March 2013 Blog Posts (63)

Catharsis...





TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: The Doomsday Argument is the idea that we can estimate the total number of humans that will ever exist, given the number that have lived so far. This in turn tells us how likely it is…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 31, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments

I Write Like...

I Write Like

I write Like is a Web site that takes a sample of one's writing, does an analysis of the writing style and reports whose writing style is closest to of many of the greatest historical and contemporary writers.

I submitted a couple of samples and both times the site reported I Write Like Isaac Asimov, very flattering indeed. Check out who You Write Like!

Added by William Hayashi on March 30, 2013 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

Diagnosing Fusion Plasma...

(Photo Credit: Graphic by Sam Lazerson)

A simulated plasma…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Swiss Army Metamaterial...

Assoc Prof Darren Sun holding the patented Titanium dioxide nanofibre in a…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 29, 2013 at 7:07am — No Comments

Star Trek Renegades' Prop fundraiser - for the Trekkies and Trekkers in the group!

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3.28.13

Star Trek: Renegades prop fundraiser continues!

The Renegades Team would like to thank all our new backers who have helped raise additional funds for new prop designs. So far,…

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Added by Penelope on March 28, 2013 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Extra/Ordinary roughs

Extra rough

Click the link and enjoy.

Added by Nelo Maxwell on March 28, 2013 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Yin and Yang...



Yin and yang are actually complementary, not opposing, forces, interacting to form a whole greater than either separate part; in effect, a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (for instance shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation. The…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 28, 2013 at 7:47am — No Comments

Six-Legged Lizards...



Researchers can learn a lot from a lizard scampering across the hot desert sand or an insect crawling atop a pile of plant litter. Chen Li and colleagues from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta took cues from such creatures and designed a robot that uses six legs to traverse a bed of dry, loose…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 27, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

OK let me confess

I am a researcher, not because I am doing a college thesis or a gov job, but because I have a need to know. The problem is that the things we have been called and are called do not fully disclose a remedy to our plight. Not as the overall group we are associated with, not as the various camps within the group. Thus we have no rights or privileges other than what we are allowed by the powers that be (over us as a group).

OK, putting all the recent marbles on the table and keeping it…

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Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 27, 2013 at 11:08am — 28 Comments

Do African and African American Astrophysicists Need to Know about Angela Davis?

There is a new documentary on Angela Davis called “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” see https://www.facebook.com/freeangelafilm and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2350432/.  Black Bloggers Connect (see …

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Added by JC Holbrook on March 27, 2013 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Cuprates...

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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Planck's Four Surprises...



Lopsided universe:…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 25, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

Chicxulub Snowball...

...the prevailing theory:

 



Current theory:

 

The rocky object that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago may have been a comet, rather than an…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 24, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFRO Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction is gaining popularity at the speed of light on the Internet. FF  is more than simply creating a story with a beginning, middle and end in less than 1000 words. There should be a plot twist and moral. This is a thin slice from the thick juicy part of  a much bigger story;…

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Added by Stafford Battle on March 23, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Einstein, Entropy and Information...



...as explained by one of the smartest physicists I know!


James Clerk Maxwell formulated the equations that describe electricity and magnetism. He was…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 23, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

L.I.A. #8 - Spring Call for Violence Against Women

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Added by AL Bey on March 22, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Surely Not Joking...

Electrons traveling through two slits and a single…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 22, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments

And Statistics...



"Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to [19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin] Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'"…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 21, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

Phaser Effect...





The theoretical foundations for the laser were established in 1917, when Einstein formulated the quantum theory of radiation, describing the absorption, spontaneous emission, and…
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Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on March 20, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Photo Realistic Art

 

 

Kelcin Okafor

 

"We've seen our fair share of talented photorealist artists go viral, from…

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Added by William Hayashi on March 19, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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Blog Posts

Falling...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 19, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Creativity-Onliine.com: Super Bowl Ad

Topics: Commentary, Existentialism, Politics

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Reverend Dr. Martin…
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It's been awhile!

Posted by G.H. Wright on January 18, 2018 at 9:53pm 0 Comments

He sat at his desk, woozy. He tried to move, his arms unresponsive. He searched for help, moving into the aisle in his swivel chair only to find all his coworkers had abandoned him. Was he being drugged? If so, it was the simplest scene he could imagine.Whoever was trying this was extremely stupid or extremely powerful. He'd find out soon enough.
(to be confinued)

Combing for Earths...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 18, 2018 at 6:07am 0 Comments

An example of the spectrum from two laser frequency combs, with their evenly spaced emission lines. (Courtesy: ESO).

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Optics, Space Exploration

A new type of laser frequency comb (LFC) has been developed by scientists in Europe. The prototype device could lead to improvements in…
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BEC in the Blink of an Eye...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 17, 2018 at 4:26am 0 Comments

Credit: NIST

Topics: Bose-Einstein Condensate, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics

It’s been more than two decades since Carl Wieman and Eric Cornell created the first Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC),…
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Call for abstracts for "Images of Blackness in Graphic Novels"

Posted by JC Holbrook on January 16, 2018 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

CFP: Images of Blackness in Graphic Novels, Past and Future (Extension to 3/31/18)

by Brian Yates

This edited volume will offer an opportunity for authors to investigate the ways in which blackness is reimagined in both mainstream and independent comics. Specifically, I propose responding to the following questions: What are the ways in which heroism is redefined by black characters? How are black futures reimagined? What gendered arguments are made through this medium? What are the challenges in presenting to black audiences in this largely white genre? How do the creators depict the continent of Africa and/or communities in the African Diaspora? How are black bodies presented in graphic comics and novels? Finally, how are themes of social justice specific to black communities presented in this…

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Starship GPS...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 16, 2018 at 1:32pm 1 Comment

Pulsars spin rapidly while emitting powerful beams of radiation.Credit: Dana Berry/NASA

Topics: Astrophysics, Instrumentation, International Space Station, NASA, Space Exploration

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland

From its…
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