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SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer has been at 5 events

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Science on Google+448,505Please 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+112,195Join 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” Harasewych236,188It'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” Harasewych236,188http://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 McGhee71,441Please 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 553 public circles

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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 03:43:314497011
Balram Chanda4,448▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █  Very trusted Circle  █ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▄▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ⓖHi friends! This is an incredible circle, created with important selection from my another ten circles very importants.If you want enlarge your circle, you must reshared this circle.And so, do you want enlarge your circle? And now, what are you waiting to reshare?The most important engager is reshared, because only with it we could enlarge the our circle.if you want to be part of the next  Special Cirlce1 - include me in your circles 2 - shared the circle  [ include yourself ] 3 - add +1 to the post 2014-08-21 06:51:30378225
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-08-20 09:26:444497010
Harry Day6,067This circle is an awesome group of people who remain active on my daily posts, share frequently, and have otherwise helped me get the most out of Google Plus.If you wanna be here, do as in the Sharers Code:AddPlusLeave your  a commentShare publicly#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team2014-08-20 08:21:37487592874
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 12:58:0746211960145
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-18 03:39:1145210415
Able Lawrence100,166100K Engagers Celebration Circle Thank you all those who have followed me and engaged with my posts and taking me to the milestone of 100,000 followers. Goolge+ has been an exhilarating journey of 3 years and I would like to thank all those who have followed me and engaged on my posts whether they were on Science or Birds or Technology. The circle has been created using  * +Circloscope * which is the work of +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh All of you are free to share your favorite posts in the comments and also reshare this circle. If you are included in the circle, you will get a notification.  2014-07-17 17:22:18340491787
Hasna Areta Zakiya914#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb #Penulis #google 2014-07-16 04:00:0145210315
Hasna Areta Zakiya145JOIN CIRCLE NOWFOLLOW CIRCLE NOWADD CIRCLE NOWSHARE CIRCLE NOWhttp://www.akusukses.com#AMIKOM #seo #programmer #tipsandtricks #tips #blogging #sandbox #sukses #jogja #jogjakarta #indonesia #nasional #berita #news #tipsblog #tipsseo #php #IndonesiaOnly #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #programmerphp #akusukses #akusuksescom #Semangat #Inspirasi #Motivasi #Peluangusaha #BisnisRumahan #PeluangBisnis #BisnisOnline #Bisnis #JasaBuatWeb #JasaSkripsi #JasaTugasAkhir #JasaSEO #SEOMurah #BelajarWeb 2014-07-02 08:21:52452629
Hasna Areta 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
All Music Italia0#cantanti   #cantantiitaliani   #singers   #italiansingers  #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #Wednesday #wednesdaycircle #wednesdaycircles #circlewednesday2014-05-25 10:34:28492315
John Nuntiatio37,043#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-23 10:06:26444476
Organo Gold Review1,066I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle as they will be sure to interact with you. Circle sharing pages This circle contains pages that engage through pluses, comments or shares. If you receive a notification means you are inside.#circleshare       #circlesharing       #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle     #dontconfusethecircles  2014-05-20 02:06:08460113
John Wood5,820My Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-05-19 13:23:02485151122
German Vater26,539My Big Circle ShareTo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :) #bigcircle   #bigcircleshare   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #circles   #circle   #publiccircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircleshare   #sharedcircles  2014-05-18 16:06:04277123641
Farid Shaikh171No strings attached circle!If you want to be in the #circle  then let us know if you want to be in the circle! That's it! If you got notified, then you are in this one!2014-05-18 02:16:335017310
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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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Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114
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2014-10-17 09:48:44 (42 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +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: 33

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2014-10-20 16:42:07 (6 comments, 33 reshares, 138 +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 (6 comments, 33 reshares, 138 +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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2014-10-24 16:29:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +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 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +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, 3 +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, 8 +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 (6 comments, 33 reshares, 138 +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 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +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 (42 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +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, 22 +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, 33 +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, 9 +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, 1 reshares, 9 +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, 13 +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, 30 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video link : Bernal Sphere Space Habitat - Updated flyby.

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

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

#bernalsphere #sciencefiction  ___

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2014-10-06 16:25:42 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Completely inspired by Richard Feynman. If you feel like seeing his lecture, don't miss the link (its a long lecture) - Richard Feynman Nanotechnology Lecture

Our Identity : I have often wondered what are we? What makes us tick. What makes it happen at the smallest and largest scale? We now have the ability to scan the smallest bits. And wonder. At the smallest scale, we are subatomic particles which behave in a very random fashion. Zoom out a little, and you notice we are atoms. The very building blocks of all matter. Most of the atom is nothing. It really is. Zoom out further and we are chemicals. The building blocks of organic materials. Zoom out further and we are cells. All kinds of specialized organic machines. We have already covered Physics, Chemistry and Biology at this stage. How is this put together? It is one of the biggest mysteries. At the macro level, we are organisms. Which act in a certain way based on all the tiny processes of the atoms, the chemicals and the biology.

Flows : Zoom out more and we notice we are governed by 'flow' everything flows of earth, the land, the seas, the air. Some scientists have postulated that the Universe itself is based on flow. Time flows, so do waves.... it makes one think. Combine this with the electromagnetic spectra, we have a mystery wrapped in a mystery.

At the Cosmological scale, we look at galactic clusters, at galaxies, at stars, at solar systems, at planets and at their attendant satellites. The mystery of dark matter and gravity eludes us yet. But we have good guesses.  

What is our identity? : Coming back to our original question, one doesn't really know. But we can lose ourselves in the voyage of discovery. That is the basis of the scientific method. To take tiny steps, to discover. To study how this works. Agreeing we don't know is the basis of the journey!

Earlier post 'How to Science' : http://goo.gl/JsnGYi

+Corina Marinescu's post on Richard Feynman: http://goo.gl/3tctqd

h/t to +John Kellden for the 21C Expedition, which reminded me to revisit Feynman's works.

Earlier post 'Living Materials' : http://goo.gl/NZUWEU

Earlier post 'Liquid Spacetime' : http://goo.gl/Ya4Gjv

Wikipedia link on Julia Set: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_set

Pics courtesy: http://i.imgur.com/5oeQgPR.gif and Wikimedia commons: http://goo.gl/xNMGwm (3D reversed Julia Set)

#science  ___Completely inspired by Richard Feynman. If you feel like seeing his lecture, don't miss the link (its a long lecture) - Richard Feynman Nanotechnology Lecture

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2014-10-05 19:07:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We are all familiar with the habitats in space. NASA actually was very serious about this in the '70s. Of course we know much more now due to the ISS and the now-defunct Spacelab. Interesting story though.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video link : Bernal Sphere Space Habitat - Updated flyby.

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

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

#bernalsphere #sciencefiction  ___We are all familiar with the habitats in space. NASA actually was very serious about this in the '70s. Of course we know much more now due to the ISS and the now-defunct Spacelab. Interesting story though.

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2014-10-05 05:53:34 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Story Continues .... The story of Dranke and his crew, including Fenie, Vaxe and Piteer continues as they look for the Aliens called Hnnet in the satellite Sagittarius Galaxy.

Part Eight 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

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

The Story Continues .... The story of Dranke and his crew, including Fenie, Vaxe and Piteer continues as they look for the Aliens called Hnnet in the satellite Sagittarius Galaxy.

Part Eight 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

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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.

Pic courtesy: Charles Strebor (Photographer and Artist)
Via http://fract.al/39266 and linked post http://goo.gl/ya1PFE___

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2014-10-04 05:23:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

The JWST is all kinds of awesome. The Sunshield deployment test was done recently. Take a look at the timelapse.

What is the Sunshield? It protects the origami-inspired mirrored segments from the Sun's radiation.

From the NASA reference: Why does the sunshield have five layers instead of just a single thick one? Each successive layer of the sunshield is cooler than the one below. The heat radiates out from between the layers, and the vacuum between the layers is a very good insulator. One big thick sunshield would conduct the heat from the bottom to the top more than 5 layers separated by vacuum.


See more here:

The JWST : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Rui2CdtJLpq

Origami inspired: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Zr69vhsbyWh

Infrared Dawn:... more »

The JWST is all kinds of awesome. The Sunshield deployment test was done recently. Take a look at the timelapse.

What is the Sunshield? It protects the origami-inspired mirrored segments from the Sun's radiation.

From the NASA reference: Why does the sunshield have five layers instead of just a single thick one? Each successive layer of the sunshield is cooler than the one below. The heat radiates out from between the layers, and the vacuum between the layers is a very good insulator. One big thick sunshield would conduct the heat from the bottom to the top more than 5 layers separated by vacuum.


See more here:

The JWST : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Rui2CdtJLpq

Origami inspired: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Zr69vhsbyWh

Infrared Dawn: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/DhD5GsYPTcr

Reference: http://jwst.nasa.gov/sunshield.html

#jwst #spacetelescope  ___

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2014-10-02 16:05:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

A Rose by any other name... : Roses are ubiquitous across the world. But there are actually over a 100 species and thousands of cultivars. Since Roses hybridize easily, it has led to a plethora of garden roses. But what is the science behind a rose?

Color Chemistry of Roses : Carotenoids produce the yellow colors, anthocyanins the reds, and a mixture of the two the modern oranges. But floral hues are products of more than pigment alone. A flower’s pigment resides within a watery cellular chamber known as a vacuole, and the environment of that vacuole differs from plant to plant. Its shape and acidity, the presence of metal ions or other pigments, and the arrangement of these various components—all affect the shade we see on a petal.

Perfumes : Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling thecru... more »

A Rose by any other name... : Roses are ubiquitous across the world. But there are actually over a 100 species and thousands of cultivars. Since Roses hybridize easily, it has led to a plethora of garden roses. But what is the science behind a rose?

Color Chemistry of Roses : Carotenoids produce the yellow colors, anthocyanins the reds, and a mixture of the two the modern oranges. But floral hues are products of more than pigment alone. A flower’s pigment resides within a watery cellular chamber known as a vacuole, and the environment of that vacuole differs from plant to plant. Its shape and acidity, the presence of metal ions or other pigments, and the arrangement of these various components—all affect the shade we see on a petal.

Perfumes : Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses. The main constituents of rose oil are the fragrant alcohols geraniol and l-citronellol and rose camphor, an odorless solid composed of alkanes, which separates from rose oil. β-Damascenone is also a significant contributor to the scent.

Physics of the flower : A Lily is described here...  Not content to just watch flowers dance in the breeze, Harvard physicists have described for the first time how flowers generate the forces needed to curl open come springtime. In the asiatic lily, this poetic blossoming is driven by skewed growth at the edges of petals. Over four and a half days, the asiatic lily’s young buds slowly suck up water, growing until they’re ready to explode. The petals and sepals — the outer, greener portion of a flower — gradually invert, then peel open like a banana and form a blossom.

Global Warming effects : Most roses in the U.S. and Europe are imported from warmer climes. All that flying and trucking adds thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Then there's all the water needed to, well, water the flowers. And the runoff fouled by copious quantities of pesticides needed to make the roses look perfect. There's also the wildlife and workers poisoned by all that fumigation. Add to that habitat destruction where floral plantations displace native forest and wetlands.

Medicinal uses : The fruit of a rose is called a rose hip. The berry-like hip are usually red in color but some can be dark purple or black. Rose hips of some species are extremely rich in vitamin C, because of this the hip is sometimes made into jam, jelly, or brewed for tea. The hip also has minor medicinal uses, used in food supplements and can be pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup. Hip seed oil is also used in skin products and makeup products.

Earlier post on Space Rose: http://goo.gl/uFDuRX

Earlier post (Shattering Rose) : http://goo.gl/SSyMXq

Color Chemistry link: http://www.chemistryviews.org/details/ezine/4330051/Chemistry_of_Rose_Pigments.html

Biology of roses: http://discovermagazine.com/2004/apr/biology-of-flowers

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

Scientific American source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/roses-raise-environment-concerns-13-02-10/

Rose Facts: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/plants/roses.html

Flower Bloom Physics: http://www.wired.com/2011/03/flower-bloom-physics/

Pics courtesy: http://goo.gl/l7j0ET (gif) and http://goo.gl/PtLQrC ( shot of a rose petal, were taken by photographer Oliver Meckes and biologist Nicole Ottawa. The pair took the shots using a colour scanning electron microscope. )

#rose #science  ___

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2014-10-01 10:29:28 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Anyone seen this? It's region-blocked all over the place here and I've not been able to see it.


The description from i09 sounds wonderful : Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade movie of Frank Herbert's trippy space opera Dune has long been a legend among film geeks. But now, a new documentary takes us all the way inside this failed production — and inside the minds of the wild visionaries behind it.

We saw Jodorowsky's Dune last night at our special screening, and images and ideas from it are still sparking in our brains. The documentary uses animation and some other clever tricks to bring the masses of storyboards and concept art from this production to life, but also listening to people talk about the project and hearing the passion in their voices is kind of fascinating and infectious.

Article link:h... more »

Anyone seen this? It's region-blocked all over the place here and I've not been able to see it.


The description from i09 sounds wonderful : Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade movie of Frank Herbert's trippy space opera Dune has long been a legend among film geeks. But now, a new documentary takes us all the way inside this failed production — and inside the minds of the wild visionaries behind it.

We saw Jodorowsky's Dune last night at our special screening, and images and ideas from it are still sparking in our brains. The documentary uses animation and some other clever tricks to bring the masses of storyboards and concept art from this production to life, but also listening to people talk about the project and hearing the passion in their voices is kind of fascinating and infectious.

Article link: http://io9.com/jodorowskys-dune-is-a-monument-to-divine-madness-and-d-1549078007___

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2014-10-01 10:00:38 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Farewell of the rainy season : Temps up to 36C, but last night we had some relief. It was noisy and windy.


Pic from http://goo.gl/c8Tq7a (Vagaries of weather contributor)

Farewell of the rainy season : Temps up to 36C, but last night we had some relief. It was noisy and windy.


Pic from http://goo.gl/c8Tq7a (Vagaries of weather contributor)___

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2014-09-30 15:32:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Still far away. Wish it was closer : The race for fusion is a long and arduous one. Time frames are in decades and funding, economics and politics all play a large part in how these progress. I had made a couple of posts earlier about fusion, I'm linking to them all here. Pictured below is the General Fusion reactor which looks to mimic the conditions in a star. The pistons are supposed to fire at the same time, creating a shock wave and implosion in the center....

Fusion : In principle, building a fusion reactor is just a matter of imitating the Sun. Take the appropriate isotopes of hydrogen or other light elements, add heat to strip the electrons from the nuclei and form an ionized plasma, then compress that plasma and hold it together for a while, allowing the nuclei to fuse and convert a portion of their mass into energy. But in practice, trying to mimic a star leads to... more »

Still far away. Wish it was closer : The race for fusion is a long and arduous one. Time frames are in decades and funding, economics and politics all play a large part in how these progress. I had made a couple of posts earlier about fusion, I'm linking to them all here. Pictured below is the General Fusion reactor which looks to mimic the conditions in a star. The pistons are supposed to fire at the same time, creating a shock wave and implosion in the center....

Fusion : In principle, building a fusion reactor is just a matter of imitating the Sun. Take the appropriate isotopes of hydrogen or other light elements, add heat to strip the electrons from the nuclei and form an ionized plasma, then compress that plasma and hold it together for a while, allowing the nuclei to fuse and convert a portion of their mass into energy. But in practice, trying to mimic a star leads to horrendous engineering problems: for example, hot plasma trapped in a magnetic field tends to twist and turn like an enraged snake struggling to escape.

Tri Alpha : The world's most secretive nuclear-fusion company does not even have a website. Instead of using the doughnut-shaped 'tokamak' reactor that has dominated fusion-energy research for more than 40 years, Tri Alpha is testing a linear reactor that it claims will be smaller, simpler and cheaper — and will lead to commercial fusion power in little more than a decade.

ITER : Is now dogged by delays of funding and politics, its well beyond its deadline and delayed by a further 11 years. With over $50 Billion in funding and an open date, ITER may be delayed till 2050.

General Fusion : General Fusion has demonstrated the idea with a small-scale device, using pistons driven by explosives, and has raised about $50 million from venture capitalists and the Canadian government. If the company can win another $25 million or so, Laberge says, it will build a beefier implosion system that can compress the plasma to the levels needed for fusion — perhaps within the next two years. Despite such optimism, Dean estimates that it will be at least a decade, maybe a lot longer, before any alternative fusion company produces a working power plant. There is simply too much new technology to be demonstrated, he says. “I think these things are well motivated, and should be supported — but I don't think we're on the verge of a breakthrough.”

Article link: http://www.nature.com/news/plasma-physics-the-fusion-upstarts-1.15592

Additional link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/technology-news/crazy-genius/

Earlier post (The Race for Fusion) : https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/2JCVqU7q2Mw

NIF Post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/XiSJHi7oQRx (NIF has not achieved ignition, and some of its projects are getting defunded).

Earlier post (Home brewed Fusion) : https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/ZETHirMGTvE

Earlier post (Inside The Most Expensive Science Experiment ever) : https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/8NA8nHreF3m

Fusion power update (disconcerting news) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/es2qU2kLTGj

#fusion #science #energy  ___

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2014-09-30 07:28:40 (7 comments, 20 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

+Sam Andrews says it well... I couldn't have said it better. Very relevant to our community!

So what is all this science malarkey anyway?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

#science #sciencesunday #scicomm___+Sam Andrews says it well... I couldn't have said it better. Very relevant to our community!

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2014-09-30 07:12:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Just a week to go for end of sale : My story is in there if you are interested!

The +NovoPulp AUTUMN SALE Ends Oct 7th - SAVE UP TO 40%

On September 7th we launched our Autumn Sale after the NovoPulp submission deadlines closed for 2014. I'm please to say that many of you ventured out a got a copy of NovoPulp, so thank you for all the support :D

I hope you are enjoying the book and we would welcome more reviews at Goodreads (http://goo.gl/30yIEH) and Amazon (http://goo.gl/4j6ZcH) when you are done.

For those who haven't got a copy yet the NovoPulp Autumn Sale is due to end in one week on Tuesday October 7th, so I wanted to let everyone know that the end date was coming up.

Click here to read more about the book, including reviews:
http://www.novopulp.com/content/novopulp-20132014-anthology

Click here to get your copy of NovoPulp:
http://www.NovoPulp.com/store

Happy Reading! :D

#booksale   #bookreview   #scifi   #sciencefiction   #speculativefiction   #novopulp  ___Just a week to go for end of sale : My story is in there if you are interested!

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2014-09-29 18:29:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

How to make a Sugar Chinese Dragon....

No way I can even make a circle!

How to make a Sugar Chinese Dragon....

No way I can even make a circle!___

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2014-09-28 05:02:49 (32 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In case any of you are on ello, here is my profile link https://ello.co/lacerantplainer  ..... I'm still learning how to comment on the site :P

In case any of you are on ello, here is my profile link https://ello.co/lacerantplainer  ..... I'm still learning how to comment on the site :P___

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2014-09-27 11:12:54 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Bad space weather, Plasma bubbles and scintillations : Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally associated with violent solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms. But the natural variability in the Earth’s ionosphere outside of these active events can still hinder a broad range of technologies.

Video Detail : Often, complex fluid dynamics happens right before our eyes, but it doesn’t always easily reveal itself. With the aid of dye and high-res video, two physicists from Cambridge University have revealed some beautiful complexities behind a fluid process discovered centuries ago: Rayleigh-Taylor instability.

Cambridge scientists Megan S. Davies Wykes and Stuart B. Dalziel used a green dye to show thisprocess i... more »

Bad space weather, Plasma bubbles and scintillations : Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally associated with violent solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms. But the natural variability in the Earth’s ionosphere outside of these active events can still hinder a broad range of technologies.

Video Detail : Often, complex fluid dynamics happens right before our eyes, but it doesn’t always easily reveal itself. With the aid of dye and high-res video, two physicists from Cambridge University have revealed some beautiful complexities behind a fluid process discovered centuries ago: Rayleigh-Taylor instability.

Cambridge scientists Megan S. Davies Wykes and Stuart B. Dalziel used a green dye to show this process in action. You can see it for yourself in the video below. (http://physicscentral.com/explore/action/mixing-physics.cfm)

Article link: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/bad-space-weather-may-have-caused-fatal-afghan-gun-battle?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=9&con=bad-space-weather-may-have-caused-fatal-afghan-gun-battle

#science___

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2014-09-27 09:59:58 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Economics of space exploration : Since there has been talk about the economics of space exploration, I thought I would share this..... Mining for materials makes it all worthwhile, and some of the top minds in the business are looking to make it happen. We are already facing a Helium shortage (Due to it being used as a coolant in scanning machines) and we will soon run out of exotic materials..... Guess the first few Galaxy rangers will be miners.

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  ___Economics of space exploration : Since there has been talk about the economics of space exploration, I thought I would share this..... Mining for materials makes it all worthwhile, and some of the top minds in the business are looking to make it happen. We are already facing a Helium shortage (Due to it being used as a coolant in scanning machines) and we will soon run out of exotic materials..... Guess the first few Galaxy rangers will be miners.

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2014-09-26 16:05:00 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

As some of you may be aware , I've done a course on Organic solar cell technology. As part of the course, I got a free flexible solar cell (see pic here https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/YBg4zzddbgZ ). But I wanted to share this video for everyone who has some interest.  Frederik C. Krebs explains in the video....

+plasticphotovoltaics 

As some of you may be aware , I've done a course on Organic solar cell technology. As part of the course, I got a free flexible solar cell (see pic here https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/YBg4zzddbgZ ). But I wanted to share this video for everyone who has some interest.  Frederik C. Krebs explains in the video....

+plasticphotovoltaics ___

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2014-09-26 13:44:25 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Why solar cell efficiency is by itself mostly meaningless : By itself, efficiency in solar cells is at best a secondary requirement when it comes to the effect that renewables have on the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Why do I say this? Well what we do want to do is to have a full calculation in making a solar cell, its transportation, its use and its disposal to compare it with other alternates. Why is this important? It is very important, because high cost and high carbon equivalent production, transport and disposal (every emission is converted appropriately in equivalent carbon units) needs to be made to see if the overall energy used to make a solar cell (in its full life cycle) is less than the overall energy produced by the solar cell.

What is OPV? : The pic shows a flexible Organic PhotoVoltaic cell sent to me by the DTU (Denmark Technical Univ.). It is a flexible... more »

Why solar cell efficiency is by itself mostly meaningless : By itself, efficiency in solar cells is at best a secondary requirement when it comes to the effect that renewables have on the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Why do I say this? Well what we do want to do is to have a full calculation in making a solar cell, its transportation, its use and its disposal to compare it with other alternates. Why is this important? It is very important, because high cost and high carbon equivalent production, transport and disposal (every emission is converted appropriately in equivalent carbon units) needs to be made to see if the overall energy used to make a solar cell (in its full life cycle) is less than the overall energy produced by the solar cell.

What is OPV? : The pic shows a flexible Organic PhotoVoltaic cell sent to me by the DTU (Denmark Technical Univ.). It is a flexible organic, degradable solar cell which can be printed like a plastic sheet.

Life-cycle analysis : The push has been for doing a full life-cycle analysis of all solar cells. Right from the very high efficiencies (close to 30%) where the GWP or Global Warming Potential is quite high to the lower 3rd generation OPV efficiencies of close to 12% where the GWP is negligible. What does this mean? You can get a high efficiency solar panel, but the overall GWP may still be quite high. On the other hand, you may get a lower efficiency OPV solar panel, with a much lower GWP.

How long does it take solar cells to pay off its own production? : Solar panels are relatively quick to generate enough energy to offset the amount used in their own production, so they're considered to be quite efficient. The time it takes for solar panels to offset the energy used in their own production depends on how big the panels are, how much sunlight's available, and how efficiently the panels work. Typically the standard first generation monocrystalline solar cells have a payback period of 1.5 to 2.5 years. Solar panels are relatively quick to pay back the energy used in their production, and over the course of their lifespans generate many times this amount. Third generation OPVs have a much lower payback period of as low as 6 months.

Creation of power from solar cells is 'free' if area to be used in installing them is easily available. What one needs to look at is the total energy bill based on the LCA.

Source: http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/sustain_lca_results.html

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/06/making-life-cycle-analysis-matter-to-the-global-solar-pv-supply-chain

Source : http://www.build.com.au/lifecycle-assessment-solar-panels1

Research Paper (LCA of roll-to-roll technology) : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927024810004770

Earlier post on Solar paint: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/JZXSQNv7Jp7 (OPV details here)

Earlier post on solar home: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/623MWbva66o

Earlier post on electricity from plants: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/CeJ1bHR1Kia

Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070813153419.htm

#solar #LCA #efficiency #science  ___

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2014-09-26 10:40:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Why solar cell efficiency is by itself mostly meaningless : By itself, efficiency in solar cells is at best a secondary requirement when it comes to the effect that renewables have on the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Why do I say this? Well what we do want to do is to have a full calculation in making a solar cell, its transportation, its use and its disposal to compare it with other alternates. Why is this important? It is very important, because high cost and high carbon equivalent production, transport and disposal (every emission is converted appropriately in equivalent carbon units) needs to be made to see if the overall energy used to make a solar cell (in its full life cycle) is less than the overall energy produced by the solar cell.

What is OPV? : The pic shows a flexible Organic PhotoVoltaic cell sent to me by the DTU (Denmark Technical Univ.). It is a flexible... more »

Why solar cell efficiency is by itself mostly meaningless : By itself, efficiency in solar cells is at best a secondary requirement when it comes to the effect that renewables have on the carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Why do I say this? Well what we do want to do is to have a full calculation in making a solar cell, its transportation, its use and its disposal to compare it with other alternates. Why is this important? It is very important, because high cost and high carbon equivalent production, transport and disposal (every emission is converted appropriately in equivalent carbon units) needs to be made to see if the overall energy used to make a solar cell (in its full life cycle) is less than the overall energy produced by the solar cell.

What is OPV? : The pic shows a flexible Organic PhotoVoltaic cell sent to me by the DTU (Denmark Technical Univ.). It is a flexible organic, degradable solar cell which can be printed like a plastic sheet.

Life-cycle analysis : The push has been for doing a full life-cycle analysis of all solar cells. Right from the very high efficiencies (close to 30%) where the GWP or Global Warming Potential is quite high to the lower 3rd generation OPV efficiencies of close to 12% where the GWP is negligible. What does this mean? You can get a high efficiency solar panel, but the overall GWP may still be quite high. On the other hand, you may get a lower efficiency OPV solar panel, with a much lower GWP.

How long does it take solar cells to pay off its own production? : Solar panels are relatively quick to generate enough energy to offset the amount used in their own production, so they're considered to be quite efficient. The time it takes for solar panels to offset the energy used in their own production depends on how big the panels are, how much sunlight's available, and how efficiently the panels work. Typically the standard first generation monocrystalline solar cells have a payback period of 1.5 to 2.5 years. Solar panels are relatively quick to pay back the energy used in their production, and over the course of their lifespans generate many times this amount. Third generation OPVs have a much lower payback period of as low as 6 months.

Creation of power from solar cells is 'free' if area to be used in installing them is easily available. What one needs to look at is the total energy bill based on the LCA.

Source: http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/sustain_lca_results.html

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/06/making-life-cycle-analysis-matter-to-the-global-solar-pv-supply-chain

Source : http://www.build.com.au/lifecycle-assessment-solar-panels1

Research Paper (LCA of roll-to-roll technology) : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927024810004770

Earlier post on Solar paint: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/JZXSQNv7Jp7 (OPV details here)

Earlier post on solar home: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/623MWbva66o

Earlier post on electricity from plants: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/CeJ1bHR1Kia

Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070813153419.htm

#solar #LCA #efficiency #science  ___

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2014-09-25 05:59:40 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Electricity from Plants : While scientists have known for some time that electricity can be harvested from plants, the amounts have been tiny. Now University of Georgia researchers have hijacked the photosynthesis process to generate electricity. While the technology is still in the experimental stage, this is fascinating!

Why is this important? Plants are very efficient at converting solar power.

Article Extract: Plants are the undisputed champions of solar power. After billions of years of evolution, most of them operate at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, meaning that for every photon of sunlight a plant captures, it produces an equal number of electrons. Converting even a fraction of this into electricity would improve upon the efficiency seen with solar panels, which generally operate at efficiency levels between 12 and 17 percent.

Different from Potato... more »

Electricity from Plants : While scientists have known for some time that electricity can be harvested from plants, the amounts have been tiny. Now University of Georgia researchers have hijacked the photosynthesis process to generate electricity. While the technology is still in the experimental stage, this is fascinating!

Why is this important? Plants are very efficient at converting solar power.

Article Extract: Plants are the undisputed champions of solar power. After billions of years of evolution, most of them operate at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, meaning that for every photon of sunlight a plant captures, it produces an equal number of electrons. Converting even a fraction of this into electricity would improve upon the efficiency seen with solar panels, which generally operate at efficiency levels between 12 and 17 percent.

Different from Potato cells : We've seen technologies where the electrons in the soil near plants' roots was are used to power a fuel cell and concepts for moss-powered lamps, but this discovery from University of Georgia researchers taps photosynthesis directly for producing electricity. During photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which produces electrons. Those electrons help create sugars that plants use to fuel growth and reproduction. "We have developed a way to interrupt photosynthesis so that we can capture the electrons before the plant uses them to make these sugars," said Ramaraja Ramasamy, assistant professor in the UGA College of Engineering.

The technology : technology involves separating out structures in the plant cell called thylakoids, which are responsible for capturing and storing energy from sunlight. Researchers manipulate the proteins contained in the thylakoids, interrupting the pathway along which electrons flow. These modified thylakoids are then immobilized on a specially designed backing of carbon nanotubes, cylindrical structures that are nearly 50,000 times finer than a human hair. The nanotubes act as an electrical conductor, capturing the electrons from the plant material and sending them along a wire.

Article source: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/researchers-discover-new-way-harvest-electricity-plants.html

Additional source: http://inhabitat.com/scientists-discover-methods-of-harvesting-electricity-from-plants/

Research Paper: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/ee/c3ee40634b#!divAbstract

Earlier post : Secret inner world of plants - https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

Earlier post : Harnessing Natures solar cells: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/PV9w74wp2iR

Why plants are fascinating: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/2F4Zfz6LEhJ

Additional link: http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/1839/20130509/system-make-plants-generate-usable-electricity-developed-university-georgia.htm

Pics courtesy: Inhabit.com, treehugger.com, http://goo.gl/EmFK3j

#trees #plants #solar #power___

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2014-09-24 09:54:31 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Google does the right thing : +Eric Schmidt takes the plunge and announces that Google will cut ties with 'American Legislative Exchange Council'. In other news, the Rockfellers are looking to divest their holdings in oil....

Article Extract: The internet giant Google has announced it is to sever its ties with an influential rightwing lobbying network, the American Legislative Exchange Council, accusing it of “lying” about climate change.

Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, told National Public Radio that the company had joined Alec, a lobby group that shares model legislation, for a campaign on an unrelated issue. But he said: “I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake, and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.” Alec’s views on climate change were not in line with Google’s, he said.

The lobby groupwas behind the ... more »

Google does the right thing : +Eric Schmidt takes the plunge and announces that Google will cut ties with 'American Legislative Exchange Council'. In other news, the Rockfellers are looking to divest their holdings in oil....

Article Extract: The internet giant Google has announced it is to sever its ties with an influential rightwing lobbying network, the American Legislative Exchange Council, accusing it of “lying” about climate change.

Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, told National Public Radio that the company had joined Alec, a lobby group that shares model legislation, for a campaign on an unrelated issue. But he said: “I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake, and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.” Alec’s views on climate change were not in line with Google’s, he said.

The lobby group was behind the successful campaign to ban planning for sea level rise in North Carolina, and campaigns in several states to roll back regulations promoting wind and solar power.

“The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people — they’re just, they’re just literally lying.”

#climatechange #google +Google ___

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2014-09-23 16:42:35 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Split ring resonators (SRR) : Refractive index of a material is vital in understanding how light propagates through the material. Refractive index 'n' is n=  sqare root of εμ. Where ε is the permittivity and μ is the permeability. for transparent materials, both these values are greater than zero. For metals, ε < 0 which is why metals are opaque to visible light.

Negative refractive Index : A material which has ε < 0 and μ < 0, is one in which the refractive index would be 'real' i.e. not imaginary. But a negative μ implies a negative refractive index ! This never happens in natural materials. But a metamaterial could be engineered in which we have sub-wavelength elements with just such properties.

Nanostructures : Since light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, a split-ring resonator can act just like a LC circuit and displayproperti... more »

Split ring resonators (SRR) : Refractive index of a material is vital in understanding how light propagates through the material. Refractive index 'n' is n=  sqare root of εμ. Where ε is the permittivity and μ is the permeability. for transparent materials, both these values are greater than zero. For metals, ε < 0 which is why metals are opaque to visible light.

Negative refractive Index : A material which has ε < 0 and μ < 0, is one in which the refractive index would be 'real' i.e. not imaginary. But a negative μ implies a negative refractive index ! This never happens in natural materials. But a metamaterial could be engineered in which we have sub-wavelength elements with just such properties.

Nanostructures : Since light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, a split-ring resonator can act just like a LC circuit and display properties of a resonator. Another aspect of unnatural electromagnetic wave propagation can be observed at the contact surface between two different materials, where one of them is electromagnetic metamaterial. Negative refraction breaks light waves reverse to what the standard physics postulates. Effects such as the one seen in the figure showing refraction (the wrong way!) this can be achieved with appropriately designed metamaterials.

Invisibility Cloaks : What SRR do is refract light at an angle which is analogous to chiral. The basic idea is to create an artificial crystal with significantly sub-wavelength periods. However, it has only been done for microwaves, since the wavelengths of visible light are small. Theoretically, it should be possible.

Source: http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/~g.legrady/academic/courses/10f200a/md/metamaterials.htm

Source (Karlsruhe Inst of Technology) : http://www.aph.kit.edu/wegener/english/264.php

Duke Univ: http://www.pratt.duke.edu/news/david-smith-creating-new-materials-go-beyond-nature

Courtesy Rice Univ Nanotechnology.

Wikipedia reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-ring_resonator , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_refraction

Related: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v497/n7450/full/nature12158.html

Pics from Wikipedia, KIT, Nature and Rice Univ.

#scienceeveryday #science #nanotechnology #invisiblitycloak  ___

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2014-09-23 16:39:36 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

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

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

Sweet spot : “If you fly too low, there’s a lot of air density friction and theair... more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#scramjet #ramjet #space  ___

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2014-09-23 15:54:41 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If you haven't see the video, it might be something you might find interesting. At some stage, these games can be used to make movies. No kidding.

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

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

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

Link to PopSci Article: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/space-game-gets-real?dom=PSC&loc=recent&lnk=10&con=a-space-game-gets-real___If you haven't see the video, it might be something you might find interesting. At some stage, these games can be used to make movies. No kidding.

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2014-09-23 09:56:20 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+Jenny Winder is a science writer who posts some really interesting stuff. This week in Galaxy Ranger, I'm posting a video reshare (I promise I won't do this often).

If we used the Physics correctly, space opera would look very different.

What do you think?

The Physics of Space Battles___+Jenny Winder is a science writer who posts some really interesting stuff. This week in Galaxy Ranger, I'm posting a video reshare (I promise I won't do this often).

If we used the Physics correctly, space opera would look very different.

What do you think?

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

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

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

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2

Part 2: http://goo.gl/8wRbHE

Part 3: http://goo.gl/eIGokJ

Part 4: http://goo.gl/gaEZS0

Part 5: http://goo.gl/bXYxiy

Part 6: http://goo.gl/mmVbF9 (current)

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

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

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

#scifi #sciencefiction #flashfiction #blog 

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

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

First Part: http://goo.gl/jWKDn2

Part 2: http://goo.gl/8wRbHE

Part 3: http://goo.gl/eIGokJ

Part 4: http://goo.gl/gaEZS0

Part 5: http://goo.gl/bXYxiy

Part 6: http://goo.gl/mmVbF9 (current)

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

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

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

#scifi #sciencefiction #flashfiction #blog ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-09-18 16:20:37 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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

Why isn't science fiction used more often to teach science in schools?

Among the many things that can be said about science fiction, there's no question about its tremendous entertainment value and ability to convey difficult concepts in a clear and compelling manner. Which is why a pair of researchers from the University of Valencia are urging educators to get their act together and start using science fiction as a way to engage their students and motivate interest in science and technology.

To get a better sense of science fiction's current place in the classroom, researchers Fanny Petit and Jordi Solbes reviewed over 30 compulsory science and technology textbooks for physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and various technology subjects. They also took a look at teacher books, CD-ROMs, and activity books. Of these resources, only 30% made any kind of reference to a scifi story or concept — neither through images, comments, texts, activities, or web references.

In terms of an explanation, the researchers noted that scientists very rarely make appearances in the most popular films. And when they do, they're typically portrayed as the supervillans. "In these films, the antagonist is usually the crazy scientist that wants to rule the world or even increase their power after finding a powerful 'weapon'," noted the researchers.
Perhaps the popularization of more positive scientifically-inclined role models would be in order.

Article link: http://io9.com/5949397/why-isnt-science-fiction-used-more-often-to-teach-science-in-schools

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

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2014-09-16 10:47:11 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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