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SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been at 5 events

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Science on Google+421,786Please join us for Developmental Science HOA, a new collaborative Hangout On Air series which is co-hosted by +Science on Google+ and +Developmental Psychology. In the first Developmental Science HOA we will be talking with Dr. +Gedeon Deák. +Gedeon Deák is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Human Development at +University of California, San Diego and is the director of the +Cognitive Development Laboratory at UC-San Diego. +Gedeon Deák 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 LinksCurriculum Vitae: http://goo.gl/qLtUaCLab Website: http://goo.gl/AQ78h6ResearchGate: http://goo.gl/Mj8deHRelevant PapersWatch the hands: infants can learn to follow gaze by seeing adults manipulate objects: http://goo.gl/bSMzKyYoung children’s fast mapping and generalization of words, facts, and pictograms :http://goo.gl/nhykZFA Unified Account of Gaze Following: http://goo.Developmental Science HOA: Episode 12014-08-05 18:00:0098 
STEM Women on G+105,396Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger 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 +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , 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” Harasewych227,209It'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 00:00:00166 
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych227,209http://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  +ScienceSunday +Part-Time Scientists +Peter's Scifi page +Red BullRed Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00673 
Trever McGhee68,424Please 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 YOUIn 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 aUpdate to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00205 

SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been shared in 548 public circles

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Balram Chanda4,966▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █  Very trusted Circle 3   █ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▄▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ⓖHi friends! This is an incredible circle, created with important selection from my another ten circles very importants.If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle.And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.if you want to be part of the next  Special Cirlce1 - include me in your circles 2 - shared the circle  [ include yourself ] 3 - add +1 to the post2014-09-01 00:46:30500338
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Invite, Follow, Share and FUNhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-08-30 03:43:314497011
Balram Chanda4,448▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █  Very trusted Circle  █ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▄▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ⓖHi friends! This is an incredible circle, created with important selection from my another ten circles very importants.If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle.And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.if you want to be part of the next  Special Cirlce1 - include me in your circles 2 - shared the circle  [ include yourself ] 3 - add +1 to the post 2014-08-21 06:51:30378225
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-08-20 09:26:444497010
Harry Day6,067This circle is an awesome group of people who remain active on my daily posts, share frequently, and have otherwise helped me get the most out of Google Plus.If you wanna be here, do as in the Sharers Code:AddPlusLeave your  a commentShare publicly#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team2014-08-20 08:21:37487592875
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Share, Add, Follow, Visit http://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis 2014-08-15 03:39:114537313
Carlos Esteban50,970ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find a sample of recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle :) Have a great week!2014-08-11 15:57:3149910778158
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Singgasana Hotels & Resorts pilihan akomodasi terbaik di Indonesiahttp://goo.gl/20O0rBhttp://www.akusukses.com/review-seo-kontes/singgasana-hotels-resorts-pilihan-akomodasi-terbaik-di-indonesia/ quenza-shop.com Toko online terbaik dan terbesar di Indonesiahttp://goo.gl/8FsxRphttp://www.akusukses.com/review-seo-kontes/quenza-shop-com-toko-online-terbaik-dan-terbesar-di-indonesia/#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWe2014-08-07 03:05:214537116
Lynda Chervil890Add this circle of excellent engagers, thinkers, innovators, and future tech leaders. My ++Solar Power++ Circle will provide you with the latest and greatest from the world of tech innovations, especially in the renewable energy sector. Simply add this circle and then share it!If you'd like to be added to this circle, please comment below, share and add the circle. Only those who qualify with content and expertise will be added. Thanks! #Tesla   #nikolatesla   #elonmusk   #solarenergy   #innovation   #technology   #solarpower   #hydroelectric   #science   #STEM   #research   #education   #futuretech   #futuretechnology  2014-07-31 14:24:32343125
German Vater32,383My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #circleshare  2014-07-27 16:47:5833892128
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211960145
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-18 03:39:1145210415
Able Lawrence100,166100K Engagers Celebration Circle Thank you all those who have followed me and engaged with my posts and taking me to the milestone of 100,000 followers. Goolge+ has been an exhilarating journey of 3 years and I would like to thank all those who have followed me and engaged on my posts whether they were on Science or Birds or Technology. The circle has been created using  * +Circloscope * which is the work of +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh All of you are free to share your favorite posts in the comments and also reshare this circle. If you are included in the circle, you will get a notification.  2014-07-17 17:22:18340491787
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-16 04:00:0145210315
Hasna Areta Zakiya145JOIN CIRCLE NOWFOLLOW CIRCLE NOWADD CIRCLE NOWSHARE CIRCLE NOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-07-02 08:21:52452629
Hasna Areta Zakiya145SHARE! JOIN! ADD! FOLLOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis 2014-07-02 02:56:384526110
Hasna Areta Zakiya145#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-06-30 06:15:56438808
German Vater30,120My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #active  2014-06-29 13:19:47326143053
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
khairul efendi0 Keep this simple!1. ADD the circle2 Share the post3. Plus the post.4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? #circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles      #ownsocialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #circlesharingpages   #sharingcircles   #whatshot   #followers   #googleplustips #CircleSharing #CircleShare #CircleOfTheDay #Circle #SharedCircles #Google #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #AddCircle #ADD #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircle #Circles #Shared #Friends #Blogging #SharingCircles #CircleofFriends #Blogger #Engagers2014-06-20 07:31:49501215
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755693
German Vater28,537My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleshared   #sharingiscaring  2014-06-15 10:27:42309132530
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492452470
Marsha Friedman3,586This circle is for +++++++Published Authors++++++. You'll find both fiction and non-fiction writers who are committed to promoting each other's work here on Google+. Please feel free to add all of these fine folks and share this circle with your friends!Just add the circle and share it with your followers!#greenliving   #environmentalism   #environment   #alternativeenergy2014-06-05 14:43:06329000
German Vater27,634My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleofthemonth   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circleshared  2014-06-01 09:32:35293101926
All Music Italia0#cantanti   #cantantiitaliani   #singers   #italiansingers  #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #Wednesday #wednesdaycircle #wednesdaycircles #circlewednesday2014-05-25 10:34:28492315
John Nuntiatio37,043#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-23 10:06:26444476
Organo Gold Review1,066I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle as they will be sure to interact with you. Circle sharing pages This circle contains pages that engage through pluses, comments or shares. If you receive a notification means you are inside.#circleshare       #circlesharing       #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle     #dontconfusethecircles  2014-05-20 02:06:08460113
John Wood5,820My Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-05-19 13:23:02485151122
German Vater26,539My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-05-18 16:06:04277123641
Farid Shaikh171No strings attached circle!If you want to be in the #circle  then let us know if you want to be in the circle! That's it! If you got notified, then you are in this one!2014-05-18 02:16:335017310
Farid Shaikh65Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be  #Shared   :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              115This is a super  #Circle   and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   #Google + users that share unique and original contents.#Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:#boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 -  #Follow   your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles      #circleshare      #circlesharing      #sharedcircles                #addcircles    #addpeople      #addcircle    #addfriends      2014-05-17 06:20:0550110811
John Wood5,688Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circleBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-05-16 10:20:51427321957
Carlos Esteban45,152ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find a sample of recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle :) Have a great week! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014#82014-05-12 13:43:52499150112187
dwi putri wati130please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-11 00:35:31501001
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2014-08-10 10:01:59 (86 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s) 

I don't like some posts .... but I never thought one could ask for posts to be taken down. Hmmmm.

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2014-08-15 19:33:34 (13 comments, 18 reshares, 89 +1s) 

Adama understood.

#ferguson   #policebrutality   #militarization  

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Adama understood.

#ferguson   #policebrutality   #militarization  

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2014-09-21 11:10:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Dranke and his crew start their search : The story continues, now you can read part 6. By popular demand!

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 (current)

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Mission impossible is a now a six-part flash fiction series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read.

Tagging people who are following the story  - Thanks for the support and hope you like the new story!

#scifi #sciencefiction #flashfiction #blog 

Dranke and his crew start their search : The story continues, now you can read part 6. By popular demand!

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 (current)

( notifying select people please let me know if you wish to get / opt out of notifications )

Mission impossible is a now a six-part flash fiction series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read.

Tagging people who are following the story  - Thanks for the support and hope you like the new story!

#scifi #sciencefiction #flashfiction #blog ___

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2014-09-21 10:46:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Someone asked how having shuttles from ships such as the Enterprise would change the story arc. I think this makes for a great way to look at emerging future technologies.

Screaming scramjets which 'glide' upto motherships and save time and energy. Makes for a good story anyway in my view. What do you think?

Why did the scramjet not take off? : Its been a long haul for the scramjet. The technology has existed since the 1950s, but since Budget cuts and politics (and rocket tech) came along, scramjets were relegated to a 'also ran' program. Why is it an idea one would want? The cost per launch using a railgun cum scramjet or air to air launch would be many orders of magnitude less than conventional rocket technology. Unfortunately, the testing of these has been dogged by failure and budget cuts...

Disappointment : Until the last few years, the scramjet had an unbroken history of disappointment. Budget cuts killed the program in 1993. Its shape, however, lived on in two small test vehicles, the NASA X-43 and U.S. Air Force X-51, which have managed a few seconds of scramjet flight.

Sweet spot : “If you fly too low, there’s a lot of air density friction and the aircraft gets too hot,” said Goyne. “Too high, you start to run out of oxygen. The sweet spot altitude is 100,000 ft. or so.” Goyne says one of the key advantages of a scramjet over a rocket engine is that the scramjet gets the oxidizer to combust its fuel from the air it is flying through, whereas a rocket engine needs to carry liquid oxygen to burn its liquid hydrogen fuel.

Foray into railgun cum scramjets : In April, President Obama urged NASA to come up with, among other things, a less expensive method than conventional rocketry for launching spacecraft. By September, the agency’s engineers floated a plan that would save millions of dollars in propellant, improve astronaut safety, and allow for more frequent flights. All it will take is two miles of train track, an airplane that can fly at 10 times the speed of sound, and a jolt of electricity big enough to light a small town. The system calls for a two-mile long rail gun that will launch a scramjet, which will then fly to 200,000 feet. The scramjet will then fire a payload into orbit and return to Earth. The process is more complex than a rocket launch, but engineers say it’s also more flexible. With it, NASA could orbit a 10,000-pound satellite one day and send a manned ship toward the moon the next, on a fraction of the propellant used by today’s rockets.

Politics : So what really happened to ramjets? Sputnik and Robert McNamara. The space race diverted U.S. space science into rocketry, and President John Kennedy’s defense secretary and his whiz-kid advisors backed intercontinental ballistic missiles over air-breathers, expecting the latter to be easily shot down by bigger enemy missiles.

Article source: http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/ramjet-and-rocket-180950239/?no-ist=&page=1

Additional source on railgun cum scramjet: http://wordlesstech.com/2010/12/22/nasa-proposes-a-rail-gun-and-a-scramjet-to-fire-spacecraft-into-orbit/

Source for history: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2014/08/22/hypersonic-scramjets-still-key-to-future-of-aerospace/

The screaming X-51A Hypersonic Waverider scramjet rides shockwaves : http://goo.gl/vbBjHi (earlier post)

Combining a Railgun and a Scramjet : http://goo.gl/CnDxAj (earlier post)

Rail-launched scramjet : http://goo.gl/RAOJU6 (earlier post)

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

NASA factsheet: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-040-DFRC.html#.VBvnZBZkmwQ

+NASA mission: http://www.nasa.gov/missions/research/x43-image-feature.html

Pics courtesy: http://goo.gl/jKNaqB, NASA and http://goo.gl/y2eosk

#scramjet #ramjet #space  ___Someone asked how having shuttles from ships such as the Enterprise would change the story arc. I think this makes for a great way to look at emerging future technologies.

Screaming scramjets which 'glide' upto motherships and save time and energy. Makes for a good story anyway in my view. What do you think?

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2014-09-18 16:20:37 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I posted about this some time back. : I still think it's a great idea. My own love for science was sparked by Star Trek and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I know many scientists who also have similar stories. Wonder why no one has thought of running with this.

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___I posted about this some time back. : I still think it's a great idea. My own love for science was sparked by Star Trek and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I know many scientists who also have similar stories. Wonder why no one has thought of running with this.

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2014-09-16 10:47:11 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Shades of T-1000 : Not really there, but the Popsci article is evocative.

From +Popular Science : A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from Terminator 2 and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton. Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed that when they apply an electric charge to a gallium alloy (which is naturally liquid at room temperature) in water, they are able to manipulate its shape. After three years of studying the unusual reaction they figured out how it works: an oxide coating on the surface forms when the voltage is applied, then disappears without a trace when the voltage is removed. This coating changes the surface tension of the metal where it meets the water.

Source Article link: http://goo.gl/wcWlci

Shades of T-1000 : Not really there, but the Popsci article is evocative.

From +Popular Science : A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from Terminator 2 and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton. Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed that when they apply an electric charge to a gallium alloy (which is naturally liquid at room temperature) in water, they are able to manipulate its shape. After three years of studying the unusual reaction they figured out how it works: an oxide coating on the surface forms when the voltage is applied, then disappears without a trace when the voltage is removed. This coating changes the surface tension of the metal where it meets the water.

Source Article link: http://goo.gl/wcWlci___

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2014-09-14 06:50:18 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Apparently someone thought this would be a good idea : The full story is embedded in an article in Popsci. But this was kind of surreal to watch... see http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/week-drones-whale-snot-tower-inspectors-and-more?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=5&con=the-week-in-drones-whale-snot-tower-inspectors-and-more

Apparently someone thought this would be a good idea : The full story is embedded in an article in Popsci. But this was kind of surreal to watch... see http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/week-drones-whale-snot-tower-inspectors-and-more?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=5&con=the-week-in-drones-whale-snot-tower-inspectors-and-more___

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2014-09-14 05:52:45 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I'm not sure this makes for a good SF story. Especially a Space Opera one. But it does make for good brain food...

Simulated Brains and the Boltzmann Brain Hypothesis : While reading about the Human Brain Project and the U.S. parallel project called the BRAIN initiative, I came upon the Boltzmann Brain Hypothesis. Combining quantum probabilities with something emerging out of chaos. Sounds crazy? I'm very skeptical, but the physics allows it. Does not mean there are space brains floating around, but it makes for an interesting thought. Read for yourself...

Is a simulated brain conscious? : Notwithstanding what Watson can do, it is not an artificial intelligence. But think of this... Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will splash both of you. The details don't matter. That game would look a lot like the way neurons, the cells that make up your brain and nerves, interact with one another. They sit around inside an ant or a bird or Stephen Hawking and follow a simple set of rules. Sometimes they send electrochemical signals to their neighbors. Sometimes they don't. No single neuron "understands” the whole system.

Now imagine that instead of three of of you in that field there were 86 billion -- about the number of neurons in an average brain. And imagine that instead of playing by rules you made up, you each carried an instruction manual written by the best neuroscientists and computer scientists of the day -- a perfect model of a human brain. No one would need the entire rulebook, just enough to know their job. If the lot of you stood around, laughing and playing by the rules whenever the rulebook told you, given enough time you could model one or two seconds of human thought.

Boltzmann Brains : The weirdness gets even weirder when you consider that according to many theorists, not all the possible minds in the universe are biological or mechanical. In fact, under this interpretation the vast majority of minds look nothing like anything you or I will ever encounter. Here's how it works: Quantum physics -- the 20th century branch of science that reveals the hidden, exotic behavior of the particles that make up everything -- states that nothing is absolute. An unobserved electron isn't at any one point in space, really, but spread across the entire universe as a probability distribution; the vast majority of that probability is concentrated in a tight orbit around an atom, but not all of it. This still works as you go up in scale. But the probability in 'empty space' is not zero.

As eons pass and the stars burn themselves out and the universe gets far emptier than it is today, that quantum randomness becomes very important. It's probable that the silent vacuum of space will be mostly empty. But every once in a while, clumps of matter will come together and dissipate in the infinite randomness. And that means, or so the prediction goes, that every once in a while those clumps will arrange themselves in such a way perfect, precise way that they jolt into thinking, maybe just for a moment, but long enough to ask, "What am I?"

These are the Boltzmann Brains, named after the nineteenth-century physicist Ludwig Boltzmann. These strange late-universe beings will, according to one line of thinking, eventually outnumber every human, otter, alien and android who ever lived or ever will live. In fact, assuming this hypothesis is true, you, dear reader, probably are a Boltzmann Brain yourself. After all, there will only ever be one "real' version of you. But Boltzmann Brains popping into being while hallucinating this moment in your life -- along with your entire memory and experiences -- they will keep going and going, appearing and disappearing forever in the void.

Source Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/simulated-brain-conscious?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=7&con=is-a-simulated-brain-conscious

Additional link: http://io9.com/5883983/how-do-we-know-the-universe-isnt-already-ruled-by-giant-space-brains

Paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.1969

Link to Watson AI: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/WUshxSrWkve

Discovermag link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2008/12/29/richard-feynman-on-boltzmann-brains/#.VBUcNxZkmwQ

NewScientist link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829184.400-string-theory-may-limit-space-brain-threat.html#.VBUcMBZkmwQ

More on the Human Brain Project: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/XMgcVENCKH5

The US BRAIN Project: http://blog.suny.edu/2014/09/seeking-a-deeper-understanding-of-how-the-brain-works/

Pics courtesy: http://goo.gl/p2MWtr and http://goo.gl/ZIyR37

#boltzmannbrains #physics #science  ___I'm not sure this makes for a good SF story. Especially a Space Opera one. But it does make for good brain food...

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2014-09-14 05:51:07 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Some food for thought this Sunday ....

Simulated Brains and the Boltzmann Brain Hypothesis : While reading about the Human Brain Project and the U.S. parallel project called the BRAIN initiative, I came upon the Boltzmann Brain Hypothesis. Combining quantum probabilities with something emerging out of chaos. Sounds crazy? I'm very skeptical, but the physics allows it. Does not mean there are space brains floating around, but it makes for an interesting thought. Read for yourself...

Is a simulated brain conscious? : Notwithstanding what Watson can do, it is not an artificial intelligence. But think of this... Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will splash both of you. The details don't matter. That game would look a lot like the way neurons, the cells that make up your brain and nerves, interact with one another. They sit around inside an ant or a bird or Stephen Hawking and follow a simple set of rules. Sometimes they send electrochemical signals to their neighbors. Sometimes they don't. No single neuron "understands” the whole system.

Now imagine that instead of three of of you in that field there were 86 billion -- about the number of neurons in an average brain. And imagine that instead of playing by rules you made up, you each carried an instruction manual written by the best neuroscientists and computer scientists of the day -- a perfect model of a human brain. No one would need the entire rulebook, just enough to know their job. If the lot of you stood around, laughing and playing by the rules whenever the rulebook told you, given enough time you could model one or two seconds of human thought.

Boltzmann Brains : The weirdness gets even weirder when you consider that according to many theorists, not all the possible minds in the universe are biological or mechanical. In fact, under this interpretation the vast majority of minds look nothing like anything you or I will ever encounter. Here's how it works: Quantum physics -- the 20th century branch of science that reveals the hidden, exotic behavior of the particles that make up everything -- states that nothing is absolute. An unobserved electron isn't at any one point in space, really, but spread across the entire universe as a probability distribution; the vast majority of that probability is concentrated in a tight orbit around an atom, but not all of it. This still works as you go up in scale. But the probability in 'empty space' is not zero.

As eons pass and the stars burn themselves out and the universe gets far emptier than it is today, that quantum randomness becomes very important. It's probable that the silent vacuum of space will be mostly empty. But every once in a while, clumps of matter will come together and dissipate in the infinite randomness. And that means, or so the prediction goes, that every once in a while those clumps will arrange themselves in such a way perfect, precise way that they jolt into thinking, maybe just for a moment, but long enough to ask, "What am I?"

These are the Boltzmann Brains, named after the nineteenth-century physicist Ludwig Boltzmann. These strange late-universe beings will, according to one line of thinking, eventually outnumber every human, otter, alien and android who ever lived or ever will live. In fact, assuming this hypothesis is true, you, dear reader, probably are a Boltzmann Brain yourself. After all, there will only ever be one "real' version of you. But Boltzmann Brains popping into being while hallucinating this moment in your life -- along with your entire memory and experiences -- they will keep going and going, appearing and disappearing forever in the void.

Source Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/simulated-brain-conscious?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=7&con=is-a-simulated-brain-conscious

Additional link: http://io9.com/5883983/how-do-we-know-the-universe-isnt-already-ruled-by-giant-space-brains

Paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.1969

Link to Watson AI: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/WUshxSrWkve

Discovermag link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2008/12/29/richard-feynman-on-boltzmann-brains/#.VBUcNxZkmwQ

NewScientist link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829184.400-string-theory-may-limit-space-brain-threat.html#.VBUcMBZkmwQ

More on the Human Brain Project: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/XMgcVENCKH5

The US BRAIN Project: http://blog.suny.edu/2014/09/seeking-a-deeper-understanding-of-how-the-brain-works/

Pics courtesy: http://goo.gl/p2MWtr and http://goo.gl/ZIyR37

#boltzmannbrains #physics #science  ___Some food for thought this Sunday ....

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2014-09-12 16:48:52 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Metamorphosis : The Science of the changing body plan. Metamorphosis is a change in the body structure of organisms (usually rapid) involving cell growth and differentiation. It is fascinating to study and even more so to see it in action. The process is quite gruesome, and there is a good reason why very small kids are not told how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. The primary role of metamorphosis seems to be to have a different ecological niche for larval forms and adults. It may all be about survival....

Caterpillars; the inside story : If you look inside a caterpillar you won't see a butterfly all rolled up waiting to emerge. You'll just see more caterpillar and some well-chewed leaves. But with a decent microscope and some excellent navigation skills you might glimpse some tiny disc-shaped bags of cells here and there. They're called imaginal discs, and... more »

Metamorphosis : The Science of the changing body plan. Metamorphosis is a change in the body structure of organisms (usually rapid) involving cell growth and differentiation. It is fascinating to study and even more so to see it in action. The process is quite gruesome, and there is a good reason why very small kids are not told how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. The primary role of metamorphosis seems to be to have a different ecological niche for larval forms and adults. It may all be about survival....

Caterpillars; the inside story : If you look inside a caterpillar you won't see a butterfly all rolled up waiting to emerge. You'll just see more caterpillar and some well-chewed leaves. But with a decent microscope and some excellent navigation skills you might glimpse some tiny disc-shaped bags of cells here and there. They're called imaginal discs, and once the caterpillar silks itself up in a chrysalis they kick into action, each one of them growing into an antenna, eye, wing or other butterfly bit.

Eating it's own tissue : During the week or two spent in its chrysalis (pupation) the caterpillar gradually digests all of its own tissue, releasing the nutrients that all those imaginal discs then use to grow into butterfly wings, legs, feelers and the rest. It's the ultimate in recycling makeovers, and it's due to some interdependent hormonal changes that make puberty look like a doddle.

Hormones control the process : The thing that drives caterpillars (and other flying insect larvae) to stop feeding their faces, settle down somewhere safe, and pupate, is the hormone ecdysone. It's the same hormone that causes the larvae to moult each time they outgrow their current skin. The reason this final moult into a butterfly is so different from the earlier ones is because the level of another hormone; juvenile hormone; is suddenly lower.

Juvenile hormone is the great controller of metamorphosis, by delaying it until the caterpillar has moulted and grown enough to produce a decent-sized butterfly. It works by blocking the genes in the imaginal discs, keeping those wannabe butterfly cells in a holding pattern. So while juvenile hormone is being pumped out of tiny glands behind the brain, all the caterpillar can do is feed, grow and — when instructed by ecdysone — moult. (It's so good at preventing larvae from maturing that a lot of insecticides have been based on artificial juvenile hormone).

A complete makeover : Butterflies are pretty and all, but that's not the only pay-off for all that metamorphic effort. Butterflies and caterpillars don't just look different; they've got different ideas of what constitutes food and accommodation. While caterpillars live off leaves and are plant-bound, those butterflies that do feed only drink nectar, and they can fly from place to place looking for love and somewhere to lay the progeny. Those fundamental differences mean the adults don't compete with the juveniles for food or habitat, so the species has a better shot at making it. Which probably goes a long way towards explaining why more than half the animal species on the planet are insects that undergo the same kind of complete metamorphosis. As far as evolutionary strategies go, it's gold. And come mating time it doesn't hurt that the adults are almost always better lookers than all those larvae that only a mother could love.

Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/12/07/3384014.htm

Bacteria play a role in metamorphosis (Butterfly Microbiome): http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130111005.htm

Paper (related): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982211008311

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

+Scientific American article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/insect-metamorphosis-evolution/

3D Scan of a chrysalis: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/14/3-d-scans-caterpillars-transforming-butterflies-metamorphosis/

Additional link: http://www.ansp.org/explore/online-exhibits/butterflies/lifecycle/

Earlier post on the Axolotl: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Stt7dQb8vg5

Pics courtesy : http://goo.gl/vsl0Jn, http://goo.gl/mqhyJa and the  +National Geographic  link above.

#metamorphosis #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday  ___

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2014-09-11 14:43:23 (19 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s) 

The Ringworld concept in SF : Larry Niven dreamt up this megastructure based on the fact that Dyson spheres had two drawbacks. One was that it could not possibly have the same gravity everywhere due to the centrifugal force being concentrated around the 'equator' of the sphere. Niven's solution? Get rid of the sphere and just keep the equator. While the science is still not verified and the concept may well be in the realm of impossibility, it makes for great story telling.

Megastructure : Sci-fi author Larry Niven conjured up such a megastructure for his award-winning 1970 book Ringworld. Niven imagined a ring with a radius of 93 million miles—the sun-Earth distance—with the sun placed at the center. The ring' would reach 600 million miles across and a million miles tall. The vast landscape could comfortably support perhaps trillions of humans (or anothersim... more »

The Ringworld concept in SF : Larry Niven dreamt up this megastructure based on the fact that Dyson spheres had two drawbacks. One was that it could not possibly have the same gravity everywhere due to the centrifugal force being concentrated around the 'equator' of the sphere. Niven's solution? Get rid of the sphere and just keep the equator. While the science is still not verified and the concept may well be in the realm of impossibility, it makes for great story telling.

Megastructure : Sci-fi author Larry Niven conjured up such a megastructure for his award-winning 1970 book Ringworld. Niven imagined a ring with a radius of 93 million miles—the sun-Earth distance—with the sun placed at the center. The ring' would reach 600 million miles across and a million miles tall. The vast landscape could comfortably support perhaps trillions of humans (or another similarly ambitious, technologically advanced race).

Huge scale : Niven figured a Ringworld would have a thickness of a few thousand feet, and require raw materials with a mass equal to that of Jupiter. Mountain "walls" a thousand miles high would line each rim, preventing the atmosphere from leaking into space.

Viability : Could a Ringworld ever be made? While the concept does not bend physics past the point of breaking, it would require truly extreme engineering and an utter mastery of the forces of nature. According to Anders Sandberg, a research fellow at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute who has studied megastructure concepts, a Ringworld "is an amazingly large structure that's way beyond what we can normally imagine, but it's also deeply problematic."

Issues : To get Earth-like gravity, the Ringworld would need to spin at nearly three million miles per hour. Very fast, to be sure. But in a frictionless space environment, it could be doable. Although it would be equidistant from its central star at all points, the Ringworld would not, in fact, be gravitationally stable. Any perturbing force from, say, a meteorite strike or a close encounter with another star could throw the Ringworld out of attractive equilibrium and onto on a cataclysmic collision course.For residents of the Ringworld, that sun would always be directly overhead at a perpetual high noon. To create a day–night cycle and save plant life from frying, Niven envisioned a set of "shadow squares" around the sun at about Mercury's distance from Earth. The parts of Ringworld between the squares would experience roving daylight, while the eclipsed portions would rest in the shade. The whole length of the Ringworld would be checkered light and dark. Solar panels on the immense shadows squares could collect energy to power the structure. Energy could be beamed via laser from the squares to receiver stations along the Ringworld's rim, away from inhabited "land."

Article link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/could-we-build-a-ringworld-17166651?click=pp

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

Related Elysium : http://www.space.com/22326-elysium-movie-space-colonies-future.html

Paper: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Big+Dumb+Objects+in+science+fiction%3A+sublimity,+banality,+and...-a0149303037

Research paper on Shell worlds: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009457651200344X

Main pic: from larryniven.net, pic bottom right from http://goo.gl/bd62eU and pic top right from http://goo.gl/ewrs4E (for illustration purposes only).

#ringworld #niven #megastructures  ___

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2014-09-11 11:17:11 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Part 4 of 4 now up! .... Been working on this story as a free read. Its all flashfiction and all on my blog. Do take a look. Tell me if you like / hate it.

Mission impossible 4: 'Ed' : Dranke's story continues, as the alien fleet makes contact. The story continues by popular demand. Hope you all like it.

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

Mission impossible is a four-part flash fiction series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read.

Tagging +Heidi Bouman +Micha Fire +Yoongyee Poh +Yoon-Mi Kim +Robin Laurén +Harry Tuttle +Randy Culler +L.S. Cody +Basement Kitty +Martin Conterez +Brigitte W. +Charles Strebor +Elizabeth Therese Niwel +David Preston +Marjorie Fowler +Mike Mackley - thanks for the support!

#scifi #sciencefiction #flashfiction #blog  ___Part 4 of 4 now up! .... Been working on this story as a free read. Its all flashfiction and all on my blog. Do take a look. Tell me if you like / hate it.

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2014-09-11 11:13:12 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

As always, worth sharing!

Fire and Night

This mobile photography story was created over the course of several years, but until August 2013, was never written down in any form excepting as the scribbling in note pads here and there. In committing myself to a month long, self created and self imposed project I called SciFiAugust, the story rapidly grew as I jotted it down daily. I produced one mobile image a day for the month of August 2013 (though I couldn’t keep up the pace near the end, and left it until August 2014). The words and images flowed.

http://www.mobilography.net/fire-and-night-mobile-photography-short-story/

Site || www.mobilography.net
Page || +Mobilography
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography #ShortStory #Fiction #SciFi ___As always, worth sharing!

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2014-09-07 17:12:14 (27 comments, 4 reshares, 49 +1s) 

While having some tea .... I heard +Gita Jaisinghani going 'Woo hoo'! .... acing her neuroeconomics test. You have to love the competitiveness :P

While having some tea .... I heard +Gita Jaisinghani going 'Woo hoo'! .... acing her neuroeconomics test. You have to love the competitiveness :P___

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2014-09-07 10:44:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

The Ringworld concept in SF : Larry Niven dreamt up this megastructure based on the fact that Dyson spheres had two drawbacks. One was that it could not possibly have the same gravity everywhere due to the centrifugal force being concentrated around the 'equator' of the sphere. Niven's solution? Get rid of the sphere and just keep the equator. While the science is still not verified and the concept may well be in the realm of impossibility, it makes for great story telling.

Megastructure : Sci-fi author Larry Niven conjured up such a megastructure for his award-winning 1970 book Ringworld. Niven imagined a ring with a radius of 93 million miles—the sun-Earth distance—with the sun placed at the center. The ring' would reach 600 million miles across and a million miles tall. The vast landscape could comfortably support perhaps trillions of humans (or anothersim... more »

The Ringworld concept in SF : Larry Niven dreamt up this megastructure based on the fact that Dyson spheres had two drawbacks. One was that it could not possibly have the same gravity everywhere due to the centrifugal force being concentrated around the 'equator' of the sphere. Niven's solution? Get rid of the sphere and just keep the equator. While the science is still not verified and the concept may well be in the realm of impossibility, it makes for great story telling.

Megastructure : Sci-fi author Larry Niven conjured up such a megastructure for his award-winning 1970 book Ringworld. Niven imagined a ring with a radius of 93 million miles—the sun-Earth distance—with the sun placed at the center. The ring' would reach 600 million miles across and a million miles tall. The vast landscape could comfortably support perhaps trillions of humans (or another similarly ambitious, technologically advanced race).

Huge scale : Niven figured a Ringworld would have a thickness of a few thousand feet, and require raw materials with a mass equal to that of Jupiter. Mountain "walls" a thousand miles high would line each rim, preventing the atmosphere from leaking into space.

Viability : Could a Ringworld ever be made? While the concept does not bend physics past the point of breaking, it would require truly extreme engineering and an utter mastery of the forces of nature. According to Anders Sandberg, a research fellow at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute who has studied megastructure concepts, a Ringworld "is an amazingly large structure that's way beyond what we can normally imagine, but it's also deeply problematic."

Issues : To get Earth-like gravity, the Ringworld would need to spin at nearly three million miles per hour. Very fast, to be sure. But in a frictionless space environment, it could be doable. Although it would be equidistant from its central star at all points, the Ringworld would not, in fact, be gravitationally stable. Any perturbing force from, say, a meteorite strike or a close encounter with another star could throw the Ringworld out of attractive equilibrium and onto on a cataclysmic collision course.For residents of the Ringworld, that sun would always be directly overhead at a perpetual high noon. To create a day–night cycle and save plant life from frying, Niven envisioned a set of "shadow squares" around the sun at about Mercury's distance from Earth. The parts of Ringworld between the squares would experience roving daylight, while the eclipsed portions would rest in the shade. The whole length of the Ringworld would be checkered light and dark. Solar panels on the immense shadows squares could collect energy to power the structure. Energy could be beamed via laser from the squares to receiver stations along the Ringworld's rim, away from inhabited "land."

Article link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/could-we-build-a-ringworld-17166651?click=pp

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

Related Elysium : http://www.space.com/22326-elysium-movie-space-colonies-future.html

Paper: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Big+Dumb+Objects+in+science+fiction%3A+sublimity,+banality,+and...-a0149303037

Research paper on Shell worlds: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009457651200344X

Main pic: from larryniven.net, pic bottom right from http://goo.gl/bd62eU and pic top right from http://goo.gl/ewrs4E (for illustration purposes only).

#ringworld #niven #megastructures  ___

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2014-09-07 09:05:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

+NovoPulp sale..... go get it!

Anthology of SF ( I think my story is there too).

Have fun reading!

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Anthology of SF ( I think my story is there too).

Have fun reading!

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2014-09-05 15:20:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

This is one concept that SF had not predicted : Using origami in space is a wonderful concept, and one wonders if there has been any such use in SF. What are your favorite space travel concepts?

(Though this is a telescope, one could ostensibly extend the same logic to spacecraft)

Origami based solar array : While I posted about the James Webb Telescope here (http://goo.gl/1ScpBv), this is another amazing use of Origami by Shannon Zirbel a grad student from BYU. The concept is to reduce the space and weight for payloads into space, and origami does this beautifully. It's amazing how this can be used in science, and it does look amazing as the solar array opens up like petals of a flower.

Article Extract: A team of mechanical engineers has sought the expertise of an expert in origami mathematics to design a low-cost, compact array that will spring into its true and larger form when released in space. Space exploration is expensive business, and inevitably must become more and more cost-effective to thrive. We've already seen how cubesats can potentially democratise space studies, now a team at Brigham Young University (BYU) thinks it has developed an equivalent for solar arrays that can power space stations in the future.

"It's expensive and difficult to get things into space; you're very constrained in space," said research leader and professor at BYU Larry Howell. "With origami you can make it compact for launch and then as you get into space it can deploy and be large." "It's hard to predict what the greatest outcome of this collaboration will be, but it would be a great success if a solar array based on our concept flew on a Nasa mission," Lang said. "Origami could also be used for antennas, solar sails and even expandable nets used to catch asteroids."

Article Link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-12/16/origami-solar-array

Paper: http://mechanicaldesign.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1737156

Earlier post on space telescopes inspired by origami: http://goo.gl/QeeJPJ

Earlier post: The Math of Origami: http://goo.gl/VUVGYz

Earlier post on Origami Science and related embedded links: http://goo.gl/7j7z9o

About Shannon Zirbel: http://news.byu.edu/archive12-may-nasafellow.aspx

Related article: http://www.kurzweilai.net/origami-solves-a-space-problem

Pics courtesy: Wired, youtube (embedded link)

#science #origami #space  ___This is one concept that SF had not predicted : Using origami in space is a wonderful concept, and one wonders if there has been any such use in SF. What are your favorite space travel concepts?

(Though this is a telescope, one could ostensibly extend the same logic to spacecraft)

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2014-09-03 20:32:44 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Mission Impossible : My new flashfiction story up on my blog www.lacerantplainer.com

Hope you like it.





#sciencefiction #scifi  

Mission Impossible : My new flashfiction story up on my blog www.lacerantplainer.com

Hope you like it.





#sciencefiction #scifi  ___

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2014-09-03 04:44:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

What do you think? Does it makes sense to make a movie from a game itself? Has it been done? I'm actually asking.

This is kind of awesome : The game has some really cool graphics. Like movie cool. I wonder when they will start making movies from games? Not too long to go, I should think.

From PopSci: The revelation of the hit PC game Star Citizen isn’t that people love space-flight—we knew that. It’s that they like their games as realistic as possible, with a universe obsessively hewing to Newton-ian physics for even the smallest detail. The crowdfunded Star Citizen features player-controlled spaceships that travel through a virtual universe governed by the same forces as our own. For example, designers modeled each ship’s landing gear to retract without interfering with the hydrogen fuel system that feeds the nuclear reactor. Then they have to animate heat shielding to close over the landing gear so that the ship can safely pass through an atmosphere.

Star Citizen: 498,500 players have spent more than $48.1 million on virtual ships available for purchase.

Link to PopSci Article: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/space-game-gets-real?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=10&con=a-space-game-gets-real___What do you think? Does it makes sense to make a movie from a game itself? Has it been done? I'm actually asking.

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2014-09-01 12:12:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

+Jacob Dix does some amazing imagery. Thought I would share it here! 

Some space opera images are burned / created in my head from reading stories which fire the imagination. What images are in your head?

Day 18

Enemies and Allies

The shuttle docked in the Crolisa, and previous to leaving I surveyed the space ways. The Jonava had indeed left their homeworld to invade Karmath Mons. They were two days away. The Nacrolis were assembling their armies though I feared they too were too late to defend that young world. I was too deep into quarantined space to reach the battle in time.

Though I remained reluctant to listen to him, my passenger suggested I survey the Djath system. It's an empty system, I told him. But what did I see but the fleets of ice and fire assembling there as well! They were legend. Myth. Ships of metal and manipulated water, rising out of the single sea of Djath, that watery world. They were an old race of giant leviathans, some say cousins of the V-lor, born during the age of the first galactic seeding, long before the younger worlds had reached the planning stages of the heavenly courts.

SciFi August begins!

The story above is the continuation of the previous year's sci fi August. You can read it using the hashtag #SciFiAugust. I will try in the coming days to get links to each portion of the story.

For this month of August I will be exploring outer space, inner space, hyper space and other SciFi spaces and places on my appropriately named Galaxy S3. I would very much like it if you joined in on the fun. Tag any of your creative work that you created during August with the tag:

#SciFiAugust.

These can be in the forms of imagery, painting, story, poetry, sculpture, you name it. Just keep it constrained to science fiction and to August. I wouldn't mind if you also mentioned me in the post but that isn't necessary. It would be nice to see all the fabulous work I anticipate will be created and shared.

#SciFi #ScienceFiction #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography #S5 #ShortStory #Fiction

#AlienAbductionFriday +Alex Lapidus
+Irene Kato +Heiko Mahr
+Janice Hackney
+Jetski Jones
+Alien Abduction Friday

#AlienAbductionFriday #owcbn #gplusaliennation___+Jacob Dix does some amazing imagery. Thought I would share it here! 

Some space opera images are burned / created in my head from reading stories which fire the imagination. What images are in your head?

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2014-08-31 19:09:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s) 

Why plagarise when its so easy to credit people, ask them for permission and reshare their work.

Theft

So sci fi August is over for me. While browsing the hashtag for others' works, I came across a community moderator who, instead of resharing two of my images, took poor quality screen shots of my work, cropped them so my old JMD signature I used to use on my images was really visible, and then posted to her community.

My text is there, my name is there, but the image is her screen shot rather than my work. She hasn't responded.

Lame.

This image, btw, it's #SOOC, from my S5.

Have a good day/evening/morning!

Site || www.mobilography.net
Page || +Mobilography
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography___Why plagarise when its so easy to credit people, ask them for permission and reshare their work.

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2014-08-30 16:07:34 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s) 

This is kind of awesome : The game has some really cool graphics. Like movie cool. I wonder when they will start making movies from games? Not too long to go, I should think.

From PopSci: The revelation of the hit PC game Star Citizen isn’t that people love space-flight—we knew that. It’s that they like their games as realistic as possible, with a universe obsessively hewing to Newton-ian physics for even the smallest detail. The crowdfunded Star Citizen features player-controlled spaceships that travel through a virtual universe governed by the same forces as our own. For example, designers modeled each ship’s landing gear to retract without interfering with the hydrogen fuel system that feeds the nuclear reactor. Then they have to animate heat shielding to close over the landing gear so that the ship can safely pass through an atmosphere.

Star Citizen: 498,500 playershave sp... more »

This is kind of awesome : The game has some really cool graphics. Like movie cool. I wonder when they will start making movies from games? Not too long to go, I should think.

From PopSci: The revelation of the hit PC game Star Citizen isn’t that people love space-flight—we knew that. It’s that they like their games as realistic as possible, with a universe obsessively hewing to Newton-ian physics for even the smallest detail. The crowdfunded Star Citizen features player-controlled spaceships that travel through a virtual universe governed by the same forces as our own. For example, designers modeled each ship’s landing gear to retract without interfering with the hydrogen fuel system that feeds the nuclear reactor. Then they have to animate heat shielding to close over the landing gear so that the ship can safely pass through an atmosphere.

Star Citizen: 498,500 players have spent more than $48.1 million on virtual ships available for purchase.

Link to PopSci Article: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/space-game-gets-real?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=10&con=a-space-game-gets-real___

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2014-08-29 11:02:04 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 48 +1s) 

If you thought clean energy will automatically be adopted by countries, think again : Its as much a story of politics, of power and of vested interests (for the short term), rather than investing in the long term future of the species.

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrip renewables funding by billions : Billions of euros are spent on subsidies for fossil fuel producers. But just how much? The International Energy Agency says annual subsidies are about 400 billion, but the IMF puts the figure at a trillion euros. http://www.dw.de/fossil-fuel-subsidies-outstrip-renewables-funding-by-billions/a-17465775

Who is interested : Well we know the U.S. has walked away from the Kyoto negotiations. And many other developed countries have actually increased carbon emissions instead of decreasing them. Europe and some asian countries and Russia have significantlyred... more »

If you thought clean energy will automatically be adopted by countries, think again : Its as much a story of politics, of power and of vested interests (for the short term), rather than investing in the long term future of the species.

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrip renewables funding by billions : Billions of euros are spent on subsidies for fossil fuel producers. But just how much? The International Energy Agency says annual subsidies are about 400 billion, but the IMF puts the figure at a trillion euros. http://www.dw.de/fossil-fuel-subsidies-outstrip-renewables-funding-by-billions/a-17465775

Who is interested : Well we know the U.S. has walked away from the Kyoto negotiations. And many other developed countries have actually increased carbon emissions instead of decreasing them. Europe and some asian countries and Russia have significantly reduced emissions. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.

Analysts say renewable energy now cheaper option than new fossil fuels in Australia : “The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date,” said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of BNEF. “The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world’s best fossil fuel resources (Australia is the world's second largest coal exporter after Indonesia) shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head." http://www.gizmag.com/renewable-energy-cheaper-australia/26193/

Additional paper : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148113006745

Additional Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

IPCC report: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg3/

Related story : http://curitibainenglish.com.br/current-affairs/environment/brazil-leads-world-in-reducing-carbon-emissions/

#carbon #emissions #renewables  ___

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2014-08-29 08:16:29 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Isaac Asimov wrote under some pseudonyms : And the Lucky Starr series ( which he wrote as Paul French ) were quite fun to read. At least as a kid. This is an updated cover illustration, the older one looked quite pulpy.

A little about David Starr - Space Ranger from wikipedia: David Starr, Space Ranger introduces the series' setting and the main characters. The novel is set around A.D. 7,000 (five thousand years after the first nuclear bomb, as stated at the beginning), when humanity has spread among the worlds of the Solar System as well as planets orbiting other stars. The most powerful organization in the Solar System is the Council of Science, which suppresses threats to the System's people. Protagonist David Starr is an orphaned biophysicist qualified for membership in the Council of Science, who learns from his guardians Augustus Henree and Hector Conway of some 200 deaths in... more »

Isaac Asimov wrote under some pseudonyms : And the Lucky Starr series ( which he wrote as Paul French ) were quite fun to read. At least as a kid. This is an updated cover illustration, the older one looked quite pulpy.

A little about David Starr - Space Ranger from wikipedia: David Starr, Space Ranger introduces the series' setting and the main characters. The novel is set around A.D. 7,000 (five thousand years after the first nuclear bomb, as stated at the beginning), when humanity has spread among the worlds of the Solar System as well as planets orbiting other stars. The most powerful organization in the Solar System is the Council of Science, which suppresses threats to the System's people. Protagonist David Starr is an orphaned biophysicist qualified for membership in the Council of Science, who learns from his guardians Augustus Henree and Hector Conway of some 200 deaths in the last four months, whose victims died while eating produce raised on Mars.

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Starr,_Space_Ranger

Pic taken from goodreads.___

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2014-08-28 15:15:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I remember this list.... and yes, I loved Dragon's Egg and Star Trek and a number of the mentioned movies. I remember thinking SF is a great way to introduce kids to science.

Real scientists share their favourite sci-fi books and movies

Both choices are interested, though I suppose I'm looking more at the books here.
Two interesting reminders here are the picks for Permutation City by Greg Egan and Sean Carroll's pick of Dragon's Egg by Robert Forward.

And a reminder of how much I love David Lynch's Dune.

I might fast forward Permutation City, except for the fact that I'm fast forwarding a few other novels at the moment, not least of which is the final book in Hannu Rajaniemi's trilogy, after a reread of The Fractal Prince.___I remember this list.... and yes, I loved Dragon's Egg and Star Trek and a number of the mentioned movies. I remember thinking SF is a great way to introduce kids to science.

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2014-08-27 09:36:53 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 51 +1s) 

The Flowing Earth : The Earth's mantle feels solid. But over millennia, we now understand that the mantle drops back towards the Earth's core and gets 'refreshed'.... this is the internal convection current in which the very ground you walk on acts like a fluid (Very much like how a pan of water acts when heated). This also can be modeled to explain the major Earthquakes and volcanoes.

How it works : The Earth's surface lithosphere, which rides atop the asthenosphere (the two components of the upper mantle), is divided into a number of plates that are continuously being created and consumed at their opposite plate boundaries. Accretion occurs as mantle is added to the growing edges of a plate, associated with seafloor spreading. This hot added material cools down by conduction and convection of heat. At the consumption edges of the plate, the material has... more »

The Flowing Earth : The Earth's mantle feels solid. But over millennia, we now understand that the mantle drops back towards the Earth's core and gets 'refreshed'.... this is the internal convection current in which the very ground you walk on acts like a fluid (Very much like how a pan of water acts when heated). This also can be modeled to explain the major Earthquakes and volcanoes.

How it works : The Earth's surface lithosphere, which rides atop the asthenosphere (the two components of the upper mantle), is divided into a number of plates that are continuously being created and consumed at their opposite plate boundaries. Accretion occurs as mantle is added to the growing edges of a plate, associated with seafloor spreading. This hot added material cools down by conduction and convection of heat. At the consumption edges of the plate, the material has thermally contracted to become dense, and it sinks under its own weight in the process of subduction usually at an ocean trench.

Viscous fluid : When the forces of buoyancy are applied over millions of years, this seemingly solid material does move and behaves like an extremely viscous fluid and "creeps" along slowly. Most of the worlds earthquakes and volcanoes occur at the boundaries between tectonic plates

How do we know this is how it works : "Obviously, we cannot go inside of the Earth to see what is happening there. However, the process of mantle convection should comply with fundamental physics laws, such as conservation of mass, momentum and energy. What we have done is to simulate the process of mantle convection by solving the equations which controls the process of mantle convection," says Li.

Source from Science20: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/earths_dynamic_interior-132911

Wikipedia source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantle_convection

Additional source: http://www.indiana.edu/~geol105/images/gaia_chapter_3/mantle_convection.htm

Additional reference: http://maggiesscienceconnection.weebly.com/mantle-convection-plate-tectonics-earthquakes--volcanoes.html

Modeling: http://jspc-www.colorado.edu/~szhong/mantle.html

Paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X13006870

Additional paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X13005438

Earlier post 'On solid ground' : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/XzDdTHW1Cbu

Earlier post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/WFNZiu34ZH4

Main pic courtesy: http://goo.gl/KK9SVT, Addtional gifs created from Down To The Earth's Core HD) and plate tectonics

#science #geology #earth #mantle  ___

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2014-08-26 15:59:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

The concept is a little different from a Dyson sphere, but I remember a book called Manifold:Space by Baxter, and much before that a mention of the Dyson tree in a non-fiction book by Carl Sagan.

Do you think this is a good idea to write a story about? People traveling on Dyson trees from planet to planet. It's an evocative idea...

The Dyson Tree

If you’re a fan of science-fiction (or Star Trek), you might have heard the term ‘Dyson Sphere’ before. Therorized by 20th century physicist Freeman Dyson in the 1950s, a Dyson Sphere is a colossal spherical structure constructed around a star, completely surrounding it. The interior of the sphere would absorb the entire energy output of that star, allowing lifeforms to live on the interior surface almost indefinitely.

A Dyson tree is a hypothetical genetically-engineered plant, (perhaps resembling a tree) capable of growing in a comet, suggested by the physicist Freeman Dyson. Plants could produce a breathable atmosphere within hollow spaces in the comet (or even within the plants themselves), utilising solar energy for photosynthesis and cometary materials for nutrients, thus providing self-sustaining habitats for humanity in the outer solar system analogous to a greenhouse in space or a shell grown by a mollusc.

A Dyson tree might consist of a few main trunk structures growing out from a comet nucleus, branching into limbs and foliage that intertwine, forming a spherical structure possibly dozens of kilometers across.
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Sources: wikipedia, Inhabit.com, scienceblogs,

Further reading: http://scienceblogs.com/authority/2009/03/27/co2-freeman-dyson-magic-trees

Mention in entry: http://itsf.org/resources/factsheet.php?fsID=98

Pic on the right courtesy picc.it, pic on left courtesy sentientdevelopments.com.

h/t to Yuriy Fazylov for putting me on this path.

#dyson #tree #space #dysonswarm  ___The concept is a little different from a Dyson sphere, but I remember a book called Manifold:Space by Baxter, and much before that a mention of the Dyson tree in a non-fiction book by Carl Sagan.

Do you think this is a good idea to write a story about? People traveling on Dyson trees from planet to planet. It's an evocative idea...

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2014-08-25 09:54:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Which posthuman stories captured your imagination? John Scalzi's Old Man's War comes to mind for me!

What does it mean to be posthuman?

HOW would you like to be a posthuman? You know, a person who has gone beyond the "maximum attainable capacities by any current human being without recourse to new technological means", as philosopher Nick Bostrum of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford so carefully described it in a recent paper.

People who, through genetic manipulation, the use of stem cells, or other biointervention, have had their ability to remain healthy and active extended beyond what we would consider normal. Their cognitive powers (memory, deductive thought and other intellectual capabilities, as well as their artistic and creative powers) would far outstrip our own.

Is it possible to imagine such humans without recourse to science fiction clichés? And if we can, how would they affect how we see ourselves – and each other? Would they change how we treat each other? Or create a society you would actually want to live in? If this seems a stretch, consider this: preimplantation genetic diagnosis already lets us screen out some genetic abnormalities in our IVF offspring. And as evidence mounts for genetic components to the physical and cognitive traits we consider desirable, "designer" babies are surely plausible.

Then again, imagine if you were alive 150 years ago, and someone described life as it is today. Life expectancy then was a mere 40 years on average, with a few lucky individuals making it to 75 or more, though they would likely have succumbed to the first harsh illness they faced. Today, average life expectancy in rich countries hovers around 80; death and disease have all but disappeared from view, mostly into hospitals and hospices. Our expectations of our bodies, their functional capacity and their term of service, are profoundly different from those of people living in the mid-19th century and, in the great scheme of things, that is a mere blink of an eye.

Article Link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829162.400-what-does-it-mean-to-be-posthuman.html

#science #scienceeveryday #posthuman #transhuman #evolution #forcedevolution #singularity  ___Which posthuman stories captured your imagination? John Scalzi's Old Man's War comes to mind for me!

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2014-08-24 14:24:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Robots were shunned due to the Machine Crusades in Dune . But other writers and playwrights have incorporated them in stories; right from Fireball XL5 to I, Robot and onward..... Data himself was an advanced robot and the much loved R2D2 and C3PO were incredible characters. What is your favorite SF Robot story?

Inspired by Sci-Fi : Nourbakhsh, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was enchanted by the human-shaped C-3PO and friendly R2-D2 in Star Wars when he was a child. But he also came to understand the world of the interconnected Borg from Star Trek and Blade Runner's dangerous replicants. This is clear from his near-future scenarios, set in 2030, 2040 and 2045. These have robots collecting personal data for marketing, toys that threaten our public spaces, and reservations agents that are indistinguishable from humans.

More speculatively, suggests Nourbakhsh, by 2231 some robots could look like us. But only if we use a real human body as a shell and populate it with trillions of nanobots working together to make an artificial nervous system.

Article Link: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2013/04/robot-futures-nourbakhsh.html

#science #sciencefiction #robots #robotics #starwars #inspriration  ___Robots were shunned due to the Machine Crusades in Dune . But other writers and playwrights have incorporated them in stories; right from Fireball XL5 to I, Robot and onward..... Data himself was an advanced robot and the much loved R2D2 and C3PO were incredible characters. What is your favorite SF Robot story?

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2014-08-24 11:27:18 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Fire in Zero G : Pulses like a jellyfish, apparently!

From the +Smithsonian Magazine article: Prometheus would be so proud. As part of a NASA experiment, humans have brought fire to the International Space Station (ISS) to see what happens to flames in vanishingly low gravity. The experiment, called Flame Extinguishment-2 (FLEX-2), aims to improve our knowledge of how various liquid fuels burn and what they produce so that we can create cleaner, more efficient combustion engines.

Article link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zero-g-fire-pulses-jellyfish-space-station-180952454/

#science #fire #zerogravity  

Fire in Zero G : Pulses like a jellyfish, apparently!

From the +Smithsonian Magazine article: Prometheus would be so proud. As part of a NASA experiment, humans have brought fire to the International Space Station (ISS) to see what happens to flames in vanishingly low gravity. The experiment, called Flame Extinguishment-2 (FLEX-2), aims to improve our knowledge of how various liquid fuels burn and what they produce so that we can create cleaner, more efficient combustion engines.

Article link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zero-g-fire-pulses-jellyfish-space-station-180952454/

#science #fire #zerogravity  ___

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2014-08-23 15:17:43 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Another Star Wars implement is part of real tech : It happened some time back. Very quietly. And it's not really street legal. But there it is. A real life light saber. I resisted saying 'I am your father.'

What Star Wars tech would you like to see become reality?

A real-life light saber : While I had posted about this last year (http://goo.gl/Od2ppa), the Wicked Laser light saber (based on the attachment in the website) is not a toy! It's barely street legal. And yes, it can burn holes, slice though tape and is actually available for sale.

For all you wannabe Jedi out there, be careful! It could be extremely dangerous! +Tim Moore asked about light sabers on a post, which reminded me of the Spyder III.

Article Extract: Encased in virtually indestructible aircraft grade aluminum, the Arctic has received a few upgrades to manage the unnerving power of its next-gen laser diode. Used with the Phosforce, the Arctic transforms into an brilliant white-light flashlight. With the Expander, you can multiply the focus of your beam. And with the LaserSaber (which does exactly what you think it does), you'll never lack for options to make the chilling presence of your Arctic known to the world.

These powerful devices are not toys and are for adult use only, so we've built in cipher-locked SmartSwitch technology to give you full control over who can access your laser. Each Arctic laser comes equipped with a pair of LaserShades, tactical holster, Panasonic battery and charger.

From maximumpc : The article you’re about to read is a story of furious power unleashed. It’s a story about technology that must be seen to be believed, but causes serious concern among federal agencies. It’s a story of a 9-inch, 13.3oz, handheld laser that can shine a brilliant, blue beam many miles into the night’s sky, and, at shorter distance under the right conditions, burn flesh, cause permanent blindness, and set organic matter on fire.  (http://goo.gl/qPKtoH)

Article from website: http://www.wickedlasers.com/arctic

Video and specs: http://www.wickedlasers.com/arctic#product_accessories

Additional information from askville: http://goo.gl/3ZaGpb

Pics from Gizmodo, maximumpc, http://coub.com/view/rjxuvxc and wicked lasers.___Another Star Wars implement is part of real tech : It happened some time back. Very quietly. And it's not really street legal. But there it is. A real life light saber. I resisted saying 'I am your father.'

What Star Wars tech would you like to see become reality?

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2014-08-22 06:56:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Sometimes one forgets we are on a really well-constructed spaceship : The Shkadov thruster was featured on STNG in an episode called Relic.... h/t to +Kamal Tailor for picking that up. If we were able to move our solar system, where would you want to go?

The Shkadov Thruster : Moving the solar system : The Shkadov thruster is a theoretical mirror larger than the Sun. The role? To potentially move the Sun to another place if required. It has been portrayed in some Science Fiction novels including Bowl of Heaven and its sequel Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. Some of the cosmic megastructures are just amazing in the sheer audacity in the thinking behind them!

Article Extract: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov presented the megastructure concept in a 1987 paper at the 38th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation. In about a billion years our aging sun will become hot enough to boil off Earth's oceans. But we needn't let our world bake to death. By devising a megastructure called a Shkadov Thruster, we could cruise our solar system—sun, planets, and all—close enough to a younger star for it to gravitationally capture Earth. By enabling us to swap our sun for another, the Shkadov Thruster could give the planet's biota a brand new lease on life.

The Shkadov Thruster setup is simple (in theory): It's just a colossal, arc-shaped mirror, with the concave side facing the sun. Builders would place the mirror at an arbitrary distance where gravitational attraction from the sun is balanced out by the outward pressure of its radiation. The mirror thus becomes a stable, static satellite in equilibrium between gravity's tug and sunlight's push. Solar radiation reflects off the mirror's inner, curved surface back toward the sun, effectively pushing our star with its own sunlight—the reflected energy produces a tiny net thrust. Voilà, a Shkadov Thruster, and humanity is ready to hit the galactic trail.

'Minor Problems' : If humanity were ever crazy or desperate enough to build a Shkadov, the first order of business would be deciding where to place the megastructure. Much of the space-facing side of the thruster would probably need to be lined with cooling fins. These fins would radiate away excess solar heat in order to keep the mirror from deforming or melting, depending upon its material.

The thruster, of course, could not be positioned in Earth's orbital path. A logical spot for it would be above or below the plane of Earth's orbit, with the reflective mirror beaming energy mostly perpendicularly. For a thruster with a mirror angle of 30 degrees, the usual presumed curvature, Earth would still catch some extra rays.

The other problem is simply acquiring enough material to build the behemoth structure. Badescu estimated that 1/10,000 of Earth's mass would be required—probably about a sextillion pounds. Shkadov's figure is a bit higher, more like septillion pounds. Either way, it's hefty.

Space travelling a whole new way : Lining up our speeding solar system with the target star so that Earth seamlessly transfers into a nice, circular orbit around its new host would surely make for some hairy course correcting en route. Exquisite timing would be needed so that Earth, in its regular orbit, is situated on the side of our sun as near as possible to the other star for gravitational capture during the stars' close pass. Shkadov's original paper, however, suggested it could be done.

Article link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/the-shkadov-thruster-or-how-to-move-an-entire-solar-system-17000392

Abstract of original paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1987brig.iafcR....S

Paper related to the story : http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.1672

Additional article: http://www.astronomytoday.com/exploration/solartravel.html

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

Related : http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/planet-searches-might-stumble-across-an-alien-stellar-engine-130625.htm

Pic top right: http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49f85ad889279 (Accelerating Stars Gravitationally using unpowered Stationary Satellites), Pic bottom right : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_engine (Diagram of a Class C Stellar Engine—to scale—built around a sun like star. It consists of a partial Dyson swarm composed of 5 Dyson Rings of solar collectors (the Class B component), and a large statite Shkadov thruster (the Class A component). Pic left: http://www.kurzweilai.net/what-our-civilization-needs-is-a-billion-year-plan - Artist’s concept of a Kardashev Type 2 civilization (credit: Chris Cold)

#shkadovthruster #cosmicstructures #sciencefiction  ___Sometimes one forgets we are on a really well-constructed spaceship : The Shkadov thruster was featured on STNG in an episode called Relic.... h/t to +Kamal Tailor for picking that up. If we were able to move our solar system, where would you want to go?

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2014-08-21 16:19:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

If nothing else, our thirst for materials will ensure we go space hopping : At least in the area of Lagrangian space as well as into the vicinity of some asteroids. Space mining may not be a reality yet, but we are getting close.

+Planetary Resources as well as +Deep Space Industries are in a race. And even if the miners may get to robots over time, we already have want ads which look really futuristic "Deep Space Miner wanted." I remember Peter F. Hamilton talking about mining the Hydrogen around Saturn's rings in Reality Dysfunction. What do you think?

Deep Space Industries

Another new asteroid mining venture plans to send fleets of small spacecraft to rendezvous with space rocks, aiming to harvest their contents. That makes two startups now in the asteroid-rush of the early 21st-century teens. This one also plans to use asteroid materials right where they’re found, as feedstock for spaceborne 3-D printers.

Planetary Resources, Inc. made a similar announcement in April 2012, at which time that company said it intended to launch a demonstration mission to Earth orbit within two years.

Likewise, Deep Space says the first Firefly craft will be launched in 2015 on journeys of “two to six months.”

Using low cost technologies, and combining the legacy of our space program with the innovation of today’s young high tech geniuses, we will do things that would have been impossible just a few years ago.

Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/new-fleet-cubesat-asteroid-prospectors-will-fly-near-earth-space-rocks-2015

Sources: EarthSky, Popsci, Deepspaceindustries, Space.com

#space   #mining   #goldrush   #science   #scienceeveryday  ___If nothing else, our thirst for materials will ensure we go space hopping : At least in the area of Lagrangian space as well as into the vicinity of some asteroids. Space mining may not be a reality yet, but we are getting close.

+Planetary Resources as well as +Deep Space Industries are in a race. And even if the miners may get to robots over time, we already have want ads which look really futuristic "Deep Space Miner wanted." I remember Peter F. Hamilton talking about mining the Hydrogen around Saturn's rings in Reality Dysfunction. What do you think?

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2014-08-21 08:37:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Aliens : Aliens play a large role in science fiction. While some aliens seem to be almost humanoid (especially in TV, since there are issues with creating a species which are not humanoid), a number of authors have experimented with egg-shaped aliens (Peter F. Hamilton), aliens which are invisible (Isaac Asimov), and aliens which are humans from a scattering (Robert L. Forward and Frank Herbert).

What are your favorite stories about aliens? A human-alien partnership like depicted in Earth:The Final Conflict is something which I found most interesting :)

"Windcatchers" - Science fiction images : I like the way this is imagined. Not very out there, and at the same time it has the feeling of a creature one would expect. Though the inspiration is from insects, clearly. Illustrator David Aguilar melds art and science to imagine how alien creatures might adapt to their environments. I find David Aguilar's art a work in progress, though one would have to say it seems like just a jump away from something truly brilliant.

Article Extract: In his latest book, Alien Worlds, Aguilar presents eight worlds, all modeled after Earth-like planets and moons that actually exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Aguilar projects different temperature, gravity, light and water conditions onto these planets—all educated inferences based on the many stages Earth has gone through in its history. In “Ocean World,” for example, the planet’s surface is predominantly water, much like Earth was 450 million years ago, whereas the desert-like “Dying World,” with temperatures ranging from 85 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, is a glimpse at what Earth could be like about one and a half billion years from now.

“Imagine, if on Earth, one side was always facing the sun, so it was hot and desert-like, like the Middle East, and the opposite side was always facing away from the sun, so it was always in the dark.This is Yelrihs, or the “Infrared World.” Most of the planet’s life forms inhabit the twilight zone—a temperate band running from the North to South Pole. And yet, strong winds blow in this ring, where warm and cool air from both sides of the planet converge.

The artist imagines giant windcatchers, with 30-foot wingspans, that float in the breeze for weeks at a time, descending only to lay their eggs in bodies of water. “It would be like having the most gorgeous kites flying in your sky."

Article and Pic link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-extraterrestrial-life-look-180950029/?no-ist

#sciencefiction #art #imagination  ___Aliens : Aliens play a large role in science fiction. While some aliens seem to be almost humanoid (especially in TV, since there are issues with creating a species which are not humanoid), a number of authors have experimented with egg-shaped aliens (Peter F. Hamilton), aliens which are invisible (Isaac Asimov), and aliens which are humans from a scattering (Robert L. Forward and Frank Herbert).

What are your favorite stories about aliens? A human-alien partnership like depicted in Earth:The Final Conflict is something which I found most interesting :)

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2014-08-17 16:24:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Google and Sharks - what do they have in common? : A lot apparently.... if one is to go by the story on Popsci.

From the article : Google actually goes so far as to wrap its wires in a Kevlar-like material to prevent damage from sharks, a company spokesperson recently disclosed. Sharks seem to like fiber-optic cables more than old-fashioned coaxial copper wires, although it's unclear why.

So next time your internet is down, a Shark may be snacking on a cable ;)

Article link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/google-protects-it-undersea-fiber-optic-cables-sharks?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=5&con=google-protects-its-undersea-fiber-optic-cables-from-sharks

More here: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2464035/cloud-computing/google-wraps-its-trans-pacific-fiber-cables-in-kevlar-to-prevent-against-shark.html

Wired link:... more »

Google and Sharks - what do they have in common? : A lot apparently.... if one is to go by the story on Popsci.

From the article : Google actually goes so far as to wrap its wires in a Kevlar-like material to prevent damage from sharks, a company spokesperson recently disclosed. Sharks seem to like fiber-optic cables more than old-fashioned coaxial copper wires, although it's unclear why.

So next time your internet is down, a Shark may be snacking on a cable ;)

Article link: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/google-protects-it-undersea-fiber-optic-cables-sharks?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=5&con=google-protects-its-undersea-fiber-optic-cables-from-sharks

More here: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2464035/cloud-computing/google-wraps-its-trans-pacific-fiber-cables-in-kevlar-to-prevent-against-shark.html

Wired link: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/shark_cable/

More about sharks: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Y7qcTLXEzmS___

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2014-08-16 10:21:27 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s) 

This may be a thing .... Last time I thought it was a newbie, so I let it slide. Second PM asking me to remove my post since they don't like it. Here is the earlier post https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/CjPb3yfEuz8

I've also decided to 'out' the person for sending this kind of request.

Btw, I've replied to both the posters, they haven't replied. Tagging +Google+ Help and +Jaana Nyström .... are you aware of this new type of trolling?

#troll

This may be a thing .... Last time I thought it was a newbie, so I let it slide. Second PM asking me to remove my post since they don't like it. Here is the earlier post https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/CjPb3yfEuz8

I've also decided to 'out' the person for sending this kind of request.

Btw, I've replied to both the posters, they haven't replied. Tagging +Google+ Help and +Jaana Nyström .... are you aware of this new type of trolling?

#troll___

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2014-08-16 05:36:47 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 50 +1s) 

I know how that feels .... The 5 Point Cafe is a bit of an edgy place, but the Burgers are just amazing :)

I know how that feels .... The 5 Point Cafe is a bit of an edgy place, but the Burgers are just amazing :)___

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2014-08-15 19:33:34 (13 comments, 18 reshares, 89 +1s) 

In context, Adama was awesome.

Adama understood.

#ferguson   #policebrutality   #militarization  ___In context, Adama was awesome.

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2014-08-15 11:24:16 (47 comments, 13 reshares, 76 +1s) 

Patents - is it time for a revamp? : Scientists and researchers have depended on patents from a long time ago. Science has progressed with the ability to protect an idea. But things have changed rapidly. Most recently +Elon Musk has famously gone open source. Is it time for us to work in an environment which fosters innovation? Are patent trolls and companies like Apple killing the whole concept? You decide. Maybe it is time to go back to defensive publishing, I'm not a lawyer, but its a real problem. I do understand that scientific institutions still depend on patents, and it has it's place.

Some of the issues are serious and will stop us from developing new drugs, increasing the cost of goods, get more people into legal tangles and stifle innovators and inventors. Read on....

What is a patent? : A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state... more »

Patents - is it time for a revamp? : Scientists and researchers have depended on patents from a long time ago. Science has progressed with the ability to protect an idea. But things have changed rapidly. Most recently +Elon Musk has famously gone open source. Is it time for us to work in an environment which fosters innovation? Are patent trolls and companies like Apple killing the whole concept? You decide. Maybe it is time to go back to defensive publishing, I'm not a lawyer, but its a real problem. I do understand that scientific institutions still depend on patents, and it has it's place.

Some of the issues are serious and will stop us from developing new drugs, increasing the cost of goods, get more people into legal tangles and stifle innovators and inventors. Read on....

What is a patent? : A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a period of for an invention.

The Issue : Major companies are spending more on patent lawyers than research and development. Apple currently looks like the worst abuser among companies that actually make things.

Lawyers win : It is a machine created and run by lawyers, for lawyers, and which has absolutely no incentive to reform itself.

Unused patent-squatting : Of today’s 2.1 million active patents, 95 percent fail to be licensed or commercialized.  These unlicensed patents include over 50,000 high-quality patented inventions developed by universities.

Bloating the cost of research : More than $5 trillion has been spent in the U.S. alone on research and development over the past 20 years, much of which went to create the very patents that remain unlicensed.

Ignoring technologies : Rather than leveraging America’s patent database for useful ideas that could be licensed and turned to profit, U.S. businesses and their R&D teams are actually incentivized to avert their eyes to potentially helpful innovations.  Prior knowledge of a patent could result in increased penalties if companies are later deemed to be infringing that patent. So they ignore a goldmine of technologies.

Cost of frivolous lawsuits : In 2003, Apple patented the glass staircase that appears in some of their stores. In 2012, Apple successfully sued Samsung for creating a screen that can distinguish between 1 or 2 fingers touching it. They also sued Samsung for copying the iPhone shapes among other things.


Sources

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/america-dysfunctional-patent-system-innovation

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2014/06/18/13633/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent#Alternatives_to_applying_for_a_patent

http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/get-the-right-ip/patents/

http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp

http://www.forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2014/06/12/tesla-goes-open-source-elon-musk-releases-patents-to-good-faith-use/

http://gigaom.com/2014/06/14/what-elon-musk-did-and-did-not-do-when-he-opened-teslas-patents/

http://www.wired.com/2013/07/patent-law-broken-abused-to-stifle-innovation/

http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/01/broken-immigration-system-and-patent-trolls-are-stifling-tech-innovation/76259/

ETA: Earlier post was to extended circles- sorry for the errata, reposting!

Pic courtesy: http://goo.gl/7DSzkH

#patents #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-08-13 20:27:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Going to Australia? check out this video....

An Aussie street-performer : Quite brillo.
http://aplus.com/a/pipe-guy-techno
Stolen from that other place
h/t +Priyadarshi Verma ___Going to Australia? check out this video....

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2014-08-10 10:01:59 (86 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s) 

I don't like some posts .... but I never thought one could ask for posts to be taken down. Hmmmm.

I don't like some posts .... but I never thought one could ask for posts to be taken down. Hmmmm.___

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2014-08-07 15:58:20 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 31 +1s) 

I remember this hilarious share by +matthew rappaport from some time back. I can't stop laughing at it.

How your MOM saw THE MATRIX

The Matrix Retold by Mom___I remember this hilarious share by +matthew rappaport from some time back. I can't stop laughing at it.

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2014-08-05 10:41:30 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s) 

The Shkadov Thruster : Moving the solar system : The Shkadov thruster is a theoretical mirror larger than the Sun. The role? To potentially move the Sun to another place if required. It has been portrayed in some Science Fiction novels including Bowl of Heaven and its sequel Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. Some of the cosmic megastructures are just amazing in the sheer audacity in the thinking behind them!

Article Extract: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov presented the megastructure concept in a 1987 paper at the 38th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation. In about a billion years our aging sun will become hot enough to boil off Earth's oceans. But we needn't let our world bake to death. By devising a megastructure called a Shkadov Thruster, we could cruise our solar system—sun, planets, and all—close enough to a younger star for it togra... more »

The Shkadov Thruster : Moving the solar system : The Shkadov thruster is a theoretical mirror larger than the Sun. The role? To potentially move the Sun to another place if required. It has been portrayed in some Science Fiction novels including Bowl of Heaven and its sequel Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven. Some of the cosmic megastructures are just amazing in the sheer audacity in the thinking behind them!

Article Extract: Russian physicist Leonid Shkadov presented the megastructure concept in a 1987 paper at the 38th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation. In about a billion years our aging sun will become hot enough to boil off Earth's oceans. But we needn't let our world bake to death. By devising a megastructure called a Shkadov Thruster, we could cruise our solar system—sun, planets, and all—close enough to a younger star for it to gravitationally capture Earth. By enabling us to swap our sun for another, the Shkadov Thruster could give the planet's biota a brand new lease on life.

The Shkadov Thruster setup is simple (in theory): It's just a colossal, arc-shaped mirror, with the concave side facing the sun. Builders would place the mirror at an arbitrary distance where gravitational attraction from the sun is balanced out by the outward pressure of its radiation. The mirror thus becomes a stable, static satellite in equilibrium between gravity's tug and sunlight's push. Solar radiation reflects off the mirror's inner, curved surface back toward the sun, effectively pushing our star with its own sunlight—the reflected energy produces a tiny net thrust. Voilà, a Shkadov Thruster, and humanity is ready to hit the galactic trail.

'Minor Problems' : If humanity were ever crazy or desperate enough to build a Shkadov, the first order of business would be deciding where to place the megastructure. Much of the space-facing side of the thruster would probably need to be lined with cooling fins. These fins would radiate away excess solar heat in order to keep the mirror from deforming or melting, depending upon its material.

The thruster, of course, could not be positioned in Earth's orbital path. A logical spot for it would be above or below the plane of Earth's orbit, with the reflective mirror beaming energy mostly perpendicularly. For a thruster with a mirror angle of 30 degrees, the usual presumed curvature, Earth would still catch some extra rays.

The other problem is simply acquiring enough material to build the behemoth structure. Badescu estimated that 1/10,000 of Earth's mass would be required—probably about a sextillion pounds. Shkadov's figure is a bit higher, more like septillion pounds. Either way, it's hefty.

Space travelling a whole new way : Lining up our speeding solar system with the target star so that Earth seamlessly transfers into a nice, circular orbit around its new host would surely make for some hairy course correcting en route. Exquisite timing would be needed so that Earth, in its regular orbit, is situated on the side of our sun as near as possible to the other star for gravitational capture during the stars' close pass. Shkadov's original paper, however, suggested it could be done.

Article link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/the-shkadov-thruster-or-how-to-move-an-entire-solar-system-17000392

Abstract of original paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1987brig.iafcR....S

Paper related to the story : http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.1672

Additional article: http://www.astronomytoday.com/exploration/solartravel.html

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

Related : http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/planet-searches-might-stumble-across-an-alien-stellar-engine-130625.htm

Pic top right: http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49f85ad889279 (Accelerating Stars Gravitationally using unpowered Stationary Satellites), Pic bottom right : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_engine (Diagram of a Class C Stellar Engine—to scale—built around a sun like star. It consists of a partial Dyson swarm composed of 5 Dyson Rings of solar collectors (the Class B component), and a large statite Shkadov thruster (the Class A component). Pic left: http://www.kurzweilai.net/what-our-civilization-needs-is-a-billion-year-plan - Artist’s concept of a Kardashev Type 2 civilization (credit: Chris Cold)

#shkadovthruster #cosmicstructures #sciencefiction  ___

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2014-08-02 06:19:21 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 51 +1s) 

How to store energy using steel, air and water : One of the big challenges of our times is to have an energy storage system which stores energy in the Megawatt range. Plus chemical batteries have a relatively short life for industrial size storage. Now +University of Minnesota researchers have come up with a novel situation. And they have licensed SustainX to commercially develop the product.

Earlier approaches : People have known for hundreds of years that it's possible to store energy using simple methods—pumping water up a hill and then allowing the force of gravity to turn cogs on its way down later to recoup energy, for example, or on a bigger scale, pumping air into a cavern then using its force at a later time to drive a turbine, is another. Until recently, however, such methods of energy storage have not been able to compete with batteries—at least on a large scale.Tha... more »

How to store energy using steel, air and water : One of the big challenges of our times is to have an energy storage system which stores energy in the Megawatt range. Plus chemical batteries have a relatively short life for industrial size storage. Now +University of Minnesota researchers have come up with a novel situation. And they have licensed SustainX to commercially develop the product.

Earlier approaches : People have known for hundreds of years that it's possible to store energy using simple methods—pumping water up a hill and then allowing the force of gravity to turn cogs on its way down later to recoup energy, for example, or on a bigger scale, pumping air into a cavern then using its force at a later time to drive a turbine, is another. Until recently, however, such methods of energy storage have not been able to compete with batteries—at least on a large scale. That might be about to change, however, as the new ICAES system in New Hampshire demonstrates.

High Stakes : The stakes are high. If a company such as SustainX can deliver a system that can cheaply store energy for even a few hours at a time, it would turn wind and solar into dependable power providers, more like fossil fuel plants. Fluctuations in wind and solar output could be smoothed out and excess power from nighttime winds, for instance, could be dispatched later when demand is higher.

How it works : Researchers have looked into using compressed air as a battery before, what's new this time is the proprietary design created by the team at SustainX—its more efficient and is done at a much larger scale (it's capable of producing 1.6 MW of power when releasing the compressed air) than ever before. Also, they have developed a technique of spraying water into air filled cylinder chambers which allows for capture of heat generated by the compression process. SustainX says its ICAES systems are better than other methods of energy storage because they can be sited virtually anywhere (no need for a cavern), because they are flexible (easily scaled), because of the low installation and ongoing costs, and because installations will last for 20 years. It's also far cleaner than batteries or other systems that store compressed air.

The key is to contain the temperatures : Water’s properties make it a highly suitable heatexchange liquid: it is nontoxic and low-cost, has extraordinarily high heat capacity (joules of heat needed to heat or cool a kilogram by one kelvin), and is almost incompressible, i.e., can coexist with a gas that is undergoing pressure changes without itself changing in volume. SustainX has therefore opted for aqueous foam-based heat exchange in its isothermal compressed-air system (ICAES) technology.

+Phys.org link: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-sustainx-mw-isotherm-compressed-air.html

+Smithsonian Magazine source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/big-bet-how-store-energy-cheaply-180951829/

SustainX website: http://www.sustainx.com/

Additional link: http://www.nanalyze.com/2014/07/sustainx-delivers-compressed-air-energy-storage-system/

University of Minnesota link: http://discover.umn.edu/news/environment/university-minnesota-invention-helps-advance-reliability-alternative-energy

Additional source: SustainX working paper on the technology.

Pics courtesy: Smithsonianmag, foam rheology group (foaming of aq solutions) and Wikipedia (animation of an axial compressor).

#batteries #engineering  ___

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2014-08-02 06:18:13 (0 comments, 14 reshares, 68 +1s) 

Black Holes: I had the distinct feeling of being trolled : But I read this article some time back, about how black holes may not have an event horizon. While it is a radical proposal, Stephen Hawking suggests that there may be an 'apparent horizon' which does release matter and energy, albeit in an garbled form. While others have reported this earlier, I wanted to digest some of the implications before I posted, so this is not news. Just interesting to know :)

Article Extract : “There is no escape from a black hole in classical theory,” Hawking told Nature. Quantum theory, however, “enables energy and information to escape from a black hole”. A full explanation of the process, the physicist admits, would require a theory that successfully merges gravity with the other fundamental forces of nature. But that is a goal that has eluded physicists for nearly a century. “Thecorrect t... more »

Black Holes: I had the distinct feeling of being trolled : But I read this article some time back, about how black holes may not have an event horizon. While it is a radical proposal, Stephen Hawking suggests that there may be an 'apparent horizon' which does release matter and energy, albeit in an garbled form. While others have reported this earlier, I wanted to digest some of the implications before I posted, so this is not news. Just interesting to know :)

Article Extract : “There is no escape from a black hole in classical theory,” Hawking told Nature. Quantum theory, however, “enables energy and information to escape from a black hole”. A full explanation of the process, the physicist admits, would require a theory that successfully merges gravity with the other fundamental forces of nature. But that is a goal that has eluded physicists for nearly a century. “The correct treatment,” Hawking says, “remains a mystery.”

The issue : Hawking's new work is an attempt to solve what is known as the black-hole firewall paradox, which has been vexing physicists for almost two years. In a thought experiment, researchers asked what would happen to an astronaut falling into a black hole. Physicists had long assumed, the astronaut would happily pass through the event horizon, unaware of his or her impending doom, before gradually being pulled inwards — stretched out along the way, like spaghetti — and eventually crushed at the 'singularity'. Polchinski’s team came to the startling realization that the laws of quantum mechanics, change the situation completely. Quantum theory dictates that the event horizon must actually be transformed into a highly energetic region, or 'firewall', that would burn the astronaut to a crisp. This was alarming because, although the firewall obeyed quantum rules, it flouted Einstein’s general theory of relativity. According to that theory, someone in free fall should perceive the laws of physics as being identical everywhere in the Universe — whether they are falling into a black hole or floating in empty intergalactic space. As far as Einstein is concerned, the event horizon should be an unremarkable place.

'Apparent Horizon' : Now Hawking proposes a third, tantalizingly simple, option. Quantum mechanics and general relativity remain intact, but black holes simply do not have an event horizon to catch fire. The key to his claim is that quantum effects around the black hole cause space-time to fluctuate too wildly for a sharp boundary surface to exist.

+Brian Koberlein an expert on the matter discusses the paper: http://briankoberlein.com/2014/02/03/edge/

Article link: http://www.nature.com/news/stephen-hawking-there-are-no-black-holes-1.14583

ArXiv paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5761 (PDF is full-access for download)

+Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole

Pics courtesy: _On left: jila.colorado.edu (Journey into a Schwarzschild black hole) on right: http://goo.gl/RnT0CY. Pics for illustration purposes only.

#blackhole #astrophysics  ___

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2014-07-31 07:13:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s) 

A good friend +Swami Nathan has been involved in a new startup called 'Frilp'. I am interested to see where this goes :)

India based for now, here is the description in the Times of India : Frilp -- short for Friend's Help -- is a social platform which will help a user discover shopping venues, businesses and services through personalized recommendations from his or her friends and trusted circle. It identifies the right people in one's network who are most likely to help him or her with the recommendation he or she is looking for.

A good friend +Swami Nathan has been involved in a new startup called 'Frilp'. I am interested to see where this goes :)

India based for now, here is the description in the Times of India : Frilp -- short for Friend's Help -- is a social platform which will help a user discover shopping venues, businesses and services through personalized recommendations from his or her friends and trusted circle. It identifies the right people in one's network who are most likely to help him or her with the recommendation he or she is looking for.___

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2014-07-29 19:26:33 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s) 

How to attract a Jaguar to a camera trap : Apparently all you have to do is use Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein around the camera and wait for the magic. Jaguars are largely solitary animals and  is often described as nocturnal, but is more specifically crepuscular (peak activity around dawn and dusk). It's solitary and elusive nature makes it a hard animal to study, especially since sighting it is so difficult.

Article extract: According to Miguel Ordeñana a biologist from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles you spray a men's cologne — that's right Calvin Klein Obsession for Men on a tree branch near the centre of your camera's field of view. This odd preference was discovered by a researcher at the Bronx Zoo in New York who tried a whole bunch of different scents and found that the jaguars really, really liked Obsession.

Why? Well we'renot... more »

How to attract a Jaguar to a camera trap : Apparently all you have to do is use Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein around the camera and wait for the magic. Jaguars are largely solitary animals and  is often described as nocturnal, but is more specifically crepuscular (peak activity around dawn and dusk). It's solitary and elusive nature makes it a hard animal to study, especially since sighting it is so difficult.

Article extract: According to Miguel Ordeñana a biologist from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles you spray a men's cologne — that's right Calvin Klein Obsession for Men on a tree branch near the centre of your camera's field of view. This odd preference was discovered by a researcher at the Bronx Zoo in New York who tried a whole bunch of different scents and found that the jaguars really, really liked Obsession.

Why? Well we're not really sure. But the best guess is related to the fact that Obsession contains two chemicals: civetone and vanilla extract. Perhaps the vanilla triggers the curiosity of the jaguar — we really don't know. But we know a lot more about civetone, one of the oldest-known perfume ingredients.

It's a musky chemical collected by glands near the anus of the civet, and it's widely used as a fragrance and stabilising chemical in perfumes. The poor animal that supplies the much valued civetone is the civet, a mostly nocturnal animal from tropical Africa and Asia. It looks like a cat but it's more closely related to a mongoose. Why would a jaguar be interested in civetone? Well, jaguars like to mark out their territory, and the civetone probably smells like the territorial marker of a potential invader. So the jaguar responds by rubbing its own scent on top of the cologne Calvin Klein Obsession for Men and bingo, it unknowlingly gets photographed.

So if you are on a bushwalk through the jungles of Nicaragua you might be better off not wearing Calvin Klein Obsession for Men.

Article link: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/10/29/3877338.htm

Research paper: http://www.jwildlifedis.org/doi/pdf/10.7589/0090-3558-49.1.214

Additional source: http://goo.gl/lH9yt3

Related paper: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf401819s

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar

Pics courtesy: gifsoup and www.faqt.nl

#scienceeveryday___

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2014-07-29 18:53:55 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s) 

In case you missed the Attacknids when they sneaked up on us!

Attacknids Combat Creatures : Saw this on Popsci first. These little chaps are available for $80 in the U.S. I saw something similar sometime back (See the DIY Hack).... The discs are the basic option. The Laser hack is something which I saw in a related article.

Article Extract: With just six legs, these 10-inch-tall battling robots aren't arachnids. They're Attacknids, a hands-on way for kids to build strategic thinking skills and hand-eye coordination while discovering robotics. Each Attacknid comes with Bolt 'N' Battle weapons, including a dissector disc blaster, 20 discs, and clip-on combat armor. Dueling robots fire discs at each other at a distance of up to 30 feet. Each Attacknid's Battle Brain, located on a science-fiction-worthy 360-degree rotating head, can get hit only three times before the robot deactivates, ending the game. (http://goo.gl/3NfqgK)

Laser Attacknid : In a move that wouldn’t look out of place in an Austin Powers movie, a student from Illinois has fitted a spider-shaped robot with laser beams. The remote-controlled Death Ray Laser Drone Bot is fitted with a beam so powerful it can pop balloons and make paper and card burst into flames. (http://goo.gl/mHDrwT)

Company website: http://www.combatcreatures.com/attacknids

From trustedreviews: Looking like the love child of a Starship Troopers arachnid and Kryten from Red Dwarf, the Attacknid is one of the meanest looking toys we’ve seen in a long time. It’s the type of gadget a grown man will fawn over, the sort of toy a father will buy his child just so he can play with it himself.  (trustedreviews.com/attacknids_Gadget_review )

Video link: Attacknids - 2013's Hottest Toy for Boy!

#toys #robots___In case you missed the Attacknids when they sneaked up on us!

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2014-07-29 18:50:02 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s) 

How carbon nanostructures can make better batteries : Lithium in today's batteries are in the electrolyte, not the anode. The reason for this is the issue with anode expansion when using Lithium as an anode. At the nano level, it expands leading to cracks in the structure, which in turn degrades performance.

Thanks to +Sophie Wrobel and +Dirk Reul for reminding me to do the background check on this one.

Nanospheres to protect the Li anode : To solve these problems the Stanford researchers built a protective layer of interconnected carbon domes on top of their lithium anode. This layer is what the team has called nanospheres. The nanosphere layer resembles a honeycomb: it creates a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge. The carbon nanosphere wall is just 20 nanometers thick. The... more »

How carbon nanostructures can make better batteries : Lithium in today's batteries are in the electrolyte, not the anode. The reason for this is the issue with anode expansion when using Lithium as an anode. At the nano level, it expands leading to cracks in the structure, which in turn degrades performance.

Thanks to +Sophie Wrobel and +Dirk Reul for reminding me to do the background check on this one.

Nanospheres to protect the Li anode : To solve these problems the Stanford researchers built a protective layer of interconnected carbon domes on top of their lithium anode. This layer is what the team has called nanospheres. The nanosphere layer resembles a honeycomb: it creates a flexible, uniform and non-reactive film that protects the unstable lithium from the drawbacks that have made it such a challenge. The carbon nanosphere wall is just 20 nanometers thick. The nanosphere layer is made of amorphous carbon, which is chemically stable, yet strong and flexible so as to move freely up and down with the lithium as it expands and contracts during the battery’s normal charge-discharge cycle.

Protection against expansion leads to efficiency : In technical terms, the nanospheres improve the coulombic efficiency of the battery—a ratio of the amount of lithium that can be extracted from the anode when the battery is in use compared to the amount put in during charging. A single round of this give-and-take process is called a cycle. Generally, to be commercially viable, a battery must have a coulombic efficiency of 99.9 percent or more, ideally over as many cycles as possible. Previous anodes of unprotected lithium metal achieved approximately 96 percent efficiency, which dropped to less than 50 percent in just 100 cycles—not nearly good enough. The Stanford team’s new lithium metal anode achieves 99 percent efficiency even at 150 cycles.

Inspiration from pomegranates : The story of this breakthrough spanned 8 years at the Stanford labs. Over the past eight years, Cui’s team has tackled the breakage problem by using silicon nanowires or nanoparticles that are too small to break into even smaller bits and encasing the nanoparticles in carbon “yolk shells” that give them room to swell and shrink during charging. The study builds on that work. Graduate student Nian Liu and postdoctoral researcher Zhenda Lu used a microemulsion technique common in the oil, paint and cosmetic industries to gather silicon yolk shells into clusters, and coated each cluster with a second, thicker layer of carbon. These carbon rinds hold the pomegranate clusters together and provide a sturdy highway for electrical currents.

+ScienceBlog.com source: http://goo.gl/0dqqnW

+SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and +Stanford University source: http://goo.gl/NimIi1

+ExtremeTech link : http://goo.gl/U7208E

Nature Nanotech paper: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2014.152.html

Related dive into why Lithium ion batteries are preferred: http://goo.gl/ul7CJT

+Smithsonian Magazine parallel research article: http://goo.gl/SgXOR1

Related 3D Printed batteries : http://goo.gl/2sZk2i

Pic detail : A novel battery electrode features silicon nanoparticles clustered like pomegranate seeds in a tough carbon rind. (Illustration by Greg Stewart/SLAC) (for illustration purposes only)

#battery #technology #lithium  ___

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2014-07-29 14:53:12 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Printing Lithium Ion batteries the size of a grain of sand: This has huge implications, especially in medical electronics. The video is pretty cool too!

Article Extract: To make the microbatteries, a team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair.

“Not only did we demonstrate for the first time that we can 3D-print a battery; we demonstrated it in the most rigorous way,” said Jennifer A. Lewis, senior author of the study, who is also the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis led the project in her prior position at the University ofIlli... more »

Printing Lithium Ion batteries the size of a grain of sand: This has huge implications, especially in medical electronics. The video is pretty cool too!

Article Extract: To make the microbatteries, a team based at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign printed precisely interlaced stacks of tiny battery electrodes, each less than the width of a human hair.

“Not only did we demonstrate for the first time that we can 3D-print a battery; we demonstrated it in the most rigorous way,” said Jennifer A. Lewis, senior author of the study, who is also the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Lewis led the project in her prior position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with co-author Shen Dillon, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering there.

Source article: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2013/06/printing-tiny-batteries/

Results published online in the journal Advanced Materials. (link embedded in the article)

#3dprinting  ___

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2014-07-27 11:18:27 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

Snakes on a plane? Not really, but lizards in space! : Found this being reported, and decided to try my hand at manipulating images..!

A Russian satellite with five lizards on board is currently floating in space, beyond the control of the researchers who launched it. The Photon-M4 is a research satellite that launched from the Baikinur Cosmodrome on 19 July with the intention of studying the effects of microgravity on plants, insects and gecko mating activities. Mission control lost the ability to control the satellite after it made its first few orbits around Earth. Thankfully, the team from Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems is still receiving scientific data from the on-board experiments. "We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyse it. The current tasks have so far been fulfilled," said the Institute's spokesman Oleg Voloshin to RIA... more »

Snakes on a plane? Not really, but lizards in space! : Found this being reported, and decided to try my hand at manipulating images..!

A Russian satellite with five lizards on board is currently floating in space, beyond the control of the researchers who launched it. The Photon-M4 is a research satellite that launched from the Baikinur Cosmodrome on 19 July with the intention of studying the effects of microgravity on plants, insects and gecko mating activities. Mission control lost the ability to control the satellite after it made its first few orbits around Earth. Thankfully, the team from Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems is still receiving scientific data from the on-board experiments. "We receive the telemetry data from the spacecraft and analyse it. The current tasks have so far been fulfilled," said the Institute's spokesman Oleg Voloshin to RIA Novosti.

Despite the lack of control over the spacecraft, the geckos will soon start to reproduce -- one of the main mission objectives for the Photon-M satellite -- according to a spokesperson of the Institute.

Article link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/25/space-lizards

Pic layering of the ISS image from Wikipedia and a lizard from the Wired article above.

#lizardsinspace  ___

2014-07-24 13:06:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

If you don't have this circle, you really should....

2014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!

All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!

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#sciencefiction #sf #scifi  ___If you don't have this circle, you really should....

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