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 Post subject: Fascinating Stuff
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:45 pm 
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Especially for SF authors

Material World; A BBC Radio 4 science programme has a 'Listen Again' facility and I particularly recommend the last 5 or 10 minutes of the 2 July show, which covered the use of Haptic technology in training vets.

There is a link to the veterinary training aspects here.
Podcasts only last a week and that one has gone now but 'Listen Again' is still possible.


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Did anyone listen? Well no worry here is something worth looking at and listening to for 4:13 minutes; Audio slideshow: Chandra's first decade .
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and, for those of you in, or able to get into, central London of an early evening, why not check out
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a series of debates entitled "The Big Questions" on topical themes in modern astrophysics and cosmology. In each debate, a member of the Astrophysics Group will discuss one of the big questions raised by cutting-edge research with a guest. The debates are aimed at the general public, who will have the opportunity to ask questions in what will be a lively and interactive discussion. 172

These debates are free but you should register first.
Venue Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley Building which is probably here
Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ but I'm not absolutely sure of that because I've seen other post codes used such as Huxley Building, Imperial College, 180 Queens Gate, London SW7 2BZ .


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I'm happy to tell you this happened down under. Link from Mike Flynn.


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Roy wrote:
I'm happy to tell you this happened down under. Link from Mike Flynn.


Strangely enough I happened to read about this locally today. Although I appreciate it was the 'moon' in your piece which led to the original post having comic value, rather than this piece which is certainly sordid.

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Lab worms are stunned by 'phaser'


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Read about that one was pretty cool. Was just reading in this month's Wired an article about optogenetics which I would recomend. The title is Powered by Photons and you should be able to read it at wired.com


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Thanks Gil I found this about your recommendation and yes intriguing.

Plus here's something not to do at home without an unwanted Microwave, heavy duty or heatproof gloves, goggles and mains power in a shed.


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Beer, blowtorches and microwaves. Brilliant :lol:

might have to try the thing with a glass bowl ful of water and leave it on for 10 hrs, I think that might look spectacular.


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Tangent Online Presents: An Interview with Leigh Brackett & Edmond Hamilton

from April '76 and the interview originally appeared in Tangent No. 5, Summer, 1976


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When Cthulhu coughs
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...not even a blue whale is large enough to croon this loud. The sounds point to the intriguing hypothesis that even larger life forms lurk in the unexplored darkness of Earth's deep oceans.


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Biggest beaver dam seen from space
Half-mile-wide structure spotted in Alberta on satellite maps

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 Post subject: Re: Fascinating Stuff
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:32 pm 
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Yes this is also on the TTA FB page.
I've never come across this in any of the medieval fantasies and SF I've read but it's in New Scientist so it's probably true. Here is a quote with links but the main illustrated article is behind a 'paywall'. SF, fantasy and horror authors might find it interesting.
From "The night: Your nocturnal transformation revealed" by Jessa Gamble. N Sci. 29 November 2013 issue 2945. Special issue entitled 'The Night'
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.., a rolling cascade of 90-minute sleep cycles. ...pass through four stages of sleep, ending with the rapid-eye-movement phase that resembles the brain's waking state and hosts much of your dreaming life. ... Most people are taken on this roller-coaster of phases for somewhere between 6 and 9 hours.
This is not how we used to sleep. Before ubiquitous artificial light, our sleep patterns were different. As late as the 18th century – and possibly stretching back to ancient Greece – people talked about first and second sleep. These two shifts between dusk and dawn were bisected by an hour or two of wakeful contemplation. By the light of a fire or a bright moon, people engaged in any number of pursuits, such as studying, writing poetry, and sex. Some evidence suggests that the practice persists among non-industrialised, tribal societies today.


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