After a few serious posts, are some random humor pictures. They are hit and miss, so hopefully one or more makes you laugh.
Monthly Archives: November 2012
The Hadron collider experiments seem to have created a new color-glass condensate by smashing gluons from their quarks in a mimicking of quantum entanglement never before seen in experimentation.
Color-Glass Condensate: New State Of Matter May Have Been Created By Large Hadron Collider
Published: 11/27/2012 03:11 PM EST on LiveScience
Collisions between particles inside the Large Hadron Collider atom smasher have created what looks like a new form of matter.
The new kind of matter is called color-glass condensate, and is a liquid-like wave of gluons, which are elementary particles related to the strong force that sticks quarks together inside protons and neutrons (hence they are like “glue”).
Scientists didn’t expect this kind of matter would result from the type of particle collisions going on at the Large Hadron Collider at the time. However, it may explain some odd behavior seen inside the machine, which is a giant loop where particles race around underneath Switzerland and France.
When scientists sped up protons (one of the building blocks of atoms) and lead ions (lead atoms, which contain 82 protons each, stripped of their electrons), and crashed them into each other, the resulting explosions liquefied those particles and gave rise to new particles in their wake. Most of these new particles, as expected, fly off in all directions at close to the speed of light. [Photos: The World’s Largest Atom Smasher (LHC)]
But recently scientists noticed that some pairs of particles were flying off from the collision point in correlated directions.
“Somehow they fly at the same direction even though it’s not clear how they can communicate their direction with one another. That has surprised many people, including us,” MIT physicist Gunther Roland, whose group led the analysis of the collision data along with Wei Liof Rice University, said in a statement.
But quark-gluon plasma isn’t possible with lead-proton collisions, like the ones in the new study. Now researchers think a different state of matter, the color-glass condensate, may act in a similar way. The color-glass condensate’s dense swarm of gluons may also sweep particles off in the same direction, suggested Brookhaven National Laboratory physicist RajuVenugopalan, who first predicted the substance, which may also be seen after proton-proton collisions.
The mechanism may depend on a weird quirk of particles called quantum entanglement. Two particles can be entangled so that they retain a connection even after they are separated, and an action on one reverberates on the other.
Entangled gluons in the color-glass condensate could explain how particles flying away from the collision point might share information about their flight direction with each other, Venugopalan said.
The intriguing phenomenon was not expected to result from the LHC’s run of proton-lead collisions, which was meant to serve as a reference point for comparison to other types of collisions.
“You don’t expect quark-gluon plasma effects” with lead-proton collisions, Rolandsaid. “It was supposed to be sort of a reference run — a run in which you can study background effects and then subtract them from the effects that you see in lead-lead collisions.”
The findings will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal Physical Review B.
I have two articles reposted below. One is about an Egyptian girl, age 19, named Aisha Mustafa who has, in theory, created a revolutionary theory of how to provide fuel free propulsion systems for space craft. Egypt is in danger of becoming another theocracy with Sha’ria law, in which women are forbidden to learn, or even leave the house without a male family member’s permission and accompaniment. The other story is about Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl age 15 who was shot in the head, point blank range, by the Taliban for reading and for speaking out in opposition to Sha’ria law against her being educated. Malala is in Britain being cared for and is doing as best as can be expected considering she was shot in the head. British Islamists have issued a “Fatwa,” or holy decree, to have her shot and killed whenever possible for disrespecting Islam.
How many great scientists, philosophers, leaders, doctors…how many great achievements will be missed for mankind as long as we have so many women not allowed to participate in education? Perhaps I will die of cancer or heart disease before my time because a girl like Malala cannot go to school. This is a tale of two girls, one in Egypt, one in Pakistan. Both Muslim.
Egyptian girl, Aisha Mustafa, invents new space propulsion system
Mustafa believes it is possible to use vacuum energy fields to create propulsion and build spacecraft propulsion systems that need little or no fuel to travel in space. According to Fast Company, Mustafa is betting on exploiting quantum effects involved in dynamic Casimir effect and the Casimiri-Polder force. She uses two silicon metallic plates in a vacuum, “like capacitors placed a few micrometers apart.” The plates interact with the virtual photons in the quantum field and generate a net force that is either an attraction or a repulsion depending on their arrangement.
According to OnIslam.net, the invention is similar to a hypothetical concept of jet propulsion termed “Differential Sail,” proposed by NASA’s Marc G. Millis.
Fast Company reports that Aisha’s university was so impressed with her new invention that it assisted her with a patent application. OnIslam.net reports that Mustafa’s supervisor, Dr. Ahmed Fikry, who heads the physics department in Sohag University, said “I expect this invention to be highly beneficial in several fields and areas of industries.”
The President of Sohag University, Dr. Nabil Nour Eldin Abdellah, said the university facilitates “science clubs” for creative students. He said: “Once we knew about her (Mustafa’s) invention, we encouraged her and provided her with the budget needed through the Science Club for innovative students in the university. This is the case with any other creative student.”
According to OnIslam.net, with the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle program, the field of space vehicles propulsion is expanding and and growing in importance with ongoing search for new methods of space travel that are faster, safer, cheaper and easier. A rich variety of new ideas in propulsive systems are being proposed some of which are beyond current technological capabilities to implement.
Gizmodo reports that Mustafa intends to further study and develop the design so that it may be tested out.
In a popular Egyptian morning program “Sabah El kheir Ya Masr”(Good Morning Egypt), Mustafa expressed her appreciation to her faculty and university staff for providing materials, resources and support. She, however, lamented that there is no funding for a department of space science in her university and in Egyptian universities in general. She said this prevents development and research in the field of space technology. She said: “Departments of astronomy and physics are only available. Although they are related to space sciences but unfortunately they aren’t into the specific field of my invention and they can’t practically test or implement it.”
Pakistani girl shot by Taliban “doing well”
LONDON | Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:08am EDT
(Reuters) – A Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen is “not out of the woods” but is doing well and has been able to stand for the first time, doctors at the British hospital treating her said on Friday.
Malala Yousufzai, who was shot for vocally opposing the Taliban, was flown from Pakistan to Birmingham to receive treatment after the attack earlier this month, which drew widespread international condemnation.
She has become a symbol of resistance to the Islamist group’s effort to deny women education and other rights.
Dave Rosser, medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, said she was now able to write and appeared to have memory recall despite her brain injuries.
“It’s clear that she’s not out of the woods yet,” Rosser told reporters, saying she had sustained a “very, very grave injury”. But he said she was “doing very well”.
“In fact she was standing with some help for the first time this morning. She’s communicating very freely, writing,” he said.
Rosser said, however, that the teenager was not able to speak because she had undergone a tracheotomy so she could breathe through a tube in her neck, an operation that was performed because her airways had been swollen by the bullet.
Yousufzai was shot as she left school in Swat, northwest of Islamabad. The Taliban said they attacked her because she spoke out against the group and praised U.S. President Barack Obama.
The alleged organizer of the shooting was captured during a 2009 military offensive against the Taliban, but released after three months, two senior officials told Reuters.
In a detailed statement about Yousufzai’s injuries, Rosser said she had suffered fractures to the base of her skull and to the bone behind her left ear. Her left jawbone is also injured at its joint.
“POINT BLANK RANGE”
“Malala was shot at point blank range,” with the bullet hitting her left brow, Rosser said. But instead of penetrating skull it travelled underneath the skin, the whole length of the side of her head and into her neck.
Shock waves from the shot shattered the thinnest bone of her skull and fragments were driven into her brain.
Rosser said there was certainly physical damage to the brain but it was too early to tell whether that would affect any brain functions.
“She seems to be able to understand, she has some memory,” he said. “She’s able to stand, she’s got motor control … (but) whether there are any subtle intellectual or memory deficits down the line, it’s too early to say.”
The hospital unit is expert in dealing with complex trauma cases and has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. It has the world’s largest single-floor critical care unit for patients with gunshot wounds, burns, spinal damage and major head injuries.
Rosser said Yousufzai’s treatment is likely to include reconstructive surgery to replace the damaged skull bone.
That surgery is unlikely to be able to be carried until for several weeks or even months, he said, since she is also fighting an infection that needs to be cured first.
“She’s going to need a couple of weeks to rehabilitate, to make sure the infection is cleared up,” he said.
(Reporting by Alessandra Rizzo and Kate Kelland; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
There are things about Wookiees that you just didn’t hear about in the Star Wars movies or books. First, Wookiee women do NOT look like Wookiee men. Wookiees keep their women at home, hidden in their tree homes for good reason, as you will see below. Second, Wookiee men are big pimpin’ stars of the Universe. Chewbacca was not Han Solo’s sidekick, Han Solo needed Chewbacca as his wing man, and not just in his ship, but in bars.
Here is what you MIGHT already know:
Wookiees hail from the forest planet Kashyyyk. They typically make homes in large trees. Adult Wookiees are very tall and covered in long brown hair. They can understand other languages, but they can only speak their own languages. Wookies are normally only aggressive when confronted with danger or opposition. Their preferred weapon is a bowcaster. Wookiees tend to end up as companions due to the life debt. When someone saves their life, they agree to devote themselves to the individual that saved them.They are very honorable creatures and often very intelligent and resourceful. Wookies normally adhere to a monarchy type of system when not being controlled by slavers.
Here are pictures that tell the true story. Wookiee men are impossible for women, not only for their raw animal musk, their cuddly long hair, but for their size and power while remaining gentle. Also, real Wookiee women, as shown below, are impossible for most men to resist. But be careful, their wookiee husbands and boyfriends will rip off your arms if you try anything…
Steampunk and clockwork devices have gone to the dogs – and it’s about time! Two of my favorite things – dogs and steampunk! Enjoy.
So, the Zombie Apocalypse has started. You find yourself unprepared and in need of weapons, ammo, food, water, medical supplies… What to do, what to do? There is now an online map for you to locate areas to procure your goods while you are still among the living. Here is the link:
Don’t fight zombies unprepared. Type in your zip code, print out your map, and put it with your zombie apocalypse kits. Sure, it might never happen, but what if it does? Always be prepared…
By the way, if you think Hooters is just about the food, try ordering a beer and burger in a Zombie Apocalypse… Just saying…
For all of you writers or aspiring writers, each year I help publish an anthology on one subject. Last year, we published Twisted History, and all the stories were alternative history. It was “twisted” because we had comedy writers, fiction, non-fiction and other genre writers all writing alternative history. This year, the topic is horror, and the working title is Twisted Nightmares. We accept any form of writing, poems, flash fiction, or short stories up to 5,000 words. Your submissions are judged anonymously by a panel of writers and editors. Selected submissions will then be professionally edited and returned to you for changes. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. Expected publication date is March 1, 2013. Here is a flyer which has more detail, and also has our cover, supplied to us by the original photographer for use. (more on them later :-))
Submissions Needed, 5,000 words or less, only horror themes. WORD format preferred, only electronic submissions accepted.
Publishing by Michael Bradley, President, Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd., An Arizona Corporation in Good Standing
Submissions required by January 31, 2013. Expected publication prior to May 2013 and published in Kindle format.
Please send inquiries and submissions to:
For the subject put: Anthology Submission
This publication is designed to be an additional opportunity to highlight the talents of aspiring writers. Those chosen for publication will receive two free copies of the printed version and will be able to buy printed copies at cost for their own use or sale. All other profits and expenses, including electronic sales will be retained by the publisher.
Original Makeup and Character by: Kiera Von D – Blademouth (see more of Kiera’s work here:www.facebook.com/nytroxsfx)
Shared by: Jona Than
To see how pretty Blademouth is in real life and learn more:
(If you do not understand 3D printing, and how it allows you to manufacture items at home, please go to my home page and search for “3d printing” for a post that explains it, along with a video – Michael Bradley, Time Traveler and Author)
It’s beginning to look as if someone doesn’t want Defense Distributed to manufacture and distribute the world’s first open-source 3D printed firearm, as the company responsible for the 3D printer used to design the prototype has reclaimed its machine for fear of illegality.
Plans to create the world’s first open-source fully operational firearm – created on a 3D printer – have hit a slight snag with the news that the manufacturer that created the printer being used in the design process has seized the machine being used by the people behind the project, claiming that it is not willing to allow its hardware to be used for a project that violates federal firearms laws.
We reported on Defense Distributed’s Wiki Weapon project last week after it reached its $20,000 crowdfunding goal essentially solo, having been pushed out by IndieGoGo for, again, concerns surrounding the legality of actually creating a working gun via 3D printer with an aim of then releasing the plans online for free, so that anyone with access to 3D printing technology could, worryingly easily, create a firearm of their own. The project is the brainchild of one Cody Wilson, a law student from Texas who defended it in the abstract under the constitution’s right to bear arms – “People say you’re going to allow people to hurt people, well, that’s one of the sad realities of liberty. People abuse freedom, but that’s no excuse not to have these rights or to feel good about someone taking them away from you,” he said in response to criticism – but also admitted that there may be valid legal concerns about the project moving forward. “I haven’t felt any real heat yet, but I think it’s very possible the project might happen outside of America or the files might be hosted outside of America,” he’s said when asked about potential legal threats. “The point of manufacture might also have to be outside of the United States.”
Apparently, that point of design may need to be outside of the United States as well, following new developments.
Stratsys, the company that created the uPrint SE 3D printer being used by Defense Distributed in the creation of the prototype, has released a statement about its seizure of the equipment, saying that it acted after discovering that Defense Distributed didn’t have a firearm manufacturer license. “It is the policy of Stratasys not to knowingly allow its printers to be used for illegal purposes,” the company explained in a letter to Wilson himself. That’s a charge that Wilson denies, saying “Our intentions are not to break the law. This is America; I don’t need to register a thing.”
If that sounds a little over-the-top and defiant to you, Wilson can apparently back it up. He told the Guardian newspaper that he approached the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about Wiki Weapon, and was told that there were no clear guidelines on whether or not a license was necessary. “Basically, the law has not anticipated this,” Wilson explained. “Current laws rely on conventional ideas of what a gun is.”
Wilson isn’t deterred by this latest setback, having applied for a manufacturer’s license, and started work on turning Defense Distributed into a company in the traditional sense. “We’ll get there,” he said of the project’s ultimate aim, “but I guess I’ve got to turn into a capitalist before it’s all said and done.”
Just because 3D printing will make production more attainable by individuals, does that mean that everyone should be able to produce whatever they want? That hypothetical conundrum has a new reality to it with the announcement that Wiki Weapon, which aims to release plans to allow anyone to 3D print working firearms, has been fully funded.
The advent of 3D printing has been heralded by many as a revolution in mass production, especially with home versions of 3D printers now becoming available. With these devices and a little bit of technical know-how, the converts casually pronounce, anything is possible in the brave new world. That may be true, but it’s always worth remembering: “anything” doesn’t necessarily tend to limit itself to the good stuff.
Last week, Defense Distributed’s Wiki Weapon project reached its funding goal, meaning that – barring any unforeseen circumstances – it will be able to go ahead with its plan to create the world’s first fully-printable, working plastic gun, before going on to make the blueprints for said device available online, for free, for anyone to download and use to build their own firearm. As you might expect, that’s not an idea that thrills everyone.
The project is the creation of a University of Texas law student called Cody Wilson, who worked with a group of engineers, designers and programmers to develop the prototype device after discussing the idea with friends. Wilson is well-aware of ideological objections to make it possible for firearms to be created without license or guidelines, but he is firmly of the mindset that it’s better to live free than restrict an American’s right to bear arms. “People say you’re going to allow people to hurt people, well, that’s one of the sad realities of liberty. People abuse freedom,” he told the Guardian newspaper. “But that’s no excuse not to have these rights or to feel good about someone taking them away from you.”
Wilson is familiar with defending his idea. He initially tried to crowdsource Wiki Weapon on IndieGoGo, only for the website to freeze the project and refuse to share the $2,000 Wilson had already managed to raise beforehand (According to IndieGoGo, the project was frozen for violating company policy as it involved the sale of firearms, a charge that Wilson rejects as Wiki Weapon was never a for-profit project, nor planned to actually sell firearms, as such). Even after he went solo and managed to reach his crowdfunding goal, the problems haven’t ended; it turns out that actually fulfilling its aim may be illegal under US law (Specifically, it may run afoul of a 1988 law known as the Undetectable Firearms Act that prohibits entirely-plastic firearms).
Again, Wilson – who is, after all, a law student and therefore familiar with such legal challenges, is undeterred. “I haven’t felt any real heat yet, but I think it’s very possible the project might happen outside of America or the files might be hosted outside of America,” he’s on record as admitting. “The point of manufacture might also have to be outside of the United States.”
Even with full funding, it’s possible that Wiki Weapons will disappear without a trace like other crowdfunded projects. But it’s worth considering the project just a taste of what’s to come as 3D printing technology becomes more popular amongst the mainstream.
Every Monday I post a variety of dog pictures to cheer you up on your Mondays with cute furry critters. This is my second installment of “dog shaming” pictures: