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SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been at 8 events

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Science on Google+604,949Please join us on 5/5 for a @105917944266111687812 HOA with Dr.@101190098041697372043, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at @116716695368502903076, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as _Nature_, _Science_, and _Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_ (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout. *Relevant Links:* Faculty page: http://goo.gl/qs8NfM  Lab page: http://www.nicolelislab.net  2012 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/kxCxT8  2014 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/23OqmV  Book: http://goo.gl/x7Kg5J  *Relevant Readings (see http://goo.gl/nQadag for a more exhaustive list):* Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014. Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013. Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013. Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013. O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011. Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009. Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007. Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   ScieScience HOAs2015-05-05 21:30:00135  
Science on Google+604,949Dr. 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 16:15:0051  
Science on Google+604,949Please 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.Science HOAs2014-08-05 18:00:00102  
STEM Women on G+171,082Join 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” Harasewych341,345It'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 00:00:00163  
Slooh171,341Slooh 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” Harasewych341,345http://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 14:00:00663  
Trever McGhee95,596Please 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 12:00:00202  

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

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... more »

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2015-01-26 19:22:48 (1 comments, 10 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 »

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2015-07-24 17:11:33 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Wish I could buy this - Best product ever.

We've probably all seen those vibrating devices that can turn flat surfaces like tables or windows into speakers. Well, Stefanich takes that idea one step further with the Sono. Noise cancelling headphones feature tiny microphones that can pick up and cancel out ambient sounds, and that's exactly what the Sono would do. Except that it would counter-vibrate the window it was stuck to, turning it into a giant noise-cancelling speaker that silences any sound coming from outside.

I want one!

Wish I could buy this - Best product ever.

We've probably all seen those vibrating devices that can turn flat surfaces like tables or windows into speakers. Well, Stefanich takes that idea one step further with the Sono. Noise cancelling headphones feature tiny microphones that can pick up and cancel out ambient sounds, and that's exactly what the Sono would do. Except that it would counter-vibrate the window it was stuck to, turning it into a giant noise-cancelling speaker that silences any sound coming from outside.

I want one!___

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2015-07-17 08:43:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-07-06 17:08:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Watching Halt and Catch Fire. It is surprisingly well made and draws you in. I'm hooked.

Watching Halt and Catch Fire. It is surprisingly well made and draws you in. I'm hooked.___

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2015-07-02 16:57:46 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

+Chad Haney and +Gary Ray R here is the Indian head shake :-P

Image from http://imgur.com/gallery/F8GCWVr

+Chad Haney and +Gary Ray R here is the Indian head shake :-P

Image from http://imgur.com/gallery/F8GCWVr___

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2015-06-24 16:48:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Old pic of +Amanda Powter's awesome poster collection.

I'm with Adama...

Old pic of +Amanda Powter's awesome poster collection.

I'm with Adama...___

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2015-06-22 16:20:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

In case you missed this first time around :) I kinda liked the show put on by the flower!

In case you missed this first time around :) I kinda liked the show put on by the flower!___

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2015-06-19 08:00:04 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Went for a meeting in the rains last evening. It's been pouring down last two days. Today I'm taking the day off and having some Bhajia and Chai.

Welcome to my day :)

Went for a meeting in the rains last evening. It's been pouring down last two days. Today I'm taking the day off and having some Bhajia and Chai.

Welcome to my day :)___

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2015-06-08 06:51:52 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I made this post on my phone - obviously I made it private by mistake!

Since +Poh Yoong Yee​ was wondering. This is fresh Mango (Alphonso) ice cream. It's sold under the brand name 'Natural'. ___I made this post on my phone - obviously I made it private by mistake!

2015-06-04 16:34:56 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Paul Snedden I am sure this chap / lady is genuine. But this person is not from Nigeria. Strangely... Are the Nigerians outsourcing their work now? ;)
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Ms Ling Jiang <private.msling@outlook.com>

Dear Friend,
 
Compliment of the day to you, I want to seize this opportunity to thank you for taking out time to reply my email out of your busy schedules. So I thought it wise to detailed out the nature of this project comprehensively. Considering the nature of your job, I do not expect that you read this email in one view, I will advice that you take your time at your convenient to read this email so you understand the reason and why I am contacting you for this project. Before I commence, it is necessary to introduce myself so you know who you are dealing with. I am Ms. Ling Jiang a... more »

+Paul Snedden I am sure this chap / lady is genuine. But this person is not from Nigeria. Strangely... Are the Nigerians outsourcing their work now? ;)
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Ms Ling Jiang <private.msling@outlook.com>

Dear Friend,
 
Compliment of the day to you, I want to seize this opportunity to thank you for taking out time to reply my email out of your busy schedules. So I thought it wise to detailed out the nature of this project comprehensively. Considering the nature of your job, I do not expect that you read this email in one view, I will advice that you take your time at your convenient to read this email so you understand the reason and why I am contacting you for this project. Before I commence, it is necessary to introduce myself so you know who you are dealing with. I am Ms. Ling Jiang a staff of Wing Hang Bank Here in Hong Kong, I am contacting you concerning a customer and an investment placed under our banks management; as a matter of fact it was 3 years ago. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and also to kindly respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this email. I am contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication; I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. it is of great importance for you to take care and understand every word which I have written down below; please be patient and read the explanation religiously.
Note: Do not let the length of this email discourage you from reading it, there is a saying, nothing good comes easy, hard work truly pays, your commitment and effort will determine the success of this project
 
In 2010, the Subject matter; Ref: FI/WHB/958/042/0611 came to Our Bank to Engage in business discussions with Our Private Banking Services Department. He informed us that he had a Financial Portfolio of USD $ 12,881,673 million United States Dollars , which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case as a marketer at that time; I made ​​numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. I do not say this to spread my eagle, considering the fact that I was young and beautiful I was able to win his trust and confidence so he gave me a free hand to make decision on his behalf regarding where and how to invest.
 
Few months later his attention was needed regarding a business which I was going to discuss with him due to the fact that the risk involve was high but the profit was huge and encouraging as well. Sadly I was unable to reach him, I made futile efforts to locate him without any avail, I immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal investigations department of our bank. Four days later, information started to trickle in, that he was apparently dead, a person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in Cannes, South of France; we were soon enough able to gather more information and the cause of death was confirmed. The bank immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his funds. If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he died Intestate...
 
There is now USD $ 15,762,763 ( Fifteen million Seven hundred Sixty-two thousand Seven hundred Sixty-three dollars and Zero cents United States Dollars) deposited, I alone have the Deposit Details and they will Release the Deposit to no One unless I Instruct them to do so. Also I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as the finance firm is concerned, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent the funds to the firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The finance firm has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit, they are simply awaiting for instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward with the right document, this is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track the family of the deceased; they investigated for months and found no family but however the investigation officially came to an end.
 
My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position whereby an instruction is given to the finance firm to officially release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation / associate, and all etiquette shall be done in accordance with the rule of law, I certainly can guarantee you that. By the common law, the power of bequeathing is coeval with the first rudiments of the law. There is no ruling which prevents an inheritance from being so exhausted by legacies as to render it unworthy of theirs acceptance; perfect operation whereby the paper work shall be coordinated in such a way that your status as a sole beneficiary is confirmed. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you; that is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you; afterwards we share the proceeds 60/40. 60% of the total funds for me and 40% for you.
 
I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit, but on the other hand, you as an indifferent foreigner would easily pass as the beneficiary with the rights to claim, I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you in a few days. I will simply inform our bank of the final closing of the file relating to the customer, I will then officially communicate with the finance company and instruct them to release the deposit to you; with these two things: all is done. The alternative would be for us to have the firm direct the funds to another bank with you as an account holder, this way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from the firm. We can fine-tune this based on our interactions, I am aware of the consequences of this proposal and I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask also, that you do not be vindictive or destructive, if my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you; please do not destroy my career. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run in the whole private banking sector, I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience because I truly have made this possible with my effort, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones 'way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by and I hope you understand, because for once I found myself in total control and face to face with my destiny. These chances won' t pass me by, I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me please let me know, and hence move on with my life, but do not destroy me; I am a Single mother with so many responsibility for my family and this is an occasion to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking, I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank; I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune will bless you and plant you into the center of relevance in my life, let's share the blessing.
 
If you find yourself interested to work with me, please contact me specifically, if you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a quick conclusion. It is necessary to inform you that under no condition should you contact me via official channels; I will simply deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through our official lines neither do I want you contacting me through my official email account. I do not want any direct link between you and I. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management policy, please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a Family woman with kids, I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences might be, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold, this is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients; do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord I shall have the pleasure of meeting you, after this task has been completed.
 
I await your response.
Yours Sincerely,
Ms Ling___

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2015-06-03 05:20:08 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Science Apps : I was not aware of the kind of science apps that exist. Until recently. Looks really nifty.

The +The New York Times wrote about it here - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/technology/personaltech/video-feature-apps-that-bring-science-to-life.html?ref=science - though these seem to be paid apps.

Have you used any science apps? Let me know in the comments!

Science Apps : I was not aware of the kind of science apps that exist. Until recently. Looks really nifty.

The +The New York Times wrote about it here - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/technology/personaltech/video-feature-apps-that-bring-science-to-life.html?ref=science - though these seem to be paid apps.

Have you used any science apps? Let me know in the comments!___

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2015-06-01 07:21:32 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Outrunner : A bizarre looking robot which caught my eye recently is the  Outrunner. It's a small (under $250) robot which has six 'legs' rather than wheels. Kinda weird and wonderful. Are legs better than wheels? You decide.

As can be seen in the photos, it's not a bipedal robot, but instead features vertically-mounted spinning "turrets" on either side, with a series of monopod-like legs extending out from them. As the turrets (or whatever they're called) turn, the legs move forward and meet the ground.

"By having a center of mass lower than the leg axis of rotation, OutRunner robots exploit a buoyancy effect, making them inherently stable and eliminating the need for expensive sensors and complex control algorithms," the company explains on its Kickstarter page. "Energy efficiency is achieved by exploiting the same feature observed... more »

Outrunner : A bizarre looking robot which caught my eye recently is the  Outrunner. It's a small (under $250) robot which has six 'legs' rather than wheels. Kinda weird and wonderful. Are legs better than wheels? You decide.

As can be seen in the photos, it's not a bipedal robot, but instead features vertically-mounted spinning "turrets" on either side, with a series of monopod-like legs extending out from them. As the turrets (or whatever they're called) turn, the legs move forward and meet the ground.

"By having a center of mass lower than the leg axis of rotation, OutRunner robots exploit a buoyancy effect, making them inherently stable and eliminating the need for expensive sensors and complex control algorithms," the company explains on its Kickstarter page. "Energy efficiency is achieved by exploiting the same feature observed in legged animals; using legs as an energy storage system allows for fluctuation and conservation (and not losses) of potential and kinetic energy during running."

Article Link: http://www.gizmag.com/outrunner-running-robot/31999/___

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2015-05-19 04:51:01 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Dinner a few days back at a fancy place. +Gita Jaisinghani and I enjoyed the food. Verily.

Dinner a few days back at a fancy place. +Gita Jaisinghani and I enjoyed the food. Verily.___

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2015-05-14 08:17:36 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Had a meeting where the coffee was pretty good. Yes I took pics. I seem to be that person now O..o

Had a meeting where the coffee was pretty good. Yes I took pics. I seem to be that person now O..o___

2015-05-11 07:45:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Some love for my Storytellers collection!

#writerssupportingwriters  

Some love for my Storytellers collection!

#writerssupportingwriters  ___

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2015-04-27 13:34:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A chilling story from +Paul Pavlinovich... One must remember from another POV, it is a gift...

Six Days - The Gift

When the ebola crisis began to make the news a story formed in my head, this was the first time I'd seriously tried to write a speculative fiction story destined for the consumption of others. Six Days - The Gift is the second version - you'll find the original on my blog too.

http://ayiig.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/six-days-gift.html___A chilling story from +Paul Pavlinovich... One must remember from another POV, it is a gift...

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2015-04-26 13:28:52 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Imagining Brains being transplanted into robots : A large part of The Machine Crusades and the Butlerian Jihad (Dune books), the concept of brains inside robots is fascinating. Now science fiction and science fact are coming closer together, and one has to imagine if we are approaching something like what Frank Herbert imagined.

Will we one day have to make a decision, maybe our progeny will need to decide if they wish to remain what we call as 'human'.

To read more about the Singularity: http://singularity-2045.org/

More about the 'Thinking Machines' from Dune: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_machines_%28Dune%29

Avatar Project: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/dmitry-itskov/

H/t +Betty Bee for posting this -... more »

Imagining Brains being transplanted into robots : A large part of The Machine Crusades and the Butlerian Jihad (Dune books), the concept of brains inside robots is fascinating. Now science fiction and science fact are coming closer together, and one has to imagine if we are approaching something like what Frank Herbert imagined.

Will we one day have to make a decision, maybe our progeny will need to decide if they wish to remain what we call as 'human'.

To read more about the Singularity: http://singularity-2045.org/

More about the 'Thinking Machines' from Dune: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_machines_%28Dune%29

Avatar Project: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/dmitry-itskov/

H/t +Betty Bee for posting this - http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015553/futurist-forum/not-science-fiction-a-brain-in-a-box-to-let-people-live-on-after-death

#sciencefiction #dune #transhuman #singularity #machinecrusade  ___

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2015-04-26 13:26:07 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A Science Fiction World : Smithsonian hosts  'The Future is here' : The invite list has some awesome names such as Brian Greene,  Adam Steltzner, Rich Devaul etc. The names are like a who's who of futurists and scientists. But can we do a guessing game? What will they talk about? Where will the conversation go? While one cannot predict what they would bring forth, here is my list of things one would like to hear about....

Transhumanism : But naturally. With people like David Brin around, it would have to include all forms of transhumanism, Cyborgs, remotely controlled beings, robots with artificial DNA etc. See an earlier post here http://goo.gl/LU23b3

Living Quarters : Quite literally living buildings. Self-sustaining and self-powered. I would definitely talk about these. See earlier posts http://goo.gl/tMRLGj and http://goo.gl/KfO5qn
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A Science Fiction World : Smithsonian hosts  'The Future is here' : The invite list has some awesome names such as Brian Greene,  Adam Steltzner, Rich Devaul etc. The names are like a who's who of futurists and scientists. But can we do a guessing game? What will they talk about? Where will the conversation go? While one cannot predict what they would bring forth, here is my list of things one would like to hear about....

Transhumanism : But naturally. With people like David Brin around, it would have to include all forms of transhumanism, Cyborgs, remotely controlled beings, robots with artificial DNA etc. See an earlier post here http://goo.gl/LU23b3

Living Quarters : Quite literally living buildings. Self-sustaining and self-powered. I would definitely talk about these. See earlier posts http://goo.gl/tMRLGj and http://goo.gl/KfO5qn

Economical way to go into space : With a much lower carbon footprint. There are already a lot of technologies in the works, and I posted a story on my blog based on some of the science which exists - http://goo.gl/u2ekqZ (I would also include dynamic soaring, fusion power, the railgun cum scramjet, but the laser based story is something which I think has the best potential).

Power : Reduce cost of power through fusion (http://goo.gl/1DW0bD), Space based solar power (http://goo.gl/5yi0Gr), Luna ring (http://goo.gl/a71BCC), Biomimicry (http://goo.gl/lXWSnh) and using microbes (http://goo.gl/I871zI). Alternate energy post here http://goo.gl/vBUr5a.

Redefining transportation : Virus powered cars (http://goo.gl/rpz3VE), The hyperloop perhaps (http://goo.gl/bm6Nts). ETT is still waiting for us (http://goo.gl/im2KAu) and so much more!

Nanobots and Nanotechnology : Nanobot post here (http://goo.gl/4VT0bG) and Nanomachine mimics nature's protien factory (http://goo.gl/JdzoSN). More recently a post on Material science, nanotechnology and biology meet here (http://goo.gl/XNU2ui).

There are so many new areas I have missed out like 3D printing, self-assembling robots and nanobots, Artifical DNA, Stem cell research, work on graphene. What is your guess??

For more details look at this post shared by +Thomas Dolby  here http://goo.gl/KUFNts

Originally tagged via +Avinash Jaisinghani..... on the Smithsonian event.

Speaker list includes: +David Brin, +Sara Seager, +Richard DeVaul and Brian Greene.

More food for thought: http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/04/habitable-exoplanets-are-bad-news-for-humanity/

Pics courtesy: Smithsonianmag, giantlife.com

#futurism #prediction #sciencefiction #scifi  ___

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2015-04-26 13:25:47 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The Bernal Sphere : While this is essentially a science fiction inspired mega project, which was proposed in 1929 by John D Bernal, the technology will soon be within our reach. Of course its a flight of fancy, but its interesting to read about, and makes for a great story. I do remember reading references in Arthur C Clarke's books as well as those by Peter F. Hamilton.

The Concept : A Bernal sphere is essentially a globe about a third of a mile in diameter that rotates almost twice per minute to provide Earthlike gravity along its equator. (This feeling of artificial gravity would peter out near the poles.) The vessel was essentially to be constructed from asteroid and Moon material, 16 km in diameter with a population of around 20,000 people. A atmosphere would be provided within the structure so that it became a self-contained habitat. The outer shell would be hard,... more »

The Bernal Sphere : While this is essentially a science fiction inspired mega project, which was proposed in 1929 by John D Bernal, the technology will soon be within our reach. Of course its a flight of fancy, but its interesting to read about, and makes for a great story. I do remember reading references in Arthur C Clarke's books as well as those by Peter F. Hamilton.

The Concept : A Bernal sphere is essentially a globe about a third of a mile in diameter that rotates almost twice per minute to provide Earthlike gravity along its equator. (This feeling of artificial gravity would peter out near the poles.) The vessel was essentially to be constructed from asteroid and Moon material, 16 km in diameter with a population of around 20,000 people. A atmosphere would be provided within the structure so that it became a self-contained habitat. The outer shell would be hard, transparent and thin, preventing the escape of gas and allow for the preservation of a rigid structure. The Bernal sphere was mainly designed as a space habitat, but this visionary ideas laid the ground work for the more rigorous studies that were to follows. The American engineer Gerrard K.O’Neill took this work to a new level in the 1970s when he also designed large human habitat structures that could accommodate tens of thousands of people. O’Neill planned that such structures would be loaced at the L5 point in space, a region where the gravity from the Moon, Earth and Sun is neutral.

Mechanics : Gravity might be a thing of the past, everyone could drink distilled urine, and a whole generation of Earthlings may grow up without ever having set foot on the surface of the planet. At the moment, those ideas are still firmly set in the realm of science fiction, but in the next thousand years, new technologies could be developed that would enable humanity to colonize space. While a self-sustaining space station colony might be a long way off, scientists are still working to design and perhaps even build a space station that goes beyond low-Earth orbit.

Design your own : People from all walks of life can get involved in NASA's mission to create a sustainable deep space habitat, planners say. The space agency sponsors the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge for university students. The X-Hab competition asks students for ideas about the best ways to craft a space station that could exist for an indefinite amount of time in deep space. "One of the nice things about the X-Hab project is that we have been able to fund student work on a variety of habitat designs, which stimulates us and gives us ideas about ways to lay them out and innovative things to incorporate," Smitherman said.

Article link : http://www.space.com/22229-space-station-colony-futuristic-technology.html

Additional source : http://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects/project-world-ship

Video link : Bernal Sphere Space Habitat - Updated flyby.

Further reading from NSS: http://www.nss.org/settlement/space/bernalsphere.htm

Additional reference and pic courtesy : http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/how-we-could-actually-build-a-space-colony-17268252

#bernalsphere #sciencefiction  ___

2015-04-24 17:11:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

An excellent community which I highly recommend!

+Science on G+ is a well-curated and high quality community which is populated by science posts. Since we take the time to curate each and every post, look at content, check stories and references and ask for references and links for every story, it is verifiable science. The posts in the community are a repertoire of knowledge which is reaching encyclopedic proportions which links across many topics and includes scientific journals, organizations, writers, scientists and people who just love the journey of discovery which is science.

Our strength has been our mods network, and I send this out as a hat-tip to them and the stellar work they put in to bring you the best science content which you can trust. You will not find memes in this community, nor will you find jokes. But you will find science which is amazing and fascinating.

Do share this post widely if you like science. I urge you to support us.

Thanks!___An excellent community which I highly recommend!

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2015-04-20 07:36:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies... more »

Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies with unusual radiation signatures, indicating something strange is happening inside many distant collections of stars -- even if it's nothing to do with aliens at all.

Small Clues : The study will be published on 15 April in the Astrophysical Journal, and while it hasn't found clear evidence of space-faring aliens, there are some new phenomena that deserve further work. In particular lead author Roger Griffith identified 50 galaxies out of the 100 million catalogued by Wise, and the 100,000 studied in more detail, which had "unusually high levels of mid-infrared radiation". "Our follow-up studies of those galaxies may reveal if the origin of their radiation results from natural astronomical processes, or if it could indicate the presence of a highly advanced civilisation," Griffith said.

Article Link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/14/wise-alien-empire-search-100000-galaxies

News from Penn State : http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2015-news/Wright4-2015


Pic Courtesy: Wikipedia, Wikimedia commons.___

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2015-04-20 07:35:50 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies... more »

Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies with unusual radiation signatures, indicating something strange is happening inside many distant collections of stars -- even if it's nothing to do with aliens at all.

Small Clues : The study will be published on 15 April in the Astrophysical Journal, and while it hasn't found clear evidence of space-faring aliens, there are some new phenomena that deserve further work. In particular lead author Roger Griffith identified 50 galaxies out of the 100 million catalogued by Wise, and the 100,000 studied in more detail, which had "unusually high levels of mid-infrared radiation". "Our follow-up studies of those galaxies may reveal if the origin of their radiation results from natural astronomical processes, or if it could indicate the presence of a highly advanced civilisation," Griffith said.

Article Link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/14/wise-alien-empire-search-100000-galaxies

News from Penn State : http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2015-news/Wright4-2015


Pic Courtesy: Wikipedia, Wikimedia commons.___

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2015-04-17 16:57:55 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +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, 21 +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, 8 +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, 28 +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, 35 +1s)Open 

Urgh!

Urgh!___

2015-03-05 16:43:43 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +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, 46 +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 (10 comments, 15 reshares, 34 +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, 11 +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

Here are a few review quotes about NovoPulp:

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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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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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, 7 +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, 16 +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, 34 +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, 59 +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, 14 +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, 29 +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, 10 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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