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  2. Sci-fi has been speculating on this for years
  3. Yes, I saw this and was quite astonished. The possibilities are mind blowing.
  4. That is amazing and impressive.
  5. A set of conjoined twins who can share sensory information even though they have separate brains have led scientists to speculate that implants providing telepathic communication are feasible, as FMRI scans show the twins are only using two million neurons to communicate between their two brains. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-25/telepathic-communication-a-matter-of-time-hybrid-world-adelaide/10029312
  6. Yeah... science fiction is starting to get too much like work for me. lol.
  7. Good Grief! The capabilities I posited in my Mparntwe story for 3D-printers 100 years in the future are evidencing here and now. I think this article about 3D-printing being able to reach molecular limits, as of right now, might be of interest - it sure grabbed my attention. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620162430.htm
  8. jamessavik

    Space Exploration

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster Nebula
  9. Graeme

    Astronomy

    Baby planet found! The first "baby planet" detected so far, though the article comments that a baby planet boom is imminent....
  10. This is fantastic. Like most other sighted people, I suppose, I have never given any thought to things like this. As a passenger, it would be difficult for me to keep my eyes closed for an entire car journey, even if it's just local. I love to see technology like this. It's good to see car manufacturers putting money into projects like this. Thanks JP.
  11. Technology improves leaps and bounds. Often improving on tedious tasks and replacing outdated processes. Another thing that improves is accessibility with the technology. As a blind individual who is fiercely independent... this is a welcome benefit of technology. Things like Alexa help me do 99.9% of things for myself. Technology is also allowing me to interact with the world at large on a greater scale. An example of this will follow. Ford is working on a smart window that has vibrating sensors. Along with vibration, description is given to blind passenger as to what they are passing. This is amazing and a pretty ingenious use of technology. Riding in a car can be dreadfully boring for a blind individual. Let me know what you think. Feel free to add more examples you’ve seen. Ford Smart Window: https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/01/ford-smart-windows-help-blind-passengers-take-in-view/
  12. jamessavik

    Astronomy

    Star Creation --"May Not Be the Same Everywhere in the Milky Way" April 30, 2018 The mass distribution of young stars may not be the same everywhere in our Galaxy, contrary to what is currently assumed. If this turns out to be the case, the scientific community will be forced to re-examine its calculations about star formation and, eventually, any estimates that depend on the number of massive stars, such as the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium, and the numbers of black holes and supernovas. In space, hidden behind the dusty veils of nebulae, clouds of gas clump together and collapse, forming the structures from which stars are born: star-forming cores. These cluster together, accumulate matter and fragment, eventually giving rise to a cluster of young stars of various masses, whose distribution was described by Edwin Salpeter as an astrophysical law in 1955. Astronomers had already noticed that the ratio of massive objects to non-massive objects was the same in clusters of star-forming cores as in clusters of newly-formed stars. This suggested that the mass distribution of stars at birth, known as the IMF1, was simply the result of the mass distribution of the cores from which they formed, known as the CMF2. However, this conclusion resulted from the study of the molecular clouds closest to our Solar System, which are not very dense and therefore not very representative of the diversity of such clouds in the Galaxy. Is the relationship between the CMF and the IMF universal? What do we observe when we look at denser, more distant clouds? These were the questions asked by researchers at the Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics and the Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Modelling Laboratory, when they started to observe the active star-formation region W43-MM1, whose structure is far more typical of molecular clouds in our Galaxy than those observed previously. Thanks to the unprecedented sensitivity and spatial resolution of the ALMA antenna array in Chile, the researchers were able to establish a statistically robust core distribution over an unmatched range of masses, from solar-type stars to stars 100 times more massive. To their surprise, the distribution did not obey Salpeter's 1955 law. It turned out that, in the W43-MM1 cloud, there was an overabundance of massive cores, while less massive cores were under-represented. These findings call into question not only the relationship between the CMF and the IMF, but even the supposedly universal nature of the IMF. The teams will continue their work with ALMA within a consortium of around forty researchers. Their aim is to study 15 regions similar to W43-MM1 in order to compare their CMFs and ascertain whether the characteristics of this cloud can be generalized. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured the image at the top of the page of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Monoceros. The nebula, commonly referred to as Sh2-284, is relatively isolated at the very end of an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy. In the night sky, it's located in the opposite direction from the center of the Milky Way. Perhaps the most interesting features in Sh2-284 are what astronomer call "elephant trunks." Elephant trunks are monstrous pillars of dense gas and dust. The most famous examples of are the "Pillars of Creation," found in an iconic image of the Eagle nebula from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. In this WISE image, the trunks are seen as small columns of gas stretching towards the center of the void in Sh2-284, like little green fingers with yellow fingernails. The most notable one can be seen on the right side of the void at about the 3 o'clock position. It appears as a closed hand with a finger pointing towards the center of the void. That elephant trunk is about 7 light-years long. Deep inside Sh2-284 resides an open star cluster, called Dolidze 25, which is emitting vast amounts of radiation in all directions, along with stellar winds. These stellar winds and radiation are clearing out a cavern inside the surrounding gas and dust, creating the void seen in the center. The bright green wall surrounding the cavern shows how far out the gas has been eroded However, some sections of the original gas cloud were much denser than others, and they were able to resist the erosive power of the radiation and stellar winds. These pockets of dense gas remained and protected the gas "downwind" from them, leaving behind the elephant trunks. These pillars can also be thought of as rising like stalagmites from the cavern walls. The Daily Galaxy via Grenoble Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics (CNRS/Université Grenoble Alpes) ___________________________________________________ Not really a huge surprise of a discovery. Stars form differently in different regions. This is known from observation. Different types of stars form under different conditions.
  13. Transformers live! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-26/japanese-scientists-invent-real-life-transformer-robot/9701190
  14. Palantir

    Astronomy

    Wow! Thanks DD. Those videos are spectacular Yay for the Hubble telescope.
  15. Daddydavek

    Astronomy

    NASA Releases Astounding Video Of The Lagoon Nebula To Celebrate Hubble’s Birthday The Huffington Post has a neat article about this which contains the video NASA put together which is quite vivid. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-lagoon-nebula-hubble-video_us_5adbcceae4b075b631e65bce
  16. I stumbled across this site while poking around for 3d printer information. Wowser. I subscribed. https://makezine.com/ Now, I just need time to read it. lol
  17. Daddydavek

    Space Exploration

    The Chinese first space station is falling and estimates are for it to hit the earth range from Sunday April first to Monday April 2. Here is a link to the tracker article: https://www.space.com/40163-chinese-space-station-crash-april-1-or-april-2.html An update at 7:49 Eastern Daylight Time was published: https://www.space.com/40164-chinese-space-station-crash-last-day.html
  18. Graeme

    Astronomy

    Mysterious 'ghost' galaxy with no dark matter puzzles astronomers. http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-03-29/galaxy-with-no-dark-matter-puzzles-astronomers/9596840
  19. I don't use a 3d printer myself but because I have a suspicion that with a few more advancements they will revolutionize engineering and industry, I used the idea of a future 3d printer giving an AI independence from human support as a tenet in my Mparntwe story.
  20. BHopper2

    Space Twins Study

    That's really interesting. I'm currently writing a story about twins going into space.
  21. After a year in space, NASA finds returning twin is no longer genetically identical to the twin that remained on Earth. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/twins-separated-by-outer-space-no-longer-identical/9553134
  22. It’s well on its way. We have CES in Vegas to introduce new consumer electronics. The 2 biggest areas of concentration were Alexa and Google assistant. More TV sets, introducing microwaves and bigger home items.
  23. We're getting closer, and closer to what people call the singularity. I don't find that prospect frightening like some do, but I think we're coming into a new golden age of mankind. Voice control is the next leap in that direction. Personally, I have Cortona disabled on my Laptop. She's a ram hog, on my ancient craptop.
  24. My life depends on voice control more and more. Being blind, it’s greatly appreciated. Siri is used on my phone and tablet. From search to calling. Anything in between. She has a lot of failures, but gets the job done. The only reason to use her is her complete integration in the Apple ecosystem. Our home is connected to both Alexa and Google assistant. Alexa wins with amount of skills. However; Google does a better job with natural speaking patterns. I have everything from speakers, lights, alarms, HVAC, blood pressure monitor, thermometer set up. This has been a life changer for the blind. I rarely ask my partner to assist me. That’s HUGE for a fiercely independent person.
  25. It is clear that as we move forward we are getting closer and closer to the day where we hit the Star Trek level of Computer voices in our lives. How do you think things are going? I'm in a cross-functional world at the moment. I use Cortana on the PC to a limited degree. Cortana is also on Xbox One, but they've crippled her pretty severely. I see them dropping her altogether as a failure, to be honest. Google gets used more and more on the phone and Alexa rules my house. Alexa is the one I'm using most, as it ties into my Wink home automation, My Nest and my Phillips Hue gadgets. One of the developing areas is voice search and I've done some preliminary research into how that is going to affect us here on Gay Authors as well. There are big changes coming in how search engines work and it'll have an effect on us as well. They really need to settle on a standard soon so that we can start doing whatever it is we need to do. Right now, there are competing standards and methods. I suspect that it's going to be a lot more semantic markup in website coding. (Semantic search is how Google knows explicitly that something is a review or a navigation menu or that a person is an author or an editor.) Are any of you using voice controls for things yet?
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