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Lacerant Plainer has been at 12 events

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NovoPulp1,261NovoPulp will have a stall at Fantasticon 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark where will be selling both volumes of the anthology and posters of the cover art.  @101942254766672606204 will be appearing in the _Fantasticon Expatriate Writers Panel_ at 16.00-17.00 on May 30th. There will be four panelists in total and one moderator.  We will discuss:  - What’s it like to be a writer in a different country than the one you grew up in? - Does being an expatriate influence your writing? - How do you absorb other cultures? The event is over two days between the 30th-31st of May at Valby Kino. We will be there both days so come and say hi :D More info: http://fantasticon.dk/fantasticon2015/NovoPulp at Fantasticon 2015 with Niamh Brown2015-05-30 10:00:003  
NovoPulp1,261*Ask @101942254766672606204 Your @107781032288819724254 Questions!* _Have your heard of NovoPulp, considered getting involved, but you had a few questions? Only just heard of us and want to know more? Then here is your chance to ask someone face to face!_  With around *2 months to go until the 2014 NovoPulp deadline passes*, we wanted to give everyone a chance to raise their hand and ask the questions that the rest of us didn't. Even if you can't attend the Hangout live, please leave your questions so you can watch the video afterwards and still get the information you need.  As the last HOA was aimed at the USA/Australian time-zones we have decided to make this Hangout more European friendly. The HOA will be on: SATURDAY 7th OF JUNE 2014 - 16:00 CET / 10:00 EDT  *Submission Status:* We are still in need of more short stories for this year but in particular *WE NEED ART*. So don't be shy, step forward :D For more information on *NovoPulp:* _The Speculative Fiction Anthology_ visit: http://www.NovoPulp.com For more frequent updates subscribe to our email list: http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf _Coming soon: FREE Bonus Content Only For Newsletter Subscribers!_ See you on air! Notifications: You have been notified of this HOA because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 page at some point. If you would prefer not to receive these limited notifications, or you want to be added to the notify list, then please let us know.NovoPulp Q&A HOA with Niamh Brown2014-06-07 16:00:0010  
NASA Goddard164,100On March 29, 2014, an X-class flare burst off the right side of the sun . . . and NASA was watching. Coordinating their observations, five NASA observatories and one ground-based telescope were able to see things in the flare they'd never seen before.  Numerous other NASA spacecraft provided additional data about what was happening on the sun during the event and what the effects were at Earth.  Join us at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 8, 2014, as researchers describe how multiple missions worked together to explore the sun's surface and atmosphere, layer by layer, providing unprecedented images of the onset of a solar flare.   In addition to the colorful pictures of the sun that NASA will share, participants will explain how such research can help scientists better understand what sets off these large explosions on the sun. Perhaps, someday scientists may be able to predict their onset, forewarning of the radio blackouts they can cause near Earth – blackouts that can interfere with military, airplane and ship communications. Participants include:  Adrian Daw: IRIS project scientist at NASA Goddard Albert Shih: RHESSI scientist at NASA Goddard Sabrina Savage: Hinode deputy project scientist at NASA Marshall Lucia Kleint: Bay Area Environmental Research Institute  Jeffrey Newmark: NASA HeadquartersNASA Hangout: All Eyes on the Sun2014-05-08 20:30:00653  
Space Fan News!5,744,476Hello Space Fans! Tonight there will be a total lunar eclipse tonight in the Western Hemisphere.  @109479143173251353583  will be heading to Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA to do some on-site outreach with Dr. @107316294793809570474. Internet permitting, we'll be attempting to bring in a live feed of the lunar eclipse from LA and hopefully connect with our friends from the @100902337165997768522  and bring in feeds from there too! If you're in the Los Angeles area, you are more than welcome to join us on site. The event starts at 10:30 p.m. PT and parking is free after 10 p.m. Cerritos College: 11190 Alondra Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650 Parking Lot C-6 off of Studebaker, just south of Alondra Blvd. Not local? That's okay too! Share with us your pictures of the eclipse in the event below!  Keep Looking Up! #ScienceEveryday   #Space   #Astronomy   #Eclipse   #LunarEclipse   #BloodMoon  Lunar Eclipse Live!2014-04-15 08:00:00388  
STEM Women on G+166,486Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to @114480095884024488890 on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through @101828427997295401901. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important.  This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229 and Dr @110756968351492254645  and you can tune in on Sunday April 13th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-13 23:30:0055  
NovoPulp1,261Yes it is finally here! @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthologies), though @104121833908982880351 - Press Division, has published their first book: *_NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology._*  http://www.NovoPulp.com/store  To celebrate we are having a Launch Party HOA. SATURDAY 29th OF MARCH 2014 EST: 19:00 GMT: 23:00 SUNDAY 30th of MARCH 2014 CET: 00:00 AEDT: 10:00 READINGS FROM: @101942254766672606204  @108429362865809614439  OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE: @111830327627461921997  For those who don't know here is a little synopsis on the NovoPulp project: _Let’s bring back the best days of Pulp: Fiction written by and for those who love the genre. Pushing boundaries, asking the questions, demanding the answers, and even providing some._ _We collect, anthologise, and produce one volume a year of the very best Speculative Fiction that G+ can provide. All comers are welcome – we want everyone to have the chance to put their ideas before the world, to be the one who saw what the rest of us didn’t – or wouldn’t – and so change the world..._ *If you enjoy speculative fiction and great artwork you are in for a treat.* Even if you can't attend the HOA, if you can spread the word about the event or the book we would really appreciate it. You can find images and code for your website here: http://www.NovoPulp.com/spread-the-word To those that can make it please join us at the first NovoPulp Launch Party HOA this weekend (the 29th/30th of March 2014 - depending on your timezone). Notification Notice: If you were notified it is because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthology) page. We endeavour to keep these notifications to an absolute minimum, but if you would like to be removed or added to our notification circle please let us know. If you would like to be notified more frequently of NovoPulp news then please subscribe to our newsletter (http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf) or join our public Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115593955852120500953).    Thank you for all your support over the last two years :DNovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology Launch Party HOA2014-03-30 00:00:0033  
The Huffington Post3,334,822@101423092138897438495 is talking ALL THINGS @105318954285548566943 with our own  @111048918866742956374 and @114666679887770354893! We'll be discussing the big Winners, the HUGE Snubs, and all the Moments from Sunday's broadcast.. especially the FUNNY via Host Ellen DeGeneres (and any other random bits of #lol )! Join us as we chat LIVE about the greatest speeches and take questions from all of you, the #awesomesauce audience on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm PT We want to hear from you as to who should win before the show starts (and who should've won, once it ends). You can submit your questions in both comments and using the Q&A app attached to the Hangout. More fun @115626641875816620951 here at #huffpost  on @101560853443212199687 ! #Oscars   #oscars2014   #movies   #bestpicture2014   #hangoutsonair    #academyawards2014  @109886274038066405139 @103646891144429179516 @116676026225486451226 @104518476962915543468 @104309716740433286280  #Her   #philomena   #nebraska   #dallasbuyersclub   http://huff.to/1jx2qiT : Our HuffPost #Oscars2014  coverage [Trailer Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images]Huffpost 2014 Oscars Recap Show w/Matt Rappaport and Nic Graham2014-03-03 22:15:0052  
Beyond Rubik's Cube5,549,086Rubik’s Fans Unite! Spend an afternoon with the world’s top Rubik’s Cube aficionados in an epic Google+ Hangout on Air. Join +Paul Hoffman CEO of the +Liberty Science Center as he hosts a discussion between some of the brightest thought leaders, math geeks, and speed cubers ever assembled; featuring an introduction by none other than +Erno Rubik himself. Hear why Oxford Mathematics Professor +Marcus du Sautoy thinks the Rubik’s Cube has a lot in common with the Large Hadron Collider. Muse over the poetry and aesthetics of science in our culture with renowned science writer, and exhibition curator +Margaret Wertheim. Marvel at the finger dexterity of world champion speed cuber +Anthony Brooks. Learn about what it takes to bring an exhibition to life with +Ann Neumann. Creative Director at the Liberty Science Center and +Michael Tyka artist and visionary who built the Groovik’s Cube at Burning Man. Seven of the most interesting people in the world will be gathered together to talk all things cube. You’re invited. Click-in July 18th at 2pm EST. Submit Hangout questions on this Events Page. Special thank you to +Michael Holden for that awesome picture we're using. Check him out www.michaelholden.com.The Beyond Rubik's Cube Hangout2013-07-18 20:00:00214  
TakePart43,224Seven years ago former Vice President Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, kick-starting a global conversation about climate change (available on Google Play: http://goo.gl/ElYcc). The issue is as pressing as ever and Gore and Jeff Skoll, the film's executive producer, want to hear your ideas (http://youtu.be/ih3fEHv4wqA).  Throughout the coming week add your thoughts and questions in the Science on G+ Community (http://goo.gl/39w5t). Gore and Skoll will choose the most insightful participants to join them in a live Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EST - come back then to tune in to the Conversation! Google+ Conversation with Al Gore about Combating Climate Change2013-06-11 20:00:002179  
Jacob Dix37,043Post your sky images here. Comment on other's sky images. Mobile, DSLR, film are welcome. Have fun. The sky is beautiful.Sky 3!2012-09-29 00:30:0033  
Benjamin Cortis159,065*Photo Competition* September 2012 *Status: finished* *Thread:* Landscapes The images can be submitted the next *24 hours*. Then the event is closed and a voting phase starts from exactly *6 days*. The jury is the audience. During this period anyone can can vote by a +1 to his favorite picture. In one week, then the current state of the votes will be noted and the winners will be revealed to the public. *Rules:* Please note the current topic. Everyone can submit *only one* picture. Please no nudity or any other offensive pictures. *If anyone does not abide by the rules, his work will be removed from this event not be rated.* last competition: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Let´s have fun.... ------------------------------------------------------------- *Fotowettbewerb* September 2012 *Status: beendet* *Thema:* Landschaften Die Bilder können in den nächsten *24 Stunden* eingereicht werden. Dann wird das Event geschlossen und eine Abstimmungsphase von genau *6 Tagen* beginnt. Die Jury ist das Publikum. In diesem Zeitraum kann jeder seine Stimme durch ein +1 unter seinem Lieblingsbild abgeben. In einer Woche wird dann der aktuelle Stand der Abstimmungen festgehalten und die Gewinner können der Öffentlichkeit preisgegeben werden. *Regeln:* Bitte beachtet das aktuelle Thema. Jeder kann *maximal ein* Bild einreichen. Bitte keine Nacktbilder oder keine anderen anstößigen Bilder. *Wenn sich jemand nicht an die Regeln hält wird aus diesem Event entfernt und nicht bewertet.* letzte Wettbewerb: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Viel Spaß #foto #photo #wettbewerb #competition #event #photocompetition   #photocompetitionseptember  Photo Competition - September 20122012-09-05 10:00:00941  
Jacob Dix37,043For some time now I have been doing a project, an experiment, an exploration, a study in light. My object has been the sky, through the limited vantage point of my kitchen window and my backyard. The result, so far, is this album called *Sky*: http://goo.gl/phGuR Forget about that for right now. Show everyone your own sky! The best, the worst. I've seen people mention avoiding it because it means they have no "object" to shoot. Don't listen to those people. It is the most challenging palette of light there is. Let's see 'em! You have a full day and a half! Please spread the word too.Sky!2012-09-02 00:00:0023  

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2015-05-05 06:02:25 (58 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

My collections : While my collections are a work-in-progress, I have decided to make a list of them here for people to follow. You have the ability to follow collections based on interests that you have. You don't have to follow me anymore :) Similarly, over time, I will probably stop notifying people once collections work seamless to notify you (if you want to be notified).
                                                           
Here is my list of collections
 
(If you want me to include any of your posts in my collections, please ping me on the post so that I can take a look).
 
Sustainable Housing - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YYIDX

The Future Car - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IC4BX

Science of the Swarm -https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ImvXW

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2015-05-14 07:29:43 (47 comments, 74 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

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

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

Strangebehavior... more »

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2015-05-20 16:30:31 (13 comments, 40 reshares, 175 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-06-23 08:11:04 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article source and references:

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

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

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

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

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

Pic credit: thedailybeast.com___

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

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

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

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2015-06-17 09:53:51 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-06-08 20:34:36 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

Interesting.....

What do you do?

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

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

Gracias, amigos!!

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

What do you do?

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2015-06-03 17:06:55 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional pic courtesy : Abc.com.au___

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2015-05-27 16:42:37 (12 comments, 15 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

Sources and Links

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-24 07:54:49 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-24 07:45:39 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#science #scienceeveryday #bubble___

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2015-05-20 16:30:31 (13 comments, 40 reshares, 175 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

References and Sources

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

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

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

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

2015-05-17 16:28:43 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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

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

2015-05-17 09:43:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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

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

Tell me which collection of mine you like :)

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

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

Tell me which collection of mine you like :)___

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2015-05-16 16:54:08 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-05-14 17:17:43 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

References and links

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-14 07:33:22 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

References and links

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-14 07:29:43 (47 comments, 74 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

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

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

Strangebehavior... more »

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

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

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

References and links

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

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

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

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

Pic courtesy: Motherboard___

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2015-05-13 09:44:13 (8 comments, 18 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

#sciencefiction... more »

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

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

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

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

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

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  ___

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2015-05-12 21:12:34 (9 comments, 14 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Swarm robotics

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

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

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

Swarm robotics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015-05-11 19:23:44 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

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

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

2015-05-11 09:29:22 (25 comments, 6 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

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

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

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2015-05-10 05:34:48 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

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


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

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

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

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


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

and the paper and Kindle versions at Amazon. 

Both sites have a slight discount on the paper version.

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

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

Text from +Aaron Crocco :

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

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

Text from +Aaron Crocco :

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

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

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

Pick Up Eddie And The Kingdom at Amazon Now

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

What's it about?

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

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

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

Pick Up Eddie And The Kingdom at Amazon Now

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

What's it about?

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

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

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

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2015-05-09 13:41:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Back Bay on... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+Lacerant Plainer ___

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2015-05-09 13:38:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-09 05:40:52 (26 comments, 14 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  

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

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

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

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

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

#sciencefiction #saturdayscenes #scifi  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#novel   #adventure   #ebook  ___

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2015-05-09 05:03:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://bit.ly/maliha-01

Or get the first three in an omnibus edition:

http://bit.ly/maliha-0103

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

http://bit.ly/broken-vows

Warning: Adult themes.

#sf   #scifi   #steampunk  ___

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2015-05-08 20:48:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

If thatdoe... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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2015-05-07 15:30:48 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources and References

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

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

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

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2015-05-06 13:58:46 (38 comments, 14 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015-05-05 09:47:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I have often wondered about escaping our gravity well : From the very basic fuel-based rockets to waveriders and scramjets to the multistage spacecraft, the slingshot and the use of dynamic soaring or photonic thrusters, this collection looks at a how to go into space motif.

Do let me know what you think.

I have often wondered about escaping our gravity well : From the very basic fuel-based rockets to waveriders and scramjets to the multistage spacecraft, the slingshot and the use of dynamic soaring or photonic thrusters, this collection looks at a how to go into space motif.

Do let me know what you think.___

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2015-05-05 06:02:25 (58 comments, 5 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

My collections : While my collections are a work-in-progress, I have decided to make a list of them here for people to follow. You have the ability to follow collections based on interests that you have. You don't have to follow me anymore :) Similarly, over time, I will probably stop notifying people once collections work seamless to notify you (if you want to be notified).
                                                           
Here is my list of collections
 
(If you want me to include any of your posts in my collections, please ping me on the post so that I can take a look).
 
Sustainable Housing - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YYIDX

The Future Car - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IC4BX

Science of the Swarm -https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ImvXW

W... more »

My collections : While my collections are a work-in-progress, I have decided to make a list of them here for people to follow. You have the ability to follow collections based on interests that you have. You don't have to follow me anymore :) Similarly, over time, I will probably stop notifying people once collections work seamless to notify you (if you want to be notified).
                                                           
Here is my list of collections
 
(If you want me to include any of your posts in my collections, please ping me on the post so that I can take a look).
 
Sustainable Housing - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YYIDX

The Future Car - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IC4BX

Science of the Swarm - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ImvXW

Weird and Fantastic Science - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wdnXW

The Scientific Method - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/Q3TXW

Robotics - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IMTXW

Climate Change - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/EpGXW

Battery Technology - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ApU2V

Light (EM Spectra) - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AXH2V

Mission Impossible ( Science Fiction ) - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/A4A2V

Hyperloop - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/gz-1V

Amazing Animals - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wWCxR

Amazing Plants - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ws_wR

Nanotechnology - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ACCuR

Fusion - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AZxtR
 
If you need to ask me anything, please do so in the comments. Thanks!___

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2015-05-04 19:17:54 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Dmitry Shapiro for the announcements. My collections are on the tab - do take a look and let me know what you think!

Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.___Thanks to +Dmitry Shapiro for the announcements. My collections are on the tab - do take a look and let me know what you think!

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2015-04-27 08:29:37 (5 comments, 20 reshares, 145 +1s)Open 

The Great Dying - Permian Extinction - Caused by Ocean Acidification

This is a different subject from my normal engineering/materials science related posts.  I wanted to stretch my brain a bit and hopefully understand this fascinating bit of the ancient history of Earth.  

You remember the theory of the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  There was a much more severe extinction event 252 million years ago that is called the Permian Extinction or the Great Dying.  From fossil records we know that almost all life in the oceans and most of the life on land went extinct over a period of 60,000 years, and it took up to 10 million years for life on Earth to recover.   

The Permian–Triassic (P–Tr) extinction event, colloquially known as the Great Dying or the Great Permian Extinction, occurred about 252 Ma (million years) ago, forming theboundary ... more »

The Great Dying - Permian Extinction - Caused by Ocean Acidification

This is a different subject from my normal engineering/materials science related posts.  I wanted to stretch my brain a bit and hopefully understand this fascinating bit of the ancient history of Earth.  

You remember the theory of the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  There was a much more severe extinction event 252 million years ago that is called the Permian Extinction or the Great Dying.  From fossil records we know that almost all life in the oceans and most of the life on land went extinct over a period of 60,000 years, and it took up to 10 million years for life on Earth to recover.   

The Permian–Triassic (P–Tr) extinction event, colloquially known as the Great Dying or the Great Permian Extinction, occurred about 252 Ma (million years) ago, forming the boundary between the Permian and Triassic geologic periods, as well as the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras. It is the Earth's most severe known extinction event, with up to 96% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species becoming extinct. It is the only known mass extinction of insects. Some 57% of all families and 83% of all genera became extinct. Because so much biodiversity was lost, the recovery of life on Earth took significantly longer than after any other extinction event, possibly up to 10 million years  ⓐ

Scientists were not clear what exactly caused this event but it is thought to have taken place in three phases.  Possible events were a gradual climate change and even a large astroid hitting the earth.  Most scientists agree that huge volcanoes in what is now Siberia triggered a massive release of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gasses and this event was the main cause.  The Earth became much warmer and the oceans became more acidic, but there had not been direct evidence.

The researchers already knew a series of volcanic eruptions, which gave rise to a region of volcanic rock called the Siberian Traps, occurred around this time and covered up to 2.7 million square miles (7 million square kilometers) in lava. These lava floods, made of molten basalt rock, could have taken out the animals and plants directly in their paths. To have any global impact, however, the volcanic eruptions also would have needed to send airborne ash, soot and gases high into the atmosphere, the researchers noted.  ⓑ

Matthew Clarkson, a geochemist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand and colleagues from the universities of Edinburgh and Exeter in the United Kingdom and the University of Bremen in Germany have found evidence that ocean acidification could have been the “final blow” in this extinction event.  

Now, there is direct evidence that ocean acidification dealt the final blow to species already suffering from these huge environmental changes. By analyzing boron embedded in limestone from the Permian and Triassic periods, researchers discovered an abrupt shift in ocean pH levels. The change in acidity corresponds to a drop in surface ocean pH levels of 0.6 to 0.7 pH units that lasted about 10,000 years. In comparison, modern ocean pH levels have fallen by 0.1 pH units since the Industrial Revolution, a 30 percent increase in acidity.   ⓕ

Clarkson examined boron from a section of limestone in the United Arab Emirates that was deposited on the supercontinent Pangaea's ancient shores.  
In modern seawater, boron isotope levels are controlled by ocean acidity. Scientists can measure the ratio of these isotopes in seashells and sediments deposited in the ocean today to gauge pH levels, and perform the same tests in rocks and fossils that are millions of years old. (Boron isotopes have different numbers of neutrons in their nuclei.)  ⓕ

Dr Clarkson says: “Scientists have long suspected that an ocean acidification event occurred during the greatest mass extinction of all time, but direct evidence has been lacking until now. This is a worrying finding, considering that we can already see an increase in ocean acidity today that is the result of human carbon emissions.”  ⓒ

”This work was highly collaborative and the results were only possible because we assembled a unique team of geochemists, geologists and modelers to tackle an important and long-standing problem.”  Professor Rachel Wood, School of GeoSciences  ⓔ

  
Abstract of the paper.
Ocean acidification triggered by Siberian Trap volcanism was a possible kill mechanism for the Permo-Triassic Boundary mass extinction, but direct evidence for an acidification event is lacking. We present a high-resolution seawater pH record across this interval, using boron isotope data combined with a quantitative modeling approach. In the latest Permian, increased ocean alkalinity primed the Earth system with a low level of atmospheric CO2 and a high ocean buffering capacity. The first phase of extinction was coincident with a slow injection of carbon into the atmosphere, and ocean pH remained stable. During the second extinction pulse, however, a rapid and large injection of carbon caused an abrupt acidification event that drove the preferential loss of heavily calcified marine biota.  ⓓ


ⓐ Wikipedia
Permian–Triassic extinction event
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian%E2%80%93Triassic_extinction_event

ⓑ  LiveScience  2011
New Suspect in 'Great Dying': Massive Prehistoric Coal Explosion
http://www.livescience.com/17577-great-dying-coal-eruption.html

ⓕ  LiveScience
Ocean of Acid Blamed for Earth's 'Great Dying'
http://www.livescience.com/50440-ocean-acidification-killer-permian-extinction.html?

ⓒ  University of Otago Press Release
Greatest mass extinction driven by acidic oceans, study finds
http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago090195.html

 ⓓ  Science April 10, 2015  Paywall
Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6231/229.abstract?

ⓔ  Professor Rachel Wood, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh.  Press release.
Greatest extinction driven by acidic oceans
http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2015/acidoceans-090415

Image: Photograph by University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History
The Permian period saw the creation of the supercontinent Pangaea, where shallow seas in and around the huge landmass offered a home to an abundance of life. This diorama at the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History shows some of the flora and fauna that thrived in Permian seas, including trilobites, gastropods, clams, nautiluses, and corals.___

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2015-04-27 08:28:09 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Wonderful exposition.

So what is all this science malarkey anyway?

The UK Science Council define science as ”the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence”

As the Council explain, this methodology has some criteria…
”Scientific methodology includes the following:
Objective observation: Measurement and data (possibly although not necessarily using mathematics as a tool)
Evidence
Experiment and/or observation as benchmarks for testing hypotheses
Induction: reasoning to establish general rules or conclusions drawn from facts or examples
Repetition
Critical analysis
Verification and testing: critical exposure to scrutiny, peer review and assessment

Sounds all pretty straight forward doesn’t it?  A bit too straight forward perhaps.  We don’t all have a background in science so it’s not surprising that at times there is some confusion over what science is, how it is done, and what it can actually tell us about the natural and social world.  Fortunately for us, there have been three excellent open access articles have been published in +The Conversation this week which address some of the issues for communicating science:

Where’s the proof in science?  There is none
Astrophysist Geraint Lewis from the +The University of Sydney kicks of this fabulous trio by explaining one of the misconceptions of science: proof.  Yes that’s right, science doesn’t really prove anything.  So what does it do?  In his article, Geraint hands the last word over to Richard Feynman.  I think I will to:
”I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything.”
http://theconversation.com/wheres-the-proof-in-science-there-is-none-30570

Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation
Correlations are all to do with relationships between different factors.  Like chocolate and Nobel Prize winners.  Take a look at the graph below, produced by Franz Messerli of +Columbia University.  Apparently there is a correlation between chocolate consumption.  We can even put a number on this – a ‘P value’ to describe the ‘strength’ of the correlation.  In this case the value was 0.0001 – which means that “there is a less than one-in-10,000 probability of getting results like these if no correlation exists”  .  But as Mathematicians Jon Borwein and Michael Rose from the +University of Newcastle (UON), Australia explain, correlation does not imply causation, which means that increasing your chocolate consumption won’t increase your chances of winning the Nobel Prize.  http://theconversation.com/clearing-up-confusion-between-correlation-and-causation-30761

Why research beats anecdote in our search for knowledge
_”Certainty is seductive” writes Philosopher Tim Dean from the University of New South Wales, _”so we tend to cling to it.  We hunt for evidence that buttresses it, while ignoring or rejecting evidence that threatens to undermine it”.  Research, on the underhand, embraces uncertainty.  It isn’t about finding evidence to back your point of view, it’s about increasing our knowledge – and doing so with a scientifically backed evidence base.  For researchers, sometimes that means re-evaluating your point of view.  http://theconversation.com/why-research-beats-anecdote-in-our-search-for-knowledge-30654  


Image:  From Franz Messerli’s paper Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Franz added a disclaimer to his paper, that he ”regular daily chocolate consumption, mostly but not exclusively in the form of Lindt's dark varieties.” Unfortunately the paper is behind a paywall, but if you fancied a look you can find it here www.dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMon1211064

#science #sciencesunday #scicomm___Wonderful exposition.

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2015-04-27 08:22:48 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

5 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE

We are lucky to live at a time when so many fascinating things are happening in science. Yet when I partake in any discussion, I'm often amazed at how many people carry misconceptions about what science is and how it works. 

This is tolerable given that we all have varied backgrounds and have studied different things - but I feel compelled to offer clarity in five areas that seem to endlessly provide confusion.


NUMBER  1: Science does NOT deal with Certainty

The purpose of science is to get a better grasp of reality. It is a process that attempts to produce the best explanations for what we observe. 

It is akin to charting new territory. You begin with a lot of guess work, mix in some trial and error, and ultimately you can produce a fairly reliable map of your surroundings. 
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5 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE

We are lucky to live at a time when so many fascinating things are happening in science. Yet when I partake in any discussion, I'm often amazed at how many people carry misconceptions about what science is and how it works. 

This is tolerable given that we all have varied backgrounds and have studied different things - but I feel compelled to offer clarity in five areas that seem to endlessly provide confusion.


NUMBER  1: Science does NOT deal with Certainty

The purpose of science is to get a better grasp of reality. It is a process that attempts to produce the best explanations for what we observe. 

It is akin to charting new territory. You begin with a lot of guess work, mix in some trial and error, and ultimately you can produce a fairly reliable map of your surroundings. 

The only real difference is that science is a never-ending cycle of observation and refinement - and this is a very important distinction.

If you're in the city, you can be extremely certain the next thing you see coming down the road won't be a wagon pulled by a pack of wild dogs - even though its possible. You don't have to be absolutely certain for it to be a reliable statement.

Scientific knowledge works on the same basis. The aim of science is only to produce statements of varying degrees of certainty.


NUMBER 2: Possible and Probable are NOT the Same

Failure to recognize the disparity between what is possible and what is probable is one of the most fallacious slants against science.

Science by nature is very opened minded. The scientific method has discovered the structure of atoms and the essence of black holes - things that would otherwise seem completely implausible.

But thinking scientifically is not about weighing every idea equally.

Discussing the likelihood of a wagon pulled by dogs passing through city streets is so improbable it shouldn't even merit moment of your time. That's not because you're closed minded, it's because there isn't a single credible reason to consider the idea.

For the same reason, the application of science is not focused on what is possible. Anything is possible.

Science is concerned only with ideas that offer demonstrable reasons to be considered probable.


NUMBER 3: "Observe" does NOT mean "See"

It takes Neptune 165 years to orbit the sun.  No one alive has witnessed a full completion of its orbit. Yet we know with a very high degree of certainty the path that Neptune will take. Why?

You don't need to witness events to know with extreme levels of certainty that they occurred or that they will likely occur.

If actually "seeing" an event was the only reason to believe something, then blind people would have no reason to believe anything.

What is important here is to not mix up what is literally observable with what we can surmise

If you should find a small hole near the bottom of your kitchen wall, some mouse droppings in your cupboards, and tiny mouse footprints spread across your floor, you don't need to ever see a mouse to infer that you likely have one.

Like any crime scene investigation, you "observe" the evidence, interpret the facts, and if enough evidence exists, you arrive at an explanation of events. Your level of certainty varies directly with the amount of confirming evidence.

This is the essence of science.


NUMBER 4: Not all Science is "Accepted" Science

There are a lot of "scientific" ideas (those open to scientific study). The good ones are called hypotheses.

With enough confirming evidence and successful testing by the scientific community, a good hypothesis can transition to scientific theory.

As Einstein demonstrated when he overhauled Newtonian Physics, even the best scientific theories are not immune from revision or improvement.

A scientific theory is merely the best current explanation for the phenomena we observe that is accepted by the scientific community - in this sense, it is "accepted" science. 

But ideas have to begin somewhere, and a lot of them will often turn out to be bad ideas. This isn't a detriment, its merely part of the process of ultimately arriving at good ideas. As long as there are good reasons to consider a new idea, its worthy of some discussion. 

Many ideas currently being considered in the scientific community will prove to be wrong, but this in no way discredits science.
 
There is a huge difference between an idea that has some potential and one that is considered a scientific theory - they fall on opposite ends of the spectrum of certainty.


NUMBER 5: Trust and Faith are NOT Required in Science

When you arrive at an airport, it is not necessary for you to inspect the plane or speak with the pilot. You don't even need to understand aerodynamics. You trust that your plane will arrive at its destination because the airline has a history of reliable flight. 

In this sense, many people "trust" the scientific community, but it is unnecessary. The beauty of scientific knowledge is that it is demonstrable.

Every bit of scientific knowledge contains an explanation of how each conclusion was reached. If it did not, it would not be scientific. 

Pretending to have answers gets you nowhere in the scientific community. Claims to superior knowledge are inconsequential. Personal charisma and good looks play no part. What is relevant a willingness to have your ideas be scrutinized, thrashed, and proven false

The result is that no other process is as efficient at rooting out nonsense as the scientific method.

That isn't to say that science is infallible (no credible scientist would ever suggest that), nor that its void of corruption, motives,  or bias. But any accepted idea has stood up to the scrutiny and rigorous testing of scientists from all over the world.

That's worth something, but you don't have to trust any of it.

There is nothing about the scientific method that is based on any aspect of trust or faith - it is only concerned with what is demonstrable.


A HANDFUL OF GREAT QUOTES ON SCIENCE

"What makes a belief scientific isn't whether it turns out to be true or not, but the process by which it is arrived at." 
~ James Hogan

"There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance has always been premature, and it remains premature today."
 ~ Isaac Asimov

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers which can't be questioned." 
~ Richard Feynman

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” 
~ Galileo Galilei

"Skeptical scrutiny is the means by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense." 
~ Carl Sagan

‘In searching for the truth and often questioning it, scholars, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists have immeasurably influenced our world.  Their medical breakthroughs, scientific discoveries, physical laws, and mathematical principles have imposed order, coherence, and clarity on what once seemed a random, indiscriminate, and lawless world.” 
~ Dennis Kimbro 


www.todd-william.com___

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2015-04-22 15:52:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Samantha Dunaway Bryant is releasing her new book. Boosting the signal.

#supportauthors  

I'm very excited to announce that my superhero novel, Going Through the Change is officially for sale starting tomorrow! It's been my dream to be a working writer as long as I can remember, and the release of this novel makes it very real!

Here's the back of the book blurb: 

Going through "the change" isn't easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated-super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn't have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore...now that she's a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew-one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.___+Samantha Dunaway Bryant is releasing her new book. Boosting the signal.

#supportauthors  

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2015-04-20 16:03:31 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

While the engineering of these bots is quite something, the swarm intelligence is what first caught my eye.

The related paper on swarm behavior is linked here - http://pii.sagepub.com/content/228/10/787.short and http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-06773-5_58

BionicANTs : They are not really bionic, and they are not really ants. The newest robots from Festo are ant-like creatures that are workers with some interesting skills. These are programmable supersized robotic ants which cooperate to complete tasks. Interestingly, they are 3D printable. So if you get a file, you could ostensibly print them at home. Would you want to? That's another question...

Cooperative behavior : BionicANTs are intended to demonstrate cooperative behavior based on a natural model. Like real ants, the BionicANTs follow sets of simple rules and can operate autonomously, while at the same time working together to complete large scale, complex tasks. The ants communicate between themselves to coordinate their actions and movements, and small groups of them can manipulate objects much larger than themselves by pushing and pulling together.

3D Printed : Even their production method is unique. The laser-sintered components are embellished with visible conductor structures in the 3D MID process. They thereby take on design and electrical functions at the same time.

Navigation : An optical sensor (like you have in your computer mouse) underneath the ants allows them to navigate using infrared markings on the floor, and their cameras can also localize based on landmarks. Each ant is 13.5-centimeter long and weighs 105 grams.

Sources

http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/festo-bionic-ants-and-butterflies

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-03/27/bionic-ants

http://www.cnet.com/news/festo-unleashes-new-robotic-swarm-of-ants-and-butterflies/

#science #scienceeveryday #robotics  

 ___While the engineering of these bots is quite something, the swarm intelligence is what first caught my eye.

The related paper on swarm behavior is linked here - http://pii.sagepub.com/content/228/10/787.short and http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-06773-5_58

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2015-04-20 10:31:59 (31 comments, 30 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

BionicANTs : They are not really bionic, and they are not really ants. The newest robots from Festo are ant-like creatures that are workers with some interesting skills. These are programmable supersized robotic ants which cooperate to complete tasks. Interestingly, they are 3D printable. So if you get a file, you could ostensibly print them at home. Would you want to? That's another question...

Cooperative behavior : BionicANTs are intended to demonstrate cooperative behavior based on a natural model. Like real ants, the BionicANTs follow sets of simple rules and can operate autonomously, while at the same time working together to complete large scale, complex tasks. The ants communicate between themselves to coordinate their actions and movements, and small groups of them can manipulate objects much larger than themselves by pushing and pulling together.

3D... more »

BionicANTs : They are not really bionic, and they are not really ants. The newest robots from Festo are ant-like creatures that are workers with some interesting skills. These are programmable supersized robotic ants which cooperate to complete tasks. Interestingly, they are 3D printable. So if you get a file, you could ostensibly print them at home. Would you want to? That's another question...

Cooperative behavior : BionicANTs are intended to demonstrate cooperative behavior based on a natural model. Like real ants, the BionicANTs follow sets of simple rules and can operate autonomously, while at the same time working together to complete large scale, complex tasks. The ants communicate between themselves to coordinate their actions and movements, and small groups of them can manipulate objects much larger than themselves by pushing and pulling together.

3D Printed : Even their production method is unique. The laser-sintered components are embellished with visible conductor structures in the 3D MID process. They thereby take on design and electrical functions at the same time.

Navigation : An optical sensor (like you have in your computer mouse) underneath the ants allows them to navigate using infrared markings on the floor, and their cameras can also localize based on landmarks. Each ant is 13.5-centimeter long and weighs 105 grams.

Sources

http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/festo-bionic-ants-and-butterflies

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-03/27/bionic-ants

http://www.cnet.com/news/festo-unleashes-new-robotic-swarm-of-ants-and-butterflies/

#science #scienceeveryday #robotics  

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2015-04-18 16:48:18 (15 comments, 18 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

Destiny - Mission Impossible 34 : Dranke reaches a crossroads after he was able to track down the hacking device identified by the Hnnet. The story of Mission Impossible continues, read on to know more!

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

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Destiny - Mission Impossible 34 : Dranke reaches a crossroads after he was able to track down the hacking device identified by the Hnnet. The story of Mission Impossible continues, read on to know more!

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

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2015-04-16 08:01:16 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Cooking with light : So I was looking around to see what's new in kitchen appliances. I saw a Halogen oven. Kinda cool I thought. But what about safety? And what about how it works? What can one cook in it? I decided to check out what it was all about. What do you think?

Cooking with heat : We know about both convection and conduction. That is what we use in the kitchen almost everyday. But what about radiation? Light? Like the Sun uses. Well that is what a Halogen oven is all about.

The mechanics : The Sun makes Earth warm and light by sending out a mixture of visible light and invisible radiation. Electric light bulbs work the same way. Old-style, incandescent lampsmake light when electricity flows through a thin, coiled wire called a filament. The filament gets so hot that it glows white hot and gives off a bright light. This is actually a very inefficientw... more »

Cooking with light : So I was looking around to see what's new in kitchen appliances. I saw a Halogen oven. Kinda cool I thought. But what about safety? And what about how it works? What can one cook in it? I decided to check out what it was all about. What do you think?

Cooking with heat : We know about both convection and conduction. That is what we use in the kitchen almost everyday. But what about radiation? Light? Like the Sun uses. Well that is what a Halogen oven is all about.

The mechanics : The Sun makes Earth warm and light by sending out a mixture of visible light and invisible radiation. Electric light bulbs work the same way. Old-style, incandescent lampsmake light when electricity flows through a thin, coiled wire called a filament. The filament gets so hot that it glows white hot and gives off a bright light. This is actually a very inefficient way of making light, because most of the electrical energy the bulb uses is given off as heat and wasted. When you switch on a halogen ring, a dazzling bright red light immediately begins to pump out a mixture of infrared radiation and visible red light. This time, it's the radiant heat we're interested in harnessing and the light is the wasted byproduct. The heat travels out from the halogen lamp at the speed of light, instantly warming the contents in the oven. The content warms up by a mixture of radiation and conduction: heat radiates into the food from the halogen lamp, but it's also transmitted by conduction from the hot glass just beneath it. If you have soup in your cooking pot, it gradually warms up by convection just like with a conventional stove. So, while it's true to say that halogen ovens work using radiation, they actually cook with a mixture of conduction, convection, and radiation.

What about User reviews? : Well some love them. See customer reviews here http://goo.gl/IW68Oc. But there are some more detailed reviews in the links section of this post.

What about health and safety : Some people have burnt themselves. But then, they went wearing oven mitts. On the other hand, the technical details on the UK government site cites it to be as healthy as any other cooking and grilling - http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/programme/programme_rafs/programme_rafs_ft_02_03.html

Links and Sources

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/how-i-fell-in-love-with-halogen-ovens-2098619.html

http://www.explainthatstuff.com/halogenhobs.html

http://assets.sylvania.com/assets/documents/ENGR_BLTN9.9eec8e28-950e-4995-a67e-ceddfc343c65.pdf

http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_7993457_difference-halogen-oven-convection-oven.html___

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2015-04-14 16:20:56 (43 comments, 29 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

To rest or not to rest? : While there is a lot written about resting meats, the science is not always apparent. There are two sides to the argument.  Heston Blumenthal tells us the right way.  But then the famous chef has himself been guilty of food poisoning.

Have you tried not resting meat, it releases liquids and is often undercooked. Why is this? Read on to know more....


Temperature may be key : why does an un-rested steak expel more juices than a rested one? Turns out that it all has to do with temperature. We already know that the width of the muscle fibers is directly related to the temperature to which it is cooked, and to a degree, this change in shape is irreversible. A piece of meat that is cooked to 180°F (82.2°C) will never be able to hold on to as much liquid as it could in its raw state. But once that meat has cooled slightly, its structurerelaxe... more »

To rest or not to rest? : While there is a lot written about resting meats, the science is not always apparent. There are two sides to the argument.  Heston Blumenthal tells us the right way.  But then the famous chef has himself been guilty of food poisoning.

Have you tried not resting meat, it releases liquids and is often undercooked. Why is this? Read on to know more....


Temperature may be key : why does an un-rested steak expel more juices than a rested one? Turns out that it all has to do with temperature. We already know that the width of the muscle fibers is directly related to the temperature to which it is cooked, and to a degree, this change in shape is irreversible. A piece of meat that is cooked to 180°F (82.2°C) will never be able to hold on to as much liquid as it could in its raw state. But once that meat has cooled slightly, its structure relaxes—the muscle fibers widen up slightly again, and it's this small change in shape that makes all the difference.

The ten-minute rest : When you take your roast out of the oven, the moisture still inside needs some time to redistribute back through the meat. If you cut into it right away, the liquid will actually pool out and your beautiful roast will end up very dry. By letting it rest, the moisture is re-absorbed and your meat will be tender and juicy. There's also a second reason why you want to let it rest. A large piece of meat will actually continue to cook for a few minutes after you take it out of the oven. This is called carry-over cooking and is why many recipes tell you to take meat out of the oven a little before the meat is done cooking.

The anti-resting argument : Resting has other impacts, many detrimental. Cold steak- Another important thing happens during resting: The meat gets cold. There's a reason the plates are hot in steakhouses. We like our meat hot. It will cool off fast enough, why give it a running start? Overcooked meat- Another thing happens when the meat is resting: Carryover. Depending on the thickness and the amount of energy stored in the outer layer, the center can rise 5 to 10°F or more. That can take your perfectly cooked prime rib roast to particle board before you know it. And the hotter the center, the less moisture. Soft surface - While resting, the crust gets soft and wet, especially on the side that is in contact with the plate or cutting board. Spice rubs get muddy._

So what do you do?

References and Sources

http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/12/how-to-have-juicy-meats-steaks-the-food-lab-the-importance-of-resting-grilling.html

http://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-resting-meat-46678

http://www.scienceofcooking.com/meat/slow_cooking1.htm

http://amazingribs.com/tips_and_technique/mythbusting_resting_meat.html

Related paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030881461100639X

Additional study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950329302000861

#food #science #meat  ___

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2015-04-13 11:27:06 (27 comments, 24 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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2015-04-05 09:32:38 (7 comments, 12 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

What is a ferrofluid? : We have been seeing these gifs for some time now... often called 'science gifs' and 'amazing.' But what is the science behind ferrofluids? Ferrofluids are actually ferromagnetic particles (particles which can be magnetized) by means of an external field - often forming permanent magnets. At slightly larger than 15 nanometers, these particles act as domains and individual atoms clump together to display magnetism.

But smaller than 15 nm, the particles do not retain any alignment to an externally applied field. They 'flip' once the external magnetic field is removed. A ferrofluid uses this effect of superparamagnetism and once nano-sized particles of a ferromagnetic material are suspended in a surfactant, you have a fluid which can be easily magnetized and demagnetized.

Superparamagnets: Superparamagnets have fluctuating... more »

What is a ferrofluid? : We have been seeing these gifs for some time now... often called 'science gifs' and 'amazing.' But what is the science behind ferrofluids? Ferrofluids are actually ferromagnetic particles (particles which can be magnetized) by means of an external field - often forming permanent magnets. At slightly larger than 15 nanometers, these particles act as domains and individual atoms clump together to display magnetism.

But smaller than 15 nm, the particles do not retain any alignment to an externally applied field. They 'flip' once the external magnetic field is removed. A ferrofluid uses this effect of superparamagnetism and once nano-sized particles of a ferromagnetic material are suspended in a surfactant, you have a fluid which can be easily magnetized and demagnetized.

Superparamagnets: Superparamagnets have fluctuating magnetic moments with no applied field, but with an applied external magnetic field they become magnetized easily. This effect is size dependent. What are magnetic moments? These are nothing but the spin of the electrons in a material.
                                                         
Uses: Ferrofluids are made up of tiny magnetic fragments of iron suspended in oil (often kerosene) with a surfactant to prevent clumping (usually oleic acid). There are many commercial applications for ferrofluids--speakers and hard drives being the most common. The oily fluid prevents debris from entering hard drives when a small amount is placed between the magnets and shaft. In the case of speakers ferrofluids remove heat from the voice coils and help dampen the cone movement. They are also being studied as a contrast agent in MRI scans.

Source Popsci: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2009-09/making-ferrofluids-work-you

Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrofluid
University of Wisconsin-Madison link: http://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/background/ferrofluid/

Research paper: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8228273

How to make your own Ferrofluid: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-ferrofluid-in-5-minutes/

Wired link and videos: http://www.wired.com/2012/04/ferrofluid-videos/?viewall=true

Pic link: http://www.gifbay.com/gif/ferrofluid_sculpture-75030/ and http://www.gizmodo.com.au/tags/ferrofluid/

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Nature's Nanotech - Adhesives : Well this is awesome in so many ways. One has heard that the Sundew is carnivorous. It eats small insects. The picture description itself is fascinating.. The tentacles protruding from the sundew secrete a powerful adhesive capable of stretching a million times its size. So why is this amazing? Its a natural adhesive which is stretches to a million times its original size. Rubber bands can stretch upto six times their original size. So this is orders of magnitude more....

The Sundew and English Ivy : The tentacles and their adhesive properties may be nature's design for catching insects, but Zhang's research team hopes that one day this same adhesive can help attach a replacement hip or an artificial knee without fear that the body will reject it.Post-doctoral researcher Scott Lenaghan explained that the idea behind this research at... more »

Nature's Nanotech - Adhesives : Well this is awesome in so many ways. One has heard that the Sundew is carnivorous. It eats small insects. The picture description itself is fascinating.. The tentacles protruding from the sundew secrete a powerful adhesive capable of stretching a million times its size. So why is this amazing? Its a natural adhesive which is stretches to a million times its original size. Rubber bands can stretch upto six times their original size. So this is orders of magnitude more....

The Sundew and English Ivy : The tentacles and their adhesive properties may be nature's design for catching insects, but Zhang's research team hopes that one day this same adhesive can help attach a replacement hip or an artificial knee without fear that the body will reject it.Post-doctoral researcher Scott Lenaghan explained that the idea behind this research at the Nano Bio-systems and Bio-mimetics Lab is to learn from biological principles and apply engineering along the way to develop an end product that uses these compounds and principles to advance technology.

Organic biomaterials : The lab's goal is to study biological material on the nanoscale--a million times smaller than a grain of sand--in hopes of mimicking what nature has done for millions of years and applying it to daily life. In medical replacement operations, "you need something cells can recognize and attach to," Lenaghan said. With the sundew, the researchers may have found just that, as the nanoparticles in its adhesive are easily recognized by human cells.

Au Naturel : Sundew and English ivy research in Zhang's lab are a part of a growing field of "next generation" materials that have a broad interdisciplinary impact. The hope is to replace the many synthetic products we use daily with naturally occurring substances.

Article link: http://phys.org/news/2011-10-nanotechnology-sundew-english-ivy.html

Related paper: http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_mechpubs/13/

NSF link: http://www.nsf.gov/mobile/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121935&org=BIO

Related post on Nanotechnology: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/5pJfFALFjBw

Related post on Nanosize: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/fU1d5VbM7hk

What is Elasticity: http://physics.info/elasticity/

Other examples: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2007/nanocomposite

Pic courtesy: NSF, Pelagie Favi, University of Tennessee and Samantha Tracht, University of Tennessee.

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