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Lacerant Plainer has been at 12 events

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NovoPulp1,254NovoPulp will have a stall at Fantasticon 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark where will be selling both volumes of the anthology and posters of the cover art.  @101942254766672606204 will be appearing in the _Fantasticon Expatriate Writers Panel_ at 16.00-17.00 on May 30th. There will be four panelists in total and one moderator.  We will discuss:  - What’s it like to be a writer in a different country than the one you grew up in? - Does being an expatriate influence your writing? - How do you absorb other cultures? The event is over two days between the 30th-31st of May at Valby Kino. We will be there both days so come and say hi :D More info: http://fantasticon.dk/fantasticon2015/NovoPulp at Fantasticon 2015 with Niamh Brown2015-05-30 10:00:003  
NovoPulp1,254*Ask @101942254766672606204 Your @107781032288819724254 Questions!* _Have your heard of NovoPulp, considered getting involved, but you had a few questions? Only just heard of us and want to know more? Then here is your chance to ask someone face to face!_  With around *2 months to go until the 2014 NovoPulp deadline passes*, we wanted to give everyone a chance to raise their hand and ask the questions that the rest of us didn't. Even if you can't attend the Hangout live, please leave your questions so you can watch the video afterwards and still get the information you need.  As the last HOA was aimed at the USA/Australian time-zones we have decided to make this Hangout more European friendly. The HOA will be on: SATURDAY 7th OF JUNE 2014 - 16:00 CET / 10:00 EDT  *Submission Status:* We are still in need of more short stories for this year but in particular *WE NEED ART*. So don't be shy, step forward :D For more information on *NovoPulp:* _The Speculative Fiction Anthology_ visit: http://www.NovoPulp.com For more frequent updates subscribe to our email list: http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf _Coming soon: FREE Bonus Content Only For Newsletter Subscribers!_ See you on air! Notifications: You have been notified of this HOA because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 page at some point. If you would prefer not to receive these limited notifications, or you want to be added to the notify list, then please let us know.NovoPulp Q&A HOA with Niamh Brown2014-06-07 16:00:0011  
NASA Goddard164,363On March 29, 2014, an X-class flare burst off the right side of the sun . . . and NASA was watching. Coordinating their observations, five NASA observatories and one ground-based telescope were able to see things in the flare they'd never seen before.  Numerous other NASA spacecraft provided additional data about what was happening on the sun during the event and what the effects were at Earth.  Join us at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 8, 2014, as researchers describe how multiple missions worked together to explore the sun's surface and atmosphere, layer by layer, providing unprecedented images of the onset of a solar flare.   In addition to the colorful pictures of the sun that NASA will share, participants will explain how such research can help scientists better understand what sets off these large explosions on the sun. Perhaps, someday scientists may be able to predict their onset, forewarning of the radio blackouts they can cause near Earth – blackouts that can interfere with military, airplane and ship communications. Participants include:  Adrian Daw: IRIS project scientist at NASA Goddard Albert Shih: RHESSI scientist at NASA Goddard Sabrina Savage: Hinode deputy project scientist at NASA Marshall Lucia Kleint: Bay Area Environmental Research Institute  Jeffrey Newmark: NASA HeadquartersNASA Hangout: All Eyes on the Sun2014-05-08 20:30:00660  
Space Fan News!5,985,798Hello Space Fans! Tonight there will be a total lunar eclipse tonight in the Western Hemisphere.  @109479143173251353583  will be heading to Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA to do some on-site outreach with Dr. @107316294793809570474. Internet permitting, we'll be attempting to bring in a live feed of the lunar eclipse from LA and hopefully connect with our friends from the @100902337165997768522  and bring in feeds from there too! If you're in the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to join us on site. The event starts at 10:30 p.m. PT and parking is free after 10 p.m. Cerritos College: 11190 Alondra Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650 Parking Lot C-6 off of Studebaker, just south of Alondra Blvd. Not local? That's okay too! Share with us your pictures of the eclipse in the event below!  Keep Looking Up! #ScienceEveryday   #Space   #Astronomy   #Eclipse   #LunarEclipse   #BloodMoon  Lunar Eclipse Live!2014-04-15 08:00:00390  
STEM Women on G+172,761Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to @114480095884024488890 on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through @101828427997295401901. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important.  This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229 and Dr @110756968351492254645  and you can tune in on Sunday April 13th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-13 23:30:0055  
NovoPulp1,254Yes it is finally here! @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthologies), though @104121833908982880351 - Press Division, has published their first book: *_NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology._*  http://www.NovoPulp.com/store  To celebrate we are having a Launch Party HOA. SATURDAY 29th OF MARCH 2014 EST: 19:00 GMT: 23:00 SUNDAY 30th of MARCH 2014 CET: 00:00 AEDT: 10:00 READINGS FROM: @101942254766672606204  @108429362865809614439  OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE: @111830327627461921997  For those who don't know here is a little synopsis on the NovoPulp project: _Let’s bring back the best days of Pulp: Fiction written by and for those who love the genre. Pushing boundaries, asking the questions, demanding the answers, and even providing some._ _We collect, anthologise, and produce one volume a year of the very best Speculative Fiction that G+ can provide. All comers are welcome – we want everyone to have the chance to put their ideas before the world, to be the one who saw what the rest of us didn’t – or wouldn’t – and so change the world..._ *If you enjoy speculative fiction and great artwork you are in for a treat.* Even if you can't attend the HOA, if you can spread the word about the event or the book we would really appreciate it. You can find images and code for your website here: http://www.NovoPulp.com/spread-the-word To those that can make it please join us at the first NovoPulp Launch Party HOA this weekend (the 29th/30th of March 2014 - depending on your timezone). Notification Notice: If you were notified it is because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthology) page. We endeavour to keep these notifications to an absolute minimum, but if you would like to be removed or added to our notification circle please let us know. If you would like to be notified more frequently of NovoPulp news then please subscribe to our newsletter (http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf) or join our public Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115593955852120500953).    Thank you for all your support over the last two years :DNovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology Launch Party HOA2014-03-30 00:00:0033  
The Huffington Post3,461,455@101423092138897438495 is talking ALL THINGS @105318954285548566943 with our own  @111048918866742956374 and @114666679887770354893! We'll be discussing the big Winners, the HUGE Snubs, and all the Moments from Sunday's broadcast.. especially the FUNNY via Host Ellen DeGeneres (and any other random bits of #lol )! Join us as we chat LIVE about the greatest speeches and take questions from all of you, the #awesomesauce audience on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm PT We want to hear from you as to who should win before the show starts (and who should've won, once it ends). You can submit your questions in both comments and using the Q&A app attached to the Hangout. More fun @115626641875816620951 here at #huffpost  on @101560853443212199687 ! #Oscars   #oscars2014   #movies   #bestpicture2014   #hangoutsonair    #academyawards2014  @109886274038066405139 @103646891144429179516 @116676026225486451226 @104518476962915543468 @104309716740433286280  #Her   #philomena   #nebraska   #dallasbuyersclub   http://huff.to/1jx2qiT : Our HuffPost #Oscars2014  coverage [Trailer Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images]Huffpost 2014 Oscars Recap Show w/Matt Rappaport and Nic Graham2014-03-03 22:15:0052  
Beyond Rubik's Cube5,908,522Rubik’s Fans Unite! Spend an afternoon with the world’s top Rubik’s Cube aficionados in an epic Google+ Hangout on Air. Join +Paul Hoffman CEO of the +Liberty Science Center as he hosts a discussion between some of the brightest thought leaders, math geeks, and speed cubers ever assembled; featuring an introduction by none other than +Erno Rubik himself. Hear why Oxford Mathematics Professor +Marcus du Sautoy thinks the Rubik’s Cube has a lot in common with the Large Hadron Collider. Muse over the poetry and aesthetics of science in our culture with renowned science writer, and exhibition curator +Margaret Wertheim. Marvel at the finger dexterity of world champion speed cuber +Anthony Brooks. Learn about what it takes to bring an exhibition to life with +Ann Neumann. Creative Director at the Liberty Science Center and +Michael Tyka artist and visionary who built the Groovik’s Cube at Burning Man. Seven of the most interesting people in the world will be gathered together to talk all things cube. You’re invited. Click-in July 18th at 2pm EST. Submit Hangout questions on this Events Page. Special thank you to +Michael Holden for that awesome picture we're using. Check him out www.michaelholden.com.The Beyond Rubik's Cube Hangout2013-07-18 20:00:00214  
TakePart43,519Seven years ago former Vice President Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, kick-starting a global conversation about climate change (available on Google Play: http://goo.gl/ElYcc). The issue is as pressing as ever and Gore and Jeff Skoll, the film's executive producer, want to hear your ideas (http://youtu.be/ih3fEHv4wqA).  Throughout the coming week add your thoughts and questions in the Science on G+ Community (http://goo.gl/39w5t). Gore and Skoll will choose the most insightful participants to join them in a live Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EST - come back then to tune in to the Conversation! Google+ Conversation with Al Gore about Combating Climate Change2013-06-11 20:00:002179  
Jacob Dix37,043Post your sky images here. Comment on other's sky images. Mobile, DSLR, film are welcome. Have fun. The sky is beautiful.Sky 3!2012-09-29 00:30:0033  
Benjamin Cortis162,556*Photo Competition* September 2012 *Status: finished* *Thread:* Landscapes The images can be submitted the next *24 hours*. Then the event is closed and a voting phase starts from exactly *6 days*. The jury is the audience. During this period anyone can can vote by a +1 to his favorite picture. In one week, then the current state of the votes will be noted and the winners will be revealed to the public. *Rules:* Please note the current topic. Everyone can submit *only one* picture. Please no nudity or any other offensive pictures. *If anyone does not abide by the rules, his work will be removed from this event not be rated.* last competition: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Let´s have fun.... ------------------------------------------------------------- *Fotowettbewerb* September 2012 *Status: beendet* *Thema:* Landschaften Die Bilder können in den nächsten *24 Stunden* eingereicht werden. Dann wird das Event geschlossen und eine Abstimmungsphase von genau *6 Tagen* beginnt. Die Jury ist das Publikum. In diesem Zeitraum kann jeder seine Stimme durch ein +1 unter seinem Lieblingsbild abgeben. In einer Woche wird dann der aktuelle Stand der Abstimmungen festgehalten und die Gewinner können der Öffentlichkeit preisgegeben werden. *Regeln:* Bitte beachtet das aktuelle Thema. Jeder kann *maximal ein* Bild einreichen. Bitte keine Nacktbilder oder keine anderen anstößigen Bilder. *Wenn sich jemand nicht an die Regeln hält wird aus diesem Event entfernt und nicht bewertet.* letzte Wettbewerb: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Viel Spaß #foto #photo #wettbewerb #competition #event #photocompetition   #photocompetitionseptember  Photo Competition - September 20122012-09-05 10:00:00941  
Jacob Dix37,043For some time now I have been doing a project, an experiment, an exploration, a study in light. My object has been the sky, through the limited vantage point of my kitchen window and my backyard. The result, so far, is this album called *Sky*: http://goo.gl/phGuR Forget about that for right now. Show everyone your own sky! The best, the worst. I've seen people mention avoiding it because it means they have no "object" to shoot. Don't listen to those people. It is the most challenging palette of light there is. Let's see 'em! You have a full day and a half! Please spread the word too.Sky!2012-09-02 00:00:0023  

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2015-05-14 07:29:43 (51 comments, 83 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

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2015-05-14 07:29:43 (51 comments, 83 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

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2015-05-20 16:30:31 (13 comments, 62 reshares, 225 +1s)Open 

Ebb and Flow: Scientific Visualization : A new(ish) and growing interdisciplinary approach to scientific visualization is changing how we look at things and how we work towards understanding geological, medical, physical, chemical and biological phenomena. Why is this useful? Students understand the basics so much better with visualization, architects can 'see' and realize soil characteristics, researchers are using these visualization in myriad ways to come to some startling conclusions. So what is this all about?

Computing power has changed the paradigm : Computer simulation is a computer program, or network of computers, that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. Computer simulations have become a useful part of mathematical modelling of many natural systems in physics, and computational physics, chemistry and biology; human systems ineconom... more »

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2015-08-30 10:51:18 (36 comments, 17 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

The Final Episode of Mission Impossible is up : No Return , the final episode of Mission Impossible (#39) is up on the blog. Here is the link to the story - http://www.lacerantplainer.com/2015/08/no-return.html

Hope you enjoy the story :)



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The Final Episode of Mission Impossible is up : No Return , the final episode of Mission Impossible (#39) is up on the blog. Here is the link to the story - http://www.lacerantplainer.com/2015/08/no-return.html

Hope you enjoy the story :)



Pic courtesy: Pixabay https://pixabay.com/p-252885/?no_redirect___

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2015-08-20 09:31:49 (27 comments, 12 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Virtual currencies : I have been following the evolution of bitcoin with some interest. Over the period, it has shown that hacking it does not make sense due to the blockchain database (Please see hacking news in comments). But is this where we are heading? From a futuristic concept, Yes. It makes irrefutable logic. And here is why... (Do watch the video, it's thought-provoking).

Most of the money we have is already electronic : It really is. How much do we use cash anyway? Plastic and electronic payments has outstripped physical flows of money.

Money as a concept is changing : Consumers do not differentiate between using a credit card or a debit card for small payments. Payment gateways. POS machines and mobile payments have changed all that. A lot of us never actually hold the money we earn or see it.

Value of banks : Banks historically have... more »

Virtual currencies : I have been following the evolution of bitcoin with some interest. Over the period, it has shown that hacking it does not make sense due to the blockchain database (Please see hacking news in comments). But is this where we are heading? From a futuristic concept, Yes. It makes irrefutable logic. And here is why... (Do watch the video, it's thought-provoking).

Most of the money we have is already electronic : It really is. How much do we use cash anyway? Plastic and electronic payments has outstripped physical flows of money.

Money as a concept is changing : Consumers do not differentiate between using a credit card or a debit card for small payments. Payment gateways. POS machines and mobile payments have changed all that. A lot of us never actually hold the money we earn or see it.

Value of banks : Banks historically have been the owners of these flows of money. But the real value of banks is to provide loans and take deposits, managing risk. As more and more banks are getting to be risk averse, the very reason for banks to exist is being questioned.

Reserves : Money is no longer linked to reserves. Not the hard gold standard. So what is currency? It is more of a philosophical question than you imagine. Currency is purely a trading method. Stocks and bonds are already electronic. Will cash also move in the same direction? I think so.___

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2015-08-12 08:14:54 (49 comments, 26 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Science - You're doing it wrong : Science is a method of finding out things. By its very nature, it is constantly adjusting, reiterating or firming up on a hypothesis. A rigid view on science is as faulty as a belief system. Why is that? Let's get back to first principles.
 
Science is about discovery : At the heart of it, the scientific method is about discovery. Feynman wrote about it in his memoirs - often we ask ourselves how things work, why they do what they do. The biggest discoveries have come from some of the most mundane questions. What is good science and what is bad depends on a number of factors. Some of these are related to the rigor and repeatability of experiments carried out. Some of it relates to the study you are quoting. Even scientists are wrong. Often. And they are very aware of this.
 
Science is not the same thing as experience :T... more »

Science - You're doing it wrong : Science is a method of finding out things. By its very nature, it is constantly adjusting, reiterating or firming up on a hypothesis. A rigid view on science is as faulty as a belief system. Why is that? Let's get back to first principles.
 
Science is about discovery : At the heart of it, the scientific method is about discovery. Feynman wrote about it in his memoirs - often we ask ourselves how things work, why they do what they do. The biggest discoveries have come from some of the most mundane questions. What is good science and what is bad depends on a number of factors. Some of these are related to the rigor and repeatability of experiments carried out. Some of it relates to the study you are quoting. Even scientists are wrong. Often. And they are very aware of this.
 
Science is not the same thing as experience : This is true. Someone told me "I think fractals are related to the structure of the universe." It may well be so. It may not be so. But the person I am quoting did not follow the scientific method of hypothesis, testing, repeatability, peer review and statistical significance of the outcome (after removal of bias). So this is not scientific. It may still be 'right', but you cannot say this is proof. It does not have rigor. This is a guess. It is not science.
 
'The Science is wrong' or 'The Science is right, and your assumption is wrong' : Scientists do not 'know' things. They have a degree of certainty about things. Let me illustrate. You talk about gravity. Scientists will tell you it's a law. The reason it is a law is that there is a body of work, testing, hypothesis, rigor and experimental observations that conform to it. Can a law be overturned? Sure, though this does not happen very often. We could be wrong. But it would require a huge body of work and proof for it to be overturned or amended. On the other hand, telepathy was considered 'not scientific.' But it turns out, there may be more to the brain than we expected. However, is this a definite finding? Not by a long way. We are still observing and testing. Something more concrete will come about once we have more studies done. It is repeated under different conditions, it has more statistical significance, etc. etc. How does one know? Sometimes you need to look under the covers, sometimes you need to ask people. Sometimes one needs to read more and try and decipher the language used in scientific publications - a some of which can be erroneous - by way of bias, rigor or quality. And often one can still not be 'definite.'
                                                                                                                                                                             
Is the science 'settled' ? : Some people ask me this. Yes, we can say things with a degree of certainty. But the science is often not 'settled.' It is like saying 'Do we have nothing more we can discover?' The whole point of science is that it is a process which allows for some degree of certainty. At one time we thought the Atom was the smallest unit of matter. Today we know there is much more to it. Does it mean that we shouldn't have made an assertion before? No. It takes many tests and years of confirmation and work before we have comfort in making an assertion. Even then, there may be things which we have missed.
 
Science is catching up with what we already knew : People have told me they already knew that trees were the reason for rainfall. 'We already knew that, science is just catching up.' This knowing is not science. It is what one can call a guess. A feeling. Not verifiable. You might as well say correlation implies causation.

Links and References

Please see my collection 'The Scientific Method' for more - https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/collection/Q3TXW

http://www.uic.edu/classes/bios/bios100/labs/scimethod.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

http://teacher.nsrl.rochester.edu/phy_labs/appendixe/appendixe.html

Edit : Pic may not reflect the blog, and is for illustration purposes only (taken from the Ethical Skeptic). I should have probably put a better pic!___

2015-08-09 17:18:07 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

^Mission Impossible - Trader Dranke* ! : Episode 38 comes to you, with Dranke visiting Jexx. What happens after that? What will happen on Hexe and in the Hnnesset? Read on to find out more as the Captain and his crew continue on their adventures :)

^Mission Impossible - Trader Dranke* ! : Episode 38 comes to you, with Dranke visiting Jexx. What happens after that? What will happen on Hexe and in the Hnnesset? Read on to find out more as the Captain and his crew continue on their adventures :)___

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2015-08-09 08:44:17 (18 comments, 17 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Telepathy over the internet : As part of my collections on the Science of SF. It's not as far-fetched as one would imagine. Only goes to show our brains are one of the biggest mysteries to us. In more ways than one.

Over the web : The ultimate way to speed up online communication would be to push towards direct brain-to-brain communication over the web. If brains were directly connected, there would be no more need for pesky typing – we could simply think of an idea and send it instantly to a friend, whether they are in the same room or half the world away. We’re not there yet, of course, but a recent study took a first step in that direction, claiming direct brain-to-brain communication over the internet between people thousands of miles from one another.

Still just a beginning : Using EEG, the research team first translated the greetings "hola"and... more »

Telepathy over the internet : As part of my collections on the Science of SF. It's not as far-fetched as one would imagine. Only goes to show our brains are one of the biggest mysteries to us. In more ways than one.

Over the web : The ultimate way to speed up online communication would be to push towards direct brain-to-brain communication over the web. If brains were directly connected, there would be no more need for pesky typing – we could simply think of an idea and send it instantly to a friend, whether they are in the same room or half the world away. We’re not there yet, of course, but a recent study took a first step in that direction, claiming direct brain-to-brain communication over the internet between people thousands of miles from one another.

Still just a beginning : Using EEG, the research team first translated the greetings "hola" and "ciao" into binary code and then emailed the results from India to France. There a computer-brain interface transmitted the message to the receiver's brain through noninvasive brain stimulation. The subjects experienced this as phosphenes, flashes of light in their peripheral vision. The light appeared in numerical sequences that enabled the receiver to decode the information in the message, and while the subjects did not report feeling anything, they did correctly receive the greetings.

Caution : Of course, with this kind of power comes danger too. Anything sent over the internet can be hacked and tracked. The ability to send messages directly into a person’s brain is, to some, a terrifying concept. “It can potentially be some day used in a negative way – you could try to take control of [somebody’s] motor system,” says Ruffini. But he points out that researchers are a long way from being able to do anything even remotely so sophisticated.

+Corina Marinescu has posted about this here : https://plus.google.com/+CorinaMarinescu/posts/EBGqEJze21K

References and Links

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0105225

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4138179/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140903105646.htm

http://io9.com/brain-to-brain-interfaces-and-the-science-of-telepathy-1690302834

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150106-the-first-brain-to-brain-emails

#sciencefiction #science  ___

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2015-08-08 09:27:44 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

WalkCar concept : While this is a prototype, the makers are going to have to succeed in their kickstarter to get to market. The board looks a little small, and one has to wonder about it's stability (rider balance), but it's an interesting idea.

Specs : Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.  The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.

Saito expects to see many other uses for his transporter, as he says it has enough power to help people push wheelchairs with ease. The lightweight aluminum board is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds). Itreac... more »

WalkCar concept : While this is a prototype, the makers are going to have to succeed in their kickstarter to get to market. The board looks a little small, and one has to wonder about it's stability (rider balance), but it's an interesting idea.

Specs : Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.  The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.

Saito expects to see many other uses for his transporter, as he says it has enough power to help people push wheelchairs with ease. The lightweight aluminum board is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds). It reaches top speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour), for distances of up to 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) after three hours of charging.

Portable : The device’s board is shaped like a laptop, differentiating it from traditional skateboards. Both an indoor and outdoor version exist, the latter of which is a little heavier and more robust to handle outdoor conditions. WalkCar can handle rider weights up to 256lbs. Arguably the best part of the device is its size — given that it is about the size of a large textbook, you can stow it away in a backpack or locker, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking space or bike slot. WalkCar hails from Cocoa Motors and the price will be approximately $800 USD.

References and links

http://gizmodo.com/a-tiny-personal-transporter-that-looks-like-a-macbook-y-1722720141

http://newsdaily.com/2015/08/pocket-sized-personal-transporters-could-soon-be-seen-on-the-streets-of-tokyo/

http://www.slashgear.com/walkcar-is-a-laptop-shaped-skateboard-car-for-your-city-travels-07396000/___

2015-08-04 17:05:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

My newly collected posts of a topic I have been following for some time now. If you want to recommend a collection I should have, do let me know! Hope you like this one!

My newly collected posts of a topic I have been following for some time now. If you want to recommend a collection I should have, do let me know! Hope you like this one!___

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2015-08-01 06:26:39 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant speciesou... more »

How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant species outnumber by twenty to one those of ferns and cone-bearing trees, or conifers, which had thrived for 200 million years before the first bloom appeared. As a food source flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence. In the words of Walter Judd, a botanist at the University of Florida, "If it weren't for flowering plants, we humans wouldn't be here."

Evolution and Innovation : What allowed flowering plants to dominate the world's flora so quickly? What was their great innovation? Early angiosperms got their start on the margins. In a world dominated by conifers and ferns, these botanical newcomers managed to get a toehold in areas of ecological disturbance, such as floodplains and volcanic regions, and adapted quickly to new environments. Fossil evidence leads some botanists to believe that the first flowering plants were herbaceous, meaning they grew no woody parts. (The latest genetic research, however, indicates that most ancient angiosperm lines included both herbaceous and woody plants.) Unlike trees, which require years to mature and bear seed, herbaceous angiosperms live, reproduce, and die in short life cycles. This enables them to seed new ground quickly and perhaps allowed them to evolve faster than their competitors, advantages that may have helped give rise to their diversity.

Flashy is better : Casting pollen to the wind is a hit-or-miss method of reproduction. Although wind pollination suffices for many plant species, direct delivery by insects is far more efficient. Insects doubtless began visiting and pollinating angiosperms as soon as the new plants appeared on Earth some 130 million years ago. But it would be another 30 or 40 million years before flowering plants grabbed the attention of insect pollinators by flaunting flashy petals.

References and Sources:

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/big-bloom/

http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/flowers-rainfall/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_plants

Gif courtesy (Tumblr) : https://goo.gl/SB578A___

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2015-07-31 10:42:52 (47 comments, 50 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant speciesou... more »

How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant species outnumber by twenty to one those of ferns and cone-bearing trees, or conifers, which had thrived for 200 million years before the first bloom appeared. As a food source flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence. In the words of Walter Judd, a botanist at the University of Florida, "If it weren't for flowering plants, we humans wouldn't be here."

Evolution and Innovation : What allowed flowering plants to dominate the world's flora so quickly? What was their great innovation? Early angiosperms got their start on the margins. In a world dominated by conifers and ferns, these botanical newcomers managed to get a toehold in areas of ecological disturbance, such as floodplains and volcanic regions, and adapted quickly to new environments. Fossil evidence leads some botanists to believe that the first flowering plants were herbaceous, meaning they grew no woody parts. (The latest genetic research, however, indicates that most ancient angiosperm lines included both herbaceous and woody plants.) Unlike trees, which require years to mature and bear seed, herbaceous angiosperms live, reproduce, and die in short life cycles. This enables them to seed new ground quickly and perhaps allowed them to evolve faster than their competitors, advantages that may have helped give rise to their diversity.

Flashy is better : Casting pollen to the wind is a hit-or-miss method of reproduction. Although wind pollination suffices for many plant species, direct delivery by insects is far more efficient. Insects doubtless began visiting and pollinating angiosperms as soon as the new plants appeared on Earth some 130 million years ago. But it would be another 30 or 40 million years before flowering plants grabbed the attention of insect pollinators by flaunting flashy petals.

References and Sources:

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/big-bloom/

http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/flowers-rainfall/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_plants

Gif courtesy (Tumblr) : https://goo.gl/SB578A___

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2015-07-17 08:40:15 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

+Marti Lawrence has written a funny, bittersweet story about her family, her cats and her life. Written in the style which will have you smiling, Marti writes with flair and a comedic touch, which make her stories come alive. She handles life with elan, humor and dignity, which would have many of us flailing in the ditch wondering what to do next. Highly recommended!

+Marti Lawrence has written a funny, bittersweet story about her family, her cats and her life. Written in the style which will have you smiling, Marti writes with flair and a comedic touch, which make her stories come alive. She handles life with elan, humor and dignity, which would have many of us flailing in the ditch wondering what to do next. Highly recommended!___

2015-07-17 04:51:01 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Signal Boost for +MJ Bush ....

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If you want PERSONAL one-on-one training from me on how to deepen your characters, using one of your characters as a direct example, now is the time to get it.

This is a (secret) soft-launch, and I will never revisit this price once I raise it.

I'll let +Shawn Jones tell you what it's like to have a session with me...

Going into this, I was dubious of the concept. Frankly it seems like anything that works for other writers doesn’t work for me, so I didn’t have much hope that this would get me past the block I’ve been having about my next main character. That being said, this worked. It was almost like talking to my main character’s shrink. By the time I was done, I was her conscience and knew her deepest fears.

My writing style is such that my characters and my stories develop very organically. I don’t know much about what is going on at first. In fact, in many ways I’m reading my books as I write them. So plot and character development are something that occurs over days and weeks for me. But MJ’s Character Creation and Refinement Session compressed that time into an hour. I know my next main character now. No, I don’t know the Captain’s eye color yet, and I can’t tell you her favorite food, but I know what makes her tick.

I went into the session with a vague idea that I wanted to do something related to man’s early attempts at faster-than-light travel. I came out of it with characters, a plot, conflict, and most importantly, personality quirks. The things that make a character readable and believable.

The one-on-one chat and more importantly, the voice call, were awesome. I had conversation with someone whose sole purpose was to pull an idea out of my brain and turn it into the person that will lead my next series.

As I learned about my new main character, I also began to realize how she found herself in command of a science vessel. I got to know her through MJ’s eyes, and my plot fell into place. When that happened, the universe she will be in began to form. For me, for my style of writing, once that universe takes shape my mind turns on. I am building another tale, and believe me, you can’t wait to read it.

My session with MJ added another weapon to my writing arsenal. It’s one I hope I don’t have to pull out often, but when I need to, I won’t hesitate. Whether a new or established writer, I think this concept is valuable. I highly recommend it to anyone who is having trouble getting inside a character’s head, or just wants to get a head start on figuring them out.

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2015-07-12 16:33:29 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Thanks for the invitation +Stephen Peel ! Here is a collection which I love personally, and hope you find interesting as well. Right from the Discovery telescope to one of the first radio telescope which led to the hypothesis of the CMB and the Big Bang theory, telescopes are tools used by astronomers to look deep into the history of our universe. It's a fascinating subject in itself.

The JWST is a talking point in itself. It's an origami based space telescope which will sit at a Lagrange point and give us an ever deeper look into the universe. As it looked millions and billions of years ago.

Thanks for the invitation +Stephen Peel ! Here is a collection which I love personally, and hope you find interesting as well. Right from the Discovery telescope to one of the first radio telescope which led to the hypothesis of the CMB and the Big Bang theory, telescopes are tools used by astronomers to look deep into the history of our universe. It's a fascinating subject in itself.

The JWST is a talking point in itself. It's an origami based space telescope which will sit at a Lagrange point and give us an ever deeper look into the universe. As it looked millions and billions of years ago.___

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2015-07-11 16:26:15 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

^Mission Impossible returns* ! : Episode 37 come to you, with Dranke having left spacecommand. What will happen next? The skeleton crew of The Raven are off on an adventure. Read on to know more!

#Missionimpossible  

^Mission Impossible returns* ! : Episode 37 come to you, with Dranke having left spacecommand. What will happen next? The skeleton crew of The Raven are off on an adventure. Read on to know more!

#Missionimpossible  ___

2015-07-11 09:12:56 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I was invited to this community by Steve and decided to post one of the first collections I made. I write large about science, but I am a Science Fiction writer. I am not famous, but I post about interesting things. Mainly. If you like this collection, do take a look at my other collections as well. Cheers!

I was invited to this community by Steve and decided to post one of the first collections I made. I write large about science, but I am a Science Fiction writer. I am not famous, but I post about interesting things. Mainly. If you like this collection, do take a look at my other collections as well. Cheers!___

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2015-07-10 17:04:31 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Signal boost for +MrsA Wiggins! If you are looking for a continuity editor, look no further!...

Authors, are you in need of a Continuity Editor for your book series? I do not do developmental editing or copy editing, but I excel at continuity editing and proofreading. I charge reasonable prices.

http://mrsawiggins05.wordpress.com___Signal boost for +MrsA Wiggins! If you are looking for a continuity editor, look no further!...

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2015-06-23 08:11:04 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

Astronomers discover 'dark galaxies' in Coma cluster : A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and NAOJ of Japan have discovered 'Ultra-Dark Galaxies' in the Coma cluster.

This is amazing since scientists have been scratching their heads to account for the amount of theorized dark matter, and this finding may well be the answer. While none of this is confirmed, all pointers are that this may well support the hypothesis.

Why Dark Matter? : The ultra-dark galaxies are similar in size to the Milky Way, but have only 1/1,000 of stars that our galaxy does. The stellar population within such fluffy extended galaxies is subject to rapid disruption due to a strong tidal force detected within the cluster. "We believe that something invisible must be protecting the fragile star systems of these galaxies, something with a high mass," said Dr.... more »

Astronomers discover 'dark galaxies' in Coma cluster : A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and NAOJ of Japan have discovered 'Ultra-Dark Galaxies' in the Coma cluster.

This is amazing since scientists have been scratching their heads to account for the amount of theorized dark matter, and this finding may well be the answer. While none of this is confirmed, all pointers are that this may well support the hypothesis.

Why Dark Matter? : The ultra-dark galaxies are similar in size to the Milky Way, but have only 1/1,000 of stars that our galaxy does. The stellar population within such fluffy extended galaxies is subject to rapid disruption due to a strong tidal force detected within the cluster. "We believe that something invisible must be protecting the fragile star systems of these galaxies, something with a high mass," said Dr. Koda. "That 'something' is very likely an excessive amount of dark matter." The component of visible matter, such as stars, is calculated to contribute only one percent or less to the total mass of each galaxy. The rest -- dark matter -- accounts for more than 99 percent.

Well Hidden : Dark matter is one of the unresolved mysteries in Cosmology. Studies of such interplay between dark matter and stars and gas in galaxies are increasingly attracting attention from researchers. "This discovery of dark galaxies may be the tip of the iceberg," said Dr. Koda. "We may find more if we look for fainter galaxies embedded in a large amount of dark matter, with the Subaru Telescope and additional observations may expose this hidden side of the Universe."

Background : The first to postulate dark matter based upon robust evidence was Vera Rubin in the 1960s–1970s, using galaxy rotation curves. Subsequently many other observations have indicated the presence of dark matter in the universe, including gravitational lensing of background objects by galaxy clusters such as the Bullet Cluster, the temperature distribution of hot gas in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and, more recently, the pattern of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. According to consensus among cosmologists, dark matter is composed primarily of a not yet characterized type of subatomic particle. The search for this particle, by a variety of means, is one of the major efforts in particle physics today.

Article source and references:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150622162027.htm

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-vlt-kind-globular-star-cluster.html#inlRlv

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter

http://phys.org/news/2015-05-vlt-kind-globular-star-cluster.html#inlRlv

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/astronomers-discover-hundreds-weird-galaxies-filled-dark-matter-n379956

Pic credit: thedailybeast.com___

2015-06-19 08:31:18 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Organizing some of my earlier posts into a collection about alternate computers. It's a wider topic than you think ;)

Organizing some of my earlier posts into a collection about alternate computers. It's a wider topic than you think ;)___

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2015-06-17 09:53:51 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Just Add Water : Taking microfluidics to the next level.... Stanford researchers have developed a computer that uses the physics of water droplets. While traditionally, water is the enemy of computers, this method uses water to compute. The new computer is not intended to replace existing computers. I just happened to find this interesting!

Water clock : For nearly a decade since he was in graduate school, an idea has been nagging at Prakash: What if he could use little droplets as bits of information and utilize the precise movement of those drops to process both information and physical materials simultaneously. Eventually, Prakash decided to build a rotating magnetic field that could act as clock to synchronize all the droplets.

Fascinating to watch : Katsikis and Prakash built arrays of tiny iron bars on glass slides that look something like a Pac-Man maze.... more »

Just Add Water : Taking microfluidics to the next level.... Stanford researchers have developed a computer that uses the physics of water droplets. While traditionally, water is the enemy of computers, this method uses water to compute. The new computer is not intended to replace existing computers. I just happened to find this interesting!

Water clock : For nearly a decade since he was in graduate school, an idea has been nagging at Prakash: What if he could use little droplets as bits of information and utilize the precise movement of those drops to process both information and physical materials simultaneously. Eventually, Prakash decided to build a rotating magnetic field that could act as clock to synchronize all the droplets.

Fascinating to watch : Katsikis and Prakash built arrays of tiny iron bars on glass slides that look something like a Pac-Man maze. They laid a blank glass slide on top and sandwiched a layer of oil in between. Then they carefully injected into the mix individual water droplets that had been infused with tiny magnetic nanoparticles. Next, they turned on the magnetic field. Every time the field flips, the polarity of the bars reverses, drawing the magnetized droplets in a new, predetermined direction, like slot cars on a track. Every rotation of the field counts as one clock cycle, like a second hand making a full circle on a clock face, and every drop marches exactly one step forward with each cycle.

Scalable at smaller sizes : The current chips are about half the size of a postage stamp, and the droplets are smaller than poppy seeds, but Katsikis said that the physics of the system suggests it can be made even smaller. Combined with the fact that the magnetic field can control millions of droplets simultaneously, this makes the system exceptionally scalable. "We can keep making it smaller and smaller so that it can do more operations per time, so that it can work with smaller droplet sizes and do more number of operations on a chip," said graduate student and co-author Jim Cybulski. "That lends itself very well to a variety of applications."

Article link: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/june/computer-water-drops-060815.html

Related Abstract in Nature magazine : http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphys3341.html

Related Stanford article : http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/march/dancing-droplets-prakash-031115.html___

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2015-06-08 20:34:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

A story of mine is part of this bundle :) And it's all free! 

There is an Indie eBook Bundle Giveaway going on for the next fourteen days. Enter for your chance to win twelve awesome books by some great authors on G+:

+Lisa Cohen
+Aaron Crocco
+Gina Drayer
+Masha du Toit
+Andy Goldman
+Marti Lawrence
+Lacerant Plainer
+Ryan Toxopeus
+Rick Wayne
+Jenni Wiltz

#bibliophiles
#authors___A story of mine is part of this bundle :) And it's all free! 

2015-06-04 13:27:20 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Interesting.....

What do you do?

Hey guys, help me out with a little bit of primary research. I'm looking into availability and desirability of Indian handicrafts and ethnic products, and trying to understand why and how people buy them outside of India.

Where do you currently buy Indian handicrafts and ethnic products?
If your current option isn't listed in my poll, will you please mention it in the comments? Pretty please?

Gracias, amigos!!

Image details : _"'Patola' (ritual heirloom cloth) from Gujarat, India, late 18th or early 19th century" by Anonymous - Honolulu Academy of Arts. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org____Interesting.....

What do you do?

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2015-06-03 17:06:55 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Sea level rise faster than expected : With new satellite data imaging to support the numbers, and checking against actual sea level rise accounts for a global mean rate of sea level rise between 1993 and mid-2014 is between 2.6 and 2.9 millimetres per year.  This is actually much higher than previously thought.

Accuracy of Data : Sea levels over the past two decades have risen faster than previously thought, suggests a new study that reassesses the accuracy of satellite data. The study by an international team of scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change , compares satellite records of sea levels made from 1993 to mid-2014 to tide gauge records. Lead author and geophysicist Dr Christopher Watson says the study results address an ongoing puzzle about sea level rise.

Trends Emerging : The degree of difference between the original and revisedme... more »

Sea level rise faster than expected : With new satellite data imaging to support the numbers, and checking against actual sea level rise accounts for a global mean rate of sea level rise between 1993 and mid-2014 is between 2.6 and 2.9 millimetres per year.  This is actually much higher than previously thought.

Accuracy of Data : Sea levels over the past two decades have risen faster than previously thought, suggests a new study that reassesses the accuracy of satellite data. The study by an international team of scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change , compares satellite records of sea levels made from 1993 to mid-2014 to tide gauge records. Lead author and geophysicist Dr Christopher Watson says the study results address an ongoing puzzle about sea level rise.

Trends Emerging : The degree of difference between the original and revised measurements is only around 10-15 per cent -- amounting to differences of 0.9-1.5 millimetres per year -- but it paints a revised picture of a recent acceleration in sea level rise, which is much closer to predictions. With only just over two decades of satellite monitoring, the fluctuations in sea level could just be the result of annual variability, but the data suggests a trend is emerging, says Watson.

Article link: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/05/12/4233713.htm

Additional link: http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/14/climatechange-seas-idINL6N0US3IZ20150114

Map details: http://grist.org/list/these-freaky-maps-show-what-extreme-sea-level-rise-will-do-to-china/

Research Paper : http://goo.gl/7UVWNP - http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v5/n6/full/nclimate2635.html

Additional pic courtesy : Abc.com.au___

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2015-05-27 16:42:37 (12 comments, 15 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

VelociRoACH launches H2Bird : No, it's still English. The Velociroach is a tiny bot which 'runs' at a ridiculous pace for its size. So much so that if it was any faster, it would disintegrate. So what did UC Berkeley Researchers use it for? To launch an ornithopter of course. Watch the video to watch this amazing little robot going about its job. I can see the time of robots is close...

Take off : In nature, you're not likely to ever see a bird get a piggyback ride from a cockroach and then take off from its back. But in the world of bio-inspired robotics, such things can and do happen. Researchers from the UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have successfully demonstrated a cooperative launching system that puts a lightweight ornithopter on the back of its VelociRoACH robotic carpet crawler for a short run before the H2Bird takes to the air.
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VelociRoACH launches H2Bird : No, it's still English. The Velociroach is a tiny bot which 'runs' at a ridiculous pace for its size. So much so that if it was any faster, it would disintegrate. So what did UC Berkeley Researchers use it for? To launch an ornithopter of course. Watch the video to watch this amazing little robot going about its job. I can see the time of robots is close...

Take off : In nature, you're not likely to ever see a bird get a piggyback ride from a cockroach and then take off from its back. But in the world of bio-inspired robotics, such things can and do happen. Researchers from the UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab have successfully demonstrated a cooperative launching system that puts a lightweight ornithopter on the back of its VelociRoACH robotic carpet crawler for a short run before the H2Bird takes to the air.

Fast : Rather than running on straight legs, it has a rolling gait on six C-shaped legs, which lets it travel at a remarkably high speed. A version of the VelociRoach, the X2, broke the robot speed record for robots of its size, reaching velocities of up to 4.9 metres per second.

Cooperative Launch : With the robotic flapper on its back, the VelociRoACH motors were found to use up to 24.5 percent more power. But just having the bird in its cradle resulted in the ambulating carrier bot running with more stability, reducing the variance in pitch and roll velocity by as much as 90 percent. The researchers also discovered that having the bird flap its wings slightly while being carried helped increase the average velocity of the robot roach by 12.7 percent.

Sources and Links

Gizmag: http://www.cnet.com/news/watch-a-robotic-cockroach-launch-a-robotic-bird/

PopSci: http://www.popsci.com/watch-super-fast-robot-roach-launch-robot-bird

UC Berkeley's Site: http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ronf/Biomimetics.html

Paper (not yet published) : http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ronf/PAPERS/crose-icra15.pdf

Paper with information on the Ornithopter: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-60.pdf___

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2015-05-24 07:54:49 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Sharing to my collection!

Shrimpoluminescence: Why Snapping shrimps are amazing : Both the Mantis Shrimp and the Pistol shrimp snap their claws at an incredible speed. The animal snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation bubble that generates acoustic pressures. As it extends out from the claw, the bubble reaches speeds of 60 mph and releases a sound (ultrasound) reaching 218 decibels,  a pressure strong enough to kill small fish. The resultant bubble reaches temperatures of 5000K (close to the temperature on the surface of the Sun! No it's not fusion!!!)

Mantis Shrimp 'club' : It has also been known to crack, and even break, aquarium glass. The mantis shrimp has two raptorial appendages on the front of its body that act as its "clubs." These clubs accelerate with the same velocity as a bullet leaving a twenty-two-caliber rifle. In less than three-thousandths of a second, the mantis shrimp can strike prey with about 1,500 newtons of force. That number made no sense to me at first too, but here's some perspective on 1,500 newtons of force. If the human arm could accelerate with one-tenth of that speed (150 newtons), we would be able to throw a baseball into orbit.

Pistol Shrimpoluminescence : Pistol shrimp produce a raucous sound when they rapidly snap their specialised claw shut, as a way to stun their prey.  The sound is produced by the bursting of a bubble that appears when the shrimp closes its claw speedily, which causes the water to cavitate. Researchers showed that a penetrating flash of light appears when the cavitation bubble pops because of the high temperatures and pressure inside of the bubble, similar to sonoluminescence. Sonoluminescence is defined as the emission of short bursts of light from imploding bubbles in a liquid when excited by sound.

How Ultrasound makes sonoluminescent bubbles : A liquid is rarely entirely pure. It is usually full of salts, swirling pieces of grit, and dissolved gas. When it is agitated by something like the vibrations of sound energy, small pressure waves move through the liquid. As the pressure of some parts of the liquid decreases, the gas stops being dissolved, and forms bubbles. When the pressure comes back on, the bubbles collapse with a great degree of force. This force heats the liquid near enough that sometimes the molecules of the liquid come apart, and creates temperatures comparable to the surface of the sun. A tiny bit of that energy goes into the formation of light. Most of the time, it's not visible.

Sonoluminescence: Once thought to be fusion in a jar : Dubbed 'Star in a Jar', it was later disproven to be fusion. The find of the star in a jar, had the scientific community scrambling to replicate the work of what was touted to be fusion. It was bad science and later on discredited when replication failed. In the past, sonoluminescence has proved a controversial subject. In 2002 Rusi Taleyarkhan, then at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, and colleagues claimed to find evidence for nuclear fusion occurring alongside sonoluminescence. Although a few other research groups have since made similar claims, most nuclear scientists believe them to be misguided. Taleyarkhan has since moved to Purdue University, where in 2008 he was reprimanded by the university for “research misconduct” related to a paper on fusion.
 
Popular mechanics source: http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/multimedia/videos/pistol-shrimp-generate-flashing-bubbles-to-stun-prey/

iO9 Source: http://io9.com/5982701/ultrasound-makes-sonoluminescent-bubbles

Wikipedia Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpheidae

Nature Abstract: http://archive.is/7UJmL

Additional Link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v413/n6855/full/413477a0.html

Paper on bubble cloud dynamics: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013PhDT.......185A

Falsification of 'Bubble fusion' : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_fusion

'No sign of Fusion' : http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2011/apr/15/brightest-bubble-bursting-yet

More on the Mantis Shrimp: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/murray-rosenbaum/mantis-shrimp_b_3129443.html

Additional link: http://stilton.tnw.utwente.nl/shrimp/

Read more about the phenomenon of Sonoluminescence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanism_of_sonoluminescence

UCLA paper 'Sound into light' : http://www.physics.ucla.edu/Sonoluminescence/sono.pdf

BBC Video: BBC Horizon - An Experiment to Save the World

Earlier post on the Pistol shrimp: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/1yhGWKUYns6

Pics sources: BBC Horizon (Sonoluminescence), BBC weird nature (Pistol Shrimp), Natgeo and TOL.

#science #shrimp #scienceeveryday +ScienceSunday ___Sharing to my collection!

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2015-05-24 07:45:39 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Why do soap bubbles sometimes appear colored and sometimes appear transparent? : This is an interesting question and leads down many paths. To start to answer this question, we need to understand the nature of a thin film and how light acts on it.

Glass window thought experiment : Imagine for instance you are looking through a window at night. If you shine a torch through the window, you can see a bit of light reflected back. This is because not only does the light pass through the window, it was two reflections - one from the front of the glass sheet, and another through the back of the glass sheet. If the glass sheet is made very very thin, we notice that lesser and lesser reflections are seen. Why is this? The very thin transparent surfaces often display 'destructive interference.' Out of phase wavelengths cancel out. And you get either a colored image or none at all.... more »

Why do soap bubbles sometimes appear colored and sometimes appear transparent? : This is an interesting question and leads down many paths. To start to answer this question, we need to understand the nature of a thin film and how light acts on it.

Glass window thought experiment : Imagine for instance you are looking through a window at night. If you shine a torch through the window, you can see a bit of light reflected back. This is because not only does the light pass through the window, it was two reflections - one from the front of the glass sheet, and another through the back of the glass sheet. If the glass sheet is made very very thin, we notice that lesser and lesser reflections are seen. Why is this? The very thin transparent surfaces often display 'destructive interference.' Out of phase wavelengths cancel out. And you get either a colored image or none at all. Depending on a number of factors such as refractive index, we can actually model destructive interference of light incident on surfaces.

Bubble and light : You end up with the two different rays being either in phase with each other (constructive interference), completely out of phase (destructive interference), or somewhere in between. The path length difference at a certain point on a soap bubble might cause destructive interference for blue light, but constructive interference for red light. You’ll end up seeing red at that spot.

Anti-glare glasses : The same fundamental principle is used in this everyday application. Many coatings consist of transparent thin film structures with alternating layers of contrasting refractive index. Layer thicknesses are chosen to produce destructive interference in the beams reflected from the interfaces, and constructive interference in the corresponding transmitted beams. This makes the structure's performance change with wavelength and incident angle, so that color effects often appear at oblique angles. A wavelength range must be specified when designing or ordering such coatings, but good performance can often be achieved for a relatively wide range of frequencies: usually a choice of IR, visible, or UV is offered.

Earlier post on Bubble physics: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/h355mkifmtH

Main pic and source article : http://twilit.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/bubbles-and-interference/

+Wikipedia source article and pic on right : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-reflective_coating and http://goo.gl/Hr3D9w

Additional link: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/ati-reflective-coating

More about types of interference : http://www.phys.uconn.edu/~gibson/Notes/Section5_2/Sec5_2.htm

Pic courtesy bottom right and article : http://www.webexhibits.org/causesofcolor/15E.html

Interference phenomena source article: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/interference/soapbubbles/

Reference : http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/302l/lectures/node155.html

#science #scienceeveryday #bubble___

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2015-05-20 16:30:31 (13 comments, 62 reshares, 225 +1s)Open 

Ebb and Flow: Scientific Visualization : A new(ish) and growing interdisciplinary approach to scientific visualization is changing how we look at things and how we work towards understanding geological, medical, physical, chemical and biological phenomena. Why is this useful? Students understand the basics so much better with visualization, architects can 'see' and realize soil characteristics, researchers are using these visualization in myriad ways to come to some startling conclusions. So what is this all about?

Computing power has changed the paradigm : Computer simulation is a computer program, or network of computers, that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. Computer simulations have become a useful part of mathematical modelling of many natural systems in physics, and computational physics, chemistry and biology; human systems ineconom... more »

Ebb and Flow: Scientific Visualization : A new(ish) and growing interdisciplinary approach to scientific visualization is changing how we look at things and how we work towards understanding geological, medical, physical, chemical and biological phenomena. Why is this useful? Students understand the basics so much better with visualization, architects can 'see' and realize soil characteristics, researchers are using these visualization in myriad ways to come to some startling conclusions. So what is this all about?

Computing power has changed the paradigm : Computer simulation is a computer program, or network of computers, that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. Computer simulations have become a useful part of mathematical modelling of many natural systems in physics, and computational physics, chemistry and biology; human systems in economics, psychology, and social science; and in the process of engineering and new technology, to gain insight into the operation of those systems, or to observe their behavior. The simultaneous visualization and simulation of a system is called visulation.

Data visualization : In its more modern incarnation data visualization has generated a new form of graphic design where visual attributes such as lines, shapes and colors become nothing more than the corporeal reality of graphic objects whose soul is made of data. The new graphic designer no longer creates visualizations by choosing a rigid collection of shapes, positions and colors but rather by choosing the rules needed for data to breathe form into geometric abstractions.

NASA's Visualization Studio : The Scientific Visualization Studio wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization. The SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA. And this is where you can learn more about the planets, the solar system and stars!

References and Sources

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_visualization

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-data-visualization-revolution/

Image credit : http://goo.gl/EOf3I0 (skunkbear.tumblr)___

2015-05-17 16:28:43 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Have you got a high quality collection? I am currently thinking of adding high quality collections to this collection. If you want to recommend one, that would be great. I am still thinking about it, so if I get enough quality collections, I will do this. Otherwise, at the very least you get to showcase your collection in the comments. Only provide a link with a one-liner description of your collection.

Have you got a high quality collection? I am currently thinking of adding high quality collections to this collection. If you want to recommend one, that would be great. I am still thinking about it, so if I get enough quality collections, I will do this. Otherwise, at the very least you get to showcase your collection in the comments. Only provide a link with a one-liner description of your collection.___

2015-05-17 09:43:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

My newest collection : Had to go back a little in time, but here is the Biomimicry collection. From the time humans looked at birds and designed wings (don't fly too high)..... we have been learning from nature. There is so much more to learn.

If you want to find a link to my collections, here it is https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/collections

Tell me which collection of mine you like :)

My newest collection : Had to go back a little in time, but here is the Biomimicry collection. From the time humans looked at birds and designed wings (don't fly too high)..... we have been learning from nature. There is so much more to learn.

If you want to find a link to my collections, here it is https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/collections

Tell me which collection of mine you like :)___

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2015-05-16 16:54:08 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

I've noticed that some users have talked about their notify button going away. It may be a rolling change being made by G+. Please follow my collections to keep receiving notifications. Or you can receive notifications by keeping me in a circle which is 'High volume' set to notify every time I post. I think this will be the last time I shall be able to notify you.

I've noticed that some users have talked about their notify button going away. It may be a rolling change being made by G+. Please follow my collections to keep receiving notifications. Or you can receive notifications by keeping me in a circle which is 'High volume' set to notify every time I post. I think this will be the last time I shall be able to notify you.___

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2015-05-14 17:17:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The research is still very new. As of now, I'm watching the news. I would hesitate to call it a new state of matter. But it's big news.

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

Pic courtesy: Motherboard___The research is still very new. As of now, I'm watching the news. I would hesitate to call it a new state of matter. But it's big news.

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2015-05-14 07:33:22 (5 comments, 15 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

I'm still watching as the story unfolds...

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

Pic courtesy: Motherboard___I'm still watching as the story unfolds...

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2015-05-14 07:29:43 (51 comments, 83 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strangebehavior... more »

New state of matter? : Kind of a tall claim, but that's what researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are stating. They have created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting Rubidium into Buckyballs. What they have apparently done is by combining the two, the resultant complex crystalline structure seems to conduct, insulate, and magnetize while acting like a metal. Will have to see more papers before one is fully convinced of this...

Game changer for materials science : Superconducting lattices of fullerides – C60 plus three alkali-metal atoms – have been studied for more than two decades, and provide an interesting test bed. This is because the distance between fulleride molecules – and hence the electronic properties of the material – can be adjusted by applying pressure to the material or doping it with different kinds of atoms.

Strange behavior : The surprising thing about this metal–insulator transition is that it involves an intermediate state never seen before. The researchers have dubbed this a "Jahn–Teller metal" because when the material is studied using infrared spectroscopy, the fulleride molecules clearly show rugby-ball distortions, which were only known to occur in insulators. However, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements clearly show that electrons are able to "hop" from one molecule to the next – which is the signature of a conducting metal. "An interesting question is how the material can have both Jahn–Teller distortions and be a metal?" says Matthew Rosseinsky of the University of Liverpool, UK, who was involved in the research.

References and links

Paper link: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/3/e1500059

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/may/06/new-state-of-matter-found-in-crystal-made-from-buckyballs

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a15501/jahn-teller-metal-new-state-matter/

http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/61131

Pic courtesy: Motherboard___

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2015-05-13 09:44:13 (8 comments, 17 reshares, 136 +1s)Open 

Departure - Mission Impossible 36 : Dranke plans on leaving spacecommand. Is it the right choice he made? The decision leaves him wondering if he should have stayed on.

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 36th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

36th Episode link is here : http://goo.gl/MLxHTu

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

Notifying select people who have opted in. If you wish to be notified, let me know in the comments. If you wish to stop notifications, let me know. Over time, I will stop notifying people depending on how I get my collections in order, I would suggest you turn notifications on for the Mission Impossible collection!

#sciencefiction... more »

Departure - Mission Impossible 36 : Dranke plans on leaving spacecommand. Is it the right choice he made? The decision leaves him wondering if he should have stayed on.

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 36th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

36th Episode link is here : http://goo.gl/MLxHTu

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

Notifying select people who have opted in. If you wish to be notified, let me know in the comments. If you wish to stop notifications, let me know. Over time, I will stop notifying people depending on how I get my collections in order, I would suggest you turn notifications on for the Mission Impossible collection!

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  ___

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2015-05-12 21:12:34 (9 comments, 13 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Swarm robotics

Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the... more »

Swarm robotics

Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

#science #scienceeveryday #robots #robotics #swarm #swarming #artificialintelligence  ___

2015-05-11 19:23:44 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

If you like the collection in the blue link provided , do take this poll. The results will be used in a deep and meaningful experiment. So here is the question - Did you like the showcased authors?

If you like the collection in the blue link provided , do take this poll. The results will be used in a deep and meaningful experiment. So here is the question - Did you like the showcased authors?___

2015-05-11 09:29:22 (21 comments, 7 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

If you like this collection, do click on the poll!

If you like this collection, do click on the poll!___

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2015-05-10 05:34:48 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

+Louis Doggett's book with the Amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/Above-My-Pay-GradeX2-Doggett/dp/1500618594


A short post for my book "Above My Pay GradeX2". It's on my blog too but I needed a post here too.

"Above" is a Urban Fantasy book, along the same lines as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Laura Anne Gilman's Cosa Nostradamus three series, especially The Retriever's one, and C. E. Murphy's Walker Paper's. Not that I expect my writing to be as good as theirs.

My Novel is about a young woman names NA who has a special ability, which she uses to help people who have problems with mythical creatures or who want to get out of an abusive relationship. Without warning though she finds herself with a case above her experiences. If she does not find someone who is making people like her sick, they will do a ritual that will end up with hundreds of people dead, that includes her best friends. Along the way she fights: a mother grizzly, ghosts, a griffin, her own emotional baggage and an attacker who knows how to block her ability.

The story has adventure, deadly encounters and situations, mythical creatures, and a mystery.


It can be found in paper and Nook versions at  Barnes and Noble

and the paper and Kindle versions at Amazon. 

Both sites have a slight discount on the paper version.

And you can find the E-book with your choice of formats at smashwords___+Louis Doggett's book with the Amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/Above-My-Pay-GradeX2-Doggett/dp/1500618594

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2015-05-09 16:44:52 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Text from +Aaron Crocco :

While you're waiting for my novel to come out later this year, check out my space thriller CHRONO VIRUS. People have likened it to an episode of the Twilight Zone and this short read turns time travel on its head.

It was supposed to be just another cargo run, but for Ken Mallory and the three-person crew of the Raven, an anomaly in deep space changes everything. An unexplained turbulence shakes the small ship like never before, allowing a deadly virus aboard. One by one the infected crew is thrown back in time to relive a near-death experience, only this time death may be closer than they remember.

Text from +Aaron Crocco :

While you're waiting for my novel to come out later this year, check out my space thriller CHRONO VIRUS. People have likened it to an episode of the Twilight Zone and this short read turns time travel on its head.

It was supposed to be just another cargo run, but for Ken Mallory and the three-person crew of the Raven, an anomaly in deep space changes everything. An unexplained turbulence shakes the small ship like never before, allowing a deadly virus aboard. One by one the infected crew is thrown back in time to relive a near-death experience, only this time death may be closer than they remember.___

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2015-05-09 16:17:52 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Pick Up Eddie And The Kingdom at Amazon Now

Okay so it just came to my attention that +Damian Trasler has released his story Eddie and The Kingdom on Amazon. I've been wanting to read the rest of this story since he posted the early chapters in his previous anthology. So I just bought it. And you should to.

What's it about?

Well... there's been a zombie apocalypse (you know how it is) but Eddie is doing quite nicely on his own. He's even expanded his living area. Then he rescues Jackie and discovers she's escaped from the recently established (and rather dubious) Kingdom of Denby. He may have a problem on his hands.

It's only $1.99 on Kindle. Buy it.

Eddie and The Kingdom: http://amzn.to/1d2GISt

Pick Up Eddie And The Kingdom at Amazon Now

Okay so it just came to my attention that +Damian Trasler has released his story Eddie and The Kingdom on Amazon. I've been wanting to read the rest of this story since he posted the early chapters in his previous anthology. So I just bought it. And you should to.

What's it about?

Well... there's been a zombie apocalypse (you know how it is) but Eddie is doing quite nicely on his own. He's even expanded his living area. Then he rescues Jackie and discovers she's escaped from the recently established (and rather dubious) Kingdom of Denby. He may have a problem on his hands.

It's only $1.99 on Kindle. Buy it.

Eddie and The Kingdom: http://amzn.to/1d2GISt___

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2015-05-09 13:41:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Welcome to Wash Woods, Virginia, a long-forgotten ghost town in rural Virginia Beach

In the early 1900s, over 300 people made their living here on this forgotten spit of land on the Atlantic coast. All that remains now is a graveyard, a church steeple, and memories of the people who once lived in Wash Woods.

This is a piece of history that not even many people in Virginia even know about. It is also a strange, ghostly place with many interesting stories of the people who once lived in this town.

Now, those stories are here on Amazon for you to read and enjoy!

For False Cape, the first book, on Kindle, click here:
http://bit.ly/falsecapekindle

For False Cape on paperback, click here:
http://bit.ly/falsecapepb

For Back Bay, the second book, on Kindle, click here:
http://bit.ly/backbaykindle

For Back Bay on... more »

Welcome to Wash Woods, Virginia, a long-forgotten ghost town in rural Virginia Beach

In the early 1900s, over 300 people made their living here on this forgotten spit of land on the Atlantic coast. All that remains now is a graveyard, a church steeple, and memories of the people who once lived in Wash Woods.

This is a piece of history that not even many people in Virginia even know about. It is also a strange, ghostly place with many interesting stories of the people who once lived in this town.

Now, those stories are here on Amazon for you to read and enjoy!

For False Cape, the first book, on Kindle, click here:
http://bit.ly/falsecapekindle

For False Cape on paperback, click here:
http://bit.ly/falsecapepb

For Back Bay, the second book, on Kindle, click here:
http://bit.ly/backbaykindle

For Back Bay on paperback, click here:
http://bit.ly/backbaypb

+Lacerant Plainer ___

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2015-05-09 13:38:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

#menopause  and #superheroes  Two great tastes that taste great together?

#menopause  and #superheroes  Two great tastes that taste great together?___

2015-05-09 13:36:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

My Mission Impossible Flash Fiction story is all on my blog : You can explore the blog from the collection or visit the blog at www.lacerantplainer.com

My Mission Impossible Flash Fiction story is all on my blog : You can explore the blog from the collection or visit the blog at www.lacerantplainer.com___

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2015-05-09 13:14:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

With just a couple of days to go until my next book, The Fifth House is out, might I suggest picking up a copy of the first book in the The Only City Left series?

If you're looking for some adventure in a far-future, run-down city called Earth, The Only City Left is for you. But don't take my word for it; here are some reviews:

“There are so many good things about this book for me. To be honest, when I got a few chapters in, it was like I was bitten by a zombie. There was no cure to stop it, the turn, I was now a fan. This book has a little bit of everything I need in a book. A good concept, good character development, strong protagonist and quirky sidekicks.” – Matt Ely, JC’s Book Haven

“What are most post-apocalyptic stories missing nowadays? I can tell you three things: Ghost werewolves, talking monarchist mutant-warrior cats and, most importantly, fun.The Only ... more »

With just a couple of days to go until my next book, The Fifth House is out, might I suggest picking up a copy of the first book in the The Only City Left series?

If you're looking for some adventure in a far-future, run-down city called Earth, The Only City Left is for you. But don't take my word for it; here are some reviews:

“There are so many good things about this book for me. To be honest, when I got a few chapters in, it was like I was bitten by a zombie. There was no cure to stop it, the turn, I was now a fan. This book has a little bit of everything I need in a book. A good concept, good character development, strong protagonist and quirky sidekicks.” – Matt Ely, JC’s Book Haven

“What are most post-apocalyptic stories missing nowadays? I can tell you three things: Ghost werewolves, talking monarchist mutant-warrior cats and, most importantly, fun. The Only City Left has all of them, plus more. In an era when every other novel is a grayscale slog through post-apoc depression, this story does a 180 and gives us a colorfully dead world with an irreverent hero and, yes, the most badass talking ninja cat I’ve seen in any book so far.” – Mack Moyer___

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2015-05-09 11:34:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Alive and kicking!  
After months of writing,  illustrating, editing, proofreading and formatting,  Crooks and Straights is finally available for sale.  Thanks to all the people who've helped me so much - +Ann Smyth , +Nerine Dorman and of course, my sweetie, +Brendon Bussy without whose support and help no book would exists at all.

So - what's it all about?  :: drum roll,  trumpets! ::
o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o
Book Descriptions
Gia's brother Nico is different from other boys. And being different can be dangerous in Gia's world. Cape Town is no longer the haven for magical refugees that it once was. The Purists want to get rid of all magic and the newspapers are full of dreadful stories about the Belle Gente, the magical terrorists. 

None of this concerns Gia, until the Special Branch— police who investigate the illegal useof magic— com... more »

Alive and kicking!  
After months of writing,  illustrating, editing, proofreading and formatting,  Crooks and Straights is finally available for sale.  Thanks to all the people who've helped me so much - +Ann Smyth , +Nerine Dorman and of course, my sweetie, +Brendon Bussy without whose support and help no book would exists at all.

So - what's it all about?  :: drum roll,  trumpets! ::
o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o
Book Descriptions
Gia's brother Nico is different from other boys. And being different can be dangerous in Gia's world. Cape Town is no longer the haven for magical refugees that it once was. The Purists want to get rid of all magic and the newspapers are full of dreadful stories about the Belle Gente, the magical terrorists. 

None of this concerns Gia, until the Special Branch— police who investigate the illegal use of magic— come knocking at her door, looking for Nico. When Gia turns to her parents for help, she finds only more secrets. Then she realises that she was the one who put her brother in danger. 
o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o___

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2015-05-09 11:32:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Blatant self-promotional post:
According to G+, there are nearly 7,700 people who follow me here. Now I know a bunch of those are spam/robot/unattended accounts, but I'm certain there are real people behind the rest. I know this because I interact with a fair number of you. (Hi there!)

This is a reminder that in addition to posting photos of interesting signs, the dogs, my pottery, and resharing things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who, and all things geeky, I'm also a working writer.

As of today, I have four published novels with a fifth due out in the summer.  You can buy any of those novels as ebooks or trade paperbacks in all the usual places. (Links on my G+ profile and website.)

FUTURE TENSE
17 year-old Matt Garrison sees the future. When he has a vision of himself hurting a girl he barely knows, he's willing to do whatever it takes... more »

Blatant self-promotional post:
According to G+, there are nearly 7,700 people who follow me here. Now I know a bunch of those are spam/robot/unattended accounts, but I'm certain there are real people behind the rest. I know this because I interact with a fair number of you. (Hi there!)

This is a reminder that in addition to posting photos of interesting signs, the dogs, my pottery, and resharing things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who, and all things geeky, I'm also a working writer.

As of today, I have four published novels with a fifth due out in the summer.  You can buy any of those novels as ebooks or trade paperbacks in all the usual places. (Links on my G+ profile and website.)

FUTURE TENSE
17 year-old Matt Garrison sees the future. When he has a vision of himself hurting a girl he barely knows, he's willing to do whatever it takes to avoid their shared, violent fate. But where can a kid in foster care go to escape from himself?

THE BETWEEN (Changeling's Choice book 1)
When Oberon and Titania vie for the allegiance of their long-hidden changeling, Lydia Hawthorne, the one thing they didn't anticipate was her stubborn humanity.

TIME AND TITHE (Changeling's Choice book 2)
Lydia's victory over the Fae came with a bitter price - her baby sister, Taylor, grew up without her, aging more than a decade in the mere weeks that have passed in Faerie. When Aeon's madness threatens both realms, the sisters are forced to fight the powerful Fae who was once friend to each of them.

DERELICT
When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict space ship, she doesn't count on waking its damaged AI or having three stowaways on board. If the accidental crew can't figure out how to work together, they'll die together, victims of a computer that doesn't realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born. 

ITHAKA RISING (Summer 2015)
When Jem Durbin disappears, his trail dead ends at the black market. Ro Maldonado and Jem's brother, Barre, race to fix their derelict ship, desperate to find Jem before he sells his future, risking his mind for an illegal neural implant. But they're not the only ones looking for "The Underworld" and its rogue planet, Ithaka. What they find endangers more than just the three of them and forces them to confront a very different truth about the war they believed was ancient history.

(Draft cover art for ITHAKA RISING by +Chris Howard)

ETA links:
http://www.ljcohen.net
http://www.amazon.com/LJ-Cohen/e/B006QL6GA0___

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2015-05-09 05:40:52 (25 comments, 14 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Discharged - Mission Impossible 35 : Dranke continues to introspect. And it leads to his own downfall. How will the intrepid explorer figure out his own path? Read on to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 35th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

35th Episode link is here : http://goo.gl/1IV98C

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

Notifying select people who have opted in. If you wish to be notified, let me know in the comments. If you wish to stop notifications, let me know.

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  

Discharged - Mission Impossible 35 : Dranke continues to introspect. And it leads to his own downfall. How will the intrepid explorer figure out his own path? Read on to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 35th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

35th Episode link is here : http://goo.gl/1IV98C

If you wish to follow the series from the beginning, please follow it from this post - http://goo.gl/TFEbGN

Notifying select people who have opted in. If you wish to be notified, let me know in the comments. If you wish to stop notifications, let me know.

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  ___

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2015-05-09 05:06:19 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Oliver Lucas is a professional tomb robber, though he prefers to think of himself as an adventure photographer and gentleman relic hunter. It has been a decade since his previous career collapsed in the wake of a discovery that led him to abandon academia and begin scouring the world for clues to an ancient conspiracy. 

Now a powerful man wants Oliver to track down a relic from the pages of history: the staff Moses used to call down plagues, part the sea, and lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. Unfortunately, the scroll that points the way to this relic is in hands of a band of renegade military contractors, and the only connection Oliver has to them is through a disgraced Egyptian spymaster. 

Oliver calls on Diana Jordan, an expert in ancient art and languages, and his former lover, to help him translate the scroll. She agrees, and together they set off for Egypt, resolved tot... more »

Oliver Lucas is a professional tomb robber, though he prefers to think of himself as an adventure photographer and gentleman relic hunter. It has been a decade since his previous career collapsed in the wake of a discovery that led him to abandon academia and begin scouring the world for clues to an ancient conspiracy. 

Now a powerful man wants Oliver to track down a relic from the pages of history: the staff Moses used to call down plagues, part the sea, and lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. Unfortunately, the scroll that points the way to this relic is in hands of a band of renegade military contractors, and the only connection Oliver has to them is through a disgraced Egyptian spymaster. 

Oliver calls on Diana Jordan, an expert in ancient art and languages, and his former lover, to help him translate the scroll. She agrees, and together they set off for Egypt, resolved to track down the staff, no matter who stands in their way. 

It isn’t long before Oliver and Diana find themselves in over their heads, confronting undead guardians, ancient cults, and the unleashed power of the staff itself.

http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Linke/e/B009YN1WGA

#novel   #adventure   #ebook  ___

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2015-05-09 05:03:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+Lacerant Plainer  People like to read book series, don't they? Some people are serial series-readers (like my wife).

The Maliha Anderson books are a steampunk-murder mystery-sexy-action-thriller series ... yeah, hard to define.

The setting is a slightly alternate Edwardian world where, in 1843, Sir Michael Faraday demonstrated his Principle for the Partial Nullification of the Effects of Gravity to the Royal Society in London.

Some parts of history remained the same, others changed radically.

Maliha Anderson is the Anglo-Indian daughter of a Brahmin mother and Scottish engineer father. She has an eidetic memory and a compelling desire to see justice done. Unfortunately she's young, female and mixed race in a world of sexism, racism and religious bigotry.

Each story is complete but there are character and story arcs running through the whole... more »

+Lacerant Plainer  People like to read book series, don't they? Some people are serial series-readers (like my wife).

The Maliha Anderson books are a steampunk-murder mystery-sexy-action-thriller series ... yeah, hard to define.

The setting is a slightly alternate Edwardian world where, in 1843, Sir Michael Faraday demonstrated his Principle for the Partial Nullification of the Effects of Gravity to the Royal Society in London.

Some parts of history remained the same, others changed radically.

Maliha Anderson is the Anglo-Indian daughter of a Brahmin mother and Scottish engineer father. She has an eidetic memory and a compelling desire to see justice done. Unfortunately she's young, female and mixed race in a world of sexism, racism and religious bigotry.

Each story is complete but there are character and story arcs running through the whole series. Books #1 to #4 are available now, Book #5 is out this month (May '15) and the final book will appear in Sept '15. (There is a prequel due in Jan '16.)

To get started you can get the first book on its own here:

http://bit.ly/maliha-01

Or get the first three in an omnibus edition:

http://bit.ly/maliha-0103

The other title BROKEN VOWS is a side-prequel about one of the supporting characters and set fifty years earlier. You might call it an action-romance.

http://bit.ly/broken-vows

Warning: Adult themes.

#sf   #scifi   #steampunk  ___

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2015-05-08 20:48:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

+Lacerant Plainer, re your showcase collection: if there's one of my books more than another that people who have you circled might enjoy, it's Gu. 

Gu is a post-cyberpunk science fiction novella, more or less in the style of Charles Stross.

Susan Halwaz, the famous maker of digital-experience documentaries, is tracing the human story of the development of Gu: the Protean substance, the last industrial product, the stuff that can be anything, can morph into any shape. It's been available now for 15 years, and it's changed people's lives. Some of them are happy about this; others... not so much. 

It's told in second person (with more justification than usual: you are experiencing the documentary, from the viewpoints of Halwaz and her interviewees), and structured like a documentary film rather than a traditional story.

If thatdoe... more »

+Lacerant Plainer, re your showcase collection: if there's one of my books more than another that people who have you circled might enjoy, it's Gu. 

Gu is a post-cyberpunk science fiction novella, more or less in the style of Charles Stross.

Susan Halwaz, the famous maker of digital-experience documentaries, is tracing the human story of the development of Gu: the Protean substance, the last industrial product, the stuff that can be anything, can morph into any shape. It's been available now for 15 years, and it's changed people's lives. Some of them are happy about this; others... not so much. 

It's told in second person (with more justification than usual: you are experiencing the documentary, from the viewpoints of Halwaz and her interviewees), and structured like a documentary film rather than a traditional story.

If that doesn't faze you, you can get Gu here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070RP1U0/___

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2015-05-07 15:30:48 (8 comments, 23 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

Crack, Pop and Snap : When you crack your knuckles, what causes the crack? For a long time, we were told cracking our joints caused arthritis. So what is the real story here?

The Chemistry and Physics of Cracking knuckles : Inside the joint capsule of your knuckles is a lubricant, known as synovial fluid, which also serves as a source of nutrients for the cells that maintain the joint cartilage. In addition, the synovial fluid contains dissolved gases, including oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

If you take an x-ray of the joint after cracking, you can see a gas bubble inside the joint. This gas increases the joint volume by 15 to 20 percent; it consists mostly (about 80 percent) of carbon dioxide. The joint cannot be cracked again until the gases have dissolved back into the synovial fluid, which explains why you cannot crack the same knuckle repeatedly.
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Crack, Pop and Snap : When you crack your knuckles, what causes the crack? For a long time, we were told cracking our joints caused arthritis. So what is the real story here?

The Chemistry and Physics of Cracking knuckles : Inside the joint capsule of your knuckles is a lubricant, known as synovial fluid, which also serves as a source of nutrients for the cells that maintain the joint cartilage. In addition, the synovial fluid contains dissolved gases, including oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

If you take an x-ray of the joint after cracking, you can see a gas bubble inside the joint. This gas increases the joint volume by 15 to 20 percent; it consists mostly (about 80 percent) of carbon dioxide. The joint cannot be cracked again until the gases have dissolved back into the synovial fluid, which explains why you cannot crack the same knuckle repeatedly.

What about Arthiritis? : "It is a myth that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis," Dr. Greg Tchejeyan, orthopedic surgeon at Los Robles Hospital told Live Science. "Cracking your knuckles will not cause arthritis. What actually happens is that dissolved gases in the joint fluid are rapidly released, causing the cracking sound."

Sources and References

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-makes-the-sound-when/

Related: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1130029

http://www.livescience.com/4125-knuckles-crack-joints-creak.html___

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2015-05-06 13:58:46 (38 comments, 14 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

My Experience with collections : Initially, when I used collections, I thought this was a good way to replace the hashtag zoo one used to be able to find old posts. I had a problem referencing some links which I had posted about before. It was a search and link job.

The Showcase : Over time, I started to showcase my collections. I made a post telling people about it here https://goo.gl/7hE6BS and it was well received. Another tick on the how collections can be used. People like to see what topics I am interested in. It starts to make sense.

Science and Science Fiction : Is largely what I write about. But I do have my silly moments. My moments which include a flight of fancy. My blog captures that. Where I tie-in the science and extrapolate into the future. Does this make sense? Of course it does! Photonic thrusters and Dynamic Soaring. How can these not be part of... more »

My Experience with collections : Initially, when I used collections, I thought this was a good way to replace the hashtag zoo one used to be able to find old posts. I had a problem referencing some links which I had posted about before. It was a search and link job.

The Showcase : Over time, I started to showcase my collections. I made a post telling people about it here https://goo.gl/7hE6BS and it was well received. Another tick on the how collections can be used. People like to see what topics I am interested in. It starts to make sense.

Science and Science Fiction : Is largely what I write about. But I do have my silly moments. My moments which include a flight of fancy. My blog captures that. Where I tie-in the science and extrapolate into the future. Does this make sense? Of course it does! Photonic thrusters and Dynamic Soaring. How can these not be part of a SF story? Yet the science behind it is solid. My collections can now tell you how. My blog: http://www.lacerantplainer.com/

A Reference Library : I am one of the owners of a large Science community. With over 450,000 members, we have curated posts which reference the science behind every post. It is a virtual library and members reference posts there. Now my collections do the same. I make a new post about nanotechnology. And I reference earlier posts about 'What is Nanotech?' It makes it simple for me.

Many miles to go before we sleep : Well all is not perfect in collections, but I find it useful. It could have integrated communities, circles and collections in one share. And sharing and interacting across these tools in G+. My hope it will happen some day.

Use your collections you never know what you will find : As a user who has been lurking in G+ from 2012, I have figured out how to post. How to engage with people and my engagement has got much more focused with pvt. communities and people. But I am always learning. Collections was a delight to try out. One never knows how it could be useful. Do give it a shot! Here are all my collections : https://goo.gl/Uy03nm___

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