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Sci-Fi Author Ray Bradbury Dies Age 91

Posted: June 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sci-Fi Author Ray Bradbury Dies Age 91

Ray Bradbury 1959Prolific Ray Bradbury, American Sci-Fi author who was pivotal in popularising the genre with works like as The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91.

“Mr Bradbury died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a long illness,” a spokesman for his publisher HarperCollins said.

“The world has lost one of the best writers it’s ever known, and one of the dearest men to my heart. RIP Ray Bradbury – Ol’ Gramps,” Bradbury’s grandson Danny Karapetian said via Twitter.

Born August 2, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, the gregarious Bradbury left a massive body of work, including Fahrenheit 451, Now and Forever, I live in the Invisible, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world :: Read the full article »»»»


DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: DARPA, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship

DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship - Enterprise NX01That US behemoth, DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aka the Department of Everything – has teamed up with that other US giant, the fiscally challenged NASA to create a program that would see interstellar travel within the next 100 years. The duo have awarded $US500,00 in seed funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation to form the aptly named 100 Year Starship – 100YSS – program.

The initiative will call on expert opinion from a wide range of disciplines, engineers, scientists and artists will contribute to a single shared vision, to develop the capability for mankind to achieve interstellar flight within the next 100 years.

A public symposium will be held this year, in Houston, Texas from September 14 to 16. In what will become an annual event. Has the real world finally caught up with the strangely accurate  transfictontrek world of Gene Roddenberry?   :: Read the full article »»»»


RUSSIA :: Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse Fears

Posted: April 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Shut the F_ck Up!, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on RUSSIA :: Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse Fears

RUSSIA - Green Clouds Spark Apocalypse FearsRussian officials have spent the last 24 hours attempting to reassure Moscow residents that green-tinged clouds over the capital were not an alien invasion, but tree pollen. The clouds crept up on the Russian capital from the south in the morning and reached the centre by the afternoon, causing office workers to gawk at the suspiciously coloured sky.

“Today Muscovites felt like characters in a disaster film about an alien invasion: people living in the south-west of the city saw that the sky had been coloured green,” Russia’s weather service said on its website. The odd natural phenomenon mystically coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which caused further speculation about the authorities withholding information :: Read the full article »»»»


Homo Sapiens: The Cerebral Giant

Posted: April 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: STANDOUT | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Homo Sapiens: The Cerebral Giant

Homo Sapiens - The Cerebral Giant - TeamworkLearning to work in teams may explain why humans evolved a bigger brain, according to a new study. Compared to his hominid predecessors, Homo sapiens is a cerebral giant, a riddle that scientists have long tried to solve.

The answer, according to researchers in Ireland and Scotland, may lie in social interaction.

Working with others helped humans to survive, but he had to develop a brain big enough to cope with all the social complexities, they believe. In a computer model, the team simulated the human brain, allowing a network of neurons to evolve in response to a series of social challenges.

There were two scenarios. The first entailed two partners in crime who had been caught by the police, each having to decide whether or not to inform on the other. The second had two individuals trapped in a car in a snowdrift and having to weigh whether to cooperate to dig themselves out or just sit back and let the other do it. Read the full article »»»»


Australian Nanotechnology: UNSW Single Atom Transistor

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Nonotechnology, Physics, STANDOUT, Technoid | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Nanotechnology: UNSW Single Atom Transistor

Single Atom Quantum Image via UNSWAn Australian team of physicists have created the world’s first – and smallest – functioning single-atom transistor, which could prove a critical building block toward the development of super-fast computers. In what can only be described as nanotechnology at it’s purest – the ability to control matter at the atomic scale, build devices with atomic precision, is the central definition of nanotechnology. Though several groups have attempted this amazing feat before, never has it been accomplished with such puristic accuracy. As if nonotechnology wasn’t already übercool: The transistor itself is composed of a single phosphorous-31 isotope, which has been precisely placed on a base of silicon using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope in an ultra-high vacuum chamber. What’s particularly amazing about their technique is that they were able to position the individual phosphorous atoms precisely.

The Australian teams tiny electronic device – described in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology – uses as its active component an individual phosphorus atom patterned between atomic-scale electrodes and electrostatic control gates. The Nanotechnology paper elegantly describes a brilliant process: Researchers fabricated a single-atom transistor in which a single phosphorus atom is positioned between highly doped source and drain leads with a lateral spatial accuracy of ±1 atomic lattice spacing. researchers demonstrate that they were able to register source, drain and gate contacts to the individual donor atom and observe well-controlled transitions for 0, 1 and 2 electron states, in agreement with atomistic modelling of the device. What was also amazing said Dr Fuechsle was that the electronic characteristics exactly matched theoretical predictions undertaken with Professor Gerhard Klimeck’s group – using NEMO-3D, a Nanoelectronic Modeling tool – at Purdue University in the US and Professor Hollenberg’s group at the University of Melbourne.  Read the full article »»»»