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Lacerant Plainer has been at 11 events

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NovoPulp1,182Ask +Niamh Brown Your +NovoPulp 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 :DFor more information on NovoPulp: The Speculative Fiction Anthology visit: http://www.NovoPulp.comFor more frequent updates subscribe to our email list: http://eepurl.com/C_-QfComing 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 +NovoPulp 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 Goddard144,088On 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 GoddardAlbert Shih: RHESSI scientist at NASA GoddardSabrina Savage: Hinode deputy project scientist at NASA MarshallLucia Kleint: Bay Area Environmental Research Institute Jeffrey Newmark: NASA HeadquartersNASA Hangout: All Eyes on the Sun2014-05-08 20:30:00651 
Space Fan News!4,198,678Hello Space Fans!Tonight there will be a total lunar eclipse tonight in the Western Hemisphere. +Scott Lewis  will be heading to Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA to do some on-site outreach with Dr. +Thad Szabo. 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 +Virtual Star Party  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 90650Parking 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 08:00:00391 
STEM Women on G+122,811Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Annika O'Brien 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 +STEAMtrax. 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 +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  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 
NovoPulp1,182Yes it is finally here!+NovoPulp (aka +#G+SF Anthologies), though +#HermitStudio - 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 2014EST: 19:00GMT: 23:00SUNDAY 30th of MARCH 2014CET: 00:00AEDT: 10:00READINGS FROM:+Niamh Brown +David Grigg OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE:+Charles Strebor 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-wordTo 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 +NovoPulp (aka +#G+SF Anthology) page. We endeavour to keep these notifications to an absolute minimum, but if NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology Launch Party HOA2014-03-30 00:00:0033 
The Huffington Post2,813,893+The Huffington Post is talking ALL THINGS +Oscars with our own  +matthew rappaport and +Nicholas Graham! 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 PTWe 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 +G+ Achievement Unlocked here at #huffpost  on +Google+ ! #Oscars   #oscars2014   #movies   #bestpicture2014   #hangoutsonair    #academyawards2014  +American Hustle +Huffpost 2014 Oscars Recap Show w/Matt Rappaport and Nic Graham2014-03-03 22:15:0053 
Beyond Rubik's Cube4,043,879Rubik’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 20:00:00208 
TakePart42,718Seven 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 20:00:002182 
Jacob Dix30,145Post 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 00:30:0034 
Benjamin Cortis148,768Photo Competition September 2012Status: finishedThread:LandscapesThe 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/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20Let´s have fun....-Fotowettbewerb September 2012Status: beendetThema:LandschaftenDie 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/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20Viel Spaß#foto #photo #wettbewerb #competition #event #photocompetition   #photocompetitionseptember  Photo Competition - September 20122012-09-05 10:00:00950 
Jacob Dix30,145For 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/phGuRForget 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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Simona AN72,066                       ~ The purrrfect #CATCIRCLE ! ~ /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.) We need cats to need us. It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us. ~ Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add #CATCIRCLE  in your circles!This is a circle of wonderful humans, smart, very talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor...There are two conditions to be adopted in the #CATCIRCLE : to be pawesome and to be owned by at least a cat...Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default.If you're notified, you're in   ! If you want out just tell me!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfzS7JNbe80♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ I try every time to find another version of this theme song...Everybody wants to be in #CATCIRCLE #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CaturdayEveryday   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #CrazyCircles   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!And #AdoptDontShop !If you don't want to be notified, tell me.2014-12-13 22:38:25403103
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Circles Circles Circles46,925A Circle of Bloggers & Their BlogsYour re-share is appreciated and it benefits everyone.Those included in this circle are active bloggers, and are also active on G+. Add them to your circles for added information on a variety of subjects, from health, to technology, food and gardening.Please re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)This Circle will be published on Wednesdays. Note: If you are in this list be sure to add your blog's URL on the About section of your G+ page. I will be featuring interesting blogs every so often, so it's important to have the blog's address. Looking forward to reading your blogs.If you know of anyone that may benefit from this circle, please ask them to join. Thank you.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/vGmMuZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/38YhQiPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/mIFlGQMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/dtyhT2Published Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/CJDGYxSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8llG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/HBlNdL    #circleshare                                                             2014-12-11 04:38:01115393975
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Technology-Hub.Net710Hello everyone sharing a circle of all active peoples who are regular active in g+ .so share our circle and join us in your circle to grow you popularity..Thank you for Adding And Sharing #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circle #circleshare #circleoftheday #circlesunday   #seo #marketing #onlinemarketing #online #google #technology #active #people  2014-12-09 09:42:06501113
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Kerlakyan Kallkhanan449Daniel Stock originally shared: ▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂ AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 84-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/06 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ Vamos quebrar 500 partes novamente e manter o ritmo! Estes são os melhores dos melhores Engagers de todas as esferas da vida. Dê a si mesmo um pouco de diversidade e adicionar estas grandes pessoas aos seus círculos. ➤ Para ser adicionado para a próxima ação, siga estes simples passos: 1) Adicionar o círculo 2) Além disso, o post original 3) Compartilhe o círculo publicamente (e com os seus círculos / círculos estendidos) 4) Comente sobre o post original quando completa #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-12-08 01:45:11501000
Simona AN71,304                              ~ The purrrfect #CATCIRCLE ! ~ /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.) I realized that cats make a perfect audience, they don't laugh at you, they never contradict you, there's no need to impress them, and they won't divulge your secrets. ~ Elle Newmark The Book of Unholy Mischief    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add #CATCIRCLE  in your circles!This is a circle of wonderful humans, smart, very talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor...There are two conditions to be adopted in the #CATCIRCLE : to be pawesome and to be owned by at least a cat...Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default.If you're notified, you're in   ! If you want out just tell me!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk5kFr7MmzA♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ I try every time to find another version of this theme song...Everybody wants to be in #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #CrazyCircles   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!And #AdoptDontShop !If you don't want to be notified, tell me.2014-12-06 20:26:57402712473
Circles Circles Circles46,392A Circle of Bloggers & Their BlogsYour re-share is appreciated and it benefits everyone.Those included in this circle are active bloggers, and are also active on G+. Add them to your circles for added information on a variety of subjects, from health, to technology, food and gardening.Please re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)This Circle will be published on Wednesdays. Note: If you are in this list be sure to add your blog's URL on the About section of your G+ page. I will be featuring interesting blogs every so often, so it's important to have the blog's address. Looking forward to reading your blogs.If you know of anyone that may benefit from this circle, please ask them to join. Thank you.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/3BxXfjPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/35g826Published Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Tl3NskMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/JKLW0QPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/Xs6jraOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/CJDGYxSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8llG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/HBlNdL     #circleshare                                                             2014-12-04 04:45:411146514
James Honzik26,264 Sharers Meta-circle VIII:  This is a super circle, a meta circle of active  circle sharers, focusing on photography and art. This is version VIII, Leaner,  better, faster, wilder.  It's the only circle I share, and it's a good one. (and if you could, please look at my art and photography, that's why I do this - scroll down, I have lots of new and old good things)Thanks to everyone who looked, shared, and commented.Special kudos out to those who not only share, but post their own good things.I am informing those included,, so if you have concerns please comment.Peace. James#circlesharer  #circle     #circles   #circlefreaks      #publiccircle     #circleshare     #circlesharing       #sharedcircles       #sharedcircle     #morefollowers      #sharingcircles      #circleshare      #endlesscircle   #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedpublicircles       #sharedcircle      #AddCircle       #FindCircles    #AwesomeCircle       #addcircle       #addpeople      #circlemeup     #circlesdiscovery      #circleshare       #circlesharing       #publiccircle      #SharedCircles   #photography #landscape   #photograph   2014-12-02 17:04:10387562568
Becky Collins19,428Soccer Circle Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-02 07:20:43478102
Richard Green88,785Engagers Showcase Circle, December 1, 2014If I sent you a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of the posts listed below, in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I have not posted much in the last couple of months because I have been too busy, and so it has been a long time since the last reshare of the circle.Everyone mentioned below is also included in the circle.Millcreek Canyon Vista (reshared from +Tom Malloy)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/HuXLKw4GBwjAvoiding the unavoidablehttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/TnW3pTWt6d7Hydrangea flowershttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/3LDn2js6pWpMicroscopic Victorian arthttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/ieybEmL7tUCApproximating e using the digits 1–9https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/W5E6HyihSuY“Vertebral 03 – Pendant Lampshade” by cordycepthttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/eSo9svRbLapCentred polygonal numbershttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/QowshFUnPZ2Reinventing the wheel: Reuleaux polygonshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gDxTM5Ko8hbSunrise at Maroon Lake (reshared from +Jason Hill)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/hvWMqo1HwvVSchmidt arrangementshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/eM3adto6nsj“Dream Creatures” by Elido Turcohttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/ckjru8sN6AG“The Awakening III—Rebirth” by Luc Railhachttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/KyNg9DD4YnXPoincaré and topologyhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/bmnd2URRAsfLytham St Annes (reshared from +Paul Haworth)https://plus.google.com/1015848892828789210522014-12-01 22:15:07443146111188
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,979SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.2.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-29 09:07:19479241928
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Bearman Cartoons77,214Thanksgiving Thank You CircleThis circle would probably be of no importance to anyone but me but I appreciate everyone in it.  These are the people that have shared me in a circle and more importantly many of them engage with me regularly.  To them and to all of you who continue to put up with me.  Thanks and hope this holiday brings lots of love and happiness.2014-11-27 23:04:21295641787
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Circles Circles Circles46,010A Circle of Bloggers & Their BlogsYour re-share is appreciated and it benefits everyone.Those included in this circle are active bloggers, and are also active on G+. Add them to your circles for added information on a variety of subjects, from health, to technology, food and gardening.Please re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)This Circle will be published on Wednesdays. Note: If you are in this list be sure to add your blog's URL on the About section of your G+ page. I will be featuring interesting blogs every so often, so it's important to have the blog's address. Looking forward to reading your blogs.If you know of anyone that may benefit from this circle, please ask them to join. Thank you.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/ciNSq2Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/21tYhhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8llG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43      #circleshare                                                             2014-11-27 03:23:301124410
Project Bolony1,656Another Great Circle to ShareRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-26 00:59:32425002
Project Bolony1,656Another Great Circle to ShareRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-26 00:50:28425001
Cacilda Machado0Atanas Georgiev Atanasov originally shared: CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA + amigos: CIRCLE V.3.1; Você pode aprender mais para a minha pesquisa científica em: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/ Para ser adicionado ao círculo, por favor + 1 / reshare / comment / me adicione em seus círculos. Eu ficaria feliz de se conectar a outras redes também: http://about.me/Atanas_At Abaixo eu apenas estou colando alguns keyords / tópicos para melhorar a visibilidade do círculo e para torná-lo mais fácil de descobrir: #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-24 19:47:19501000
Harry Day11,209*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!! 4. Publicly share this circle...!!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-11-21 13:21:02485527
Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238546
Project Bolony1,618Rules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-20 22:29:55419000
Circles Circles Circles45,721A Circle of Bloggers & Their BlogsYour re-share is appreciated and it benefits everyone.Those included in this circle are active bloggers, and are also active on G+. Add them to your circles for added information on a variety of subjects, from health, to technology, food and gardening.Please re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)This Circle will be published on Wednesdays. Note: If you are in this list be sure to add your blog's URL on the About section of your G+ page. I will be featuring interesting blogs every so often, so it's important to have the blog's address. Looking forward to reading your blogs.If you know of anyone that may benefit from this circle, please ask them to join. Thank you.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/L9GtOXPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43       #circleshare                                                             2014-11-20 04:04:00111339
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:35106205
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,073SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.2.1; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   2014-11-19 08:56:5942210912
TeamLazR728Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-19 06:58:33483001
Able Lawrence164,226Butterfly Lovers circle 2014-11-17 14:56:44291000
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:223625111
TeamLazR494Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 23:20:41483000
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
TeamLazR408Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-11-13 23:03:01483002
Colin Wilson8,566Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google #thankyou 2014-11-13 12:36:27397131215
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Circles Circles Circles45,250A Circle of Bloggers & Their BlogsYour re-share is appreciated and it benefits everyone.Those included in this circle are active bloggers, and are also active on G+. Add them to your circles for added information on a variety of subjects, from health, to technology, food and gardening.Please re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)This Circle will be published on Wednesdays. Note: If you are in this list be sure to add your blog's URL on the About section of your G+ page. I will be featuring interesting blogs every so often, so it's important to have the blog's address. Looking forward to reading your blogs.If you know of anyone that may benefit from this circle, please ask them to join. Thank you.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WI3LQdPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Tl3NskMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/JKLW0QPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/Xs6jraOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8llG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43#circleshare                                                             2014-11-13 02:54:26110114
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche7,570┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊ GREAT FRIENDS v2 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v2  Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche    +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #CircleShare   #Hotel   #HowardJohnson   #TrenqueLauquen   #Ruta5   #alojamiento   #Patagonia                            2014-11-12 14:06:03489171742
Brian Mcquillan13,393New Public CircleThis is a public circle of people that would like to be circulated in order to discover new people with similar interest and to gain more followers, if you would like to be included please follow these steps.1. Follow/Add our page(this is needed in order for us to add you to the circle).2. Share the circle publicly.3. (Optional) if you would like to be include in a more specialized circle click on this link #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness  #awesomepeople #awesomecircle  #awesome   #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople2014-11-11 08:27:25464438
Kenneth Nicholson8,800This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #circleplus #Australia #Adelaide #Brisbane #Cairns #Darwin #Hobart #Melbourne #Perth #Sydney #circleshare #rikacircles #circletoday #circleup #circleyoushare2014-11-11 06:38:044944514
GAR Pictures0A marvelous circle with wonderful people!! #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #circleshared #sharedcircles #share #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-11-11 02:20:51468144

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

Many worlds : Quantum objects can be described using what's called a wavefunction, which can predict where it's going to be and how it's moving. But those predictions take the form of probabilities. The problem is that, as far as we know, there's no reason to have the wavefunction stop working. Yet measurements, in Levin's terminology, "break" the wavefunction. In the many-worlds interpretation, the wavefunction keeps working, but reality breaks, or at... more »

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Quantum Biology : We have all heard about quantum mechanics, which describes reality on the smallest scale - a world in which particles can exist in two or more places at once, show both particle and wave-like behavior , tunnel through seemingly 'solid' matter and even possess instantaneous connections that stretch across vast distances. While all this is de rigueur in the atomic size, at the macro size which we exist, it does not play a role. Or does it. Now scientists are looking at the quantum mechanical nature of the world and how at the cellular and even macro level, some creatures are able to take advantage of the weirdness.....

Quantum Hanky-Panky : Discoveries in recent years suggest that nature knows a few tricks that physicists don't: coherent quantum processes may well be ubiquitous in the natural world. Known or suspected examples range from the ability of... more »

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

Many worlds : Quantum objects can be described using what's called a wavefunction, which can predict where it's going to be and how it's moving. But those predictions take the form of probabilities. The problem is that, as far as we know, there's no reason to have the wavefunction stop working. Yet measurements, in Levin's terminology, "break" the wavefunction. In the many-worlds interpretation, the wavefunction keeps working, but reality breaks, or at... more »

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2014-12-22 08:46:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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

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

Working groups : The team is split into working groups, basedon th... more »

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

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

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

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

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

Sources and References

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#hyperloop #Elonmusk +Elon Musk ___

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2014-12-21 05:00:06 (13 comments, 17 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Wireless internet - cost effective, high speed and everywhere : Sounds like a dream? Well that's what researchers at University of Lancaster are working on. Using the W-band or the millimeter band , seems to be the way to go, promising cost effective and high speed data transfers. The system is yet to be tested in a real operating environment, but indications are favourable.

What is W-band wireless? : The ground-breaking £2.8 million TWEETHER project, funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, will set an important milestone in 'millimeter wave technology' for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet.Millimeter waves - extremely high frequency waves found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves - are deemed to be the most promising and cost effective solution for the future.

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Wireless internet - cost effective, high speed and everywhere : Sounds like a dream? Well that's what researchers at University of Lancaster are working on. Using the W-band or the millimeter band , seems to be the way to go, promising cost effective and high speed data transfers. The system is yet to be tested in a real operating environment, but indications are favourable.

What is W-band wireless? : The ground-breaking £2.8 million TWEETHER project, funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, will set an important milestone in 'millimeter wave technology' for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet.Millimeter waves - extremely high frequency waves found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves - are deemed to be the most promising and cost effective solution for the future.

Promising : The TWEETHER project will result in a powerful and compact transmission hub, based on a novel travelling wave tube power amplifier and an advanced chipset in a compact terminal, with performance far outweighing any other technology. After three years of design and development, the system will be tested in a real operating environment.

New idea : Professor Paoloni said the answer was the exploitation of unused portions of the spectrum but at higher frequencies. The recent outstanding advancements in the field of vacuum electron devices and solid state electronics using millimetre wave frequencies opens the route for the breakthrough in wireless high speed data communications.

References and Sources

Phys.org: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-fastest-outdoor-wireless-internet-world.html

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/wband_wireless_high_speed_internet_outdoors_and_everywhere-151636

Related paper in IEEE : http://goo.gl/gi6K5L

Related paper in Optics Express: http://goo.gl/YIu969

Viasat site on next-gen satellites : https://www.viasat.com/broadband-satellite-networks/high-capacity-satellite-system

Related paper in Researchgate: http://goo.gl/bY8igq

Pics courtesy: Utexas, Science20 and sympatico.ca. (Pics for illustration only).

#internet #wireless #millimeterband  ___

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2014-12-20 16:14:38 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Well the post is self-explanatory and Carrie is really awesome.

Well,  I'm doing this.

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-12-18 16:48:13 (12 comments, 9 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

References and Sources

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video courtesy University of Maryland.

#battery #science #technology #cellphone  ___

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2014-12-17 07:58:26 (13 comments, 13 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

The Walls can Talk : There was an earlier story about researchers at MIT who extracted audio from vibrations in a potato chip bag, but now scientists have been able to reconstruct audio from videos by using vibrations observed in lightweight objects. While there are more sophisticated methods available, the researchers used a image-matching technique to measure the vibrations. Read on to know more....

How it's done : The technique is based on the fact that sound waves are mechanical waves that cause air to vibrate when traveling. That vibration through air can cause vibration of objects located in its traveling path, especially if the objects are lightweight, thin, and flexible, such as a piece of paper. The vibrations, although usually with small amplitudes, can be detected and analyzed algorithmically, and audio reconstructed based on those calculations.
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The Walls can Talk : There was an earlier story about researchers at MIT who extracted audio from vibrations in a potato chip bag, but now scientists have been able to reconstruct audio from videos by using vibrations observed in lightweight objects. While there are more sophisticated methods available, the researchers used a image-matching technique to measure the vibrations. Read on to know more....

How it's done : The technique is based on the fact that sound waves are mechanical waves that cause air to vibrate when traveling. That vibration through air can cause vibration of objects located in its traveling path, especially if the objects are lightweight, thin, and flexible, such as a piece of paper. The vibrations, although usually with small amplitudes, can be detected and analyzed algorithmically, and audio reconstructed based on those calculations.

Applications : Because light can travel through air considerably farther than sound and can pass through glass, they anticipate that the technique may find applications such as the passive detection of conversations inside of a building from a far distance.

The Technology : The authors used a subset-based image-correlation approach to detect the motions of points on the surface of an object, capturing target images with a high-speed camera and applying the Gauss-Newton algorithm and a few other measures to achieve very fast and highly accurate image matching. Because the detected vibrations are directly related to sound waves, a simple model was used to reconstruct the original audio information of the sound waves.

References and Sources

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/the_walls_can_talk_new_technique_extracts_audio_from_video-150494

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141204141019.htm

Earlier story: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/algorithm-recovers-speech-from-vibrations-0804

Original Paper : Published in Optical Engineering. Source: SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics

http://www.zmescience.com/research/technology/turning-video-into-audio-065343/

Pic courtesy : newsnation

#science #technology #sound  ___

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2014-12-16 08:00:57 (19 comments, 24 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

References

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

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

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

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

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

Pic courtesy: SLAC (Stanford Univ.)

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-12-14 16:28:38 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Affordable Housing : I've been working on a research paper for the past two weeks, and away from Google plus for the most of this time. Its been quite interesting from the viewpoint of what has been imagined and how people view this topic. The funny thing is if done right, it costs a small fraction of the market price.

We are running out of space : We really are. But the way forward is sustainable, creative ways to do things which can get us good quality housing at low prices for everyone. Cities are now the powerhouses of the future. And most countries count on them to increase their GDP. It is estimated that over 60% of future economic growth is linked to cities.

What makes sense : We need to do better as far as recycling materials, creating housing in sea and land and keeping them sustainable. Zero carbon footprint houses are not only possible, but critical.... more »

Affordable Housing : I've been working on a research paper for the past two weeks, and away from Google plus for the most of this time. Its been quite interesting from the viewpoint of what has been imagined and how people view this topic. The funny thing is if done right, it costs a small fraction of the market price.

We are running out of space : We really are. But the way forward is sustainable, creative ways to do things which can get us good quality housing at low prices for everyone. Cities are now the powerhouses of the future. And most countries count on them to increase their GDP. It is estimated that over 60% of future economic growth is linked to cities.

What makes sense : We need to do better as far as recycling materials, creating housing in sea and land and keeping them sustainable. Zero carbon footprint houses are not only possible, but critical. From estimates from over 20 countries, only 20-30% of the cost of a house is related to construction. The rest is related to land, taxes, government delays, issues with planning and project management.

Container houses / floating residences : The world is changing. Much quicker than many of us expected. Today many houses are made from transport containers and floating construction has been attempted in a number of countries. We need some way of making this available to the poorest of the poor as well as the richest of the rich so that its not just the province of a small elite.

Affordable does not mean shanties : If it is done right, affordable housing has access to public utilities, water, electricity, schools and healthcare and reduces commutes to work. Spaces are smaller, more sustainable and green. It recycles, reuses and is an integral part of a city.

Economic schemes : Many countries have tried to address the problem using rental schemes, part ownership, private-public partnership, zoning, transport corridors and Real Estate Investment Trusts. Some have been very successful. The stories are not always told.

Earlier related posts
Sustainable buildings: http://goo.gl/bpNo0n

Floating schools: http://goo.gl/bVFmpV

Sustainable materials: http://goo.gl/pzEHOH

City Farms: http://goo.gl/2OdSOh

Underground cities: http://goo.gl/ZSzQh8

Inside the World's most ambitious Eco-city: http://goo.gl/CmHETX

Thinking breathing buildings: http://goo.gl/BZCU94

Living cities: http://goo.gl/bFP3o3

References
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62185-1/abstract

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4939-0485-3_20#page-1

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10875549.2014.923967#.VI21lyuUcTs

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-44916-1_28#page-1

http://www.soacconference.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Moore-Environment.pdf


Pic courtesy: fastcoexist.com, by Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill Architecture. (For illustration only).

#cities #affordable #sustainable  ___

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2014-12-14 04:57:52 (7 comments, 15 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

The Decision : Humans are inducted into the Hnnesset and Dranke makes a decision by default in the continuing story of the crew of the Raven. ( Part 24 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

I have been tied up, so I appreciate your patience and kind words of encouragement. Thanks to all those who asked me to post!

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

The Decision : Humans are inducted into the Hnnesset and Dranke makes a decision by default in the continuing story of the crew of the Raven. ( Part 24 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

I have been tied up, so I appreciate your patience and kind words of encouragement. Thanks to all those who asked me to post!

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-12-07 10:40:04 (27 comments, 145 reshares, 192 +1s)Open 

What is fire, electricity and magnetism - and how are they related? : At the atomic level these are very different from what we would assume at the macro level. In some ways they are all related, since it has to do with the movement of electrons and creation of charge. When you see a match light, what happens is energy is released. While most of it is in the Infrared spectrum (What we call heat), there is also some of it released in the visible spectrum (light). The release is due to the Oxygen bonding with the material you are burning. While the effect may be too small to be seen in a matchstick, there is electricity and magnetism at work here too. You can see the effect on the Sun. Our Sun (or any star) is a miasma of incandescent plasma.  One way to see this is to notice that the solar flares that leap from its surface are directed along the Sun’s (generally twisted up and spotty) magneticfi... more »

What is fire, electricity and magnetism - and how are they related? : At the atomic level these are very different from what we would assume at the macro level. In some ways they are all related, since it has to do with the movement of electrons and creation of charge. When you see a match light, what happens is energy is released. While most of it is in the Infrared spectrum (What we call heat), there is also some of it released in the visible spectrum (light). The release is due to the Oxygen bonding with the material you are burning. While the effect may be too small to be seen in a matchstick, there is electricity and magnetism at work here too. You can see the effect on the Sun. Our Sun (or any star) is a miasma of incandescent plasma.  One way to see this is to notice that the solar flares that leap from its surface are directed along the Sun’s (generally twisted up and spotty) magnetic fields. So what is this all about?

Electricity : The nucleus of an atom is surrounded by negatively charged particles called electrons. The negative charge of an electron is equal to the positive charge of a proton, and the number of electrons in an atom is usually equal to the number of protons. When the balancing force between protons and electrons is upset by an outside force, an atom may gain or lose an electron. When electrons are "lost" from an atom, the free movement of these electrons constitutes an electric current.

Different colors in flames : Electrons on atoms have different amounts of energy proportional to the distance of their orbital from the nucleus. Electrons (which are negative) close to the positive nucleus have lower potential energy; those in "higher" energy levels farther away have more energy. In order for an e- to "jump" from a lower level to a higher one it must absorb energy, often in the form of light. Conversely when an e- "falls" from a higher level to a lower one, it gives off energy, again in the form of a photon of light.

Magnetism : All materials experience magnetism, some more strongly than others. Both electric and magnetic interactions are elements of a single phenomenon called electromagnetism. There are four fundamental forces: the strong force, the weak force, gravitation and the electromagnetic force. The field of electromagnetism deals with how electrically charged particles interact with each other and with magnetic fields.

Electrons : The picture you often see of electrons as small objects circling a nucleus in well defined "orbits" is actually quite wrong. As we now understand it, the electrons aren't really at any one place at any time at all. Instead they exist as a sort of cloud. The cloud can compress to a very small space briefly if you probe it in the right way, but before that it really acts like a spread-out cloud. For example, the electron in a hydrogen atom likes to occupy a spherical volume surrounding the proton. If you think of the proton as the size of a grain of salt, then the electron cloud would have about a ten foot radius. If you probe, you'll probably find the electron somewhere in that region.

What is plasma : The big difference between regular gas and plasma is that in a plasma a fair fraction of the atoms are ionized.  That is, the gas is so hot, and the atoms are slamming around so hard, that some of the electrons are given enough energy to (temporarily) escape their host atoms.  The most important effect of this is that a plasma gains some electrical properties that a non-ionized gas doesn’t have; it becomes conductive and it responds to electrical and magnetic fields.  In fact, this is a great test for whether or not something is a plasma.

References and links:

http://helios.gsfc.nasa.gov/qa_sp_ev.html

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=2348

http://physics.info/energy/

http://www.askamathematician.com/2011/01/q-if-atoms-are-made-up-of-electrons-protons-and-neutrons-and-the-majority-of-the-volume-of-an-atom-is-space-why-do-things-appear-solid/

http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae569.cfm

http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1195

https://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/Petrology/WhatAtomsLookLike.HTM

http://www.askamathematician.com/2013/05/q-is-fire-a-plasma-what-is-plasma/

https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/a-description-of-fire-at-an-atomic-level.421438/

Pic courtesy : www.flavorage.com

#science #scienceeveryday___

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2014-12-06 04:51:33 (21 comments, 26 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Climate change, geoengineering and bacteria : What do these have in common? A lot, surprisingly. While scientists are lookin for a way to mitigate climate change by geoengineering, one proposal is really radical. Though even testing is prohibited by the UN as of now. Canada, Malawi and Philippines have strongly objected to testing using engineering bacteria to fix CO2. Even testing in controlled experiments has been stalled. In some ways, we are running out of time.

Controversial : Even research related to geoengineering has become the topic for passionate debate, pitting curious scientists against a chorus of intense skepticism.

Too dangerous to consider : Many had hoped the IPCC's latest report might open the door to more research into geoengineering, allowing scientists to get a better sense of its risks and benefits — but in the group'sr... more »

Climate change, geoengineering and bacteria : What do these have in common? A lot, surprisingly. While scientists are lookin for a way to mitigate climate change by geoengineering, one proposal is really radical. Though even testing is prohibited by the UN as of now. Canada, Malawi and Philippines have strongly objected to testing using engineering bacteria to fix CO2. Even testing in controlled experiments has been stalled. In some ways, we are running out of time.

Controversial : Even research related to geoengineering has become the topic for passionate debate, pitting curious scientists against a chorus of intense skepticism.

Too dangerous to consider : Many had hoped the IPCC's latest report might open the door to more research into geoengineering, allowing scientists to get a better sense of its risks and benefits — but in the group's recommendations to world leaders, there wasn't a single mention of the process, even as it heaped praise on alternative processes like carbon dioxide removal, which would use chemicals or bacteria to pull CO2 directly from the atmosphere.

Bacteria fix CO2 : Biological reactions are good at forming carbon-carbon bonds, using carbon dioxide as a raw material for reactions powered by sunlight. It's called photosynthesis, and cyanobacteria, also known as "blue-green algae," have been doing it for more than 3 billion years. The researchers identified enzymes from online databases that carried out the reactions they were looking for, and then introduced the DNA for these enzymes into the cells. Working a step at a time, they built up a three-step pathway that allows the cyanobacteria to convert carbon dioxide into 2,3 butanediol, a chemical that can be used to make paint, solvents, plastics and fuels.

Microbes in the sea : Based on his findings, Dr Jiao and his colleagues propose that aerobic anoxygenic photoheterotrophic bacteria (AAPB), and possibly other, similar microbes, have a predominant role in pumping carbon into a pool of compounds that cannot be turned back into carbon dioxide by living creatures, thereby building up a large reservoir that keeps carbon out of the atmosphere. If that idea is confirmed, it will need to be incorporated into the computer models used to understand the Earth's carbon cycle and its effect on the climate. But it also raises a more radical thought. The microbial carbon pump could provide a novel way to extract CO2 from the atmosphere, should that ever be deemed necessary to combat climate change.

Deep concerns : Scientists have created a self-replicating synthetic life in 2010, and a few hours later, a United Nations science advisory body meeting here urged countries to take a strong precautionary approach to avoid release of such entities into the environment. Acting as the world’s guardian on biodiversity, it also expressed deep concern about the potential impacts of geoengineering schemes to combat climate change on the Earth’s ecosystems. The same advisory body made a similar recommendation in 2008, that led to a de facto global ban on a form of geoengineering called ocean fertilisation, an experimental method of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to combat global warming.

Article link: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/14/5606102/geoengineering-and-the-ipcc

Sources

http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/05/un-body-urges-caution-on-synthetic-bacteria-geoengineering/

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10450

Paper: http://www.els.net/WileyCDA/ElsArticle/refId-a0021900.html

Ref: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aic.14127/abstract

http://www.economist.com/node/16990766

Additional ref: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-researchers-engineer-bacteria-149726

Related paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/26/1409523111

http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/05/un-body-urges-caution-on-synthetic-bacteria-geoengineering/

#science #scienceeveryday


Pic courtesy : http://goo.gl/QfIJXi (for illustration purposes only. The bacteria is not relevant in this case).___

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2014-12-02 05:09:20 (54 comments, 147 reshares, 361 +1s)Open 

Quantum Biology : We have all heard about quantum mechanics, which describes reality on the smallest scale - a world in which particles can exist in two or more places at once, show both particle and wave-like behavior , tunnel through seemingly 'solid' matter and even possess instantaneous connections that stretch across vast distances. While all this is de rigueur in the atomic size, at the macro size which we exist, it does not play a role. Or does it. Now scientists are looking at the quantum mechanical nature of the world and how at the cellular and even macro level, some creatures are able to take advantage of the weirdness.....

Quantum Hanky-Panky : Discoveries in recent years suggest that nature knows a few tricks that physicists don't: coherent quantum processes may well be ubiquitous in the natural world. Known or suspected examples range from the ability of... more »

Quantum Biology : We have all heard about quantum mechanics, which describes reality on the smallest scale - a world in which particles can exist in two or more places at once, show both particle and wave-like behavior , tunnel through seemingly 'solid' matter and even possess instantaneous connections that stretch across vast distances. While all this is de rigueur in the atomic size, at the macro size which we exist, it does not play a role. Or does it. Now scientists are looking at the quantum mechanical nature of the world and how at the cellular and even macro level, some creatures are able to take advantage of the weirdness.....

Quantum Hanky-Panky : Discoveries in recent years suggest that nature knows a few tricks that physicists don't: coherent quantum processes may well be ubiquitous in the natural world. Known or suspected examples range from the ability of birds to navigate using Earth's magnetic field to the inner workings of photosynthesis — the process by which plants and bacteria turn sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into organic matter, and arguably the most important biochemical reaction on Earth. Biology has a knack for using what works, says Seth Lloyd, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. And if that means "quantum hanky-panky", he says, "then quantum hanky-panky it is".

The avian magnetic sensor : The avian magnetic sensor is known to be activated by light striking the bird's retina. Researchers' current best guess at a mechanism is that the energy deposited by each incoming photon creates a pair of free radicals - highly reactive molecules, each with an unpaired electron. Each of these unpaired electrons has an intrinsic angular momentum, or spin, that can be reoriented by a magnetic field. As the radicals separate, the unpaired electron on one is primarily influenced by the magnetism of a nearby atomic nucleus, whereas the unpaired electron on the other is further away from the nucleus, and feels only Earth's magnetic field. The difference in the fields shifts the radical pair between two quantum states with differing chemical reactivity.

Schrödinger suspected as much : From smell to navigation, it seems that some of the hardest problems in biology could be solved with the insights from theoretical physics. The physicist Erwin Schrödinger wrote a book in the 1940s called “What is Life?” in which he speculated on the role of quantum mechanics on the life sciences. Almost 70 years later, both quantum mechanics and biology have moved on a long way. But until now, no one had imagined that the natural world has anything to teach us about the quantum world.

Article link: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110615/full/474272a.html

NewScientist link: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22429950.700-are-we-ready-for-quantum-biology.html#.VH1BhMmvNlZ

Phys.org link: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-quantum-biology-algae-evolved-coherence.html

University of Illinois : http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/quantum_biology/
 
BBC link: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-21150047

Related Earlier posts

Quantum coherence in bacteria: http://goo.gl/3RCeES

How plants use the quantum nature of light: http://goo.gl/UpxKGG

Pic courtesy : http://www.yorku.ca/bphs/

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-11-30 06:36:15 (15 comments, 6 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier posts

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

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

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

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

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-11-29 08:53:21 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Searching for answers in the bottom of a Whisky glass : The answer is related to fluid dynamics. This was discovered by Howard Stone, an engineer at Princeton University. Read on more to know about the Marangoni effect and how it is related to this pic...

Why : Stone initially suspected that something called the coffee ring effect might be at play: When coffee dries, particles are pulled to the edge of where the liquid makes contact with the cup, creating ring-like patterns as the water evaporates. Similarly, the differing evaporation tendencies of alcohol and water can create interesting patterns.

The Marangoni effect : First described by 19th-century physicist Carlo Marangoni; alcohol and water have different surface tensions—that’s the degree of attraction liquid molecules have to other surfaces (in this case a cup or a glass). Alcohol has a lower surfaceten... more »

Searching for answers in the bottom of a Whisky glass : The answer is related to fluid dynamics. This was discovered by Howard Stone, an engineer at Princeton University. Read on more to know about the Marangoni effect and how it is related to this pic...

Why : Stone initially suspected that something called the coffee ring effect might be at play: When coffee dries, particles are pulled to the edge of where the liquid makes contact with the cup, creating ring-like patterns as the water evaporates. Similarly, the differing evaporation tendencies of alcohol and water can create interesting patterns.

The Marangoni effect : First described by 19th-century physicist Carlo Marangoni; alcohol and water have different surface tensions—that’s the degree of attraction liquid molecules have to other surfaces (in this case a cup or a glass). Alcohol has a lower surface tension than water, and alcohol evaporation drives the surface tension up and pushes more liquid away from areas of high alcohol concentration. The Marangoni number, a dimensionless value, can be used to characterize the relative effects of surface tension and viscous forces.

Practical Applications : Based on this work, the lab team has a hypothesis: “Very small amounts of the additives that come from how whisky is made contribute to the kinds of patterns you actually see,” says Stone. Different additives or variations in the manufacturing process might possibly produce different patterns. The research has some practical implications. Better understanding of these types of fluid flows could prove useful in a lot of industrial situations that involve liquids, particularly liquids that contain particles of sediment or other material, such as printing inks. In the meantime, Button hopes his images raise questions in the minds of viewers that may give them some interesting conversation starters at cocktail parties. “The science behind the imagery provides that extra added layer of thought and complexity,” he says.

Article Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physics-whiskys-aesthetically-pleasing-residue-180953451/

Research Paper: http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DFD14/Session/H2.3

Additional link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/science/art-in-a-whisky-glass-neatly-explained.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2

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

PM link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/heres-why-whisky-evaporations-make-gorgeous-patterns#slide-1


All pics courtesy NYTimes: Ernie Button (photographer), Howard Stone et al.

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-11-26 16:35:02 (32 comments, 34 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

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.

#science #nanotechnology  ___

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2014-11-25 09:37:54 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

The Council of Twenty Three : The Hnnesset awaits the crew of the Raven as they continue on their new mission. As Niket and her crew return to Jexx, Captain Dranke has new challenges in store for him. The Jen subroutine takes getting used to, and the council of 23 is alluded to..... read on to know more!

( Part 23 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

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

The Council of Twenty Three : The Hnnesset awaits the crew of the Raven as they continue on their new mission. As Niket and her crew return to Jexx, Captain Dranke has new challenges in store for him. The Jen subroutine takes getting used to, and the council of 23 is alluded to..... read on to know more!

( Part 23 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style ).

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

h/t to +Charles Strebor and +23!

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-11-24 16:34:05 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Not path-breaking, but kind of cool : Saw the Switchblade-Pro tricopter featured on Popsci's '100 Greatest Innovations of the Year' list.  Well, I had to watch the video. The features are kind of cool, and it is collapsible. I did like the way it has a hover mode and handfree landing mode. See for yourself..

Article Extract: The three-rotor SwitchBlade, a small, collapsible drone that's already raised its target on Kickstarter, is designed to compete with radially symmetric quadrotors in the realms of search and rescue, infrastructure inspection, aerial photography, research, and (of course) recreational flight. According to creators Vision Aerial, the tricopter has better balance while flying forward compared with a quadcopter; it's also easier to determine the orientation of an asymmetrical drone while in flight.

Article link:h... more »

Not path-breaking, but kind of cool : Saw the Switchblade-Pro tricopter featured on Popsci's '100 Greatest Innovations of the Year' list.  Well, I had to watch the video. The features are kind of cool, and it is collapsible. I did like the way it has a hover mode and handfree landing mode. See for yourself..

Article Extract: The three-rotor SwitchBlade, a small, collapsible drone that's already raised its target on Kickstarter, is designed to compete with radially symmetric quadrotors in the realms of search and rescue, infrastructure inspection, aerial photography, research, and (of course) recreational flight. According to creators Vision Aerial, the tricopter has better balance while flying forward compared with a quadcopter; it's also easier to determine the orientation of an asymmetrical drone while in flight.

Article link: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/crowdfund-a-collapsible-rc-tricopter?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A1460177&page=3

Vision Aerial's website: http://visionaerial.com/brus9wb1idf3rz473co9juhmdcdx9j

PopSci link: http://www.popsci.com/popular-sciences-best-whats-new-gallery/?image=11

#drone #tricopter #gopro  ___

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2014-11-23 11:23:34 (17 comments, 18 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Why Nanomaterials are fascinating (Or how a dog becomes a cat, becomes a hummingbird) : Well, any material can be a Nanomaterial. A Nanomaterial is purely something reduced to a size of 1 to 100 nms. So why the fuss? For one, unlike macro materials, Nanomaterials can be two dimensional. As we get smaller and smaller, they exhibit properties which confound us.  One must remember though, these are not chemically changed. All that is done is the size of the particles is made smaller and smaller.

In Nanotechnology, what is important about materials is NOT really what they are made of, but how small they are. This is different than every other materials age in human history.

Magnetism example : Atoms can have magnetic moments... Why is this? Due to the spin of unpaired electrons. A magnetic moment aligns with an external field. Let's take the example of CoCr (Cobalt... more »

Why Nanomaterials are fascinating (Or how a dog becomes a cat, becomes a hummingbird) : Well, any material can be a Nanomaterial. A Nanomaterial is purely something reduced to a size of 1 to 100 nms. So why the fuss? For one, unlike macro materials, Nanomaterials can be two dimensional. As we get smaller and smaller, they exhibit properties which confound us.  One must remember though, these are not chemically changed. All that is done is the size of the particles is made smaller and smaller.

In Nanotechnology, what is important about materials is NOT really what they are made of, but how small they are. This is different than every other materials age in human history.

Magnetism example : Atoms can have magnetic moments... Why is this? Due to the spin of unpaired electrons. A magnetic moment aligns with an external field. Let's take the example of CoCr (Cobalt Chrome Alloy). At the macro size, it displays no magnetism. This is because when at the macrosize, domains cancel each other out. These are called 'Bulk Ferromagnets' and can be electromagnets. So these sizes do not get highly magnetized and can be called permanent magnets (if enough of the domains align in one direction). Let's say these behave like Dogs..

As you go smaller, from 20nm grain size to 80 nm grain size, The magnetism in this powder will depend on volume. It is harder to magnetize these particles, but when these are magnetized, they resist going back to their original state. These are single domain magnets and once magnetized, they stay that way; though they are easy to magnetize and demagnetize. Let's say these behave like Cats....

When you go down to even smaller size, the ferromagnets are smaller than 20 nm in size, they are very, very small, not much bigger than molecules. They are easier to magnetize and flip. So easy to magnetize and flip, that this is a property used in MRI tests. Superparamagnets have fluctuating magnetic moments with no applied field, but with applied field become magnetized easily. These are called superparamagnets.  Let's say these behave like hummingbirds.

Earlier post on Superparamagnetism: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/VGo4iq3U9Lc

References

Rice University, introduction to Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology now : http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=49034

Havard University: http://cml.harvard.edu/research/new-materials/

Pic courtesy: Havard Universty . Cyborg Neural Tissue: Seamless integration of 3D nanoelectronic and neural networks

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-11-22 04:11:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If you want to help +L.S. Cody, this sounds like a wonderful idea.

And So it Begins

And so it begins. The pre-fundraiser fundraiser is now live and ready. I do not expect 50k, but it would cover everything to get started.

It all began with this post:

https://plus.google.com/111180152552266566281/posts/hSP7im2zKV1

If you would like to help, you can simply by sharing and getting the word out.

Why a $50,000 goal just to get started?

1. $25,000 to pay off outstanding credit and get a fresh start
2. $15,000 for:
  a. rental of the fundraising venue
  b. catering
  c. drinks, and,
  d. to pay the talent for the fundraiser
3. $10,000 secures the right to purchase the property.

Just go to http://gofundme.com/LoCoLobo and take a look. Thank you all, and wish me luck!

EOL

(edited 11/21/2014)

#fundraiser #crowdfunding #dreams #goals #epic___If you want to help +L.S. Cody, this sounds like a wonderful idea.

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2014-11-21 15:57:32 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Awakening : The short break is over as Captain Dranke and his crew are on their way for a new mission. One which promises much. The trip is a long one, and there is much to be done.... read more at the link provided!

(Part 22 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Awakening : The short break is over as Captain Dranke and his crew are on their way for a new mission. One which promises much. The trip is a long one, and there is much to be done.... read more at the link provided!

(Part 22 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-11-20 02:59:04 (32 comments, 48 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Nano scale : While speaking to some people, I realized that 'nano' as a scale is not really understood very well. It is often thought to be small. Even very small. But Nano size is very definite. It is like mixing up Kilometers and meters. Nano means 10^-9. That means a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. A typical sheet of newspaper would be 100,000 nanometers thick. Its a very precise measurement. Your typical fingernail grows at one nanometer per second.

Nanotechnology : When scientists worked with very small objects (of the size of 1 to 100 nanometers), they found some strange properties displayed by these materials. Some of them were magnetic, displayed strange optical properties and had even stranger electrical properties. These are now studied as Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics, Nanomagnetics and the like.

The definition : Nanotechnology is science,... more »

Nano scale : While speaking to some people, I realized that 'nano' as a scale is not really understood very well. It is often thought to be small. Even very small. But Nano size is very definite. It is like mixing up Kilometers and meters. Nano means 10^-9. That means a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. A typical sheet of newspaper would be 100,000 nanometers thick. Its a very precise measurement. Your typical fingernail grows at one nanometer per second.

Nanotechnology : When scientists worked with very small objects (of the size of 1 to 100 nanometers), they found some strange properties displayed by these materials. Some of them were magnetic, displayed strange optical properties and had even stranger electrical properties. These are now studied as Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics, Nanomagnetics and the like.

The definition : Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.

Not as straightforward as one would expect :     Phenomena at the nanometer scale are likely to be a completely new world. Properties of matter at nanoscale may not be as predictable as those observed at larger scales. Important changes in behavior are caused not only by continuous modification of characteristics with diminishing size, but also by the emergence of totally new phenomena such as quantum confinement, a typical example of which is that the color of light emitting from semiconductor nanoparticles depends on their sizes. Designed and controlled fabrication and integration of nanomaterials and nanodevices is likely to be revolutionary for science and technology.

Earlier posts on Nanotech:

Why HDDs need new Nanotech: https://plus.google.com/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/KXosgG28DFm

Split Ring Resonators: https://plus.google.com/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/fZpLJ9iguku

What are quantum dots? : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/KCkSbeUJfMp

What are Plasmons?: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/MCxkMzautA7

What is a Ferrofluid?: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/VGo4iq3U9Lc

Soap bubble physics: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/fboc69HMNZi

Pic courtesy: Rice University, Introduction to Nanotechnology. Comparison of items if you were 10 nm in height.

Sources and references:

http://www.nanoscience.gatech.edu/zlwang/research/nano.html

http://www.nature.com/nnano/index.html

http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101/what/definition

http://www.nanowerk.com/

#science #scienceeveryday #nanoscale  ___

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2014-11-17 19:08:21 (58 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

An excellent opinion piece by +Gita Jaisinghani which is well written, has some really good references and makes one want to keep reading.

Do visit her original post (OP) to see the lively discussion and comments!

What's the difference?

Are you an INTJ? You probably "are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative."

versus

Are you an Aries? You're probably “the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going. Whether or not everything gets done is another question altogether, for an Aries prefers to initiate rather than to complete.”

So what’s the difference, really?

TL;DR : Not much.
The long answer : Not much. :-)

Or, to be more precise, and a touch verbose – the comparison works better with, say, a Buzzfeed quiz.
As a brief background - The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. One of these four functions is dominant most of the time – Wiki

MBTI is a particular darling of the corporate world. According to a recent Forbes article, “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments are extremely popular, as well as profitable for both the publisher and the many certified consultants who use them. In fact, they are so popular as to be nearly ubiquitous in corporations and large organizations, including 89 of Fortune 100 companies.” But how well does it work? Does it work at all? And is it used in a way that would be least detrimental?

I found myself in agreement with most of the points made in a  Skeptoid article – the genesis and intrinsic values of the MBTI and pop tools like zodiac signs or Buzzfeed quizzes  are not dissimilar. The article is quite interesting, and in my view, fairly balanced. As a training consultant, I’ve seen the value that tools like MBTI (and other psychometric assessments) can provide – they make great introspection and perception start-points; and often provide a framework to discuss group dynamics and to help evolve solutions. I have also seen the farcical side of using them – the lazy, unscientific short-cuts they provide for the indolent or incompetent, and the rather sad way in which they replace critical and original thinking.

The tool has its fair share of critics – unbiased and otherwise. As an agnostic about the value and context of anecdotal or experiential systems, I can see its worth;  but I find myself getting annoyed at the somewhat cultish adherence to its “findings”, or applications, or indeed the lack of healthy skepticism amongst practitioners and more importantly, buyers.

I also find amusing the way proponents of these tools react when you point out the (many) similarities to the zodiac-sign classifications; or Cosmo quizzes. Or point to the Forer Effect ( also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that ‘we've got something for everyone’ is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people – Wiki) Is it only because they come dressed in a patina of “science”? Or are they just a fad, waiting to be replaced by the next one? Or, as is always the case…… follow the money? According to a Forbes article – “2 million people a year (are) using an assessment tool that generates approximately $20 million in fees for its publishers”. Food for thought, for sure, I would've said.

The CPP website, btw, (the company that is the provider / publisher of the MBTI instrument) has this to say : It’s very common—especially on the Internet—to hear the MBTI® assessment referred to as the Myers-Briggs® personality test, the MBTI test, or simply the “personality test.” However, here at CPP, Inc., we never refer to the MBTI assessment that way. Personality tests may exist, but the MBTI assessment is not one of them. Here’s why…

So far, so logical. And then they go on to add –
By definition, a test is “a series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability,” implying that there are “right” and “wrong” answers. It’s true that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment contains a series of questions, but that’s where the similarities to a personality test end. Unlike personality tests, the MBTI assessment doesn’t determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability. Instead, it measures four pairs of opposing preferences, which are inborn and value-neutral, to form a person’s four-letter type. No type is better or worse than any other—they are just different.

That explains quite a bit ;-)
I think this would be a good time to add that I am emphatically not certified in MBTI assessments. 

So, hello, Ms. Gemini, Mr. ISTJ, Ms. Flower-Child.....

In case you’re interested – there are plenty of good, skeptical articles. Here are some that I liked :

The skeptoid article - http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4221

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2014/09/29/the-mysterious-popularity-of-the-meaningless-myers-briggs-mbti/

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28315137

 http://skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/give-and-take/201309/goodbye-mbti-the-fad-won-t-die

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator

The CPP website - http://www.cppblogcentral.com/mbti-talk/this-is-not-a-test-personality-or-otherwise/

Image modified from Wikipedia___An excellent opinion piece by +Gita Jaisinghani which is well written, has some really good references and makes one want to keep reading.

Do visit her original post (OP) to see the lively discussion and comments!

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2014-11-16 09:13:32 (35 comments, 23 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Peanut butter diamonds : We all probably know that diamonds were formed by carbon under high temperatures and pressures. Since all organic materials have carbon, researchers are playing with such materials. Diamonds are often used in manufacturing and have many industrial applications.

Carbon : In his lab at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany, Dan Frost is trying to simulate conditions found in the Earth’s lower mantle. More than 1,800 miles below the surface, the lower mantle experiences temperatures nearing 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures that are 1.3 million times higher than the air we breathe. According to David Robson at BBC Future, in trying to simulate those scorching underground environments, Frost has stumbled upon some innovative ways to manufacture diamonds. Beneath their sparkles, diamonds are composed of simple carbon atoms arranged into a crystal.... more »

Peanut butter diamonds : We all probably know that diamonds were formed by carbon under high temperatures and pressures. Since all organic materials have carbon, researchers are playing with such materials. Diamonds are often used in manufacturing and have many industrial applications.

Carbon : In his lab at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany, Dan Frost is trying to simulate conditions found in the Earth’s lower mantle. More than 1,800 miles below the surface, the lower mantle experiences temperatures nearing 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures that are 1.3 million times higher than the air we breathe. According to David Robson at BBC Future, in trying to simulate those scorching underground environments, Frost has stumbled upon some innovative ways to manufacture diamonds. Beneath their sparkles, diamonds are composed of simple carbon atoms arranged into a crystal.

From thin air : Frost's research started with a hypothesis that in ancient times, rocks could have pulled carbon dioxide from the oceans. Then, as the rocks were drawn down into the mantle, high pressures force the CO2 to leave the rocks. Once the CO2 was free, iron in the mantle stripped it of its oxygen. That left just the naked carbon, which was squished into diamond by the high heat and temperatures. That was the hypothesis anyway, "[a]nd that is exactly what Frost found when he recreated the process using his presses – essentially forging a diamond from thin air," writes Robson.

Peanut butter diamonds are slow : Because all foodstuffs (and for that matter, all living things) contain carbon, the researchers have successfully made diamonds out of everyone's favorite sandwich ingredient: peanut butter. However, the hydrogen that’s bonded to the carbon in peanut butter apparently does make the process messier. And even under the best circumstances, the transformation is slow. “If we wanted a two-or-three-millimetre diamond, we would need to leave it for weeks,” Frost told BBC Future.

Article link and pic on left: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/geophysicists-are-turning-peanut-butter-diamond-gemstones?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=6&con=geophysicists-are-turning-peanut-butter-into-diamond-gemstones

Graphite in diamonds: http://www.gizmag.com/graphite-synthetic-diamond-platinum-stanford/31496/

BBC Future article: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141106-the-man-who-makes-diamonds

Is it raining diamonds on Uranus: http://www.spacedaily.com/news/carbon-99d.html

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

Courtesy pic on right: http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/animated_diamond2.gif

#science #diamond  ___

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2014-11-14 07:46:55 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Events Unfold : Revelations and new information make this an interesting episode as Captain Dranke and the Jexx commander Yod return to spacecommand. Read on to know more!

(Part 21 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Events Unfold : Revelations and new information make this an interesting episode as Captain Dranke and the Jexx commander Yod return to spacecommand. Read on to know more!

(Part 21 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-11-13 04:13:22 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Flashfiction science fiction series on my blog. Read for free during beta period :)

Thwarted : The mystery deepens as the crew of the Raven is involved with an attack on a Hnnet Space outpost. As the workings of the Hnnet and Jexx are shrouded (literally with their cloaking devices and figuratively with their unwillingness to share information), Captain Dranke finds himself having to make decisions which he is not prepared for.

(Part 20 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera ___Flashfiction science fiction series on my blog. Read for free during beta period :)

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2014-11-12 04:45:56 (24 comments, 31 reshares, 225 +1s)Open 

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

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

Freedivers : The sea gypsies of Malaysia and Indonesia, are renowned natural freedivers. Traditionally, they are born, live... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#science  ___

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2014-11-09 09:02:39 (14 comments, 14 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Thwarted : The mystery deepens as the crew of the Raven is involved with an attack on a Hnnet Space outpost. As the workings of the Hnnet and Jexx are shrouded (literally with their cloaking devices and figuratively with their unwillingness to share information), Captain Dranke finds himself having to make decisions which he is not prepared for.

(Part 20 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part1... more »

Thwarted : The mystery deepens as the crew of the Raven is involved with an attack on a Hnnet Space outpost. As the workings of the Hnnet and Jexx are shrouded (literally with their cloaking devices and figuratively with their unwillingness to share information), Captain Dranke finds himself having to make decisions which he is not prepared for.

(Part 20 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera ___

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2014-11-08 16:40:48 (68 comments, 94 reshares, 527 +1s)Open 

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

Many worlds : Quantum objects can be described using what's called a wavefunction, which can predict where it's going to be and how it's moving. But those predictions take the form of probabilities. The problem is that, as far as we know, there's no reason to have the wavefunction stop working. Yet measurements, in Levin's terminology, "break" the wavefunction. In the many-worlds interpretation, the wavefunction keeps working, but reality breaks, or at... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#science #scienceeveryday #cosmology___

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2014-11-07 09:17:34 (12 comments, 14 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Attack Formation : The Raven makes it way to Jexx. Dranke and his crew get a shock as events unfold. Kell helps Dranke reach a decision as the story of our space explorers continue!

(Part 19 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

Attack Formation : The Raven makes it way to Jexx. Dranke and his crew get a shock as events unfold. Kell helps Dranke reach a decision as the story of our space explorers continue!

(Part 19 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A
Part 19: http://goo.gl/DBJjHf

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-11-06 06:40:54 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

+Kay Holland asked me to guest post on her blog about writing in the Science Fiction genre. I thought I would give it a shot.

I was honored to be able to do this for NaNoWriMo writing tips.

Guest Post: Sci-Fi Author +Lacerant Plainer 

Writing in the Science Fiction Genre Over the past few years, I have found a number of writers who write in the genre ask about what works and what doesn’t. Obviously writing is a very personal, and sometimes very solitary pursuit. I can only elucidate…___+Kay Holland asked me to guest post on her blog about writing in the Science Fiction genre. I thought I would give it a shot.

I was honored to be able to do this for NaNoWriMo writing tips.

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2014-11-06 05:17:23 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Philae prepares to land : After circling comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for some time now, The Rosetta robotic spacecraft is getting ready to maneuver to a location where the lander Philae can be deployed. The target is on the 'rubber duck' shaped head of the comet, and the final decision on go/no go will be on the 12th of November.

Article extract: During November 11-12th a go/no-go decision will be made on the release of Philae. With a 28 minute one-way light travel time from Earth this will be an entirely autonomous operation if given the ‘go’. It’ll take Philae about 7 hours to drop towards Agilkia – and here’s one of the trickiest and most nerve-wracking pieces of the landing. The nucleus of 67P/C-P is spinning, like an end-over-end dumbbell. If that spin holds steady at about 12.4 hours per rotation Philae should hit the right spot – but as the comet heats up andloses mater... more »

Philae prepares to land : After circling comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for some time now, The Rosetta robotic spacecraft is getting ready to maneuver to a location where the lander Philae can be deployed. The target is on the 'rubber duck' shaped head of the comet, and the final decision on go/no go will be on the 12th of November.

Article extract: During November 11-12th a go/no-go decision will be made on the release of Philae. With a 28 minute one-way light travel time from Earth this will be an entirely autonomous operation if given the ‘go’. It’ll take Philae about 7 hours to drop towards Agilkia – and here’s one of the trickiest and most nerve-wracking pieces of the landing. The nucleus of 67P/C-P is spinning, like an end-over-end dumbbell. If that spin holds steady at about 12.4 hours per rotation Philae should hit the right spot – but as the comet heats up and loses material the spin rate may shift by tiny amounts.

With some luck it should all work out fine, but it’s a bit like a fairground game where you try to hit a crazily tumbling target for the prize. If Philae lands successfully it’ll fire up a host of experiments and instruments – using up the energy of its primary battery over the course of about 64 hours. After that point Philae’s life-expectancy hinges on how well its solar panels can recharge those batteries – hopefully well enough to take it through 67P/C-P’s closest approach to the Sun in March 2015.

Article link: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/2014/11/04/the-surreal-task-of-landing-on-a-comet/

BBC article : http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29746430

7 Hours of terror : http://www.businessinsider.in/Scientists-Are-About-To-Experience-7-Hours-Of-Terror/articleshow/45053319.cms

ESA link: http://sci.esa.int/rosetta/

Rosetta the comet chaser : http://goo.gl/iDzuU6

Rosetta awakens: http://goo.gl/9rC27y

#rosetta #philae #comet  ___

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2014-11-04 16:02:14 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

En Route : Dranke and his crew take a well-deserved break, before getting to work in crews. Everything needs to go like clockwork to ensure the Raven is ready to visit Jexx again...read on!

(Part 18 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

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

En Route : Dranke and his crew take a well-deserved break, before getting to work in crews. Everything needs to go like clockwork to ensure the Raven is ready to visit Jexx again...read on!

(Part 18 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:
First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo
Part 18: http://goo.gl/ml0Y1A

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and space opera, this may be an interesting read. Notifying select people who have evinced interest in receiving notifications.

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-11-04 04:08:59 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Science Fiction to Science : This is a fascinating story which I came upon. Knight-Ridder and a skunkworks team dreamed up an idea which was to come true in 15 years. Roger Fidler dreamt up a 'tablet' computer. One wonders how much of Apple's tech is not actually stolen from someone else?

Article Extract: The Knight-Ridder company was once the USA's second largest publisher of newspapers. The company had the foresight to establish a small team to explore how the digital revolution might change the way future consumers would access news and other information, and how newspapers could adapt in order to retain their audiences. The work of this team, led by Roger Fidler, proved impressively prescient. It conceived of and described an entirely new product, a tablet computer weighing about a kilogram with a colour touch screen and resolution as good as paper — and identifiedh... more »

Science Fiction to Science : This is a fascinating story which I came upon. Knight-Ridder and a skunkworks team dreamed up an idea which was to come true in 15 years. Roger Fidler dreamt up a 'tablet' computer. One wonders how much of Apple's tech is not actually stolen from someone else?

Article Extract: The Knight-Ridder company was once the USA's second largest publisher of newspapers. The company had the foresight to establish a small team to explore how the digital revolution might change the way future consumers would access news and other information, and how newspapers could adapt in order to retain their audiences. The work of this team, led by Roger Fidler, proved impressively prescient. It conceived of and described an entirely new product, a tablet computer weighing about a kilogram with a colour touch screen and resolution as good as paper — and identified how consumers would use such a device not merely as a tool to access news and information, but also to communicate and wirelessly purchase goods and advertised products.

Shortly after this video was made, Knight-Ridder closed Roger Fidler's research project. A changed corporate leadership saw no urgency in pursuing the concept of the tablet. After all the newspaper business was still very profitable, and Roger's tablet was considered to be so far into the future as to be science fiction.

Jury decision sounds suspicious : Samsung lawyers presented the Knight-Ridder research as "prior art", arguing that many of Apple's patents were not of its own original invention. The jury did not agree.

Article link: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/10/27/4107530.htm

More about Knight-Ridder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_Ridder

Apple steals tech? : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1381528/Knight-Ridder-tablet-looks-just-like-iPad-17-YEARS-OLD.html

#technology #ipad #newspaper  ___

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2014-11-03 09:03:53 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Burn.

In the meantime - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-02/ipcc-say-greenhouse-levels-highest-point-in-thousands-of-years/5861314

Burn.

In the meantime - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-02/ipcc-say-greenhouse-levels-highest-point-in-thousands-of-years/5861314___

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2014-11-02 16:32:54 (9 comments, 14 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-11-02 06:05:07 (16 comments, 17 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Wheels within wheels : There are revelations in this episode, as Dranke and his crew meet with someone they did not expect. Read more on the blog to see what happens next!...

(Part 17 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqXmore »

Wheels within wheels : There are revelations in this episode, as Dranke and his crew meet with someone they did not expect. Read more on the blog to see what happens next!...

(Part 17 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ
Part 17: http://goo.gl/G6KJeo

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

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-10-30 13:06:25 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Questions : The crew of the Raven, alongwith Niket complete their combat training with the Jexx at their space facility. Dranke has so many questions which he needs answered. Maybe he will uncover something on his way back...

(Part 16 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

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

Questions : The crew of the Raven, alongwith Niket complete their combat training with the Jexx at their space facility. Dranke has so many questions which he needs answered. Maybe he will uncover something on his way back...

(Part 16 of the Mission impossible Science fiction series of flashfiction written in space opera style).

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX
Part 16: http://goo.gl/no9buZ

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

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-10-30 09:29:00 (32 comments, 45 reshares, 198 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#space #exploration  ___

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2014-10-29 09:49:41 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Combat Training : The Jexx spacestation awaits the crew of the Raven as Dranke and his seasoned team follow Kell's lead. They have so many questions. But will there be any answers?

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX

Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction and spaceo... more »

Combat Training : The Jexx spacestation awaits the crew of the Raven as Dranke and his seasoned team follow Kell's lead. They have so many questions. But will there be any answers?

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI
Part 13: http://goo.gl/dXTYrs
Part 14: http://goo.gl/ZybKaL
Part 15: http://goo.gl/FrUZqX

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

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction #spaceopera  ___

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2014-10-28 05:19:46 (16 comments, 11 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Jexx : The alien planet is now the target for Dranke and the crew of the Raven; a darkmatter starcraft. Read on to see what happens next!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

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

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Jexx : The alien planet is now the target for Dranke and the crew of the Raven; a darkmatter starcraft. Read on to see what happens next!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

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

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

#sciencefiction #scifi #flashfiction  ___

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2014-10-27 09:34:00 (18 comments, 21 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

Why do plants matter : Some of the reasons are obvious. Others not so much. Plants provide food, they help fix Carbon, through photosynthesis, and they create oxygen. But there is so much more they do, which is fascinating.

Plants are medicine factories : Right from the creation of complex sugars, plants also make Vitamin C, painkillers, psychotropics and even now, plants are found to synthesize new chemicals which we use in medicine.

Plants communicate : In more ways than one.... using chemical, electrical and airborne signalling, plants are able to produce defensive weapons and warning signals which can alert their neighbours.

Plants harness the power of stars : Using the Sun as an energy source, plants have used the quantum nature of light to be as efficient as possible while carrying out photosynthesis.

Plants provide strong... more »

Why do plants matter : Some of the reasons are obvious. Others not so much. Plants provide food, they help fix Carbon, through photosynthesis, and they create oxygen. But there is so much more they do, which is fascinating.

Plants are medicine factories : Right from the creation of complex sugars, plants also make Vitamin C, painkillers, psychotropics and even now, plants are found to synthesize new chemicals which we use in medicine.

Plants communicate : In more ways than one.... using chemical, electrical and airborne signalling, plants are able to produce defensive weapons and warning signals which can alert their neighbours.

Plants harness the power of stars : Using the Sun as an energy source, plants have used the quantum nature of light to be as efficient as possible while carrying out photosynthesis.

Plants provide strong building materials : Wood from trees has been used in building material for hundreds of years. Plants have found ways to strengthen their structure through evolution and natural selection to make some of the most durable building materials.

Earlier Posts

Plants are part of the cycle of life : They are vital parts of the Carbon cycle, the water cycle, they partner with insects and animals to spread their seeds, to provide protection and can actually create electricity. Kind of amazing.

Electricity from plants : http://goo.gl/SZxlKH

Why plants are fascinating : http://goo.gl/h1NHTH

How Plants use the quantum effect of light : http://goo.gl/OAowQQ

The Secret Inner world of Plants : http://goo.gl/W97b5V

How the Potato changed the world : http://goo.gl/UsDnL9

Grass : http://goo.gl/2ntTkY

How Plants move : http://goo.gl/66tD3S

Ultrasonic popping sounds from Trees : http://goo.gl/8jRWdq

How hydroelectric power is dependent on trees : http://goo.gl/Jc1CCB

References

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/the-power-of-plants-in-science-culture-and-medicine/5694054

http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/plantsciences/newsletters/2014/oct15.htm

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v512/n7515/full/512351e.html

http://www.wired.com/2013/12/secret-language-of-plants/

Pic courtesy : Reddit ( http://i.minus.com/ibqqfn1MoIFAZv.gif )

#science #botany #plants  ___

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2014-10-26 09:10:08 (11 comments, 14 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Turn : New developments are afoot, and the Captain of the darkmatter starcraft and his crew are shocked by the revelation. Read more about what happens next!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

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

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Turn : New developments are afoot, and the Captain of the darkmatter starcraft and his crew are shocked by the revelation. Read more about what happens next!

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

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

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2014-10-24 08:47:58 (6 comments, 22 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Cubesats to the Moon : When Carl Brandon, a physics professor transported his robotic spacecraft, it wasn't by rail or truck. It was stowed in the overhead bin of a commercial liner. The Cubesat he was transporting was ten centimeters cube. This Cubesat was intended to test the navigational equipment on board. If all goes well, a slightly larger version (Which is around the size of a loaf of bread or shoebox) could be orbiting the moon. The revolution which has spawned multiple cubesats is here to stay and they are cheap, durable, expendable and carry an impressive array of equipment for their size. The Vermont Cubesat has similar equipment that one would expect of much larger spacecraft: Star-tracking camera, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, solar panels, computer, and radio transceiver.

Ambitious plans to swarm Saturn's rings : The $3 billion Cassini... more »

Cubesats to the Moon : When Carl Brandon, a physics professor transported his robotic spacecraft, it wasn't by rail or truck. It was stowed in the overhead bin of a commercial liner. The Cubesat he was transporting was ten centimeters cube. This Cubesat was intended to test the navigational equipment on board. If all goes well, a slightly larger version (Which is around the size of a loaf of bread or shoebox) could be orbiting the moon. The revolution which has spawned multiple cubesats is here to stay and they are cheap, durable, expendable and carry an impressive array of equipment for their size. The Vermont Cubesat has similar equipment that one would expect of much larger spacecraft: Star-tracking camera, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, solar panels, computer, and radio transceiver.

Ambitious plans to swarm Saturn's rings : The $3 billion Cassini spacecraft, which has gathered the most detailed information about Saturn to date, can’t risk coming close enough to the rings to study the icy particles they’re made of. One wayward particle and it could damage Cassini. Some researchers have suggested sending a large spacecraft to hover above the rings and take detailed images, but the fuel requirements for such maneuvers would be enormous. That's why researchers at Cornell propose something simpler, smaller, and about 1,000 times cheaper. A swarm of tiny CubeSats, could be injected directly into Saturn’s rings, where they would orbit along with the ice particles. Those CubeSats could then release hundreds of even smaller spacecraft, called Chipsats, that would “tag” individual ice particles, recording basic information about their composition, density, and motion within the rings.

Spurring creativity : Thinking small also spurs creativity, according to Robert Staehle, another seasoned JPL engineer, who has spearheaded a project to brainstorm planetary CubeSat missions. “The fact that you have this limited-size box is part of the engine of innovation,” he says. “If you can’t figure out how to get it in the size box it is, then you’re not going to space. And that has been a tremendous forcing function of innovation.” Cheaper, simpler spacecraft give engineers the freedom to fail. It’s okay to lose a few CubeSats if they can be easily replaced, and learning from failure is often how technology gets better faster.

NASA's IceCube : To investigate climate change, scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the IceCube satellite, which will be no larger than a loaf of bread. In 2016, this satellite will mature technology that scientists will use to analyze cloud ice in the atmosphere. “We’re using IceCube to test a radiometer that we want to fly on a big space mission,” said Jeffrey Piepmeier, associate head of Goddard’s Microwave Instruments and Technology Branch. “Climate scientists have never used this frequency to measure cloud ice from space before.”

Good things come in small packages: The Firefly : A tiny box orbiting Earth is sending home big data. Built mostly by undergraduate students for less than US$1.5 million, the shoebox sized satellite, called Firefly, is now beaming back information on terrestrial γ-ray flashes — energetic bursts that are triggered by lightning and fired out into space.

Article Link: http://www.airspacemag.com/space/cubesats-moon-mars-and-saturn-too-180952389/?no-ist

Video link: NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Program-1 releasing satellites from the ISS

Source Nature : http://www.nature.com/news/mini-satellites-prove-their-scientific-power-1.15051

+NASA  link on Cubesats: http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html#.VEoDJRbpywR

Lightsail cubesat to be launched by Falcon Heavy: http://goo.gl/TD6mCB
 
The Little CubeSat That Could: http://goo.gl/k7Zy53

Cubesat maps vegetation of the world: http://goo.gl/4LFAP4

Itsy Bitsy satellites: http://goo.gl/nlOA3P

Sprites: http://goo.gl/Tm0VDO

+Google  buys Skybox imaging: http://goo.gl/YSFBVh

Wikipedia link on Cubesats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

Pic courtesy: Smithsonian mag, space.io9.com, Popsci.

#scienceeveryday #cubesats  ___

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2014-10-23 06:17:40 (33 comments, 18 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

References and Links

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

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

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

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

Pic from Popsci article.

#cats #caturday  ___

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2014-10-22 08:35:04 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

The only known planet with a robotic population has a close encounter : Comet Sliding Spring was expected to come really close to Mars on the 19th of October, and it did. To protect the spacecraft orbiting Mars, they were moved to the far side of the planet. Siding Spring is small (the nucleus is less than a mile in diameter) and fast (it passed Mars at about 34 miles per second), but the tail dust could have damaged the robots. With MOM, Maven, MRO, Odyssey, Curiosity and Opportunity and Mars Express all being either on Mars or orbiting the planet, a lot of information has been gleaned about the comet, which is assumed to be a remnant of the early solar system, 4.5 Billion years ago.

Article Extract : 'We cannot plan missions to comets like this - this one was discovered less than two years ago,' said Dr Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for... more »

The only known planet with a robotic population has a close encounter : Comet Sliding Spring was expected to come really close to Mars on the 19th of October, and it did. To protect the spacecraft orbiting Mars, they were moved to the far side of the planet. Siding Spring is small (the nucleus is less than a mile in diameter) and fast (it passed Mars at about 34 miles per second), but the tail dust could have damaged the robots. With MOM, Maven, MRO, Odyssey, Curiosity and Opportunity and Mars Express all being either on Mars or orbiting the planet, a lot of information has been gleaned about the comet, which is assumed to be a remnant of the early solar system, 4.5 Billion years ago.

Article Extract : 'We cannot plan missions to comets like this - this one was discovered less than two years ago,' said Dr Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, in a statement. 'It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots. 'So this very much is a once-in-a-lifetime event, for us and our rovers.'

'This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the agency's diverse science missions will be in full receive mode,' said Dr John Grunsfeld, former astronaut and associate administrator for Nasa's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 'This particular comet has never before entered the inner solar system, so it will provide a fresh source of clues to our solar system's earliest days.' Nasa's five robotic explorers at Mars - the three orbiters Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) and the two rovers Opportunity and Curiosity - were repurposed to witness the event. So too were Europe's Mars Express and India's Mars Orbiting Mission.

Earth-based and space telescopes, including Nasa's iconic Hubble Space Telescope, also will be in position to observe the unique comet. The agency's astrophysics space observatories - Kepler, Swift, Spitzer, Chandra - and the ground-based Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii - also tracked the event.

References and sources:

From Planetary.org : http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/10201007-status-update-all-mars.html

from iO9 : http://space.io9.com/martian-robots-brace-for-close-encounter-with-comet-sid-1648159011

From Dailymail: http://goo.gl/bri73j

From NASA: http://mars.nasa.gov/comets/sidingspring/

#science #cometsidingspring #robot #mars  ___

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2014-10-21 09:05:05 (12 comments, 9 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Full Circle : Dranke and his crew are foiled once again ......

Dranke and the crew of the Raven were looking for an alien fleet which they had tracked across the Milky Way, but it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Spacecommand had tasked the Raven to search the neighboring galaxies for the mysterious alien called 'Ed.' The search continued in a solar system with an artificial planet.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12:h... more »

Full Circle : Dranke and his crew are foiled once again ......

Dranke and the crew of the Raven were looking for an alien fleet which they had tracked across the Milky Way, but it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Spacecommand had tasked the Raven to search the neighboring galaxies for the mysterious alien called 'Ed.' The search continued in a solar system with an artificial planet.

If you haven't read the earlier stories, here is the chronology:

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2
Part 2 : http://goo.gl/8wRbHE
Part 3 : http://goo.gl/eIGokJ
Part 4 : http://goo.gl/gaEZS0
Part 5 : http://goo.gl/bXYxiy
Part 6 : http://goo.gl/mmVbF9
Part 7 : http://goo.gl/i3DDVi
Part 8  : http://goo.gl/IoWcF0
Part 9  : http://goo.gl/B6OQOG
Part 10: http://goo.gl/IP0ORs
Part 11: http://goo.gl/Gn8RDY
Part 12: http://goo.gl/0zEqPI

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2014-10-20 16:25:31 (41 comments, 99 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Bad research : No sense in putting this any other way. I have often come upon some paper which talks about a small sample size, where sample size is important to understanding statistically significant effects. Sometimes the bias in an experiment has not been addressed. In other cases, repeatability is a problem.

Why does this matter? : Imagine a simple thought experiment. First we make an assumption - e.g. eggs come from birds. We need to first define 'eggs' and 'birds'. Is this rigorous? When an experimenter finds that a fish lays an egg, the assumption is clearly not specific enough. What does 'comes from' mean?

Assuming for this example, that only birds lay eggs, and we have defined the terms adequately, we then need to go on and test this idea.... if an idea is testable, repeatable, has some logic and has a clear explanation, we can call this... more »

Bad research : No sense in putting this any other way. I have often come upon some paper which talks about a small sample size, where sample size is important to understanding statistically significant effects. Sometimes the bias in an experiment has not been addressed. In other cases, repeatability is a problem.

Why does this matter? : Imagine a simple thought experiment. First we make an assumption - e.g. eggs come from birds. We need to first define 'eggs' and 'birds'. Is this rigorous? When an experimenter finds that a fish lays an egg, the assumption is clearly not specific enough. What does 'comes from' mean?

Assuming for this example, that only birds lay eggs, and we have defined the terms adequately, we then need to go on and test this idea.... if an idea is testable, repeatable, has some logic and has a clear explanation, we can call this a 'hypothesis'. But we need to check; do all birds lays eggs everywhere we test? Does a bird give birth any other way? Has there been a single case of a bird not laying an egg? Has it been done in all kinds of conditions, multiple times, by different researchers? Is there some bias that can creep into the way we observe this egg-laying phenomena? Hypothesis are based on the scientific method, and means something in science.

Hypothesis --> Theory ---> Law : This is a long journey from our initial assumption. The UC Berkeley website says " Occasionally, scientific ideas (such as biological evolution) are written off with the putdown "it's just a theory." This slur is misleading and conflates two separate meanings of the word theory: in common usage, the word theory means just a hunch, but in science, a theory is a powerful explanation for a broad set of observations. To be accepted by the scientific community, a theory (in the scientific sense of the word) must be strongly supported by many different lines of evidence. So biological evolution is a theory (it is a well-supported, widely accepted, and powerful explanation for the diversity of life on Earth), but it is not "just" a theory. "

Feynman explains : Richard Feynman describes the way the scientific method works (Feynman on Scientific Method. ) and here he is again on the social sciences : R. P. Feynman on social sciences

Researchers published results damaging their own work : This is how science works. Things change and researchers like Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton actually published a paper saying their own work was not repeatable. This is all kinds of awesome . Read more about it here http://goo.gl/wVXYdK

What to look for : Matter of belief and opinion cannot be researched. If that is the basis of the study, its bad science. Sample population is important and how it was selected. Did the researchers study one variable at a time? Did they have a control group to test against? Were all the variables controlled? Was it a double blind test? (not always possible). Was the conclusion statistically significant?  ------- There are many other basic ideas you can check for. I saw a research on an effect, where the experiment was done only once. The experimenter was himself a part of the experiment and the conclusions seemed to be a matter of opinion. That is just bad research. No other way to call it.

References:

From SciAm: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/absolutely-maybe/2013/09/08/bad-research-rising-the-7th-olympiad-of-research-on-biomedical-publication/

The Scientific method (Univ. Of Rochester) : http://teacher.nsrl.rochester.edu/phy_labs/appendixe/appendixe.html

Empire state college ref: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/badstats

Pic link: http://goo.gl/lSNzrs

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-10-19 12:49:15 (28 comments, 21 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Car of the future : In keeping with some of the thoughts I've been having on technology and what role it plays in our lives as to lowering carbon emission and providing cheaper and more reliable energy, here is my view of what would make a car of the future... besides the obvious improvements on weight, safety and 'smart cars' what powers the ubiquitous car for humanity will be key to managing carbon emissions. I am very aware that this needs to look at LCA for each type of vehicle.

Virus powered batteries : Biological engineer Angela Belcher is genetically modifying viruses to create batteries that can be recharged thousands of times and then decay harmlessly. See earlier post 'My dream is to make a virus powered car' (http://goo.gl/hPZ7Bd). Belcher speaks regularly about her work and inspirations. To her, evolution is a billion year nanotech experiment. Thep... more »

Car of the future : In keeping with some of the thoughts I've been having on technology and what role it plays in our lives as to lowering carbon emission and providing cheaper and more reliable energy, here is my view of what would make a car of the future... besides the obvious improvements on weight, safety and 'smart cars' what powers the ubiquitous car for humanity will be key to managing carbon emissions. I am very aware that this needs to look at LCA for each type of vehicle.

Virus powered batteries : Biological engineer Angela Belcher is genetically modifying viruses to create batteries that can be recharged thousands of times and then decay harmlessly. See earlier post 'My dream is to make a virus powered car' (http://goo.gl/hPZ7Bd). Belcher speaks regularly about her work and inspirations. To her, evolution is a billion year nanotech experiment. The physical features of every living thing on earth are built from the bottom up by our genetic code. Viruses are the simplest living things to work with. Belcher has three main viral-battery innovations to her name: the lithium battery with virus electrodes, the water-splitting virus fuel cells, and the virus-nanotube solar cell.

The Hyundai 'Photosynthesis car' concept : The car’s body consists of transparent solar panels, which "collect ambient light" and create electricity. Now, that current doesn’t simply power an electric motor. The electricity is fed into a water tank to split the hydrogen from the oxygen. The hydrogen is stored and used to power the vehicle while the pure oxygen comes out the exhaust. The car essential functions like a plant does, with its own version of photosynthesis. (http://goo.gl/NZaRu4)

Regulation plays a role : In the 1970s to early 1980s, we doubled the fuel economy of cars. And then starting in the mid-80s, we stopped. Mileage standards remained unchanged from 1985 to 2007, and truck and S.U.V. sales almost doubled. Because these vehicles have lower standards than cars, average fuel economy today is actually a bit less than it was 20 years ago, despite hard-won gains in engine efficiency. (PBS transcript of 'Car of the future' http://goo.gl/j8Dvbw)

3D Printed cars : the 3D printed car ‘the strati’ was printed and assembled at a exhibition, the full-scale and fully functional vehicle is an investigation for the usage capabilities of a hybrid additive/subtractive machine developed at oak ridge national laboratory, and the car was driven off after printing. (http://goo.gl/712pUk)

Other references and links

From Slate: http://goo.gl/sbSg0g (Biobatteries)

Inhabit: http://inhabitat.com/mit-develop-virus-powered-car-battery/

Fuel cell car : http://goo.gl/ztt3CS

Concept car using photosynthesis: http://goo.gl/XeKJQ8

Hybrid air car from Popular Mechanics: http://goo.gl/l1S8zI

Solar paint post : http://goo.gl/g6mmVM

Pics courtesy: wikispaces, pugeot, BMW, MIT, pixable.com

#scienceeveryday #car #future  ___

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2014-10-18 11:39:46 (22 comments, 9 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Low-carbon economy : As a part of my Climate change course, a peer-reviewed essay on what a low-carbon economy would look like was part of the requirement. Instead of writing about climate change refugees (which was the other option), I decided to look at how I would envision such an economy. I must confess, I would have included organic-inorganic buildings and more radical solutions if I had more leeway, but as per the rubric, here is my essay....

A Low-Carbon Economy would be one which invests in new technology as well as in managing consumption. As a counterpoint to the heavy energy draining economies, a low-carbon economy would be one which creates jobs and resources in areas such as nuclear fission and fusion research[1].

Instead of using coal, natural gas and petroleum, it would focus on hydroelectricity, solar and wind power as well as harnessing the energy from... more »

Low-carbon economy : As a part of my Climate change course, a peer-reviewed essay on what a low-carbon economy would look like was part of the requirement. Instead of writing about climate change refugees (which was the other option), I decided to look at how I would envision such an economy. I must confess, I would have included organic-inorganic buildings and more radical solutions if I had more leeway, but as per the rubric, here is my essay....

A Low-Carbon Economy would be one which invests in new technology as well as in managing consumption. As a counterpoint to the heavy energy draining economies, a low-carbon economy would be one which creates jobs and resources in areas such as nuclear fission and fusion research[1].

Instead of using coal, natural gas and petroleum, it would focus on hydroelectricity, solar and wind power as well as harnessing the energy from the sea (both from wave energy as well as temperature differential) as well as other newer tech[2]. More than anything, a low-carbon economy would look at trying to achieve a life-cycle assessment for all power sources to come to as close to zero as possible[3].

Very different from a traditional economy, one would get rewarded for low-carbon choices and actions taken to reduce one's footprint. Some of the choices made in this scenario may not be comfortable, but it would be for the well-being of their children and their future generations.

Ideally, a low-carbon economy should aim to reduce carbon emissions in all areas of industry, while investing in cleaner technology which would reduce the burden on cost. Private industry can be given subsidies which are currently being given to coal and petroleum industry for lower carbon LCA alternatives[4].

Any economy which takes the leadership position in creating new technology automatically becomes a growth economy, and first movers can take this pole position. Early adopters also have an advantage in this scenario, as there may be niche areas in the alternate energy area and land management, management of mitigating strategies etc. which can be refined and developed.

Least attractive is the late adopters. Typically developed countries have been late adopters and other than the China story, the solar cell technology has benefited developed countries as far as technology leadership, patents and manufacture is concerned.

Technology is changing very rapidly now, and there are low-carbon alternatives in almost all areas. Growing more trees and creating rapid ability to harness water in the air along with creating alternate energy sources will be key to managing carbon emissions[5]. As mentioned before fusion and fission power is something we may need to use safely. A lot of the technologies exist today, while some vital technologies need a decade of work to see fruition[6].

Some of the basic ways we operate may change, but the idea is fundamentally change our consumption, while managing the change in such a way that we all have access to food, water, electricity, transport and communication, with managing the carbon emissions. Such an economy does not need to be a zero-growth economy, it just needs to have different values and systems. Growth would be measured in terms of reducing carbon emissions while also creating new jobs and opportunities in the alternate energy industry.

It may be impossible to exist in silos as we have done for so many years, and in some ways, the world is all in this together. It may be time to create a global governing body, especially with regards to climate change as this is probably the only way that countries will buy into, and participate in reducing their respective carbon emissions.

One of the other new research areas are how the microbiome affects climate[7]. This may be an area of opportunity in the future, and how we can understand and manipulate microorganisms around us, may be crucial to managing the climate. Every spoonful of dirt has millions of microorganisms, and what role they play in climate change is just starting to be researched.

The social and cultural ethos of such a society would be highly ethical and very measured. The populace would be highly educated in science and especially in the understanding of how the climate change can be managed. As such, it is more likely that such a society would voluntarily travel by public transport, plant trees and plants, practice rain water harvesting, using local produce, practice city and vertical farming[8], using LED lights, waste less food per person and use electricity sparingly. While it is not always possible to extrapolate such an economy, the drivers of such an economy would have to be very different from the consumerist and consumptive economies we have spawned today.

It is most likely that populations will continue to be concentrated in cities, but there is less need for people to travel and commute, which would make it a very different kind of life experience for people who live in our low-carbon economy.

[1] References: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-business/wp/2014/10/15/nuclear-fusion-energy-in-a-decade-... and Farnsworth reactor http://www.google.com/patents/US3386883

[2] http://archives.datapages.com/data/bulletns/1997/08aug/1292/1292.htm?doi=10.1306%2F522B4DE3-1727-11D...

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-cycle_assessment#Life_cycle_impact_assessment

[4] http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/ ...... http://paidtopollute.org.au/ptp-fossil-fuel-subsidies..... and http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27142377

[5] Water from air http://www.gizmag.com/extracting-water-from-the-air/2796/

[6] http://www.science20.com/mark_halper/kite_energy_leveraging_jet_stream_renewable_power-93059

[7] http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/book/978-3-319-11664-8...... http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41078/title/Incorporating-Soil-Microbes-in-Cli...

[8] http://mitcityfarm.media.mit.edu/

Earlier post on Climate Change: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/ViUSqY8Y5FS

What is the science behind Climate Change? : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/TLEAg68ktWt

Pic courtesy and low-carbon city : http://www.asianscientist.com/2012/11/topnews/iskandar-malaysia-low-carbon-smart-city-2012/

#science #essay #lowcarboneconomy  ___

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2014-10-17 15:23:52 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

A Hacker, a murderer and a genetic condition : Do you need any more reasons to read a book?  ......

Because I support authors who have supported me in the past, and +E.E. Giorgi writes wonderfully crafted stories. Bonus : She's a scientist.

Promo : She's running a promo on Gene Cards here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NH8V8OE/ (At 99c its a steal). If you really need to see the preview, its up on her blog. Don't hold back, just spend the 99c. Seriously.

#authorssupportingauthors  

A Hacker, a murderer and a genetic condition : Do you need any more reasons to read a book?  ......

Because I support authors who have supported me in the past, and +E.E. Giorgi writes wonderfully crafted stories. Bonus : She's a scientist.

Promo : She's running a promo on Gene Cards here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NH8V8OE/ (At 99c its a steal). If you really need to see the preview, its up on her blog. Don't hold back, just spend the 99c. Seriously.

#authorssupportingauthors  ___

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2014-10-16 09:04:59 (28 comments, 14 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Fusion news : I normally don't post about breaking news, but this one is interesting, and I'm cautiously optimistic. I owe this post to +Gary Ray R and +Aaron Coakley who commented on some other posts and on the new announcement from Lockheed at the Skunkworks facility.

Commentary from discussion on other posts :  Looking into the Skunkworks claim, it seems that they have a theoretical idea of the geometries, but they are still 5-10 years away from a working model. I do know they have some of the best engineers, and they take big risks, so I'm sanguine. I do hope they have something, since the ITER is dogged with delays and the Lawrence Livermore facility is scaling back. We do need some cutting edge engineers working on the problem. The theory is not the issue - its the engineering.

Fusion is the holy grail of our times. If someone does create aco... more »

Fusion news : I normally don't post about breaking news, but this one is interesting, and I'm cautiously optimistic. I owe this post to +Gary Ray R and +Aaron Coakley who commented on some other posts and on the new announcement from Lockheed at the Skunkworks facility.

Commentary from discussion on other posts :  Looking into the Skunkworks claim, it seems that they have a theoretical idea of the geometries, but they are still 5-10 years away from a working model. I do know they have some of the best engineers, and they take big risks, so I'm sanguine. I do hope they have something, since the ITER is dogged with delays and the Lawrence Livermore facility is scaling back. We do need some cutting edge engineers working on the problem. The theory is not the issue - its the engineering.

Fusion is the holy grail of our times. If someone does create a commercial system, it can change the whole issue with carbon emissions. Technically, fusion is possible even now, but bootstrapping and net gain are the issues, and as the LLNL folks found, its one thing to theoretically make assumptions of the engineering, and quite another to actually demonstrate it in the lab. Fusion is possible. Its just very hard to replicate what the Sun does!

From +Gary Ray R's research : "I did find the patent application for the new Lockheed Compact Fusion Reactor by the lead scientist at Lockheed, Thomas John Mcguire. There are drawings on the first 15 pages, description starts on page 16. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20140301518.pdf." (Talks about the diagrams as well as the text of the patent). Btw if you're not following Gary you probably should!

From the Article: Most existing fusion devices slam together atoms using a tokamak, a magnetic device that contains the superheated plasma required for fusion to occur. The problem is, the energy required to sustain the reaction is almost as much as what's created by the reaction. Lockheed says they've figured out how to solve that problem, using their CFR, a jet-engine-sized device. They've changed the process for holding the plasma in a way they say has 10 times the output of a tokamak.They also say there's no risk of a meltdown, and that radioactive waste will be considerably lessened.

No prototype has been built or tested yet, though, and this research field is littered with failures, despite millions of dollars of investment.

Article source: http://goo.gl/KwnSMa

Scientific American article: http://goo.gl/NbR0al

Video Link: Lockheed Martin: Compact Fusion Research & Development

iO9 link and pic courtesy: http://goo.gl/APRAhj

Earlier Posts

Home-brewed Fusion : An Improbable quest : http://goo.gl/nCYuJg

Fusion power update - disconcerting news : http://goo.gl/UQz991

Fusion (Still far away) : http://goo.gl/DYjVKy

The Race for Fusion : http://goo.gl/Pu8V2b

#science #fusion #energy #power  ___

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