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Lacerant Plainer

Lacerant Plainer 

Non Resident Alien & Science Fiction writer www.lacerantplainer.com

Occupation: Author @ Science Fiction

Location: www.lacerantplainer.com

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Cream of the Crop: 08/24/2012

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NovoPulp1,244NovoPulp will have a stall at Fantasticon 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark where will be selling both volumes of the anthology and posters of the cover art.  @101942254766672606204 will be appearing in the _Fantasticon Expatriate Writers Panel_ at 16.00-17.00 on May 30th. There will be four panelists in total and one moderator.  We will discuss:  - What’s it like to be a writer in a different country than the one you grew up in? - Does being an expatriate influence your writing? - How do you absorb other cultures? The event is over two days between the 30th-31st of May at Valby Kino. We will be there both days so come and say hi :D More info: http://fantasticon.dk/fantasticon2015/NovoPulp at Fantasticon 2015 with Niamh Brown2015-05-30 10:00:003  
NovoPulp1,244*Ask @101942254766672606204 Your @107781032288819724254 Questions!* _Have your heard of NovoPulp, considered getting involved, but you had a few questions? Only just heard of us and want to know more? Then here is your chance to ask someone face to face!_  With around *2 months to go until the 2014 NovoPulp deadline passes*, we wanted to give everyone a chance to raise their hand and ask the questions that the rest of us didn't. Even if you can't attend the Hangout live, please leave your questions so you can watch the video afterwards and still get the information you need.  As the last HOA was aimed at the USA/Australian time-zones we have decided to make this Hangout more European friendly. The HOA will be on: SATURDAY 7th OF JUNE 2014 - 16:00 CET / 10:00 EDT  *Submission Status:* We are still in need of more short stories for this year but in particular *WE NEED ART*. So don't be shy, step forward :D For more information on *NovoPulp:* _The Speculative Fiction Anthology_ visit: http://www.NovoPulp.com For more frequent updates subscribe to our email list: http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf _Coming soon: FREE Bonus Content Only For Newsletter Subscribers!_ See you on air! Notifications: You have been notified of this HOA because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 page at some point. If you would prefer not to receive these limited notifications, or you want to be added to the notify list, then please let us know.NovoPulp Q&A HOA with Niamh Brown2014-06-07 16:00:0011  
NovoPulp1,244Yes it is finally here! @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthologies), though @104121833908982880351 - Press Division, has published their first book: *_NovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology._*  http://www.NovoPulp.com/store  To celebrate we are having a Launch Party HOA. SATURDAY 29th OF MARCH 2014 EST: 19:00 GMT: 23:00 SUNDAY 30th of MARCH 2014 CET: 00:00 AEDT: 10:00 READINGS FROM: @101942254766672606204  @108429362865809614439  OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE: @111830327627461921997  For those who don't know here is a little synopsis on the NovoPulp project: _Let’s bring back the best days of Pulp: Fiction written by and for those who love the genre. Pushing boundaries, asking the questions, demanding the answers, and even providing some._ _We collect, anthologise, and produce one volume a year of the very best Speculative Fiction that G+ can provide. All comers are welcome – we want everyone to have the chance to put their ideas before the world, to be the one who saw what the rest of us didn’t – or wouldn’t – and so change the world..._ *If you enjoy speculative fiction and great artwork you are in for a treat.* Even if you can't attend the HOA, if you can spread the word about the event or the book we would really appreciate it. You can find images and code for your website here: http://www.NovoPulp.com/spread-the-word To those that can make it please join us at the first NovoPulp Launch Party HOA this weekend (the 29th/30th of March 2014 - depending on your timezone). Notification Notice: If you were notified it is because you have circled the @107781032288819724254 (aka +#G+SF Anthology) page. We endeavour to keep these notifications to an absolute minimum, but if you would like to be removed or added to our notification circle please let us know. If you would like to be notified more frequently of NovoPulp news then please subscribe to our newsletter (http://eepurl.com/C_-Qf) or join our public Google+ community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115593955852120500953).    Thank you for all your support over the last two years :DNovoPulp 2013/2014 Anthology Launch Party HOA2014-03-30 00:00:0033  
The Huffington Post3,866,854@101423092138897438495 is talking ALL THINGS @105318954285548566943 with our own  @111048918866742956374 and @114666679887770354893! We'll be discussing the big Winners, the HUGE Snubs, and all the Moments from Sunday's broadcast.. especially the FUNNY via Host Ellen DeGeneres (and any other random bits of #lol )! Join us as we chat LIVE about the greatest speeches and take questions from all of you, the #awesomesauce audience on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm PT We want to hear from you as to who should win before the show starts (and who should've won, once it ends). You can submit your questions in both comments and using the Q&A app attached to the Hangout. More fun @115626641875816620951 here at #huffpost  on @101560853443212199687 ! #Oscars   #oscars2014   #movies   #bestpicture2014   #hangoutsonair    #academyawards2014  @109886274038066405139 @103646891144429179516 @116676026225486451226 @104518476962915543468 @104309716740433286280  #Her   #philomena   #nebraska   #dallasbuyersclub   http://huff.to/1jx2qiT : Our HuffPost #Oscars2014  coverage [Trailer Photo Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images]Huffpost 2014 Oscars Recap Show w/Matt Rappaport and Nic Graham2014-03-03 22:15:0052  
Beyond Rubik's Cube7,151,323Rubik’s Fans Unite! Spend an afternoon with the world’s top Rubik’s Cube aficionados in an epic Google+ Hangout on Air. Join +Paul Hoffman CEO of the +Liberty Science Center as he hosts a discussion between some of the brightest thought leaders, math geeks, and speed cubers ever assembled; featuring an introduction by none other than +Erno Rubik himself. Hear why Oxford Mathematics Professor +Marcus du Sautoy thinks the Rubik’s Cube has a lot in common with the Large Hadron Collider. Muse over the poetry and aesthetics of science in our culture with renowned science writer, and exhibition curator +Margaret Wertheim. Marvel at the finger dexterity of world champion speed cuber +Anthony Brooks. Learn about what it takes to bring an exhibition to life with +Ann Neumann. Creative Director at the Liberty Science Center and +Michael Tyka artist and visionary who built the Groovik’s Cube at Burning Man. Seven of the most interesting people in the world will be gathered together to talk all things cube. You’re invited. Click-in July 18th at 2pm EST. Submit Hangout questions on this Events Page. Special thank you to +Michael Holden for that awesome picture we're using. Check him out www.michaelholden.com.The Beyond Rubik's Cube Hangout2013-07-18 20:00:00216  
Jacob Dix37,043Post your sky images here. Comment on other's sky images. Mobile, DSLR, film are welcome. Have fun. The sky is beautiful.Sky 3!2012-09-29 00:30:0033  
Benjamin Cortis169,856*Photo Competition* September 2012 *Status: finished* *Thread:* Landscapes The images can be submitted the next *24 hours*. Then the event is closed and a voting phase starts from exactly *6 days*. The jury is the audience. During this period anyone can can vote by a +1 to his favorite picture. In one week, then the current state of the votes will be noted and the winners will be revealed to the public. *Rules:* Please note the current topic. Everyone can submit *only one* picture. Please no nudity or any other offensive pictures. *If anyone does not abide by the rules, his work will be removed from this event not be rated.* last competition: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Let´s have fun.... ------------------------------------------------------------- *Fotowettbewerb* September 2012 *Status: beendet* *Thema:* Landschaften Die Bilder können in den nächsten *24 Stunden* eingereicht werden. Dann wird das Event geschlossen und eine Abstimmungsphase von genau *6 Tagen* beginnt. Die Jury ist das Publikum. In diesem Zeitraum kann jeder seine Stimme durch ein +1 unter seinem Lieblingsbild abgeben. In einer Woche wird dann der aktuelle Stand der Abstimmungen festgehalten und die Gewinner können der Öffentlichkeit preisgegeben werden. *Regeln:* Bitte beachtet das aktuelle Thema. Jeder kann *maximal ein* Bild einreichen. Bitte keine Nacktbilder oder keine anderen anstößigen Bilder. *Wenn sich jemand nicht an die Regeln hält wird aus diesem Event entfernt und nicht bewertet.* letzte Wettbewerb: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1nngcqt7dgr1qn315holkenh20 Viel Spaß #foto #photo #wettbewerb #competition #event #photocompetition   #photocompetitionseptember  Photo Competition - September 20122012-09-05 10:00:00938  
Jacob Dix37,043For some time now I have been doing a project, an experiment, an exploration, a study in light. My object has been the sky, through the limited vantage point of my kitchen window and my backyard. The result, so far, is this album called *Sky*: http://goo.gl/phGuR Forget about that for right now. Show everyone your own sky! The best, the worst. I've seen people mention avoiding it because it means they have no "object" to shoot. Don't listen to those people. It is the most challenging palette of light there is. Let's see 'em! You have a full day and a half! Please spread the word too.Sky!2012-09-02 00:00:0023  

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2015-11-05 15:02:33 (100 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

So here is a poll. If G+ was listening what would be your top requests?
 You can add your own comments in the comments section :)

Most reshares: 136

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2015-11-17 15:18:17 (55 comments; 136 reshares; 686 +1s; )Open 

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human... more »

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2015-11-17 15:18:17 (55 comments; 136 reshares; 686 +1s; )Open 

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human... more »

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2016-07-13 19:17:16 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Advantages of Trump becoming President

As a third-worldy person, I can actually see a bunch of advantages. Most of them to make other countries feel good...

- Third world countries can laugh at the complete chaos he will create, and that will make them feel good about their own crappy situations.

- Comedians around the world will get so much material to work off of.

- Maybe when he manages to take the US to the stone age, other countries can help... which will make everyone happy.

- The dollar will be devalued so much, we can travel to the US and treat the locals to a good time.

I usually don't write or post about politics... but this is too much to pass up. You will get the future you deserve; but seriously people?

Tagging +Gita Jaisinghani 

Advantages of Trump becoming President

As a third-worldy person, I can actually see a bunch of advantages. Most of them to make other countries feel good...

- Third world countries can laugh at the complete chaos he will create, and that will make them feel good about their own crappy situations.

- Comedians around the world will get so much material to work off of.

- Maybe when he manages to take the US to the stone age, other countries can help... which will make everyone happy.

- The dollar will be devalued so much, we can travel to the US and treat the locals to a good time.

I usually don't write or post about politics... but this is too much to pass up. You will get the future you deserve; but seriously people?

Tagging +Gita Jaisinghani ___

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2016-06-07 09:45:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

From +Rhys Taylor ..... Please sign. Observatories are awesome!

To everyone I know who has large numbers of followers, please consider signing, but more importantly sharing, the following petition regarding the funding of Arecibo Observatory :
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/arecibo-observatory-pr-danger-being-closed-or-severely-impaired-take-action-keep-it-well-funded-0
It's currently acquiring new signatures at an extremely low rate, otherwise I wouldn't bother drawing it to your attention. I don't think I need to tell any of you why this is important, but I'll write a strongly-worded blog post if necessary. Or a weakly-worded blog post, whatever works.

Off the top of my head and in no particular order, I'd like to bring this to the attention of +Winchell Chung, +Jenny Winder, +Ciro Villa, +Fraser Cain, +Ethan Siegel, +Jonah Miller, +Lacerant Plainer, +Christopher Butler, +Brian Koberlein, +Jason Major.

I make no apologies for the spam.___From +Rhys Taylor ..... Please sign. Observatories are awesome!

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2016-05-01 04:56:28 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

The best Indian food in Bombay? You gotta know it.....

Stuffed myself silly. And then some.

Main Pic : Raan - Lamb falling off the bone

Top right : Dal Bhukhara Butter lentil goodness

The best Indian food in Bombay? You gotta know it.....

Stuffed myself silly. And then some.

Main Pic : Raan - Lamb falling off the bone

Top right : Dal Bhukhara Butter lentil goodness___

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2016-04-09 03:47:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Unfortunately I can no longer eat beef. But, but..... I have to travel often to get some. Plus the politicians are crazy. And loons.

Unfortunately I can no longer eat beef. But, but..... I have to travel often to get some. Plus the politicians are crazy. And loons.___

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2016-03-26 16:29:18 (35 comments; 16 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Should we be worried? : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is round the corner and some of the brightest and most 'in the know' people are worried. Should we be? You decide. Is it time for us to make sure AIs follow Isaac Asimov's three laws? 

Google Deepmind : DeepMind's AlphaGo artificial intelligence has won the final match of the Go series against world champion Lee Sedol. The AlphaGo AI, which aims to mimic how a human brain learns, effectively defeated humans at Go by a process of trial and error.

It combines advanced search techniques with neural networking, allowing it to both think creatively and take advantage of huge amounts of data about previously played games of Go. Using 12 layers of neural networks, it selects its next move using just one element of its system while the others predict how the rest of the game will play out. Predicting the future... more »

Should we be worried? : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is round the corner and some of the brightest and most 'in the know' people are worried. Should we be? You decide. Is it time for us to make sure AIs follow Isaac Asimov's three laws? 

Google Deepmind : DeepMind's AlphaGo artificial intelligence has won the final match of the Go series against world champion Lee Sedol. The AlphaGo AI, which aims to mimic how a human brain learns, effectively defeated humans at Go by a process of trial and error.

It combines advanced search techniques with neural networking, allowing it to both think creatively and take advantage of huge amounts of data about previously played games of Go. Using 12 layers of neural networks, it selects its next move using just one element of its system while the others predict how the rest of the game will play out. Predicting the future in this way, it adjusts its strategy and moves gradually towards victory.

Movers and Shakers : In a poignant interview given in 2014, Elon Musk likened AI to “summoning the demon.” Stephen Hawking warned that it might “spell the end of the human race.”  Other notable individuals have also come out against AI. Bill Gates recently stated, “I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” So why aren’t more people concerned? Surely, if left unchecked, AI will pose an existential threat to the entire human race.

In a riveting discussion between arguably two of the world’s  most intelligent people, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Ray Kurzweil, some important points were made on the future of technology. Ray Kurzweil, a computer engineer, celebrated author, and known futurist points out that by “2029 computers would have all of the intellectual and emotional capabilities of humans.”

Links and References

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertadams/2016/03/25/is-artificial-intelligence-dangerous/#7711831d1d01

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-03/15/alphago-deepmind-google-wins-lee-sedol

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/technology/the-race-is-on-to-control-artificial-intelligence-and-techs-future.html?_r=0___

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2016-03-20 08:41:32 (26 comments; 14 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Citywide Internet? : Only Helsinki has been able to implement a city-wide WiFi internet. And the reasons are quite interesting. The internet is largely kept as a free service without any painful login features. And the municipality pays for it. Is it surprising that it is considered a great place to live? On the other hand, many US cities have tried and failed to provide such a service.... 

Helsinki’s free, city-wide Wi-Fi network is faster than your home internet : Many cities offer Wi-Fi hotspots for visitors. Very few local governments, however, offer free, unrestricted, high-speed Wi-Fi, fast enough for streaming video—the sort that makes your paid-for home Wi-Fi look sluggish. And even fewer provide upload speeds on par with download speeds.

Yet visit the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and there is a free hotspot almost everywhere you need one. It’s fast enoughto all... more »

Citywide Internet? : Only Helsinki has been able to implement a city-wide WiFi internet. And the reasons are quite interesting. The internet is largely kept as a free service without any painful login features. And the municipality pays for it. Is it surprising that it is considered a great place to live? On the other hand, many US cities have tried and failed to provide such a service.... 

Helsinki’s free, city-wide Wi-Fi network is faster than your home internet : Many cities offer Wi-Fi hotspots for visitors. Very few local governments, however, offer free, unrestricted, high-speed Wi-Fi, fast enough for streaming video—the sort that makes your paid-for home Wi-Fi look sluggish. And even fewer provide upload speeds on par with download speeds.

Yet visit the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and there is a free hotspot almost everywhere you need one. It’s fast enough to allow video calling and HD streaming. And it doesn’t require a reading of lengthy terms and conditions, nor a password, nor the need to divulge your age, gender, or email address. Helsinki doesn’t want your identity, or your money, or your data—indeed the only warning before you hit “accept” is a reminder that public networks are insecure, so be careful out there. All it wants is to get you online. Fast.

Cities anyway use this kind of infrastructure : The result is not necessarily blanket coverage, but wherever there is a building or space controlled by the city, there is Wi-Fi coverage. And it isn’t particularly expensive. Otranen says the cost is included in overall maintenance of the city’s internet and is not broken out separately, though Simo Volanen of Helsinki’s IT department estimates that the outside base stations cost some €40,000 to buy and install ($45,000) and have an annual maintenance cost of about €4,000. This does not include the cost of running the network, which Helsinki does for its own purposes in any case.

Sources: http://qz.com/414061/helsinkis-free-city-wide-wi-fi-network-is-faster-than-your-home-internet/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122840941903779747___

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2016-03-03 18:28:24 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

A feature not a bug : What if we could reengineer the malaria parasite as a drug delivery vehicle? A centuries old battle with malaria could be ended. Well, that is exactly what Dr. Jacquin Niles, associate professor of biological engineering at MIT is trying to do.

Malarial Parasite as a drug delivery system : Niles’ lab works mainly on eliminating malaria as a disease, but he is taking a radically different approach to the parasite with his project to re-engineer the organism as a vehicle for drug delivery.

As Niles delved deeper into the biology of the parasite, he began to ponder another side of the organism. Around half a million people die each year from malaria — but some 200 million that are infected survive. Many experience no symptoms. These people are clinically immune, meaning they carry the parasite, but show no overt disease symptoms. This makes it hardto i... more »

A feature not a bug : What if we could reengineer the malaria parasite as a drug delivery vehicle? A centuries old battle with malaria could be ended. Well, that is exactly what Dr. Jacquin Niles, associate professor of biological engineering at MIT is trying to do.

Malarial Parasite as a drug delivery system : Niles’ lab works mainly on eliminating malaria as a disease, but he is taking a radically different approach to the parasite with his project to re-engineer the organism as a vehicle for drug delivery.

As Niles delved deeper into the biology of the parasite, he began to ponder another side of the organism. Around half a million people die each year from malaria — but some 200 million that are infected survive. Many experience no symptoms. These people are clinically immune, meaning they carry the parasite, but show no overt disease symptoms. This makes it hard to identify carriers of the disease, as the malaria parasite survives in the bloodstream at some level, but the carrier is unaware.

Niles’ proposal is, to his knowledge, the first aiming to re-engineer the malaria parasite into a medical tool and provide a novel way to deliver therapeutic drugs: The organism that now infects could one day cure.

Still some ways off : Incorporating a malaria-derived organism into a medical treatment comes with an interesting set of challenges as well. Researchers will need to ensure that the treatment comes with zero risk of causing malaria and zero potential to transmit disease, via the natural mosquito vector, for example.

References and Links

http://news.mit.edu/2016/faculty-profile-jacquin-niles-0122

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15923144

http://www.cell.com http://goo.gl/wn7v37

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_31-7-2014-17-23-16___

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2016-01-26 13:28:51 (20 comments; 13 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

A feature not a bug : What if we could reengineer the malaria parasite as a drug delivery vehicle? A centuries old battle with malaria could be ended. Well, that is exactly what Dr. Jacquin Niles, associate professor of biological engineering at MIT is trying to do.

Malarial Parasite as a drug delivery system : Niles’ lab works mainly on eliminating malaria as a disease, but he is taking a radically different approach to the parasite with his project to re-engineer the organism as a vehicle for drug delivery.

As Niles delved deeper into the biology of the parasite, he began to ponder another side of the organism. Around half a million people die each year from malaria — but some 200 million that are infected survive. Many experience no symptoms. These people are clinically immune, meaning they carry the parasite, but show no overt disease symptoms. This makes it hardto i... more »

A feature not a bug : What if we could reengineer the malaria parasite as a drug delivery vehicle? A centuries old battle with malaria could be ended. Well, that is exactly what Dr. Jacquin Niles, associate professor of biological engineering at MIT is trying to do.

Malarial Parasite as a drug delivery system : Niles’ lab works mainly on eliminating malaria as a disease, but he is taking a radically different approach to the parasite with his project to re-engineer the organism as a vehicle for drug delivery.

As Niles delved deeper into the biology of the parasite, he began to ponder another side of the organism. Around half a million people die each year from malaria — but some 200 million that are infected survive. Many experience no symptoms. These people are clinically immune, meaning they carry the parasite, but show no overt disease symptoms. This makes it hard to identify carriers of the disease, as the malaria parasite survives in the bloodstream at some level, but the carrier is unaware.

Niles’ proposal is, to his knowledge, the first aiming to re-engineer the malaria parasite into a medical tool and provide a novel way to deliver therapeutic drugs: The organism that now infects could one day cure.

Still some ways off : Incorporating a malaria-derived organism into a medical treatment comes with an interesting set of challenges as well. Researchers will need to ensure that the treatment comes with zero risk of causing malaria and zero potential to transmit disease, via the natural mosquito vector, for example.

References and Links

http://news.mit.edu/2016/faculty-profile-jacquin-niles-0122

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15923144

http://www.cell.com http://goo.gl/wn7v37

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_31-7-2014-17-23-16___

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2016-01-23 07:52:56 (37 comments; 15 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Physics behind the wet dog shake : While we see this often in dogs, many mammals use physics to dry off quickly. The super slow motion reveals how it happens, but the mathematics and fluid dynamics support what size dog shakes at what speed to expend the least energy.

Shaking it off : Dickerson, along with some colleagues from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has written “The Wet-Dog Shake,” published in Fluid Dynamics. They attempt to calculate the optimum speed at which dogs should shake to most efficiently dry their fur.

The team built a mathematical model of the processes involved, reasoning that surface tension between the water and the dog’s hair is what keeps the dog wet. Overcoming that tension requires a centripetal force that exceeds it. As centripetal force varies with distance from the centre of the creature, its radius is therefore crucial to workout t... more »

Physics behind the wet dog shake : While we see this often in dogs, many mammals use physics to dry off quickly. The super slow motion reveals how it happens, but the mathematics and fluid dynamics support what size dog shakes at what speed to expend the least energy.

Shaking it off : Dickerson, along with some colleagues from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has written “The Wet-Dog Shake,” published in Fluid Dynamics. They attempt to calculate the optimum speed at which dogs should shake to most efficiently dry their fur.

The team built a mathematical model of the processes involved, reasoning that surface tension between the water and the dog’s hair is what keeps the dog wet. Overcoming that tension requires a centripetal force that exceeds it. As centripetal force varies with distance from the centre of the creature, its radius is therefore crucial to work out the speed of the oscillations. The team arrived at an equation that calculates the frequency of that oscillation.

The scientists determined that shaking begins at the head area, which provides a solid point for the energy wave to propagate down the animal's body. The head can also twist more, resulting in higher amplitude waves. Once that process starts, the animal's head, body and skin all move during a shake. The body, though it shakes at the same frequency of the skin, cannot rotate as far, though the skin effectively twists around the body, traveling faster than the body and head can move.

Very furry animals tend to have especially loose skin, which whips around as the animal changes direction, increasing the acceleration. Dickerson said it's comparable to someone cracking a whip. He and his team discovered that animals with smaller bodies must shake more rapidly than larger animals. These tinier mammals can experience up to 20 g's of acceleration. The chosen frequency of animals might even be unconsciously determined, based on nerve and muscle dynamics.

References and links 

http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-do-the-wet-dog-shake-1.11177

http://news.discovery.com/animals/wet-dog-shake-physics.htm

http://www.wired.com/2010/10/dog-drying-physics/

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5934925/high-speed-videography-reveals-the-mystery-of-the-wet-dog-shake

http://io9.gizmodo.com/dogs-shaking-in-slow-motion-will-make-your-day-with-sci-1450662171

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFzWJ6P2iyY

#fidofriday   #science  ___

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2016-01-19 00:45:55 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Fish and chips at Chinooks is always awesome. Funnily it was not raining that evening.

Fish and chips at Chinooks is always awesome. Funnily it was not raining that evening.___

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2015-12-18 18:13:49 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Liked this series. Yes I know there are later seasons. I just liked this one. Do watch the trailer. It's kinda fun to watch. 

Liked this series. Yes I know there are later seasons. I just liked this one. Do watch the trailer. It's kinda fun to watch. ___

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2015-12-17 03:36:17 (17 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Do you like bottled water? : Not one but many many studies show that there is actually no difference in bottled and tap water. But there is a difference in the carbon footprint. And your wallet.

Ultrapure and Natural.... all claims which mean nothing. If you use a good filtration device, there is no difference in bottled and tap water. And all water on Earth existed for a long time. So Evian water or Aquapure mean very little. Other than to con you....

The video is of advertising insiders talking about the marketing genius of bottled water. Watch from 3.33 for the relevant piece.

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/14/bottled_water_is_a_scam_pepsico_coca_cola_and_the_beverage_industrys_greatest_con_partner/

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/bwinx.asp

http://gizmodo.com/stop-drinking-bottled-water-1704609514

Do you like bottled water? : Not one but many many studies show that there is actually no difference in bottled and tap water. But there is a difference in the carbon footprint. And your wallet.

Ultrapure and Natural.... all claims which mean nothing. If you use a good filtration device, there is no difference in bottled and tap water. And all water on Earth existed for a long time. So Evian water or Aquapure mean very little. Other than to con you....

The video is of advertising insiders talking about the marketing genius of bottled water. Watch from 3.33 for the relevant piece.

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/14/bottled_water_is_a_scam_pepsico_coca_cola_and_the_beverage_industrys_greatest_con_partner/

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/bwinx.asp

http://gizmodo.com/stop-drinking-bottled-water-1704609514___

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2015-12-17 00:03:39 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Accurate and well written, this Wired article says it factually, covers all the bases and explains all the different powers and issues in the conflict for powering up India's massive population.

Thought provoking. It has hope, confusion, scary stuff and everything else rolled into one. I hope solar wins out.

Accurate and well written, this Wired article says it factually, covers all the bases and explains all the different powers and issues in the conflict for powering up India's massive population.

Thought provoking. It has hope, confusion, scary stuff and everything else rolled into one. I hope solar wins out.___

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2015-12-16 23:14:46 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Roadprinter : Lays bricks on roads at an astonishing pace .... no kidding. Now if one could find a way to embed solar cells in these paver blocks!

The RoadPrinter, by RPS, revolutionizes the way brick walkways and roads are constructed, by allowing them to be assembled vertically, and then slide down a ramp slowly to rest on the ground. This allows pavers to assemble 500 meters of road a day.

Article link: http://www.techinsider.io/roadprinter-can-pave-roads-very-fast-2015-11

RP systems link : http://www.rpsystems.be/

+Road Printer 

Roadprinter : Lays bricks on roads at an astonishing pace .... no kidding. Now if one could find a way to embed solar cells in these paver blocks!

The RoadPrinter, by RPS, revolutionizes the way brick walkways and roads are constructed, by allowing them to be assembled vertically, and then slide down a ramp slowly to rest on the ground. This allows pavers to assemble 500 meters of road a day.

Article link: http://www.techinsider.io/roadprinter-can-pave-roads-very-fast-2015-11

RP systems link : http://www.rpsystems.be/

+Road Printer ___

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2015-12-06 22:00:40 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Wet weather stopped for some time.

No seriously.

Wet weather stopped for some time.

No seriously.___

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2015-12-05 20:46:20 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Rainy day out

Rainy day out___

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2015-12-05 15:25:02 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

So at first I thought this was a religious idol in a doc's waiting room. I later realized it was only the housing for the webcam in the belly button.

#thatslegit  

So at first I thought this was a religious idol in a doc's waiting room. I later realized it was only the housing for the webcam in the belly button.

#thatslegit  ___

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2015-12-05 01:51:15 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Bombay airport lounge : More style than substance. But the design was kinda interesting. I just wished their air conditioning worked.

Bombay airport lounge : More style than substance. But the design was kinda interesting. I just wished their air conditioning worked.___

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2015-12-05 01:34:23 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Waiting for a connection at CDG : The time flew by. I managed to get in a shower and shave. And the coffee was amazing. Surprisingly it was made by a machine. Yay for automation.

Waiting for a connection at CDG : The time flew by. I managed to get in a shower and shave. And the coffee was amazing. Surprisingly it was made by a machine. Yay for automation.___

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2015-11-27 08:45:40 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

My story is part of the Anthology in Volume III : And bonus! You get a story by +Chris Dangerfield as well! Thanks to the +NovoPulp team:)

Direct link to buy on Amazon - http://goo.gl/a8iTyS

Thanks to +Niamh Brown for all the work put in!

My story is part of the Anthology in Volume III : And bonus! You get a story by +Chris Dangerfield as well! Thanks to the +NovoPulp team:)

Direct link to buy on Amazon - http://goo.gl/a8iTyS

Thanks to +Niamh Brown for all the work put in!___

2015-11-20 07:49:15 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Do you like the new G+?

Do you like the new G+?___

2015-11-20 07:45:47 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

*What would you like on the new G+ to make it more usable? This is useful to know what will work. Feel free to add your own.

*What would you like on the new G+ to make it more usable? This is useful to know what will work. Feel free to add your own.___

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2015-11-18 03:56:44 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

I have mixed feeling about the new UI.... most of all I don't like how the hovercards don't show, user customization of profile, communities and collections and worst of all no reduction in the deluge of notifications. 

Other than that it is ok. With these fixes, it might come up to the way I use G+..... Anyway, I hope you guys keep giving feedback, the developers have worked hard to make this happen. I would say they should now make it usable. Your suggestions are welcome. I am not a spokesperson, so I actually am more negative, but I think some people have something positive to say about it.

Back to Classic G+ for me.

I have mixed feeling about the new UI.... most of all I don't like how the hovercards don't show, user customization of profile, communities and collections and worst of all no reduction in the deluge of notifications. 

Other than that it is ok. With these fixes, it might come up to the way I use G+..... Anyway, I hope you guys keep giving feedback, the developers have worked hard to make this happen. I would say they should now make it usable. Your suggestions are welcome. I am not a spokesperson, so I actually am more negative, but I think some people have something positive to say about it.

Back to Classic G+ for me.___

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2015-11-17 15:19:30 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human... more »

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human hunters.

Is it language? : Lucy explains: 'Interestingly, the acoustic analysis done by Joseph Soltis at his Disney laboratory showed that the difference between the ''bee alarm rumble'' and the ''human alarm rumble'' is the same as a vowel-change in human language, which can change the meaning of words (think of ''boo'' and ''bee''). Elephants use similar vowel-like changes in their rumbles to differentiate the type of threat they experience, and so give specific warnings to other elephants who can decipher the sounds.'

References and Sources

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140316133750.htm

Paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089403

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6291/20140308/elephants-alert-group-to-human-presence-with-unique-alarm-call-video.htm

http://www.wired.com/2012/11/south-korean-talking-elephant/

#elephants  ___

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2015-11-17 15:18:17 (55 comments; 136 reshares; 686 +1s; )Open 

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human... more »

The Elephant Alarm for Humans : African elephants have a signal for humans. And it spells trouble. Studies show that elephants react quickly to human voices, becoming more vigilant and running away from the source of human sounds. But we already knew Elephants had a vocabulary. ....

Study shows how elephants react : Researchers from Oxford University carried out a series of audio experiments in which recordings of the voices of the Samburu, a local tribe from North Kenya, were played to resting elephants. The elephants quickly reacted, becoming more vigilant and running away from the sound whilst emitting a distinctive low rumble. When the team, having recorded this rumble, played it back to a group of elephants they reacted in a similar way to the sound of the Samburu voices; running away and becoming very vigilant, perhaps searching for the potentially lethal threat of human hunters.

Is it language? : Lucy explains: 'Interestingly, the acoustic analysis done by Joseph Soltis at his Disney laboratory showed that the difference between the ''bee alarm rumble'' and the ''human alarm rumble'' is the same as a vowel-change in human language, which can change the meaning of words (think of ''boo'' and ''bee''). Elephants use similar vowel-like changes in their rumbles to differentiate the type of threat they experience, and so give specific warnings to other elephants who can decipher the sounds.'

References and Sources

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140316133750.htm

Paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089403

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6291/20140308/elephants-alert-group-to-human-presence-with-unique-alarm-call-video.htm

http://www.wired.com/2012/11/south-korean-talking-elephant/

#elephants  ___

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2015-11-17 07:21:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Bright Blue Christmas : A charitable fund which helps sick children, and Scribblegraph get together for some awesomeness!

A very Bright Blue Christmas • http://goo.gl/zob9LU

This year’s Christmas card was illustrated for Bright Blue, The Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids. Being asked to create this card for Bright Blue was an honour and an absolute pleasure – all proceeds from sale of this card go towards Bright Blue. Yes, 100%.

Bright Blue does incredibly valuable work in so many areas: funding research, creating awareness, providing access to services and support in remote areas. In particular, their efforts in regional Western Australia with FASD are very close to my heart.

Please, if you’re not in a position to support this year, you could share the scribblegraph blog - http://goo.gl/zob9LU - on social media with the tag #BrightBlueXMAS – that’s free, and it helps enormously!

If you're in #Perth you can also drop into Police HQ and purchase cards in person - important information on how to do that is in the post. 

Purchase card packs here: https://goo.gl/fL8wy3
Please share this page: http://goo.gl/zob9LU tag #BrightBlueXMAS

♥ Thank you

#BrightBlueXMAS   #Christmas   #scribblegraph   #charity  ___Bright Blue Christmas : A charitable fund which helps sick children, and Scribblegraph get together for some awesomeness!

2015-11-05 15:02:33 (100 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

So here is a poll. If G+ was listening what would be your top requests?
 You can add your own comments in the comments section :)

So here is a poll. If G+ was listening what would be your top requests?
 You can add your own comments in the comments section :)___

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2015-11-04 08:27:58 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

My good friend +Charles Strebor made this wonderful gas giant image. Do visit his blog and give it a plus!

Gas Giants: Planet Lacerant

Before Others' Worlds and Fractal Spacesºº there were Gas Giants - this is the third in that series, created in April 2012 for +Lacerant Plainer.

#GasGiants #Abstractifications #GlitchenAllTheThings

º  http://rantz.me/?cat=288 <<--- Others' Worlds
ºº http://rantz.me/?cat=308 <<--- Fractal Spaces___My good friend +Charles Strebor made this wonderful gas giant image. Do visit his blog and give it a plus!

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2015-11-02 08:59:04 (29 comments; 25 reshares; 217 +1s; )Open 

From Science Fiction to real Science : We all remember the Star Trek bionic eyes on a crew member. While this is not new, the science behind the bionic eyes we can now make is fascinating. While the bionic eye is still in its initial stages of development, there is a lot that can be done to connect it to medical devices and other interconnected devices. Maybe have some memory in the eye? The possibilities are endless.

Visor idea : Clearly taking her inspiration from Star Trek: The Next Generation,  lead researcher, Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, a computational neuroscientist at Weill Cornell, envisions a day when the blind can choose to wear a visor which will take in light and use a computer chip to turn it into a code that the brain can translate into an image.

Mechanics : The retina at the back of the eye contains light detecting cells called photoreceptors. Thesece... more »

From Science Fiction to real Science : We all remember the Star Trek bionic eyes on a crew member. While this is not new, the science behind the bionic eyes we can now make is fascinating. While the bionic eye is still in its initial stages of development, there is a lot that can be done to connect it to medical devices and other interconnected devices. Maybe have some memory in the eye? The possibilities are endless.

Visor idea : Clearly taking her inspiration from Star Trek: The Next Generation,  lead researcher, Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, a computational neuroscientist at Weill Cornell, envisions a day when the blind can choose to wear a visor which will take in light and use a computer chip to turn it into a code that the brain can translate into an image.

Mechanics : The retina at the back of the eye contains light detecting cells called photoreceptors. These cells convert light energy into electrical energy, which is transmitted to the brain via several layers of retinal nerve cells. In several forms of blindness, such as age related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, the photoreceptors die but leave the other nerve cells in tact. While those nerve cells cannot detect light themselves, they can respond to electrical stimulation.

How does it work? : In a bionic eye, we bypass the visual display and send the electrical signals from each pixel in the camera to the array of stimulating electrodes positioned on the eye. When placed into the eye of a blind patient, the electrodes stimulate the nerve cells that would normally receive input from the absent photoreceptors. The nerve cells have no idea that the electrical stimulation they are experiencing is coming through a man-made electrode array: they interpret the signals as if they were coming from normal photoreceptors. As a result, they send the information to the brain, which in turn experiences a pattern of electrical signals that replicates those experienced via the normally functioning eye.

References and Links

http://inhabitat.com/scientists-crack-code-that-would-allow-bionic-eyes-to-send-signals-to-the-brain/

http://www.nvri.org.au/pages/bionic-eye.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33571412

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

Pic courtesy: http://inhabitat.com/

#science #sciencefiction  ___

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2015-11-02 04:50:44 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Sharing for +Sodacon. His music grows on you, and he is one of the quiet good guys here.

Humbly asking for your assistance friend. We just finished a new version of the web site for the new album and was wondering if you could help us out by visiting the site, signing up for newsletter and/or adding your + to the Google page badge. Currently we are at +9753 . Thanks and you rock. ___Sharing for +Sodacon. His music grows on you, and he is one of the quiet good guys here.

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2015-11-01 16:08:55 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Who needs males? : Parthenogenesis is a well-known phenomenon among biologists. Some turkeys are able to have 'virgin births' but many animals including reptiles and fish have the same ability.

What is Parthenogenesis? It is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. This means reproduction without sex. It is most common among arthropods The word is defined from Greek and literally means 'virgin creation.'.

Mammalian Parthenogenesis? There has been no mammalian parthenogenesis reported. But a mouse has displayed parthenogenesis with some genetic tweaking. Who knows? This is an exciting field. Maybe one day men will be irrelevant in the creation process.

References and Links
more »

Who needs males? : Parthenogenesis is a well-known phenomenon among biologists. Some turkeys are able to have 'virgin births' but many animals including reptiles and fish have the same ability.

What is Parthenogenesis? It is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. This means reproduction without sex. It is most common among arthropods The word is defined from Greek and literally means 'virgin creation.'.

Mammalian Parthenogenesis? There has been no mammalian parthenogenesis reported. But a mouse has displayed parthenogenesis with some genetic tweaking. Who knows? This is an exciting field. Maybe one day men will be irrelevant in the creation process.

References and Links

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7122/full/4441021a.html

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

http://aerg.canberra.edu.au/library/sex_general/1954_Olsen_Marsden_turkey_parthenogenesis.pdf

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/ans-tparth/

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141219-spectacular-real-virgin-births

Pic courtesy: http://animalia-life.com/___

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2015-11-01 15:37:30 (41 comments; 53 reshares; 323 +1s; )Open 

Who needs males? : Parthenogenesis is a well-known phenomenon among biologists. Some turkeys are able to have 'virgin births' but many animals including reptiles and fish have the same ability.

What is Parthenogenesis? It is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. This means reproduction without sex. It is most common among arthropods The word is defined from Greek and literally means 'virgin creation.'.

Mammalian Parthenogenesis? There has been no mammalian parthenogenesis reported. But a mouse has displayed parthenogenesis with some genetic tweaking. Who knows? This is an exciting field. Maybe one day men will be irrelevant in the creation process.

References and Links
more »

Who needs males? : Parthenogenesis is a well-known phenomenon among biologists. Some turkeys are able to have 'virgin births' but many animals including reptiles and fish have the same ability.

What is Parthenogenesis? It is a form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization. In animals, parthenogenesis means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. This means reproduction without sex. It is most common among arthropods The word is defined from Greek and literally means 'virgin creation.'.

Mammalian Parthenogenesis? There has been no mammalian parthenogenesis reported. But a mouse has displayed parthenogenesis with some genetic tweaking. Who knows? This is an exciting field. Maybe one day men will be irrelevant in the creation process.

References and Links

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7122/full/4441021a.html

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

http://aerg.canberra.edu.au/library/sex_general/1954_Olsen_Marsden_turkey_parthenogenesis.pdf

http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/ans-tparth/

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141219-spectacular-real-virgin-births

Pic courtesy: http://animalia-life.com/___

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2015-10-27 14:39:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Some really great SF art. It reminds me of so many movies with a far-future scene. Firefly anyone?

I would imagine that the scene is set for a sudden breakaway (rebel starfighter) to leave the dock, it's afterburners red as they accelerate away from the mothership. Well that is the story in my head.

Pic courtesy : www.sfawardswatch.com

Some really great SF art. It reminds me of so many movies with a far-future scene. Firefly anyone?

I would imagine that the scene is set for a sudden breakaway (rebel starfighter) to leave the dock, it's afterburners red as they accelerate away from the mothership. Well that is the story in my head.

Pic courtesy : www.sfawardswatch.com___

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2015-10-26 08:05:03 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

I am now on Facebook : If you folks are on Facebook, I have a page. A 'like' would be appreciated. All friend requests are welcome!

I am now on Facebook : If you folks are on Facebook, I have a page. A 'like' would be appreciated. All friend requests are welcome!___

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2015-10-25 16:54:08 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Hyperloop test track : Hyperloop Test Technologies (HTT) has announced it will start work on a $6Bln test track 'within weeks.' I am really excited hearing about this, because I have been a big supporter of clean, quick Mass transit options other than burning aircraft fuel. Ever since +Elon Musk revealed the plans, I've been rooting for it.

Clean and quick : A journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas could take as little as 20 minutes, at a subsonic speed of 760 miles per hour. That's faster than commercial aircraft, which generally cruise at about 550mph. The whole system is powered by alternative energy, with the potential to produce more than it uses.

Testing grounds : The focus for the first Hyperloop is in California, a state rife with tech exes and Silicon Valley billionaires who can see the technology's potential. The testing ground is Quay... more »

Hyperloop test track : Hyperloop Test Technologies (HTT) has announced it will start work on a $6Bln test track 'within weeks.' I am really excited hearing about this, because I have been a big supporter of clean, quick Mass transit options other than burning aircraft fuel. Ever since +Elon Musk revealed the plans, I've been rooting for it.

Clean and quick : A journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas could take as little as 20 minutes, at a subsonic speed of 760 miles per hour. That's faster than commercial aircraft, which generally cruise at about 550mph. The whole system is powered by alternative energy, with the potential to produce more than it uses.

Testing grounds : The focus for the first Hyperloop is in California, a state rife with tech exes and Silicon Valley billionaires who can see the technology's potential. The testing ground is Quay Valley, described as a model town for the 21st century, an eco-city development set to absorb California's growing population.

Usability : The mechanisms for frictionless travel are handled by the masters of vacuum tech, Oerlikon, who created the zero pressure environment for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. However, the major barrier might not be technical. "How are we going to make sure that people are actually willing to get into a pod and travel at 760 mph?" asks Andrew Liu, New Ventures VP for AECOM, who are designing Hyperloop's pylons and infrastructure. "From that aspect I think a lot of that is education future consumer," Liu adds. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies believe that they could begin construction as soon as 2016, while the first passenger service might come as early as 2019.

References and Links

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/19/tech/hyperloop-musk-future-cities/

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-10/23/elon-musk-hyperloop-test-track

http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/22/9595378/hyperloop-questions-plans-elon-musk-transportation

CNN video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A7GsAPR3J0

#hyperloop___

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2015-10-24 17:10:03 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Stellarator : This was an old concept much before the Tokamaks and Laser confinement ideas for fusion. H/t to +Kam-Yung Soh and his post here https://plus.google.com/+KamYungSoh/posts/hCytDCunUSf (Watch out, Tokamak: here come the Stellarator), I decided to investigate this engineering nightmare. So what is it? Fusion confinement is an issue due to it's geometries and temperatures. Also walls of reactors can melt with plasma and need to be magnetically confined. The Stellarator was a concept in the 1950s, the device was designed by Lyman Spitzer and built at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in 1951.

Toroidal geometries : Fusion devices are based on momentary compression of the fusion fuel to high densities, or devices that used lower densities but longer confinement times, like the magnetic mirror and stellarator. In the latter systems, the key problem was confining the... more »

Stellarator : This was an old concept much before the Tokamaks and Laser confinement ideas for fusion. H/t to +Kam-Yung Soh and his post here https://plus.google.com/+KamYungSoh/posts/hCytDCunUSf (Watch out, Tokamak: here come the Stellarator), I decided to investigate this engineering nightmare. So what is it? Fusion confinement is an issue due to it's geometries and temperatures. Also walls of reactors can melt with plasma and need to be magnetically confined. The Stellarator was a concept in the 1950s, the device was designed by Lyman Spitzer and built at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in 1951.

Toroidal geometries : Fusion devices are based on momentary compression of the fusion fuel to high densities, or devices that used lower densities but longer confinement times, like the magnetic mirror and stellarator. In the latter systems, the key problem was confining the plasma for long times without the hottest, most valuable, particles escaping from the device.Early fusion research generally followed two major lines of study; devices that were based on momentary compression of the fusion fuel to high densities, like the pinch devices being studied primarily in the UK, and devices that used lower densities but longer confinement times, like the magnetic mirror and stellarator. In the latter systems, the key problem was confining the plasma for long times without the hottest, most valuable, particles escaping from the device. As plasma is electrically charged, it can be confined by an appropriate arrangement of magnetic fields. The simplest to understand is a solenoid, consisting of a helix of wire wrapped around a cylindrical support. A plasma inside the solenoid will experience a force toward a guiding center of its orbit which moves only parallel to the applied field. However, in this case the plasma would see no force along the long axis, and would rapidly flow out the ends of the solenoid and escape.

One solution to that problem is to simply bend the solenoid around into a ring, closing the ends. However in this case the magnetic field is no longer uniform. The electrical windings on the inside edge of the toroid are closer together, and further apart on the outside edge. This leads to a weaker field on the outside than the inside. A particle's orbit will have larger curvature on the inner limb of the orbit than on the outer, leading to a net migration away from the center of the torus. These particles will eventually drift out of the confinement area.

W7-X : The new Stellarator is a €1 billion machine, known as Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), appears now as a 16-meter-wide ring of gleaming metal bristling with devices of all shapes and sizes, innumerable cables trailing off to unknown destinations, and technicians tinkering with it here and there. It looks a bit like Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, towed in for repairs after a run-in with the Imperial fleet. Inside are 50 6-tonne magnet coils, strangely twisted as if trampled by an angry giant.

References and Links

http://news.sciencemag.org/physics/2015/10/feature-bizarre-reactor-might-save-nuclear-fusion#

https://www.iter.org/newsline/172/680

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellarator#Background

http://web.ornl.gov/sci/fed/stelnews/world_stellarators.html

http://web.ornl.gov/sci/fed/Theory/stci/FAQ.html

http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0741-3335/43/12A/318/meta;jsessionid=5816C089C346BC0C80F6F2EB581D3681.c4.iopscience.cld.iop.org

Pics: Engineering and Graphics, AAAS.___

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2015-10-23 10:22:49 (23 comments; 12 reshares; 146 +1s; )Open 

Conjunction : Hettington - Episode 6 : Tessa is getting things done. Or is she? Read more in my serialized SF story 'Conjunction' with its sixth episode up on my blog. Do share and let me know how you find the story so far!

Conjunction : Hettington - Episode 6 : Tessa is getting things done. Or is she? Read more in my serialized SF story 'Conjunction' with its sixth episode up on my blog. Do share and let me know how you find the story so far!___

2015-10-21 19:23:18 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Our own +Terry McNeil is in a race to the finish.....:) You know what to do!

h/t +Gita Jaisinghani !

#FeatureFriday : World Foodies

Meet our two talented creators: +Terry McNeil and +Søren Siim Nielsen! 

- Thanks to +Gita Jaisinghani for sharing Terry's sophisticated and mouthwatering photographs in her "The Slanted Kitchen" Collection (https://goo.gl/gRtV6E). 
- On the other hand, Søren is proving that being a dad and loving how to cook is possible, and is actually a lot of fun in his "Food" Collection (https://goo.gl/PY1dHZ)!

Which Collection inspires you the most? The results will be announced on Friday based on Creators' choice.

We would like to thank everyone for sharing their Collections, and hope we’ll see more of your Collections in our Community!

Keep on celebrating life with good food!___Our own +Terry McNeil is in a race to the finish.....:) You know what to do!

h/t +Gita Jaisinghani !

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2015-10-21 14:04:29 (61 comments; 8 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Since so many people who believe in god think it's fun to land up on science posts and flaunt their ignorance..... here is some logic for you.

Jim Jefferies is an Aussie comic..... is it sad that comedians make more sense than most other media? 

#rant   #NSFWlanguage  

Since so many people who believe in god think it's fun to land up on science posts and flaunt their ignorance..... here is some logic for you.

Jim Jefferies is an Aussie comic..... is it sad that comedians make more sense than most other media? 

#rant   #NSFWlanguage  ___

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2015-10-20 08:49:45 (44 comments; 26 reshares; 115 +1s; )Open 

The Issue with rigidity : I have always said science is not rigid. What I meant is the scientific method is not rigid, and hopefully scientists are not rigid either. But that does not mean they are not rigorous or insist on reproducibility. It is a thin line, but it's there. I have often seen people ask questions which may be considered pseudoscience. But one needs to listen and look for whether it has any merit. How does one know? It comes with practice and knowing the basics.
 
Generally accepted fact : Is global warming a fact? Yes. But the science behind it is complex, nuanced and extremely interdependent. Do we know everything? Far from it, but we know enough. On the other hand, is it a fact that alien megastructures are orbiting a star recently flagged off by citizen scientists? No. But again, we will not know unless we have better observations, metrics and information.... more »

The Issue with rigidity : I have always said science is not rigid. What I meant is the scientific method is not rigid, and hopefully scientists are not rigid either. But that does not mean they are not rigorous or insist on reproducibility. It is a thin line, but it's there. I have often seen people ask questions which may be considered pseudoscience. But one needs to listen and look for whether it has any merit. How does one know? It comes with practice and knowing the basics.
 
Generally accepted fact : Is global warming a fact? Yes. But the science behind it is complex, nuanced and extremely interdependent. Do we know everything? Far from it, but we know enough. On the other hand, is it a fact that alien megastructures are orbiting a star recently flagged off by citizen scientists? No. But again, we will not know unless we have better observations, metrics and information. None of this is easy. It takes years of studying something before we even know what something is, let alone being able to pin down its cause.
 
Why do scientists say fat is good for you today and bad for you tomorrow? : This is the nature of how scientific methods are followed. Researchers follow one line of thinking and study one aspect or type of 'fat' and make one hypothesis. Another line of research follows another line of thinking. Over time, methods and instruments are improved, we know more, some studies are discarded, others gain more acceptance. We 'know' different things at different times. And the media muddles this all up with definitive statements. A lot of the findings need time, effort and acceptance to be reproduced, checked, replicated and verified.
 
It is very hard to communicate science : For a number of reasons, scientists and researchers are not comfortable with making hard statements. And the reasons are obvious. We cannot expect certainty, only probabilities, and they keep changing based on observations. At one time the atom was considered the final indivisible fundamental particle. Today we are seeing that even the electron is composed of smaller stuff. It is very hard to be nuanced and correct while still making science interesting to people. Which is why one has to allow for a lot of leeway.

Dara O'Briain is a standup comedian with a science background. But he makes sense.

#Thescientificmethod #science  ___

2015-10-20 07:02:07 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

It was a mystery, and many astronomers thought it would never be explained. But Kelly knew that to understand what made the distant star wink in a non-regular way, one had to have more information. She knew that whatever she found, it would be something they had not expected. The papers had made a huge noise about alien megastructures. The SETI scientists had trained radio telescopes to give them better readings, but there was nothing more.
                                                                                                                              
Kelly extrapolated her readings, the star had stopped winking now. She drew lines from dates and observations. Whatever had passed in front of the star was not orbiting it and it must be really large. Like thesize of a small moon. She bent to her task. Kelly's roommate Nora walked in and looked at all the starmaps in disgust &qu... more »

It was a mystery, and many astronomers thought it would never be explained. But Kelly knew that to understand what made the distant star wink in a non-regular way, one had to have more information. She knew that whatever she found, it would be something they had not expected. The papers had made a huge noise about alien megastructures. The SETI scientists had trained radio telescopes to give them better readings, but there was nothing more.
                                                                                                                              
Kelly extrapolated her readings, the star had stopped winking now. She drew lines from dates and observations. Whatever had passed in front of the star was not orbiting it and it must be really large. Like the size of a small moon. She bent to her task. Kelly's roommate Nora walked in and looked at all the starmaps in disgust "Don't you have anything better to do?" Kelly ignored her. This small piece was a puzzle from which she wanted to piece together a full portrait, just like an astronomer. She was plotting different possible paths for the 'Object.' She suspected it was a weapon which was aimed at the Earth. Now she needed proof...

#amwriting #150brief  ___

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2015-10-18 11:12:31 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

The Physics hiding in your Sandwich : In 1948, Hendrik Casimir was studying the properties of colloidal solutions. While studying paint and mayonnaise, his team realized that the Van der Waal's forces did not adequately explain the experimental results. Why was there an attractive force which could not be explained? The study by Casimir, Polder and Overbeek led to the understanding that this could only be explained if one thought of vacuum "not being empty." Since it was against what we knew at the time, they had to provide experimental proof of this effect. And the experimental evidence backed up their calculations! 

h/t to +Gita Jaisinghani for the title of this post!

Vacuum fluctuations : Although the Casimir force seems completely counterintuitive, it is actually well understood. In the old days of classical mechanics the idea of a vacuum was simple.... more »

The Physics hiding in your Sandwich : In 1948, Hendrik Casimir was studying the properties of colloidal solutions. While studying paint and mayonnaise, his team realized that the Van der Waal's forces did not adequately explain the experimental results. Why was there an attractive force which could not be explained? The study by Casimir, Polder and Overbeek led to the understanding that this could only be explained if one thought of vacuum "not being empty." Since it was against what we knew at the time, they had to provide experimental proof of this effect. And the experimental evidence backed up their calculations! 

h/t to +Gita Jaisinghani for the title of this post!

Vacuum fluctuations : Although the Casimir force seems completely counterintuitive, it is actually well understood. In the old days of classical mechanics the idea of a vacuum was simple. The vacuum was what remained if you emptied a container of all its particles and lowered the temperature down to absolute zero. The arrival of quantum mechanics, however, completely changed our notion of a vacuum. All fields - in particular electromagnetic fields - have fluctuations. In other words at any given moment their actual value varies around a constant, mean value.

QED : Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) is a far-reaching and more accurate than any previous approximations and underpins almost everything we experience in the physical world – shapes, texture, color, and how everything interacts together. Here, empty space (a vacuum) buzzes with matter and activity. Here, energy is said to be borrowed from the future and is used in the creation of a particle and an antiparticle. These particles, in turn meet in a fraction of a second and annihilate each other. So energy is borrowed out of nowhere, turned into matter self-destruct and returns back into energy all in a fraction of a second. This is happening everywhere countless times a second.

Feynman and the QED effect : QED applies to all electromagnetic phenomena associated with charged fundamental particles such as electrons and positrons, and the associated phenomena such as pair production, electron-positron annihilation, Compton scattering, etc. It was used to precisely model some quantum phenomena which had no classical analogs, such as the Lamb shift and the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron. QED was the first successful quantum field theory, incorporating such ideas as particle creation and annihilation into a self-consistent framework. The development of the theory was the basis of the 1965 Nobel Prize in physics, awarded to Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and Sin-itero Tomonaga.

References and Links

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/2002/sep/01/the-casimir-effect-a-force-from-nothing

http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=7337.php

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100103.html

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/forces/qed.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_effect#Vacuum_energy

http://science.jrank.org/pages/5604/Quantum-Electrodynamics-QED.html


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2015-10-18 09:44:28 (34 comments; 33 reshares; 210 +1s; )Open 

The Physics hiding in your Sandwich : In 1948, Hendrik Casimir was studying the properties of colloidal solutions. While studying paint and mayonnaise, his team realized that the Van der Waal's forces did not adequately explain the experimental results. Why was there an attractive force which could not be explained? The study by Casimir, Polder and Overbeek led to the understanding that this could only be explained if one thought of vacuum "not being empty." Since it was against what we knew at the time, they had to provide experimental proof of this effect. And the experimental evidence backed up their calculations! 

h/t to +Gita Jaisinghani for the title of this post!

Vacuum fluctuations : Although the Casimir force seems completely counterintuitive, it is actually well understood. In the old days of classical mechanics the idea of a vacuum was simple.... more »

The Physics hiding in your Sandwich : In 1948, Hendrik Casimir was studying the properties of colloidal solutions. While studying paint and mayonnaise, his team realized that the Van der Waal's forces did not adequately explain the experimental results. Why was there an attractive force which could not be explained? The study by Casimir, Polder and Overbeek led to the understanding that this could only be explained if one thought of vacuum "not being empty." Since it was against what we knew at the time, they had to provide experimental proof of this effect. And the experimental evidence backed up their calculations! 

h/t to +Gita Jaisinghani for the title of this post!

Vacuum fluctuations : Although the Casimir force seems completely counterintuitive, it is actually well understood. In the old days of classical mechanics the idea of a vacuum was simple. The vacuum was what remained if you emptied a container of all its particles and lowered the temperature down to absolute zero. The arrival of quantum mechanics, however, completely changed our notion of a vacuum. All fields - in particular electromagnetic fields - have fluctuations. In other words at any given moment their actual value varies around a constant, mean value.

QED : Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) is a far-reaching and more accurate than any previous approximations and underpins almost everything we experience in the physical world – shapes, texture, color, and how everything interacts together. Here, empty space (a vacuum) buzzes with matter and activity. Here, energy is said to be borrowed from the future and is used in the creation of a particle and an antiparticle. These particles, in turn meet in a fraction of a second and annihilate each other. So energy is borrowed out of nowhere, turned into matter self-destruct and returns back into energy all in a fraction of a second. This is happening everywhere countless times a second.

Feynman and the QED effect : QED applies to all electromagnetic phenomena associated with charged fundamental particles such as electrons and positrons, and the associated phenomena such as pair production, electron-positron annihilation, Compton scattering, etc. It was used to precisely model some quantum phenomena which had no classical analogs, such as the Lamb shift and the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron. QED was the first successful quantum field theory, incorporating such ideas as particle creation and annihilation into a self-consistent framework. The development of the theory was the basis of the 1965 Nobel Prize in physics, awarded to Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger and Sin-itero Tomonaga.

References and Links

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/2002/sep/01/the-casimir-effect-a-force-from-nothing

http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=7337.php

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100103.html

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/forces/qed.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casimir_effect#Vacuum_energy

http://science.jrank.org/pages/5604/Quantum-Electrodynamics-QED.html


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2015-10-16 13:46:52 (19 comments; 12 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Space-Based Solar energy : There have been some fits and starts, and technology is still evolving. But now, JAXA, NASA and other agencies are much more serious about it. And JAXA has demonstrated transmission.

I remember having a discussion with +Jonah Miller on an earlier post - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Gg5Tw9tWHWJ which outlined the issues.

What has changed? : Firstly the name. SBS has been renamed 'Space-based stellar' energy. But more relevant, there have been advances in transmission, materials, funding and research which have been gathering momentum. And that maverick +Elon Musk has put his hat in the ring....

JAXA Transmission tests : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential... more »

Space-Based Solar energy : There have been some fits and starts, and technology is still evolving. But now, JAXA, NASA and other agencies are much more serious about it. And JAXA has demonstrated transmission.

I remember having a discussion with +Jonah Miller on an earlier post - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Gg5Tw9tWHWJ which outlined the issues.

What has changed? : Firstly the name. SBS has been renamed 'Space-based stellar' energy. But more relevant, there have been advances in transmission, materials, funding and research which have been gathering momentum. And that maverick +Elon Musk has put his hat in the ring....

JAXA Transmission tests : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential technology needed for the realization of space-based solar power. In space-based solar power generation, sunlight is gathered in geostationary orbit and transmitted to a receiver on Earth. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more solar energy reaches the Earth every hour than humans use in a year. Unlike solar panels set on Earth, satellite-based solar panels can capture the energy around the clock and aren’t affected by weather conditions.

Is it safe? : While the energy is transmitted in the same microwaves used in microwave ovens, it doesn’t fry a bird or an airplane traveling on its path because of its low-energy density, according to the Jaxa spokesman. Of course, the SSPS is still far from perfect, but JAXA's latest success clears one of the biggest and most fundamental hurdles facing the program: delivering power from space without having to run an extension cord out to Low Earth Orbit.

Other initiatives Chinese scientists are also considering how they can build and put into orbit a massive space station that would supply a constant stream of solar energy to Earth. A sponsored research agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation will provide Caltech up to $17.5 million over three years for the development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI). The SSPI will develop the scientific and technological innovations necessary to enable a space-based solar power system—consisting of ultralight, high-efficiency photovoltaics, a phased-array system to produce and distribute power dynamically, and ultralight deployable space structures—that ultimately will be capable of generating electric power at a cost comparable to that from fossil-fuel power plants.

References and Links

Paper: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1145675&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D1145675

http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-advances-in-space-based-solar-power-1426100482

http://www.caltech.edu/news/space-based-solar-power-project-funded-46644

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

http://discovermagazine.com/2015/july-aug/19-stellar-energy

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2903588/china-considering-space-based-solar-power-station.html

http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/12/scientists-make-strides-in-beaming-solar-power-from-space/

Pic courtesy: Discover magazine.___

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2015-10-16 08:29:33 (14 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

I now have a Facebook page, for what it's worth. If you follow my stuff and like it, that would be great.

I now have a Facebook page, for what it's worth. If you follow my stuff and like it, that would be great.___

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2015-10-11 17:03:36 (11 comments; 38 reshares; 277 +1s; )Open 

Conjunction: Multiversal objects - Episode 5  : In this new episode, Tessa learns that she will have to provide more than an idea. Read more about it here : http://www.lacerantplainer.com/2015/10/conjunction-multiversal-objects-episode.html



All my #flashfiction is up on my site : http://www.lacerantplainer.com/

Pic courtesy: Wikipedia.

Conjunction: Multiversal objects - Episode 5  : In this new episode, Tessa learns that she will have to provide more than an idea. Read more about it here : http://www.lacerantplainer.com/2015/10/conjunction-multiversal-objects-episode.html



All my #flashfiction is up on my site : http://www.lacerantplainer.com/

Pic courtesy: Wikipedia.___

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2015-10-11 08:33:44 (43 comments; 65 reshares; 281 +1s; )Open 

Space-Based Solar energy : There have been some fits and starts, and technology is still evolving. But now, JAXA, NASA and other agencies are much more serious about it. And JAXA has demonstrated transmission.

I remember having a discussion with +Jonah Miller on an earlier post - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Gg5Tw9tWHWJ which outlined the issues.

What has changed? : Firstly the name. SBS has been renamed 'Space-based stellar' energy. But more relevant, there have been advances in transmission, materials, funding and research which have been gathering momentum. And that maverick +Elon Musk has put his hat in the ring....

JAXA Transmission tests : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential... more »

Space-Based Solar energy : There have been some fits and starts, and technology is still evolving. But now, JAXA, NASA and other agencies are much more serious about it. And JAXA has demonstrated transmission.

I remember having a discussion with +Jonah Miller on an earlier post - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/Gg5Tw9tWHWJ which outlined the issues.

What has changed? : Firstly the name. SBS has been renamed 'Space-based stellar' energy. But more relevant, there have been advances in transmission, materials, funding and research which have been gathering momentum. And that maverick +Elon Musk has put his hat in the ring....

JAXA Transmission tests : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or Jaxa, said it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves, which is an essential technology needed for the realization of space-based solar power. In space-based solar power generation, sunlight is gathered in geostationary orbit and transmitted to a receiver on Earth. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more solar energy reaches the Earth every hour than humans use in a year. Unlike solar panels set on Earth, satellite-based solar panels can capture the energy around the clock and aren’t affected by weather conditions.

Is it safe? : While the energy is transmitted in the same microwaves used in microwave ovens, it doesn’t fry a bird or an airplane traveling on its path because of its low-energy density, according to the Jaxa spokesman. Of course, the SSPS is still far from perfect, but JAXA's latest success clears one of the biggest and most fundamental hurdles facing the program: delivering power from space without having to run an extension cord out to Low Earth Orbit.

Other initiatives Chinese scientists are also considering how they can build and put into orbit a massive space station that would supply a constant stream of solar energy to Earth. A sponsored research agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation will provide Caltech up to $17.5 million over three years for the development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI). The SSPI will develop the scientific and technological innovations necessary to enable a space-based solar power system—consisting of ultralight, high-efficiency photovoltaics, a phased-array system to produce and distribute power dynamically, and ultralight deployable space structures—that ultimately will be capable of generating electric power at a cost comparable to that from fossil-fuel power plants.

References and Links

Paper: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1145675&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D1145675

http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-advances-in-space-based-solar-power-1426100482

http://www.caltech.edu/news/space-based-solar-power-project-funded-46644

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

http://discovermagazine.com/2015/july-aug/19-stellar-energy

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2903588/china-considering-space-based-solar-power-station.html

http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/12/scientists-make-strides-in-beaming-solar-power-from-space/

Pic courtesy: Discover magazine.___

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2015-10-10 09:27:10 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Makai : Towards the ocean . One of the world’s largest facilities that harvests energy from ocean temperature gradients began operation this August in Hawaii. While it is relatively small, and generates only 100 kW of energy, it is a much-needed proof of concept - it is currently being called a prototype. OTEC generates power by the temperature differential in seawater.

Why is this important? : _According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on an average day 23 million square miles of tropical seas absorb an amount of solar radiation equal in heat content to about 250 billion barrels of oil—a tenth of which could supply 20 times the power needs of the entire U.S. on any given day.

The Cost equation : For OTEC to be viable as a power source, the technology must have tax and subsidy treatment similar to competing energy sources. One study estimates powergen... more »

Makai : Towards the ocean . One of the world’s largest facilities that harvests energy from ocean temperature gradients began operation this August in Hawaii. While it is relatively small, and generates only 100 kW of energy, it is a much-needed proof of concept - it is currently being called a prototype. OTEC generates power by the temperature differential in seawater.

Why is this important? : _According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on an average day 23 million square miles of tropical seas absorb an amount of solar radiation equal in heat content to about 250 billion barrels of oil—a tenth of which could supply 20 times the power needs of the entire U.S. on any given day.

The Cost equation : For OTEC to be viable as a power source, the technology must have tax and subsidy treatment similar to competing energy sources. One study estimates power generation costs as low as US $0.07 per kilowatt-hour, compared with $0.05 - $0.07 for subsidized wind systems. Beneficial factors that should be taken into account include OTEC's lack of waste products and fuel consumption, and supplemental uses for the seawater.

Growth of the world’s small OTEC sector is hampered by high capital costs and problems getting access to financing. But for a true comparison, a Life Cycle Analysis has to be done.

Lockheed Martin shows interest : Last month, Marillyn Hewson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, termed OTEC a “leading-edge” clean energy technology. Hewson placed the technology ahead of better known technologies such as tidal energy and smart grid solutions. Earlier in the year, Lockheed signed a contract with the Reignwood Group, a private Chinese property developer, to build a 10 megawatt plant off the coast of southern China. The company has said officials expect the station to operate by 2016 or 2017.

References and Links

http://www.powermag.com/largest-otec-facility-inaugurated-in-hawaii/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_thermal_energy_conversion#Cost_and_economics

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed/data/ms2/documents/OTEC-brochure.pdf

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/12/04/ocean_thermal_energy_interest_cools_promise_remains_124848.html

Earlier post on OTEC : https://plus.google.com/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/eMrEohuQiKA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-cycle_assessment___

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2015-10-10 08:42:29 (14 comments; 23 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Makai : Towards the ocean . One of the world’s largest facilities that harvests energy from ocean temperature gradients began operation this August in Hawaii. While it is relatively small, and generates only 100 kW of energy, it is a much-needed proof of concept - it is currently being called a prototype. OTEC generates power by the temperature differential in seawater.

Why is this important? : _According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on an average day 23 million square miles of tropical seas absorb an amount of solar radiation equal in heat content to about 250 billion barrels of oil—a tenth of which could supply 20 times the power needs of the entire U.S. on any given day.

The Cost equation : For OTEC to be viable as a power source, the technology must have tax and subsidy treatment similar to competing energy sources. One study estimates powergen... more »

Makai : Towards the ocean . One of the world’s largest facilities that harvests energy from ocean temperature gradients began operation this August in Hawaii. While it is relatively small, and generates only 100 kW of energy, it is a much-needed proof of concept - it is currently being called a prototype. OTEC generates power by the temperature differential in seawater.

Why is this important? : _According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on an average day 23 million square miles of tropical seas absorb an amount of solar radiation equal in heat content to about 250 billion barrels of oil—a tenth of which could supply 20 times the power needs of the entire U.S. on any given day.

The Cost equation : For OTEC to be viable as a power source, the technology must have tax and subsidy treatment similar to competing energy sources. One study estimates power generation costs as low as US $0.07 per kilowatt-hour, compared with $0.05 - $0.07 for subsidized wind systems. Beneficial factors that should be taken into account include OTEC's lack of waste products and fuel consumption, and supplemental uses for the seawater.

Growth of the world’s small OTEC sector is hampered by high capital costs and problems getting access to financing. But for a true comparison, a Life Cycle Analysis has to be done.

Lockheed Martin shows interest : Last month, Marillyn Hewson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, termed OTEC a “leading-edge” clean energy technology. Hewson placed the technology ahead of better known technologies such as tidal energy and smart grid solutions. Earlier in the year, Lockheed signed a contract with the Reignwood Group, a private Chinese property developer, to build a 10 megawatt plant off the coast of southern China. The company has said officials expect the station to operate by 2016 or 2017.

References and Links

http://www.powermag.com/largest-otec-facility-inaugurated-in-hawaii/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_thermal_energy_conversion#Cost_and_economics

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockheed/data/ms2/documents/OTEC-brochure.pdf

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/12/04/ocean_thermal_energy_interest_cools_promise_remains_124848.html

Earlier post on OTEC : https://plus.google.com/+LacerantPlainerWrites/posts/eMrEohuQiKA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-cycle_assessment___

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2015-10-08 10:57:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Fantastic post by +Gita Jaisinghani  about Bombay city. I couldn't have said this better myself.

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My list of the ten iconic must-do things in Bombay

Or the TL;DR version : #MyBombay  
 
Whether you’ve lived here for a while, or are a first-time visitor, these places define Bombay – the inclusive, cosmopolitan, safe (arguably!) city-on-the-go.  These places are a mix of old and not-so-old, places to see and places and to hang out at, “local” eateries and high-end bars, and yes, this would have been a much longer list if I’d made it ten years ago. So many of our iconic city-defining places are gone, replaced by generic, nouveau-riche outlets of instant gratification. But that’s a rant and a list for a different day.
Of course, this is my list, and not exhaustive by any means. I think I may have to write part 2 and part 3 pretty soon.
 
1. Spend a few hours at Café Mondegar – preferably on a Friday or Saturday evening.  Yes, Café Leopold is more well-known and touristy, but Mondy’s is Bombay in a microcosm. Chilled out, accessible and affordable, quirky (yes, the waiters are the opposite of the polished “have a nice day” type!) and original. Bonus – one of the few remaining jukeboxes in the city. Double bonus – the Mario Miranda murals.

2. Stroll along Colaba Causeway and buy “authentic” “antiques”, as well as cheap and stylish sarongs and scarves, handbags and jewelry, telescopes and pocket watches. And just watch the tide of people walking past – hippie tourists, shady vendors, college kids and locals.

3. Eat the street food – preferably from a street vendor. Yes, there are reasonably hygienic options, but only if you’re Indian. If not, please contact your local host for advice on “what’s safe to eat and where” ^^  Oh, the street food must-eats include _bhel puri, pani puri, vada pao, misal, cutting chai.

4. Take a walk in the rain…… - on any sea-front. Choose from Carter Road, Worli sea-face, Marine Drive, or Juhu / Chowpatty, or Versova. And don’t forget the corn-on-the-cob aka bhutta – freshly roasted corn, slathered with salt, red chilli powder and lime.

5. Must-try sea food : Yes, Goa has fresher produce, but that’s Goan seafood. In Bombay, try the local cuisines – Kolhapuri, Malvani, Koli. Choose from the hip, urbanized places like Soul Fry, or the somewhat authentic but still urbanized  Gazalee, or the famous  but touristy Mahesh Lunch Home or Excellensea, or the seriously authentic holes-in-the wall Saayba or Chaitanya.

6. Watch a play – either at Prithvi Theater in Juhu, which is the hub of the theater scene here (bonus : hang out at their iconic café, stare (politely) at some pretty well known theater actors, and drink their famous Irish Coffee) or at NCPA in south Bombay which puts on interesting and experimental work.

7. Gaze at the architecture – you can do that as you travel hither and thither, of course, but it’s fascinating enough to plan a day around it. There are organized heritage walks of South Bombay, Bandra village etc., but feel free to do your own thang. The Victorian / art-deco buildings of South Bombay’s business district, the Portuguese village remnants of Bandra, or the quintessential  chawls of central Bombay are all enthralling walks through the city’s history.

8. Visit an Irani café – before they all disappear (too many already have). Visit them for a subculture that exists only here, and food that is unique, as are its owners / servers. Whether it’s the astonishing berry pulao at Café Brittannia, or the brun-maska, or keema-pao, caramel pudding at any other café, the flavor is un-missable. Bonus : the hilarious signs in the café such as “Don’t talk to the cashier”. Double bonus : An ancient, irascible, eccentric owner who calls you ”young lady”, ignoring your silver hair, and insists that you try some dish of the day.

9.Travel like the locals – whether it’s by local train, or by a black-and-yellow cab or an auto-rickshaw. Yes, ditch the Uber, and see and feel (and smell) the city as she is. And revel in how safe and easy it still is here (compared to other Indian cities). Just, y’know….. the usual big-city precautions apply.

10. End the day in style - grab a drink at a local bar or pub – preferably a dive. Choose from The Ghetto in South Bombay (dingy, very divey, graffiti and murals, cheap booze and avoidable food, brilliant music and an awesome vibe) or Toto’s in Bandra (sanitized, a little yuppie, but very chill and quaint), or any of the small but trendy places littering Bandra, Khar and Colaba. And if you’re in the mood to splurge, try the 5-star options – either the famous Bayview Bar at the Hilton, or the new(ish)Aer at the Four Seasons. And last, but so not least, finish your night with street food from the late-night places that only locals know of - _bhurji-pao outside Santacruz station, or keema-baida-roti at Bade Miyan, or biryani at Haji Ali Juice Center.

Each of these is its own post, I think. But this will do nicely to start with.

Picture graciously provided by +Lacerant Plainer 
 
Links to some of the places I’ve referenced:
About Bombay : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai
Bandra : A suburb or borough of Bombay – on its western coast. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandra
Colaba Causeway : The main street in an upmarket neighbourhood in South Bombay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colaba_Causeway Café Mondegar : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cafe_Mondegar
Irani cafés: Irani caféare Iranian or Persian style cafes in India. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irani_caf%C3%A9

More reading : http://blog.travelyaari.com/mumbai/mumbais-architecture-heritage/___Fantastic post by +Gita Jaisinghani  about Bombay city. I couldn't have said this better myself.

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