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I put up some decorations for Independence Day. 
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A team of researchers has developed the technology to create super-thin invisibility skin cloaks which, when wrapped around three-dimensional objects, can render them completely invisible to optical detection. Recently published in the Science journal, the project is the result of a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the United States Department of Energy (DOE). In this research, the scientists used minute blocks of gold antennas to construct a “skin cloak”, around 80 nanometers in thickness. It was then wrapped around a microscopic three-dimensional object, with dents and bumps. The specially-engineered surface of the coat allowed the researchers to reroute the light waves, reflected from the object, thus making it undetectable to the eye.

source: http://phys.org/news/2015-09-d-ultrathin-invisibility-cloak.html

abstract:  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6254/1310
Scientists have developed super-thin invisibility skin cloaks which can make three-dimensional objects invisible to optical detection.
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Typical bed hair.
What now, +Wil Wheaton​?
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Did not think I could love you more... You are too funny! 😍🌤💗
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Due to a fatal mustache accident with the clippers (fatal to my beard anyway) I now look very different than I have for the last few years... which is funny, as I pretty much look the same as I have since I was 25!
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I have an honest hypothesis that I would like addressed, and I do not need a simple answer.
I have noticed in most releases regarding any form of searching for habitable planetary objects, that we seem to be looking solely for Earth-like life.
This is to say that we look for objects in a ridiculously narrow zone and seem addicted to the idea that water is somehow necessary for life. While we can conclusively show that water is needed for life on our planet, there is simply no evidence for or against it being necessary anywhere off of our planet.
Are we in fact only looking for Earth life (If so, I know where some is...), or is it simply under-reported that we are looking at jovian moons and red giant objects? Are we actually looking at planets that have methane for an atmosphere?
And if we are not, are we so arrogant to think that the universe is like unto Star Trek and that there will only be anthropomorphic beings with minor differences who are essentially analogs for other earth cultures? (Which seems ridiculous, but it's looking increasingly like that...)
Thus, my hypothesis that we are looking for Earth life off of earth... which is silly.
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(Rambling?)
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My perspective is that when we consider the "laws" of science, we need to look at them universally.  There is a limit to the number of protons that can be held by the strong nuclear force, there is a universal atomic structure and electron arrangement.  There is a universality to intermolecular forces that allow for solvent/solute interaction (and water is good for that purpose). Gravity (whether a push or a pull) seems to be universally attractive.  Oxygen seems to be universally reactive.  So I always contend that there are universal biological "laws" that say that multi-cellular, multi-system organisms will be carbon based.  If those organisms step off a cliff, they will fall.  If they want to communicate electronically, it will be with some EM frequency that we are familiar with. If they are alive, they will need to respire, digest, metabolize, generate energy...much like humans. Sure, looking for algae under a rock on Mars is a life form, and would be neat to find but I think we are after the intelligent life that can broadcast over great distances.  And they will be subject to natural laws, just like we are.
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I did not get to go to one of my favorite events of the year. It was this weekend, and is the premier Viking Event for our area. It's not a huge event, but it's... very much "my SCA," and I am upset that our family had to miss it.
Bummed, a little.
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Actually one of the reasons it's hard to not be there! :D
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I think I rather like this... The Corps is used to form a beach-head during an invasion. Good to know they can do it in any format needed.
Adapt, Improvise, Overcome.
What began as the gathering of just a few US Marines has now become a major organized movement to get Marines and military personnell of all branches to Occupy America nationwide. You can thank Marine...
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Poet, Philosopher, Soldier of Fortune
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Actually, I'm a writer, but that's close, right?
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Husband to an actual scientist; kids, too!
Education
  • Chemeketah Community College
    International Relations, 2003 - 2005
  • Unpqua Community College
    Psychology, 1993 - 1993
  • Portland Community College
    Degree in General Studies, 2012 - 2014
    Geography, Geology, and Jazz Studies
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Astrophysics is hard; I write, instead.
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    Musician, present
  • Self
    Writer, present
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