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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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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A Step Closer...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 20, 2018 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

Laser preamplifiers at the National Ignition Facility. (Courtesy: CC BY-SA 3.0/Damien Jemison/LLNL)

Topics: Alternative Energy, Nuclear Fusion, Nuclear Power

Physicists working at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the US say they have passed…
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General Order Number 3...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 19, 2018 at 8:49am 0 Comments

Image source: My Plain View dot com

Topics: Africa, African Americans, Civil Rights, History, Human Rights

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in…
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Tears for the Baobab...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 18, 2018 at 5:16am 0 Comments

GIF image from Nature. The African baobab is one of the continent’s most recognizable tree species. Credit: Hougaard Malan/naturepl.com

Topics: Biology, Climate Change, Ecology, Existentialism

Africa’s iconic baobab trees are dying, and scientists don’t know why. In a study intended to examine why the trees are so long-living, researchers made…
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“Take care of your own and don't expect anyone else to do so, or at least not to put the same priority on it.” – Theodore Beale

Posted by C Arnold on June 14, 2018 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

“Take care of your own and don't expect anyone else to do so, or at least not to put the same priority on it.” – Theodore Beale

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Nanomaterials and the Final Frontier...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 14, 2018 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Nanomaterials take on the many extremes of space. Courtesy: Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens

Topics: Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight

Rocket science often seems to typify state-of-the-art technology. The extreme conditions of take-off, landing and space itself, the exacting…
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MiniBooNe...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 13, 2018 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Inside the MiniBooNE tank, photodetectors capture the light created when a neutrino interacts with an atomic nucleus. Reidar Hahn / Fermilab

Topics: Neutrinos, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics

Physicists are both thrilled and baffled by a new report from a neutrino experiment at Fermi National Accelerator…
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