Posts from the ‘Science Reality’ Category

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    Your Cell Phone is Still Not to be Trusted

    January 29th, 2013 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    As a human being I don’t like it when something I use everyday becomes a trojan horse implanted in my privacy. But as a writer I do! So in spite of it being another “Oh, BTW, did you know your cell phone is working against you?” article, I was interested today when the BBC ran [...]


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    Why You Need a Tin Foil Hat

    September 6th, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    According to Wired: A team of security researchers from Oxford, UC Berkeley, and the University of Geneva say that they were able to deduce digits of PIN numbers, birth months, areas of residence and other personal information by presenting 30 headset-wearing subjects with images of ATM machines, debit cards, maps, people, and random numbers in [...]


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    Death by Vacuum

    July 12th, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    For sci-fi writers, courtesy of Gizmodo, here’s how your characters should die when booted out of an airlock. If you were going to write it honestly, You only get fifteen seconds, because that is roughly how long it takes deoxygenated blood to circulate from your lungs to your brain. See, when you’re placed in a [...]


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    The Narrative of Landing on Mars

    June 29th, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    My favorite part of this (besides the overwrought music) is the pre-determinism wired into the build of the craft due to the fact that signal communications between Earth and Mars take fourteen minutes. Operators simply cannot instruct the craft to respond to anything in a timely fashion. And the fact that it’s all true.


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    Ferrofluid Dynamics

    June 4th, 2012 | Morning Procrastination, Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    For your morning procrastination, another heavenly video of ferrofluids in action, revealing unseen magnetic fields. Now git to work.


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    In Which Tiny Bugs Save the World

    May 30th, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    What sci-fi writer would not love to pitch a story with something like the opening paragraph from this NYT’s piece: In the menagerie of Craig Venter’s imagination, tiny bugs will save the world. They will be custom bugs, designer bugs — bugs that only Venter can create. He will mix them up in his private [...]


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    Manhattanhenge

    May 28th, 2012 | Gaia's Avenger, Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    Tonight is sunset Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the street grid of Manhattan. The next perfect sunset alignment is on the other side of the solstice in July. The sunrise Manhattanhenges take place on either side of the winter solstice.


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    Attention Zombie Creators: More Things to Do with DNA

    May 22nd, 2012 | Inspiration, Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    Again with the bacteriophages! Mad scientists at the National Academy of Sciences have engineered sections of DNA to be used for plain, old data storage. (Like, dude, yer playlist is inside you.) Quote: After some 750 trials, the team struck on the right recipe of proteins, and now have their sights set on creating a [...]


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    Dangerous Science

    May 21st, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    One of my preferred science fantasy/fiction themes is the unintended consequences of scientific discovery or its intentional misuse. Because humanity is struggling every day to survive its own technological age, it’s the issue of our time upon which everything else rests. Here’s a bit of it, as discussed by Michio Kaku. Now git to work.


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    Good News! Still No Cure for Common Cold

    May 15th, 2012 | Science Reality | madamemary9 | Comments Off

    Giving new inspiration to sci-fi writers everywhere, researchers in the US have used viruses to generate electricity. Fiction is no stranger to the trope of tiny power sources but, hey, we can always use new ones. Especially something that’s self-replicating in the right host and has the chance to get out of control. So now, [...]


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