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Dinner a few days back at a fancy place. +Gita Jaisinghani and I enjoyed the food. Verily.
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+SciFi Author: Lacerant Plainer Excellent. I'm working on become a follower of PaulP's theory that the best camera for the job... is the one in your hand? :)
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Some love for my Storytellers collection!

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Imagining Brains being transplanted into robots : A large part of The Machine Crusades and the Butlerian Jihad (Dune books), the concept of brains inside robots is fascinating. Now science fiction and science fact are coming closer together, and one has to imagine if we are approaching something like what Frank Herbert imagined.

Will we one day have to make a decision, maybe our progeny will need to decide if they wish to remain what we call as 'human'.

To read more about the Singularity: http://singularity-2045.org/

More about the 'Thinking Machines' from Dune: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_machines_%28Dune%29

Avatar Project: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/02/dmitry-itskov/

H/t +Betty Bee for posting this - http://www.fastcoexist.com/3015553/futurist-forum/not-science-fiction-a-brain-in-a-box-to-let-people-live-on-after-death

#sciencefiction #dune #transhuman #singularity #machinecrusade  
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Science fiction is fiction until it becomes fact.
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The Bernal Sphere : While this is essentially a science fiction inspired mega project, which was proposed in 1929 by John D Bernal, the technology will soon be within our reach. Of course its a flight of fancy, but its interesting to read about, and makes for a great story. I do remember reading references in Arthur C Clarke's books as well as those by Peter F. Hamilton.

The Concept : A Bernal sphere is essentially a globe about a third of a mile in diameter that rotates almost twice per minute to provide Earthlike gravity along its equator. (This feeling of artificial gravity would peter out near the poles.) The vessel was essentially to be constructed from asteroid and Moon material, 16 km in diameter with a population of around 20,000 people. A atmosphere would be provided within the structure so that it became a self-contained habitat. The outer shell would be hard, transparent and thin, preventing the escape of gas and allow for the preservation of a rigid structure. The Bernal sphere was mainly designed as a space habitat, but this visionary ideas laid the ground work for the more rigorous studies that were to follows. The American engineer Gerrard K.O’Neill took this work to a new level in the 1970s when he also designed large human habitat structures that could accommodate tens of thousands of people. O’Neill planned that such structures would be loaced at the L5 point in space, a region where the gravity from the Moon, Earth and Sun is neutral.

Mechanics : Gravity might be a thing of the past, everyone could drink distilled urine, and a whole generation of Earthlings may grow up without ever having set foot on the surface of the planet. At the moment, those ideas are still firmly set in the realm of science fiction, but in the next thousand years, new technologies could be developed that would enable humanity to colonize space. While a self-sustaining space station colony might be a long way off, scientists are still working to design and perhaps even build a space station that goes beyond low-Earth orbit.

Design your own : People from all walks of life can get involved in NASA's mission to create a sustainable deep space habitat, planners say. The space agency sponsors the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge for university students. The X-Hab competition asks students for ideas about the best ways to craft a space station that could exist for an indefinite amount of time in deep space. "One of the nice things about the X-Hab project is that we have been able to fund student work on a variety of habitat designs, which stimulates us and gives us ideas about ways to lay them out and innovative things to incorporate," Smitherman said.

Article link : http://www.space.com/22229-space-station-colony-futuristic-technology.html

Additional source : http://www.bis-space.com/what-we-do/projects/project-world-ship

Video link : Bernal Sphere Space Habitat - Updated flyby.

Further reading from NSS: http://www.nss.org/settlement/space/bernalsphere.htm

Additional reference and pic courtesy : http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/deep/how-we-could-actually-build-a-space-colony-17268252

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Rendezvous with Rama.
A.C.Clark.
(The story's got 3 legged spiders!)
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Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies with unusual radiation signatures, indicating something strange is happening inside many distant collections of stars -- even if it's nothing to do with aliens at all.

Small Clues : The study will be published on 15 April in the Astrophysical Journal, and while it hasn't found clear evidence of space-faring aliens, there are some new phenomena that deserve further work. In particular lead author Roger Griffith identified 50 galaxies out of the 100 million catalogued by Wise, and the 100,000 studied in more detail, which had "unusually high levels of mid-infrared radiation". "Our follow-up studies of those galaxies may reveal if the origin of their radiation results from natural astronomical processes, or if it could indicate the presence of a highly advanced civilisation," Griffith said.

Article Link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/14/wise-alien-empire-search-100000-galaxies

News from Penn State : http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2015-news/Wright4-2015


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Why isn't science fiction used more often to teach science in schools?

Among the many things that can be said about science fiction, there's no question about its tremendous entertainment value and ability to convey difficult concepts in a clear and compelling manner. Which is why a pair of researchers from the University of Valencia are urging educators to get their act together and start using science fiction as a way to engage their students and motivate interest in science and technology.

To get a better sense of science fiction's current place in the classroom, researchers Fanny Petit and Jordi Solbes reviewed over 30 compulsory science and technology textbooks for physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and various technology subjects. They also took a look at teacher books, CD-ROMs, and activity books. Of these resources, only 30% made any kind of reference to a scifi story or concept — neither through images, comments, texts, activities, or web references.

In terms of an explanation, the researchers noted that scientists very rarely make appearances in the most popular films. And when they do, they're typically portrayed as the supervillans. "In these films, the antagonist is usually the crazy scientist that wants to rule the world or even increase their power after finding a powerful 'weapon'," noted the researchers.
Perhaps the popularization of more positive scientifically-inclined role models would be in order.

Article link: http://io9.com/5949397/why-isnt-science-fiction-used-more-often-to-teach-science-in-schools

#science #sciencefiction #education #schools #scienceeducation #scientists
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Progress is being made, in the 40's and 50's most English teachers would NOT allow SF for book reports - we all read them anyway.
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Had a meeting where the coffee was pretty good. Yes I took pics. I seem to be that person now O..o
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LOL +Avinash Jaisinghani nah..... this is Grand Hyatt Art ;)
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A chilling story from +Paul Pavlinovich... One must remember from another POV, it is a gift...
Paul Pavlinovich originally shared to Fiction:
 
Six Days - The Gift

When the ebola crisis began to make the news a story formed in my head, this was the first time I'd seriously tried to write a speculative fiction story destined for the consumption of others. Six Days - The Gift is the second version - you'll find the original on my blog too.

http://ayiig.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/six-days-gift.html
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A Science Fiction World : Smithsonian hosts  'The Future is here' : The invite list has some awesome names such as Brian Greene,  Adam Steltzner, Rich Devaul etc. The names are like a who's who of futurists and scientists. But can we do a guessing game? What will they talk about? Where will the conversation go? While one cannot predict what they would bring forth, here is my list of things one would like to hear about....

Transhumanism : But naturally. With people like David Brin around, it would have to include all forms of transhumanism, Cyborgs, remotely controlled beings, robots with artificial DNA etc. See an earlier post here http://goo.gl/LU23b3

Living Quarters : Quite literally living buildings. Self-sustaining and self-powered. I would definitely talk about these. See earlier posts http://goo.gl/tMRLGj and http://goo.gl/KfO5qn

Economical way to go into space : With a much lower carbon footprint. There are already a lot of technologies in the works, and I posted a story on my blog based on some of the science which exists - http://goo.gl/u2ekqZ (I would also include dynamic soaring, fusion power, the railgun cum scramjet, but the laser based story is something which I think has the best potential).

Power : Reduce cost of power through fusion (http://goo.gl/1DW0bD), Space based solar power (http://goo.gl/5yi0Gr), Luna ring (http://goo.gl/a71BCC), Biomimicry (http://goo.gl/lXWSnh) and using microbes (http://goo.gl/I871zI). Alternate energy post here http://goo.gl/vBUr5a.

Redefining transportation : Virus powered cars (http://goo.gl/rpz3VE), The hyperloop perhaps (http://goo.gl/bm6Nts). ETT is still waiting for us (http://goo.gl/im2KAu) and so much more!

Nanobots and Nanotechnology : Nanobot post here (http://goo.gl/4VT0bG) and Nanomachine mimics nature's protien factory (http://goo.gl/JdzoSN). More recently a post on Material science, nanotechnology and biology meet here (http://goo.gl/XNU2ui).

There are so many new areas I have missed out like 3D printing, self-assembling robots and nanobots, Artifical DNA, Stem cell research, work on graphene. What is your guess??

For more details look at this post shared by +Thomas Dolby  here http://goo.gl/KUFNts

Originally tagged via +Avinash Jaisinghani..... on the Smithsonian event.

Speaker list includes: +David Brin, +Sara Seager, +Richard DeVaul and Brian Greene.

More food for thought: http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/04/habitable-exoplanets-are-bad-news-for-humanity/

Pics courtesy: Smithsonianmag, giantlife.com

#futurism #prediction #sciencefiction #scifi  
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There's got to be some Steam Punk here. The Old is New Again!
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An excellent community which I highly recommend!
 
+Science on G+ is a well-curated and high quality community which is populated by science posts. Since we take the time to curate each and every post, look at content, check stories and references and ask for references and links for every story, it is verifiable science. The posts in the community are a repertoire of knowledge which is reaching encyclopedic proportions which links across many topics and includes scientific journals, organizations, writers, scientists and people who just love the journey of discovery which is science.

Our strength has been our mods network, and I send this out as a hat-tip to them and the stellar work they put in to bring you the best science content which you can trust. You will not find memes in this community, nor will you find jokes. But you will find science which is amazing and fascinating.

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Search for an Alien Empire : So far nothing. Or maybe they don't want to be found.

Penn State researchers used data from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory to look for radiation which would be a tell-tale sign of an Alien civilization (Or Empire).

The Search : The theory that aliens might be visible on a galactic scale is based on the ideas of physicist Freeman Dyson, who suggested in the 1960s that galactic civilisations would almost by definition use most of the starlight in their galaxy for their own ends. This should be detectable using mid-infrared telescopes. That wasn't possible when Dyson's theory emerged, but Nasa's Wise telescope does have the ability to make close measurements for thousands of galaxies, and so allow scientists to study the data for telltale signs of life.

No, they didn't find it. But scientists have found 50 galaxies with unusual radiation signatures, indicating something strange is happening inside many distant collections of stars -- even if it's nothing to do with aliens at all.

Small Clues : The study will be published on 15 April in the Astrophysical Journal, and while it hasn't found clear evidence of space-faring aliens, there are some new phenomena that deserve further work. In particular lead author Roger Griffith identified 50 galaxies out of the 100 million catalogued by Wise, and the 100,000 studied in more detail, which had "unusually high levels of mid-infrared radiation". "Our follow-up studies of those galaxies may reveal if the origin of their radiation results from natural astronomical processes, or if it could indicate the presence of a highly advanced civilisation," Griffith said.

Article Link: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/14/wise-alien-empire-search-100000-galaxies

News from Penn State : http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2015-news/Wright4-2015


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+Marco Handmann we have barely scratched the surface as far as quantum entanglement is concerned. As a science fiction writer, you can take some liberties as to how existing science can be extrapolated.
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Funny how I was not at all surprised that Mark Zukerberg and Reliance had created an unholy alliance.

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There is no Do no evil???? Shocking.
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I am a self-published SF writer. I post about Science and geeky stuff. I write about transhumanism, near as well as distant futures, and like to dream of the possibilities that face us. We are uniquely poised to take advantage, or face the consequences of our actions in the near term and this fascinates me.

Love to write, and sometimes manage to do that, but not very often. I have a few Science Fiction stories called 'The Final Colony' and  'Orange Rock' on Amazon.com as well as 'The Judgement Conundrum', a version of which is free on Smashwords (http://goo.gl/IWT3K). Would love for you to read my books and comment on your experience. Look for the ebooks in the links.


You can check out my blog for links to my books and flashfiction stories www.lacerantplainer.com

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My genre is hard Sci-Fi (if one can categorize it). Though most of my stories do not concentrate on the science. 

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Completed course in 'Introduction to Nanotechnology' at Rice University via Coursera