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SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been at 7 events

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Science on Google+573,901Dr. Theodore (Ted) P. Pavlic, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at @116794495783422850685. @111099133387608816869 received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from The Ohio State University where he learned to combine behavioral ecology and control theory to build algorithms that allow automation to make flexible decisions that are rational with respect to the current environment. Inspiration came from optimal foraging theory and cooperative breeding, and target applications ranged from military to the sustainable built environment. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science and Engineering studying cyber-physical systems of the future composed of fully autonomous and human driven cars operating in parallel in the cities of the near future. Since 2012, he has worked as a research scientist at Arizona State University in the social-insect laboratory of Stephen Pratt studying the collective decision-making processes of ants and honeybees. Not only have these studies inspired novel stochastic programming techniques for swarm robotics, but these animal models are also providing insights into the information structures that emerged at the origins of life. In August of 2015, he will join the engineering faculty of Arizona State University where he will use a variety of theoretical, computational, and empirical methods to study decision-making and organization across a wide range of artificial and natural systems. Potential graduate students interested in trans-disciplinary explorations of decision making are welcome to contact him to discuss opportunities. *Links* Personal website in desperate need of updating: http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Current host (Stephen Pratt) laboratory for ant work:  http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/ Collaborator (Sara Imari Walker) laboratory for info. theory work: http://emergence.asu.edu/ *Recommended Readings* Sean Wilson, Theodore P. Pavlic, Ganesh P. Kumar, Aurélie Buffin, Stephen C. Pratt, and Spring Berman. Design of ant-inspired stochastic control policies for collective transport by robotic swarms. Swarm Intelligence, 8(4):303–327, December 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11721-014-0100-8 Theodore P. Pavlic, Alyssa M. Adams, Paul C. W. Davies, and Sara Imari Walker. Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 14), pages 522–529, July 31 – August 2, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch083 Theodore P. Pavlic and Stephen C. Pratt. Superorganismic behavior via human computation. In: Pietro Michelucci, editor, Handbook of Human Computation, pages 911–960. Springer, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8806-4_74Cognition in Ants, Robots, and Pre-biotic Chemistries2015-04-15 16:15:0047  
Science on Google+573,901Please join us for _Developmental Science HOA_, a new collaborative Hangout On Air series which is co-hosted by @105917944266111687812 and @101300484336332917485. In the first Developmental Science HOA we will be talking with Dr. @105599496459565727178. @105599496459565727178 is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Human Development at @117506114004660150074 and is the director of the @113073858999174005281. @105599496459565727178 studies the dynamics of infant social interactions and social learning, using experimental behavioral paradigms, ethnographic investigations, physiological studies, and computer simulations. He and his collaborators conducted the first study of real-time interactions between parents and toddlers with high-density EEG and motion capture of both participants. He also studies how children learn and use words, and how they flexibly shift their attention, representations, and inferences. *Important Links* Curriculum Vitae: http://goo.gl/qLtUaC Lab Website: http://goo.gl/AQ78h6 ResearchGate: http://goo.gl/Mj8deH *Relevant Papers* Watch the hands: infants can learn to follow gaze by seeing adults manipulate objects: http://goo.gl/bSMzKy Young children’s fast mapping and generalization of words, facts, and pictograms :http://goo.gl/nhykZF A Unified Account of Gaze Following: http://goo.gl/f14c04 Micro-analysis of infant looking in a naturalistic social setting: insights from biologically based models of attention: http://goo.gl/i0S8uA Visual Prediction in Infancy: What is the Association with Later Vocabulary? :http://goo.gl/I1xUaS Please note that some of the papers are behind a paywall. Manuscripts can be downloaded through the lab pubs page, http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~deak/cdlab/publications.html.Developmental Science HOA: Episode 12014-08-05 18:00:00102  
STEM Women on G+150,908Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  @103389452828130864950 on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM. This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229   and Dr @110756968351492254645  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event. Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych317,473It's been a pretty disappointing year for some of us, celestial sights wise. There have been the usual meteor showers (it was cloudy for me every time), the transit of Venus (also cloudy) and several eclipses (none were visible from my area). Luckily, we still have the Geminids left. They're generally considered to be one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, so hopefully we'll get a good show. They will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, and you could spot up to 120 meteors per hour. The moon will be new meaning that visibility should be very good. Although Dec 13th-14th is the peak, meteors will be visible for several days before and after that so don't forget to look up this week. As usual, if you get any good photographs/videos please send them our way!Geminid Meteor Shower2012-12-14 00:00:00165  
Slooh147,200Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast LIVE Feed of Total Solar Eclipse from Cairns, Australia with Broadcast Team Onsite In an ongoing mission to share a live view of the Universe, Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the stunning total solar eclipse live from Cairns, Australia - the only land site in the world to view totality. Stargazers all over the world are invited to capture a first look of the total solar eclipse on Slooh.com,  Tuesday, November 13th starting at 11:30 AM PST / 2:30 PM EST / 19:30 UTC (International times here: http://goo.gl/BfKJC) as the Moon starts to dramatically make its way across the Sun during the Australian sunrise.  Slooh will have a three-person crew on hand in Cairns, Australia to bring the world Slooh's live, real-time coverage of 2012's great total solar eclipse.  Slooh's on-site personnel includes photographer Anjali Bermain, Astronomy Magazine's Bob Berman, author of "The Sun's Heartbeat," and experienced astro-imager Matt Francis of Prescott Observatory. Furthermore, BBC contributor, Dr. Lucie Green, solar researcher at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, will join the broadcast along with Slooh’s President, Patrick Paolucci, and Slooh’s Public Outreach Coordinator, Paul Cox. Viewers can watch the show on their PC or mobile device and will have the ability to ask questions to the Slooh team, including the crew located in Cairns, using the Slooh Conversations section on the Slooh homepage.  Viewers will also be able to snap the live pictures directly from the Slooh homepage using Pinterest.Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast LIVE Feed of Total Solar Eclipse2012-11-13 20:30:00474  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych317,473http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00665  
Trever McGhee88,758Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system! This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know. Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know. I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way, The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it. My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you. I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true. Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later. Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish. They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event. It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters. Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true. Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart. Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life... *****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOU In my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with. So today I Celebrate being 44 and 1 day old.Update to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00203  

SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been shared in 583 public circles

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harish naidu83This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great #resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your #circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.2015-04-17 18:08:42444000
Daniel Gibbs24,387If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this #circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#honorary #Asian #Nobel #laureate #having #spent #considerable #time #as #daughter #of #missionaries #based #many #of #her #novels #namely #Good #Earth #Mother #as #well #as #biographies #of #her #parents #of #their #time #Exile #Fighting #Angel #all #of #which #earned #her 2015-04-13 10:36:224447713
Mamy Shimomatsu4,510【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.5.(20140413)Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-13 03:08:03494012
Kenneth Nicholson23,496This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great #resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your #circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#world #particularly #during #the #Hajj #and #Umrah #seasons #Iran #is #the #largest #ia #country #and #Pakistan #has #the #largest #Ahmadiyya #populationThe #Baháí #Faith #originated #in #Asia #in #Iran #Persia #and #spread #from #there 2015-04-08 07:01:10443447
Daniel Gibbs23,607If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this #circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#while #benefitting #poor #and #vulnerable #farmers #The #studys #recommendations #ranged #from #improving #the #use #of #climate #information #in #local #planning #and #strengthening #weatherbased #agroadvisory #services #to #stimulating #diversification #of #rural #household #incomes #and #providing #incentes #to #in #to 2015-04-07 06:31:55486255
Mamy Shimomatsu4,147【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.4Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-04-06 03:06:59451001
Mamy Shimomatsu3,722【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.6.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare 2015-03-27 08:50:59450000
Mamy Shimomatsu3,572 #sharedcircle #circleoftheweek 【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.9.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing 2015-03-26 03:14:51450000
Mamy Shimomatsu3,572 #sharedcircle #circleoftheweek 【 #CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active   #Unusual 】Share this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle No.9.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing 2015-03-26 03:12:44450000
Wayne Marinovich28,496Writers / Authors / Publishers / Bloggers circleTime to share one of my favourite circles. It has grown quite a bit in the past few months and I will be starting a second one because I am on the 500 mark here. Let me know if you want to be included.Please share to pass on the love. Thanks and write well.2015-03-25 08:21:36499000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:28:11328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:39328005
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:02328000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,879#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:26:42328000
Max Spenser2,826Max Cool People Circle, by +Max Spenser You are in this circle if you got a notification. Here are some good people to follow on google plus! They are cool people. #circleshare #circle #sharedcircleoftheday 2015-02-17 15:25:13470317
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Katy Lazar0Please ensure you reshare to stay in! if you want in, please add us and reshare!Notifying everyone this once, have dropped a lot of people - please reshare and add us to your circles to be added (back)!!✯✯✯✯✯✯  ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯✯✯✯✯✯✯Share :)!! -  to promote it (by sharing you promote yourself, your circle colleagues and make it even more awesome!)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬What is this circle? People from all walks of life, from all over the world - geeks, writers, fun people, pages, supportive and interesting streams. Please reshare to grow and support it!Add these circles to be feel the power of this circle! If you are notified, you are probably in this circle, please reshare to continue being in it. If you are not in this circle, reshare and comment to be added! (Please remember that you have to circle us for us to add you!)Reshare to be shared, gain followers and make this circle even more awesome!Promoting all the people here - People who want to engage, share and be shared!!!! - Make it happen people !!!#diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou 2014-12-20 08:45:20171021
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Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,294SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-06 08:10:3436954038
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Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362515
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407103
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526
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2015-02-13 09:45:57 (72 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Flea vs the scribbler!
The eternally stupendous and ever so amazing +Yoon-Mi Kim has taken her crochet skills to dizzying heights by taking on the Scribbler... er, me! Check out this amazing little stitch-scribble - her #valentines gift to me! ♥ I feel so very loved :)
If you're not following scribblegraph on twitter, add it now - there's a bit of a special treat lined up for the big day tomorrow. Those who have been following me since the rock-age of Google+ may remember these, but I hope you all enjoy the #LoveIs  journey.
» https://twitter.com/scribblegraph

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2015-01-19 15:55:24 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 200 +1s)Open 

Geeking out : This is too cool to ignore. I usually stick to the science, but this one is here just for the fun of it. Seriously. See the full video here -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7CWB40ezM#t=285 (it's totally worth it).

Article extract: Back in November, drone enthusiasts built a modified quadcopter they call the "Heli-Carrier" that was modeled after the giant aircraft that SHIELD flies in the Marvel movies, and showed that one small drone could take off from another. In this new video, the homebuilt helicarrier stays aloft longer and launches miniature jets. It's all a drone enthusiast's dreams. Maybe next time out they can land a helicarrier on a helicarrier.

From Hackaday : If you’re not familiar, the Helicarrier is a fictional ship, the pride of S.H.I.E.L.D’s air force, or is it their navy. It’s a massive aircraft carrier with fourhuge r... more »

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2015-01-19 15:55:24 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 200 +1s)Open 

Geeking out : This is too cool to ignore. I usually stick to the science, but this one is here just for the fun of it. Seriously. See the full video here -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7CWB40ezM#t=285 (it's totally worth it).

Article extract: Back in November, drone enthusiasts built a modified quadcopter they call the "Heli-Carrier" that was modeled after the giant aircraft that SHIELD flies in the Marvel movies, and showed that one small drone could take off from another. In this new video, the homebuilt helicarrier stays aloft longer and launches miniature jets. It's all a drone enthusiast's dreams. Maybe next time out they can land a helicarrier on a helicarrier.

From Hackaday : If you’re not familiar, the Helicarrier is a fictional ship, the pride of S.H.I.E.L.D’s air force, or is it their navy. It’s a massive aircraft carrier with fourhuge r... more »

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2015-04-17 16:57:55 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Still relevant!

Why isn't science fiction used more often to teach science in schools?

Among the many things that can be said about science fiction, there's no question about its tremendous entertainment value and ability to convey difficult concepts in a clear and compelling manner. Which is why a pair of researchers from the University of Valencia are urging educators to get their act together and start using science fiction as a way to engage their students and motivate interest in science and technology.

To get a better sense of science fiction's current place in the classroom, researchers Fanny Petit and Jordi Solbes reviewed over 30 compulsory science and technology textbooks for physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and various technology subjects. They also took a look at teacher books, CD-ROMs, and activity books. Of these resources, only 30% made any kind of reference to a scifi story or concept — neither through images, comments, texts, activities, or web references.

In terms of an explanation, the researchers noted that scientists very rarely make appearances in the most popular films. And when they do, they're typically portrayed as the supervillans. "In these films, the antagonist is usually the crazy scientist that wants to rule the world or even increase their power after finding a powerful 'weapon'," noted the researchers.
Perhaps the popularization of more positive scientifically-inclined role models would be in order.

Article link: http://io9.com/5949397/why-isnt-science-fiction-used-more-often-to-teach-science-in-schools

#science #sciencefiction #education #schools #scienceeducation #scientists___Still relevant!

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2015-04-17 09:05:15 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Funny how I was not at all surprised that Mark Zukerberg and Reliance had created an unholy alliance.

#savetheinternet  

Funny how I was not at all surprised that Mark Zukerberg and Reliance had created an unholy alliance.

#savetheinternet  ___

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2015-04-16 07:18:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Since +John Ward asked me about the possibility of aliens being here. Well in some senses, it may be a long time. Though they may already be here in terms of a Von Neumann probe.

Not news, but then I like to revisit concepts from time to time.

Aliens may already be here : Mathematicians in Scotland calculate that "self-replicating" alien probes could already have explored our solar system and may still be here but undetectable to our current technologies. Drs Arwen Nicholson and Duncan H. Forgan from the University of Edinburgh had previously calculated that if a Voyager-sized probe passing through the galaxy picked up speed using slingshots around stars it could travel 100 times faster than otherwise.

The new calculations, reported in the International Journal of Astrobiology this week, expanded on the previous work by using "self-replicating" probes in the computer models to see how the self-replication would affect the timescale. The robotic probes could explore our galaxy and self-replicate themselves from interstellar dust and gas, after which the parent and child probes would each set off for a different star, where they would look for signs of life and then self-replicate themselves again. The probes would therefore disperse themselves radially across space.

Article Link: http://phys.org/news/2013-07-self-replicating-alien-probes.html

Earlier post on Von Neumann probes: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110884604033336753419/posts/Z1KYrvUrQR3

Hunt for alien megaprojects: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110884604033336753419/posts/FvNXeH76BsC

Read more about the Fermi Paradox: http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Fermi_paradox.html

Read about Von Neumann probes here: http://www.thestargarden.co.uk/27January12Aliens.html

Image credit: Abiogenisis (thestargarden.co.uk)

#science #sciencefiction #alien #aliens #fermiparadox  ___Since +John Ward asked me about the possibility of aliens being here. Well in some senses, it may be a long time. Though they may already be here in terms of a Von Neumann probe.

Not news, but then I like to revisit concepts from time to time.

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2015-04-16 07:09:54 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Strange Red Rock - Mission Impossible 33 : Follow the new installment of Mission Impossible which leads to a mysterious red planet. Another piece of the puzzle relating to the Jexx is also revealed. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 33rd installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

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  

The Strange Red Rock - Mission Impossible 33 : Follow the new installment of Mission Impossible which leads to a mysterious red planet. Another piece of the puzzle relating to the Jexx is also revealed. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 33rd installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

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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2015-04-08 09:24:11 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Urgh!

Urgh!___

2015-03-05 16:43:43 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

TV serial recommendations: Need some good recommendations with a short synopsis (if you could post one).

Here is my list:

1. The West Wing - while it is unashamedly left wing, it's still got amazing dialogue and timing.

2. The Wire - The best ever gritty drama Tv show about life in the hood. And cops. And their unending tug-of-war life.

3. Firefly - No words needed. The best SF western show with amazing character development. The science.... kind of out there.

4. The Shield - Love this drama Cop show. It grows on you. Quite gritty.

5. The Americans - Contemporary spy story. Starts of very well but meanders over the second season.

6. Brooklyn 999 - Funny cop show. Brilliant comedic timing.

7. Modern Family - Fun to watch. The characters are engaging and it's still fresh even though it's run for a while.... more »

TV serial recommendations: Need some good recommendations with a short synopsis (if you could post one).

Here is my list:

1. The West Wing - while it is unashamedly left wing, it's still got amazing dialogue and timing.

2. The Wire - The best ever gritty drama Tv show about life in the hood. And cops. And their unending tug-of-war life.

3. Firefly - No words needed. The best SF western show with amazing character development. The science.... kind of out there.

4. The Shield - Love this drama Cop show. It grows on you. Quite gritty.

5. The Americans - Contemporary spy story. Starts of very well but meanders over the second season.

6. Brooklyn 999 - Funny cop show. Brilliant comedic timing.

7. Modern Family - Fun to watch. The characters are engaging and it's still fresh even though it's run for a while.

8. The Good Wife - The First season was excellent. It then when south when the writers tried to create layers in the characters. Still a good watch.

9. Couples Therapy - Funny show about a couple of cops who have to go to couples counseling to sort out their issues.

10. Falling Skies - I liked this show, but its dark and not exactly the chocolate fare one is used to. Not a bad show, though there are many ways it could be better. Unfortunately SyFy has killed the SF TV market.

What are your favorite shows and why? I really want to watch some good ones.___

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2015-03-03 16:27:54 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Kind of cool. And Star wars TIE fighters from drones is ultracool. The youtube video is better, though the gif has a cool move. Now someone should make the Enterprise.

Turning a quadcopter into a TIE fighter : Youtuber from France made this amazing TIE fighter.

Full story and video here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a14366/this-guy-turned-a-drone-into-darth-vaders-tie-interceptor/___Kind of cool. And Star wars TIE fighters from drones is ultracool. The youtube video is better, though the gif has a cool move. Now someone should make the Enterprise.

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2015-03-03 16:27:13 (9 comments, 15 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Turning a quadcopter into a TIE fighter : Youtuber from France made this amazing TIE fighter.

Full story and video here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a14366/this-guy-turned-a-drone-into-darth-vaders-tie-interceptor/

Turning a quadcopter into a TIE fighter : Youtuber from France made this amazing TIE fighter.

Full story and video here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a14366/this-guy-turned-a-drone-into-darth-vaders-tie-interceptor/___

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2015-03-02 15:23:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Funnily I came across this in Popsci. I'm guessing at some point galaxy rangers will come in contact with aliens. And the MIT project on customization for this alien species actually intrigued me.

Hooves and third eye is a little overdone, but teaching science through science fiction is seriously interesting.

Funnily I came across this in Popsci. I'm guessing at some point galaxy rangers will come in contact with aliens. And the MIT project on customization for this alien species actually intrigued me.

Hooves and third eye is a little overdone, but teaching science through science fiction is seriously interesting.___

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2015-03-01 06:05:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

NovoPulp Anthology - Volume 2 is NOW ON SALE + Volume 1 is FREE THIS WEEK ONLY!

Today I am pleased to announce that the NovoPulp Anthology - Volume 2  is NOW ON SALE! :D

So, if you have been waiting to get your hands on a copy then today is the day!

To celebrate the publication of our second anthology the first NovoPulp anthology is FREE THIS WEEK ONLY! Offer Ends on March 7th

Here are a few review quotes about NovoPulp:

"NovoPulp is an exciting and promising initiative." - Himmelskibet Magazine 
 
"The good old days are back. NovoPulp deserves our attention." - +Dr. Edwin Thomasson  
 
"An excellent example of what speculative fiction is all about." - +Paul Pavlinovich 

Thanks to everyone who has helped bring this book to fruition andto ever... more »

NovoPulp Anthology - Volume 2 is NOW ON SALE + Volume 1 is FREE THIS WEEK ONLY!

Today I am pleased to announce that the NovoPulp Anthology - Volume 2  is NOW ON SALE! :D

So, if you have been waiting to get your hands on a copy then today is the day!

To celebrate the publication of our second anthology the first NovoPulp anthology is FREE THIS WEEK ONLY! Offer Ends on March 7th

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"NovoPulp is an exciting and promising initiative." - Himmelskibet Magazine 
 
"The good old days are back. NovoPulp deserves our attention." - +Dr. Edwin Thomasson  
 
"An excellent example of what speculative fiction is all about." - +Paul Pavlinovich 

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2015-03-01 05:40:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

In case you missed it. The story has a very graphic image in my head :)

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Apparently, I fibbed last week. I said that this was going to be the final episode in (at least this chapter of) Eternal Assassin. A good friend of mine corrected me and made it explicitly clear that there is at least a little more to tell. 

So, here is the second half of episode 20, but not the end. Next week will be episode 21.

Introducing Eternal Assassin, created just for #SaturdayScenes

If you are not up to date, you can read the other chapters here: http://bit.ly/EternalAssassin
You can also find Eternal Assassin on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/26512664-eternal-assassin

In the not-too-distant future, a being named Elerezel is cursed with a twisted, parasitic form of immortality. He is a serial killer and angel of vengeance in one. His whole existence is to hunt the targets given to him by some supernatural power and exterminate them. If his host dies, Elerezel is thrust into a new body and is given a new set of names.

This is the story of Elerezel, the Eternal Assassin, and he has a list.
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When we last left Elerezel, he was in a specialized power core, called a supercapacitor room, aboard a modified shipping boat. It is here that Gothpunk Girl, Stilleta, brought him to be killed permenantly using something called the Terminalis. He has just shut down the ships power systems then destroy's the computer console.
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And now… 

Eternal Assassin: Episode 20, Innocence's End (Part 2)
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The guards outside are preparing to breach. Dumbasses start counting down from five out loud. When they hit three, I yank open the door. They’re clustered so close together, there’s little they can do. I grab the closest guy by his armored vest, shove my gun underneath and squeeze off three rounds. His eyes go wide with shock, then close.

They must have put the new guy in the back. He panics and perforates everyone in front of him. I use the guy I’m holding up as a shield and aerate the new guy’s brain.  In under fifteen seconds, the whole team is dead.

Crackles of electricity make me turn to see blue sparks coming off the super-capacitor banks. My hair is starting to stand on end. Shit. I gotta hurry.

I bolt out of the room. No time to climb back up, I make my way through the corridors of shipping containers. Every so often I hear shouts. No gunfire, though. That’s good.

Just as I come around the corner to the hatch back down, I find two new guards checking over the bodies Rho and I left. They never even have a chance to reach for their weapons.

Trying to make my way through the ship’s passages from memory is harder than I expected. I only make two wrong turns though, before I come to the Terminalis room. Rho is in the center of the room at the computer console.

Lagacias and a few others are a few feet away, just outside the circle of glowing blue poles. He’s pacing back and forth.

Lights flicker for a second. The power systems are failing. Lagacias pulls a weapon from his back. “Melan, make sure this thing is ready to go when we get back.”

They haven’t figured out who she really is yet. Good.

Rho nods. “Yessir.”

Lagacias turns to head out through another hatch.

From in the shadows, I laugh. “Leaving so soon?”

He stops and looks around.

I sprint into the room. The floor is slick, so I slide across and stop just behind the metal chair-bed they kept me in. Using it as cover, I take aim, pistol in one hand, sub-machine gun in the other.

Lagacias and all of his followers have their guns trained on me. He smiles. “Once she hits that button, there’s no where for you to go. Run, we’ll  wound you and drag you back into the circle. Or don’t run. Either way, you’re not getting away this time. You will die.”

I sigh. He’s right. There’s nowhere for me to go. In a shootout, there’s no way I’d win. I lower my weapons. “Fine.”

Rho steps outside the circle and Lagacias laughs. “It was a valiant effort, but in vain nonetheless. Melan, activate the sequence. Let us get this over with as quickly as possible.”

She looks up at me, a hit of a smile at the corner of her mouth. “Yessir.” She pulls out her tablet and taps a few times.

Like before, the poles start to glow and my ears buzz. My soul starts to shred as it starts to separate from my host. My chest and eyes burn. I turn to Rho. “Now.”

She taps her screen one more time and steps into the circle. As she crosses the threshold, the tops of the glowing poles rotate outward. She grimaces for a second.

My pain vanishes. Lagacias’s eyes widen. “What?” He and the rest of his people drop their weapons and fall to a knee. “Melan? What did you—” The rest of the sound coming from his mouth is an unintelligible scream. The others’ screams follow, filling the room.

One by one, they all pass out and collapse to the floor. Lagacias is the last to stay conscious. He raises his weapon and takes aim on me. “Traitor.” His gaze and aim shift and he fires.

Rho takes the shot straight in the center of her chest. She stumbles back. I catch her just before she falls out of the circle. “Easy does it.”

Lagacias falls unconscious.

Damn. This is not quite how I had it planned. I lower Rho to the floor. She looks up at me. “You need to get off the ship.”

I hear an explosion outside. I smile at her. “There is no getting off the ship. Not now.”

Her voice is weak and tired. “You were planning for us to reboot?”

“Yeah.”

She’s struggling to stay conscious. “Time to go.”

“Rho! Rho…”

She looks up at me. “Yeah?”

I stroke her hair and the side of her cheek. “Find me.’

Rho lifts her head to nod, but her eyes go dark before she can finish.

A larger explosion rocks the ship and we’re falling. Everything slams as we hit the water. Then I hear it, the water. Icy brine rushes in from all of the passages.

The cold punches through my knees and legs, taking my breath away. Rho’s limp form lifts as the room starts to fill. With two fingers, I close her eyes.

“You’re right. Time to go.”
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Thank you for reading this. 

#SaturdayScenes is a writing event that happens every week on Saturday, wherever you are. There are no rules other than to label the post with your scene with "#SaturdayScenes". You can share something new or something old, it doesn't matter. Or, if you are just a reader, that's fine too. Read, comment and enjoy.

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2015-02-22 19:05:55 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

The story of the battery :  Luigi Galvani first noticed a frog leg twitching when he touched it with a scalpel. He called it 'animal electricity.' For a long time, researchers dissected the electric eel, hoping to see what made it possible for the animal to hold charge.

Alessandro Volta hypothesized that the frog's leg twitched due to two metals being joined by a via-media. He then came up with the voltaic pile (pictured) which was Zinc and Copper plates separated by cloth or cardboard soaked in brine.

Even today, this basic design is still the same in batteries. While materials have changed, the plates and the electrolytes is what is needed to create a battery. Volta’s discoveries so impressed the world that in November 1800 the French National Institute invited him to lectures at events in which Napoleon Bonaparte participated. Napoleon helped with theex... more »

The story of the battery :  Luigi Galvani first noticed a frog leg twitching when he touched it with a scalpel. He called it 'animal electricity.' For a long time, researchers dissected the electric eel, hoping to see what made it possible for the animal to hold charge.

Alessandro Volta hypothesized that the frog's leg twitched due to two metals being joined by a via-media. He then came up with the voltaic pile (pictured) which was Zinc and Copper plates separated by cloth or cardboard soaked in brine.

Even today, this basic design is still the same in batteries. While materials have changed, the plates and the electrolytes is what is needed to create a battery. Volta’s discoveries so impressed the world that in November 1800 the French National Institute invited him to lectures at events in which Napoleon Bonaparte participated. Napoleon helped with the experiments, drawing sparks from the battery, melting a steel wire, discharging an electric pistol and decomposing water into its elements.

How do Eels generate electricity? : The cells of all living things generate electrical charges. In an electric eel (Electrophorus electricus), thousands of modified muscle cells in the thick tail are lined up like batteries in a flashlight. Though each cell generates only about 0.15 volts, in a large electric eel, six thousand cells may be stacked to make one giant battery that can generate as much as 600 volts for a short pulse. A standard car battery generates 12 volts, so an electric eel has 50 times the shocking power of a car battery.

Can an eel power your car? : The dream of the electric eel car is not all that crazy. The fish generates a current by pumping charged potassium and sodium ions out of its special muscle cells. The negatively charged ions inside the cells increase until it opens just the right channels to cause electrons to flood out of the cell. Quite a shock ensues. Researchers from Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology envision synthetic eel cells with improved energy efficiency bundled together in a bio-battery.  We’re not quite to the point where we can build artificial versions of complex cells, but the researchers  have created a simplified battery based on the principles of the electric eel: two artificial cells, each containing a salt solution within a lipid wall. If the salt concentrations are different, then poking the cells produces a slight charge. One day this technology may power implanted medical devices or even wearable, near-organic electronics — maybe even your car. But for now, however, you’ll have to make due with a boring, everyday electric car.

How Frankenstien was imagined : Mary Shelley knew all about Galvani, Volta and Aldini. Humphry Davy and William Nicholson -- the era's leading electrical researchers -- were friends of her father. In 1816, at age 19, she spent the summer in Geneva, Switzerland with Lord Byron and her future husband, Percy Shelley. The season was cold and rainy, and they spent many evenings around the fire, reading German ghost stories and discussing electricity's potential to reanimate corpses.

Links and Sources

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

http://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/blog/electric-eels-power-car/

http://askanaturalist.com/how-do-electric-eels-generate-electricity/

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/10/22/2398277.htm

http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/when_was_the_battery_invented

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Volta#See_also

http://www.insidescience.org/content/science-made-frankenstein/1116

Pics courtesy: w1tp.com and bioexpedition.com

Since Volta's birthday popped up on my Google page.

#science #battery #eel  ___

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2015-02-21 19:31:47 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

+C. A. Wilke wordsmith with his new episode of flashfiction.

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Eternal Assassin Episode 20: Innocence's End (Pt 1)

Just a note for this episode. Innocence's End turned out to be a little (lot) longer than I anticipated. However, it still feels, to me, like one episode. So, while I'm going to post half now and half next week, they are the same chapter and will be linked to as such on Writerwilke.com. If you finish this first half, and can't wait, you can finish it there.

Introducing Eternal Assassin, created just for #SaturdayScenes

If you are not up to date, you can read the other chapters here: http://bit.ly/EternalAssassin
You can also find Eternal Assassin on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/26512664-eternal-assassin

In the not-too-distant future, a being named Elerezel is cursed with a twisted, parasitic form of immortality. He is a serial killer and angel of vengeance in one. His whole existence is to hunt the targets given to him by some supernatural power and exterminate them. If his host dies, Elerezel is thrust into a new body and is given a new set of names.

This is the story of Elerezel, the Eternal Assassin, and he has a list.

And now… 

Eternal Assassin: Episode 20, Innocence's End (Part 1)
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I explain the plan to Rho and she nods the whole time. When I’m done, she looks up at me. Her brown eyes full of worry. “It’s a good plan, but what about the ship? We don’t have any explosives or weapons that could do that kind of damage. Without that, we might as well just kill our hosts and reboot.”

“No. That doesn’t help us in the long run. I’ll take care of the ship. You just get down to the Terminalis room and wait for me. Stay hidden but near by.”

Rho agrees then gives me quick directions to the super-capacitor room. She goes to leave but turns and holds out a gun. “Here, it’s from the guard. You’ll need it more than me.”

I take the pistol and shove it into my back waistband. A part of me feels like our departure should be something more. Maybe like a quick peck on the cheek for luck like in the Hollywood movies. Of course, I realize that’s completely corny and ridiculous.

Snapping out of my short daze, I blink and she’s gone. Oh well.

The super-capacitor room is just below the bridge. I turn and face that direction, trying to calculate my route. Will they think I've headed for the side of the ship to jump off? Or will they be searching the middle?

With nowhere else to go, I go with the theory that they’ll expect me to jump ship right away. But if I’m wrong...My gaze scans the shipping containers for another way. They’re stacked three and four high. But the sides. The sides of the containers are climbable.

About half way up, the sound of running boots hits me. I look down just as three guards in black, tactical uniforms run by. I freeze. And even though I know they can’t hear me, I hold my breath. A few seconds later, they’re gone, none the wiser to me being right above them.

I finish making my way to the top and take a second to let the view sink in. Above me, the star-filled sky is marred only by a few wispy clouds and the brilliant-white moon. Row after row of multicolored shipping containers create an artificial horizon of muted hues under the moonlight. Beyond the corrugated steel landscape, I see just the edges of the black water, flickering with the silvery reflection, before the real horizon.

To might right, red and green blinking lights point the way to the ship’s bridge. Running over the containers, the moon gives off plenty of light to see. The gaps between the containers, where the aisles are, are small enough to jump across, so it only takes a couple of minutes to get to my destination.

I reach the edge and peek over. Below, two more guards in black flank both sides of the door I want. I’m way too high to jump down on them, so I trace my steps back a few containers and climb down.

With my pistol in hand, I make my way back to the door. I peek around one more time. There is only one way to get into that room: fast and dirty. It’ll draw plenty of attention, but I can’t see a way around it. Besides, maybe the distraction will help Rho.

The guards are standing casually, holding sub-machine guns with both hands. One of them starts to turn my way. I pull back away from the corner.

I’m pretty sure he didn't see me. Can’t wait to find out. With a single deep breath, I whip around the container and fire. My first two shots miss. My third shot takes one guard right in the head. He drops, his mouth open from surprise.

The next guard takes one of my bullets to the shoulder, but he’s already lifting his gun. I squeeze off one more round, hitting his throat. He gurgles on his own blood and falls to the floor. I've already grabbed their weapons and opened the door when his eyes close for the last time.

Three technicians await me in the Super-capacitor Room. No time to worry about whether they’re hoppers or not, or whether they’re bad guys or just captives. Something in me doesn't care either.

I’m tired of running and playing this stupid game. It’s been two hundred years and I finally have a chance at really knowing what the hell is going on. I’m not taking any chances.

All three die.

Massive rows of black super-capacitor systems line the walls to my left and right. A red neon light cuts across the length of each one, giving an eerie glow about the room. Right in the middle, though, there’s a single computer station.

It takes a couple of minutes of learning the operating system, but I get the super-capacitors rigged. Voices outside catch my attention. With one of the submachine guns, I obliterate the computer station. Sparks and bits of silicon and glass fly everywhere. No one is fixing this system anytime soon.

<To Be Concluded>
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Thank you for reading this.  This is Part 1 of Episode 20. Part 2 will be in #SaturdayScenes  next week. 

#SaturdayScenes is a writing event that happens every week on Saturday, wherever you are. There are no rules other than to label the post with your scene with "#SaturdayScenes". You can share something new or something old, it doesn't matter. Or, if you are just a reader, that's fine too. Read, comment and enjoy.

#OpenforCritique is a hashtag intended to notify the audience that as a writer, I am always looking to grow and improve. As such, I'm open to comments and criticisms intended to help me improve. Please keep your comments to those that are constructive, helpful and polite. I will read all comments as if they are intended as such, so don't worry too much about offending.___+C. A. Wilke wordsmith with his new episode of flashfiction.

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2015-02-21 13:53:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

My space opera episodic Science Fiction series.The 31st episode has been posted.

The Defense of Earth : The new fleets of darkmatter starcraft face off against the Jexx invasion in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 31st installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

Here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D
Part 28: http://goo.gl/RNuKtL
Part 29: http://goo.gl/dqdIYG
Part 30: http://goo.gl/0YHzlY
Part 31: http://goo.gl/sTS4We

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2015-02-21 13:45:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Defense of Earth : The new fleets of darkmatter starcraft face off against the Jexx invasion in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 31st installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

Here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaLmore »

The Defense of Earth : The new fleets of darkmatter starcraft face off against the Jexx invasion in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 31st installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

Here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D
Part 28: http://goo.gl/RNuKtL
Part 29: http://goo.gl/dqdIYG
Part 30: http://goo.gl/0YHzlY
Part 31: http://goo.gl/sTS4We

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2015-02-15 09:55:09 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I've been having some ridiculous internet issues : It took a lot of time to figure out that for some reason the DNS which has been entered into the 3 laptops at home are the reason for the internet borking.

The ISP's DNS : ends up giving 404 on a lot of pages, including PopSci.com and Natgeo.com. That was junk. So I changed to Google's DNS which is 8.8.8.8 | 8.8.4.4, which solved some of the problems, and all sites started to magically work.

But now, the internet has become magically slow. Nothing streams okay. I actually have a ping of 7 ms and a download speed of 7 mbps (most of the time).

The ISP people are completely unhelpful and have recommended keeping the DNS blank. What happens then is that I get similar issues to using the ISP's DNS. Most websites don't open, 404 errors and dead ends.

Anyone has an idea what I should do?... more »

I've been having some ridiculous internet issues : It took a lot of time to figure out that for some reason the DNS which has been entered into the 3 laptops at home are the reason for the internet borking.

The ISP's DNS : ends up giving 404 on a lot of pages, including PopSci.com and Natgeo.com. That was junk. So I changed to Google's DNS which is 8.8.8.8 | 8.8.4.4, which solved some of the problems, and all sites started to magically work.

But now, the internet has become magically slow. Nothing streams okay. I actually have a ping of 7 ms and a download speed of 7 mbps (most of the time).

The ISP people are completely unhelpful and have recommended keeping the DNS blank. What happens then is that I get similar issues to using the ISP's DNS. Most websites don't open, 404 errors and dead ends.

Anyone has an idea what I should do? Tagging +Charlie Hoover and +Heidi Bouman since you guys know stuff.___

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2015-02-14 12:51:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Plussing today causes floaty hearts. I hope it's not just me.

War Games : The new Captains show better discipline in managing their formations as Dranke gets a handle on his new responsibilities in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 30th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

Here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D
Part 28: http://goo.gl/RNuKtL
Part 29: http://goo.gl/dqdIYG
Part 30: http://goo.gl/0YHzlY

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2015-02-13 09:45:57 (72 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Flea vs the scribbler!
The eternally stupendous and ever so amazing +Yoon-Mi Kim has taken her crochet skills to dizzying heights by taking on the Scribbler... er, me! Check out this amazing little stitch-scribble - her #valentines gift to me! ♥ I feel so very loved :)
If you're not following scribblegraph on twitter, add it now - there's a bit of a special treat lined up for the big day tomorrow. Those who have been following me since the rock-age of Google+ may remember these, but I hope you all enjoy the #LoveIs  journey.
» https://twitter.com/scribblegraph

Flea vs the scribbler!
The eternally stupendous and ever so amazing +Yoon-Mi Kim has taken her crochet skills to dizzying heights by taking on the Scribbler... er, me! Check out this amazing little stitch-scribble - her #valentines gift to me! ♥ I feel so very loved :)
If you're not following scribblegraph on twitter, add it now - there's a bit of a special treat lined up for the big day tomorrow. Those who have been following me since the rock-age of Google+ may remember these, but I hope you all enjoy the #LoveIs  journey.
» https://twitter.com/scribblegraph___

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2015-02-11 09:02:57 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Just saying : There be holes. I did enjoy the film. But there be holes.

Just saying : There be holes. I did enjoy the film. But there be holes.___

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2015-02-06 20:05:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Formation : Both captains and the Admiral have to learn together as preparations and training maneuvers are afoot  in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 29th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part13... more »

Formation : Both captains and the Admiral have to learn together as preparations and training maneuvers are afoot  in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 29th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D
Part 28: http://goo.gl/RNuKtL
Part 29: http://goo.gl/dqdIYG

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2015-02-02 07:40:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Coldest city on Earth : If you thought you had it bad, Oymyakon (which literally means 'unfrozen water') in Siberia, is a bone-chilling minus 71.2  C (minus 96.16 F) at its lowest temperature. The high of -40F in January is quite seasonable for this place. The closest city of Yakutsk is surprisingly wealthy with an abundance of natural resources (diamonds, oil and gas). Amos Chapelle gives us a view into life in this frigid environment - “I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips."

The coldest place on Earth? Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. Read on....

Cool facts : Yakutsk is an economically vibrant place but it's extremely remote. There is a small airport but no railway, and the town boasts but one majorroa... more »

Coldest city on Earth : If you thought you had it bad, Oymyakon (which literally means 'unfrozen water') in Siberia, is a bone-chilling minus 71.2  C (minus 96.16 F) at its lowest temperature. The high of -40F in January is quite seasonable for this place. The closest city of Yakutsk is surprisingly wealthy with an abundance of natural resources (diamonds, oil and gas). Amos Chapelle gives us a view into life in this frigid environment - “I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips."

The coldest place on Earth? Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. Read on....

Cool facts : Yakutsk is an economically vibrant place but it's extremely remote. There is a small airport but no railway, and the town boasts but one major road leading in and out of it. Known as the "Road of Bones," it was built by gulag inmates under Stalin's regime.

Schools don't close unless the temperatures fall below minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Farmers bring their cows to the village's watering hole—a "thermal" spring that stays a few degrees above freezing—then lead them back to their insulated stables.

Wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face. This is just one of the more menial problems of the extremely cold weather.

Bathrooms are mostly outdoors, because indoor plumbing presents a challenge due to frozen pipes. Residents have cars, but must leave them running outside, sometimes overnight, so the mechanics don't freeze up. Even so, sometimes more extreme measures are necessary. "A guy I was staying with left his car running all night, but even so, in the morning, the drive shaft was completely frozen. Without any ceremony, he pulled out a little flamethrower, went under the truck and started fanning the bottom of his truck with a flamethrower."

Expensive city : Emergency fuel shipments to Siberian cities cost Russia an estimated $500 million per year. According to Clifford Gaddy, it would be less expensive for the country to simply fly laborers into Siberia to extract the natural resources and then fly them out again instead of paying to keep Siberian cities functioning.

References and sources

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-coldest-city-earth-180953888/?no-ist

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/amos-chapple-the-coldest-place-on-earth/#slide-id-1700585

http://www.weather.com/travel/news/breathtaking-photos-coldest-city-world-20140128

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/01/31/yakutsk_siberia_surviving_winter_in_the_world_s_coldest_city.html

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/09dec_coldspot/

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

Pic courtesy: Smithsonianmag

#cold #facts  ___

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2015-02-02 07:38:59 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Coldest city on Earth : If you thought you had it bad, Oymyakon (which literally means 'unfrozen water') in Siberia, is a bone-chilling minus 71.2  C (minus 96.16 F) at its lowest temperature. The high of -40F in January is quite seasonable for this place. The closest city of Yakutsk is surprisingly wealthy with an abundance of natural resources (diamonds, oil and gas). Amos Chapelle gives us a view into life in this frigid environment - “I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips."

The coldest place on Earth? Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. Read on....

Cool facts : Yakutsk is an economically vibrant place but it's extremely remote. There is a small airport but no railway, and the town boasts but one majorroa... more »

Coldest city on Earth : If you thought you had it bad, Oymyakon (which literally means 'unfrozen water') in Siberia, is a bone-chilling minus 71.2  C (minus 96.16 F) at its lowest temperature. The high of -40F in January is quite seasonable for this place. The closest city of Yakutsk is surprisingly wealthy with an abundance of natural resources (diamonds, oil and gas). Amos Chapelle gives us a view into life in this frigid environment - “I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips."

The coldest place on Earth? Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. Read on....

Cool facts : Yakutsk is an economically vibrant place but it's extremely remote. There is a small airport but no railway, and the town boasts but one major road leading in and out of it. Known as the "Road of Bones," it was built by gulag inmates under Stalin's regime.

Schools don't close unless the temperatures fall below minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Farmers bring their cows to the village's watering hole—a "thermal" spring that stays a few degrees above freezing—then lead them back to their insulated stables.

Wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face. This is just one of the more menial problems of the extremely cold weather.

Bathrooms are mostly outdoors, because indoor plumbing presents a challenge due to frozen pipes. Residents have cars, but must leave them running outside, sometimes overnight, so the mechanics don't freeze up. Even so, sometimes more extreme measures are necessary. "A guy I was staying with left his car running all night, but even so, in the morning, the drive shaft was completely frozen. Without any ceremony, he pulled out a little flamethrower, went under the truck and started fanning the bottom of his truck with a flamethrower."

Expensive city : Emergency fuel shipments to Siberian cities cost Russia an estimated $500 million per year. According to Clifford Gaddy, it would be less expensive for the country to simply fly laborers into Siberia to extract the natural resources and then fly them out again instead of paying to keep Siberian cities functioning.

References and sources

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-coldest-city-earth-180953888/?no-ist

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/amos-chapple-the-coldest-place-on-earth/#slide-id-1700585

http://www.weather.com/travel/news/breathtaking-photos-coldest-city-world-20140128

http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/01/31/yakutsk_siberia_surviving_winter_in_the_world_s_coldest_city.html

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/09dec_coldspot/

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

Pic courtesy: Smithsonianmag

#cold #facts  ___

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2015-02-01 08:22:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I've liked some of the stories which had multiverses. I think this may be relevant....

The infinite multiverse hypothesis : Three physicists recently came together to debate the pros and cons of the hypothesis. The multiverse has been used as a Science Fiction trope for long, but the real physics and mathematics behind it exists. While we still need to have experimental data to support it, (one wonders how we can get that!) there are detractors and critics who say it may be a bias we have.

Many worlds : Quantum objects can be described using what's called a wavefunction, which can predict where it's going to be and how it's moving. But those predictions take the form of probabilities. The problem is that, as far as we know, there's no reason to have the wavefunction stop working. Yet measurements, in Levin's terminology, "break" the wavefunction. In the many-worlds interpretation, the wavefunction keeps working, but reality breaks, or at least fragments a bit. In this view, there are particles in every location the wavefunction predicts we'll find them. It's just that those locations end up in different universes once the measurement happens.Even Levin, the ostensibly agnostic moderator, finished her description by saying, "obviously, it's a bit nuts."

The other multiverse problem : Thanks to a different theory: cosmic inflation, the sudden and rapid expansion of the universe allows the Big Bang to produce a universe that looks like the one we inhabit. If inflation is right—and most physicists think it is—then the universe we see is only a small fraction of the whole. And, if you could somehow go past the observable universe, you'd come to a region where inflation is an ongoing process, rapidly expanding space and ultimately creating additional universes.

Article link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/an-infinite-multiverse-a-bad-idea-or-inescapable/

Research paper: http://iopscience.iop.org/1475-7516/2014/05/005

Discussion article in Nature : http://www.nature.com/news/big-bang-blunder-bursts-the-multiverse-bubble-1.15346

Wikipedia link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse#Non-scientific_claims

Scientific american link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-the-multiverse-really-exist/

Pic credit : http://iai.tv/assets/Uploads/multiverse-2.jpg

#science #scienceeveryday #cosmology___I've liked some of the stories which had multiverses. I think this may be relevant....

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2015-01-31 14:35:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Pandemonium : Admiral Dranke takes on his new responsibilities in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 28th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14:h... more »

Pandemonium : Admiral Dranke takes on his new responsibilities in this installment of the story of Mission Impossible. Keep reading to know more!

Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 28th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D
Part 28: http://goo.gl/RNuKtL

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2015-01-31 09:44:42 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Fun with a non-newtonian fluid. To know more about the fluid, read this - http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Non-Newtonian_fluid.html

Unfortunately its an advert, but its still fun to watch.

#science  

Fun with a non-newtonian fluid. To know more about the fluid, read this - http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Non-Newtonian_fluid.html

Unfortunately its an advert, but its still fun to watch.

#science  ___

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2015-01-28 19:02:39 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

+Shayan Italia is planning to launch Biryani360. I eagerly look forward to the Biryani!

“I am expensive but I am worth it”
Travel Coffee Vogue reviews Biryani360

"When we tried the Un-veg Biryani360 our taste buds visited heaven, it had just the right flavour and aroma. As soon as we took the first bite all the wonderful flavours blew our mind away, the blend was awesome."

Full Review Here:
http://goo.gl/x9JqBQ___+Shayan Italia is planning to launch Biryani360. I eagerly look forward to the Biryani!

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2015-01-26 19:24:01 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Untethered : The picture is an amazing capture of Astronaut Bruce McCandless who till date hold the record of astronaut self-propulsion without a tether. Space is hard on humans. Much harder than one would expect. Besides the obvious issues of the intense cold, lack of atmosphere, hard vacuum and lack of gravity, there are all kinds of things that could go wrong. Astronauts have to guard against cosmic rays, micro particles and need to have a lot of equipment, including gyroscopes and nightmare scenarios of losing propulsion. In 1965, in a space-suit test gone awry, a technician in an altitude chamber was exposed to a hard vacuum. The defective suit was unable to hold pressure, and the man collapsed after fourteen seconds. We are not even getting into the effects on bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, and inner ear issues.

Unlike the movie Gravity : Calling the MMU a... more »

Untethered : The picture is an amazing capture of Astronaut Bruce McCandless who till date hold the record of astronaut self-propulsion without a tether. Space is hard on humans. Much harder than one would expect. Besides the obvious issues of the intense cold, lack of atmosphere, hard vacuum and lack of gravity, there are all kinds of things that could go wrong. Astronauts have to guard against cosmic rays, micro particles and need to have a lot of equipment, including gyroscopes and nightmare scenarios of losing propulsion. In 1965, in a space-suit test gone awry, a technician in an altitude chamber was exposed to a hard vacuum. The defective suit was unable to hold pressure, and the man collapsed after fourteen seconds. We are not even getting into the effects on bones, muscles, cardiovascular system, and inner ear issues.

Unlike the movie Gravity : Calling the MMU a “backpack” was a little deceptive, since, in its final form, it weighed more than 300 pounds. It contained enough nitrogen to accelerate from zero to 45 mph—just once. To conserve that precious supply, astronauts would fly the MMU at a crawl, just a few inches per second. (George Clooney’s zipping around in the movie Gravity was preposterous: If an astronaut acted that recklessly, the MMU’s fuel tank would be empty in no time.)

Nightmares : Paul Bailey, an orbital mechanics specialist who helped train astronauts to fly the jetpack, felt confident in both Martin and in Ed Whitsett, but as the STS-41B launch approached, he had a recurring nightmare: He would be sitting on the shuttle’s tail section, with Earth filling the sky, just as McCandless and Stewart floated out of the airlock. “I was looking down the cargo bay over at the MMUs. And I thought, Holy mackerel, these people think I know what I’m talking about! And they’re going to die!” Waking up in a cold sweat, Bailey would grab his MMU reference book, go through it one more time, and reassure himself he hadn’t forgotten anything.

Scrapped : Today, some EVA specialists advocate a next-generation MMU to help astronauts explore low-gravity worlds like asteroids or the moons of Mars, but so far NASA hasn’t approved development. The astronaut jetpack remains a capable—some would even say compelling—technology in search of a mission.

Is it time to replace conventional rockets? : I made a post from my page here http://goo.gl/xNNZlc which looks at the alternate ways to go to space..

Article Link: http://www.airspacemag.com/space/untethered-180952792/?page=2&no-ist

Additional source and reference : http://www.damninteresting.com/outer-space-exposure/

Reference : http://www.nsbri.org/DISCOVERIES-FOR-SPACE-and-EARTH/The-Body-in-Space/

Additional article on psychology in space travel: http://www.economist.com/node/9401568

Pic courtesy from main link in Air & Space magazine - Bob Stewart tests the MMU in 1984. No astronauts since have ranged farther from their ship. (NASA)

#space #exploration  ___

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2015-01-26 19:22:48 (1 comments, 11 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Cats : I often follow stories about dogs and cats. This article in Popsci is very interesting. While the science still needs to be confirmed. and studies have not been exhaustive, it is still a good read....

Independence : Cats consistently reacted differently upon hearing their owner's voice (in terms of ear and head movement, as graded by independent raters who didn't know which voice belonged to the owner). However, none of them meowed or actually approached the speaker, as though they'd be interested in seeing the person. Bradshaw says this interpretation draws too much out of limited study—research similar to work he has done himself. "It shows something about cats, but it doesn't show you that cats are not affectionate," he says. Dogs have evolved to be "almost obsessively" dependent on humans, Bradshaw says. In unfamiliar situations,they ... more »

Cats : I often follow stories about dogs and cats. This article in Popsci is very interesting. While the science still needs to be confirmed. and studies have not been exhaustive, it is still a good read....

Independence : Cats consistently reacted differently upon hearing their owner's voice (in terms of ear and head movement, as graded by independent raters who didn't know which voice belonged to the owner). However, none of them meowed or actually approached the speaker, as though they'd be interested in seeing the person. Bradshaw says this interpretation draws too much out of limited study—research similar to work he has done himself. "It shows something about cats, but it doesn't show you that cats are not affectionate," he says. Dogs have evolved to be "almost obsessively" dependent on humans, Bradshaw says. In unfamiliar situations, they look to their humans as sources of stability and guidance, much like small children. Cats, on the other hand, "prefer to deal with things in their own heads." A creature that fails to run to your side in a strange situation does not necessarily have a cold, unfeeling heart. Some couples show up at parties and hold hands the entire time, talking mostly to one another. Others split up when they arrive, mingle, meet new people. But they still leave together when it ends. Your cat's a mingler—an explorer.

Affection : Some researchers say all the squirming and rubbing cats lavish on their owners are just the feline equivalent to a dog lifting its leg and peeing all over a fire hydrant. Bradshaw says this notion is way off-base. "Superficially, [rubbing against humans] looks like scent marking," he says, but "the display that goes on when a cat raises its tail and rubs its sides against another cat, or a person, is a social action." Some researchers suggest the behavior has a its roots in the creation of a "clan scent" for packs of wild cats, but no one has published proof. What's important, Bradshaw says, is the interaction between creatures. The raised tail is a signal of good intent. When two cats know each other well they will rub their whole bodies against each other, including their sides, which have no scent glands. They often then lie down together and purr. Cats will do the same thing with their owners. Claiming this behavior is no deeper than a wild cat rubbing its face on tree bark is like saying that human handshakes are mostly about checking for secret weapons.

Mills research : One professor in the United Kingdom is getting social attention on his research into how attached cats are to their owners. A YouTube video shows the research project from Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and head of the Animal Behavior Clinic at the University of Lincoln. Mills' research as shown on the video puts cats and dogs through the "Strange Situation" paradigm. The animals are put in a room with their owner and a stranger. The animal's behavior with owner and stranger is observed. Then the owner slips out when their pet's attention is elsewhere.

References and Links

Article link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/sorry-cat-haters-science-isnt-your-side?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=6&con=sorry-cat-haters-science-isnt-on-your-side

http://www.9news.com/news/article/369104/337/Study-Your-cat-hates-you

Solicitation purring: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/your_cat_manipulating_you_heres_how

http://www.science20.com/science_20/blog/cats_manipulate_women-76738

Pic from Popsci article.

#cats #caturday  ___

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2015-01-26 19:21:02 (10 comments, 23 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

This was something I had posted earlier.... but I think I forgot to share it here.

Size and flows : As Douglas Adams rightly said, Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. Lets take an example. The Milky way is our galaxy. When talking about space, a galaxy is well understood. It's made of millions of stars. The size? Around 100,000 light years in diameter. If we had a spaceship going at exactly light speed (if that was possible), we would not even be able to cross one-thousandth of the distance in a hundred years.

Now Scientists have theorized about the size and movement of the local galactic supercluster. How have they been able to estimate its movement? By means of a simulation of the gravity and flow and density which pulls over 100,000 galaxies together into what is called the 'Great Attractor.' The human mind can possibly not even comprehend the size. The boundaries of this supercluster are not very well defined, and the flows are quite fascinating to watch. It takes me back to a post I made on flows (http://goo.gl/uho3rW) . At some stage, all the superclusters will be clumped into one. Maybe we will have a true idea of our Universe then!

+Knut Torgersen asked me to make this post... and here it is for your consumption. Though much has been said about the Laniakea Supercluster, this looks into the flows and size.

Cosmic Speed : The team used a database that compiles the velocities of thousands of galaxies, calculated after subtracting the average rate of cosmic expansion. “All these deviations are due to the gravitational pull galaxies feel around them, which comes from mass,” says Tully. The researchers used an algorithm to translate these velocities into a three-dimensional field of galaxy flow and density.

How did Brent Tully and his team do it? : If galaxies are clumped together closely in space they’ll orbit each other, or at least their mutual gravity will affect their motion. This in turn affects the redshift for each galaxy on top of the cosmic expansion. We know pretty well how the Universe is expanding on local scales, so if you subtract that part away, what’s left is the local motion of the galaxies. That can be used to map how gravity of other nearby galaxies is affecting them. This let them make a map of the density and movement of galaxies in space.

Size : The colossal supercluster is shown in the above computer-generated visualization, where green areas are rich with white-dot galaxies and white lines indicate motion towards the supercluster center. Galaxies flow into other galactic concentrations. The Laniakea Supercluster spans about 500 million light years and contains about 100,000 times the mass of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discoverers of Laniakea gave it a name that means "immense heaven" in Hawaiian.

Source Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/04/laniakea_our_local_supercluster.html

Nature Source: http://www.nature.com/news/earth-s-new-address-solar-system-milky-way-laniakea-1.15819

Research paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.0880

APOD source: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140910.html

Wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laniakea_Supercluster

Video Link: Laniakea: Our home supercluster  
Pics courtesy : http://goo.gl/Bsx20Q and http://goo.gl/y2MhAA

#laniakea #supercluster  ___This was something I had posted earlier.... but I think I forgot to share it here.

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2015-01-26 19:11:15 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Coldest temperatures in the Universe - What happens at absolute zero? : If one looks at classical physics, an atom of Oxygen gas zooms around at approximately a thousand miles an hour. That is quite fast. The theory is that as we lower the temperature in a closed system, the gas would become a solid and closer to absolute zero, the atoms would stop moving altogether. The electrons orbiting the nucleus would stop dead in their tracks. Why? The energy levels would be zero. However, in reality this does not happen. Physics does not break down. And neither does chemistry. Why is this?

At absolute zero : If you were able to measure the individual molecules, you'd find something surprising: they're still vibrating and rotating, but just by a tiny, tiny amount — quantum uncertainty at work. To make things concrete, if you were to measure the rotation of a Carbon Dioxide moleculea... more »

Coldest temperatures in the Universe - What happens at absolute zero? : If one looks at classical physics, an atom of Oxygen gas zooms around at approximately a thousand miles an hour. That is quite fast. The theory is that as we lower the temperature in a closed system, the gas would become a solid and closer to absolute zero, the atoms would stop moving altogether. The electrons orbiting the nucleus would stop dead in their tracks. Why? The energy levels would be zero. However, in reality this does not happen. Physics does not break down. And neither does chemistry. Why is this?

At absolute zero : If you were able to measure the individual molecules, you'd find something surprising: they're still vibrating and rotating, but just by a tiny, tiny amount — quantum uncertainty at work. To make things concrete, if you were to measure the rotation of a Carbon Dioxide molecule at absolute zero, for instance, you'd still find that the oxygen atoms are flying around the carbon at a few miles per hour — probably faster than you would have guessed.

How low can you go? : Getting down to absolute zero has essentially the identical problem with getting up to the speed of light. Getting to the speed of light requires an infinite amount of work, while getting down to absolute zero requires extracting an infinite amount of heat. Just to make it clear, both of these are impossible. Practically, the work needed to remove heat from a gas increases the colder you get, and an infinite amount of work would be needed to cool something to absolute zero. In quantum terms, you can blame Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which says the more precisely we know a particle's speed, the less we know about its position, and vice versa. If you know your atoms are inside your experiment, there must be some uncertainty in their momentum keeping them above absolute zero – unless your experiment is the size of the whole universe.

Negative temperatures below absolute zero? : Familiar ideas of temperature work pretty well for most solids, liquids, and gases, and conform to the general expectation that it should always be greater than absolute zero. What are we to make of a recent claim by a group of German researchers that they have created an experimental system where negative (as in below absolute zero) temperatures can actually be observed and measured? Unfortunately 'negative temperature needs to be defined in terms of entropy... Entropy is a convenient mathematical construct which indicates that if heat is added to a system, the atoms become less ordered. In other words, they have more states, or shall we say, options, available to them. All a negative absolute temperature really means is that with the addition of heat, instead of becoming more random, atoms become more ordered. This can occur, for example, if the number of high energy spots available is limited, and therefore likely to be quickly filled.

References and Source materials

Colder than absolute zero: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130104143516.htm

Further reading: http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero-1.12146

What happens below absolute zero?: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/144767-negative-temperature-understanding-what-happens-below-absolute-zero

Research paper: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/327/5967/853

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18541-what-happens-at-absolute-zero.html#.VK5DtXswBNE

http://io9.com/5889074/why-cant-we-get-down-to-absolute-zero

Ask an expert: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae380.cfm

Coolest spot in the Universe: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/releases/97/coldspot.html

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

http://www.science20.com/the_conversation/the_journey_to_the_other_side_of_absolute_zero-151864

Pics courtesy: i09, BBC Science, Science20.com

#science #scienceeveryday #absolutezero  ___

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2015-01-25 05:12:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Moving On :  Events move apace as Dranke meets his old command officer and everything seems to be changing. Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 27th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX... more »

Moving On :  Events move apace as Dranke meets his old command officer and everything seems to be changing. Mission Impossible is a space opera series written in flash fiction style. This is the 27th installment. If you haven't read the series before, please start from the first episode.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ
Part 27: http://goo.gl/0Ywy0D

Mission impossible is a science fiction series set in the distant future. Notifying select people who have opted in.

#saturdayscenes #scifi___

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2015-01-19 15:56:45 (5 comments, 16 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Animal doctors : No really. This is not a post about vets. This is about how animals self-medicate.... including parrots, dogs, cats, chimps, elephants and a host of other creatures. There is even a word for it. Zoopharmacognosy is derived from zoo which means animal, pharma  which stands for drug and gnosy, which means knowing. Next time you see your dog or cat eating grass, you know it's a part of their self-medication regime.

Neighbourhood pharmacy : Bears, deer, elk, and various carnivores, as well as great apes, are known to consume medicinal plants apparently to self-medicate. Some lizards are believed to respond to a bite by a venomous snake by eating a certain root to counter the venom. Baboons in Ethiopia eat the leaves of a plant to combat the flatworms that cause schistosomiasis.

More widespread than one would assume : Birds, bees, lizards,... more »

Animal doctors : No really. This is not a post about vets. This is about how animals self-medicate.... including parrots, dogs, cats, chimps, elephants and a host of other creatures. There is even a word for it. Zoopharmacognosy is derived from zoo which means animal, pharma  which stands for drug and gnosy, which means knowing. Next time you see your dog or cat eating grass, you know it's a part of their self-medication regime.

Neighbourhood pharmacy : Bears, deer, elk, and various carnivores, as well as great apes, are known to consume medicinal plants apparently to self-medicate. Some lizards are believed to respond to a bite by a venomous snake by eating a certain root to counter the venom. Baboons in Ethiopia eat the leaves of a plant to combat the flatworms that cause schistosomiasis.

More widespread than one would assume : Birds, bees, lizards, elephants, and chimpanzees all share a survival trait: They self-medicate. These animals eat things that make them feel better, or prevent disease, or kill parasites like flatworms, bacteria, and viruses, or just to aid in digestion. Even creatures with brains the size of pinheads somehow know to ingest certain plants or use them in unusual ways when they need them. Anyone who has seen a dog eat grass during a walk has witnessed self-medication. The dog probably has an upset stomach or a parasite.

Cats may be eating grass for nutrients : In particular, a nutrient that grass provides for cats is folic acid. This is a vital precursor for your cat's ability to synthesize hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is what supplies your cat's organs with oxygen. We all know oxygen is pretty important.

Other examples : Red and green macaws, along with many animals, eat clay to aid digestion and kill bacteria. Pregnant lemurs in Madagascar nibble on tamarind and fig leaves and bark to aid in milk production, kill parasites, and increase the chances of a successful birth. Pregnant elephants in Kenya eat the leaves of some trees to induce delivery.

How does one determine if an animal is self-medicating? : Huffman established widely used criteria for judging when an animal is self-medicating. First, the plant eaten cannot be a regular part of the animal’s diet; it is used as medicine not food. Second, the plant must provide little or no nutritional value to the animal. Third, the plant must be consumed during those times of year—for example, the rainy season—when parasites are most likely to cause infections. Fourth, other animals in the group don’t participate. If the activity meets these standards, it is safe to assume the animal is self-medicating, Huffman says. Researchers have observed the practice in 25 regions involving 40 different plants.

Learned behavior? : The obvious question is how do the animals—some of them not noted for intelligence—learn to do this? How did sparrows and finches learn to collect nicotine-heavy cigarette butts to reduce mite infections in their nests? How do honey bees and wood ants know to line their nests with resin to combat bacteria? We don't know for sure, but there is a strong hypothesis.

Article Link: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/49/17339.full

News article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2868348/Do-animals-SELF-MEDICATE-Dogs-elephants-chimps-parrots-use-natural-remedies-treat-digestive-problems-induce-birth.html

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoopharmacognosy#Mammals_2

Pic courtesy: http://www.baxterboo.com/fun/a.cfm/why-does-my-pet-eat-grass

Related TED event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNn7b5VHowM

Research paper: Huffman M. (1997) Current evidence for self-medication in primates: A multidisciplinary perspective. Yearb Phys Anthropol 104(suppl 25):171–200.

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2015-01-19 15:55:24 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 200 +1s)Open 

Avengers, Lego and drones..... What could go wrong?

Geeking out : This is too cool to ignore. I usually stick to the science, but this one is here just for the fun of it. Seriously. See the full video here -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u7CWB40ezM#t=285 (it's totally worth it).

Article extract: Back in November, drone enthusiasts built a modified quadcopter they call the "Heli-Carrier" that was modeled after the giant aircraft that SHIELD flies in the Marvel movies, and showed that one small drone could take off from another. In this new video, the homebuilt helicarrier stays aloft longer and launches miniature jets. It's all a drone enthusiast's dreams. Maybe next time out they can land a helicarrier on a helicarrier.

From Hackaday : If you’re not familiar, the Helicarrier is a fictional ship, the pride of S.H.I.E.L.D’s air force, or is it their navy. It’s a massive aircraft carrier with four huge repulsor engines built into it, borrowing tech from Stark Industries. The shear size of it is what makes it completely ridiculous, but at the same time, it’s also unbelievably awesome. Unfortunately, repulsor technology doesn’t seem to exist yet, so the FliteTest crew had to settle with a set of 8 brushless outrunner motors, with two per “engine”. The whole thing is almost 6′ long. It doesn’t handle that well (not surprising!) but they were able to launch another RC  plane off of it, mid-flight! Landing however… well you’ll have to watch the video.

Sources

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tech-news/video-flitetest-helicarrier-marvel-shield-17635604?click=pm_latest

http://hackaday.com/2015/01/13/lego-avengers-assemble-to-the-helicarrier/

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/01/taking-off-and-landing-on-the-avengers-helicarrier-drone-looks-so-fun/

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

#Helicarrier #geek #lego  ___Avengers, Lego and drones..... What could go wrong?

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2015-01-08 19:27:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I actually thought of this when reading about Samlons in The Legacy of Herot by Niven and Pournelle. It's only recently that I was able to correlate the two stories... 

How tiny marine creatures drive ocean currents : The science of swarms is fascinating and it has to do with Physics of fluids. Remember fish, birds and all kinds of insects display swarming behavior (Air is also a fluid).

The small brine shrimp (remember sea monkeys?) Artemia salina may be responsible for influencing ocean currents, circulation patterns and even the climate. Read on to know more...

Tiny size but huge numbers : Each individual shrimp only generates the tiniest of currents, but when many shrimp swim in tandem, they generate a current that’s stronger than the sum of those created by each individual. When a larger group moves together, he says, they produce strong downward jets with swirling currents on the side says the study's author.

Physics : "This research suggests a remarkable and previously unobserved two-way coupling between the biology and the physics of the ocean," study researcher John Dabiri, a professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, said in a statement. "The organisms in the ocean appear to have the capacity to influence their environment by their collective swimming."

Influence : Usually, researchers credit the wind and tides for creating currents that mix the ocean's salt, nutrients and heat. In contrast, this study suggests that microscopic animals also influence currents. In a study published in 2009 in the journal Nature, Dabiri and his colleagues proposed that sea creatures such as jellyfish mix ocean waters, and ventured that even smaller organisms could do the same. This study offers evidence for their idea, at least in an aquarium environment.

Article link from +Popular Science : http://goo.gl/dTNLXe

Research paper AIP |Scitation: http://goo.gl/dKnYLU

Video link: Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Data of a Vertical Migration Experiment

Additional video link: Flow Field Measurement During Vertical Migration of A. salina

+Discover Magazine link: http://goo.gl/09iVnu

Livescience link: http://www.livescience.com/48069-sea-monkeys-swirl-ocean.html

More about the brine shrimp: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Artemia_salina/

Gif pic courtesy : http://goo.gl/8Y40SH (for illustration purposes only, not a brine shrimp). Brine shrimp on left from +Mother Nature

#science #scienceeveryday  ___I actually thought of this when reading about Samlons in The Legacy of Herot by Niven and Pournelle. It's only recently that I was able to correlate the two stories... 

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2015-01-08 19:20:48 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I would love to see the Hyperloop brought to reality. What about you?

While all the noise has died down : One company floated by a crowdfunding site called Jumpstartfund has taken up the challenge of bringing the Hyperloop to reality. Its a long way away as yet, but Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. is real and a bunch of dedicated people are working on making this reality.

Smart people on it : The incorporated entity has a fancy name and all, but it’s less a standard company than a group of about 100 engineers all over the country who spend their free time spitballing ideas in exchange for stock options. That said, these gals and guys applied for the right to work on the project (another 100 or so were rejected) and nearly all of them have day jobs at companies like Boeing, NASA, Yahoo!, Airbus, SpaceX, and Salesforce. They’re smart. And they’re organized.

Working groups : The team is split into working groups, based on their interests and skills, that cover various aspects of the massive project, including route planning, capsule design, and cost analysis. They work mostly over email, with weekly discussions of their progress. Hierarchy is minimal, but leaders have naturally emerged, says Ahlborn. And if a decision needs to be made, as CEO, he makes the call. A lot of the work is being done by 25 UCLA students. The school’s SUPRASTUDIO design and architecture program partnered with JumpStartFund, and now the students are working on all the design solutions the new transit system would require.

Route : The UCLA students working on potential routes imagine networks criss-crossing the country, as well as Europe and Asia. This is where things get fanciful: we’re at least 10 years away from a commercially viable Hyperloop, and the idea of a national network is hard to imagine. They tacked on the idea of a “Mini Hyperloop,” which would offer shorter routes into and around cities.

Progress : So JumpStartFund and the UCLA students have made good progress, but there’s a lot to figure out before anyone gets to tackle the really fun parts like testing, permitting, and construction. Ahlborn says the questions of how to build the low-pressure tube and the pylons that support it have mostly been solved, and creating the capsules shouldn’t be too tricky. The hard part is moving the capsules within the tube, and seeing how fast they can go. To eliminate friction in the tube, Musk proposed using a compressor to create a pocket of air under the capsule. That’s the cheapest approach, Ahlborn says, but it has its drawbacks. His team is looking at the possibility of using magnetic levitation and other alternatives. “We want to find the best possible way to make this work.”

Sources and References

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/jumpstartfund-hyperloop-elon-musk/#slide-id-1684287 (pic courtesy)

Earlier post "light of day" : http://goo.gl/TC25uN

Earlier post "Concept declaration" : http://goo.gl/SdYLli

Earlier post "Hyperloop" : http://goo.gl/wm4TXj

Earlier post "No long haul flights" : http://goo.gl/E4SrSY

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22618/20141220/elon-musk-hyperloop-dream-may-soon-become-reality-thanks-to-crowdsourcing.htm

http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/19/engineers-progress-hyperloop-trains/

#hyperloop #Elonmusk +Elon Musk ___I would love to see the Hyperloop brought to reality. What about you?

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2015-01-08 19:19:23 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Coldest temperatures in the Universe - What happens at absolute zero? : If one looks at classical physics, an atom of Oxygen gas zooms around at approximately a thousand miles an hour. That is quite fast. The theory is that as we lower the temperature in a closed system, the gas would become a solid and closer to absolute zero, the atoms would stop moving altogether. The electrons orbiting the nucleus would stop dead in their tracks. Why? The energy levels would be zero. However, in reality this does not happen. Physics does not break down. And neither does chemistry. Why is this?

At absolute zero : If you were able to measure the individual molecules, you'd find something surprising: they're still vibrating and rotating, but just by a tiny, tiny amount — quantum uncertainty at work. To make things concrete, if you were to measure the rotation of a Carbon Dioxide moleculea... more »

Coldest temperatures in the Universe - What happens at absolute zero? : If one looks at classical physics, an atom of Oxygen gas zooms around at approximately a thousand miles an hour. That is quite fast. The theory is that as we lower the temperature in a closed system, the gas would become a solid and closer to absolute zero, the atoms would stop moving altogether. The electrons orbiting the nucleus would stop dead in their tracks. Why? The energy levels would be zero. However, in reality this does not happen. Physics does not break down. And neither does chemistry. Why is this?

At absolute zero : If you were able to measure the individual molecules, you'd find something surprising: they're still vibrating and rotating, but just by a tiny, tiny amount — quantum uncertainty at work. To make things concrete, if you were to measure the rotation of a Carbon Dioxide molecule at absolute zero, for instance, you'd still find that the oxygen atoms are flying around the carbon at a few miles per hour — probably faster than you would have guessed.

How low can you go? : Getting down to absolute zero has essentially the identical problem with getting up to the speed of light. Getting to the speed of light requires an infinite amount of work, while getting down to absolute zero requires extracting an infinite amount of heat. Just to make it clear, both of these are impossible. Practically, the work needed to remove heat from a gas increases the colder you get, and an infinite amount of work would be needed to cool something to absolute zero. In quantum terms, you can blame Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which says the more precisely we know a particle's speed, the less we know about its position, and vice versa. If you know your atoms are inside your experiment, there must be some uncertainty in their momentum keeping them above absolute zero – unless your experiment is the size of the whole universe.

Negative temperatures below absolute zero? : Familiar ideas of temperature work pretty well for most solids, liquids, and gases, and conform to the general expectation that it should always be greater than absolute zero. What are we to make of a recent claim by a group of German researchers that they have created an experimental system where negative (as in below absolute zero) temperatures can actually be observed and measured? Unfortunately 'negative temperature needs to be defined in terms of entropy... Entropy is a convenient mathematical construct which indicates that if heat is added to a system, the atoms become less ordered. In other words, they have more states, or shall we say, options, available to them. All a negative absolute temperature really means is that with the addition of heat, instead of becoming more random, atoms become more ordered. This can occur, for example, if the number of high energy spots available is limited, and therefore likely to be quickly filled.

References and Source materials

Colder than absolute zero: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130104143516.htm

Further reading: http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero-1.12146

What happens below absolute zero?: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/144767-negative-temperature-understanding-what-happens-below-absolute-zero

Research paper: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/327/5967/853

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18541-what-happens-at-absolute-zero.html#.VK5DtXswBNE

http://io9.com/5889074/why-cant-we-get-down-to-absolute-zero

Ask an expert: http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae380.cfm

Coolest spot in the Universe: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/releases/97/coldspot.html

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

http://www.science20.com/the_conversation/the_journey_to_the_other_side_of_absolute_zero-151864

Pics courtesy: i09, BBC Science, Science20.com

#science #scienceeveryday #absolutezero  ___

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2015-01-07 08:50:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Surprise attack :  Dranke and his crew have to take a detour to search for the missing darkmatter starcraft and it's crew and Captain Niket. ( Part 25 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17:ht... more »

Surprise attack :  Dranke and his crew have to take a detour to search for the missing darkmatter starcraft and it's crew and Captain Niket. ( Part 25 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf
Part 20: http://goo.gl/PT3jCj
Part 21: http://goo.gl/DXrXgp
Part 22: http://goo.gl/e1kEuu
Part 23: http://goo.gl/1EtW6U
Part 24: http://goo.gl/rK4EqX
Part 25: http://goo.gl/b7Vl04
Part 26: http://goo.gl/FQisEJ

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2015-01-06 19:22:42 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

If you liked the movie, you will love this story...

Waterworld : With rising sea levels, it seems that the movie Waterworld was prophetic. Of course, the movie was bad for a number of reasons, but if one were to study the last sea nomads, some surprising adaptations can be seen. A pointer to our future generations maybe.... don't try this at home. There are downsides to the adaptations including burst eardrums which you don't wish to test.

The Bajau people : The Bajau Laut, or Bajo, are marine nomads thought to come from the Philippines, who for centuries have lived out their lives almost entirely at sea. In dugout canoes they ply the ocean between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, fishing with nets and lines. As sea nomads, they do not consider themselves tied to any country.

Freedivers : The sea gypsies of Malaysia and Indonesia, are renowned natural freedivers. Traditionally, they are born, live and die at sea, and fish by diving 20m (more than 65ft) underwater for minutes at a time on one breath. At this depth, water pressure is almost three times what it is on the surface, squeezing lungs already deprived of oxygen. "Not enough research has been done to know if it wears off when you're not diving," says Farrell. "But I know people who do a lot of deep training - as Sulbin does - whose blood is like that of people living at high altitude."

Underwater eyesight : The Bajau, in common with other coastal dwelling people, have unusually strong underwater vision. Their eye muscles have adapted to constrict the pupils more, and to change the lens shape to increase light refraction. This makes their underwater eyesight twice as strong.

Amphibious Human : The Bajau fisherman Sulbin in the video shows us how biology and culture are inseparable because what he does ends up shaping his body, but only because he grew up around people who knew how to manage becoming human in this distinctive amphibious way and because his adaptations play upon how his nervous system works, including some intriguing quirks.

BBC Article Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-12151830

NewScientist Link: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/07/free-diving-indian-ocean-nomad.html

Plos One Source: http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/2011/02/03/human-amphibious-model-living-in-and-on-the-water/

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajau_people

#science  ___If you liked the movie, you will love this story...

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2015-01-06 19:20:03 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Virus and bacteria : This is something humans have been grappling for years. Since the beginning of life, cells of all living creatures have been in a pitched battle against bacteria and viruses. But not all bacteria and viruses are the same. Read on to know more...

Antibiotics are limited : Antibiotics have been used for three quarters of a century to treat bacterial infections. Evolution is real. And so bacteria have evolved resistance to the antibiotics we use to kill them. We then invented new antibiotics, in response the bacteria evolved again — and the cycle repeats. The problem is that we are already running out of new antibiotics, but bacteria won't run out of evolution.

Enter bacteriophages : It turns out that there is a living creature that kills bacteria — a virus called a bacteriophage. The name literally means 'bacteria eater'. In the192... more »

Virus and bacteria : This is something humans have been grappling for years. Since the beginning of life, cells of all living creatures have been in a pitched battle against bacteria and viruses. But not all bacteria and viruses are the same. Read on to know more...

Antibiotics are limited : Antibiotics have been used for three quarters of a century to treat bacterial infections. Evolution is real. And so bacteria have evolved resistance to the antibiotics we use to kill them. We then invented new antibiotics, in response the bacteria evolved again — and the cycle repeats. The problem is that we are already running out of new antibiotics, but bacteria won't run out of evolution.

Enter bacteriophages : It turns out that there is a living creature that kills bacteria — a virus called a bacteriophage. The name literally means 'bacteria eater'. In the 1920s, bacteriophages were used to treat bacterial infections in both the United States, and in Georgia in the Soviet Union. Nothing else worked - antibiotics had not yet been invented. Bacteriophages were developed and used in Georgia until the present day. But in the West they were abandoned  after the introduction of antibiotics. Antibiotics were cheap, easy to make, store and prescribe. On the other hand, bacteriophages had to be individually blended, on demand. Furthermore, antibiotics could attack a whole range of different bacteria, while bacteriophages would work only against very specific bacteria. If you wanted to kill a different bacterium, you needed to use a different bacteriophage.

Bacteria eaters : Your typical bacteriophage virus looks a bit like a moon lander - a tall skinny body on top of a bunch of spindly legs. The bacteriophage lands on a bacterium, legs down. The legs then bend and the body of the bacteriophage makes contact with the much larger body of the bacterium. The tail of the bacteriophage then penetrates into the bacterium and injects some of its genetic DNA. The bacteriophage DNA then forces the host bacterium to start making more bacteriophages — sometimes within 15 minutes. Bacteriophage viruses are so potent that they kill about half the bacteria on Earth every two days.

Guided missiles : Each type of bacteriophage has evolved to attack only a very limited range of bacteria. But this turns out to have advantages.

If you take an antibiotic to treat an ear infection, it will also accidentally kill many of the essential and friendly bacteria that live in your gut. Bacteriophage therapy will leave these friendly bacteria alone. Bacteriophages are more like a guided missile than a nuclear bomb.

References and Sources

Main article: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/11/18/4130318.htm#artComments

More about viruses: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/21143412

Beware of  Pseudoscience (scienceblogs) : http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/08/07/beware-genetically-engineered-t4-bacteriophage-nanobots/

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteriophage

Related Nanoparticle article: http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=14121


Pic courtesy: abc science.

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2015-01-03 15:56:22 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Which Science Fiction movie comes to mind after watching this video?

Freaky looking robotic arm / snake : Wish you all a happy New Year, may 2015 be better than the 2014 we have had. In the meantime, take a look at this slithering robotic snake-arm. Called the Series II - X125 system, it has a camera, flashlight, lasers and water jets have also been used as attachments. Don't miss the video.

Earlier generation JetSnake : A previous version of the system, named “JetSnake,” was used on a tunnel boring machine in the port of Miami. Snakebots offer a lot of flexibility, fitting through spaces awkward for larger, more rigid bodies. Previous versions have found work as rescue tools, handlike alternatives, surgery tools, and even as part of a mini-drone-Voltron.

Applications : Childhood fears aside, the technology being demonstrated here is fantastic, and lends itself to some very practical uses. The swappable head can be outfitted with a camera for performing visual inspections in dangerous areas, because the robot snake can maneuver around debris or obstacles without touching a single thing. Or you can toss a high-pressure water jet on the end, making this the ultimate remote control auger for dealing with clogs or dirt.

the Specs : The Series II - X125 system delivers a 6kg payload, arm bend of over 225 degrees and a highly flexible tip. The 2.2m arm has passed a series of extended operational tests and been designed for increased reliability and easy maintenance to reduce through life costs.


Sources and References

From OC Robotics: http://www.ocrobotics.com/news/introducing-the-series-2--x125-system/

http://gizmodo.com/watch-this-freaky-robot-arm-move-like-a-snake-hanging-i-1673175770

http://www.popsci.com/eeek-robot-snake

#science #scienceeveryday #robotics  ___Which Science Fiction movie comes to mind after watching this video?

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2014-12-30 08:31:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Insects benefit from following the leader : While we often talk about leadership in the human context, scientists have discovered that in the case of the Sawfly larvae, they actually benefit from following a leader. Not only do the followers benefit, but the leader does as well - and they do this all democratically! Swarm behavior has always fascinated me, and some of the things we learn about insects is quite interesting...

Social behavior : Scientists have shown for the first time that when insect larvae follow a leader to forage for food, both leaders and followers benefit, growing much faster than if they are in a group of only leaders or only followers. The work gives new insight into why such social relationships evolve in insects, and why they are maintained. The study looked at larvae of the iconic Australian steel-blue sawfly Perga affinis often known as... more »

Insects benefit from following the leader : While we often talk about leadership in the human context, scientists have discovered that in the case of the Sawfly larvae, they actually benefit from following a leader. Not only do the followers benefit, but the leader does as well - and they do this all democratically! Swarm behavior has always fascinated me, and some of the things we learn about insects is quite interesting...

Social behavior : Scientists have shown for the first time that when insect larvae follow a leader to forage for food, both leaders and followers benefit, growing much faster than if they are in a group of only leaders or only followers. The work gives new insight into why such social relationships evolve in insects, and why they are maintained. The study looked at larvae of the iconic Australian steel-blue sawfly Perga affinis often known as 'spitfires'. Sawfly larvae can grow to 7cm long and forage nocturnally in Australian Eucalyptus trees, forming large groups that can strip all of the leaves from a tree in a few days.

Leadership and followership works : "We see that leaders only benefit from being leaders if they have followers, and that followers only benefit if they have leaders. There is no use being a shepherd without sheep or sheep without a shepherd." Study co-author Professor Mark Elgar said that while leaders do not differ in growth rates or weight, they may acquire other benefits such as lower predation or enhanced immune function. "The next stage of our research is to find out how certain larvae become the leaders in a group and how they are communicating directions and encouragement to their followers," added Prof Elgar.

Democratic leadership : Sawfly societies operate democratically, with leaders and followers co-operating to decide on group movements. This contrasts with other animal societies, such as baboons and wolves, where leaders are despotic, dominating their followers. Ms Hodgkin, a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne said the team was keen to understand why the larvae followers allow others to determine the group's movements.

Speed boost : Destin, of the YouTube video series Smarter Every Day, and Phil Torres, who’s a conservation biologist and intrepid rainforest explorer, come across this large, writhing ball of caterpillars in the Amazon rainforest. And seemingly immediately, Destin has an idea – what if the reason that the caterpillars are crawling over each other is to get a speed boost? So he goes home, and designs a wonderfully elegant experiment, using Lego, to prove his point. I just love how this simple Lego powered explanation gets right to the heart of this strange phenomenon.

Article link: http://www.sciencecodex.com/follow_the_leader_insects_benefit_from_good_leadership_too-143631

Additional source: http://www.wired.com/2013/07/why-are-these-caterpillars-climbing-over-each-other-the-surprising-science-behind-the-swarm/

Reference : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141015210909.htm

Paper: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1796/20141700

Pics courtesy: sciencedaily, wired, wn.com and worldnewstommorow.com

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2014-12-30 08:29:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Cities : Cities by themselves are neither good nor bad. But we are tied to them and all indicators are that they will be the engine of growth in our world going forward (as per the latest report from the World Bank). In some ways, cities can be personal, in other ways, they promote individualism. I've seen a common thread about cities, which I wanted to share.

Cities getting bigger : It’s the age of the city. Today more than half the world’s population can be found in cities, and megacities—those with populations of 10 million or more—are on the rise. The world’s largest megacity, Tokyo-Yokohama, joins two cities and multiple Japanese prefectures to cover 5,200 square miles, and it houses a population of some 37.5 million individuals.

Source and Solution : Cities are poised to tackle the problems of climate change because they have economies of scalethat prom... more »

Cities : Cities by themselves are neither good nor bad. But we are tied to them and all indicators are that they will be the engine of growth in our world going forward (as per the latest report from the World Bank). In some ways, cities can be personal, in other ways, they promote individualism. I've seen a common thread about cities, which I wanted to share.

Cities getting bigger : It’s the age of the city. Today more than half the world’s population can be found in cities, and megacities—those with populations of 10 million or more—are on the rise. The world’s largest megacity, Tokyo-Yokohama, joins two cities and multiple Japanese prefectures to cover 5,200 square miles, and it houses a population of some 37.5 million individuals.

Source and Solution : Cities are poised to tackle the problems of climate change because they have economies of scale that promote efficiency, as well as research centers, grassroots movements and opportunities for invention and innovation, Romero Lankao notes. “It’s like every human being—we have good and bad, and cities are the same.” sheer size can’t protect megacities from direct impacts such as rising temperatures and extreme events like hurricanes and droughts. Already warmer than the countryside because of the urban heat island effect, cities in tropical and sub-tropical areas—such as Mumbai, Bangkok and Lagos—could soon become too hot to handle, especially for those who cannot afford air conditioning.

Metrosapiens : Some advantages - Demand-side benefits are important, because those strategies are not talked about very much. When we hear about national energy policy, it's often about increasing efficiency of devices or supply of energy. But people that live in New York City, for example, drive less because they don't have cars. This is something that David Owen talks about in the book Green Metropolis. He calls it "embodied efficiency". The vertical living of New York City actually has this embodied efficiency that makes energy use in our daily lives less.

An example of Boston : _With the specter of rising sea levels threatening many metropolises worldwide, cities are starting to rethink what their future might look like. And in Boston, that future might look a little bit like Venice, canals and all. A nonprofit research group, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), recently released a report which outlines Boston's options for dealing with rising waters. The sea level in Boston is currently rising at a rate of 0.11 inches per year. That may not seem like much, but eventually it could cause major, costly problems for the city.

Source article : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-megacities-friend-or-foe-fight-against-climate-change-180953424/

Additional source article : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-becoming-city-dwelling-metro-sapiens-180953449/

Source for story on Boston: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/facing-rising-sea-levels-boston-ponders-canals?dom=PSC&loc=topstories&con=facing-rising-sea-levels-boston-ponders-canals

Earlier posts

Rising threat to our cities: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/1ymnCmp4bYw

Megacities look to conserve energy in unique ways: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/2BskW65XFL2

Future city: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/i98L9w35kGM

City farms: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Cakm5fxHWfm

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2014-12-30 08:28:32 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Nanopore battery : Imagine a battery which is made up of nanotube electrodes. And then imagine a billion of thesese nanotubes 'grown' on a substrate to create a battery which can charge in 12 minutes. Thousands of times. Imagine the size of the battery with billions of electrodes is the size of a postage stamp cumulatively. Can you imagine your cellphone having this kind of charging ability. Researchers at University of Maryland are testing just this kind of battery.

Small is beautiful : Many millions of these nanopores can be crammed into one larger battery the size of a postage stamp. One of the reasons the researchers think this unit is so successful is because each nanopore is shaped just like the others, which allows them to pack the tiny thin batteries together efficiently. Modeling shows that the unique design of the nanopore battery is responsible for its success.... more »

Nanopore battery : Imagine a battery which is made up of nanotube electrodes. And then imagine a billion of thesese nanotubes 'grown' on a substrate to create a battery which can charge in 12 minutes. Thousands of times. Imagine the size of the battery with billions of electrodes is the size of a postage stamp cumulatively. Can you imagine your cellphone having this kind of charging ability. Researchers at University of Maryland are testing just this kind of battery.

Small is beautiful : Many millions of these nanopores can be crammed into one larger battery the size of a postage stamp. One of the reasons the researchers think this unit is so successful is because each nanopore is shaped just like the others, which allows them to pack the tiny thin batteries together efficiently. Modeling shows that the unique design of the nanopore battery is responsible for its success. The space inside the holes is so small that the space they take up, all added together, would be no more than a grain of sand.

The Tech : Co-author Eleanor Gillette said: 'A nanopore is a tiny hole, 80,000 times smaller than a human hair, that's made in a sheet of ceramic material.' A battery composed of an array of nanobatteries connected in parallel, each composed of an anode, a cathode and a liquid electrolyte confined within the nanopores of anodic aluminium oxide, as an all-in-one nanosize device.Each nanoelectrode includes an outer ruthenium nanotube current collector and an inner nanotube of vanadium pentoxide storage material. These together form a symmetric full nanopore storage cell with anode and cathode separated by an electrolyte region.

What is possible? : Sky is the limit. But this may actually make electric cars and aircraft commercially viable, and even cheaper than gas. While the current version is intended mostly as a proof-of-concept model, the scientists have determined improvements that could be made to the second version, allowing it to have 10 times the energy density. They're also looking at methods of industrial-scale production, so that the batteries could ultimately be produced commercially.

References and Sources

Research paper: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v9/n12/full/nnano.2014.247.html

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/this_battery_has_one_billion_components_but_is_the_size_of_a_postage_stamp-150108

http://www.kurzweilai.net/a-battery-made-up-of-billions-of-nanoscale-batteries#!prettyPhoto

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-billion-holes-battery.html

http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/materials/each-nanopore-in-a-material-serves-as-a-battery-

http://www.gizmag.com/nanopore-tiny-battery/34694/

Video courtesy University of Maryland.

#battery #science #technology #cellphone  ___

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2014-12-30 08:27:49 (5 comments, 12 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Lightning as a power source : Some of the few astonishing facts about lightning is that there are about 100 lightning flashes every second.... that's not all, the power released in a lightning strike is 5 billion joules on an average. But there are issues. One is how does one harness the power of lightning, which happens randomly. The other is how does one step down this intense power to be used by us? It is a fascinating thought, since this is energy for the taking. Harnessing and managing its collection, step down and storage are gigantic headaches. And we don't yet have the engineering to make it happen. Read on....

Out of reach : A single bolt of lightning contains 5 billion joules of energy, enough to power a household for a month. The energy of a thunderstorm equals that of an atom bomb. If we're already generating power from unexpected sources like ocean currents... more »

Lightning as a power source : Some of the few astonishing facts about lightning is that there are about 100 lightning flashes every second.... that's not all, the power released in a lightning strike is 5 billion joules on an average. But there are issues. One is how does one harness the power of lightning, which happens randomly. The other is how does one step down this intense power to be used by us? It is a fascinating thought, since this is energy for the taking. Harnessing and managing its collection, step down and storage are gigantic headaches. And we don't yet have the engineering to make it happen. Read on....

Out of reach : A single bolt of lightning contains 5 billion joules of energy, enough to power a household for a month. The energy of a thunderstorm equals that of an atom bomb. If we're already generating power from unexpected sources like ocean currents in our quest to wean ourselves of polluting- and limited- fossil fuels, why not pull electricity from the air, especially when everyone can see it lighting up the night sky?

Challenges : The logistical problems involved in making it work are significant. First of all, there's the basic fact that thunder storms are sporadic and lighting strikes random; considering that energy demands are steady, dependable energy sources are preferable. Second, it's not so easy to capture energy delivered in one enormous blast in a split second. It has to be stored and converted to an alternating current, without blowing out the collection system in a single large strike.

Newer research : According to researchers at the University of Arizona and University of Central Florida, high-power lasers can be used to redirect the flow of lightning. As a general rule, lightning follows the path of least resistance (impedance) to the ground. A big metal rod, with wires running into the ground, has much lower resistance than air (which has very high electrical resistance) — and so the lightning chooses the rod. High-power lasers also don’t like to travel through air — but, when they do, they strip away electrons, leaving a wake of highly conductive ionized plasma. Lightning loves travelling through plasma. But this is limited due to the 'blooming' effect of lasers and maintaining a beam. To create a long enough channel of plasma — from the ground to the top of a building — the researchers had to devise a new method of beaming high-power lasers through air. The technical name of this method is called “externally refuelled optical filaments

Southampton University experiments : But can we harness electricity from lighning? There are several reasons why the current answer is probably no — safety, for starters — but some lightning scientists in the UK demonstrated that someday, the answer could be maybe. Nokia approached Neil Palmer, who directs Southampton University’s Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory, to research harnessing lightning to charge a phone. “We wanted to look at whether we could harvest enough power to charge a Lumia 925 after the energy had moved through the air." Palmer set up a transformer providing an alternating current, and 200,000 volts of electricity sparked across about a foot (300 mm) of empty space. The signal was stepped down in a second controlling transformer, and connected to the phone. It worked: the phone charged up, and nothing fried. The lack of damage to the phone was the biggest surprise. "The Lumia 925 still worked perfectly, and is still working as good as new," Palmer says.

Sources and References

Off topic but related to how lasers can be stabilized : http://goo.gl/3HPftL

Earlier post on volcanic lightning: http://goo.gl/176gCb

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/harvest-energy-lightning.htm

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=2742

http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/2014/06/18/power-of-lightning-can-rival-an-atom-bomb/#.VJ7ezv9gBo

http://www.dvice.com/2013-10-11/could-we-ever-harness-energy-lightning

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/harnessing-the-power-of-lightn/18845801

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-harnessing-power-lightning-mobile.html

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180351-lightning-rods-are-so-last-century-next-gen-lightning-protection-and-harvesting-with-high-powered-lasers

Research Paper : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148110004982

http://inhabitat.com/power-your-home-with-lightening/

Pic courtesy: boost-master.deviantart.com (Booster's Animated Night Lightning v2.3 by BoosT-MasteR)

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2014-12-29 15:05:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Last Week of the +NovoPulp Give-away: Now Double Your Chance to Win!

With December drawing to an end the NovoPulp Review Give-away will soon close for the year. We plan to start a new give-away in 2015; where you can review the first or the second anthology for a chance to win a free copy of the third volume of NovoPulp. 

Since the give-away this year was only available for two months, we have added an extra winning condition to the terms. If we don't reach the magic 5 Amazon reviews needed we will then select the remaining winners from our mailing list. 

So if you can't review the first anthology, because you don't have a copy yet or you haven't finished reading it, then you could still win this year if you subscribe to our newsletter in the next week (http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf). Of course if you do both then you doubleyo... more »

Last Week of the +NovoPulp Give-away: Now Double Your Chance to Win!

With December drawing to an end the NovoPulp Review Give-away will soon close for the year. We plan to start a new give-away in 2015; where you can review the first or the second anthology for a chance to win a free copy of the third volume of NovoPulp. 

Since the give-away this year was only available for two months, we have added an extra winning condition to the terms. If we don't reach the magic 5 Amazon reviews needed we will then select the remaining winners from our mailing list. 

So if you can't review the first anthology, because you don't have a copy yet or you haven't finished reading it, then you could still win this year if you subscribe to our newsletter in the next week (http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf). Of course if you do both then you double your chance to win!

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2014-12-26 15:53:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Heading Home : As many of us head home for the holiday season, I take this opportunity to wish all of you for a happy season and a wonderful new year. In the meantime, Dranke and his crew are already heading home. ( Part 25 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

This may be the last of the flashfiction series. I will be working on publishing this as well as additional works if I do manage to snag a publisher. In the meantime, do enjoy the story and spread the word!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part... more »

Heading Home : As many of us head home for the holiday season, I take this opportunity to wish all of you for a happy season and a wonderful new year. In the meantime, Dranke and his crew are already heading home. ( Part 25 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

This may be the last of the flashfiction series. I will be working on publishing this as well as additional works if I do manage to snag a publisher. In the meantime, do enjoy the story and spread the word!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
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Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

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2014-12-20 16:20:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Well,  I'm doing this.

Why?  Because its become pretty clear that I have to do this.  I have to get better.  I have to get my life back.  Going to the pool, it helps.  And I need to go a few times a week because it is helping.  But I'm going to run out money to do it soon.

I am asking for support to continue to go to the pool, to start a walking regimen at home, where its safe, and hopefully over the next year build the stamina and lessen the pain.  

If you can't donate, can you share my story around?  It would be really awesome if I could start the New Year on a positive note for once.  It isn't easy asking this, but I have nothing left to lose.

Thanks.

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Hi! My Name is Carrie, or Carrot as I've become affectionately referred to.  I have fibromyalgia, multi-level disc degeneration,spinal ste... more »

Well,  I'm doing this.

Why?  Because its become pretty clear that I have to do this.  I have to get better.  I have to get my life back.  Going to the pool, it helps.  And I need to go a few times a week because it is helping.  But I'm going to run out money to do it soon.

I am asking for support to continue to go to the pool, to start a walking regimen at home, where its safe, and hopefully over the next year build the stamina and lessen the pain.  

If you can't donate, can you share my story around?  It would be really awesome if I could start the New Year on a positive note for once.  It isn't easy asking this, but I have nothing left to lose.

Thanks.

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Hi! My Name is Carrie, or Carrot as I've become affectionately referred to.  I have fibromyalgia, multi-level disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and peripheral neuropathy.  I have been unable to work for nearly 4 years and my life has become very limited.  I am in constant pain and it dictates everything I do from sleep to a social life.

Recently I found aquatic therapy after several repeated failures with traditional physical therapy.  Twice a week I go to a heated pool and am able to slowly increase the range of motion, and it doesn't hurt.  It actually feels good.  The tingling in my fingers and toes subsides and I feel more positive.

It works so much better than taking pain medication and I feel better about myself.

My doctor recommends that I use the pool as often as possible.  Daily if I can.  It is also recommended that I start a walking regimen to slowly increase my stamina above ground.  Its also about developing the habit of motion and retraining my body to respond better to motion and stop resisting it.  

The problem is that it is expensive.  I have managed to work out a reduced rate for a yearly membership at the pool that I do my aquatic therapy which would include all their locations (very convenient).  This is awesome and comparable to the YMCA but with less foot traffic. 

The other problem is that my health insurance has limited therapy allowances, so at some point I will be unable to receive aquatic physical therapy unless I pay for it myself.  If I have a yearly membership, I can at least apply my knowledge to the remainder of the year and keep moving.

Walking is another major issue.  I have an intense cold sensitivity.  In the winter I will break out into welts and get asthmatic from the air, so just walking outside is inadvisable.  Getting a treadmill really is the way to go to ensure that I am doing some dedicated walking every day.  I can schedule time to get out of the house and into the pool at least 4x a week.  I can't guarantee 7x for walking.

Therefore, my estimate would cover my year of expenses for a membership, a treadmill (nothing fancy), and gas money or pool equipment (they have these neat floating bar bells and stuff) I would require. 

I am not exaggerating when I say that these things are making my life not only better, but for the first time in a long while I feel like I might be able to get some control back.  I look forward to going to the pool each time.  I feel much more alive afterward, I walk better, I have less balance problems and less intense pain because of the warm water.  Walking is going to be hard, but I know that I need to work on this if I'm ever going to get my life back.  I just need your help to get me there...___

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2014-12-20 16:20:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sneak Peek at the Second +NovoPulp Cover!
Have you been eager to see the cover for the second NovoPulp Anthology? Then wait no more!

"We chose this year to commission a cover based on one of the stories in the anthology, 'Drive Like Lightning'  by B. Morris Allen. The artwork is by +Marc Reynes Ferra, who also did the cover art for the first anthology. +Daniela Huguet Taylor put the final design elements of the second cover together. Thank you both for your hard work, I think the final result looks great..."

Read more:
http://www.novopulp.com/content/sneak-peek-second-novopulp-cover

Want to know why we changed our book title this year? Read the article above to learn more.

So what do you you think of the new cover? Reply in the comments to let us know!

#bookcover   #scifiart   #specu... more »

Sneak Peek at the Second +NovoPulp Cover!
Have you been eager to see the cover for the second NovoPulp Anthology? Then wait no more!

"We chose this year to commission a cover based on one of the stories in the anthology, 'Drive Like Lightning'  by B. Morris Allen. The artwork is by +Marc Reynes Ferra, who also did the cover art for the first anthology. +Daniela Huguet Taylor put the final design elements of the second cover together. Thank you both for your hard work, I think the final result looks great..."

Read more:
http://www.novopulp.com/content/sneak-peek-second-novopulp-cover

Want to know why we changed our book title this year? Read the article above to learn more.

So what do you you think of the new cover? Reply in the comments to let us know!

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2014-12-18 10:00:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

And you thought Star Wars was far-fetched. ....

Watch the Playstation controller being used to laser target surface and air drones.... http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/12/navy-tests-super-precise-laser-weapon-persian-gulf/100929/

And you thought Star Wars was far-fetched. ....

Watch the Playstation controller being used to laser target surface and air drones.... http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/12/navy-tests-super-precise-laser-weapon-persian-gulf/100929/___

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2014-12-17 08:19:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Quantum whirlpools : Trying to understand the superfluid state of helium, have led researchers to finally create quantum whirlpools as observed earlier. Dr. Elena Ostrovskaya from ANU (Australian National Univ.) has said it has been a challenge to control these vortices (circulating currents of polaritons) before. "The vortices have previously only appeared randomly, and always in pairs that swirl in opposite directions," said Dr. Robert Dall, who led the experimental part of the project. "However, by using a spiral mask to structure our laser, we create a chiral system that prefers one flow direction. Therefore we can create a single, stable vortex at will." These vortices are an example of quantum fluid behavior in which the polaritons coalesce into a rare state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Polaritons : Polaritons are hybrid particles that... more »

Quantum whirlpools : Trying to understand the superfluid state of helium, have led researchers to finally create quantum whirlpools as observed earlier. Dr. Elena Ostrovskaya from ANU (Australian National Univ.) has said it has been a challenge to control these vortices (circulating currents of polaritons) before. "The vortices have previously only appeared randomly, and always in pairs that swirl in opposite directions," said Dr. Robert Dall, who led the experimental part of the project. "However, by using a spiral mask to structure our laser, we create a chiral system that prefers one flow direction. Therefore we can create a single, stable vortex at will." These vortices are an example of quantum fluid behavior in which the polaritons coalesce into a rare state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Polaritons : Polaritons are hybrid particles that have properties of both matter and light. The ability to control polariton flows in this way could aid the development of completely novel technology to link conventional electronics with new laser and fibre-based technologies. Polaritons form in semiconductors when laser light interacts with electrons and holes (positively charged vacancies) so strongly that it is no longer possible to distinguish light from matter.

Bose-Einstein condensates : “The beauty of a Bose-Einstein condensate is that it is similar to a laser but made of matter,” Dr Davis said. “It is a collection of atoms that are perfectly coherent and have the potential to be used in ultra-sensitive measurement devices.” BECs were first predicted in the 1920s by Einstein.

Spiral masks : The team created the spiral beam by putting their laser through a piece of brass with a spiral pattern of holes in it. This was directed into a semiconductor microcavity, a tiny wafer of aluminium gallium arsenide, a material used in LEDs, sandwiched between two reflectors. “By using a spiral mask to structure our laser, we create a chiral system that prefers one flow direction. Therefore we can create a single, stable vortex at will.”

References

Anu.edu: http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/spiral-laser-beam-creates-quantum-whirlpool

Univ of Queensland: http://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2007/09/jumping-quantum-whirlpool

Science20: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/quantum_whirlpool_stirred_by_spiral_laser_beam-149291

SLAC: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2014-08-21-x-ray-laser-probes-tiny-quantum-tornadoes-superfluid-droplets.aspx

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

Pic courtesy: SLAC (Stanford Univ.)

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