Kindred and Us…

Image source: Carter Matt dot com Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Civilization, Climate Change, Existentialism, Star Trek Note: Apologies for the late and last 2022 blog post. My laptop has had its own mind lately. My “Rotten Tomatoes” review: “I’ve been a fan of Octavia Butler since reading my first novel by her, “Mind of MyContinue reading “Kindred and Us…”

Grievance, Gridlock, Grift…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Civilization, Democratic Republic, DNA, Existentialism, Fascism The genesis of grievance The man who was least deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in history is the beginning of the roots of white fragility. It wasn’t that he might have had learning disabilities or wasn’t suited for college. He turned his focusContinue reading “Grievance, Gridlock, Grift…”

Pushing Beyond Moore…

Clean-room technicians at the AIM Photonics NanoTech chip fabrication facility in Albany, New York.  Credit: SUNY Polytechnic Institute Topics: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Technology Over 50 Years of Moore’s Law – Intel GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has entered into a cooperativeContinue reading “Pushing Beyond Moore…”

Permafrost Zombies…

Topics: Biology, Biosecurity, Climate Change Thirteen viruses from tens of thousands of years ago have been recovered and reactivated, according to a preprint paper published in BioRxiv. These threats had been idling in the Siberian tundra for approximately 30,000 to 50,000 years before being brought back. Thanks to climate change, the thawing of the frozen terrain could revive anContinue reading “Permafrost Zombies…”

Cosmic Family Portraits…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Space Exploration Jupiter’s rings, its moons Amalthea (bright point at left) and Adrastea (faint dot at left tip of rings), and even background galaxies are visible in this image from JWST’s NIRCam instrument. Whiter areas on the planet represent regions with more cloud cover, which reflects sunlight, especially Jupiter’s famousContinue reading “Cosmic Family Portraits…”

Caveat Emptor…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Climate Change, Energy, Global Warming, Lasers, Nuclear Fusion After the heady, breathtaking coverage of pop science journalism, I dove into the grim world inhabited by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on their take on the first-ever fusion reaction. I can say that I wasn’t surprised. With all this publicity,Continue reading “Caveat Emptor…”

The Apogee of Evil…

Credit: Erik English. Topics: Biology, Biosecurity, Civilization, COVID-19, Democracy, Existentialism Weaponizing a pathogen sounds like something out of an archetype Bond villain, minus the wrapped-up plot twists by the time the credits roll, and the obligatory fawning of a stereotypical bikinied woman over the intrepid MI-6 spy. Real life doesn’t conclude so cleanly. Before everyContinue reading “The Apogee of Evil…”

Rule Breakers…

Credit: Matt Harrison Clough (original image at link) Topics: Entanglement, High Energy Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics Breaking the rules is exciting, especially if they have been held for a long time. This is true not just in life but also in particle physics. Here the rule I’m thinking of is called “lepton flavor universality,”Continue reading “Rule Breakers…”

OPVs…

V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Solar Power As ultrathin organic solar cells hit new efficiency records, researchers see green energy potential in surprising places. In November 2021, while the municipal utility in Marburg, Germany, was performing scheduled maintenance on a hot water storage facility, engineers glued 18 solar panels toContinue reading “OPVs…”

Takeaways…

Democrats kept the Senate. But Georgia is still important. Ellen Ioanes, Vox Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Women’s Rights First, explanation and apologies: I’m working on a five-year-old laptop, and the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) is no longer supplying parts, or at least that’s what Geek Squad is saying. Early in theContinue reading “Takeaways…”