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A six-wheel version of the EStarCar

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This means the full-blown hydrogen age is much closer--the clean replacement for that planet-wrecking black stuff (oil and coal)--because it means affordable fuel-cells to power homes, businesses, cars (the battery that runs on hydrogen and emits only pure water).

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Hubble Views Grand Star-Forming Region
This massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in the Milky Way Galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.

Many of the diamond-like icy blue stars are among the most massive stars known. Several of them are 100 times more massive than our sun. These hefty stars are destined to pop off, like a string of firecrackers, as supernovas in a few million years.

The image, taken in ultraviolet, visible and red light by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, spans about 100 light-years. The nebula is close enough to Earth that Hubble can resolve individual stars, giving astronomers important information about the stars' birth and evolution.

The brilliant stars are carving deep cavities in the surrounding material by unleashing a torrent of ultraviolet light, and hurricane-force stellar winds (streams of charged particles), which are etching away the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud in which the stars were born. The image reveals a fantasy landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys, as well as a dark region in the center that roughly looks like the outline of a holiday tree. Besides sculpting the gaseous terrain, the brilliant stars can also help create a successive generation of offspring. When the winds hit dense walls of gas, they create shocks, which may be generating a new wave of star birth.

These observations were taken Oct. 20-27, 2009. The blue color is light from the hottest, most massive stars; the green from the glow of oxygen; the red from fluorescing hydrogen.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Paresce (INAF-IASF, Bologna, Italy), R. O'Connell (University of Virginia, Charlottesville), and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee

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A nice visual metaphor: Enterprise leads to Discovery

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I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the centre.

Kurt Vonnegut

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Build Up Your Courage By Mentally Rehearsing Like a Movie Stuntman
By Melanie Pinola, +Lifehacker

If you're ever nervous about going after a particularly risky opportunity (maybe starting your own business, climbing Mount Everest, or just pitching a new idea to your boss), remember this advice from a movie stuntman, someone who puts himself at risk regularly: Mentally rehearse until you see the situation perfectly.

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No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. -Helen Keller

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
- Andre Gide

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'A lecture designed to impress rather than inform usually does neither.'

''Whatever can be said can be said clearly.'

A brilliant article by an eminent scientist, railing against 'this insane newspeak', that should be read and adhered to by every scientist, science student--and human being.

Slabs of incomprehensible kludge hurled at the world have nothing to do with knowledge or communication or respect for others.

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by Gottfried Schatz

(Professor emeritus at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and former head of the Swiss Science and Technology Council. His work dealt mainly with the
biogenesis of mitochondria. E-mail:

Creative ideas are children of solitude, yet are rarely conceived in isolation. This is particularly true in science, which thrives on reliable and precise communication across linguistic, social, and cultural barriers. The digital age has given us instant global communication, yet scientists still prefer to talk about shared values and scientific issues face to face. As a unifying bond for our scientific culture, nothing rivals the spoken word.

This bond, however, is not invulnerable. Science was once part of a much broader intellectual effort that included the humanities, but at some time in the 19th century, a
breakdown in communication made the two go their separate ways. The British physicist and writer Charles Percy Snow deplored this split in his influential Rede Lecture “The Two Cultures,” delivered on 7 May 1959 in the Senate House at the University of Cambridge. His
words ring as true today as they did half a century ago: “I constantly felt I was moving among two groups … who had almost ceased to communicate at all …” The same words can also be used to alert us to the fact that a degradation of verbal communication is now threatening to open up rifts even within the sciences. This degradation is especially
noticeable in biology and other rapidly evolving fields that have a strong descriptive component. From my detached view as a retired biochemist, most lectures on biological
topics appear so overloaded with unnecessary information, so obsessed with technical detail, and so cluttered with abbreviations, jargon, and acronyms as to be nearly
incomprehensible to anyone but the specialist. More often than not, I also wait in vain for a concluding remark that would reveal the broader implications and long-term goals of the work. When attending lectures was still part of my daily routine, I had become accustomed to this insane newspeak, but now I recognize it as a serious threat to our scientific culture. A lecture designed to impress rather than inform usually does neither. Instead, it drives a wedge between different disciplines and promotes scientific fragmentation.

There is no quick fix for today's dire lecturing habits, but we could improve them through two approaches. One of them is teaching. Not all students are gifted lecturers, but most of them can be taught the basics of public speaking. Such teaching ought to be central to every science curriculum, yet it is usually ignored or done in only a perfunctory way. Its major goal should not be producing polished orators but scientists who understand the
difference between the important and the unimportant and who will focus their lectures on the essence of their findings. The second approach could aim at the profusion of monikers and acronyms that have made biological fields such as gene transcription, signal transduction, or immunology such uninviting territories to eager newcomers. Deciphering the chemical structure of our genome and its roughly 25,000 genes has exacerbated this dilemma by triggering an avalanche of new gene names and abbreviations, which are often applied
indiscriminately, with different names used to describe the same gene in different species.* Gordon Research Conferences and similar special meetings could serve as efficient settings for researchers to work out a consistent and rational nomenclature for their scientific discipline.

We should no longer tolerate lectures that drown the audience in a flood of unnecessary information and technical terms. Effective communication is a bridge between different disciplines and is essential to the advance of science. Agreement on a standard terminology
should also stimulate discovery, because standardization is a proven motor for innovation. According to the Austrian logician Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Alles, was sich aussprechen lässt, lässt sich klar aussprechen” (“Whatever can be said can be said clearly”). In science,
simple and clear language in both spoken and written communication is not only a matter of style—it is also a matter of substance.
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