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In Saturn’s Rings

July 19, 2014 in space

I can’t wait to see this at the Imax
Over one million images carefully combined to provide the first real footage of what a flight through our Solar System and beyond would look like.
Here’s the Wikipedia Blurb
In Saturn’s Rings is a large format movie about Saturn made exclusively from real photographs taken by spacecraft. Director Stephen van Vuuren used more than a million photographs and numerous film techniques to create the effect of flying through space around Saturn and among its rings. CGI and 3-D modeling were not used in any capacity to create the realistic feel van Vuuren wanted for the viewer’s experience. Most of the photos were taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which was launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004.[1]

The film is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 and released in early 2014. A 45-minute version and 20-minute version will each be released in four formats:[2]

For more Information visit http://www.insaturnsrings.com/

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Where does Space begin

July 17, 2014 in space

I’ve been working on a children’s scifi story “A World Away from Home and needed to know how far our heroes needed to go before they were in space. This is a pretty neat little video that explains the basics.

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Home printing for organic thin-film transistors?

June 23, 2014 in Nanotechnology, Soft-Machine

(Nanowerk News 20140621) Printed electronics, the field in which electronic devices are produced by printing functional materials in ink form without the need for large and expensive manufacturing equipment, has been drawing attention in recent years as a new technology for low-cost, large-area fabrication of semiconductor devices. By using plastic and other flexible substrates, the technology is expected to open paths for the mass production of devices by roll-to-roll processing or for new applications such as wearable devices. However, conventional printed electronics require many high-temperature processes ranging from 100 to 200°C. Because plastic substrates such as PET film generally have low heat resistance, there have been calls for the development of a low-temperature printing process that involves no high-temperature processes and that is applicable to a wide range of materials. However, such a process has not been realized to date.
In this research, the team established “room-temperature-printed electronics” by which electronics devices can be manufactured by conducting all of the printing processes at room temperature under ambient atmospheric conditions, without raising the temperature by even 1°C. Conventional printed electronics have mainly required high-temperature processes in order to sinter metal nanoparticle ink to be used as electrodes. Since conventional metal nanoparticles have used insulating materials as ligands for dispersing the nanoparticles in the ink, the nanoparticles have needed to be sintered in order to obtain a conductive metal film.

Ambient conductive metal nanoparticles and an organic transistor created in this research

Ambient conductive metal nanoparticles and an organic transistor created in this research: (a) Schematic and a scanning electron micrograph of ambient conductive metal nanoparticles. With the use of conductive aromatic ligands, the nanoparticles exhibit conductivity matching that of metal by room-temperature drying. (b) Schematic of an organic TFT formed by a room-temperature printing process. Since all layers of the TFT can be formed without raising the temperature by even 1°C, non-heat-resistant materials can also be used as substrates. It also exhibits extremely high mobility compared to conventional organic TFTs. (Image: National Institute for Materials Science)

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A spoonful of Data helps the medicine go down

June 18, 2014 in data protection, nanomedicine, Nanotechnology, Science, The Story

The company Proteus has developed a computer that attaches to a pill and tracks the pill’s absorption into the body. The technology has passed clinical trials.

From NPR.ORG. June 2014
What if you could swallow a computer the size of a poppy seed, and it could report back exactly if and when you took a medicine while recording how your body responded to the drug?
It sounds crazy, but the tiny computers exist. It sounds dangerous, but they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. And the company that makes them, Proteus, has tens of millions of dollars and relationships with some of the biggest drug companies in the world, including Novartis.
David O’Reilly, the chief product officer at Proteus, says he believes that someday soon every single pill a doctor prescribes will come with an electronic component embedded right in it that tracks the pill’s absorption in your body.
Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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All You Need

June 3, 2014 in nanomedicine, Science, space, The Story

Enough for all and so much more

Enough for all and so much more

I strongly believe that religions should call it a day, The world is round, the universe was created 13.8 billion years ago. Earth is 4 billion years old and if there is a God, now lets have a look at the nub of  what all the religions say;  God is Love. It seems the One True Teaching is  not all the rules and edicts created by humans for various personal reasons to do with power and control, or setting up institutions, taking peoples’ money, telling you what to eat, drink wear or who to love or marry:, No, it’s Love.

Meanwhile, million have died, suffered, and continue to die and suffer because of religion. We live in a time when we have the technology and the means to educate every child, eradicate hunger and homelessness. Every day we develop new ways to cure or treat almost every illness and alleviate suffering. Yet millions choose to put their time, energy and attention into the pursuit of delusions and bigotry based on myths and stories they feel compelled to believe whilst being blind to the suffering they cause both themselves and others.

Michelangelo Buonarroti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Michelangelo Buonarroti

The worship of material wealth and power has the same effect except it is imposed on the many by the few: those few who live in an excess of wealth with more money than they could spend in a hundred lifetimes yet chose to disregard and give nothing in return to those ordinary people who made them so rich. The belief that: “You are not wealthy because of your own failings, not because the system is designed to send more wealth my way” is no different from the belief that another does not deserve your compassion or generosity because of the beliefs they choose to live by.
The heart of Christ’s message, in all his teachings and parables was “God is Love, be that.” The Core of Hindu and Buddhist teaching is the same: Unity with the Divine is a direct experience of pure and unconditional Love-bliss, Samadhi, Enlightenment. In Islam, God is referred to as “The Compassionate” and “The Merciful”. At the very Heart and Soul of all faiths is a benign Divine Being described as Love, Enlightenment, compassion, mercy, forgiveness,  unconditional happiness. A force of Grace and Blessing that is indiscriminate and unconditional  All the rest, ALL of it,  is the product of men, or to be more precise, ego – the drive for power and control. Perhaps religions should focus on taking out all their  trash and instead people of faith simply practice being the expression of the simple and life-transforming force at the very heart of their faith; selfless and unconditional humanity. It would make a lot of people happy and could save the world. But people of faith are too afraid to do that, The truth is they don’t want to give up what they have, even if it gets them closer to their True God; their ego is far more precious.

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