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Someone once said that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. Jason Denzel can relate to that — life certainly happened to him between writing his previous book on his new one, Mystic Dragon. Here’s how he incorporated what was going in his life into the writing. JASON DENZEL: There’s that old […]...

Image of the Day

Jul19
Space.com
In this view from outside the International Space Station, a NanoRacks cubesat deployer spits out a small satellite, deploying it into low Earth orbit above Australia on July 13....
DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program has successfully wound up its Phase 2 flight tests, putting its drones and algorithms to the test in three primary scenarios – all without human assistance or control. The hope for the FLA program is to develop small, affordable and maneuverable assets which can function as team members in rescue, military or hazardous scenarios. .. Continue Reading Faster, lighter, and even smarter – Fast Lightweight Autonomy program completes Phase 2 flight tests Category: Drones Tags: Autonomous DARPA Navigation Quadcopter Rescue UAV ...
On July 19, 1985, a high school teacher named Christa McAuliffe was selected to become the first American civilian to fly to space. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!...
Are two different types of stars actually the same thing? Research of recent years shows that kinds of exotic stars — known as pulsars and magnetars — may actually be a single type of star, but at different stages of its lifetime, a new NASA video says....
A new technique that analyzes clashing observations may help solve the mystery behind the expansion of the universe....
There's something strange about the outer solar system — and that could be the signature of a long-ago visit to our neighborhood....
Friday will mark the 49th anniversary of one of humanity's greatest achievements: Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing. And the sky has a lunar treat in store....
Tiny particles of glass have been trapped in a laser and spun at more than 1 billion times per second, the fastest rotation of any object ever seen...
A high-tech bandage can keep an eye on chronic wounds by detecting infections and releasing medication...
After years of debate, the International Chronostratigraphic Chart has officially been revised. What does that mean, exactly? Our current point in Earth's geological timeline has been updated so that we're now living in the Meghalayan age, which kicked off 4,200 years ago with a catastrophic two-century drought that destroyed several civilizations... Continue Reading Time for the Meghalayan: A new geological age has officially been declared Category: Environment Tags: Anthropocene Cave Earth Geology Greenland History Ice India ...
With mountainous terrain covering around two thirds of the island, space isn't easy to come by for folks in the densely populated cities of Taiwan. A new tiny apartment in the capital of Taipei is making the most of every square inch, splitting the amenities across a three-level interior tastefully covered in carefully chosen materials... Continue Reading Multilevel micro flat makes for tasteful tiny living in Taipei Category: Architecture Tags: Taiwan Tiny Footprint ...
At last night's Australian unveiling of the new i8 Roadster, BMW celebrated its leading position in European plug-in car sales, and took the opportunity to fire a couple of understated shots at the direction the US government is taking, both on sustainability and global trade... Continue Reading BMW addresses its future plans at Australian launch of the i8 Roadster Category: Automotive Tags: Australia BMW ...
Currently, the best options for treating pneumonia are taking antiobiotics either orally or intravenously – but as a lung infection, the most direct route would be inhalable drugs. Now researchers at Georgia Tech have made a step towards that goal, with breathable viruses that hunt down and kill disease-causing bacteria in the lungs... Continue Reading Inhalable viruses show promise as a better way to treat lung infections Category: Medical Tags: Bacteria Drug delivery Georgia Tech Infections Lung Pneumonia Virus Viruses and Bacteria ...
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for this year's Stirling Prize, with six finalists now vying for the most prestigious award in British architecture. Those in the running to be crowned the best building in the UK include a Jewish cemetery, cost-effective student housing and a reconfigured art gallery built into a coastal hillside. .. Continue Reading 2018 Stirling Prize finalists include a cemetery, nursery and underground art gallery Category: Architecture Tags: Competition RIBA Stirling Prize ...
Good news older readers, a small sugary treat can boost your memory and performance when faced with a difficult task. A long-standing body of research has been bolstered by a new study from the University of Warwick that has concluded that sugar does indeed improve memory and motivation in older adults... Continue Reading For older adults, a little bit of sugar can improve memory and engagement Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Aging Brain Glucose Memory Sugar ...
A compelling new study from researchers at King's College London has found that if a pregnant mother suffers depression, it can result in notable biological changes in her baby. This is the first study to suggest that depression in pregnancy can result in long-term biological implications for the child... Continue Reading Research suggests mother's depression during pregnancy can alter a baby's biology Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Baby Depression Inflammatory Pregnancy ...
By their nature, stars burn bright – so when they start dimming and fading, astronomers pay attention. It's been suggested that once star that dims on an irregular schedule is home to some sort of "alien megastructure", and although a swarm of comets is the more likely culprit, the star is still a point of interest. Now, astronomers have observed another strangely-twinkling star and found that it might be the result of a collision between proto-planets orbiting it, and the star gobbling up the remains... Continue Reading Is a planetary smash-up dimming a distant star? Category: Space Tags: Astronomy MIT NASA Planet Stars X-ray ...
A Blue Origin New Shepard rocket lifted off today from the company's launch site on the ninth test flight in the run up to carrying paying passengers. At 10:11 am CDT, the booster and its unmanned Crew Capsule thundered into the sky above Texas on a mission to see how well the launch system operates on the edge of its engineering envelope... Continue Reading Blue Origin pushes the envelope to complete 9th test flight Category: Space Tags: Blue Origin New Shepard Rocket ...

You Deserve A Flower

Jul19
John Scalzi
Hey everyone, you all deserve a flower! What for? For whatever you think you did well on this week! Maybe you cleaned your room for the first time in months, maybe you did really awesome at your job recently, or perhaps you drew a really pretty picture. Whatever small or big thing you accomplished this […]...
Cirrhosis deaths were falling in the US until the financial crisis hit in 2008, but have sharply risen since then, especially among young people...
Given a set of starting materials, it'll figure out every reaction among them....
Established understanding of the AMOC (sometimes popularly called Gulf Stream System) says that a weaker AMOC leads to a slightly cooler global mean surface temperature due to changes in ocean heat storage. But now, a new paper in Nature claims the opposite and even predicts a phase of rapid global warming. What’s the story? By […]...
I’m doing a thing this evening in Cincinnati, and usually when I’m in Cincy I head home because it’s drivable, but tomorrow I’m doing a thing in Kentucky, so it made sense to stay here in town. And then on Friday I head to Cleveland for another thing! I am just doing a lot of […]...
Around 100 million years ago, this baby snake hatched on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean and then got stuck in resin oozing from a tree...
The deep sea is full of weird undiscovered creatures. A foldable robotic grabber captures them gently without causing damage...
The family of Ella Kissi-Debrah want an inquest to rule air pollution as the cause of her death, while other legal cases are challenging government inaction on dirty air...
Solar can help avoid costs for utilities, which is both good and bad for them....
"If you want to get good at spaceflight, you have to practice."...
A group of fans recently filled baseball's Fenway Park in Boston — not to watch homers fly over the Green Monster left-field wall, but instead to talk about spacecraft flying through the solar system....
As many as a fifth of us are recessive carriers of some exotic genetic horror....
Political footage faked by AI is talked about as an imminent threat to US democracy. There are good reasons to think it's not a big problem yet, says Tim Hwang...
The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming up in a couple weeks. We know it's coming, but did ancient people?...
On his first foreign trip since taking office nearly three months ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine traveled to Israel this week to meet with the country's prime minister and other officials....
Artificial intelligence and robotics will displace up to 7 million jobs by 2037 - but will generate 7.2 million, leading to a net gain...
We are so glued to our phones that people can't seem to stop worrying that they give you cancer – but if they did, we would have seen a massive increase in tumours...
For the first time, researchers have got evidence that dreams help soothe the impact of emotional events in our lives, acting like overnight therapy...
Long thought promising, viruses that target bacteria may be edging closer to use....

Sunset 7/17/18

Jul18
John Scalzi
Or, as I noted elsewhere: “Tonight’s Sunset as a Hotel Room Painting.” I think I could get at $25 for this! Here’s what it look like zoomed out a bit: We do have pretty skies here, I have to say....
Centuries of indigenous agriculture ended with European conquest....
Proper antibiotic prescribing may not fit urgent care's business model, docs warn....
China plans to focus its activities on a surface science station....
What I'm working on today. pic.twitter.com/xYLRypfTev — John Scalzi (@scalzi) July 16, 2018 Which is that I got the first pass page proofs this morning and read the book through, front to back, for the first time since sending it in a month ago. Folks, this book is really good. Like, better than I remember […]...

The Bright Side

Jul16
John Scalzi
Hello everyone! Today I’m going to tell you about this awesome comic that a reader of this blog told me about (when I posted about Death as a character). It is a comic about the personification of death, otherwise known as Dee, befriending a teenage girl named Emily! They become besties and she teaches Death […]...

Smupdate

Jul14
John Scalzi
In other words, Smudge update! This little guy has been living it up here in the Scalzi compound and is being an adorable pain in the neck! He is the most playful kitten we’ve ever had, Sugar and Spice as kittens don’t even compare to how crazy this dude is. He loves chewing on cords, […]...

Time Travel Proof?

Jul11
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Hey trekkers, heres a time travellers message which I found today on Youtube sent recently to ApexTV. Have a listen - read the dialogue below my fellow trekkers or go bust a gut laughing your face off.I haven't given up on Time Travel but seriously, is this really a Time Journey voice from the future? You decide... I reside in the year 4932. My name is irrelevant related to my motive for this communication. I am sending you this recording on my own regard. This message was proposed by myself to authorities but deemed to be unsafe. I do not believe it to be unsafe. I believe it to be necessary. I live in a time and a world that many of you would likely not relate to as ideal. I certainly do not. Time journey has destroyed our will for ambition. Bit by bit, future years are dwindling. When attempting to journey to a future year in which we have previously journeyed upon......  our error notes return the period classification as una... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/JQryLNfkxf8/time-travel-proof.html...

Model Independence Day

Jul04
Real Climate
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all models are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creators with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are a DOI, Runability and Inclusion in the CMIP ensemble mean. Well, not quite. But it is Independence Day in the US, and coincidentally there is a new […]...

IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE?

Jul02
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Time travel is one of those subjects thats not too easily understood unless you're a Star Trek nerd or a scientist. I'll try to explain so here goes my friends. Its relatively easy to move forward in time, lets say someone manages to mastermind a supercomputer like Quincy we're all hearing about in Alien Encounters and build a starship. If one travels very nearly at the speed of light then time for you, slows up - until its scarcely moving.THE USS ENTERPRISE NCC1701 STUCK IN A TIME WARPWhat the hell? I hear you cry, hehe.  Well all this means is that for someone else, to an observer for instance, the time traveller seems to be "frozen-like" almost in time -  but not quite. It takes you twenty years to move forward an inch.WHAT HAPPENED TO COMMANDER RIKER?Realise theTime-traveler (thats you) lives normally when the rest of the world is moving a lot faster. So when you go somewhere, nearly the speed of light an... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/8U1rQ-w5qTs/is-time-travel-possible.html...
This month’s open thread for climate science related topics. The climate policy open thread is here....
Open thread for climate policy and responses....
Well my friends, whenever something inexplicable happens like the construction of these great Sacsayhuaman Walls on the hilltop fortress outside of Cusco, can anyone explain this mystery? Because Earths smartest scientists can't but maybe Mr Spock could! Where's Spock?Take a good look at the sheer size of these monstrous boulders. Impressive aren't they? some say they were built by Martians who came back from the future. There's enough mystery here to bewilder the brainiest scientists on Earth. So how did they build this earthquake city in Peru ?For starters, no  respected Scientists will ever mix science with religion... "oh well, those massive walls must be God's will..." simply because us Earthers can't explain them.I mean look at the precise way these Sacsayhuaman rocks fit together. Try explaining it. Hey maybe Donald Trump can - He's the wall expert.Is there any point getting Logical about this... ah mystery. Unless extra terrestrials... nah.... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/dh2SLHwmzL0/spock-science-mysteries-and.html...
“The greenhouse effect is here.” – Jim Hansen, 23rd June 1988, Senate Testimony The first transient climate projections using GCMs are 30 years old this year, and they have stood up remarkably well. We’ve looked at the skill in the (pdf) simulations before (back in 2008), and we said at the time that the simulations […]...
In another example of life imitating art, the USA may soon create a real-world variation of STAR TREK‘s Starfleet. Today President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-3, a presidential memorandum aimed at setting national policy on Space Traffic Management (STM) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). The President’s goal is to expand the national armed forces with […]...
Second star to the right, The Hollywood Reporter has dished the latest on Paramounts/CBS Star Trek Discovery show...Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, replacements for Bryan Fuller who left the series,  are no longer calling the shots, with series co-creator Alex Kurtzman now taking the captains chair.Alex KurtzmanCBS released the following statement:We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere seasonAkiva GoldsmanAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, the first five episodes of season two have been completed under Harberts and Berg, but have come in over budget (which will have to be made up by the back end of the season). Some say the writing partners had emotional outbursts... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/BZY-SdKuXzw/star-trek-discovery-gets-new-showrunner.html...