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SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been at 5 events

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Science on Google+475,046Please join us for Developmental Science HOA, a new collaborative Hangout On Air series which is co-hosted by +Science on Google+ and +Developmental Psychology. In the first Developmental Science HOA we will be talking with Dr. +Gedeon Deák. +Gedeon Deák is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Human Development at +University of California, San Diego and is the director of the +Cognitive Development Laboratory at UC-San Diego. +Gedeon Deák studies the dynamics of infant social interactions and social learning, using experimental behavioral paradigms, ethnographic investigations, physiological studies, and computer simulations. He and his collaborators conducted the first study of real-time interactions between parents and toddlers with high-density EEG and motion capture of both participants. He also studies how children learn and use words, and how they flexibly shift their attention, representations, and inferences.Important LinksCurriculum Vitae: http://goo.gl/qLtUaCLab Website: http://goo.gl/AQ78h6ResearchGate: http://goo.gl/Mj8deHRelevant PapersWatch the hands: infants can learn to follow gaze by seeing adults manipulate objects: http://goo.gl/bSMzKyYoung children’s fast mapping and generalization of words, facts, and pictograms :http://goo.gl/nhykZFA Unified Account of Gaze Following: http://goo.Developmental Science HOA: Episode 12014-08-05 18:00:00101 
STEM Women on G+118,308Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096 
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych253,611It's been a pretty disappointing year for some of us, celestial sights wise. There have been the usual meteor showers (it was cloudy for me every time), the transit of Venus (also cloudy) and several eclipses (none were visible from my area).Luckily, we still have the Geminids left. They're generally considered to be one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year, so hopefully we'll get a good show.They will appear to radiate from the constellation of Gemini, and you could spot up to 120 meteors per hour. The moon will be new meaning that visibility should be very good.Although Dec 13th-14th is the peak, meteors will be visible for several days before and after that so don't forget to look up this week.As usual, if you get any good photographs/videos please send them our way!Geminid Meteor Shower2012-12-14 00:00:00165 
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych253,611http://www.redbullstratos.com/The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall.To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  +ScienceSunday +Part-Time Scientists +Peter's Scifi page +Red BullRed Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00672 
Trever McGhee74,906Please accept my apologies if your one of the few that got hit by a bug in their system!This is my first event and for some reason Google notified some people 20 times and for some their system was planning on doing that within their calendars for the next 5 years...every single day...20 times a day...how it did or why it would set peoples calendars up to be notified 20 times a day...I don't know.Hopefully they've got it corrected, if not please let me know.I know I wanted to help peoples wishes come true but not in that way,The goal of this event my Birthday is give you as many of my Birthday Wishes as you require...why because you deserve it.My wish is here is to connect you to the thoughts/ the energy of thousands of people around the world all making a Birthday Wish for themselves from the heart... to you.I like to Imagine the energy from all those making a wish and the energy coming from the ones that come true(the smiles..the laughter..the tears...the overflowing of pure joy) being connected to you to power your own wish to come true.Thanks to some theories about Quantum Physics there's no space between you or me or them...topped with the fact they tell us energy is never destroyed, it's gotta go somewhere as each new person joins in, so why not to you to empower your wish to come true sooner rather than later.Imagine being connected to thousands....millions of others all making wishes...all hoping that your wish comes true for it will help empower their wish.They've documented several cases of where positive thoughts have made a difference, so why not around someones birthday who can then share it with everyone whose connected to that person...so me for this event.It's never been done before, so why not now....be part of it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain as we go day by day, year by year building this community of wish granters.Now think of an image that represents your wish and then take2seconds to think of that image at least once a day until it comes true.Have fun with it, there's no right or wrong way when you come from the heart.Please let us know as each wish comes true...yes each wish...there's no law that says you're only granted one wish...you deserve everyone of them when they come from the heart..when that wish fills you with the passion for life...*****UPDATE at first I was focused on getting as many people as possible for this so that everyone had more energy but now after reading your comments..hearing your passion for life...the numbers have gone completely out the window for each one of you have brought your own unique energy to the equation that's priceless....THANK YOUIn my world Birthday wishes can be made everyday of the year because it's a celebration everyday that your here to share this with.So today I Celebrate being 44 aUpdate to fix Google Bug for "It's My Birthday and my wish is for your wishes to come true!!"2012-08-17 12:00:00205 

SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been shared in 558 public circles

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Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial#ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech#GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft#MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain#mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus#naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
Sharon Caroline1,629Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463000
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov982Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453101
Hasna Areta Zakiya914ADD CIRCLE AND SHARE#circle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #CircleOfTheDay #SharedCircles #Share #Shared #SharedPublicCircles #ShareCircle #ADD #SharingCircles #Engagers #SocialMedia #Google+ #Friends #GooglePlusTips #EngagersCircle #Marketing #SocialMediaMarketing #SharedCircleOfTheDay #Google2014-10-12 17:22:38447000
Hasna Areta Zakiya914INVITE AND SHARE#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-10-11 18:04:304477211
RokSimec.com7,554To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!*#circle                    2014-10-01 11:44:47498000
RokSimec.com7,248 To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!*#circle                    2014-09-26 10:33:5149813920
Kenneth Nicholson3,806Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If 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*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-09-25 13:06:13485455179
Becky Collins16,946Another crazy popular 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 ?2014-09-23 08:58:07436141020
Balram Chanda4,966▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █  Very trusted Circle 3   █ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▄▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ⓖHi friends! This is an incredible circle, created with important selection from my another ten circles very importants.If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle.And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.if you want to be part of the next  Special Cirlce1 - include me in your circles 2 - shared the circle  [ include yourself ] 3 - add +1 to the post2014-09-01 00:46:30500338
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Invite, Follow, Share and FUNhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-08-30 03:43:314497012
Balram Chanda4,448▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █  Very trusted Circle  █ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▄▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ⓖHi friends! This is an incredible circle, created with important selection from my another ten circles very importants.If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle.And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.if you want to be part of the next  Special Cirlce1 - include me in your circles 2 - shared the circle  [ include yourself ] 3 - add +1 to the post 2014-08-21 06:51:30378225
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-08-20 09:26:444497010
Harry Day6,067This circle is an awesome group of people who remain active on my daily posts, share frequently, and have otherwise helped me get the most out of Google Plus.If you wanna be here, do as in the Sharers Code:AddPlusLeave your  a commentShare publicly#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team2014-08-20 08:21:37487592874
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Share, Add, Follow, Visit http://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis 2014-08-15 03:39:114537313
Carlos Esteban50,970ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find a sample of recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle :) Have a great week!2014-08-11 15:57:3149910779158
Hasna Areta Zakiya914Singgasana Hotels & Resorts pilihan akomodasi terbaik di Indonesiahttp://goo.gl/20O0rBhttp://www.akusukses.com/review-seo-kontes/singgasana-hotels-resorts-pilihan-akomodasi-terbaik-di-indonesia/ quenza-shop.com Toko online terbaik dan terbesar di Indonesiahttp://goo.gl/8FsxRphttp://www.akusukses.com/review-seo-kontes/quenza-shop-com-toko-online-terbaik-dan-terbesar-di-indonesia/#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWe2014-08-07 03:05:214537116
Lynda Chervil890Add this circle of excellent engagers, thinkers, innovators, and future tech leaders. My ++Solar Power++ Circle will provide you with the latest and greatest from the world of tech innovations, especially in the renewable energy sector. Simply add this circle and then share it!If you'd like to be added to this circle, please comment below, share and add the circle. Only those who qualify with content and expertise will be added. Thanks! #Tesla   #nikolatesla   #elonmusk   #solarenergy   #innovation   #technology   #solarpower   #hydroelectric   #science   #STEM   #research   #education   #futuretech   #futuretechnology  2014-07-31 14:24:32343125
German Vater32,383My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #circleshare  2014-07-27 16:47:5833892128
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211960146
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-18 03:39:1145210415
Able Lawrence100,166100K Engagers Celebration Circle Thank you all those who have followed me and engaged with my posts and taking me to the milestone of 100,000 followers. Goolge+ has been an exhilarating journey of 3 years and I would like to thank all those who have followed me and engaged on my posts whether they were on Science or Birds or Technology. The circle has been created using  * +Circloscope * which is the work of +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh All of you are free to share your favorite posts in the comments and also reshare this circle. If you are included in the circle, you will get a notification.  2014-07-17 17:22:18340491787
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-16 04:00:0145210315
Hasna Areta Zakiya145JOIN CIRCLE NOWFOLLOW CIRCLE NOWADD CIRCLE NOWSHARE CIRCLE NOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-07-02 08:21:52452629
Hasna Areta Zakiya145#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-06-30 06:15:56438808
German Vater30,120My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #active  2014-06-29 13:19:47326143053
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200
khairul efendi0 Keep this simple!1. ADD the circle2 Share the post3. Plus the post.4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? #circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles      #ownsocialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #circlesharingpages   #sharingcircles   #whatshot   #followers   #googleplustips #CircleSharing #CircleShare #CircleOfTheDay #Circle #SharedCircles #Google #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #AddCircle #ADD #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircle #Circles #Shared #Friends #Blogging #SharingCircles #CircleofFriends #Blogger #Engagers2014-06-20 07:31:49501215
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755693
German Vater28,537My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circle   #circles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleshared   #sharingiscaring  2014-06-15 10:27:42309132530
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Mikhail Petrovsky87,371Good morning /evening to all!Этот круг объединяет людей со схожими интересами и активной жизненной позицией в Google+Буду признателен всем, кто присоединится и поделится этим кругом.This circle unites people with similar interests and an active lifestyle in Google+ I would be grateful to all those who will join and share this circle. #ForFriends #EarthMyMother #photo 2014-06-10 02:03:08492452371
Marsha Friedman3,586This circle is for +++++++Published Authors++++++. You'll find both fiction and non-fiction writers who are committed to promoting each other's work here on Google+. Please feel free to add all of these fine folks and share this circle with your friends!Just add the circle and share it with your followers!#greenliving   #environmentalism   #environment   #alternativeenergy2014-06-05 14:43:06329000
German Vater27,634My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #thebigcircle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleofthemonth   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circleshared  2014-06-01 09:32:35293101926
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Organo Gold Review1,066I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle as they will be sure to interact with you. Circle sharing pages This circle contains pages that engage through pluses, comments or shares. If you receive a notification means you are inside.#circleshare       #circlesharing       #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle     #dontconfusethecircles  2014-05-20 02:06:08460113
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John Wood5,688Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circleBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-05-16 10:20:51427321957
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German Vater24,948My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #circleshare   #circlesharing   #bigcircle   #thebigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #addcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #topcircleshare   #circle   #circles  2014-05-04 13:45:46273223845
David Baj574Very Good CircleVIC (very important circle) #vic    #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles  If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle. And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.If you want to be part of the next  Special Circle1 - include me in your circles3 - shared the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post5 - Comment  #findcircles    #circlemeup    #influencermarketing    #influencers     #socialmediamarketing     #socialnetworking     #toppeople   #entrepreneur   #happy  2014-04-30 23:43:15244201

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2014-10-17 09:48:44 (50 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Stephen Hawking thinks it may be best to avoid aliens : Scientists who dabble in futuristic scenarios often have some interesting reasons for what they say.

I have a different take, but Mr.Hawking's views are worth reading : 

Stephen Hawking believes we should fear aliens, which would probably come to Earth in search of resources and bent on our destruction. The cosmologist says in a new Discovery Channel series that he thinks aliens exist, but we should do everything we can to avoid meeting them. Any life intelligent enough to find us would probably be seeking resources, he says. And that would likely be bad news for humans.

_"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he says.
Among billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, Earth is probably... more »

Most reshares: 35

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2014-10-20 16:42:07 (9 comments, 35 reshares, 145 +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 »

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2014-10-20 16:42:07 (9 comments, 35 reshares, 145 +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 »

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2014-11-23 11:38:28 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +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 15:56:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Someone posted this on the SF community.

Since it led to a commercial website, the mods removed it.

PS: I finally watched the movie.

Someone posted this on the SF community.

Since it led to a commercial website, the mods removed it.

PS: I finally watched the movie.___

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2014-11-22 03:57:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +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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2014-11-21 14:11:32 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 58 +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 19:11:40 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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–BriggsType Indi... more »

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/

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2014-11-16 17:54:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +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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2014-11-16 17:53:52 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 33 +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  ___

2014-11-12 08:09:20 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Rosetta live http://rosetta.esa.int/

Rosetta live http://rosetta.esa.int/___

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2014-11-09 09:09:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +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 04:17:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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…

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…___

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2014-11-07 13:21:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +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 10:03:16 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Why the SEO people leave me cold : I have very few people who are into SEO in my circles. A few like +Frank Gainsford  +Jaana Nyström and +John Skeats are exceptions since they use their power for good and not evil. A number of SEO people misuse the power google gives them to harass members of Google plus, push people around and bully and target them.

This is WRONG. There is no excuse to use your position and following to target people and single them out for abuse and vilification. It is the worst kind of bullying and it is not only in poor taste, it shows how much you will stoop to show up people. Targeting people who are mods in communities is even worse. It shows lack of understanding of SEO itself and poor grace.

I am not naming names of people, since that would drag me down to their level. Its just wrong.

Pic from serpmagic.com

Why the SEO people leave me cold : I have very few people who are into SEO in my circles. A few like +Frank Gainsford  +Jaana Nyström and +John Skeats are exceptions since they use their power for good and not evil. A number of SEO people misuse the power google gives them to harass members of Google plus, push people around and bully and target them.

This is WRONG. There is no excuse to use your position and following to target people and single them out for abuse and vilification. It is the worst kind of bullying and it is not only in poor taste, it shows how much you will stoop to show up people. Targeting people who are mods in communities is even worse. It shows lack of understanding of SEO itself and poor grace.

I am not naming names of people, since that would drag me down to their level. Its just wrong.

Pic from serpmagic.com___

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2014-11-05 13:12:43 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

+Dryade Geo we aliens have a penchant for avoiding raptors. Here is why...!

Happy Birthday!! from the alien.



Pic of Shoebill : credit http://www.vamshare.com/alien-like-creatures/

+Dryade Geo we aliens have a penchant for avoiding raptors. Here is why...!

Happy Birthday!! from the alien.



Pic of Shoebill : credit http://www.vamshare.com/alien-like-creatures/___

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2014-11-04 16:03:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +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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2014-11-02 19:32:42 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +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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2014-11-02 19:31:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +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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2014-11-01 04:40:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The compressive stresses found in the Prince Rupert's Drop...

If you want to know more, see the post - https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/jhbHUZfmbg2

The compressive stresses found in the Prince Rupert's Drop...

If you want to know more, see the post - https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/jhbHUZfmbg2___

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2014-10-31 10:51:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

+Nikki C have a great day / week / year ! Pardon the amateur effort!

+Nikki C have a great day / week / year ! Pardon the amateur effort!___

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2014-10-29 16:05:39 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Antares Rocket Explosion Wasn't Orbital Sciences' First Big Malfunction : Orbital Sciences has lost some of NASA's gear before, because going to space is really, really hard.

If it seemed like the crew were prepared for this disaster, it's because they were. Contingency planning is a requirement for any sort of space travel. But in Orbital Sciences' case, this kind of thing has happened before. In 2009, and again in 2011, rockets operated by Orbital Sciences failed after launch. In the 2009 case it cost NASA a $273 million satellite. In 2011, the lost cargo was NASA's $424 million Glory satellite. Rather than fall in a blaze of fire, in both cases the Taurus XL rockets had trouble with their nose cones. In both cases, the rockets pitched into the southern Pacific Ocean.

Is it time for a newer technology to send payloads into space? : Iwro... more »

The Antares Rocket Explosion Wasn't Orbital Sciences' First Big Malfunction : Orbital Sciences has lost some of NASA's gear before, because going to space is really, really hard.

If it seemed like the crew were prepared for this disaster, it's because they were. Contingency planning is a requirement for any sort of space travel. But in Orbital Sciences' case, this kind of thing has happened before. In 2009, and again in 2011, rockets operated by Orbital Sciences failed after launch. In the 2009 case it cost NASA a $273 million satellite. In 2011, the lost cargo was NASA's $424 million Glory satellite. Rather than fall in a blaze of fire, in both cases the Taurus XL rockets had trouble with their nose cones. In both cases, the rockets pitched into the southern Pacific Ocean.

Is it time for a newer technology to send payloads into space? : I wrote about this earlier, using NAIC concepts. +NASA itself has been toying with the idea, but its been on the back burner - https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/8UsonwuP8QM

Air to Space Launch : There are other air-to-space launches discussed here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Aw2i1GLMULE which may be of interest.

Also tagging in +Adam Black and +Frank Gainsford for reasons.

Article link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antares-rocket-explosion-wasnt-orbital-sciences-first-big-malfunction-180953177/

#antares___

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2014-10-29 10:21:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +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 08:21:28 (24 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Harassment : As we all know, it has different faces. But they all have one thing in common : Trolls are ubiquitous all over the internet. Ban (if its a community) and report trolling. Its a public service.

From the Article: According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, a very large minority of adults have been harassed online. From name calling to physical threats and prolonged harassment, sexual slurs and stalking, 40 percent of internet users have experienced harassment, and 73 percent have seen it happen to someone else. Most of the harassing is done by total strangers, says the Wall Street Journal, and most of the offenses fall on the lighter end of the spectrum. Yet as National Post columnist Christie Blatchford wrote earlier this year, the culture of harassment makes “one long for a time when death threats weren’t so easy to make.”

Article link:http:/... more »

Harassment : As we all know, it has different faces. But they all have one thing in common : Trolls are ubiquitous all over the internet. Ban (if its a community) and report trolling. Its a public service.

From the Article: According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, a very large minority of adults have been harassed online. From name calling to physical threats and prolonged harassment, sexual slurs and stalking, 40 percent of internet users have experienced harassment, and 73 percent have seen it happen to someone else. Most of the harassing is done by total strangers, says the Wall Street Journal, and most of the offenses fall on the lighter end of the spectrum. Yet as National Post columnist Christie Blatchford wrote earlier this year, the culture of harassment makes “one long for a time when death threats weren’t so easy to make.”

Article link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/40-adult-internet-users-have-been-harassed-online-180953143/?no-ist (pic from article).

Related research: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/

#harassment  ___

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2014-10-27 18:47:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday +Carrie Canup! I've been enjoying all the nightly nooks, and since I love the water, here is something which looked awesome.



Pic taken from icoupie.com

Happy Birthday +Carrie Canup! I've been enjoying all the nightly nooks, and since I love the water, here is something which looked awesome.



Pic taken from icoupie.com___

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2014-10-27 10:46:17 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

*Since I have been getting so many comments about 'Ancient Aliens' * : And I write Science fiction. But I am not unscientific about reality. There is a difference. In some senses we are all aliens. But did aliens come and hang out with early man? There is no proof. And The History Channel does not help with their complete and utter disregard for science or logic. Or even common sense.

Here is an extract: There was so much wrong with the Ancient Aliens episode that I could spend all week trying to counteract every incorrect assertion. This is a common technique among cranks and self-appointed challengers of science; it is called Gish Gallop after young earth creationist Duane Gish. When giving public presentations about evolution and creationism, Gish rapidly spouted off a series of misinterpretations and falsehoods to bury his opponent under an avalanche of fictions and distortions. If... more »

*Since I have been getting so many comments about 'Ancient Aliens' * : And I write Science fiction. But I am not unscientific about reality. There is a difference. In some senses we are all aliens. But did aliens come and hang out with early man? There is no proof. And The History Channel does not help with their complete and utter disregard for science or logic. Or even common sense.

Here is an extract: There was so much wrong with the Ancient Aliens episode that I could spend all week trying to counteract every incorrect assertion. This is a common technique among cranks and self-appointed challengers of science; it is called Gish Gallop after young earth creationist Duane Gish. When giving public presentations about evolution and creationism, Gish rapidly spouted off a series of misinterpretations and falsehoods to bury his opponent under an avalanche of fictions and distortions. If Gish’s opponent tried to dig themselves out, they would never be able to make enough progress to free themselves to take on Gish directly. Ancient Aliens uses the same tactic—the fictions come fast and furious.

Article link from +Smithsonian Magazine : http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-idiocy-fabrications-and-lies-of-ancient-aliens-86294030/

Pic courtesy: underdogtheology.blogspot.com

#fabrications  ___

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2014-10-27 09:56:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Via +Jacob Dix...

Bully Free Zone

I had the chance this summer to pass by my old elementary school, Gonzalvez Elementary, in Cerritos, CA, where I was bullied every single day as a kid. While there, I saw this sign – “bully free zone”. Part of me doesn’t believe a word of it. Part of me – and I’m a high school teacher – hopes they took real steps to mean what those words say. That was over 30 years ago. It’s still a tough image.

http://www.mobilography.net/bully-free-zone/

Site || www.mobilography.net
Page || +Mobilography
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography #Bullying #BullyPrevention ___Via +Jacob Dix...

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2014-10-26 10:28:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +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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Mission impossible is a series set in the distant future. If you like science fiction ands... more »

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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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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2014-10-26 10:18:07 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I posted about Ello some time back, but I still have invites. Anyone who wants one, just send me your email. It could be in the comments or in a PM.

FYI I'm agnostic about platforms. I'm trying out the new one just in case as a backup to my G+ account.

I posted about Ello some time back, but I still have invites. Anyone who wants one, just send me your email. It could be in the comments or in a PM.

FYI I'm agnostic about platforms. I'm trying out the new one just in case as a backup to my G+ account.___

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2014-10-26 06:13:01 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The man defined prolific : I remember he was a consultant on Star Trek, he wrote articles on pure science and his work is incredibly diverse. Right from Azazel to his books on Robots and the Empire, he covered genres and touched on work we can only dream of.

I read his 'Left Hand of the Electron' a wonderful science book on antimatter. Being a Chemistry grad, it made me feel there was a connection. Maybe I was being silly.

Now I read about this advice to AARPA.... its fascinating. It truly is.

The man defined prolific : I remember he was a consultant on Star Trek, he wrote articles on pure science and his work is incredibly diverse. Right from Azazel to his books on Robots and the Empire, he covered genres and touched on work we can only dream of.

I read his 'Left Hand of the Electron' a wonderful science book on antimatter. Being a Chemistry grad, it made me feel there was a connection. Maybe I was being silly.

Now I read about this advice to AARPA.... its fascinating. It truly is.___

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2014-10-25 08:51:58 (3 comments, 16 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

Saw this scene in iO9. Its kind of beautiful and dystopian both in an eerily strange way. Very evocative indeed. The artist is Steve Messing and the pic is taken from the Article link attached.

Quoting from the Article: Even when we are cyborgs, our skins hardened into exoskeletons and our lungs tuned to breathe whatever gasses are available, we will still share at least one thing with our human ancestors. We will never tire of looking out over our cities, watching their lights wink on in darkness.

Article link: http://io9.com/they-come-here-to-appreciate-the-abstract-beauty-of-sky-1649663349/all

Saw this scene in iO9. Its kind of beautiful and dystopian both in an eerily strange way. Very evocative indeed. The artist is Steve Messing and the pic is taken from the Article link attached.

Quoting from the Article: Even when we are cyborgs, our skins hardened into exoskeletons and our lungs tuned to breathe whatever gasses are available, we will still share at least one thing with our human ancestors. We will never tire of looking out over our cities, watching their lights wink on in darkness.

Article link: http://io9.com/they-come-here-to-appreciate-the-abstract-beauty-of-sky-1649663349/all___

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2014-10-24 16:29:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Bistromathic drive : Well there is a very teeny non-zero probability of you being on the moon. Its analogous to the infinite magnetic lines of force every magnet has as far as the kind of probabilities are involved.  I was a little awestruck by the idea of the  Bistromathic drive. From this very base concept, Douglas Adams built the most fantastical story.

From The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy : The Bistromathic Drive is a wonderful new method of crossing vast interstellar distances without all that dangerous mucking about with Improbability Factors. Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers. Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants.
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The Bistromathic drive : Well there is a very teeny non-zero probability of you being on the moon. Its analogous to the infinite magnetic lines of force every magnet has as far as the kind of probabilities are involved.  I was a little awestruck by the idea of the  Bistromathic drive. From this very base concept, Douglas Adams built the most fantastical story.

From The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy : The Bistromathic Drive is a wonderful new method of crossing vast interstellar distances without all that dangerous mucking about with Improbability Factors. Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers. Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants.

Numbers written on restaurant checks within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in the Universe. This single statement took the scientific world by storm. It completely revolutionized it. So many mathematical conferances go held in such good restaurants that many of the finest minds of a generation died of obesity and heart failure and the science of math was put back by years.


Quote from Douglas Adam's H2G2.... and you can read the full extract here http://www.angelfire.com/nj2/once/math.html

Pic courtesy : energitismo.com http://goo.gl/OeE1yw___

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2014-10-24 10:42:54 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

Physics : "This research suggests a remarkable and previously unobserved two-way couplingbe... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#science #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-10-24 10:32:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Robots rule Mars.

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  ___Robots rule Mars.

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2014-10-24 10:31:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +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 09:55:43 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Indians realize there is something called Cosplay.... Facepalm

Indians realize there is something called Cosplay.... Facepalm___

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2014-10-22 04:21:06 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I got two new invite codes.... if you want one, ask in the comments :)


ETA : Ello loves me.... I got a bunch of new invites. If you want one, either send me a PM or ask in the comments (with your email addy of course) and I will send it to you.

I got two new invite codes.... if you want one, ask in the comments :)


ETA : Ello loves me.... I got a bunch of new invites. If you want one, either send me a PM or ask in the comments (with your email addy of course) and I will send it to you.___

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2014-10-21 16:10:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +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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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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2014-10-20 16:42:07 (9 comments, 35 reshares, 145 +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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2014-10-20 15:54:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Beautiful nanosecond laser effect on a millimeter sized drop : Popsci covered this in the article link, but I've been very interested in fluid dynamics. See the effect for yourself in the video.

Description by the researchers : The energy deposition in a liquid drop on a nanosecond time scale by impact of a laser pulse can induce various reactions, such as vaporization or plasma generation. The response of the drop can be extremely violent: The drop gets strongly deformed and propelled forward at several m/s, and subsequently breaks up or even explodes. These effects are used in a controlled manner during the generation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light in nanolithography machines for the fabrication of leading-edge semiconductor microchips. Detailed understanding of the fundamentals of this process is of key importance in order to advance the latest lithography machines.... more »

Beautiful nanosecond laser effect on a millimeter sized drop : Popsci covered this in the article link, but I've been very interested in fluid dynamics. See the effect for yourself in the video.

Description by the researchers : The energy deposition in a liquid drop on a nanosecond time scale by impact of a laser pulse can induce various reactions, such as vaporization or plasma generation. The response of the drop can be extremely violent: The drop gets strongly deformed and propelled forward at several m/s, and subsequently breaks up or even explodes. These effects are used in a controlled manner during the generation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light in nanolithography machines for the fabrication of leading-edge semiconductor microchips. Detailed understanding of the fundamentals of this process is of key importance in order to advance the latest lithography machines.

Link: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/video-laser-beam-makes-falling-droplets-explode?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=9&con=video-laser-beam-makes-falling-droplets-explode

#science #fluiddynamics  ___

2014-10-18 11:55:43 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I was tagged into a post recently by +Katherine Anne from my other profile to share 5 random things about me.... (see http://goo.gl/kX6ORT). So here goes:

1) I used to think the bread in sandwiches was extraneous.
2) I like the chai I make.
3) I like to teach physics and chemistry.
4) I can't take good pictures whatever I do.
5) I think too much before making a post.

Tagging +Jyoti Q Dahiya (since she will love to participate and does so so graciously kicking and screaming), +Gary Ray R, +CK Feisal (hope your back is better), +Able Lawrence (just to hear some random facts) and +Dirk Reul since we haven't been on the same posts for so long.

I was tagged into a post recently by +Katherine Anne from my other profile to share 5 random things about me.... (see http://goo.gl/kX6ORT). So here goes:

1) I used to think the bread in sandwiches was extraneous.
2) I like the chai I make.
3) I like to teach physics and chemistry.
4) I can't take good pictures whatever I do.
5) I think too much before making a post.

Tagging +Jyoti Q Dahiya (since she will love to participate and does so so graciously kicking and screaming), +Gary Ray R, +CK Feisal (hope your back is better), +Able Lawrence (just to hear some random facts) and +Dirk Reul since we haven't been on the same posts for so long.___

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2014-10-17 15:50:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The snappy repartee is missing.... but its something.

Shared by +Philip Plait based on his article in Slate ..... Not to be missed !

Article Extract: Perhaps now that cavity can be filled in a little bit. The company Lootcrate, with producer and director Julian Higgins, has created a fan-made short video called “The Verse”, about a different crew in the same universe as that of the good ship Serenity. Here’s the thing: It’s really, really good. Seriously.

Article link: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html___The snappy repartee is missing.... but its something.

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2014-10-17 15:49:23 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Shared by +Philip Plait based on his article in Slate ..... Not to be missed !

Article Extract: Perhaps now that cavity can be filled in a little bit. The company Lootcrate, with producer and director Julian Higgins, has created a fan-made short video called “The Verse”, about a different crew in the same universe as that of the good ship Serenity. Here’s the thing: It’s really, really good. Seriously.

Article link: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html

Shared by +Philip Plait based on his article in Slate ..... Not to be missed !

Article Extract: Perhaps now that cavity can be filled in a little bit. The company Lootcrate, with producer and director Julian Higgins, has created a fan-made short video called “The Verse”, about a different crew in the same universe as that of the good ship Serenity. Here’s the thing: It’s really, really good. Seriously.

Article link: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html___

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2014-10-17 09:48:44 (50 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Stephen Hawking thinks it may be best to avoid aliens : Scientists who dabble in futuristic scenarios often have some interesting reasons for what they say.

I have a different take, but Mr.Hawking's views are worth reading : 

Stephen Hawking believes we should fear aliens, which would probably come to Earth in search of resources and bent on our destruction. The cosmologist says in a new Discovery Channel series that he thinks aliens exist, but we should do everything we can to avoid meeting them. Any life intelligent enough to find us would probably be seeking resources, he says. And that would likely be bad news for humans.

_"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he says.
Among billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, Earth is probably... more »

Stephen Hawking thinks it may be best to avoid aliens : Scientists who dabble in futuristic scenarios often have some interesting reasons for what they say.

I have a different take, but Mr.Hawking's views are worth reading : 

Stephen Hawking believes we should fear aliens, which would probably come to Earth in search of resources and bent on our destruction. The cosmologist says in a new Discovery Channel series that he thinks aliens exist, but we should do everything we can to avoid meeting them. Any life intelligent enough to find us would probably be seeking resources, he says. And that would likely be bad news for humans.

_"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he says.
Among billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, Earth is probably not the only place where life evolved, he says. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."_

#sciencefiction  ___

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2014-10-17 09:48:13 (20 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Stephen Hawking thinks it may be best to avoid aliens : Scientists who dabble in futuristic scenarios often have some interesting reasons for what they say.

I have a different take, but Mr.Hawking's views are worth reading : 

Stephen Hawking believes we should fear aliens, which would probably come to Earth in search of resources and bent on our destruction. The cosmologist says in a new Discovery Channel series that he thinks aliens exist, but we should do everything we can to avoid meeting them. Any life intelligent enough to find us would probably be seeking resources, he says. And that would likely be bad news for humans.

_"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he says.
Among billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, Earth is probably... more »

Stephen Hawking thinks it may be best to avoid aliens : Scientists who dabble in futuristic scenarios often have some interesting reasons for what they say.

I have a different take, but Mr.Hawking's views are worth reading : 

Stephen Hawking believes we should fear aliens, which would probably come to Earth in search of resources and bent on our destruction. The cosmologist says in a new Discovery Channel series that he thinks aliens exist, but we should do everything we can to avoid meeting them. Any life intelligent enough to find us would probably be seeking resources, he says. And that would likely be bad news for humans.

_"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," he says.
Among billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, Earth is probably not the only place where life evolved, he says. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said. "The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."_

#sciencefiction  ___

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2014-10-15 16:38:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A Mystery : Continuing space opera flash fiction story of the crew of The Raven as they continue on their quest to resolve the mystery of the artificial planet...

Finding the Hnnet was proving to be more difficult than they had imagined. Spacecommand had tasked the Raven to search the neighboring galaxies for the mysterious alien called 'Ed.' After searching a number of planets, they had still to find the aliens they were looking for.

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 »

A Mystery : Continuing space opera flash fiction story of the crew of The Raven as they continue on their quest to resolve the mystery of the artificial planet...

Finding the Hnnet was proving to be more difficult than they had imagined. Spacecommand had tasked the Raven to search the neighboring galaxies for the mysterious alien called 'Ed.' After searching a number of planets, they had still to find the aliens they were looking for.

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

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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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2014-10-11 20:41:48 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Mining the Asteroid : Mining the heavens: In conversation with Planetary Resources' Chief Engineer. It wasn't long ago that asteroid mining was only found in the pages of science fiction. Now, with increasing interest in the commercial exploitation of space, companies are springing up to turn asteroids into raw materials for future travellers and colonists.

One such company Planetary Resources has +Eric Schmidt and +Larry Page as their founders. Sir +Richard Branson also joined them in this endeavor recently.

The interview itself is fascinating, Chris Lewicki talks about the viability of asteroid mining, how water is an important find and how the Arkyd telescope is instrumental in finding suitable NEOs etc.

Article Link: http://www.gizmag.com/planetary-resources-interview/27952/

+Planetary Resources website: http://www.planetaryresources.com/... more »

Mining the Asteroid : Mining the heavens: In conversation with Planetary Resources' Chief Engineer. It wasn't long ago that asteroid mining was only found in the pages of science fiction. Now, with increasing interest in the commercial exploitation of space, companies are springing up to turn asteroids into raw materials for future travellers and colonists.

One such company Planetary Resources has +Eric Schmidt and +Larry Page as their founders. Sir +Richard Branson also joined them in this endeavor recently.

The interview itself is fascinating, Chris Lewicki talks about the viability of asteroid mining, how water is an important find and how the Arkyd telescope is instrumental in finding suitable NEOs etc.

Article Link: http://www.gizmag.com/planetary-resources-interview/27952/

+Planetary Resources website: http://www.planetaryresources.com/

The Wikipedia link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_Resources

#planetaryresources #googleplus #mining #asteroid #futuretech  ___

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2014-10-11 20:40:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Old post, but its still all kinds of awesome :)

What do these two pics have in common? : Surprising a lot. Catharine "Cassie" Conley (pictured on the right) is called the 'Planetary Protection Officer' a post in NASA which has been there for some time now....

Article Extract: As the Planetary Protection Officer for NASA, I am responsible for ensuring that the United States complies with Article IX of The Outer Space Treaty. Article IX specifies that planetary exploration should be carried out in a manner so as to avoid contamination of the bodies we are exploring throughout the solar system, and also to avoid any adverse effects to Earth if materials are brought back from outer space. It is always entertaining to see people's expressions when I introduce myself as the Planetary Protection Officer. Most people think of the characters in the movie "Men in Black" when they hear this title. (Recently, the European Space Agency's (ESA) planetary protection officer and I were lecturing at a planetary probes workshop, and he put up a picture of "Men in Black" on the big screen behind us. That was pretty entertaining.) Actually, I was given dark Ray-Ban sunglasses my first day on the job.

Article Link: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/profile.cfm?Code=ConleyC (NASA Website)

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

Pics courtesy: NASA and tunimovies.wordpress.com.

#MIB #sciencefiction #scifi  ___Old post, but its still all kinds of awesome :)

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2014-10-11 10:06:22 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The Edge : Continuing space opera flash fiction story of Dranke and his crew as the Raven scours space for an alien fleet...

After looking for the elusive Hnnet in the nearby Sagittarius satellite galaxy,  Dranke, the captain of the Raven had pushed his crew to chase down the technologically superior aliens in the vicinity of the Milky Way galaxy. Starcommand had tasked the Raven and her crew to track down the alien species to their homebase, which was easier said than done...

Just click on the pic or go through the series if you happened to miss the earlier episodes. The story continues.....

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 :... more »

The Edge : Continuing space opera flash fiction story of Dranke and his crew as the Raven scours space for an alien fleet...

After looking for the elusive Hnnet in the nearby Sagittarius satellite galaxy,  Dranke, the captain of the Raven had pushed his crew to chase down the technologically superior aliens in the vicinity of the Milky Way galaxy. Starcommand had tasked the Raven and her crew to track down the alien species to their homebase, which was easier said than done...

Just click on the pic or go through the series if you happened to miss the earlier episodes. The story continues.....

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

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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 #flashfiction #scifi___

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2014-10-07 15:41:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The strange shadows on the planet with a Methane sea mystifies Captain Dranke as he and his crew continue on their search for the Hnnet.

Part Nine is now up (just click on the pic) or go through the series if you happened to miss the earlier episodes. As promised, the story continues.....

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

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

The strange shadows on the planet with a Methane sea mystifies Captain Dranke as he and his crew continue on their search for the Hnnet.

Part Nine is now up (just click on the pic) or go through the series if you happened to miss the earlier episodes. As promised, the story continues.....

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

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

#sciencefiction #flashfiction #scifi  ___

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2014-10-06 16:37:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I was frankly a little disappointed with the actual event, and I think this may be relevant to our small and focused community. But my wishlist was pretty much what I've been researching for over three years....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pics courtesy: Smithsonianmag, giantlife.com

#futurism #prediction #sciencefiction #scifi  ___I was frankly a little disappointed with the actual event, and I think this may be relevant to our small and focused community. But my wishlist was pretty much what I've been researching for over three years....

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2014-10-06 16:28:49 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Flying Snails : No not really. But this is a kind of an amusing story. It all started with Charles Darwin, who was fascinated that how very similar snails were found on diverse land masses. It was hypothesized that snails stick to birds. Some snails managed to hitch rides on logs or other floating items. But some snails have a slightly different method of travelling. Read on to know more.

Horn snails : The horn snails found their own life rafts: shore birds. Although the research group can't prove that the scenario is true, they think it could have gone like this: Nearly 1 million years ago, a wading heron gobbled a basking Pacific horn snail, shell and all. Luckily for this intrepid explorer, armored invertebrates can survive for days in the bellies of shore birds. Snug inside its unsuspecting taxi, the snail soared high above what was likely Mexico before being excreted in the... more »

Flying Snails : No not really. But this is a kind of an amusing story. It all started with Charles Darwin, who was fascinated that how very similar snails were found on diverse land masses. It was hypothesized that snails stick to birds. Some snails managed to hitch rides on logs or other floating items. But some snails have a slightly different method of travelling. Read on to know more.

Horn snails : The horn snails found their own life rafts: shore birds. Although the research group can't prove that the scenario is true, they think it could have gone like this: Nearly 1 million years ago, a wading heron gobbled a basking Pacific horn snail, shell and all. Luckily for this intrepid explorer, armored invertebrates can survive for days in the bellies of shore birds. Snug inside its unsuspecting taxi, the snail soared high above what was likely Mexico before being excreted in the Atlantic Ocean—a journey of about 200 kilometers or more. (From Sciencemag : http://goo.gl/FdHW7a)

Tough travellers : If a bird takes flight and keeps aloft for all five hours, a snail could be transported as far as 186 miles away. Should the snails take hold in their new homes, and should ducks sample the new population of gastropods, the snails could be dispersed even further still. Why the one species of snail was able to survive while the other three perished is not immediately clear. But van Leeuwen and co-authors suspect that the pre-existing adaptations of Hydrobia ulvae were key. The strong shell and other traits possessed by the snail species – thought to be defenses against predation and drying out when exposed – may better protect these snails from being crushed or killed by enzymes in duck digestive tracts. The snails just happened to have a suite of traits which allowed them to survive the internal journey. (From +WIRED : http://goo.gl/qHK6Z3)

Globetrotters : Plants and sedentary animals have long travelled great distances thanks to water, wind, or hitching a ride on other, more mobile animals. But the enormous distances travelled by these snails more commonly occurs in the plant than in the animal kingdom. Preece is now trying to collect molecular data as further evidence of globetrotting in these snails, beyond the Atlantic region. He points out that past research has also shown the creatures doing some mountaineering: they were found on a remote mountain peak on Madeira Island, Portugal, back in 1921. "They get around the world," says Preece. (From +Nature Publishing Group : http://goo.gl/CrLuZu)

Related research paper: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/279/1731/1061

Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110914143643.htm

Main research paper: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0032292

Pic Courtesy : http://goo.gl/m0vg2t

#snails #travel #scienceeveryday  ___

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2014-10-06 16:26:17 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video link : Bernal Sphere Space Habitat - Updated flyby.

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

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

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