 
So long as large objects in this space-time continuum remain calm and collected, the fabric of space-time remains stable. The sudden acceleration of a mass distorts the fabric creating waves. Think of a bed sheet undisturbed, wrapping all the objects on your bed, things like pillows, kid toys, that iPad you misplaced last night. If you snap the sheet on one side of the bed, observable waves will be seen across the breadth of the bed. This is my feeble attempt to describe gravity waves.

Where can one observe gravity waves closer to home?

 

You can observe them along the Pacific ‘rim of fire’. A sudden movement of earthen materials disturbs the space-time continuum resulting in waves of water that can travel thousands of miles before crashing onto a distant shore.
 
NASA scientists have discovered how tsunamis create gravity waves that cause ripples in the ionosphere hundreds of miles above the surface of the earth. With these observable waves, it will be possible to accurately predict the direction of tsunami waves and thereby warn people to get out of harm’s way.

NASA: Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection, 17 May 2017

 
Read: Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection, published May 17, 2017. https://go.nasa.gov/2q3jZyT
 
The Bible was scientific long before the birth of Albert Einstein. It says, “For in [God] we live and move and exist.”
 
Intelligent Design (ID) isn’t a concept of ignorant theorists blinded by religion. ID is a theory supported by scientists throughout the world, many non-religious. Unlike evolutionary-minded scientists who stand on a belief system of atheism, the ID scientists follow the facts to a natural conclusion.
 
Learn more about peer-reviewed ID scientists via this link: http://bit.ly/1L6R4li
 
Rockwall Controls follows the scientific method to detect flaws in indoor environmental control systems and then to provide solutions that optimize building systems.
 
John White
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.
Rockwall, Texas 75087

Gas Furnace Or Tiger By The Tail?

Gas furnaces are among the safest HVAC equipment in use anywhere, if all conditions are right.

Because of widespread and common use, building owners take for granted reliable and safe operation.

Let’s compare an electric furnace to its gas-fired counterpart.

Electric Furnaces

Electric furnace safety devices typically include circuit breakers to prevent fires due to short-circuit faults. An air flow switch prevents electric furnace operation when air flow through the furnace heating elements is insufficient. A simple high-temperature cutout serves to kill control power to power contactors if for whatever reason the air flow switch fails or has been tampered with.

The operation of electric heat is simple. Need heat? Turn it on. Don’t need heat? Turn it off.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces feature sophisticated gas valves, combustion air blowers, igniters, flame detectors, high-temperature cutout sensors, complex flame safeguard electronics, a flame rollout sensor, and two air pressure sensors.

tiger by the tailIf all equipment and controls are in proper working order and you need heat, then a complex purge-ignition-combustion sequence starts up. If there are no spider webs, no cracks in the heat exchanger, flue vent is clear, gas pressure regulation is right, then the heat comes to the conditioned space.

What can go wrong? Plenty. There is a good reason for the sophisticated electronics and safety devices. These devices and electronics are in place to protect persons and property from fire, explosions, and carbon-dioxide poisoning of persons within the conditioned spaces.

Leaking heat exchangers can introduce carbon monoxide (CO) into the airstream. CO is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas known as the silent killer. According to the American Council on Science and Health, carbon monoxide kills more Americans than mass shootings.

As though there is nothing more to worry about, think again, this time on the issue of flame rollout. The Fire Science Training Institute wants building owners and consumers to know the danger of flame rollout.

Flame rollout is the term commonly used to describe a fuel gas combustion process occurring outside the normal combustion area of a gas appliance. Any gas combustion not properly confined to the appropriate area could obviously have serious consequences. Electrical wiring, gas valves, and combustible materials located near appliances may be compromised by flame rollout. Flame rollout can cause gas control valves, usually made of metal alloys with relatively low melting points, to fail structurally. Such a failure can be responsible for the release of a devastating volume of gas with a ready source of ignition. – Fire Science Training Institute: Understanding Flame Rollout In Gas Appliances

Alternatives

If the HVAC unit in question has direct-expansion refrigeration, then the electrical service to that unit (typically a rooftop unit) will be adequate to power an electric heater.

In the case of chilled-water systems, electrical service to the air handling unit is only adequate for the fan motor(s) and controls. One solution: Replace a gas furnace with a heating-water coil fed by a standalone gas-fired heating water boiler.

Wish to discuss any of the above issues? Contact us anytime for an appointment.

John White

Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.

(972) 771-3514

info@rockwallcontrols.com

Nabber all you want about ‘green’ strategies. In the final analysis, building owners and investors want True Green.

While visiting business recently, an employee showing me around boasted of the green features incorporated into the construction of that particular building. He pointed to the floor tiles and said with a smile, “Our flooring was made of recycled materials.” To myself, I thought to ask, “Do you really believe there is a shortage of dirt?”

At the end of the day or the deal, every solution we provide our customers has to make economic sense.

What are your goals? If you wish to improve the cash flow on your property to raise its value before a sale, we can probably help. If your goal is to elevate operating energy efficiency or fix that nagging HVAC issue, we can probably help there also.

John White
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.
(972) 7761-3514
info@rockwallcontrols.com

Also read from the NAHB: The Average Builder Uses 10 Different Green Products and Practices http://eyeonhousing.org/…/the-average-builder-uses-10-diff…/

Mr. Musk Goes to Mars – He thinks the earth unsustainable?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the entire universe. The sunlight that greets you each morning is the product of the atomic fusion of hydrogen (H2) atoms to form helium (He).

Why is the simplest of elements the most fascinating?

Together, helium and hydrogen represent 99.9% of all the matter in the entire universe and there is ten times as much hydrogen as there is helium!

Oxygen (O2) lines up as the third most abundant element in the entire universe, yet hydrogen is a thousand times more abundant than O2.

Why is this important to know? Stay with me to the end.

It’s the hydrogen element that causes ice to float and it forms the familiar helix in our DNA.

It seems logical, knowing the above ratios of hydrogen and oxygen throughout the known universe that this ratio would extend to our Earth. But such is not the case.

It is oxygen, not hydrogen, that is by weight the singular most common element on Earth. According to the HyperPhysics website of Georgia State University, oxygen makes up 46% of all the earth’s crust. Oxygen accounts for most of the mass of our human bodies as well.

The point is this: the Earth is unique in all the universe. Get used to it. E.T. is not calling home.

Pseudoscientists imagine another Earth-like planet to which they can escape, but it’s not happening.

Elon Musk, arguably the wealthiest man on the face of the earth, plans to colonize Mars. Forgive me, but the idea is simply foolish. Personal wealth does not automatically confer wisdom.

Musk envisions a Martian colony of one million souls by the year 2060, one hundred at a time aboard one of his spaceships. Good luck with that.

In bygone years, early versions of so-called environmentalists complained that at the rate of highway construction, the Earth would soon be paved over. As someone in his seventh decade of life who has flown extensively across the fruited plain, I can attest to the fact that highways are barely visible from 40,000 feet.

A million people? What’s that to the enormous size and resources of the Earth?

India, the most populous nation on earth is 23.8% forested today, up from 21% in 1990. You will be surprised to learn that the population density of India is on a par with the state of New Jersey (The Garden State). 1.9 million acres of New Jersey is forest land and 88% could be harvested for timber.

My point is simply this. The Earth is unique in all the known universe with all the resources to sustain many more billions of people. Outside our protective atmosphere lies a world of hideously harmful radiation and total lack of natural resources to sustain life.

Even if Mr. Musk gets his Martian colony going, that colony would forever be dependent on terrestrial supplies, as is the Space Station orbiting us now.

Each time the alarmists tell us we’re running out of this or that mineral, God shows up to lead men to uncover hidden treasures that will provide all we need for as long as the Earth endures.

John White

Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.

(972) 771-3514
info@rockwallcontrols.com
http://rockwallcontrols.com/

References

Georgia State University HyperPhysics http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb…/Tables/elabund.html

SpaceX’s Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars http://www.space.com/34210-elon-musk-unveils-spacex-mars-colony-ship.html

World Bank Data http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.FRST.ZS

USDA Forest Service https://www.fs.fed.us/…/br…/pdfs/state_forests/nj_forest.pdf

Dr. Malow’s Hammer vs. The Scientific Method

Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method, according to research by Wharton School professor and forecasting

Breitbart News, 29 Mar 2017

expert J. Scott Armstrong.

Professor Armstrong, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he considers to be “alarmism” from forecasters over man-made climate change.

We also go through journals and rate how well they conform to the scientific method. I used to think that maybe 10 percent of papers in my field … were maybe useful. Now it looks like maybe, one tenth of one percent follow the scientific method” said Armstrong in his presentation, which can be watched in full below. “People just don’t do it.

Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/…/j-scott-armstrong-fraction-1-pa…/

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From the Physics Dept. of the University of California, Riverside

What is the “scientific method”?

The scientific method is the best way yet discovered for winnowing the truth from lies and delusion. The simple version looks something like this:

1. Observe some aspect of the universe.
2. Invent a tentative description, called a hypothesis, that is consistent with what you have observed.
3. Use the hypothesis to make predictions.
4. Test those predictions by experiments or further observations and modify the hypothesis in the light of your results.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there are no discrepancies between theory and experiment and/or observation.
When consistency is obtained the hypothesis becomes a theory and provides a coherent set of propositions which explain a class of phenomena. A theory is then a framework within which observations are explained and predictions are made.

The great advantage of the scientific method is that it is unprejudiced: one does not have to believe a given researcher, one can redo the experiment and determine whether his/her results are true or false. The conclusions will hold irrespective of the state of mind, or the religious persuasion, or the state of consciousness of the investigator and/or the subject of the investigation. Faith, defined as a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence, does not determine whether a scientific theory is adopted or discarded.

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Engineering Approach or Hammer-and-Nail Solution?

How do political agendas drive pseudo-science? Most, almost all, research is funded by liberal groups who wish to have the backing of credentialed academics in order to pursue some plan to control society. If the researcher can provide ‘proof’ of a given cause and effect, the researcher will continue to receive funding.

This impetus behind most environmental policies is a political agenda.

Even God invites us to question Him. If we can question the Almighty God, surely we should question all research findings.

If the researchers follow the scientific method, then there will be a reason for the researcher’s theory and thus worthy of further investigation.

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov

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The Rockwall Company follows the scientific method. We welcome questions from our customers.

Are you in need of a cheap solution to your problems or a do you prefer a valuable, cost effective solution?

John White
Rockwal Controls Company, Inc.
(972) 771-3514
info@rockwallcontrols.com

Freedom from the Myths of Anthropogenic Global Warming & Climate Change

Genuine science based on the geologic record trumps pseudo-science based on political suppositions.

According to an article in ScienceMag.org titled Variations in the Earth’s Orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages:

It is concluded that changes in the earth’s orbital geometry are the fundamental cause of the succession of Quaternary ice ages.

A model of future climate based on the observed orbital-climate relationships, but ignoring anthropogenic effects, predicts that the long-term trend over the next seven thousand years is toward extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciation.”

  • Fact: Glaciation and ice-free polar regions come and go without either the aid of or interference by mankind.
  • Fact: We know from the geologic record that Earth’s early history featured atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) concentration of over 8,000 ppm. Nominal CO2 concentration today is 400 ppm.
  • Fact: We know we are heading into a little ice age, so keep the firewood near and don’t throw away those old sweaters grandmother gave you.
  • Fact: The junk science promulgated by the United Nations and widely taught in this country by the likes of Al Gore is all a lie. It’s fake science that serves two purposes. First, it is a means of gaining control over our lives and second, it is a means to enrich those who invest in so-called ‘green’ technologies.

Rockwall applies genuine science to determine cost-effective solutions to solve your comfort and energy conservation goals.

Contact us to see how we can apply genuine science to your facility.

John White
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.
(972) 771-3514
info@rockwallcontrols.com

What if nature produces more hazardous waste than 7 billion humans

Radioactive Waste

What do we humans do with it? We store it. Forever.

Uranium has a half-life of approximately 4.5 billion years. But, let’s look at the effects of cesium spilled into the Pacific Ocean from the storm-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

“The initial nuclear accident from the Fukushima reactors released several radioactive isotopes, such as iodine-131, cesium-134, and cesium-137. Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years and remains in the environment for decades.” – LiveScience.com

What will Japanese humans do with all the massive radioactive wastes? Store it. Freeze it. A PBS article on the effects of the Fukushima incident predicts the “Japanese will be wrestling with the cleanup for decades and will spend trillions of yen in the process“.

What will nature do with the nuclear waste released into the ocean? Eat it. Neutralize it.

“Scientists have learned how several bacteria decontaminate water that carries dissolved uranium. One species of bacterium combines the phosphate in the water with the uranium to make uranium phosphate crystals. These crystals are stored harmlessly in the bacterium. Another species uses enzymes to make uranium ore that then settles harmlessly out of the water.” – Creation Moments: GOD’S HAZARDOUS WASTE EXPERTS | Learn more from this informative video of the same title.

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Occupant comfort: Is it just something in their heads?

Since the 1970s, as a consequence of the Arab oil embargo, temperature control has been generally perceived as an economics issue, particularly energy consumption. But temperature affects productivity, sales quotas, interpersonal relationships, mental health, and so much more. Indoor temperature does indeed affect economics and as you read on you will discover the cost of energy is almost irrelevant.

The traditional “cold call” will take on new meaning for you sales people.

The following is an excerpt from the March 2017 issue of Scientific American: “The Warmth and Friendship, the Chill of Betrayal

” During the past decade, scientists have discovered that our physical temperature can affect how ‘warm’ or ‘cold’ we feel toward other people. For instance, studies have found that when we are hurt, isolated or betrayed, a short dose of heat — in the form of a hot beverage, warm bath or even the sun — may help restore feelings of trust and bonhomie. Likewise, other investigations have shown that a chill in the air can raise our suspicions. In general, this line of inquiry belongs to a larger research field called embodied cognition, which holds that our body — and not just our brain — plays a role in our thinking, emotions, and memories. The field has its critics, but when it comes to temperature, there is little doubt that the link between physical and psychological warmth and coolness is built on more than just metaphor. Researchers have uncovered overlapping mechanisms that govern both the system that regulates body temperature and the one that governs our emotional state. Imaging studies have tracked both systems to the insula in the cerebral cortex. And as neuroscientists and psychologists begin to understand this circuitry better, they are looking for ways to manipulate it to treat depression and other disorders that can put a freeze on our social connections. Yale University psychologist John A. Bargh first began exploring the links between physical and psychological temperatures in 2008. At the time, he says, his laboratory was ‘scouting into a new territory about the warm-cold effect.’ As part of that initial foray, he paired up with psychologist Lawrence E. Williams, now at the University of Colorado Boulder. They invited 41 undergraduate students to visit their fourth-floor psychology lab. During the elevator ride up, the students all encountered a woman carrying an armful of books, a clipboard, and a coffee cup. She asked each one to hold her cup, which was either steaming hot or icy cold, while she scribbled something down on her clipboard. Once in the lab, the students read a short description about a fictitious “person A” and then had to rate the warmth of his or her personality. When the scientists analyzed the results, a clear pattern emerged: most of the students who held the hot cup had judged ‘person A’ to be significantly more generous and caring than those who held the chilly cup. Many similar experiments soon followed, extending the association. …

“For definitive proof that physical and psychological temperatures are linked, scientists have turned to neuroimaging. ‘Neuroscience has confirmed the reality of these phenomena, using much more powerful measurement tools,’ Bargh says. These tools have tracked the source of the connection to the insula, a small, pyramid-shaped structure deep within the cerebral cortex. This region plays a role in how much we trust others and how much empathy we feel toward them. A 2015 study, for example, showed that damage to the insula causes people to misplace their trust and be overly naive in some situations but cagey in others. Critically, studies also reveal that the insula is important in temperature perception. In 2010 neurologist Hans Lüders of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio and his colleagues investigated the cases of five women with intractable epilepsy. In hopes of better understanding their seizures, they surgically placed electrodes in the women’s insulae, among other brain structures. They reported that stimulating regions within the insula made these patients experience sensations of warmth in different body parts.

“That same year, working with his colleagues at Yale and Boulder, Bargh conducted an experiment that linked both feelings of interpersonal trust and temperature perception to the insula at the same time. They asked 23 participants to play a game inside a functional MRI scanner. The game required players to hypothetically ‘invest’ small amounts of money with other people. As they lay inside the machine, some of them held an ice pack for a few seconds; others held a pack heated to a toasty 105.8 degrees F. The scientists observed clear differences in activation within the insula, depending not only on the decisions the players made in the game but also on the temperature of the pack they held. In addition, they noted that participants primed with cold were less willing to invest. …

“The big question, of course, is why? Why are physical and psychological temperatures linked in the first place? There are two theories, which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. ‘One notion is that from birth we’ve learned that warmth signals the presence of loved ones, so one experience brings to mind the other one,’ Inagaki says. ‘The second theory is that it’s part of our innate system.’ For years researchers have explained the connection by way of the first theory, but recent neurobiological evidence gives more weight to the second idea that we have evolved this way. ‘For all warm-blooded animals, temperature regulation is very metabolically expensive and also required for survival,’ psychologist Hans IJzerman of Free University Amsterdam points out. ‘But it becomes cheaper when there are others to help us regulate our temperature.’ Indeed, animal research has revealed that kleptothermy — or stealing warmth from others, much as huddled emperor penguins do in Antarctica — saves metabolic resources. One 2014 study estimated that in a species of Chilean rodents, sharing a cage with just a few other animals lowered an individual’s basal metabolic rate by up to 40 percent. Similarly, a 2015 study of vervet monkeys showed that friendly grooming not only helps these animals with tangles and pests, it also renders their pelts better insulated against the cold. If we can save precious energy and feel warmer among others, it makes sense that we would also feel more socially included and trusting when primed with physical warmth. ‘Throughout evolutionary time, if you needed somebody else to cuddle with, you needed to know how reliable they were,’ IJzerman explains, ‘so temperature expectation became involved as a “sociometer” to assess how we think of other people. Despite modern conveniences like central heating, thermoregulation has remained important for how we understand our relationships, which is why in English we refer to emotionally responsive people as “warm” and emotionally unresponsive as “cold.”‘”

The word insula is Latin for island. Unresolved temperature control problems may leave you feeling as though you are on an island from which there is no escape. Call on Rockwall Controls. We have a long track record of comfort and energy problems resolution.

I hope what you read today contributes to your understanding how two women in the same office space can have a radically different sense of comfort. Yes, comfort truly is in your head.

Call for an appointment. Let’s work together to create a people-friendly indoor climate in your facility.

John White
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.
(972) 771-3514

Truly Renewable

What is ‘renewable energy’?

Renewable means “to restore to a former state esp. so as to be used again” and implies human effort. Therefore, solar and wind power are not renewable because mankind has no ability whatsoever to restore either natural phenomenon to its original state.

There emerges an exciting renewable “Swiss made” energy technology and it will truly work as well as any Swiss watch.
Learn how Swiss researchers discovered this amazing process in an article titled New technique stores summer heat until it’s needed in winter

Economical Performance: Customer-Centered Serivces

Over my fifty years of service to customers, the traditional corporate business model has served to enrich the wealth of stockholders, often at the expense of the corporations’ customers. Such a business model rewards salespersons who sell products and services then rewards project managers to not deliver what the sales force sold. Salespeople are paid to sell against quotas and the managers are incentivized to hold down overhead and raw costs.

In my last corporate role of corporate account executive, I worked to meet the goals set for me and my sales team AND I worked to assure the satisfaction of our customers. To my disadvantage, I couldn’t fire branch office personnel. All too often customers would call to report dissatisfaction with one or more aspects of the delivered sale. So it was I began to imagine how things could be different if I were in charge of everything from the initial sale to sign-off. When I started my business three decades ago, my focus was not on project profitability, but on customer satisfaction.

Participation in major design-build performance contracts over many years firmly established the business focus for Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.

We rarely, perhaps only once over two to three years, participate in street work based on low price. Instead, we provide customized solutions that economically resolve problems while also introducing significant monetary benefits to the customer. I give two examples.

Example 1 – A five-story courthouse featured a high-pressure dual-duct air handling and distribution HVAC system. There were continuous comfort complaints. Originally this system had pneumatic thermostats that were replaced with a simple DDC system that replaced those pneumatic thermostats with voltage-to-pressure transducers.

Two tandem Joy vane axial fans powered the cold duct while a single fan powered the hot duct. Two joy vane axial fans served as common return fans. Electric heaters on the discharge of the dual duct terminal boxes were the source of heat. This system had an air-side economizer.

Structurally, the old building was as porous as a sieve.

Our remedy was to convert dual duct terminals to variable-volume and to add isolation butterfly dampers to the vane axial fans. Fan tracking based on actual system air flow resolved most of the infiltration/exfiltration problems. An intelligent air-side economizer and elimination of all pneumatics did the rest.

Results? Practically all occupant complaints ended and actual annual kiloWatt-hours energy consumption was cut in half.

Example 2 – A hospital for which HVAC maintenance was neglectful for ten years was approaching a point of total HVAC failure. Antiquated and disparate controls left the new facilities manager in the dark.

Phase 1 addressed central plant operation. Remedies to central plant operation produced annual savings from reduced gas, water, and electricity for a quick payback.

Phase 2 integrated systems of two manufacturers that were installed over several years, giving a window onto the other needs of this hospital.

Phase 3 is pending, but when implemented will dramatically improve overall HVAC systems performance and cost of operations.

Our smart operator interface greatly relieved the facilities management team of stress. How so? We installed our own internet service, wholly independent of the hospital’s IT infrastructure. This measure empowers hospital staff to use our SmartPhone app on-site and away, all without compromising hospital IT security.

What do the two examples share in common? They are self-funding projects; our implementations are designed to pay for themselves.

The Bottom Line

Our customers enjoy energy savings along with greatly improved performance and these projects pay for themselves.

What Are Your Needs?

How can we serve you?

John White
Rockwall Controls Company, Inc.
Rockwall Broad Energy, LLC
(972) 771-3514
info@RockwallControls.com