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: