New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart        
The best cosmic map yet of the universe’s make-up finds 24 per cent less dark matter than we thought and could call for a rewrite of physics
          Fast radio bursts may be dark matter ‘stars’ hitting black holes        
The mysterious FRBs we’ve been tracking for a decade could be created by clumps of dark matter particles dancing along the edges of black holes
          Dark Matter Saison 3        

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          The Art of Reading Leads to the Art of Writing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus in Westwood! by Enilde Van Hook        

When is a library, not a library? When it’s a Book Festival where the books come out to play! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated its 13th year of book promotions on the UCLA campus with an estimated attendance of over 140,000 people who love to read books!
Here is where the traditional library, once thought to be a stuffy, hush-hush, nerdy and quiet setting transforms itself into a megalomaniac fair of books and stories and documentaries just waiting to come alive. Books become the roller coaster of emotions, the merry-go-round of ideas, the bumper cars of change and the Ferris wheels of fiction.


In this day and age, the traditional library has undergone a radical change in our culture…it has gone outside, yes outside the box, outside the building and outside under yonder shade trees to re-invent itself. Unlike the regular library, where one checks out a book and must return it within a specific amount of time, this type of literary environment goes beyond just borrowing a book. This activity steps into the realm of personal libraries. This is where the reader amasses his or her own library collection of favorite authors, books, books on tape, digital recordings of books, even recordings for the blind and dyslexic by going outside the comfort of indoor lighting and venturing into the elements of nature.



The weekend of April 26th and 27th, under weather conditions reaching over 90 degrees in Westwood, the Pacific Ocean breeze quietly slipped in and around the leaves of Ficus trees, Great Oaks, Pines, and luscious landscaped lawns of one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning; on the campus of UCLA, surrounded by noble buildings of great learning and ample gardens of exquisite greenery, what promised to be adventure at first, had indeed become an obsession for learning, an unquenchable thirst for more information about one’s world…who was in it in the past? Who’s in it now? Where’s the planet going? Who killed who? Or Whom? What artist leapt to his death from the bridge of misunderstanding? The answers were all there waiting to be revealed once you ventured out into the Festival of Books to bring home some new friends! This was my third year visiting the LA Times Festival of Books.




As I came upon the first of the booths, I saw a long line of people, fanning themselves in the hot sun with only partial shade for some while others brought lawn chairs, umbrellas and water bottles or coolers and bared the heat while reading the LA Times or a comic book they’d purchased while sipping lemonades from the local vendors. “Get your lemonade!” a man shouted from the center of another line of readers waiting for an author. As I made my way down the narrow aisles of celebrity book fans I looked up in time to see that Valerie Bertinelli was about to emerge and I could already see a wave of nervous cameramen and camerawomen with their trigger fingers anxiously poised above their focused lenses. I felt in good company. I too was about to sign copies of my book today. The Kingdom Of Nuts and Bolts, was being released to the reading public and I was headed over to join the authors at booth 715 sponsored by THE GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITER’S SOCIETY.






I was invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society recently and have discovered the treasures of its membership as well as the benefits to career and community. The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring writers of all levels in the craft and business of writing. The society works to provide continuing education and a forum for the marketing of a writer’s work. The society is guided by a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” and their website (www.glaws.org) details their variety of resources, welcoming writers from all over California and the country to learn more about the craft.















I knew I had gotten to the right booth when I saw the buttons they were passing out. “What’s Your Story?” As I was about to take the hot seat of an author…I kid you not; the seat was hot because the sun cast its rays upon the storytellers’ table; I thought to myself again, ‘I’m in fine company!’ I had heard that Gay Talese, Julie Andrews and Tommy Lasorda were telling their stories and here I was, a humble little writer of my first fiction novel about to tell my own.
I resorted to taking pictures to relax my own photo-happy-trigger finger. I always enjoy a good shutterbug moment and this was no exception. So, I took pictures of the authors I was with, while I signed a few books myself.








I met Leslie Ann Moore, the author of Griffin’s Daughter, and I learned she wrote romantic fantasy (which I overheard her telling a reader that she had won an award). I visited her website at www.leslieannmoore.com and was inspired by her story that she is a veterinarian, writer and belly dancer too!






I also met Mike Robinson the author of Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray (which personally as a photographer, I liked the title.) I learned that Mike Robinson is the author of seven novels and two collections. Mike also sold a number of short stories to print and electronic magazines, anthologies and podcasts. Visit Mike’s website at www.freewebs.com and learn that he too is stalking BIG FOOT!






















On Saturday, another author I had the opportunity to meet at the GLAWS booth was Matt Pallamary. We sat together as our fans lined up to talk to us about our books. (Maybe our lines weren’t as long as Valerie Bertinelli’s for her book “Losing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time” but we had a following, nonetheless!) Matt has written his memoirs detailing his spiritual journeys to Peru where he worked with shamanic plant medicines. His most recent book is titled Spirit Matters and his website is www.mattpallamary.com. This was a serendipitous place to be sharing space with Matt Pallamary as I had the rare opportunity to discuss some of my own spiritual stories from my early childhood in Argentina. The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts is a story about a five-year-old boy named Miguelito, who can see things that others can’t and this makes him special and extra inventive. He has a special magic friend named Hector (made out of nuts and bolts) who teaches him to fix things. The story, a comedy, is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina using the popular genre of South American writers, that of Magical Realism. The story explores an imaginative spirit world set in the 1930’s and is told from the perspectives of a fly, a witch, a seagull, an angel, a demon and two little brothers. The paperback version is available through www.enildeingelsvanhook.com.
and coming soon to www.amazon.com so check the website in mid May for available stock.























Several new, emerging and established writers joined us at the Festival of Books in the GLAWS booth #715. Among them was Joan A. Friedman, a Ph.D. who is an identical twin, herself, and has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of twin-related issues. Her new novel, Emotionally Healthy Twins is a comprehensive guide on how to raise twins who are self-realized and distinct individuals.





Dr. Joan Friedman posed for a photo-op alongside two of the movers and shakers of GLAWS; Tony Todaro, one of its original founders (Sci-Fi aficionado) and an established strategic consultant (Todaro Communications) as well as John Weiskopf, the author of The Ascendancy.








The Ascendancy is an appropriate story for today’s times, as John Weiskopf has created a new world mythology at a volatile point in history. His latest novel brings modern day imagination to the old story of Jack in the Beanstalk. The premise of this novel is that a beanstalk starts growing out of the rubble of the World Trade Center and the protagonist Jack Tott, a twenty-six-year-old musician, believes that if he climbs the beanstalk, he will somehow find the means to help save his dying sister. This book is available through www.johnweiskopf.com.
















I met Sandra Walter, the author of The Creator State (www.sandrawalter.com) a story where actors discover a unique state of consciousness and art changes reality. Pictured here to the right is the author of Akira's Army by Keith Kowalczyk as he tells the story of Ray Quincy who becomes a prisoner of war while on his family vacation on a small South Pacific Island (a novel available through midnightpressbooks.com) Also pictured in booth #715 are Tony Todaro, Neil Citrin, and John Weiskopf.









I also had an opportunity to talk to Robin Reed who was also releasing her first novel called Xanthan Gumm. Robin Reed writes in the science fiction genre about hard working creatures called ‘Humans’ who labor to make stories that are loved throughout the Galaxy. One young alien dreams of going to the ‘Forbidden Planet Earth’ to perform in the movies and wants to become famous like his idol, E.T. This book is available through www.barstowproductions.com.






On Sunday at the LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, I had the distinct privilege of sitting at the author’s table with Film Educator and author Charles Domokos. His work in education especially in the cinema and film-editing field has a long history of contributing extremely technical post-production knowledge to film students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Loyola Marymount and Los Angeles City College. His book titled: Non-linear Editing: The Cutting Edge provides the foundation for the college-level media student to make the leap into the world of film and HD-based professional post-production, as practiced in the Hollywood media community. His book is available through Amazon.com; Barnes&Noble.com or www.GoGardner.com.



While sitting under the canopy of a nearby Elm tree, our booth enjoyed a little more shade and relief from the heat on Sunday, just enough to share our experiences and challenges of our publishing our first books. Charles and I also shared some of our inspirations to write and joked around that in our booth alone, we had the resources for taking my story of The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts and turning it into a movie using stop-frame animation to create a Hollywood environment for my animated critter made of nuts and bolts and feathers named ‘Hector’. We figured we had a whole production team from writing the screenplay to filming, editing and strategic marketing with Tony Todaro!



Speaking of Tony Todaro, one of the founders of GLAWS, I learned he is a prolific fiction writer as well. He is now working on a final draft of his next novel, “What Comes Around” a story set in a future city by the name of San Angeles, a metropolis divided by rivers and gangs after the ‘Big One’ (the big anticipated earthquake Angelino’s often fear, has already happened in this story) has rearranged the real estate and politics of the Southland. Just a little sneak preview of his upcoming book, finds Fed Corp Special Crimes investigator Major Xander Hunt in the midst of two murder mysteries to solve: the death of prominent physicist Allan Dunwharton, and after a series of battles and attempted assassinations, (perhaps even his own death). Hunt has kept his aging body alive with a concoction of drugs and nanobots, despite decades of damage as a black-ops agent, and the terminal cancer eating at his guts. (Imagine here the actor Sean Connery as the wise, aging officer in the Untouchables, though Hunt thinks of himself as the younger version of a Kevin Costner character.) Tony Todaro is a strategic marketing consultant with a long history in the music business and now shares his expertise with his fellow authors in GLAWS!



With a philosophy of “writers mentoring writers of all disciplines” GLAWS holds monthly informative meetings, often with nationally-known guest speakers, offers critique groups, advice in the craft and business of writing, conducts special events including writers conferences and seminars, and promotes its vision through many businesses and social opportunities.
In April I had the opportunity to attend one of the membership meetings to hear the science fiction and fantasy writer, Tim Powers, author of Anubis Gates and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. He spoke at length about the essence of “plot” or what actually happens in a story. He encouraged writers to think of the question ‘why’ and then dig deeper and ask no, ‘why, really?’; ‘why really is the character motivated?’ He also gave us an overview of what it is like to be a writer at work. He stated that he had cultivated a sense of both guilt and fear. “Afterall, I play with the cat while truckers have jobs…” In a brief moment I had to talk with him before he got on the podium, he stated that I should write down imaginary bets… but not to do it in my head. He urged me to write thoughts down directly onto the keyboard. In his presentation, he also shared some of the advantages to writing down your ideas and character traits onto index cards and spreading them around your workspace. Maybe one day, if you are experiencing ‘writers block’; maybe the landlord comes around knocking, blows open your door and tromps all over the index cards mixing them up every which way; well, he said, ‘you never know when that might have helped your plot strategy a little!’ TIM POWERS chuckled.

The headline of today’s blog stated that the Art of Reading leads to the Art of Writing. I strongly believe this because I can attest to the significant verbal, literary and visual growth that a child can attain while immersed in a supportive community reading program. That, in and of it-self is where the art of reading leads directly to the successful art of writing. Exposure to the arts at a young age in a person’s life greatly enhances the chances this experience will foster a love of story telling as well as an appreciation for the authors and artists of these works that influence the mind at a critical stage in our development.
I am an example of an After School Reading Program child. My first exposure to library books came about at approximately the age of 8 when I stated participating in the Duarte Public Library After School Reading Program and simultaneously the Monrovia Public Library system in California.







I personally see this important correlation between early reading and early writing because I began to keep a diary at the age of twelve after reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I went on to improve my reading skills by practicing my writing skills in my journal and reading even more each month until I had practically consumed all the books I could in the children’s section of the Duarte Library. I seem to recall that by the age of thirteen I was already into the adult section where I promptly fell in love with science fiction and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. (At the time, I made no physical distinction between the right or left section of the Duarte Library but I did get into trouble with my mother who discovered one day that one of my books had an identifying label from the adult section of the library…I no longer remember what the name of that book was, because I didn’t get to read it…only that it had a harmless picture of a cat on the cover and I distinctly recall how disappointed and rather humiliated I was when I had to return the book to the librarian and admit that I had rules at home I had to follow that superceded library freedoms.)





My consolation was that I was a rebellious child so after that, I no longer checked out the adult books to take home—I just spent my free time reading the contraband stories, sitting cross legged on the floor between the stacks by the light of a window where a beautiful oak tree cast intermittent sun, shade and childhood inspiration; Under these conditions, I finished reading Pearl Buck’s novel The Good Earth. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading in a young person’s life. I admired writers without even knowing what they looked like. Often I didn’t see pictures on the covers. I just knew their voices by the way they would write their sentences. I feel I learned about life, lived through the characters and had adventures I couldn’t even dream of having all through the art of reading a wonderful book.

















By the time I was sixteen, I had obtained my first job away from home. The Duarte Public Library hired me to work as a ‘page’ part time while I attended high school. I was able to devote even more time to filing and flipping through the pages of my most beloved writers and fondest friends. I recall taking a whole summer to finish the novel Hawaii by James Mitchner. These books were my education and entertainment away from the classroom and the schoolyard. By the age of eighteen, I was working for the USC Bookstore during freshman year of college and the Doheny Library by my sophomore year of college.

























Now fast forward to the present day in 2008. I have written and self-published five books of poetry and recently released my first novel, The Kingdom of Nuts and Bolts here at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA. Was it an accident that I developed into a writer? (In my particular case, I am also a photographer and an artist.) (www.gingervanhook.com) (www.enildeingelsvanhook.com) I don’t think this is a random event. I think there are no accidents in the universe. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe in cause and effect. I believe that if you want to end up with a delicious cake, you need to prepare the recipe with proper ingredients. The ingredients leading to the successful art of writing requires nothing short of fresh time, young minds, good books and positive parental and community encouragement to read. The art develops naturally as the heat of age ripens the stories into cupcakes of our culture for everyone to enjoy!

I attended the Duarte Festival of Authors in October of 2005 in Westminster Gardens, in Duarte California just to visit with and enjoy a moment listening to Ray Bradbury as the featured keynote speaker, presented by The Friends of the Duarte Library.



We also support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association which is undergoing a change of name this year. In addition to the changes featured in Monrovia Library Park, with the new Library construction, Monrovia Arts Festival Association is about to be renamed the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to better define the role of the arts in the community of Monrovia.
The Monrovia Arts Festival Association will continue to serve the arts and artists as well as the after school art programs in Monrovia as well as surrounding communities and schools. I firmly believe, the younger a child is exposed to the arts, in terms of reading, writing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, digital media, comic book art and art history just to name a few of the variety of arts, the more creative a child will grow into adulthood and the more rewarding our communities will be to thrive in.
          RANDY NEWMAN – Dark Matter        

​Uno de los discos más esperados del año se nos aparece en estas fechas, como no podía ser menos por parte del genio ” más cabroncete ” de la historia, Randy Newman, empeñado en seguir la contracorriente de la industria tan poco amante de las novedades en estas datas vacacionales, pero ya se sabe que […]

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          Dark Energy        
What is dark energy? How is it an example of fine-tuning? Does the presence of dark energy and dark matter support theistic design?
          MOSCAB: A geyser-concept bubble chamber to be used in a dark matter search        
The MOSCAB experiment (Materia OSCura A Bolle) uses the "geyser technique", a variant of the superheated liquid technique of extreme simplicity. Operating principles of the new dark matter detector and technical solutions of the device are reported in detail. First results obtained in a series of test runs taken in laboratory demonstrate that we have successfully built and tested a geyser-concept bubble chamber that can be used in particle physics, especially in dark matter searches, and that we are ready to move underground for extensive data taking.
          Asymptotically Safe Standard Model Extensions        
We construct asymptotically safe extensions of the Standard Model. The weak and hypercharge gauge couplings are made safe adding a large number of extra charged fermions. To achieve safety also in the Higgs self-coupling, the minimal construction features a right-handed neutrino around 10^14 GeV. A natural variant, with all new masses close to the Fermi scale, is obtained by implementing a TeV-scale double see-saw mechanism. We also construct models featuring dynamical generation of scales that include Dark Matter candidates. The large extra degrees of freedom allow for intriguing atypical phenomenological scenarios, such as cold Dark Matter arising from a relativistic freeze-out.
          Comment on THE ELECTRO MAGNETIC VOLUME OF DARK MATTER … THAT’S WHY THE MERGE (NEW EARTH) IS WITHIN by antoniatailor        
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          Dark Matter - Live, Christchurch 2012-14        

Three live (audience) recordings

Dark Matter - Live, Wunderbar, Christchurch, 23 Jun 2012
Dark Matter - Live, The Darkroom, Christchurch, 11 May 2013 (second half)
Dark Matter - Live, Wunderbar, Christchurch, 7 Feb 2014

Not much attempt to edit them - the 2014 show has 5 minutes preamble and tuning.

This post is to compliment the previous post, some small celebration of Dead C/Terminals playing this Friday.

Also a point worth making loudly: Siltbreeze have just released a Dark Matter LP

Listening to Broken on YouTube the most striking thing is background orchestration (horns/strings) in the recording adding more depth and seething melancholy to the proceedings.  A fine thing.

If at all possible I will communicate with the 'powers' behind http://www.lingering.co.nz/, in which case you'll have the same LP available there for attractive local (=FREE) postage.  If you like the sound of that, say Hell Yeh (in the comments or via the usual social channel).

Label description:
Hold the tidings, reconnoiterers. This is a new set of songs from Stephen Cogle of Vacuum, The Victor Dimisich Band and The Terminals. Dark Matter stands with contemporaries The Renderers and The Puddle in exemplifying a “late” style of New Zealand post-punk—more concrete, more distilled.

Cogle’s vocal flourish stills reminds one of Roxy Music—a band that, recall, is only ten years older than Cogle’s earliest projects. The continued relevance of an ensemble like Dark Matter over Roxy Music can only be attributed to the richness of the musical moment that birthed it. Trusted names like Cogle, John Christoffels, John Billows, Joanne Billesdon, Nicole Moffat and Michael Daly continue into the 21st century in new combinations with new aspects to notice. But more than just an update on the Christchurch Sound, Dark Matter plays with punk nostalgia to craft an overwhelmingly romantic (with a lowercase r) pop record.

Too cat-like to be reflective, totally immersed in the garage rock impetus, their flat, gothic psychedelia is equal parts Chills, Television Personalities and Scientists, with the intimacy of Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos or Small World Experience. With a breadth of material fitting to the subject of “getting older,” Dark Matter is perhaps the most finessed document of Cogle’s vision yet.



          The Dead C - Live, Super 8, Dunedin, 22 Jul 1994        

As a precursor to this event
The Dead C and The Terminals

Here's an old Dead C set.

The Dead C - Live, Super 8, Dunedin, 22 Jul 1994

A lo-fi recording by yours truly of a lo-fi band on a totally shitty lo-er than lo-fi old tape. Managed to put it in my pocket the wrong way round after I flipped the tape for the last track, so you get a metronomic accompaniment of my artery with 'Angel'.  Perhaps seeking redemption, it's an updated digitization with Dolby-S - a raw version (yes, even shittier) from 10yrs+ ago with split 'tracks' is probably floating round in some collections.   Kim Pieters was recording the same night (a track turned up on the God Came Between Us compilation), and it's no doubt far better quality.  But this is what you get.

As this guy wrote:
The year is 1995 and The Dead C are playing at the Super 8 Arts Collective in the basement of a deconsecrated church in Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island. After eight years together, they have fully developed their improvised free noise strategy: beginning without an end in mind, their 'songs' sometimes bear a vague resemblance to their records - then they lurch abruptly into unfamiliar areas -in a manner utterly alien to rock conventions.

Some Terminals related, here:
Dark Matter - Live, Christchurch 2012-14


          Biggest ever dark matter survey about to begin in Australia        
MEASURING THE UNIVERSE: Astronomers are about to embark on a project to measure the movement of a million galaxies, building the largest map of dark matter ever attempted
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 08-09-2017 with Andy Zicklin        
Playlist:

The Waterboys- I Will Not Follow 2002 Remaster - The Waterboys
Flogging Molly- The Days Weve Yet To Meet - Life Is Good
Puddles Pity Party- I Want You To Want Me - I Want You To Want Me Single
The Bellfuries- Bad Seed Sown - Workingmans Bellfuries
Lindi Ortega- Waiting Round To Die - Til The Goin Gets Gone EP
The Tubes- White Punks On Dope - The Tubes
The Hold Steady- Knuckles - Almost Killed Me Deluxe Version
Tranda- Persoana Mea feat Sore - Constangeles Vol 1
David Bowie- This Is Not America with Pat Metheny Group - Best Of Bowie
Horslips- The Man Who Built America - The Man Who Built America
Josphine Baker- La Conga Blicoti - Midnight In Paris Music From The Motion Picture
Django Reinhardt- Fantasie - Le Jazz Manouchede Django
Enrique Morente- Manhattan First We Take Manhattan - Omega
Leonard Cohen- Bird On A Wire - Live In Dublin
Low Cut Connie- Revolution Rock N Roll - Dirty Pictures Pt 1
Randy Newman- Wandering Boy - Dark Matter
Kyle Craft- Chelsea Hotel 2 - Chelsea Hotel 2 Single
The Libertines- What Katie Did - The Libertines
And The Black Feathers- Beautiful Corpse - Pink Black And Bruised
Bad CopBad Cop- Amputations - Warriors
CJ Ramone- Pony - American Beauty
The Regrettes- I Dont Like You - Feel Your Feelings Fool
Robyn Hitchcock- Mad Shelleys Letterbox - Robyn Hitchcock
Gogol Bordello- Walking On The Burning Coal - Seekers And Finders
The Zydepunks- Dear Molly - Finisterre
Guignol Mischief Brew- Fight Dirty - Fight Dirty
Jason Webley- Dance While The Sky Crashes Down - Against The Night
Gasoline Lollipops- Love Is Free - Resurrection
Nick Cave The Bad Seeds- In The Ghetto 2009 Remastered Version - Lovely Creatures The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds 19842014 Deluxe Edition
Wells Fargo- Watch Out - Watch Out
The Picturebooks- I Need That Oooh - Home Is A Heartache
Happy Mondays- The Boys Are Back In Town Clean Mix - Happy Mondays Greatest Hits
BRONCHO- Get In My Car - Get In My Car Single
Mariachi El Bronx- 48 Roses - Mariachi El Bronx II
Sofi Tukker- Johny Faruk Sabanci Remix - Johny Faruk Sabanci Remix Single
The Magpie Salute- Omission - The Magpie Salute Live
The Stray Trolleys- A Bluebeat Kid - Barricades And Angels
The Jazz Butcher- All The Saints - Last Of The Gentleman Adventurers
Harlem- Friendly Ghost - Hippies
Diet Cig- Maid Of The Mist - Swear Im Good At This


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          New Dark Matter Map Created for Big Galaxies        
Researchers have mapped out the dark matter in a sample of huge galaxies, determining where the strange stuff resides and how much of it there is.
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-13-2015 with DJ Girlfawkes        
Playlist:

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Gleemer- Party Girls - No Goodbyes
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake- Bad Magic - Totem
Lower Dens- Ondine - Escape From Evil
Gauntlet Hair- Bad Apple - Stills
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Talk All Night- Dark Matter Year - Oxen Aux Out
Capital Punishment- Delta Time - Roadkill
Alvvays- Adult Diversion - Alvvays
Lady Lamb- Billions Of Eyes - After
Chastity Belt- Cool Slut - Time To Go Home
Modest Mouse- Lampshades On Fire - Strangers To Ourselves
Matt Kim- Get It - New Glow
Janelle Mone Jidenna- Yoga - Yoga Single
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- MultiLove - MultiLove
The Amazing Snakeheads- Nighttime - Amphetamine Ballads
Black Lips- Funny - Underneath The Rainbow
The Orwells- Ancient Egypt - Remember When
Brody Dalle- Meet The Foetus Oh The Joy - Meet The Foetus Oh The Joy Single
Courtney Barnett- Elevator Operator - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
The Two Koreas- DiscoSlave Songs - Science Island
Davila 666- Pa Que Vives - Pa Que Vives
The Chameleons- Up The Down Escalator - Script Of The Bridge Remastered
Dead Combo- Desert Diamondsenraptured With Lust - Live Hot Clube
The Vanilla Milkshakes- After School Special Radio Edit - How To Ruin Friendships And Influence Douche Bags
The Viletones- Screaming Fist - The Viletones
Gore Gore Girls- Fox In A Box - Get The Gore
Perfect Pussy- Interference Fits - Say Yes To Love
The Cure- Plastic Passion - Join The Dots BSides And Rarities 19782001
King Tuff- Sun Medallion - Was Dead
Whirlwind Heat- Orange - Do Rabbits Wonder
Little Foot Long Foot- She Looks To You - Oh Hell
Electric Six- Danger High Voltage - Fire
Archers Of Loaf- Web In Front - Icky Mettle Remastered
Ume- Web In Front - Too Big World EP
Ume- Common Queen - Too Big World EP
Yo La Tengo- Pass The Hatchet - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
Endless Boogie- Empty Eye - Full House Head
Tubby Pickens- The Itchy Wizard - Great Crates Vol 4
Hiss Golden Messenger- Custard Pie - Physical Graffiti Redrawn


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          The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality        
The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
author: Richard Panek
name: Kim
average rating: 3.86
book published: 2010
rating: 0
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date added: 2017/07/02
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          Comic Plunder Podcast Episode 8        

This was a big week in comics filled with great books and lots of news! The guys cover Marvel's house cleaning of their publishing line! The new Marvel legacy numbering and the Legacy One-Shot! The recently announced DC Dark Matter line of books! And Seth gets a bit heated when talking about the fan reaction to Marvel's Secret Empire! Josh has a good week filled with Jeff Lemire! Lucas tries out a bunch of different accents sure to please everyone! Probably. And the Guys tell you their ending for Secret Empire! You're welcome, world. Check out these great comics! God Country […]

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          Randy Newman: Dark Matter review – classy song satirist still bites        

(Nonesuch)

Randy Newman decided to omit the song he wrote about Donald Trump’s penis from Dark Matter (drolly explaining “the subject is too sore to get into”), but otherwise the veteran American songwriter-satirist is still putting the boot in where it hurts. Putin (“He can drive his giant tank across a Trans-Siberian plain / He can power a nuclear reactor with the left side of his brain”) is drily rendered as Russian orchestral folk. Eight-minute opener The Great Debate comically pits science against gospel-singing creationists and climate change deniers. And so wonderfully on. The music has some of the symphonic hallmarks of his soundtracks to films such as Toy Story, and careers from trademark piano to opera.

He remains the master of creating ribald, flawed characters, but also the powerful, poignant weepie. Lost With You’s riff on ageing and Wandering Boy’s tale of an anguished father pining for a missing son ensure that there isn’t a dry eye in the house.

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          Dark Matter 2 cinematic library with AAS Objeq Delay & Kush Plugins        
Thorsten Meyer Dark Matter 2Thorsten Meyer has posted a video of the new Dark Matter 2 cinematic Kontakt library by String Audio, capable of creating outstanding textures, atmospheres, drones, soundscapes and pulses. Applied Acoustics Systems’ Objeq Delay was used to further shape the sounds created by Dark Matter 2. Dark Matter 2 allows you to generate a variety of […]
          The Word Alive Bassist Daniel Shapiro Has Left The Band        

"Moving into the creation of our newest album, Daniel and us mutually agreed that this would be the best decision for the band."



The Word Alive have parted ways with bassist Daniel Shapiro.

The news coincides with the end of the band's 'Dark Matter' album cycle.

Here's a message from the band...

"Dear TWA family,

"The Dark Matter cycle has been the greatest ride of our lives. Because of your support, we’ve reached so many goals we never thought would be possible 9 years into our career. We’ve sold thousands of albums, streamed millions more and toured all over the world. All because of you.

"As we move into this next chapter of our career, creatively we have come to a decision to continue The Word Alive with Tony, Telle, and Zack. Moving into the creation of our newest album, Daniel and us mutually agreed that this would be the best decision for the band. Daniel is an extremely talented musician that we have called our brother for the last 7 years. We continue to do so and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The Word Alive has always been a family, past present and future members will always support each other.

"We’re extremely excited for the new chapter that is yet to come and look forward to sharing all of our plans for the rest of the year. As always, we appreciate your support on and off tour. We will be all over the world soon enough to continue this journey together."

And a message from Dan himself...

"Over the last 7 years, I was fortunate enough to tour the world with some of my best friends in The Word Alive. As of today, I will be heading off on a new musical adventure and I am excited to share with you where the road will take me.

"The guys and I will continue to support each other. I'm grateful for the time I had with this family and will always consider myself a part of this band.

"Thank you all for the love and support from all the fans, friends, family and crew!"

You can check out the full Facebook post here.

Here's the video for recent single 'Misery', which will be the band's final recording with Daniel.


          SUG meeting illustrates wealth of OSC-supported research        
SUG

More than ever, academic and manufacturing researchers from across Ohio are turning to the high performance computing power offered by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). On Thursday, an abundance of that research was on display at OSC’s semi-annual Statewide Users Group (SUG) meeting.

Attendees shared and gained insight into topics ranging from auto safety and dark matter to gene flow and a myriad of chemistry-related topics. They also heard two keynote addresses, and the competition portion of the meeting featured 27 posters and 12 flash talks.

 


          Quả Bóng Đá C60 và Ống Nano Carbon        
(Theo http://www.khoahoc.net/baivo/truongvantan/180506-ongnanocarbon.htm)

LTS: Tiến sĩ Trương Văn Tân là một cộng tác viên thường xuyên của mạng khoahoc.net. Được biết anh là một chuyên gia về vật liệu học (Materials Science) và polymer. Hơn mười năm qua anh nghiên cứu về polymer (plastic) dẫn điện và gần đây ống nano carbon. Trong bài viết nầy anh Tân giới thiệu sơ lược về nền công nghệ nano và vật liệu nano. Nhận thấy tầm quan trọng của nền công nghệ nano, Ban Biên Tập xin trân trọng giới thiệu bài viết nầy đến bạn đọc gần xa và nhất là đến các nhà khoa học tương lai của Việt Nam.

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Cách đây mười năm cụm từ "công nghệ nano" (nanotechnology) ít được người biết đến, nhưng ngày hôm nay nó trở thành một thuật ngữ quen thuộc ở mọi giai tầng trong xã hội hiện đại. Người làm kinh tế hay chính trị cũng thường đề cập đến nano dù người nói lẫn người nghe lắm khi vẫn không biết đích xác là gì. Nano là tiếng gọi tắt của nanometer (ký hiệu nm, 1 nm = 10-9 m hay là 0.000000001 m) [1] là một đơn vị đo lường ở thứ nguyên nguyên tử hay phân tử. Công nghệ nano liên quan đến việc lợi dụng những hiện tượng ở đơn vị nanometer để thiết kế vật liệu và vật chất với những chức năng đặc biệt ngay từ thang (scale) nguyên tử hoặc phân tử. Người ta gọi đây là phương pháp thiết kế "từ dưới lên" (bottom-up method) khác với phương pháp thiết kế thông thường "từ trên xuống" (top-down method) đang được lưu dụng [2]. Nhà vật lý học nổi tiếng Richard Feynman đã từng tiên đoán phương pháp "từ dưới lên" trong một bài thuyết trình năm 1959 qua câu nói vừa nghiêm túc vừa hài hước "There's plenty of room at the bottom" (Có rất nhiều chỗ trống ở miệt dưới). Lời dự đoán thiên tài nầy cho biết vùng tận cùng "miệt dưới" của nguyên tử và phân tử vẫn còn là những vùng phì nhiêu bát ngát chờ đợi con người đến thao túng khai hoang!

Tuy nhiên con người phải chờ đến 40 năm mới nhìn thấy sự bùng nổ của nền công nghệ nano chủ yếu sử dụng phương pháp "từ dưới lên". Nền công nghệ nầy đang có tác động mạnh lên nền công nghệ "cổ điển" hiện tại và cũng là một động lực của những công trình nghiên cứu đa ngành (multi-discipline) bao gồm vật lý, hóa học, vật liệu học, sinh học, toán học, tin học v.v... Đây là một cuộc cách mạng kỹ nghệ của loài người ở thế kỷ 21. Nó sẽ mang lại cho nhân loại những thay đổi khoa học kỹ thuật mang tính đột phá và có tầm ảnh hưởng sâu xa trong sinh hoạt xã hội, văn hóa, kinh tế hơn cả cuộc cách mạng kỹ nghệ ở thế kỷ 18.

Đàng sau bức bình phong công nghệ nano là những vật liệu nano. Trong những vật liệu nầy xuất hiện hai dạng carbon: phân tử fullerene C60 có hình dạng trái bóng đá và ống nano carbon (carbon nanotube). Sự phát hiện của hai dạng carbon ở thập niên 80 và 90 ở thế kỷ trước có một trùng hợp thời điểm với sự ra đời và phát triển của công nghệ nano. Việc khám phá fullerene và ống nano carbon là tập hợp của nhiều sự kiện ngẫu nhiên. Gọi là ngẫu nhiên nhưng thật ra là những kết quả hết sức ngoạn mục phản ảnh một tinh thần làm việc miệt mài nhưng vẫn phóng khoáng lạc quan, một tư duy phân tích bén nhạy nhưng không xơ cứng giáo điều của nhà khoa học.

Hiện nay, hằng trăm trung tâm nghiên cứu lớn nhỏ về công nghệ nano được thành lập khắp nơi trên thế giới đứng đầu là Mỹ, Nhật Bản, Âu Châu, Trung Quốc với kinh phí toàn cầu trong vài năm tới sẽ tăng đến hằng chục tỷ USD mỗi năm. Đối với một số nước công nghệ nano và bộ môn fullerene/ống nanocarbon là ưu tiên quốc gia cho các đề án nghiên cứu và triển khai. Trong bài viết nầy chúng ta hãy nhìn xem có thật sự là con người đang đi vào một cuộc cách mạng khoa học kỹ thuật mở ra một thời đại hoàng kim công nghệ chưa từng có trong lịch sử nhân loại. Và có thật sự là nền công nghệ silicon của thế kỷ 20 đang từ giã "cuộc hí trường" để được thay thế bởi nền công nghệ carbon.

Quả bóng đá C60

Năm 1985, một nhóm nghiên cứu bao gồm Harold Kroto (University of Sussex, Anh Quốc) và Sean O'Brien, Robert Curl, Richard Smalley (Rice University, Texas, Mỹ) khám phá ra một phân tử chứa 60 nguyên tử carbon, viết tắt là C60. Giáo sư Kroto là một nhà nghiên cứu hóa học thiên văn. Vào thập niên 70, ông đã có một chương trình nghiên cứu những chuỗi dài các nguyên tử carbon trong các đám mây bụi giữa các vì sao (interstellar dust). Ông liên lạc với nhóm của Curl và Smalley và dùng quang phổ kế laser của nhóm nầy để mô phỏng điều kiện hình thành của các chuỗi carbon trong các đám mây vũ trụ. Họ không những có thể tái tạo những chuỗi carbon mà còn tình cờ khám phá một phân tử rất bền chứa chính xác 60 nguyên tử carbon. Sự khám phá C60 xoay hướng nghiên cứu của nhóm nầy từ chuyện tìm kiếm những thành phần của vật chất tối (dark matter) trong vũ trụ đến một lĩnh vực hoàn toàn mới lạ liên hệ đến khoa vật liệu (Materials Science). Năm 1996, Kroto, Curl và Smalley được giải Nobel Hóa học cho sự khám phá nầy.

Trước C60 người ta chỉ biết carbon qua ba dạng: dạng vô định hình (amorphous) như than đá, than củi, bồ hóng (lọ nồi), dạng than chì (graphite) dùng cho lõi bút chì và dạng kim cương (Hình 1). Sự khác nhau về hình dạng, màu mè, giá cả và cường độ yêu chuộng của nữ giới giữa than đá, than chì và kim cương thì quả là một trời một vực. Tuy nhiên, sự khác nhau trong cấu trúc hóa học lại khá đơn giản. Như cái tên đã định nghĩa, dạng vô định hình không có một cấu trúc nhất định. Trong than chì các nguyên tố carbon nằm trên một mặt phẳng thành những lục giác giống như một tổ ong. Cấu trúc nầy hình thành những mặt phẳng nằm chồng chất lên nhau mang những electron pi di động tự do. Than chì dẫn điện nhờ những electron di động nầy. Trong kim cương những electron pi kết hợp trở thành những nối hóa học liên kết những mặt phẳng carbon và làm cho chất nầy có một độ cứng khác thường và không dẫn điện.


Hình 1: Tám loại carbon theo thứ tự từ trái sang phải: (a) Kim cương, (b) Than chì, (c) Lonsdaleite, (d) C60, (e) C540, (f) C70, (g) Carbon vô định hình (h) Ống nano carbon (Nguồn: Wikipedia).

Sự khám phá của C60 cho carbon một dạng thứ tư. Sau khi nhận diện C60 từ quang phổ hấp thụ Kroto, Curl và Smalley bắt đầu tạo mô hình cho cấu trúc của C60. Trong quá trình nầy các ông nhanh chóng nhận ra rằng các nguyên tố carbon không thể sắp phẳng theo kiểu lục giác tổ ong của than chì, nhưng có thể sắp xếp thành một quả cầu tròn trong đó hình lục giác xen kẻ với hình ngũ giác giống như trái bóng đá với đường kính vào khoảng 1 nm (Hình 1d và 2). Phân tử mới nầy được đặt tên là buckminster fullerene theo tên lót và họ của kiến trúc sư Richard Buckminster Fuller. Ông Fuller là người sáng tạo ra cấu trúc mái vòm hình cầu với mô dạng lục giác (Hình 3). Cho vắn tắt người ta thường gọi C60 là fullerene hay là bucky ball.


Hình 2: Quả bóng đá phân tử C60 với đường kính vào khoảng 1 nm.


Hình 3: Kiến trúc sư Richard Buckminster Fuller và mái vòm hình cầu với mô dạng lục giác.

Trong việc quyết định trao giải Nobel, Viện Hàn Lâm Khoa Học Thụy Điển đã quên mất công lao của giáo sư Eiji Osawa. Ông là người đầu tiên đã tiên đoán sự hiện hữu của C60. Tôi tình cờ gặp ông tại một cuộc hội thảo khoa học chuyên ngành. Cũng như phần lớn các giáo sư người Nhật Bản khác, giáo sư Osawa là một người khả kính, điềm đạm và khiêm tốn. Khi tôi gợi chuyện C60 và giải Nobel, ông mở nụ cười hiền hòa tâm sự "Không được Nobel tôi tiếc lắm chứ vì C60 là đứa con khoa học của tôi mà. Tôi tiên đoán C60 vào năm 1970 khi tôi vừa mới được bổ nhiệm Giảng Viên tại Đại Học Hokkaido. Vì tôi viết bằng tiếng Nhật và đăng bài báo cáo của tôi trên tạp chí Kagaku (Hóa Học) năm 1970 [3] nên không được các đồng nghiệp quốc tế lưu ý đến. Một năm sau tôi viết lại thành một chương cho một quyển sách giáo khoa, cũng bằng tiếng Nhật". Tôi hỏi "Nếu thầy đã tiên đoán như vậy thì tại sao thầy không làm một thí nghiệm để kiểm chứng". Ông bộc bạch "Theo sự tính toán của tôi thì năng lượng hoạt tính của phản ứng tạo ra C60 rất cao. Tôi không thể hình dung được một chất xúc tác nào có thể hạ thấp năng lượng hoạt tính để phản ứng có thể xảy ra. Nhưng tôi đã hình dung được cấu trúc của nó trong một lần tôi nhìn đứa con trai của tôi đùa giỡn với trái bóng đá trong công viên gần nhà. Tôi cũng không nghĩ ra một phương tiện vật lý như dùng laser hoặc tia có năng lượng cao như nhóm Smalley đã làm để kích động phản ứng. Hơn nữa, ở thời điểm đó tôi mới vừa làm Giảng Viên nên cần phải tạo một dấu ấn nào đó trong phân khoa. Tôi cảm thấy việc tổng hợp C60 quá nhiều khó khăn nên đành chọn một hướng nghiên cứu khác". Có một điều làm cho ông được an ủi phần nào là trong bài diễn văn nhận giải Nobel Kroto, Curl và Smalley đã đề cập đến thành quả tiên phong của ông. Ông đã gởi tặng tôi bài báo cáo khoa học mang tính lịch sử nầy (Hình 4).



Hình 4: Tựa đề bài báo cáo "Họ chất thơm siêu đẳng" (Super-aromaticity) viết vào năm 1970 [3] và quả bóng đá C60 trong bài viết.

Như giáo sư Osawa đã trình bày, ở điều kiện và nhiệt độ bình thường việc tổng hợp C60 là một việc bất khả thi trên phương diện nhiệt động học (thermodynamics). Vì là một nhà hóa học thiên văn, Kroto tiếp cận vấn đề bằng một phương thức khác. Tháng 9 năm 1985, trong thời gian làm việc tại Rice University ông dùng tia laser của Curl và Smalley bắn vào than chì để tái tạo sự tương tác của các tia vũ trụ và carbon trong không gian. Trong phổ ký khối lượng (mass spectrography) của các sản phẩm tạo thành xuất hiện hai đỉnh rất to chỉ định C60 và C70. Một bất ngờ nhưng Kroto, Curl và Smalley biết ngay đây là một khám phá đổi đời "kinh thiên động địa". Khi tia laser bắn vào một vùng nào đó của vật chất thì sẽ nâng nhiệt độ vùng đó lên cao hằng ngàn độ, thậm chí hằng chục ngàn độ. Ở nhiệt độ cao những chướng ngại nhiệt động học không còn là vấn đề và sự tạo thành C60 trở nên rất thuận lợi.

Việc khám phá C60 đã làm chấn động hầu hết mọi ngành nghiên cứu khoa học. Đặc biệt đối với môn hóa học hữu cơ nó đã tạo ra một nguồn sinh khí mới cho ngành nghiên cứu quá cổ điển nầy. Sự khám phá có tầm quan trọng hơn sự khám phá cấu trúc vòng nhân benzene của Kekule gần 150 năm trước. Benzene đã mở ra toàn bộ ngành hóa học của hợp chất thơm (aromatic compounds). C60 đã mở ra ngành "Hóa học fullerene" đi song song với sự phát triển của ngành công nghệ nano hiện nay.

Kroto, Curl và Smalley chỉ cho biết sự hiện hữu của C60, nhưng tổng hợp C60 cho việc nghiên cứu và ứng dụng phải đợi đến năm 1990 khi Krätschmer và Huffman đưa ra phương pháp tổng hợp với một sản lượng lớn. Nhờ vào phương pháp nầy đến năm 1997 đã có hơn 9000 hợp chất dựa trên fullerene được tổng hợp, hơn 20 000 báo cáo khoa học đăng trên các tạp chí chuyên ngành. Những người nghiên cứu hóa hữu cơ thường có nhiều nỗi ám ảnh và niềm đam mê đối với những cấu trúc phân tử đối xứng và cấu trúc lồng (cage structure), nên fullerene trở thành một lĩnh vực nghiên cứu mầu mỡ trong bộ môn nầy. Họ tổng hợp những fullerene cao hơn C60 như C70 (70 nguyên tử carbon, hình bóng bầu dục), C84 (84 nguyên tử carbon, hình quả đậu phọng). Họ kết hợp những nhóm chức (functional group) để chức năng hóa (functionalization) fullerene, gắn fullerene vào polymer để tổng hợp những dược liệu hay vật liệu cho áp dụng quang điện tử.

Lịch sử fullerene lâu đời hay non trẻ tùy vào hai cách nhìn khác nhau. Nghiên cứu fullerene thật ra rất ngắn chỉ hơn 20 năm kể từ ngày phổ ký khối lượng của Curl và Smalley cho biết sự hiện diện của C60 và C70, nhưng sự hiện hữu của fullerene có lẽ còn sớm hơn sự xuất hiện của loài người. Nó có trong những đám mây bụi trong vũ trụ, mỏ than, bồ hóng từ những ngọn nến lung linh hoặc những nơi khiêm tốn hơn như ở lò sưởi than, cái bếp nhà quê đen đui đủi vì lọ nồi... Người ta không tìm được C60 vì hàm lượng rất nhỏ và thường bị than vô định hình phủ lấp.

Khi màn bí mật C60 được vén mở, người ta nghĩ ngay đến những áp dụng thực tiễn của C60. Người ta kết hợp C60 với potassium (K) để tạo ra chất siêu dẫn hữu cơ ở nhiệt độ 18 K (-255 °C). Một số nhà nghiên cứu sinh học hy vọng có thể dùng C60 điều chế dược phẩm trị liệu bịnh AIDS. Trong vật lý, rất nhiều đề nghị áp dụng C60 để chế tạo những trang cụ (device) quang điện tử trong công nghệ cao. Tuy nhiên, trên mặt áp dụng các nhà khoa học thường mắc phải một căn bệnh chung là "lạc quan quá độ". Cấu trúc tròn trịa, đối xứng của C60 đã được tạp chí Science tôn vinh là "phân tử của năm 1991", nhưng cái xinh đẹp hấp dẫn không phải lúc nào cũng đưa đến kết quả thực tiễn hoàn mỹ.

Hai yếu tố làm C60 giảm tính thực tế là: (1) giá cả quá cao (giá cho 1 gram là vài trăm USD hoặc cao hơn cho tinh chất, so với giá vàng vào khoảng $10/g) và (2) C60 không hòa tan trong dung môi rất bất lợi cho việc gia công. Những hồ hởi ban đầu trong cộng đồng nghiên cứu khoa học dành cho fullerene bị dập tắc nhanh chóng vì những trở ngại nầy. Thậm chí ngay trong công nghệ "thấp", chẳng hạn dùng C60 như một chất phụ gia (additives) cho dầu nhớt làm giảm độ ma xát vẫn không địch nổi về giá cả và hiệu quả của những chất phụ gia thông thường. Tuần báo The Economist có lần phê bình "Cái công nghệ duy nhất mà quả bóng bucky đã thực sự cách mạng là sản xuất những bài báo cáo khoa học" (The only industry the buckyball has really revolutionized is the generation of scientific papers)!

Nhưng viễn ảnh của C60 trong áp dụng công nghệ không đến nổi tăm tối như các nhà bình luận kinh tế đã hấp tấp dự đoán. Sự kiên trì của những người làm khoa học lúc nào cũng cho thấy một niềm lạc quan của "những tia sáng ở cuối đường hầm". Gần đây công ty Nano-C (Mỹ) tuyên bố khả năng sản xuất hằng tấn C60 cho giới công nghệ. Một nhà máy thí điểm tại Nhật đang có khả năng chế tạo 40 tấn hằng năm và sẽ lên đến vài trăm tấn khi nhà máy được nâng cấp. Phương pháp sản xuất hàng loạt sẽ làm giảm giá C60 đến mức $5/g và có thể $1/g trong một tương lai không xa. Đây là một bước nhảy vĩ đại so với những năm đầu ở thập niên 90 khi người ta chỉ thu lượm vài miligram C60 ở mỗi lần tổng hợp khó khăn và giá cho mỗi gram có lúc lên đến $1500/g. Nhà sản xuất dự đoán nhu cầu C60 sẽ tăng nhanh trong vài năm tới cho việc chế biến dược liệu, dầu nhớt cao cấp và mỹ phẩm trang điểm.

Câu chuyện cô bé Lọ Lem mãi mãi là một câu chuyện tình làm thổn thức nhiều con tim trẻ. Cô bé bị bà mẹ ghẻ hành hạ lúc nào cũng phải quét dọn lò sưởi nên mặt mũi dính đầy lọ nồi. Bà Tiên với chiếc đũa thần biến nàng thành một tiểu thư đài các được trang điểm cực kỳ diễm lệ để dự những buổi khiêu vũ của chàng hòang tử độc thân đa tình. Có lẽ nàng được trang điểm với những mỹ phẩm chứa C60, nàng sẽ đeo những chuỗi kim cương carbon vô giá. Nhưng sau nửa đêm nàng sẽ trở lại cô bé đầy lọ.... Nhìn từ quan điểm của hóa học carbon, chuyện tình khi đượm tính khoa học có thể làm thất vọng nhiều tâm hồn lãng mạn nhưng tất cả chỉ là câu chuyện carbon ở những trạng thái khác nhau!

Trở lại thực tế của thế kỷ 21. Khả năng áp dụng fullerene trong công nghệ cao liên quan đến quang học và quang điện tử đang được tích cực khảo sát ở nhiều cơ quan nghiên cứu trên thế giới. Tạp chí Journal of Materials Chemistry xuất bản một số đặc biệt tổng kết những thành quả mới nhất của nghiên cứu fullerene [4]. Một trong ứng dụng có tầm quan trọng đặc biệt là đặc tính photovoltaic của C60 tức là khả năng biến năng lượng mặt trời thành điện còn gọi là pin mặt trời. Loại pin nầy được chế tạo từ C60 và polymer dẫn điện (electrically conducting polymers). Mặc dù hiệu suất chuyển hoán năng lượng vẫn chưa bì kịp pin mặt trời silicon đang được phổ biến trên thương trường, loại pin mặt trời hữu cơ nầy sẽ cho những đặc điểm không có ở silicon như dễ gia công, giá rẻ, nhẹ, mỏng và mềm.



Ống Nano Carbon

Kroto vì niềm đam mê tái tạo những chuỗi carbon dài trong các đám mây bụi vũ trụ tình cờ phát hiện fullerene. Ngẫu nhiên nầy được nối tiếp với ngẫu nhiên khác. Sáu năm sau (1991), tiến sĩ Sumio Iijima một nghiên cứu viên của công ty NEC (Nhật Bản) cũng vì niềm đam mê tìm hiểu fullerene lại tình cờ phát hiện qua kính hiển vi điện tử ống nano carbon - "người em họ" của C60 [5]. C60 có hình dạng quả bóng đá, nhưng ống nano carbon (gọi tắt: ống nano) giống như một quả mướp dài với đường kính vài nanometer (nm) và chiều dài có thể dài đến vài trăm micrometer (10-6 m), vì vậy có cái tên gọi "ống nano" (Hình 1h và 5). Với đường kính vài nm ống nano carbon nhỏ hơn sợi tóc 100 000 lần. Chỉ trong vòng vài năm từ lúc được phát hiện, "người em họ" cho thấy có rất nhiều ứng dụng thực tế hơn C60. Cấu trúc hình ống có cơ tính (mechanical properties) và điện tính (electrical/electronic properties) khác thường và đã làm kinh ngạc nhiều nhà khoa học trong các cơ quan nghiên cứu, đại học và doanh nghiệp trên thế giới. Ống nano có sức bền siêu việt, độ dẫn nhiệt cao (thermal conduction) và nhiều tính chất điện tử thú vị. Với một loạt đặc tính hấp dẫn nầy nhiều phòng nghiên cứu đã phải chuyển hướng nghiên cứu từ C60 sang ống nano.


Hình 5: Ống nano carbon

Việc chế tạo ống nano có thể thực hiện bằng cách phóng điện hồ quang (arc discharge) hoặc dùng laser (laser ablation) trên một vật liệu gốc chứa carbon hoặc phun vật liệu nầy qua một lò ở nhiệt độ 800 - 1200 °C (chemical vapour deposition, CVD). Hình thành ống carbon không phức tạp nhưng tạo ra những ống nano giống nhau cùng đặc tính trong những đợt tổng hợp khác nhau và sau đó tinh chế để gạn lọc tạp chất đòi hỏi những điều kiện vận hành một cách cực kỳ chính xác. Tùy vào điều kiện chế tạo và vật liệu gốc người ta có thể tổng hợp ống nano một vỏ (single-wall carbon nanotube, SWNT), vỏ đôi (double-wall carbon nanotube, DWNT) và nhiều vỏ (multi-wall carbon nanotube, MWNT). MWNT là một tập hợp của SWNT giống như con búp bê Nga (Russian doll) (Hình 6). Ống nano được Iijima phát hiện đầu tiên thuộc loại MWNT. Richard Smalley (Rice University) một lần nữa đã phát huy tài năng của mình qua phương pháp laser để chế tạo SWNT với hiệu suất rất cao. Phương pháp nầy đã được thương mãi hóa để sản xuất SWMT cho công nghệ. Giá cho SWNT và DWNT tinh chế vẫn còn rất cao ở mức $500/g. MWNT dễ tổng hợp hơn SWNT nên giá ở mức $100/g. Gần đây Mitsui (Nhật Bản) có thể sản xuất 120 tấn MWNT/năm cho nhu cầu công nghệ với giá $75/kg.


Hình 6: Ống nano carbon nhiều vỏ (MWNT) chụp bằng kính hiển vi điện tử. Khoảng cách giữa hai vỏ là 0.34 nm và đường kính của vỏ ngoài cùng là 6.5 nm [5].

Người ta đã định được độ bền (strength) và độ cứng (stiffness, Young's modulus) của ống nano. Kết quả thí nghiệm cho thấy ống nano bền hơn thép 100 lần nhưng nhẹ hơn thép 6 lần. Như vậy, có thể nói là ống nano là một vật liệu có cơ tính cao nhất so với các vật liệu người ta biết từ trước đến nay. Tuy nhiên, một vấn đề lớn hiện nay cho các nhà vật liệu học (materials scientist) là làm sao xe những ống nano thành tơ sợi (nanotube fibres) cho những ứng dụng thực tế mà vẫn giữ được cơ tính tuyệt vời cố hữu của các ống nano tạo thành. Nhóm nghiên cứu của giáo sư Ray Baughman (University of Texas, Mỹ) [6] đã phát minh ra một quá trình xe sợi ống nano cho ra sợi với cơ tính cao hơn thép và tương đương với tơ nhện (spider silk). Tơ nhện được biết là một loại tơ thiên nhiên có cơ tính cao nhất trong các loại tơ sợi. Kinh nghiệm cho thấy một con ruồi bay với tốc độ cao nhất vẫn không bao giờ làm thủng lưới nhện. Nếu sự kiện nầy được phóng đại vài chục ngàn lần để sợi tơ nhện có đường kính bằng cây bút chì, sợi tơ có thể kéo ngừng lại chiếc phi cơ 747 đang bay trên không!

Mặc dù độ cứng của sợi ống nano do nhóm Baughman làm ra chỉ bằng 1/10 độ cứng của từng ống nano riêng lẻ, sợi Baughman vẫn chưa phải "siêu cứng" nhưng đã hơn hẳn Kevlar [7] về sức bền và nếu điều kiện sản xuất hàng loạt cho phép nó có thể thay thế Kevlar dùng trong những chiếc áo giáp cá nhân chống đạn trong tương lai. Quá trình xe sợi của nhóm Baughman chứng tỏ khả năng chế tạo sợi ống nano với những cơ tính vĩ mô càng lúc càng gần đến cơ tính ở thang phân tử. Quá trình nầy đã kích động nhiều nhóm nghiên cứu khác trong cuộc chạy đua chế tạo ra một loại sợi siêu cứng, siêu bền và siêu hữu ích chưa từng có trong lịch sử khoa học kỹ thuật.

Với dạng hình ống dài và cơ tính lý tưởng, ống nano carbon được cho vào các loại polymer (plastic) để tạo những sản phẩm nano-composite [8]. Thật ra, composite dùng những chất độn (filler) có hình dài để tăng cơ tính không phải là những gì mới lạ. Từ 6000 năm trước nhân loại đã trộn bùn với rơm để làm gạch. Ở những vùng sâu vùng xa người dân vẫn còn dùng đất sét và rơm để làm tường. Hiện tại, chất độn kim loại hay ceramic là những vật liệu phổ biến được dùng trong polymer để tăng cường cơ tính thay thế kim loại. Người ta tin rằng ống nano carbon sẽ là một chất độn "tối thượng" cho polymer nano-composite. Vài phần trăm ống nano carbon có thể gia tăng độ bền, độ cứng và độ dai (toughness) của polymer (plastic) lên nhiều lần. Các công ty chế tạo ô tô đang triển khai polymer nano-composite cho các bộ phận xe hơi. Đặc điểm của các composite nầy là nhẹ và bền chắc. Công ty ô tô GM (Mỹ) dự trù sẽ dùng 500 tấn ống nano/năm trong vòng vài năm tới. Một cơ tính khác của ống nano đang được khảo sát hiện nay là đặc tính làm giảm sốc (shock damping), chống rung [9]. Tính chất rất quan trọng nầy sẽ mang đến những ứng dụng dân sự lẫn quốc phòng.

Điện tính và đặc tính điện tử của ống nano đã thu hút nhiều sự chú ý của các nhà vật lý và thiết kế điện tử vi mạch. Nhờ ở dạng hình ống và các electron tự do pi trong ống, các electron tự do có thể tải điện nhưng ít chịu sự phân tán electron (gọi là ballistic conduction). Sự phân tán electron là nguyên nhân điện trở gây ra sự phát nhiệt thường thấy ở chất bán dẫn hay kim loại. Nói một cách khác, ống nano có khả năng tải điện hữu hiệu vì ít phát nhiệt.

Công nghiệp điện tử được xây dựng và phát triển dựa vào kỹ thuật thu nhỏ. Transistor là một linh kiện chính trong các mạch điện. Phương pháp "từ trên xuống" đã được áp dụng để thu nhỏ transistor có độ to khoảng vài cm ở thời điểm phát minh (năm 1947) cho đến ngày hôm nay thì đến bậc nanometer; vài triệu lần nhỏ hơn. "Định luật" Moore (Moore's law) cho biết rằng cứ mỗi hai năm mật độ của các transistor được nhồi nhét vào một silicon chip sẽ tăng gấp đôi nhờ vào kỹ thuật chế biến thu nhỏ và đặc tính của silicon. Định luật đã đúng hơn 40 năm qua kể từ năm 1965 và cũng sẽ tiếp tục đúng trong vòng 10 năm tới. Lúc đó đặc tính thu nhỏ của silicon sẽ đến một mức bảo hòa và dừng lại ở một kích thước nhất định nào đó. Độ nhỏ nhất có thể đạt được của một silicon chip là 180 nm và cũng là giới hạn trong kỹ thuật làm chip hiện nay. "Độ lớn" 180 nm rất nhỏ (nhỏ hơn sợi tóc 500 lần) và hiệu năng tải điện của silicon càng giảm vì càng nhỏ sự phát nhiệt càng cao. Tuy nhiên 180 nm vẫn còn rất to so với đường kính vài nm của ống nano. Ở kích thước nầy ống nano vẫn còn có thể tải điện mà không sợ phát nhiệt. Như vậy, đặc tính tải điện không phát nhiệt và khả năng tạo thành các linh kiện điện tử như diode và transistor của ống nano ở kích thước phân tử chỉ ra một hướng nghiên cứu mới là nano-điện tử (nano-electronics) nối tiếp vai trò thu nhỏ của vi đi
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          Randy Newman Explains the True Reason Behind the Bay of Pigs: "Brothers"        

Here's the most unusual song ever written about the Kennedy brothers, from Randy Newman's outstanding new album Dark Matter.


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          Newly discovered gravitational waves hint that 'cities' of black holes may lurk in space        

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  • Scientists have announced their third detection of gravitational waves.
  • These ripples in space-time are likely caused by colliding black holes.
  • Albert Einstein predicted the phenomenon more than 100 years ago, but he didn't expect we'd ever record it.
  • An increasing number of detections are opening up a new type of astronomy that can "listen" to black holes, neutron stars, and more.

For the third time in less than two years, physicists have detected billion-year-old ripples in the fabric of space-time.

The new recording, like the two others before it, was made using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

More than 1,000 scientists were involved in the LIGO collaboration, and they wrote a new study about their discovery for the journal Physical Review Letters. Their analysis suggests the gravitational waves were almost certainly created by the collision of two black holes that orbited each other, smashed together, and merged to form a larger black hole.

Binary black hole mergers like this are so catastrophic that they can unleash the energy locked in several suns' worth of matter in an instant; in this case, a black hole of about 19 solar masses and one of 32 solar masses combined to form a roughly 49-solar-mass black hole.

LIGO's third detection is striking, but researchers say its importance lies in the story it's helping to tell about black holes — one of the most powerful yet enigmatic forces of nature.

merging black hole detection chart ligo"[T]hese are objects we didn't know existed before LIGO detected them," David Shoemaker, a physicist at MIT and LIGO collaborator, said in a Caltech press release. "It is remarkable that humans can put together a story, and test it, for such strange and extreme events that took place billions of years ago and billions of light-years distant from us."

Timothy Brandt, an astrophysicist at the Institute for Advanced Study who wasn't involved the new study, says the detection is a "lovely, wonderful discovery" and that it "fills in a gap perfectly" between LIGO's first and second detections, which formed black holes of about 21 and 62 solar masses, respectively.

"You'd be shocked if you didn't detect something of this size," Brandt told Business Insider.

LIGO data analyst Vicky Kalogera, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, says this increasingly common population of black holes, which range in size from about 10 to 30 times the mass of the sun, may suggest that binary black hole systems form on crowded "dance floors" or in dense "cities" that lurk within galaxies.

"Nobody has proven anything," Kalogera told Business Insider, "but there's hints here, and hints there."

Black-holes 'cities'


Astrophysicists aren't sure where these systems of black holes are made, or when, but they've narrowed it down to roughly three options.

One is that they all formed moments after the universe came into existence, some 13.77 billion years ago, as primordial black holes. Some scientists believe these dense yet practically invisible objects might explain dark matter: the mysterious, missing 80% of the universe's mass.

Yet Brandt says this option has grown increasingly unlikely over the years, even though the black holes that LIGO has detected fit the bill for size.

"Primordial black holes should be doing a variety of other things that we should observe, but don't," Brandt said.

Another option is that black holes form normally in galaxies. In this scenario, massive stars run low on fuel, destabilize, and collapse under their own weight to form black holes. Then — as the galaxy rotates and moves through space — two such black holes will randomly pair up and eventually collide.

Globular Cluster 47 TucanaeBut this may take too long to produce black hole mergers at a rate LIGO seems to be detecting.

So a third option — and the one Kalogera says she's betting on — is that most black holes that collide are born in dense groups of stars called globular clusters.

Most large galaxies contain globular clusters, which are hotbeds for the formation of stars. Many of the new stars are hefty enough to form black holes.

Kalogera says the new detection of gravitational waves contained revealing new data: how each of the two black holes were spinning before they merged together. Those spins were not aligned, she says, which suggests they were zooming around each other in a busy region of space — not aligned with the plane of a flat galaxy, as the second scenario would lead to.

Black holes that form inside globular clusters should naturally sink toward their centers, she says.

"Since it's such a dense environment, with lots of flybys, black holes can more easily get partners, get into orbit around one another. They get captured in sort of these binary dances," Kalogera says.

"We could think of them as very active dance floors" for black holes, she says — or 3D cities that are crowded with them. "Galaxies don't have consistent densities. Like human populations, stars cluster in 'rural' and 'urban' areas."

Kalogera says there's not yet enough evidence to back up this idea, since the detection of three black hole mergers (and the six smaller black holes that created them) is a very small sample size.

However, LIGO is just warming up.

A new form of astronomy grows more powerful

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The third detection of gravitational waves may not seem as monumental as the first, but astronomers would beg to differ: It proves that an entirely new field of astronomy — one in which scientists can "listen" to the music of the universe, and perhaps even peer into its origins — is not only possible, but productive.

Scans of the sky using visible light, X-rays, and wavelengths provide scant evidence of how black holes warp the light and space near them. Gravitational waves, on the other hand, are what black holes themselves emit: It's the "natural language" of their existence, says Kalogera.

Astrophysicist and LIGO collaborator Imre Bartos previously told Business Insider that scientists can now "peek into the heart" of how black holes form, coalesce, and evolve.

"For the first time, we've been able to understand their language and understand what they're telling us," Kalogera said.

Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves more than 100 years ago. However, he doubted they'd ever be detected.

"We are starting to get a glimpse of the kind of new astrophysical information that can only come from gravitational wave detectors," Shoemaker said in a 2016 press release.

ligo mirrorScientists are now hoping to boost their newly minted field of gravitational wave astronomy with more gear.

An upgraded version of the Virgo interferometer in Europe — a similarly giant and L-shaped gravitational wave detector — went online in 2016. Working in concert with LIGO's two detectors, Virgo should help give astronomers a third source of data to observe black hole behavior and, by extension, the inner workings of the universe.

As both instruments advance in the coming years, Kalogera suspects the Virgo-LIGO partnership could detect roughly 100 events per year by 2020, or one every three days, instead of only a few per year.

ligo black hole eventsSome of those could be collisions of incredibly compact neutron stars, which may be detected within 5 years "if they're lucky," says Brandt. (Unlike black holes, such collisions may also be visible to traditional telescopes.)

LIGO may also eventually aid in listening to the parts of the universe that were created shortly after the Big Bang, though Kalogera says the ability to pick out those signals is still a long way off. She likens the early universe to a "distant symphony that all comes together as one sound," while colliding black holes "dominate anything the early universe will have produced."

But there's no doubt that an entirely new era of astronomy has begun — one in which we can encounter events Einstein could only dream of observing.

"LIGO is bringing us a new way to observe some of the darkest yet most energetic events in our universe," deputy director Albert Lazzarini said in a press release.

Sarah Kramer contributed reporting to this post.

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          Physicists are probing the center of our galaxy to find the missing fifth force of nature        

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Our current understanding of the Universe states that it's governed by four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetic, and the strong and weak nuclear forces.

But there are hints of a fifth force of nature, and if it exists, we'd not only be able to fill the remaining holes in Einstein's general relativity — we'd have to rethink our understanding of how the Universe actually works. And now physicists have figured out how to put this mysterious force to the ultimate test.

The four forces of nature are what holds the standard model of physics together, which is what we use to explain and predict the behaviour of particles and matter in our Universe.

At the smallest end of the scale are the two nuclear forces — the strong nuclear force is what holds atomic nuclei in place, and the weak nuclear force enables certain atoms to undergo radioactive decay.

Gravity and the electromagnetic force are on the larger end of the scale — electromagnetic force is needed to keep our molecules together, while gravity is responsible for ensuring that entire galaxies and planets aren't ripped apart.

It's all very neat and sensible, but there's a problem — in a lot of ways, gravity is the 'odd one out' in this very important group.

For one thing, gravity is the last of the four fundamental forces that humans haven't figured out how to produce and control.

It also doesn't appear to explain everything that it should — studies have shown that there's more gravity in our Universe than can be produced by all the visible matter out there.

The entity that we use to explain this gap — a placeholder called dark matter — hasn't exactly helped its case, because even our best technology can't find a trace of it.

there is a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy

Thanks to our inability to figure out what dark matter actually is, some physicists (very controversially) want to ditch gravity as a fundamental force altogether.

But instead of permanently dropping one of the fundamental forces of nature in the hopes that the Universe will make more sense without it, what if we added a fifth force that ties gravity to the others in ways we've never thought of before?

"Einstein's theory describes [gravity] beautifully well, but there's lots of evidence showing the theory has holes," says Andrea Ghez, director of the University of California, Los Angeles Galactic Centre Group.

"The mere existence of supermassive black holes tells us that our current theories of how the Universe works are inadequate to explain what a black hole is."

Ghez and her team are on the hunt for this hypothetical fifth force of nature, and say the best place to look would be somewhere in the Universe where the influence of gravity is so strong, signs of something extra will be easier to detect.

By analysing extremely sharp images of the heart of the Milky Way taken with by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the researchers can track the orbits of stars near our galaxy's supermassive black hole.

Based on these paths, they can measure the direct influence of gravity on the stars' movements, and figure out if something else is at play.

"This is really exciting. [O]ur work on studying stars at the centre of our galaxy is opening up a new method of looking at how gravity works," says Ghez.

"By watching the stars move over 20 years using very precise measurements taken from Keck Observatory data, you can see and put constraints on how gravity works."

The team is particularly interested in an event that's expected to take place next year, when a star called S0-2 will draw closer than ever to our galaxy's supermassive black hole, and be pulled in at maximum gravitational strength.

If there are any deviations from what general relativity predicts, this will be the best time to spot them.

"If gravitation is driven by something other than Einstein's theory of general relativity, you'll see small variations in the orbital paths of the stars," says Ghez.

This isn't the first time that physicists have actively hunted for the fifth force of nature — last year, a separate team detected signs of its influence in the energy signature of what appeared to be a new subatomic particle.

"If true, it's revolutionary," lead researcher Jonathan Feng from the University of California, Irvine, said at the time.

"If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the Universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter."

We're still a long way off figuring out if this force actually exists, but this new technique will be the first time scientists have ever looked for it in a gravitational field as strong as the one created by a supermassive black hole.

And even if we don't end up finding another force of nature at the heart of our galaxy, we'll likely gain a better understanding of gravity itself — something the standard model of physics desperately needs.

"It's exciting that we can do this because we can ask a very fundamental question — how does gravity work?" says Ghez.

Their research has been published in Physical Review Letters.

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          SUPER HERO HOUR HOUR 07/28/17- DARK MATTER        

On this week’s episode of The Super Hero Hour Hour, the Taste Buds focus on the newest episode of Dark Matter! They fight over whether or not Four is a good villain, not minutes after they hand out the Shushie for Villain of the Year! Prometheus, Aida, the Legion of Doom, and the Shadow King all battle it out…

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          SUPER HERO HOUR HOUR 07/21/17- WYNONNA EARP        

After winning back-to-back Shushies, Wynonna Earp takes the hot seat as the Taste Buds discuss this latest episode, Wynonna’s pregnancy, and Melanie Scrofano’s pregnancy. Meanwhile, they discuss new episodes of Dark Matter and Preacher, and give out another Shushie, this one for Best Fight of the Year. Spoiler: Wynonna Earp is nominated. Will it take down three awards in three weeks? Tune in to…

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          SUPER HERO HOUR HOUR 07/07/17- PREACHER        

David is filling in for Mike this week, which is good timing for him, as he gets to help anoint Preacher as the show of the summer. iZombie is over, which means it’s going to be very hard for any of the shows left to take Preacher off of the mountain. Wynonna Earp, Fear of the Walking Dead, and Dark Matter all give it their…

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          SUPER HERO HOUR HOUR 06/30/17- iZOMBIE        

iZombie packs it up for the year, and the Taste Buds try and figure out how successful the season was as a whole, and how well it stuck the landing. They also get excited about the return of Preacher, and review new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, Dark Matter, and Wynonna Earp. They also continue the hottest new summer trend by…

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          SUPER HERO HOUR HOUR 06/23/17- DARK MATTER        

The Taste Buds spend tonight’s episode apologizing for not focusing on Dark Matter last week by focusing on all three episodes of the season so far. Six is doing this, and Four is doing that, so of course there’s a lot to talk about. In other news, new episodes of iZombie, Wynonna Earp, and Fear the Walking Dead came out, and…

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          Strings are too confining        
Okay, so we've been to Mars, say (we know enough) and yeah, the "gods" once walked the Earth - read the second paragraph in the account of The Flood And The Tower Of Babel in the King James version of the New English Bible, the one that goes "In those days, when the sons of the gods had intercourse with the daughters of men, there were giants upon the Earth. Those were the heroes of old.". Then a new paragraph begins to introduce those giants – Noah, Moses, Abraham and all those other long-lived "prophets". (Yeah, the gods have figured out the secret to near immortality, but that didn't necessarily prevent them from being stung to death by scorpions or by succumbing to some other other 'act of God'. That's how Toth died. His crew couldn't get to him soon enough to save him).

There are real archeologically ancient skeletal finds the world over, including America, of a race of humans that averaged twelve feet tall. Some were up to eighteen feet tall. They were normally proportioned for their centre of mass, given gravity. Anyway, if you're interested in learning more, all I can say is look it up. We are all Googlers.

But right now I want to discuss very briefly a new analysis of Dark Matter and Cosmic Background Theory. Scattered elsewhere in this blog are various articles in which I touched on the photon background, and also virtual particles, as in the article about the Casimir effect for example. Apparently virtual particles are always popping in and out of existence out of the cosmic background. To my mind, if superstrings exist, then they must exist there, not in the present reality where material existence is more or less stabilized. But then, I never thought that string theory was viable in any event. In fact, I think that in reality the cosmic background is a matrix of sorts, with an organization of closely packed nodes much like a complex three dimensional weave. So – not strings, but nodes.

When you zoom in to see the smallest sub-atomic particles, we encounter a lot of space between them. In fact, if you scaled the nucleus of an atom up to the size of a golf ball, the outermost electrons would occupy a zone about twelve kilometres away. Similarly, space as a contiguous matrix has a pattern, and the fact that it has a pattern implies that there can, at the highest levels of zoom, be internodal interference which leaks energy that can stabilize and precipitate as cosmic dust, from 'between' those nodes. Not so much space between nodes, but boundaries defining each. Space dust are trapped 'virtual particles', really just energy which has manifest as matter in the only stable dimension in which it is possible to actually exist and be aware of it - ie. this one. That dimension is called reality. Obviously then the cosmic background is not perfect, but that is because of the dynamics of gravitational interactions in our constantly expanding 'firmament'. As virtual particles are constantly being produced, so do nodes continually reproduce, probably of course making that happen. It's all part of the program of continuity for perpetuity. It's a beautiful self-perpetuating cycle.

So, I think that Dark Matter is fresh space dust, not yet accreted into dense volumes by way of gravitic interaction. If we find that our observations suggest that this is happening alarmingly more and more, then one might want to assume that the Universe has stretched as far as it's going to go. Don't. The farther you look out, the more that dust gets in the way, that's all. No need to worry, it's all going to be around for perpetuity.

          THN Rebirth Episode 7: A Bold Old Direction        

Welcome to Episode 7 of the all-new, all-different Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast!!! THN Rebirth is upon us! This week, we discuss the banners within banners of DC’s Dark Matter, DC/WB’s new digital entertainment platform, and the bold old direction of the upcoming Marvel Legacy. Plus, we hop in the Wizard Wayback Machine to relive the […]

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          Scientific American        
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          How to Get Something from Nothing        
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A Universe from Nothing. By Lawrence M. Krauss. Free Press (Simon and Schuster), New York, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-2445-8. 204 pp. Hardcover, $24.99.

There are two voices in Lawrence Krauss’s new book, A Universe from Nothing. One is that of Krauss the science popularizer, carefully leading his readers through the intricacies of modern cosmology. The other is that of Krauss the antitheistic rhetorician, eager to deflate philosophy and theology by denying their ability to make any contribution to “the truly fundamental questions that perplex us about our existence.” I had quite different reactions to these two personas.

Krauss uses the philosophical question of whether “Something can come from Nothing” as a recurring theme in his voyage to the forefront of cosmology. His explanations of the science are first-rate. They constitute most of the book and make it worth reading. However, I was not convinced by his claim that science gives a positive answer to the question of whether Something can come from Nothing. I also found it hard to discern a coherent viewpoint in the (anti) philosophical rhetoric with which he surrounds the science: there were expansive claims on behalf of science but also expressions of a more modest view of its reach.

To start with the rhetoric, most skeptics will share Krauss’s irritation at theologians who seriously propose that we need God as the “first cause” of the universe. As he notes (173), these arguments can be refuted in short order by pointing out that the God of religion is loaded with far more assumed properties than are required for a first cause. After making this point, I think the antitheist’s best bet is to stop talking. If you try to make it seem as if science can answer the big questions that religion claims to address then you will likely end up offering science-inspired speculations that undermine your own skeptical credentials. Krauss starts by shrugging off such inhibitions, offering science as the answer to “deep questions” (xvi, 182). But later in the book he seems to assign it a more limited role.

If you want to apply science to big questions like “can Something come from Nothing?” then, as Krauss makes clear (144), you need a scientific formulation of the question that allows it to be tested by experiment. However, his efforts to define Nothing seem half-hearted; he mostly defines it as “empty space,” which is not noticeably more precise. He also proposes “equal amounts of matter and antimatter” (177) and “space filled with a constant energy density” (103), both of which sound more like Something than Nothing. There are sharper definitions available: the most obvious would be “all the degrees of freedom are in their lowest-energy state (ground state)”; we will return to this below. A more radical definition would be “no degrees of freedom at all,” in which case it would certainly be impossible to get Some­thing from Nothing.

The bulk of the book (its first eight chapters or so) is dominated by the familiar voice of Krauss the science popularizer. Krauss unveils an ex­tremely understandable introduction to modern cosmology. He starts off with dark matter, the unidentified but now almost indisputable extra ingredient whose presence in galaxy clusters has been revealed by the way its gravitational field bends light passing through the cluster from more distant objects. He spends one chapter on the “flatness” of the universe, which can be inferred from the pattern of microwave brightness that we observe in the sky. An apparent detour into quantum mechanics and the energy of “virtual particles” prepares us for more exotic and speculative aspects of cosmology, starting with “dark energy,” a completely mysterious background of uniformly spread-out energy that is posited to explain the recently noticed acceleration of the expansion of the universe. Krauss spends a chapter drawing out the dismal consequences: if the universe continues its accelerating expansion then most of it will disappear from view, leaving future astronomers in a cooling, shrinking prison. More cheerfully, the same ac­celeration process, occurring in a violent burst early in the Big Bang, gives us inflation, an explanation of the flatness of the observed universe. Krauss’s coverage of these topics is both expert and informal. Using a combination of historical anecdotes, down-to-earth examples, and simple diagrams, he manages to communicate both well-established science and cutting-edge research in a way that will be accessible to almost any reader.

In places throughout the book, and in a more sustained way in later chapters, Krauss returns to the question of whether the science that he has de­scribed shows that one can get Some­thing from Nothing. His strongest pronouncement is that theologians and philosophers have “no foundation in science” for their contention that Nothing will always remain Nothing (174). Here Krauss is making an interesting and provocative claim, but I think it is an overstatement. If one uses a natural scientific definition of Nothing, namely “the lowest-energy state of a system,” then it is a simple consequence of Schrödinger’s equation that this state will never evolve into any other state. Krauss suggests that “fluctuations” in the ground state can be the source of Some­thing, but this is really just an artifact of using classical language that obscures the static and unchanging nature of the quantum mechanical ground state. The only way such so-called fluctuations can become real is through the influence of an “environment” consisting of additional degrees of freedom that, through a process called “decoherence,” effectively measure the state of the original system. But decoherence will not occur if the environment is also in its ground state (C. Kiefer and D. Polarski, Advanced Science Letters 2, 164173 [2009]). So, as long as we are in the realm of conventional quantum mechanics, current science supports the theologians: Nothing will always lead to Nothing. Conven­tional quantum mechanics, however, does not include the dynamic flexing of space that we think is an essential aspect of gravity. For that, one would need a theory of quantum gravity. Krauss (as usual being admirably clear about the fact that he is stepping into speculative uncertainty) outlines some ideas that have been suggested about the quantum-gravitational nucleation of “baby universes” and the possible origin of our universe from them.

However, this does not imply that one is getting Something from Noth­ing. As Krauss himself notes (182), theories of quantum gravity may not contain anything corresponding in a straightforward way to our current concepts of Nothing and Something. This leaves one unable to come to any scientific conclusions about questions involving these concepts. At this point, the science of Nothing is overwhelmed by so much ambiguity and speculation that I am not sure how much advantage it has over theology.

It is remarkably enjoyable to read a book and find it full of insightful truths, especially when it is spiced with pro­vocative authorial contentions. I am im­pressed at Krauss’s strong commitment to evidence over prejudice. He always tells the reader how much evidence supports the ideas he is presenting.

His discussion of the anthropic principle is excellent, and it includes the rarely emphasized point that in order for it to be a genuine explanation one needs to know the underlying probability distribution (176). I loved his quotation from Richard Feynman, rejecting the idea that science is a search for ultimate laws of physics (177); I think it shows that Feynman understood that science is not in the business of answering the “big questions.” To quote Krauss himself, “what is really useful is not pondering this question but rather participating in the exciting voyage of discovery ...” (178). In other words, after all the promises of scientific answers to the big questions, the whole question of Something from Nothing turns out to be a nice authorial device for motivating a wide-ranging explanatory tour through modern cosmology. And there’s no question that Krauss is one of the master tour guides, with the rare gift of bringing understanding of science to audiences far beyond the ivory tower of academic research.


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          Darkfallen: Demonic Slime (Futa, Slime Monster and Transformation, oh my!)        
In the darkest reaches of the demonic prison that lays under Sarandin Isle, where demonic essence is at its greatest, the strangest of monsters can be found and formed. While the world above seeks to forget and seal those demons within their hold, none would even suspect to imagine the existence of the demonic slime in those depths.

Captured and held in one such darkest corner, one noble woman who'd come seeking fame and tall tales will learn first hand of a story none would believe, for whence she touches the dark matter dripping through cracks in the wall, it takes on a life and lust of its own, intent on bringing her unimaginable pleasure. The well endowed succubus drawn to the commotion will only aid in the slimes animate desire to mimic and please Victoria in this tale of those confined to the demonic hold.


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Darkfallen: Demonic Slime makes the point of that basic entry-level D&D monsters need love, too. It also let me do something rather different to usual, which is one of the charms to my Darkfallen series, that I wanted to come back to once more.

While one of the charms of the Darkfallen series is an ability to just drop in at any place and not really need to know the other stories in sequence to appreciate them, I did start this one off with a little consideration to padding up the surrounding story, so it begins with giving you a pretty simple glimpse into how this volume's 'protagonist' came to be a part of the demonic prison, and how others have been winding up there in their stead.

Essentially, those beyond Sarandin Isle don't even believe the threats there are as real as they are, and ride out in hunting parties together for potential of fame and glory, which everyone loves. At least the people that wind up as the human captives for lovely stories of demonic corruption and sexual happenings.

This is one such story! And it's a little different. This time, I wanted to play around with a Slime monster, because they're squishy and can change their body entirely, which makes them a lot of fun for filling holes to the limit with and generally doing stuff you could never do in any other way, such as a tongue turning into a throat-fucking phallic tentacle or a succubus' demonic cock popping from between one participant's lips while they're kissing the other, clamping them into the kiss so that they can't help but have their mouth filled with cum.

Slimes are just fun like that! So I got a little carried away enjoying how this one played out in writing. 

Similarly, while I'm not really trying to make Kynthia from previous volumes a centrally key character that recurs constantly, I got thinking while I wrote. The previous two volumes have had futa, so people who've enjoyed those would enjoy more of it in this, and I could work it in easily enough. Practically, she empowered the Slime monster into acting as quickly as it did, and why not? 

It might not always be a thing that I include futa, but I figured for a third installment of a series where it works, it works!

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“Aah! Sto-mngfh?!” The slime slammed into her, splattering around her as if hit by a bucket of gelatine before it wrapped around her body in an encompassing hug that pinned her to the wall. Its mouth immediately covered her own, silencing the protest and filling her mouth with a passionate, invasive kiss.

Its ‘lips’ felt much the same as the small blob had, like soft and warm skin, if all the more wet and tender. Everything around her felt the same, a squishy and gentle embrace that stopped her from struggling. For all she squealed into its mouth and wriggled her limbs, nothing but that soft, malleable ooze that she could not push far through met her protests.

Its eyes – a shocking copy of her own – stared down with a sultry and wanton glower that she would never use in such a way as it suckled on her lips, draining her resistance through that simple embrace. Its tongue curled around hers, roaming and filling her mouth by force as Victoria mewled, squirming helplessly in its gooey embrace that almost had her pinned off her feet.

It felt like that invasive and passionate tongue was everywhere at once, and somehow getting bigger. It was getting bigger, and started to bulge her cheeks out as those eyes bearing down on her twinkled with playful mirth. While content with expanding and roaming around in her mouth and making her cheeks balloon out for a time, it soon deflated and instead directed the tongue forward.

Victoria’s eyes bulged as it slid down her throat, a slender trickle that didn’t agitate her reflex at first, but quickly expanded once it had its hook. Her mewls turned to muffled, spluttering groans as it took on a solidity, girth and shape resembling a cock, and continued pushing downward while squeezing in her lips to hold the squirming woman steady. Even Victoria’s neck expanded as the evolving kiss pushed deeper, silencing her guttural moans until she could do nothing but feel the slime filling her throat and suckling on her lips. 


          19 Women Leading Math and Physics - Facts So Romantic        

Reprinted with permission from Quanta Abstractions

The pipeline of women pursuing mathematics and physics is still dreadfully leaky. Because there are so few women in senior positions, aspiring researchers lack female mentors, perpetuating a sense of not belonging.Clockwise from top left: Suchitra Sebastian, Sylvia Serfaty, Helen Quinn, Maryam Mirzakhani, Janet Conrad, Cynthia Dwork, Janna Levin, Elena Aprile and Miranda Cheng. Credit: Olena Shmahalo / Quanta Magazine

In an interview with Quanta Magazine last fall, the eminent theoretical physicist Helen Quinn recalled her uncertainty, as a Stanford University undergraduate in the 1960s, about whether to pursue a career in physics or become a high school teacher. “There were no women in the faculty at Stanford at that time in the physics department,” Quinn said. “I didn’t see myself there.” Her adviser warned her that “graduate schools are usually reluctant to accept women because they get married and they don’t finish.” (He kindly added that “I don’t think we need to worry about that with you.”)

In the 1970s, the Italian-American dark matter physicist Elena Aprile survived male advisers with a similar unwillingness to tolerate competing demands on her time. “It made me of titanium,” she said of her relationship with her brilliant but demanding mentor.…
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          Dark Matter May Be Trapped in All the Black Holes - Facts So Romantic        

This isn’t the first time scientists have suggested black holes might be dark matter, but we thought the possibility had been decisively ruled out. The resurrection of the idea is but one example of the fertile creativity that follows a new discovery.Photograph by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

When, on February the 11th, 2016, the spokesperson for the Advanced Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observer, or aLIGO, for short, announced the discovery of gravitational waves, I was stunned. For sure, we expected aLIGO to, at some point, give us something interesting, but we thought it would be tentative. We expected that the project would, after a sophisticated and laborious look at months or years of data, show us a weak signal, popping its head feebly above the noise. 

But no, the plots that were shown that fateful day in February were so clear and unambiguous that I didn’t take any convincing. I could see, with my bare eyes, the unmistakable waveform of two large black holes coming together, merging into one and, as it settled down, bleeding gravitational waves into the ambient space time. 

And there was more. The black holes that aLIGO saw weren’t supposed to be…
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          Super Hero Hour Hour 8/7/15        

This week, on a very special episode of the Super Hero Hour Hour, Mike and Ryan discuss the latest episode of Dark Matter. OK, it’s only special if you haven’t been listening for the last seven weeks, but it’s summer, so cut us some slack. Jerk. They also discuss the new Flash castings, and debut…

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          More Advantages to Self-Publishing        
Today my ninth Jack Daniels novel, RUM RUNNER, launches.

Incredibly, I haven't released a solo book since 2010, when SHAKEN came out. Got to say, it feels good. And I'm not done with Jack yet. Which brings me to this blog post.

On this blog, I've written hundreds of thousands of words touting the advantages of self-publishing over traditional publishing. Keeping your rights, higher ebook royalties, and having control over pricing, presentation, and content are the three biggest reasons.

Here come a few more.

Crossovers. I really enjoy it when intellectual properties visit each other's universes. Back when Who Framed Roger Rabbit? came out, I was giddy with joy during the Donald Duck/Daffy Duck piano duel. One of the first comic books I ever bought was Superman Vs. the Amazing Spider-Man. Sonic and Mario in the same game? Sign me up. Mulder and Scully from The X-Files on The Simpsons? Fangasm!

So naturally I've been a huge proponent of crossovers in my own fictional worlds. My thriller HAUNTED HOUSE combined characters from ORIGIN, THE LIST, AFRAIDTRAPPED, and ENDURANCE. When I developed my Kindle World, I had the opportunity to work with F. Paul Wilson again, and his character Repairman Jack got to brawl with, and sleep with, Chandler from the eponymous series I created with Ann Voss Peterson in our short novel FIX. Blake Crouch's villain Luther Kite figures prominently in STIRRED, and in my upcoming novel LAST CALL.

And yes, that's a link. After years of pushing back the release date, you can finally pre-order LAST CALL.

My characters often show up in Ann Voss Peterson's Val Ryker series, and I've done crossover novels with Iain Rob Wright and Jude Hardin, and have co-written too many short stories to count.

Legacy publisher aren't big on crossovers. Rights are tricky. While some crossovers do exist, publishers looking to build an author's brand seem to want to focus on that author and that brand, rather than split time and profits with another author or publisher. The non-compete and first option clauses that are still boilerplate in legacy contracts also make a crossovers difficult or impossible.

If you want to share universes, going indie is the easier way to do it.

Especially if you want to attempt what I just did, and write three stories that crossover with each other and take place during the same 48 hour time period. More on that in a moment.

Novellas. In a paper world, books have to be a certain length. In a digital world, they don't. So a twenty-thousand word story that is too long for magazines and too short for a print book has no barrier to entry.

WATCHED TOO LONG by Ann Voss Peterson and yours truly, is only 20k words. And it takes place in Ann's Val Ryker universe, but follows a side story that occurs in RUM RUNNER.

So you can (and should) read RUM RUNNER, then read WATCHED TOO LONG to see what happened to Jack's daughter, Samantha, when Jack asked Val Ryker to babysit.

Release Dates. WATCHED TOO LONG comes out today. And in two weeks, WEBCAM by my horror pen name, Jack Kilborn, will be released. You can pre-order it. Releasing three novels (LAST CALL comes out May 25) and a novella within two months is something much easier to do as an indie than if you were with a publisher. Publishers usually won't release more than one title a year. And release two titles on the same day? Unheard of.

WEBCAM also crosses over with RUM RUNNER and WATCHED TOO LONG. The hero, a cop named Tom Mankowski (HAUNTED HOUSE, THE LIST) winds up in Jack's novel, and she winds up in his.

While each of these stories can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, part of the fun of writing them was hoping readers would explore all three, to see where and how they crossover. But there aren't any spoilers of cliffhangers, so if you only want to read one or two, it isn't necessary to read all three.

I had a ball doing this, and I hope it shows in the writing. Being able to release four connected stories, one a collaboration, in such a short period of time, is something that I couldn't ever do when I had legacy contracts. Plus I keep my rights, make better royalties, and have final say over cover art, price, and design.

I'll be releasing paper versions of these shortly. And for the first time, I'll be self-pubbing the audio versions. The guy reading is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, going back to 1986 when I bought his first album. On cassette,which dates both of us. To be able to work with him is surreal, in the best way possible. I've spent endless hours singing his songs, and now he's reading my books. Fangasm.

Now some Q & A with myself.

Q: So, just to be clear, today we can buy RUM RUNNER and WATCHED TOO LONG, and we can also pre-order WEBCAM, which comes out on April 15 (as if taxes aren't scary enough) and the long- awaited LAST CALL, which comes out on May 25.

A: That is correct. I urge every single person reading this to buy these books, and gift copies to everyone they know. Is that too much to ask?

Q: Is Blake Crouch writing LAST CALL with you?

A: He is not. Blake has two TV series currently in production, and will be spending the summer touring with his excellent new thriller, DARK MATTER. If you see him on one of his many stops, give him a sloppy kiss from me.

Q: So does LAST CALL have Luther Kite in it?

A: It does. Blake has given me permission to use his characters Luther and Lucy (from SERIAL KILLERS UNCUT).

Q: Why are you releasing so many titles in such a short time frame?

A: Because I can. And because I'm curious how it will work out. For decades, publishers have insisted on the "one book per year" route for most authors. The justification for this varies. Some say that too many new titles too quickly forces them to compete with each other and results in lost sales. Some say the windowing of hardbacks to paperbacks requires a full year, in order to suck the high cost of hardcovers out of as many fans as possible. Then the cheaper paperback (supposedly) pimps the newest hardcover release. Some say it is because publishing takes so damn long (often 18 months after the contract is signed before the book hits the stores) and publisher's schedules are so booked they can't possibly squeeze any more releases in.

I think this is all bullshit. When I like an author, I want to read as much as I can by that author. I believe many readers share my sentiment. So releasing four titles in 60 days will be an interesting experiment that has the potential to show if I'm correct or not.

Q: Who is the mystery rock star reading your book?

A: We haven't made the announcement yet. But he's been a professional musician since the 1970s, and has released over a dozen albums. Also, the plan is for me to do the voice of Harry McGlade on these four titles.

Q: Do these books be have to be read in any special order?

A: No. Even though they interconnect, they're all standalones. The real challenge was to make sure that reading one didn't spoil the others, and to make sure the characters had good reasons for being in each other's stories.

That said, if you insist on doing things chronologically, here's the order I suggest: RUM RUNNER, WATCHED TOO LONG, WEBCAM, LAST CALL.

Q: Will you be doing more Jack Daniels novels?

A: Yes. I'm also going to do sequels to THE LIST and ORIGIN, and finish the TIMECASTER trilogy.

Q: I notice RUM RUNNER is $4.99, and LAST CALL is $5.99? Are you raising prices?

A: Yes. Next week, all of my novels are going to be changed to five or six bucks. I have a few reasons for this, which I'm happy to discuss.

When I first started doing this self-pub thing, I had no idea it would wind up being my main source of income. Back then, I priced ebooks at 99 cents because free wasn't an option. It was only when I started making serious money that I considered self-publishing as a career, rather than as a form of self-promotion.

I raised priced to $2.99 when Amazon switched to 70% royalties. Then I kicked it up to $3.99 and have been there since.

But Kindle Unlimited is changing the game. As more and more readers move to the subscription model, ebook sales are dropping. This is purely anecdotal, so I don't know if it's a widespread thing. I also don't know if the drop in sales directly corresponds with a rise in KENP royalties. My KDP income is down about 25% from last year, but that could be attributed to me not releasing a solo book in so long. Will raising ebook prices help counter that drop? Only way to know is to try.

Amazon has a Beta service called KDP Pricing Support, which recommends the sweet spot for ebook prices to maximize income. I don't know if this recommendation takes KENP into account, but it suggests $5.49 for genre ebook novels.

Also, I'm watching how Amazon is pricing their imprint titles, and seeing $5.99 - $7.99. Amazon is all about data and algorithms. Unlike the Big 5, which prices ebooks high to protect their paper oligopoly, Amazon's incentive is divided. They no doubt want to make a profit, but they also are fine with postponing profits to grow their customer base. But if Amazon truly wanted to incentivize Kindle ereader sales they'd make every A-Pub book 99 cents. Or free. Or even $3.99, as I'm currently doing.

But they seem pretty consistent with six to eight dollars for their newer releases. I can't help but feel that they know something I don't. So I'll give it a shot.

If you haven't picked up my series yet, now is the time. The first eight books are either free or under two bucks each for a limited time. Grab them before I jack up the prices.

And thanks for reading. I'd love to hear in the comments from authors who experiment with pricing, and/or with crossovers.
          Master Margherita – 280908 Mix        
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          Cuccio Out Of This World Nail Polish Collection 2016 - Big Bang Theory (6180) 13ML        
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          Cuccio Out Of This World Nail Polish Collection 2016 - Alien Nation (6183) 13ML        
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          Cuccio Out Of This World Veneer UV/LED Polish Match Maker Sets - Big Bang Theory x2 13ml        
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          Check out 'Magic & Bird'        
If you like rap, check out the just-released collaboration of Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed, Magic & Bird. I've liked Mineo a lot for a while now. This is an interesting release.

It's one of two new LPs from favorite artists released this past week. The other is Randy Newman's Dark Matter.

The perspectives of Newman, on the one hand, and these two rappers (pictured below) couldn't be more different, in some ways. Newman is an atheist. Mineo and Wordsplayed are Christians. I pray for Newman and enjoy (most of) his music. I pray for these two rappers that God will continue to inspire them, embolden them, and help them to continue as humble servant/artists.

To find Magic & Bird, look here.


[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]



          She Chose Me by Randy Newman        
Randy Newman's first new LP in nine years, Dark Matter, was released today.

It starts out unevenly. The first track mines the old Christian faith versus science meme to an absurd end. (It's a false dichotomy.) The second track looks at Jack and Bobby Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in a strange, incomprehensible way.

But the remaining seven tracks are strong.

This song is the next-to-last one on the LP. For once, the satirizing Newman takes his tongue out of his cheek and presents a beautiful ballad. Any man who's ever been suprised by a special woman choosing them will identify.



[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]



          Putin by Randy Newman        
Before Randy Newman spent most of his time composing music for movies (Toy Story) and television shows (the theme for Monk), following the family trade, he was a brilliant solo recording artist whose lyrics satirized the insanities he saw around him.

His LP, Sail Away, from 1972, remains one of my favorites. (It includes a song used in the Norman Lear-Bud Yorkin film, Cold Turkey, which starred Dick Van Dyke and Bob Newhart.)

Happily, Newman has been back in the studio. Two tracks from Dark Matter, a new LP which comes out on Friday, have been released.

One of them is Putin, a hilarious and brutally honest send-up of the thuggish and pretentious Vladimir Putin. Like all dictators--a description which may be too charitable to Putin, since he's more like a mafiosi--Putin is increasingly a parody of himself, which may make him all too easy a target for Newman. But this song is delicious.

[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]



          well, i hear what you are        

In reply to the fact that you believe

well, i hear what you are saying and while it is still more of a commentary about ‘emile’ and ‘what’s wrong with emile's behaviour’, you seem to be getting a bit more into the philosophical side of thing, which, instead of ‘debating the issues’ [trying to understand the issues] raises the stakes to ‘debating debating the issues’ [trying to understand the process of trying to understand the issues, where the issues are with our manner of investigating the issues].

the reason that i write in this anarchist forum is that this is one of the places that people come to when they are convinced that authoritarian systems of organization are dysfunctional and they reject them. this gives me more in common with the people that ‘come here’ than in regular discussion forums that identify ‘the issues’ as coming from ‘the politics’ within an authoritarian framework [where the authoritarian mode of organization itself goes unquestioned].

in this forum, the ‘scope of inquiry’ transcends ‘politics’ and includes the organizational framework that ‘politics’ is housed in. my view is that ‘the scope of inquiry’ needs to be jacked up another level still, to inquire into how we go about inquiring into things. this brings us into the level where we review our assumptions about space and time and habitat-inhabitant relations and those things which were closely examined a century ago by mach, poincaré and nietzsche etc. whose work never ‘caught on’ because it was ‘out-voiced’ by the ‘realist’ view [as contrasted with pragmatist-idealist view], which sees everything in terms of ‘is’ or ‘is not’ [something ‘exists’ or it does not ‘exist’]. Mach, Poincaré, Nietzsche and others pointed out that this view totally bypasses ‘us’, ‘the observer’ and taking account of our ‘sensory perceptions’ by which we come by our view of ‘things out there’ and ‘the world out there’. this is not to say that such ‘world out there’, ‘is’-or-‘is not’ views are not ‘useful’ but instead that they are innately INCOMPLETE, and that a ‘realistic’ worldview would have to include the observer within the world that he is observing, rather than making the subject-object split or the ‘inhabitant-habitat split’, as is the ‘norm’ for our authoritarian culture.

you are evidently in the ‘is’ or ‘is not’ camp, since you say;

“Ho boy, emile... have you heard of STMs? Scanning Tunneling Microscopes routinely image individual atoms. They exist. They can even be manipulated discretely. Now there are theories about what comprises atoms, but to claim that the existence of atoms is an ideological debate... that's quite a stretch.

what is this word ‘they’? isn’t nature a dynamic unity? what does ‘exist’ mean? Nietzsche made the perfectly valid point, as did Mach, that the objects of sight and touch, while they are ‘things we consider in themselves’, are not ‘things-in-themselves’, but we use language and aristotelian logic [EITHER ‘is’ OR ‘is not’] to synthetically concretize them into ‘things that exist’. the tornado is an object of sight and touch that we commonly SPEAK OF as a ‘thing-in-itself’ but in terms of its habitat-inhabitant relationship in the atmospheric flow, there is no boundary which physically separates the ‘is’ realm of the inhabitant from the ‘is not’ realm of habitat?

we say that the tornado ‘grows’; i.e. it starts off spindly and can grow to a thick column. does the atmosphere shrink or does its level rise to accommodate the tornado’s growth? or are we merely looking at ‘appearances’ [transformation of the medium] instead of ‘existences’; i.e. at ‘schaumkommen’ as Schrödinger says.

most people in our culture are taught that ‘the tornado exists’ as a ‘thing-in-itself’. they are taught ‘realism’ rather than ‘pragmatist idealism’. if we taught our children ‘pragmatist idealism’, we would caution them, the persisting forms we call ‘things’ do not really ‘exist’ as 'things-in-themselves' since everything is in flux, but it is useful to treat the objects of sight and touch as if they ‘existed’ as ‘things-in-themselves’ and to construct models that help us, to a point, understand ‘the way the world works’, but we mustn’t forget that this idea of ‘thing-in-itself-existence’ and ‘identity-that-persists’ is just a ‘useful notion’ and can’t be pushed too far. these mental models based on ‘things in themselves’ do influence our individual and collective behaviour, and do reflect on our own personal sense-of-self so we need to be careful with how we use them.

for example, erich jantsch (austrian physicist) identified three basic co-inclusive levels from simpler to more complex [one can derive level one from level 2 and levels 1 and 2 from level 3] that we can use in thinking about the animative sourcing in the world; (1) things that exist that move about in a vacuum [we see ourselves as a self-contained powerboaters], (2) things/inhabitants within an environmental medium/habitat that our actions push off from or are ‘relative to’ [we see ourselves as sailboaters in turbulence], (3) an evolutionary field that not only inhabits the material forms that come and go within it, but creates them [we see ourselves as ‘field effects’ that gather material together so as to give us material form and make us objects of sight and touch].

the familiar ‘nature or nurture’ debate comes up in level two where the animative sourcing [of development and behaviour of the inhabitant] can come either from the inhabitant or from the habitat, an innately unsolvable dilemma that disappears at level three because the split between habitat and inhabitant disappears [at jantsch’s level three they are conjugate aspects of one dynamic].

level (3) is also where emerson’s ‘method of nature’ is, and people who thought like emerson and who had their own ‘evolutionary theory’ contemporary with darwin's rise to the top of the pops were called ‘transcendentalists’, referring to their belief in an animative sourcing field that was ‘beyond matter’. if emerson were a physicist, he would be in the same level (3) camp as mach, and these physicists are referred to as ‘relational theorists’ or 'relationists'

now, science obviously has ‘politics’ in it, as the battle between planck et al and mach et al make clear, and political battles are settled by which of the mutually contradicting views rallies the most people to its support [as in AGW etc.], so ‘realism’, the viewpoint that you express when you say ‘atoms are real’, is currently ‘in power’ [is 'most popular'], and the ‘relational theorizing’ of 'pragmatist idealists', is ‘out of vogue’.

there is an obvious effect on our individual and collective behaviour and sense-of-self depending on which of these ‘levels’ of viewing/modeling we take to be ‘true’ or at least as our choice for the foundation for our understanding of ‘how things work’.

(a) the neuroscientist would like to explain the individual human in powerboater terms, as if he had all the equipment onboard to completely explain his drive and direction (his animative sourcing).

(b) the evolutionary scientist such as darwin, would like to explain evolution in terms of ‘the evolution of the thing’, as in the powerboater model, while lamarck, nietzsche, emerson, see ‘evolution’ as a basic animative sourcing that permeates the universe and does not split into an 'organic version of evolution' and an 'inorganic version of evolution'. their modeling is at different levels.

(c) both the mainstream scientists and the authoritarian politician [99% of politicians], would like to explain organization in terms of ‘what things do’, as if the ‘doing’ transpired within a fixed reference frame and any and all actions were due to ‘things doing stuff’ [space is a non-participant in this view; i.e. the split between habitat and inhabitant is absolute and the habitat is viewed as passive].

summary; if one believes that ‘atoms are real’, one believes in the ‘existence’ of ‘things-in-themselves’, and therefore in the absolute ‘habitat’ – ‘inhabitant’ split. this leads one to believe that organization of the inhabitants (as in ‘community’) must be driven from out of the knowledge, intellect and purpose of the individual inhabitants. authoritarianism follows quickly from there. this is how it developed, from the notion that organization derives from ‘common purpose’. a group of people believing that will enunciate their ‘common purpose’ though a ‘common mouthpiece’. the ‘common mouthpiece’ is called ‘the leader’ in western cultural approaches to organizing the collective. due to difference in what is deemed to be ‘the common purpose’, debates will be held and the prospective leader that captures the ‘common purpose’ that captures more votes than any other will be installed as ‘the common purpose’ and everyone will not only be expected to ‘fall in line’ but the police and regulatory bodies and the legislative and court/justice processes will all be there to ‘enforce the common purpose’.

on the other hand, if one believes that ‘atoms’ are ‘ripples in the deeper substrate of an all permeating field or ‘spatial-plenum’, and that ‘atoms’, while objects of sight and touch, are an ‘idealization’ like ‘hurricanes’ [tornadoes, convection cells], and also that this is a useful language game that we play [that is limited in its ability to explain physical phenomena], one is a ‘pragmatist idealist’ or a ‘relational theorist’ or a ‘transcendentalist’ and viewed kind of like a ‘heretic’ since science and society is predominantly ‘realist’ and believes in 'absolutes' and thus 'absolute truths' as in 'is' or 'is not'.

but, if one were to renounce one’s ‘realism’ in favour of ‘pragmatist idealist’, the ‘realness’ of the doer-deed world view that sets up authoritarianism would melt into a liquefied background of field/flow. the dynamic forms of sight and touch, the inhabitants, would now to be ripple-structures in the energy-charged field-flow aka habitat-and-inhabitants-all-in-one [spatial-plenum] and the crutch of the absolutizing ‘reference frame’ that keeps the observer outside of the world he is looking into, is no longer needed.

in this ‘relational’ view, we no longer have to depend on the notion of ‘common purpose’ for the animative source of organized behaviour. organization of collectives can then in general be understood as having a spatial-relationally animative sourcing. migrations of birds, fish and animals no longer have to be understood as coming from animative sourcing in the animals themselves, as a ‘purpose in common’. instead, nature drops a trail of crumbs that the reindeer follow [lichen exposures], the warmth of the sun’s rays combined with climate/winds shines a spotlight on the snowcover that exposes/nurtures lichens and creates the trail of crumbs. the reindeer follow the trail of crumbs, a outside-inward orchestrating biochemical influence, if you like. but the realist-scientist is determined to discover an animative source of migratory behaviour in the interior of the animal, because that is his model; absolute separation between habitat and inhabitant and the inhabitant is seen as a thing-in-itself powerboater with all the inboard equipment necessary to explain his behaviour in an inside-outward asserting fashion. for years the realist scientist has been searching for celestial navigation equipment inside of migratory animals, all because of his starting assumption-model, which constrains him to put the animative sourcing of behaviour fully and solely inboard in the powerboating animal. he could take a leaf out of the book of migratory workers who move in phase with the seasons as they pick fruit and vegetables. the migratory habits of these workers are not driven inside-outward by their knowledge, intellection and purpose, they follow the trail of meal-tickets, and it matters least whether the trail of crumbs has them heading north or south in winter or summer.

our modeling assumptions shape our individual and collective behaviour. an understanding of where our systems of governance/organization originate can be found by examining our modeling assumptions.

mach’s relational theorizing was never ‘proved wrong’, it was overtaken by the politics of the scientific community [which is now scrambling for ‘fixes’ such as ‘invisible dark matter’ that influences behaviour and ‘epigenetics’ where ‘signals from the environment’ somehow 'reach inside of cells from the outside' and tell the inside-outward asserting agents of genesis what to do next].


          Quantum fields        

Some say everything is made of atoms, but this is far from true. Light, radio, and other radiations aren't made of atoms. Protons, neutrons, and electrons aren't made of atoms, although atoms are made of them. Most importantly, 95% of the universe's energy comes in the form of dark matter and dark energy, and these aren't made of atoms. The central message of our most fundamental physical theory, namely quantum physics, is that everything is made of quantized fields.

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          Dark Matter        
Dark Matter
author: Blake Crouch
name: JennRenee
average rating: 4.09
book published: 2016
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/22
date added: 2017/05/24
shelves: bea, 2017-spring, arc-read
review:


          Episode 831 - Randy Newman        

Marc believes - and many agree with him - that Randy Newman is an American genius. One person who's not so sure is Randy himself who, after half a century as a recording artist, 13 solo albums, 23 soundtracks, six Grammys, two Oscars and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tells Marc he still doesn't think he's done enough. They talk about Randy's early albums, his struggles with songwriting, his film scores, his latest album Dark Matter and his legacy in American music. This episode is sponsored by HBO's Room 104, ZipRecruiter and Dr. Katz: The Audio Files on Audible Channels.


          IceCube sets new best limits for dark matter searches in neutrino detectors        
IceCube has proven to be a champion detector for indirect searches of dark matter using neutrinos. In the most recent study, the collaboration sets the best limits on a neutrino signal from dark matter particles with masses between 10 and 100 GeV. These results have recently been submitted to the European Physical Journal C.
          Check out GLAAD's guide to LGBTQ-inclusive programming at Comic-Con 2017!        

Each year, Comic-Con International: San Diego brings together comic book, film, and television fans together with creators and celebrities to engage with each other and discuss their favorite content in an assortment of panels, screenings, and workshops. This year’s programming schedule features an assortment of panels centered on issues of representation in comics and other forms of media, presentations from LGBTQ-inclusive shows, and conversations with LGBTQ creators.

Don't miss GLAAD's own Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media & Representation, who will be on Thursday's "LGBTQ Geek Year in Review" panel talking about some of the biggest queer entertainment stories of the last year. Also on Thursday, Megan Townsend, GLAAD's Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, will be part of the "It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters" panel.

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter to hear more from their panels! Below, check out this year’s schedule of LGBTQ-inclusive programming at SDCC (descriptions taken from the official programming guide):

Thursday, July 20

Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives from behind the scenes of your favorite franchises. African American, veteran, LGBTQ, and female creatives discuss diversity of background and thought. Learn how obstacles overcome, stereotypes broken, and glass ceilings shattered have fueled creative magic! Panelists to include Dan Evans (VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), Rebekah Ganiere (author, Dead Awakenings), Alison Haislip (actor, host, gamer), Mark O'Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal), and Morgan Romine (director of initiatives, anykey.org).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

Anything Goes With John Barrowman

Join actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) for his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Stitchers

What if there were a way to insert a living consciousness into a dead person's memories to find out their cause of death? The Freeform original series Stitchers follows Kirsten Clark, a highly intelligent and persistent computer science student with the ability to hack into the minds of the recently deceased. Recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the memories of the dead, Kirsten and the Stitchers team investigate murders and solve mysteries. Moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook, this panel will include executive producer Jeff Schechter with series stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Damon Dayoub. See an exclusive clip from the next week's episode!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics

Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Star Trek: Waypoint), Susana Polo (Polygon), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Silk), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge Comics), Cait Brennan (Debutante), and Rose Knight (Women Write About Comics) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Room 32AB

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017

Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 11

The Pitching Hour

Patrick Schumacker (producer, Powerless), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke (executive producer, Sequestered), Grace Ellis (writer, Lumberjanes, Moonstruck), a surprise guest or four, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP television, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adopt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, panelists will offer a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Shadowhunters

In the summer season of Shadowhunters, the rift between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders grows larger and the team and their Downworlder friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave's rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian has joined the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows. Moderated by IGN.com's Matt Fowler, panelists include executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings, with series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Freeform will show an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode and give new information on season 3.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SYFY Hosts The Great Debate

What superfan doesn't love a good debate? Star Destroyer or Enterprise? Who was the best Batman? Have video games eclipsed movies and TV? John Hodgman (actor, writer, Internet judge) leads the ultimate debate, featuring panelists Adam Savage(former co-host, MythBusters), Orlando Jones (American Gods), Aisha Tyler (Archer), John Barrowman (Arrow), and Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky). Join in as they share their thoughts, feelings, and theories on the genre's most influential moments, milestones, and people. Before you leave, you'll get a chance to voice your opinion and help crown science fiction's best moments of all time.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm 
Ballroom 20

Editing Comics

What does an editor do? What goes into editing a book? This program is a discussion of how professional editors from the industry's most prestigious publishers work with authors to make awesome comics and graphic novels as well as what else goes into an editor's job. This program is for people interested in the behind the scenes of publishing as well as for aspiring and young writers and artists. With Robin Herrera(Oni Press), Cassandra Pelham (Scholastic), Mark Siegel (First Second Books), and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios). Moderated by Christopher Butcher (TCAF).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 4

Creating Kickass Comics Characters

Creators Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Sensation Comics's Wonder Woman), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), and the legendary Trina Robbins(Vampirella, Wonder Woman) discuss their processes for developing memorable characters, updating classics, and creating new ones. This panel will analyze some favorite and not-so-favorite character makeovers and highlight some new badass ones.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 28DE

Diversity in Comics: A Librarian's Perspective

We often hear about the importance of diversity in comics from the point of view of creators, but what about the librarians who provide access to the comics? How do library professionals face diversity and inclusion-or the lack thereof-in their comic collection development and programming? How can libraries better support the movement for more diverse and inclusive comics? With panelists Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), Lalitha Nataraj(Escondido Public Library), and Lisa Valdez (Pierce Community College).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Teen Wolf

Just before the series is set to end its historic run on MTV, this panel will take a look back at where it all began. Teen Wolf cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce about how the show got started, talk through the challenges that shaped it as it grew into a beloved series, and tease the epic moments that will close out a six-year saga. Expect series regulars, surprise guests, and one last chance to say goodbye to a TV show that defied expectations at every turn.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hall H

Van Helsing Season 2

Premiering exclusive footage from the highly anticipated new season of SYFY's Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Aleks Paunovic (Continuum, iZombie), and Rukiya Bernard will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producer Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories

Poignant stories often come from a place of truth, but once you've lived through something, how do you turn it into a piece of art that you can share with the wider world? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) aims to find out with panelists Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Eduardo Risso (Dark Night: A True Batman Story), Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life), Lewis Trondheim(Poppies of Iraq), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), and Tillie Walden (I Love This Part).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

NBC’s Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration

NBC's Timeless traveled back in time to make the unbelievable happen. It became the first show ever to be canceled and renewed after only three days-all thanks to tremendous fan support! Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), and Goran ViÅ¡njić (ER, Extant), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) for a Q&A session and fan celebration moderated by USA Today' s Brian Truitt. The cast will take a look back at their favorite moments from season 1 and answer burning fan questions on unsolved mysteries. Timeless is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, MiddKid Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Davis Entertainment and will return to NBC in 2018.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Room 6BCF

The Strain Screening and Q&A

The world has gone dark in the wake of a nuclear explosion and strigoi are in control. Do these heroes have what it takes to save humankind? The Strain, FX's action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season. Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and then join showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse, executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Ballroom 20

Legion Screening and Q&A

Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeband series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin,Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion .

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Ballroom 20

Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre

The Black LGBTQ experience has brought unique and significant intersectional perspectives to our society and popular media: Black Lives Matter was founded by three black queer women; Black LGBT authors Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany created legendary works; bisexual writer Roxane Gay brought Marvel's Black Panther to deep critical acclaim; and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA VP, Tor.com co-creator) and panelists Viktor Kerney (Prism board member, GayMediaSoWhite creator), Ajuan Mance (8-rock.com), Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con), Monica Roberts (TransGriot, National Transgender Advocacy Coaltion), William O. Tyler a.k.a. WOT (Queerbait), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC) as they discuss the power of the Black LGBTQ experience and its positive effect not only on popular media but on society and the world at large.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years

The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin's Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire, FHM, Geek Magazine), along with Access Hollywood' s Scott Mantz, look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery, the future of the movie franchise, and why we need Trek today more than ever.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Room 25ABC

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds

The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Room 9

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review

The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes Diane Anderson-Minshall (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), Nick Adams (director of programs, GLAAD's Transgender Media), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), Amber Garza (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen.com, Autostraddle.com), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Room 28DE

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium

The Women in Comics Collective (WinC, pronounced "Wink") is an international organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is made up of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. Focusing on female and racial representation in comics, fandom, and the industry, panelists include moderator Regine L. Sawyer(writer, publisher, WinC founder), Jewels Smith ([H]afrocentric writer and creator, activist), Vanee Smith-Matsalia (writer, educator), Jay Justice (cosplayer, activist), Alice Meichi Li (comic book artist, illustrator), Leen Isabel (cosplayer, artist, creator of Pole Dancing Adventures), Jazmine Joyner (comic book store owner), and Jules Rivera (comic book artist).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Room 32AB

Marvel Television: Marvel’s Inhumans

The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel's Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Ballroom 20

Publishers Weekly: Selling Comics to a Diverse Audience

It's no secret that the audience for comics has become far more diverse over the last decade. As more children, women, people of color, and queer readers discover comics-and more work is created for these audiences-reaching out on a retail level is even more important. PW senior editor Calvin Reid talks with comics retailers and booksellers about expanding the readership and standing up for representation and what works and what doesn't. With Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling), Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends

Room 23ABC

With a nonstop string of breakout hits including Space Riders, BLACK, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Young Terrorists, Jade Street Protection Services, The Dregs, Godkiller, We Can Never Go Home, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim, and its most recent smash CALEXIT,Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, CALEXIT) and the creators of Kim & Kim Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre;creators of BLACK Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3; creators of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss; and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Room 29AB

It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters

Joshua Yehl (IGN Comics) brings It Gets Geekier back to discuss the importance of including LGBT+ characters in comic books, TV shows, and movies. Host Bryan Pittard (Flame On! Podcast) will lead the talk including Sina Grace (Iceman), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Megan Townsend (GLAAD), Marc Andreyko (Love is Love) and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Room 24ABC

Friday, July 21

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

The Black Panel

The Black Panel is 20 years old. A new era begins with an unprecedented event. Panelists for the year’s 20th-anniversary forum will not be announced in advance. If you’ve never been to Michael Davis’s Black Panel, you wouldn’t know some of the biggest names in media have graced its stage. Who’s been chosen for this 20th-anniversary celebration? Non-ya. Don't get that? Here's a clue: Non-ya is a response, not a rapper.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am 
Room 5AB

Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation

Panelists examine the history and trajectory of women working inside feature and TV animation to bring to light some great hidden figures in our past. These inspiring women have shown invention and creativity and are expanding the industry. Scheduled to appear are Marge Dean (co-president, WIA; supervising producer, SuperMansion), Mindy Johnson (film historian; author, Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), Victoria Ying (visual development, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), Shadi Petosky (writer/producer, Danger & Eggs; founder, Puny Studios), Julia Vickerman (writer, The Powerpuff Girls; director, RAD Lands, Twelve Forever), and Elaine Bogan (director, Trollhunters, Dragons: Race to the Edge). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (CinemaSiren.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 23ABC

Comics Arts Conference #5: Lassoing the Truth: Marston versus Wertham in the Wonder Woman War

Psychologist William Moulton Marston created the world's most famous female superhero. Using outdated examples and falsified evidence, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham attacked both Wonder Woman and the deceased Marston in his book Seduction of the Innocent. Doctors Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) call together a panel of experts to examine how one crusader's fight with a ghost affected both comics and comics studies: Phil Jimenez(Wonder Woman), Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman), Danny Fingeroth(Superman on the Couch), Alan Kistler (comics historian), and Mike Madrid (The Supergirls), with special guest Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network and Family Museum). Be a sensation, not sensationalistic!

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am 
Room 26AB

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That's right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They've got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diversity in Comics

Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash), Elena Salcedo (editor-in-chief, Top Cow Productions), Joe Illidge (senior editorial manager, Lion Forge), Ani-Mia (international cosplayer), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner's Fathom), Hannibal Tabu (CBR's The Buy Pile), Marcus To (Joyride, Red Robin), and Khary Randolph (Mosaic, The Amazing Spider-Man) discuss the shifting landscape of diversity in modern comics. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Room 9

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead

Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Hall H

DC Universe Rebirth

DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Room 6DE

What Rebellions Are Built On: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Political Engagement

As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries), culture and politics have never felt so . . . pop culturian. But stories have always been political and fandom has, too. Today, themes of hope and resistance in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving not just as moral guides but as inspiration for plans of political action. Hear from geeks making activism their superpower as they wield nerd enthusiasms like the Force, hacking popular culture for social justice, civic activism, and participatory politics, including through anti-bullying initiatives, advocacy, and charity. Moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) will talk with Robyn Jordan(Black Girls Create), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin), Josh Siegel (Geeks Out), Fox Smith(Super Heroines, Etc.), Amber Garza (Sequential Rights, Geeks Out), and Maddy VonHoff (ONE Campaign, GeekGirlCon) about how memes, cosplay, and performance challenge stereotypes and raise consciousness around identity politics, rebellions being built on favorite fandoms (and, of course, hope).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 25ABC

AMC’s The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what's to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Hall H

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett

Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, "What a weird panel description," then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Room 28DE

The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels

From the sacred Saturday morning rituals of yesteryear to today’s storytelling masterpieces, cartoons and animation bring the imagination to life. The animation industry is full of vibrant professionals working together across creative disciplines to tell exciting stories that readers will cherish for years. Animation Invasion podcast host Adron Buske talks with a of group of animation pros about their jobs, the collaborative process, and the joys and challenges of the animation industry. Featuring guest speakers including digital artist from DreamWorks Mike Collins (The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Adventure Time), illustrator and character designer Andrea Fernandez (co-founder, Alkemy Studios), animator and storyboard artist Marie Lum (Cartoon Network, Craig of the Creek), Shadi Petosky (showrunner, Danger & Eggs), and writer Rachel Vine (Rainbow Brite, DuckTales).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones began its seventh season on July 16. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The panel will be moderated by a special Westerosian guest.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hall H

The Female Voices of Film Twitter

Coming off of a TEDx Talk where she discussed the future of women in film, Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone is taking to the Horton Grand stage to celebrate the launch of her new book, Backwards and in Heels. Joining Malone will be some of today's best and brightest female film journalists to provide advice for both aspiring journalists and filmmakers seeking to break into this industry. They will also discuss how to empower more women to tell their stories and the importance of the female voice in film coverage and social media. Panelists include Jacqueline Coley (Black Girl Nerds), Angie Han (Mashable), Aisha Harris (Slate), Rachel Heine (Nerdist), Amy Nicholson (MTV, The Canon Podcast), Melissa Silverstein (Women and Hollywood), and Jen Yamato (LA Times).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Horton Grand Theatre

DC'S Dark Nights: METAL and Dark Matter

The team behind Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about DC's hottest event! They are joined by Dark Matter contributors Steve Orlando, Philip Tan, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and others in this revealing session.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm 
Room 6DE

Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and…)

Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the real-life bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. Aguiar (YouTube's TheNotAdam, NotAdamAndSteve.com), Lynnette McFadzen (BiNet USA), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC). Last year, BleedingCool.com called this panel "One Of The Most Amazing Moments Of Affirmation At San Diego Comic-Con."

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels

Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underheard and marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus(Science Comics: Flying Machines). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, ComicsBeat.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Comics Arts Conference #8: Voices and Visions of Native American Superheroes

Native American heroes' comic book adventures often explore identity and culture. Kerry Fine (Arizona State University) shows how Arigon Starr's reservation hero Hubert Logan, a.k.a. Super Indian, fills a representational gap for the non-native audience while taking up distinctly Native issues in the ongoing fight against injustice. Rebecca Lush (California State University San Marcos) makes the case that Jeffery Veregge's art in Marvel's recent Red Wolf provides a Native inter-text that contrasts with naturalistic narrative panels for commentary on the storyline and characters. Sara Spurgeon (Texas Tech University) argues that Maya Lopez's vision quest in David Mack's Daredevil: Echo Vision Quest is twofold: both a spiritual journey she takes as a Native American guided by the shaman she meets on the reservation and a quest for a visual form of language with which she can communicate as a deaf person in a hearing world, while still maintaining her identity as a Native American in a white world.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
Room 26AB

Comics as a Force for Social Change

Panelists discuss the importance of comics in today's turbulent political landscape and how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and bring new diverse talent into the spotlight as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the literary world. Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), Kate Schatz (Rad Women Worldwide), and Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad Women Worldwide) share their ideals with Dr. Travis Langley (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

AMC’s Preacher

Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what's to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hall H

Archer Discussion and Q&A

Archer is FXX's Emmy Award-winning animated half-hour comedy, known (and praised!) for rebooting itself year after year. Season 8 revolved around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner's killer in 1947 Los Angeles. With that case now closed, what could Archer's next adventure possibly be? A very special secret guest, plus the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis discuss bringing this animated series to life.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:05 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Marvel’s The Defenders

Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel's The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Hall H

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Developer Showcase

Host Andrea Rene of What's Good Games will be joined by the key creative minds behind the latest addition in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Life Is Strange series and will reveal new information and insights about their game. The audience will enjoy an interactive experience as the developers will be playing the game live for the first time, you will get a chance to help steer the action and make key choices and ask them questions in an open Q&A.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Room 24ABC

Queer Fear

The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, Ramses the Damned), Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), George Aaron Climer (Bear Creek), Gary Entin and Edmund Entin (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and Ira Madison III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room 28DE

Writing the Wrong

Hollywood experts will reveal their “what not to do” lists for writers and those interested in an entertainment career. Panelists include, Silvia Olivas (co-executive producer, Elena of Avalor), Deric A. Hughes (co-executive producer, MTV's Scream,The Flash), Carole Kirschner (director of WGA Showrunner Training Program), Rob Greenlea (director, The Flash, Supergirl), Kristi Shuton (manager, Disney ABC creative talent development and inclusion), and others. Exclusive “don’t” lists for network writing fellowship/program applicants will also be shared as well as advice on how you can advance diversity and social change with your scripts. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm 
Room 32AB

Saturday, July 22

Comics are for Everyone... Aren't They?

Delving into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender, this panel will explore the industry's problems with inclusivity from inaccessible conventions to representation of people of color and disabled characters in comics. With John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix), Adam Karenina Sherif (Library of Congress, Orbital Comics), Jazmine Joyner(Visionary Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics, Broken), and moderated by Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics). This panel will discuss how creators, critics, retailers, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 4

Spotlight on Roxane Gay

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest! Roxane will discuss her skyrocketing career and literary stardom and will field some questions from the audience during a Q&A session.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Room 5AB

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred's shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale 's season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Ballroom 20

The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The Originals returns for a fifth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Real Life on the Page

Does real life get any less real when it's on the page? How does this representative art form work to accurately (or not-so-accurately) convey history? Five prestigious nonfiction comics creators tackling different ends of the nonfiction comics spectrum-biographies, science, history, journalism-come together to discuss truth and comics. With Landis Blair (The Hunting Accident), Box Brown (Tetris), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines); moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 29AB

DC's Harley Quinn

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 6DE

Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW's hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater,Mark Waid, and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 4

Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television

Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go before women, who make up 51% of the population, are represented proportionately behind the camera, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This panel focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women who are expanding opportunities for women in film, who have made noise and are winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (executive director, Women in Film LA), Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director, Queen Sugar, Queen of the South; director, Dear White People), Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director, Silver Skies; director, Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead), Victoria Mahoney (director, Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director, Mosquita y Mari; director, Queen Sugar), Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), and Gina Prince-Bythewiid (writer/director, Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren).

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 23ABC

Official Sailor Moon Panel

Everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join your friends from VIZ Media for all the news and updates on the legendary anime series, with some special guest appearances!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 5AB

Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they'll discuss the sizzling second season and what's in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SuperheroIRL: End Bullying!

Captain America knocked out Hitler-and this is SuperheroIRL, knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of hate. Join in for this intersection of pop culture and social justice with Pop Culture Hero Coalition. "From now on, Comic-Con convention goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing," as reported by CNN.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: Discovery

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Ballroom 20

IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp

Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Room 5AB

Developing Comics for Social Impact and Change

Many think that there is a need to develop an organized community focused on creating innovative and high-quality comics to tackle complex and challenging social issues. This panel will discuss this idea and how it can spur new opportunities, as well as the impact similar efforts have made in the video game industry. Josh Elder(executive director, Reading with Pictures), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Illya Kowalchuck (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), and Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Ridding National City of Queen Rhea and her Daxamite army was a major win for Supergirl but one that came at a significant cost, as Kara was forced to sacrifice her budding relationship with Mon-El. When the show returns with all-new supercharged adventures this fall on The CW, Kara and team will come up against a new threat in the form of DC Comics's Worldkiller, Reign. Want to know more about Reign and what she has in store for the Girl of Steel? Join the series' cast and creative team for a special video presentation followed by a discussion of the new season. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl' s third season will debut Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm 
Ballroom 20

Keeping It Real

Graphic novels featuring realistic stories about kids are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Some of the hottest creators working in the genre discuss why their work is connecting with readers both young and old. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Room 8

The Magicians

Don't miss your chance to get an inside look at SYFY's breakout series. The stakes have never been higher after a powerful season 2 finale left the world without magic. Join the series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, and exeutive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara as they look back on last season and provide a glimpse into what's in store for Quentin and his friends. Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Universal Television presents NBC's new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Room 6BCF

New Stories in Old Universes

Some fan-favorite characters and comic universes have been around for generations. As a creator, how does one continue to make exciting and new stories in worlds that comic readers are so familiar with? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) aims to find out with Comic-Con special guests Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), Tom King(Vision), Gail Simone (Batgirl), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 23ABC

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

After crash landing the Waverider in a version of 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs roam the streets and the skyline is adorned by the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the Legends were quick to realize, "We broke time." Last year, the loveable band of misfit heroes traveled throughout the timeline, fixing a series of aberrations. This year, they'll be turning the crazy up to 11, as a wave of anachronisms turn history on its head, leaving the Legends responsible for piecing it back together. What is an anachronism you ask? For the answer to that, and many other questions, join the cast and creative team behind The CW's hit superhero team-up series. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC's Legends of Tomorrow' s season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10, at 9/8c on The CW. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:10 pm – 4:50 pm

Ballroom 20

Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him-or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns-to save not only his family but also

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Canadian Sci-fi series Dark Matter stars Roger R. Cross, Anthony Lemke and Jodelle Ferland

‘A fun ride through space’ Screenrant DARK MATTER

‘Strong performances… Enticing’ Den of Geek

From the makers of Stargate, comes Dark Matter, a slick and exciting new science fiction drama, that has taken audiences by storm. Following the news it has been renewed for a second series, this exhilarating 13-part drama which has been Syfy’s number one rated show since it began airing on Tuesday evenings, now comes to DVD courtesy of RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn Label on 12 October 2015.

When the six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awaken from stasis in the farthest reaches of space, their memories have been wiped clean and they have no recollection of who they are or how they got there.

The mysteries of their respective pasts take them on a journey to the deepest depths of space. Hounded by the galactic authorities, their former employers, ruthless corporations, rivals, bounty hunters, and former enemies – they only have each other to rely upon. All the while, the clock is ticking as there is a traitor in their midst, a mole who orchestrated their communal mind-wipe.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Dark Matter is ultimately a series about redemption; Nature vs Nurture. Are people born bad or are they a product of their environment? And, more importantly, once they’ve followed a certain path, is there any turning back?

With non-stop action and spectacular visual effects, Dark Matter stars Roger R. Cross (24, Arrow), Anthony Lemke (19-2, White House Down) and Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Cabin in the Woods).

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          Former SULI student wins Fulbright award for research on W7-X        

Alexandra LeViness, a former Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) student who will join Princeton University’s graduate program in plasma physics in 2018, has won a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to do research at the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany. 

“I’m really excited. I have to say it’s just really an amazing opportunity!” said LeViness, who began the SULI program last year with a week-long course on plasma physics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). She completed the internship at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, which General Atomics operates for the DOE in San Diego.

The PPPL course on plasma physics set her on her path. “I said this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I only applied to plasma physics programs for graduate school. I think that fusion power is our future if we’re going to have a future at all,” she said. “I just want to do something that would impact that.”

LeViness graduated from the University of Alabama in May with a degree in physics and mathematics and minors in German and Russian. She is deferring Princeton graduate study for a year and is looking forward to using her 12 years of German language study when she goes to Greifswald, Germany, to start research in September.

 “The Fulbright Fellowship is an enormous distinction,” said John Lohr, the physicist heading the electron cyclotron resonant heating experiment at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility (DIII-D) in San Diego, who served as LeViness’s supervisor there. “You can’t take credit for someone like that who’s been self-molded. I felt that we gave her a chance to do outstanding work and she responded to that by doing outstanding work. “ 

As a SULI intern, LeViness worked on giant microwave generators called gyrotrons at DIII-D, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National User Facility at General Atomics that is the largest magnetic fusion research experiment in the U.S. with a program mission to the largest magnetic fusion research experiment in the U.S.  She also helped test a new experimental vacuum window made of diamond for the waveguide lines on high-power multi-frequency gyrotron systems. She tested the window at low and high powers and studied the effect on the microwave beam beam as it passed through the window. 

LeViness said she enjoyed the hands-on aspect of the internship. “I really liked it a lot. It was my first time doing anything related to plasma physics,” she recalled. “I got to be right down with the engineers where the actual machine was.” 

The future physicist said she was already considering studying plasma physics when she started the SULI internship last summer at PPPL. After hearing about the potential impact of fusion energy during the first few hours of the week-long plasma physics course, she said she was hooked.

LeViness was one of 32 SULI students in 2016, 10 of whom went to DIII-D and 21 of whom stayed at PPPL for a summer of research.  The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. 

Experience at several laboratories

LeViness had experience working at several laboratories as an undergraduate student.  She is continuing work this summer on research she began in college on a device to calibrate the LZ liquid xenon dark matter detector for an experiment called the LZ Collaboration at the University of Alabama. The experiment itself will be housed in an underground laboratory in South Dakota. 

She previously spent a summer working on a new active-gas target-detector for the Array for Nuclear Astrophysics and Structure with Exotic Nuclei (ANASEN) at Louisiana State University for a project run by Florida State University.  And she spent another summer working at Ohio State University on a 3D model of the interaction between motor neurons and surrounding brain cells, called microglial cells, for a project exploring the role of the cells in recovery from spinal cord injuries. 

David Gates, the head of stellarators at PPPL who has worked closely with W7-X, helped LeViness apply for the Fulbright fellowship. Gates put her in touch with Thomas Pedersen, one of four W7-X directors, and helped her develop a research project.  Gates also helped with the application and essays, and Pedersen wrote her a recommendation. 

Pedersen and Gates will supervise her work at W7-X. “She’s an incredibly disciplined human being,” Gates said of LeViness. “It didn’t take me a long time to decide that this idea interested me.”

Two projects at W7-X

LeViness will work on two projects on hardware called the scraper element on the W7-X, which is intended to protect the divertor and hardware on the experiment from the intense heat of the plasma.  LeViness will use a Langmuir probe to measure the heat and particle flux in that area to determine if the scraper element is working. She also plans to help with public outreach at the Max Planck Institute, particularly in programs encouraging girls to consider careers in science.

Meanwhile, LeViness has had a few months to relax after graduation. She went back home to Tulsa to watch her sister graduate from graduate school and visit friends and family. Then she returned to the University of Alabama to finish her research project with a dark matter group. She’ll also work on a computer code for a particle physics experiment called the Enriched Xenon Observatory.  She will have a few weeks downtime at the end of the summer before she goes off to Germany.

LeViness said she emailed everyone who helped her when she learned she won the Fulbright in March shortly after learning she was admitted to Princeton’s graduate program. “As far as plasma physics goes in the U.S., it’s pretty much the best program there is,” she said. “When I came to visit it just kind of felt like the right place for me to be. It just felt natural and comfortable and also exciting.” 

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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          NASA's Hubble Finds Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected        

When astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered nearly 100 years ago that the universe was uniformly expanding in all directions, the finding was a big surprise. Then, in the mid-1990s, another shocker occurred: astronomers found that the expansion rate was accelerating perhaps due to a repulsive property called "dark energy." Now, the latest measurements of our runaway universe suggest that it is expanding faster than astronomers thought. The consequences could be very significant for our understanding of the shadowy contents of our unruly universe. It may mean that dark energy is shoving galaxies away from each other with even greater – or growing – strength. Or, the early cosmos may contain a new type of subatomic particle referred to as "dark radiation." A third possibility is that "dark matter," an invisible form of matter that makes up the bulk of our universe, possesses some weird, unexpected characteristics. Finally, Einstein's theory of gravity may be incomplete.

These unnerving scenarios are based on the research of a team led by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess, who began a quest in 2005 to measure the universe's expansion rate to unprecedented accuracy with new, innovative observing techniques. The new measurement reduces the rate of expansion to an uncertainty of only 2.4 percent. That's the good news. The bad news is that it does not agree with expansion measurements derived from probing the fireball relic radiation from the big bang. So it seems like something's amiss – possibly sending cosmologists back to the drawing board.


          Caught in the Act: Hubble Captures First-Ever Predicted Exploding Star        

Hubble has captured an image of the first-ever predicted supernova explosion. The reappearance of the supernova dubbed "Refsdal" was calculated by different mass models of a galaxy cluster whose immense gravity is warping the supernova's light as the light travels toward Earth. The supernova was previously seen in November 2014 behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223, part of Hubble's Frontier Fields program. Astronomers spotted four separate images of the supernova in a rare arrangement known as an Einstein Cross. This pattern was seen around a galaxy within MACS J1149.5+2223. While the light from the cluster has taken about five billion years to reach us, the supernova itself exploded much earlier, nearly 10 billion years ago. The detection of Refsdal's reappearance served as a unique opportunity for astronomers to test their models of how mass – especially that of mysterious dark matter – is distributed within this galaxy cluster.

For more images and information, visit http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1525.


          Hubble and Chandra Discover Dark Matter Is Not as Sticky as Once Thought        

In particle physics labs, like the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists smash atoms together to study the underpinnings of matter and energy. On the scale of the macrocosm, nature provides a similar experiment by crashing clusters of galaxies together. Besides galaxies and gas, the galaxy clusters contain huge amounts of dark matter. Dark matter is a transparent form of matter that makes up most of the mass in the universe. During collisions, the clouds of gas enveloping the galaxies crash into each other and slow down or stop. Astronomers found that the dark matter continued straight through the violent collisions, without slowing down relative to the galaxies. Their best explanation is that the dark matter did not interact with visible particles, and it also interacted less frequently with other dark matter than previously thought. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory to study 72 large galaxy cluster collisions. Chandra traced the hot gas, and Hubble saw how the invisible dark matter warps space and distorts the images of background stars. This allowed for the distribution of dark matter in the collision to be mapped. The finding narrows down the options for what this dark matter might be.

Join Hubble astronomers during the live Hubble Hangout at 3pm on Thurs., March 26, to learn even more about this study. Visit: http://hbbl.us/98X


          Hubble Sees Supernova Split into Four Images by Cosmic Lens        

Three-leaf clover plants abound everywhere: on lawns, in gardens, and in forests. But spotting a four-leaf clover is a rare, lucky find. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found the equivalent of a four-leaf clover with the discovery of four images of the same supernova. The images are arranged around a giant foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a cluster of galaxies. The arrangement forms a cross-shaped pattern called an Einstein Cross. The powerful gravity from both the elliptical galaxy and its galaxy cluster magnifies the light from the supernova behind them in an effect called gravitational lensing. The elliptical galaxy and its galaxy cluster, MACS J1149.6+2223, are 5 billion light-years away from Earth. The supernova behind it is 9.3 billion light-years away.

Once the four images fade away, astronomers predict they will have a rare opportunity to watch a rerun of the supernova's appearance. Computer models of the cluster predict that another image of the stellar blast will appear within five years. Astronomers may have missed an earlier appearance of the supernova in 1995. These multiple appearances of the exploding star are due to the various paths its divided light is taking through the maze of clumpy dark matter in the galactic grouping. Each image takes a different route through the cluster and arrives at a different time, due, in part, to differences in the length of the pathways the light follows to reach Earth.

Join Hubble astronomers during the live Hubble Hangout discussion at 3pm EST on Thurs., March 5, to learn still more.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eQTUK6XvB8.


          Dr. Roeland van der Marel Appointed as STScI Lead on Proposed "Wide View" Space Telescope        

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, has appointed Dr. Roeland van der Marel to lead its work on a proposed NASA space telescope that will provide images as sharp as the Hubble Space Telescope, but over a hundred times larger area. The space observatory, called the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA), is being studied for launch in the mid-2020s, pending program approval by NASA. The telescope will be used to probe the distribution of dark matter and the characteristics of dark energy, measure the abundance and characteristics of planets orbiting other stars, and will provide observations and surveys to study many other astrophysical subjects. STScI is presently the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018. Van der Marel joined the STScI staff in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an expert on black holes and the structure of galaxies.


          Hubble Finds That Monster 'El Gordo' Galaxy Cluster Is Bigger Than Thought        

If someone told you there was an object in space called "El Gordo" (Spanish for "the fat one") you might imagine some kind of planet-eating monster straight out of a science fiction movie. The nickname refers to a monstrous cluster of galaxies that is being viewed at a time when the universe was just half of its current age of 13.8 billion years. This is an object of superlatives. It contains several hundred galaxies swarming around under a collective gravitational pull. The total mass of the cluster, and refined in new Hubble measurements, is estimated to be as much as 3 million billion stars like our Sun (about 3,000 times more massive than our own Milky Way galaxy) – though most of the mass is hidden away as dark matter. The cluster may be so huge because it is the result of a titanic collision and merger between two separate galaxy clusters. Thankfully, our Milky Way galaxy grew up in an uncluttered backwater region of the universe.


          'Dark Core' May Not Be So Dark After All        

Now you see it, now you don't. Douglas Clowe of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, is reporting on new Hubble observations that do not find an unusually dense clump of dark matter in the universe that a different Hubble team reported on earlier this year. The region of interest lies at the center of a collision among massive galaxy clusters in Abell 520, located 2.4 billion light-years away. "The earlier result presented a mystery. But in our observations we didn't see anything surprising in the core," said Clowe. "Our measurements are in complete agreement with how we would expect dark matter to behave." Because dark matter is not visible, its presence and distribution is found indirectly through its gravitational effects. The gravity from both dark and luminous matter warps space, bending and distorting light from galaxies and clusters behind it like a giant magnifying glass. Astronomers can use this effect, called gravitational lensing, to infer the presence of dark matter in massive galaxy clusters. Both teams used this technique to map the dark matter in the merging cluster. Clowe is encouraging other scientists to study the Hubble data and conduct their own analysis on the cluster.

For more information about Clowe's results, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/research/communications/darkcore.cfm


          Dark Matter Core Defies Explanation in Hubble Image        

Astronomers observed what appeared to be a clump of dark matter left behind during a bizarre wreck between massive clusters of galaxies. The dark matter collected into a "dark core" containing far fewer galaxies than would be expected if the dark matter and galaxies hung together. Most of the galaxies apparently have sailed far away from the collision. This result could present a challenge to basic theories of dark matter, which predict that galaxies should be anchored to the invisible substance, even during the shock of a collision.

The initial observations, made in 2007, were so unusual that astronomers shrugged them off as unreal, due to poor data. However, new results obtained in 2008 from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm that dark matter and galaxies parted ways in the gigantic merging galaxy cluster called Abell 520, located 2.4 billion light-years away. Now, astronomers are left with the challenge of trying to explain dark matter's seemingly oddball behavior in this cluster.


          Ambitious Hubble Survey Obtaining New Dark Matter Census        

Cluster MACS J1206.2-0847 (or MACS 1206 for short) is one of the first targets in a Hubble Space Telescope survey that will allow astronomers to construct the highly detailed dark matter maps of more galaxy clusters than ever before. These maps are being used to test previous but surprising results that suggest that dark matter is more densely packed inside galaxy clusters than some models predict. This might mean that galaxy cluster assembly began earlier than commonly thought. The multiwavelength survey, called the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH), probes, with unparalleled precision, the distribution of dark matter in 25 massive clusters of galaxies. So far, the CLASH team has completed observations of six of the 25 clusters. MACS 1206 lies 4.5 billion light-years from Earth. This image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3 in April 2011 through July 2011.


          Pandora's Cluster – Clash of the Titans        

A team of scientists studying the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, nicknamed Pandora's Cluster, have pieced together the cluster's complex and violent history using telescopes in space and on the ground, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, the Japanese Subaru telescope, and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The giant galaxy cluster appears to be the result of a simultaneous pile-up of at least four separate, smaller galaxy clusters that took place over a span of 350 million years. The galaxies in the cluster make up less than five percent of its mass. The gas (around 20 percent) is so hot that it shines only in X-rays (colored red in this image). The image is a composite of separate exposures made by Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys detectors in October 2009, the VLT, and the Chandra ACIS detector. Hubble provides the central, most detailed part of the image, while the VLT, which has a wider field of view, provides the outer parts of the image. The distribution of invisible dark matter (making up around 75 percent of the cluster's mass) is colored here in blue.


          Detailed Dark Matter Map Yields Clues to Galaxy Cluster Growth        

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope received a boost from a cosmic magnifying glass to construct one of the sharpest maps of dark matter in the universe. They used Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys to chart the invisible matter in the massive galaxy cluster Abell 1689, located 2.2 billion light-years away. The cluster contains about 1,000 galaxies and trillions of stars. Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe's mass. Hubble cannot see the dark matter directly. Astronomers inferred its location by analyzing the effect of gravitational lensing, where light from galaxies behind Abell 1689 is distorted by intervening matter within the cluster.

Researchers used the observed positions of 135 lensed images of 42 background galaxies to calculate the location and amount of dark matter in the cluster. They superimposed a map of these inferred dark matter concentrations, tinted blue, on a Hubble image of the cluster. The new dark matter observations may yield new insights into the role of dark energy in the universe's early formative years.


          Hubble Provides New Evidence for Dark Matter Around Small Galaxies        

When it comes to finding dark matter in space, astronomers need to go on sort of a ghost hunt. Dark matter can't be directly seen or isolated in a laboratory. Yet it makes up the bulk of the matter in the universe. It is the invisible scaffolding for the formation of stars and galaxies. Dark matter is not made of the same stuff that stars, planets, and people are made of. That stuff is normal "baryonic" matter, consisting of electrons, protons, and neutrons. For 80 years astronomers have known about dark matter's "ghostly" pull on normal matter. They've known that without the gravitational "glue" of dark matter galaxy clusters would fly apart, and even galaxies would have a hard time holding together.

Now the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strong new line of evidence that galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter. Peering into the tumultuous heart of the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster, Hubble's sharp view resolved a large population of small galaxies that have remained intact while larger galaxies around them are being ripped apart by the gravitational tug of other galaxies. The dwarfs' "invisible shield" is a robust halo of dark matter that keeps them intact despite a several-billion-year-long bumper-car game inside the massive galaxy cluster.


          A Clash of Clusters Provides New Clue to Dark Matter         

A powerful collision of galaxy clusters has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. The observations of the cluster known as MACS J0025.4-1222 indicate that a titanic collision has separated the dark from ordinary matter and provide an independent confirmation of a similar effect detected previously in a target dubbed the Bullet Cluster. These new results show that the Bullet Cluster is not an anomalous case.


          Hubble Finds Double Einstein Ring        

The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a never-before-seen optical alignment in space: a pair of glowing rings, one nestled inside the other like a bull's-eye pattern. The double-ring pattern is caused by the complex bending of light from two distant galaxies strung directly behind a foreground massive galaxy, like three beads on a string. This very rare phenomenon can offer insight into dark matter, dark energy, the nature of distant galaxies, and even the curvature of the universe. The phenomenon, called gravitational lensing, occurs when a massive galaxy in the foreground bends the light rays from a distant galaxy behind it, in much the same way as a magnifying glass would. When both galaxies are exactly lined up, the light forms a circle, called an "Einstein ring," around the foreground galaxy. If another background galaxy lies precisely on the same sightline, a second, larger ring will appear. The massive foreground galaxy is almost perfectly aligned in the sky with two background galaxies at different distances. The foreground galaxy is 3 billion light-years away. The inner ring and outer ring are comprised of multiple images of two galaxies at a distance of 6 billion and approximately 11 billion light-years. The odds of seeing such a special alignment are estimated to be 1 in 10,000.


          The Violent Lives of Galaxies: Caught in the Cosmic Dark Matter Web        

Astronomers are using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to dissect one of the largest structures in the universe as part of a quest to understand the violent lives of galaxies. Hubble is providing indirect evidence of unseen dark matter tugging on galaxies in the crowded, rough-and-tumble environment of a massive supercluster of hundreds of galaxies. Dark matter is an invisible form of matter that accounts for most of the universe's mass. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys has mapped the invisible dark matter scaffolding of the supercluster Abell 901/902, as well as the detailed structure of individual galaxies embedded in it. The image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows the supercluster. The magenta clumps throughout the image reveal the distribution of dark matter in the cluster. The galaxies lie within the clumps of dark matter. The image was assembled by combining a visible-light image of the supercluster taken with the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope in La Silla, Chile, with a dark matter map derived from Hubble observations.


          Hubble Finds Ring of Dark Matter        

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that formed long ago during a titanic collision between two massive galaxy clusters. The ring's discovery is among the strongest evidence yet that dark matter exists. Astronomers have long suspected the existence of the invisible substance as the source of additional gravity that holds together galaxy clusters. Such clusters would fly apart if they relied only on the gravity from their visible stars. Although astronomers don't know what dark matter is made of, they hypothesize that it is a type of elementary particle that pervades the universe.

This Hubble composite image shows the ring of dark matter in the galaxy cluster Cl 0024+17. The ring-like structure is evident in the blue map of the cluster's dark matter distribution. The map was derived from Hubble observations of how the gravity of the cluster Cl 0024+17 distorts the light of more distant galaxies, an optical illusion called gravitational lensing. Although astronomers cannot see dark matter, they can infer its existence by mapping the distorted shapes of the background galaxies. The map is superimposed on a Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys image of the cluster taken in November 2004.


          Hubble Maps the Cosmic Web of "Clumpy" Dark Matter in 3-D        

An international team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has created a three-dimensional map that provides the first direct look at the large-scale distribution of dark matter in the universe.


          NASA Finds Direct Proof of Dark Matter        

Dark matter and normal matter have been wrenched apart by the tremendous collision of two large clusters of galaxies. This composite image shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the "bullet cluster." The hot gas detected by Chandra in X-rays is seen as two pink clumps in the image and contains most of the "normal" matter in the two clusters. The bullet-shaped clump on the right is the hot gas from one cluster, which passed through the hot gas from the other larger cluster during the collision. An optical image from Magellan and the Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxies in orange and white. The blue areas in this image show where astronomers find most of the mass in the clusters.

For more information about this research on the Web, visit: http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/06_releases/press_082106.html


          Biggest 'Zoom Lens' in Space Takes Hubble Deeper into the Universe        

The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has used a natural "zoom lens" in space to boost its view of the distant universe. Besides offering an unprecedented and dramatic new view of the cosmos, the results promise to shed light on galaxy evolution and dark matter in space. Hubble peered straight through the center of one of the most massive galaxy clusters known, called Abell 1689. For this observation, Hubble had to gaze at the distant cluster, located 2.2 billion light-years away, for more than 13 hours. The gravity of the cluster's trillion stars - plus dark matter - acts as a 2-million-light-year-wide "lens" in space. This "gravitational lens" bends and magnifies the light of galaxies located far behind it, distorting their shapes and creating multiple images of individual galaxies.


          Hubble Discovers New Class of Gravitational Lens for Probing the Structure of the Cosmos        

The Hubble telescope has discovered a new, distant class of quadruple or cross-shaped gravitational lenses. The new class of objects might eventually provide astronomers with a powerful "magnifying glass" for probing a variety of characteristics of the universe: the distribution of dark matter, the abundance of super-massive black holes, and the eventual fate of the universe.

In Hubble pictures of two such objects, astronomers have found four images of a faraway galaxy [the blue blobs] gathered around a red elliptical galaxy. A gravitational lens is produced by a massive object's enormous gravitational field, which bends light to magnify, brighten, and distort the image of a more distant object.


          Hubble Rules Out a Leading Explanation for Dark Matter        

Astronomers have ruled out the possibility that red dwarf stars constitute the invisible matter, called dark matter, believed to account for more than 90 percent of the universe's mass.

Until now, the dim, small stars were considered ideal candidates for dark matter. Whatever dark matter is, its gravitational pull ultimately will determine whether the universe will expand forever or will someday collapse. Picking a region in our Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers predicted that Hubble should have spied 38 red dwarf stars if this class of objects harbored most of the dark matter. The diamond-shaped symbols in the left-hand image illustrate what scientists expected to see. Instead, they saw no stars.


          Dark Matter Found in a "Typical" Cluster of Galaxies        

Astronomer John S. Mulchaey, of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSCI) and fellow team members announced today the discovery of a huge concentration of mysterious "dark matter" with the ROSAT X-ray observatory satellite. ROSAT is an acronym for Roentgen Satellite, a joint project of Germany, NASA, and the U.K.)


          NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Uses a Distant Gravitational Lens to Explore the Cosmos        

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has photographed a striking mirror-image of a very distant galaxy. The observations might unlock the secrets of the dark matter mystery which has puzzled astronomers for decades.


          Restless Mornings 02-28-2016 with Adrian Fernandez        
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Tommy Genesis- Hair Like Water Wavy Like The Sea feat Abra - World Vision
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Kitty- Marijuana - 12
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Low Leaf- Set Me Free - Akashaalay
Erykah Badu- Cel U Lar Device - But You Caint Use My Phone
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The Charmels- As Long As Ive Got You - StaxVolt The Complete Singles 19591968
Alice Smith- Cabaret - She
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          DARK MATTER “Built, Not Born” Review        

By Rachel Thomas We begin as Android breaks the news to her crew that she has friends—totally independent of them—to the crew. (‘Your…robot friends,’ as Three says, somewhat dumbfounded.) Victor shows the crew to their problem: a rather nasty former owner found one of the androids, culminating in a showdown that left him dead and […]

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          shminux on What jobs are safe in an automated future?        

1 Hindsight bias? Quite a diagnosis there. I never specified the level of those algorithms.

I have, in my reply: probably AGI-level, i.e. too far into the haze of the future to be considered seriously.

2 Which part of theoretical physics is not math?

Probably the 1% that counts the most (I agree, 99% of theoretical physics is math, as I found out the hard way). It's finding the models that make the old experiments make sense and that make new interesting predictions that turn out to be right that is the mysterious part. How would you program a computer that can decide, on its own, that adding the gauge freedom to the Maxwell equations would actually make them simpler and lay foundations for nearly all of modern high-energy physics? That the Landau pole is not an insurmountable obstacle, despite all the infinities? That 2D models like graphene are worth studying? That can resolve the current mysteries, like the High Tc superconductivity, the still mysterious foundations of QM, the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, the many problems in chemistry, biology, society etc.? Sure, it is all "symbol manipulation", but so is everything humans do, if you agree that we are (somewhat complicated) Turing machines and Markov chains. If you assert that it is possible to do all this with anything below an AGI-level complexity, I hope that you are right, but I am extremely skeptical.


          Dark Matter        
Dark Matter
author: Juli Zeh
name: Vishy
average rating: 3.53
book published: 2007
rating: 4
read at: 2015/02/04
date added: 2015/02/07
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review:
This year I wanted to read atleast one book by each of the five J’s – Juli (Zeh), Julia (Franck), Judith (Hermann) and the two Jennys (Zoë and Erpenbeck) – authors who are affectionately known as ‘Fräuleinwunder’. Last month I read Zoë Jenny’s ‘The Pollen Room’ and loved it. This month it is the turn of Juli Zeh. I loved the central theme of ‘Dark Matter’ and so decided to read it. Here is what I think.

‘Dark Matter’ is a crime thriller and is also a book which has a scientific theme. Two of the main characters, Sebastian and Oskar, are scientists who are potential Nobel prize winners. They have been friends since university days. Sebastian is married to Maike and has a son. Oskar is still single. Sebastian and Oskar frequently have debates on physics – on quantum mechanics and the wave equation and on whether the Schrödinger’s cat analogy can apply to the world from a human perspective. Sebastian and Oskar hold different points of view on this and so frequently the debates are heated. One day Sebastian is taking his son to camp. While stopping by at a store for getting supplies, he discovers that his son has disappeared. He gets a phone call from an unknown number and a woman on the other side tells him that Dabbelink must go. Dabbelink is Sebastian’s wife Maike’s friend and Sebastian is a little jealous of their relationship. Now after this phone call, Sebastian thinks that his son has been kidnapped and he has to kill Dabbelink to get his son back.

I will stop here as I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. Does Sebastian kill Dabbelink? Do the kidnappers return his son? What is the role of Schrödinger’s Cat in all this? You have to read the story to find out the answers.

‘Dark Matter’ is a very different kind of thriller. There is a physics theme which underlies the whole book. So, there are lots of insightful, philosophical passages which are very beautiful to read. There are many discussions on scientific concepts and how they relate to our everyday world. I loved these passages. There are also two interesting detective characters in the story – Detective Rita Skura who is working hard to prove herself in a man’s world and Detective Superintendent Schilf who finds out the truth in unconventional, unlikely ways. I loved the scene in which Rita Skura is introduced. I loved all the main characters in the story – they were well fleshed out, complex and unique.

There were two mysteries in the story – one of them which is revealed to the readers at the beginning and another which is revealed in the end. I found that to be the weakest part of the book – the plot. I could understand the underlying philosophical ideas and scientific concepts and the way those got manifested in the real world were quite interestingly explained. But the plot was still not very satisfying, in my opinion.

Having said that, I still liked the book – there were beautiful passages throughout the book, the discussions on quantum mechanics, the wave equation, Schrödinger’s Cat and the true nature of time were fascinating (clearly Juli Zeh has done her research) and the characters were believable and real. The book defied categorization – it was a crime thriller, but there were beautiful literary and philosophical passages in it and there was also a lot of discussion on science – I loved this aspect of the book.

There were also many beautiful descriptions of Freiburg, where the story happens – the city where many wonderful German authors came from or studied in and where one of my favourite friends lives. Two of my favourite Freiburg passages in the story were these :

As you approach it from the south-west, at a height of about five hundred metres, Freibuge looks like a bright, worn patch in the folds of the Black Forest. It lies there as if it had fallen from the heavens one day, right at the feet of the mountains. The peaks of Belchen, Schauinsland and Feldberg stand in a ring around it. Freiburg has existed for mere minutes in relation to these mountains, yet the town behaves as if it has always been there, next to the River Dreisam.
If Schauinsland were to ripple its slopes in a shrug of indifference, hundreds of people cycling, riding in cable cars or looking for butterflies would die; if Feldberg were to turn away in boredom, that would be the end of the entire district. But the mountains don’t do that. Instead, they turn their sombre faces to the goings on in the streets of Freiburg, where people set out to entertain. Every day mountains and forests send a swarm of birds into the city to gather the latest news and report back.

The detective has never particularly liked Freiburg. The people seem too happy to him, and the reasons for their happiness too banal. It smells a little of holidays, especially when the sun is shining. Students are lifting their bottoms on to hand-painted bicycles. Married women festooned in batik make their way to their favourite boutiques. A traffic jam of pushchairs has already formed outside a health food shop. No one here seems to feel the need to ponder the meaning of life. The detective sees only one face with a sceptical expression. It belongs to the blue-and-yellow macaw in a large cage next to the postcard stand…


Some of my other favourite passages from the book were these.

They also never taught you what to do with a three-word sentence. It is always thee-word sentences that change the life of a human being in a decisive manner. I love you. I hate you. Father is dead. I am pregnant. Liam has disappeared. Dabbelink must go. After a three-word sentence, one is totally alone.

The beauty of time is that it passes unaided and is undisturbed by what happens within it. Even the next few seconds will disappear, and what seemed impossible a moment ago will be over and done with. Waiting is not difficult. Life consists of waiting. Therefore, Sebastian decides, life is child’s play.

Rita Skura has a cat. When she lifts the animal off the ground, it spreads the toes of all four paws as though it is preparing tiny parachutes for a fall. Rita Skura would never drop her cat, but the cat does not rely on that. If it were to fall one day it would land softly and stroke the hair on its chin with a superior look on its face. That is exactly why Rita loves her pet. It possesses two qualities which to the end of her days she will never have : healthy mistrust and natural elegance.

Despite years of experience, Schilf feels a slight shudder at the sight of a human fate turned into paper. Every file he opens is an intersection between his life and that of an unknown person. It will never be possible to untangle the threads that weave themselves together from the moment he starts reading.


So what is the final verdict on ‘Dark Matter’? I liked the book. I loved the beautiful passages and I will be coming back to read them again. I also hope to read more of Juli Zeh’s work. Her work seems to be really unique – literary, philosophical and contemporary themes all woven into one.

Have you read ‘Dark Matter’ by Juli Zeh? What do you think about it?

          CNC or TRADITON         

As CNC gets more affordable and I learn about computers more and more I am tempted to build one.It’s cool that you can walk away from it “in theory” I don’t think I could .I would be a nervous wreck.I think it would be a cool build but after that can I ever say I made that??? Holy crap I think I’m Discussing Dark matter here.Here I go off the deep end ,Any way I don’t think so I think I will name my machine Sh-t Head like the jerks dog What do you think ? I’ll say Sh-t Head made that I just told him what to make.I can have Sh-t head make you one .I’m not the coolest guy but I think we ask the nerds to come play with our toys.I won’t get one in fact I might just find one to smash if you have one keep it away from me…...my two cents.


          Fresh Air Weekend: Al Gore; Randy Newman's 'Dark Matter'; Ariel Levy On Loss        
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change: "I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," he says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus to address the crisis. Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter': Newman mixes cynicism and romanticism on his first studio album of new material since 2008. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Dark Matter offers a fresh recording of songs both new and old. 'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage: New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived
          Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'        
Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . (SOUNDBITE OF BILL FRISELL'S "MESSIN' WITH THE KID") DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Randy Newman's new album "Dark Matter" is his first studio album of new material in nine years. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the album offers a wide variety of the styles Newman's long worked in, from the satirical to the sentimental. Here's Ken's review. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GREAT DEBATE") RANDY NEWMAN: (As Mediator) Welcome, welcome, welcome to this great arena. Durham, N.C., the heart of the Research Triangle. We've come to this particular place tonight 'cause we got to look at things from every angle. We need some answers to some complicated questions if we're going to get it right. To that end... KEN TUCKER, BYLINE: Randy Newman leads off his new album "Dark Matter" with the composition that is very nearly the reason for this album's existence. "The Great Debate" is almost nine minutes long, and it's Newman's critique of faith over
          Hadron Collider: Not The Start Of The End Of The World        
On Sept. 10, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, switched on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — a $6 billion particle accelerator that sent beams of protons in a hope to find God’s Particle.
A 16 year old girl killed herself after being traumatized by media reports, in the east people performed pooja’s in temples while others savored their favorite food in anticipation of world’s end .In a deeply religious and superstitious nation fears of the experiment and the minor risk associated with it spread rapidly through the reckless, uneducated TRP hungry media. What took more than 2 decades to build and was meant to answer humanity’s puzzling question? How the universe began.
Not even an educated lot was left behind to really try and understand what the experiment is all about and what the benefits of such a research on mankind are. One need not be a scientist or a science background to make sense of what CERN is trying to achieve, we all studied physics in our schools to know what an atom and its sub atomic particles like electrons, neutrons and protons.
So let me explain what the experiment is all about and why we should appreciate the effort than to fear from the risks. Even our nation has contributed a lot to this experiment.
BIG BANG
A broadly accepted theory for the origin and evolution of our universe. The theory says that the observable universe started roughly 13.7 Billion years ago from an extremely dense and incredibly hot initial state. Discoveries in astronomy and physics have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that our universe did in fact have a beginning. Prior to that moment there was nothing; during and after that moment there was something: our universe. The big bang theory is an effort to explain what happened during and after that moment.
Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something - a singularity. Where did it come from? We don't know. Why did it appear? We don't know. After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (the "Big Bang"), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere for reasons unknown.
Common Misconceptions
There are many misconceptions surrounding the Big Bang theory. For example, we tend to imagine a giant explosion. Experts however say that there was no explosion; there was (and continues to be) an expansion. Rather than imagining a balloon popping and releasing its contents, imagine a balloon expanding: an infinitesimally small balloon expanding to the size of our current universe. The singularity didn't appear in space; rather, space began inside of the singularity. Prior to the singularity, nothing existed, not space, time, matter, or energy - nothing. So where and in what did the singularity appear if not in space? We don't know. We don't know where it came from, why it's here, or even where it is. All we really know is that we are inside of it and at one time it didn't exist and neither did we.
What about God?
Any discussion of the Big Bang theory would be incomplete without asking the question, what about God? This is because cosmogony (the study of the origin of the universe) is an area where science and theology meet. Creation was a supernatural event. That is, it took place outside of the natural realm. This fact begs the question: is there anything else which exists outside of the natural realm? Specifically, is there a master Architect out there? We know that this universe had a beginning. Was God the "First Cause"? I won't attempt to answer that question in this blog. We just ask the question:
Here comes Hydron Collider…..
To understand what happened at that fraction of second during the BIG BANG what was that singularity that existed to create such a bang .In the last 2 hundred years we know that atoms has sub-atomic particle like protons, but the theory proposed by Higgs Boson predicted a particle which makes up porton’s the particle popularised name is ‘GOD’s Particle’
None of them have seen nor able to validate the existence of this particle experimentally despite large efforts. It’s believed just before the BIG BANG these particles were freely available before they were fused in proton.
The collider hence aims to find these GOD’s Particle by smashing protons at high speeds so as to unlock the particle if at all they exist if we don’t find then we might find something else which can re-write our physics books once more.
Why not to fear…
Event’s like proton smashing has been occurring naturally on our earth and that too thousands of time more powerful that what is been attempted by collider they happen so fast that we cannot even capture that event. In order to capture and understand they built collider to carry out experiments under controlled conditions, and that too a fraction of what is already happening in the nature.
Fear of Black Hole eating our planet
The experiment does create a Black Hole but the lifecycle is so small that it’s gone even before it’s created ,the max risk even if proton collision goes out of hand the blast will bury the collider already 100mrts below the earth.
Black hole is a long story which I can’t cover in this article..:-)
Benefits/Spin off’s from research
Its believed that if we are successful with finding Dark Matter(GOD’s Particle) or any think equivalent to that even a tiny micro gram of extracted particles will be sufficient to solve the entire earth’s energy requirements for the next 1000 years besides it will be a clean energy that’s why we need to these experiments
It will also benefit Cancer therapy(ability to deliver radiation dose only to cancer cells leaving the healthy ones unharmed), incineration of nuclear waste(no need to bury them in deep earth), power generation, Streilization, medical imaging, WWW, multifilamentary wires and cable, parallel computing, cryogeneics, non-destructive testing etc.
GOD’s Particle proposer
‘Higgs Bosons Theory ‘ who proposed about ‘GOD’s Particle’ in this Boson’s theory is actually put forth by ‘Satyendra Nath Bose’ you got it an ‘INDIAN’ at least it would have been a proudest moment had our ‘MEDIA’ highlighted this connection instead of giving false information of end of world
Lets the big bang begin…
The real experiment is yet to start, what happened on 10th was a proton travelling clockwise the entire length of collider that’s a good 27 kms, the next step would be to fire a proton in anticlockwise direction once scientists are sure that protons can travel through the tunnel in both directions for the entire length then the real bang begins by firing protons in both directions so as to collide them. That’s still a year away and thank god by then media would have lost interest in tracking the event and no more reckless reporting will happen. Only pure science enthusiasts will track the progress through their official website (http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/).

          Lustmord – Dark Matter        

CD – Touch

Brian Williams, aka Lustmord – un veterano delle scene dark ambient e membro del seminale combo industriale degli SPK – ha pubblicato per la prima volta a suo nome su Touch Music, primigenia e ben conosciuta label

          Dark Matter 3ª Temporada        
Sinopse: Uma tripulação de seis pessoas desperta de estase em uma nave espacial abandonada nos confins do espaço. Sem memórias, eles não têm nenhuma lembrança de quem são ou como chegaram a bordo. A única pista sobresuas identidades é um compartimento de carga cheio de armas e um destino: uma colônia de mineração remota que …

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          Science on the SPOT: Dark Matter: Inside the Compost Cycle        
How does San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste become a nutrient-rich material that improves the quality of our local wines? Agronomist Bob Shaffer, Northern California's "compost guy," takes QUEST into the composting process.
          Toronto International Film Festival Reveals 2017 TIFF Rising Stars        

The Toronto International Film Festival is proud to introduce its participants for this year's TIFF Rising Stars programme: Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong. In its seventh year, the annual professional development programme highlights a unique selection of Canada's most charismatic up-and-coming actors through a variety of dynamic events and industry meetings during the Festival.

"This diverse group of actors embodies the extraordinary charisma, motivation and dedication our emerging Canadian talent has to offer," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. "We are honoured to be able to provide these artists with the opportunity to showcase their talent to world through our Rising Stars programme."

Three of the Rising Stars will also be attending the premieres of their films at this year's Festival. Doheny stars in Public Schooled with Judy Greer and Russell Peters, a high-school comedy about a genius home-school student who enrolls in public school to chase after his dream girl. In the family drama Never Steady, Never Still, Galloway and Pellerin star alongside Shirley Henderson, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL and 2016 TIFF Rising Star Jared Abrahamson. Directed by Kathleen Hepburn, the story follows Judy, who must fight to remain independent when her husband suffers a sudden heart attack - despite her advanced Parkinson's disease.

The TIFF Rising Stars will participate in specialized programming and events organized by TIFF's Industry team, including seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, media training, and a series of unique networking opportunities.


Daniel Doheny
Daniel Doheny is a Jessie Award-winning actor and writer from Vancouver. He co-created and starred in a sketch comedy series for CBC television called HumanTown (2016) and has been a player in Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival four summers in a row. His film credits include Public Schooled, which will be screening at this year's Festival, and Alex Strangelove, an upcoming Netflix film. Doheny is a graduate of Studio 58.


Mary Galloway
Mary Galloway is a Canadian writer, producer, director and actor currently living in LA. Her company Bright Shadow Productions' first short, Ariel Unraveling (2016), was awarded BravoFACT and CreativeBC funding. In September 2016, Galloway made her directorial debut with the upcoming Unintentional Mother, the only Canadian film to be awarded the Kevin Spacey Foundation's Artists of Choice Award. Recently, Women In Film + Television Vancouver honourEd Galloway with the Newcomer Award, while the Whistler Film Festival presented her with the Talent to Watch Award. She will also appear in Kathleen Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still, premiering at TIFF this year.


Théodore Pellerin
Théodore Pellerin is an actor from Montreal. After being directed by André Turpin (Endorphine, 2015), Philippe Lesage (Les Demons, 2015), and Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde, 2016), the young actor appeared on stage for the first time in in LAB87's production of Yen (2015), written by Anna Jordan. In 2016, Pellerin starred in five feature films in both French and English, including Sophie Dupuis's Chien de garde (2016), Jason Stone's First Light (2017), and Never Steady, Never Still, premiering at TIFF this year.


Ellen Wong
Ellen Wong was born and raised in Toronto to Chinese-Cambodian refugee parents. After a global casting search, she landed her breakout role as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Since then, Wong has been cast in numerous films and TV shows, including her starring role as Jill Chen in CW's The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014), a prequel to Sex and the City (1998-2004). She recently recurred on Syfy's Dark Matter (2015- present) and will appear in the upcoming series Condor. Currently, Wong is starring as Jenny Chey (aka Fortune Cookie) on Netflix's hit show GLOW (2017- present).

The 2017 Canadian Rising Stars were selected with the help of an all-female jury that included filmmakers Deepa Mehta and Patricia Rozema, film critic Johanna Schneller, actor and programme aluma Cara Gee, TIFF Industry Programming Manager Lynne Crocker and Associate Director of Talent at the Canadian Film Centre, Larissa Giroux.

Alumni of the TIFF Rising Stars programme include Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars, Dracula Untold, Enemy, Belle), Tatiana Maslany (Stronger, The Other Half, Two Lovers and a Bear, Orphan Black), Stephan James (Race, Selma), Connor Jessup (American Crime, Closet Monster), Sophie Nélisse (Mean Dreams, The Book Thief, Monsieur Lazhar), and Shannon Kook (Dark Places, The Conjuring).

Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 13 while quantities last.

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution programme Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.


          Leonard Lopate Weekend: James Cromwell & Randy Newman         

Actor James Cromwell, Protect Orange County's Pramilla Malick and climate scientist Anthony Ingraffea discuss environmental activism and a proposed power plant in upstate NY. Propublica's Marshall Allen discusses his series on medical waste, and how things like administrative red tape and overuse are making healthcare more expensive for everyone. Randy Newman joins us to perform songs off his new album "Dark Matter."


          Randy Newman Performs In Studio!         

Armed with material from his new album "Dark Matter," Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Randy Newman performs live in our studio! "Dark Matter" is Newman's first album in almost 10 years and features 9 tracks including "Putin," a song he was inspired to write after seeing a picture of the Russian president without a shirt, "It's a Jungle out There," and "She Chose Me."

"Dark Matter" is out Aug. 4.


          Jason Brammer        

Artist Jason Brammer and Erin Brammer, his wife and business manager, are partners in life and career. They discuss the logistics of their working relationship and strategies they have used to promote and sell Jason’s artwork and grow their career.

“Customer service... from our approach, you want to relieve any fears that they might have about buying your work... We’ll drive it over to your place, I’ll hang it on your wall, I’ll measure it out, it’ll be hung perfectly. You can even live with it for a week, and if you don’t like it in a week, I’ll give you your money back, you can say that. Nobody ever returns your stuff... Make it as easy as possible.”

Jason Brammer is a Chicago-based artist working in drawing, painting, and mixed media. His aesthetic involves meticulous draftsmanship influenced by steampunk and found and vintage materials. He has exhibited nationally, including at the University Club of Chicago, Firecat Projects (Chicago), and the Harrison Center for the Arts (Indianapolis). His work has appeared in such publications as The Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Art Magazine. He has also been commissioned for several murals, including for LinkedIn and Dark Matter Coffee, as well as album artwork and concert posters. Erin Brammer has a background as a project manager for a financial company but quit the corporate world in 2007 to manage Jason’s art career full-time. They took a Klein Artist Works course in 2010.


          I oppose positive discrimination because white men have run the most successful positive discrimination scheme of all time        
I was invited this week to speak at Cambridge University, with the topic title: "Does Britain need more positive discrimination?". We would interpret this however we liked. Below is roughly what I said. In the 1940s, When Vera Rubin told her school physics professor that she’d been accepted into Vassar, an arts college near New York City, he said, “That’s great. As long as you stay away from science, it should be okay.” Predictably, she didn’t. Rubin went on prove there was vastly more dark matter in the universe than previously thought, and overturned some basic laws of Newtonian physics. And yet, she was turned down from the astronomy program at Princeton because they didn’t allow women. For years the scientific community ignored her work, only accepting it later after her male colleagues validated it. She didn’t get a Nobel prize for her work.
          Doubting Darwin        

Darwin's Doubt by Stephen G. Meyer, 498  pages (including notes), HarperOne, New York.

This book challenges  the theory of  Charles Darwin that life evolved  through random mutation and natural selection.  Mutations, or changes in the genetic code, can be caused by radiation, chemicals  or other unidentified factors.  According to the theory, those animals that are  best suited to their environments will survive and breed, so favorable mutations will be passed on to future generations.  By this process, repeated over millions of years,  simple animals  (like  protozoa and bacteria)  have evolved into insects, fish, reptiles, mammals and  mankind.  

Meyer,  a Cambridge University  PhD in the philosophy of science, claims that the  latest scientific discoveries and experiments in paleontology, molecular-biology  and genetics  have cast serious doubt on this scenario for the following reasons:

1. The Missing Links.

 If Darwin was right,  the fossil record would include examples of species at various levels of development, from the simplest to the more complex.  The fact is that there are enormous gaps in the fossil record, especially at the dawn of the Cambrian era, about  543 million years ago.  For example, the  trilobite  was a small three-lobed hard-bodied animal  that was very common in the Cambrian period.  Despite  150  years of  digging all over the world, no fossils have been found of  pre-trilobite animals.  The  creatures that lived before the Cambrian were all soft-bodied  (like sponges and jellyfish), and none resembled the trilobite at all!   Other animals appear suddenly  in the  fossil record fully-formed, rather than as transitional forms.

2. Mutations do NOT improve animals.

The DNA of single-cell organisms contain  between 300,000 and a million pairs of base- pairs, and more complex animals have far more.  It is very improbable that the first such cells could have been formed by chance combinations of chemicals in the primordial sea.  Even  if that did happen,  the information contained in those cells would not have been sufficient to  develop  multi-celled organisms  with highly specialized cells  (such as skin, fins, claws, eyes, etc.)

 A mutation in DNA  is like a typographical error in a sentence or a computer program.If the mutation occurs in a gene that determines the  structure or function of the animal,  the probability that  the mutation will improve the viability of the animal is infinitessimal.  Virtually all such mutations either kill the embryo or  (at best) produce a creature than cannot survive long enough to reproduce.  Some mutations  have no effect on the progeny at all, and others produce harmless changes, such as the wing-colors of flies and moths.  These mutations do not explain the evolution of  one species into another.

Therefore mutations fail to explain  the appearance  over time of new species, with new capabilites such as sight, flight or other survival skills.   Natural selection can indeed lead to the replacement  in a given eco-niche  of one species by another, but it cannot create new species.

Meyer maintains that the best explanation of  the development of  life  is  Intelligent Design  (ID).  He shows that the meticulous planning that would be needed to transform a fertilized egg into a newborn animal  (genes must  catalyze the formation of complex proteins in a specific sequence)  is better explained by  ID  rather than random changes.   His conclusions are butressed by copious quotations from  respected peer-reviewed journals in  genetics and biology.

Can intelligence exist outside a physical body?  Meyer says  "Yes" and the scientific establishment says "No."  Scientists cannot accept an explanation  not based upon a material cause  (matter or energy) that can be  detected  and measured, so they reject ID.  But  these scientists do accept the existence of  Dark Matter (1), super-strings (2) and even mutliple universes, even though none of these are visible and none have ever been detected by a scientific instrument!

The difference between Meyer  (and a few other scientists) and the science establishment is  one of basic philosophy, rather than one of science.  To the establishment, ID  is religion, superstition and myth, not science.   These viewpoints cannot be reconciled, no matter what future research will reveal.

Darwin's Doubt is not an easy read:  knowledge of biology and probability  are necessary for full understanding.  But I recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in the origin and development of life on earth.

Gerald S Glazer, M S

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(1) The gravitational field that holds the universe together is too strong to be attributed to visible  matter, such as stars.  Therefore physicists infer the existence of  Dark Matter, which  bends the space-time continuum, but  does interact with matter. In Jewish philosophy, Darkness (Choshech) is not merely the absence of light, but something that was created, so it could refer to Dark Matter.

(2) String theory holds that sub-atomic particles, such as quarks, are made of  tiny loops of energy, which vibrate at different frequencies.  The strings are too small to detect, even with electron microscopes. 


          Comment on “Foo!” to “Are we shortening the Universe’s life by observing it?” by Dustin        
To the New Scientist I ask, "What constitutes an observation?" Dark matter and dark energy are so tied to the dynamics of galaxies, including our own, that even looking at the sky at any point would cause the kind of collapse they're talking about, a la Schroedinger. Even if we aren't aware of it, we can look up at the night sky and have our retinas bombarded by photons emitted by distant quasars and clusters of galaxies. Isn't that an observation? Or do we have to be cognizant of the fact that we're indirectly observing dark matter and dark energy whenever we look at anything? An affirmative answer to that question doesn't make any sense, and if we answer no we have to ask what makes the interaction of a photon with our retinas more important than the interaction of dark matter with a galaxy. I don't think it is any more important. I think it was Heisenberg who suggested that we'd ought to adopt the word "interaction" rather than "observation". I'm sure that if we take that kind of view through to its conclusion, we arrive at something like the relational quantum mechanics described by Smolin, Rovelli, et al. The blogosphere seems to be populated by many-worlders and ensemble supporters, so I'll probably be run off with torches and pitchforks for saying it, but there isn't, as far as I know, any room at all for looking at the universe as having a wavefunction within the scope of relational quantum mechanics. I don't think we have to wait for quantum gravity at all to say that it's doubtful that the universe will display the kind of quantum behavior the New Scientist is suggesting it does.
          Homegrown Particle Accelerators        
With the Large Hadron Collider achieving higher energy levels, Bay Area scientists hope for dark matter.
          ESOcast 100 Light: Dark Matter Less Influential in Early Universe (4K UHD)        
New observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed that the outer parts of massive disc galaxies 10 billion years ago were rotating less quickly than the spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way, that we see today. This ESOcast Light summarises the important points of this discovery and the significance of dark matter, and how it is distributed.
          Comment on Guest posts by john kulick        
Google the expression, A Multidimensional Geometric Expansion of Spacetime. There is a link to a peer reviewed PDF paper that at the very least will prove to be novel. The benefit is that it appears that there is no dark matter and no dark energy. Gravity diminishes over time, as believed by Dirac and Gamow, which alters the luminosity of stars used in distance determination. An inter-dimensional "inward" field effect is predicted which negates the necessity for dark matter. Respectfully John Kulick Reverse Engineer
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          21st-century Insoluble Pancakes: dark matter, dark energy and how we know what we know        
These days, we know far more about the origin, nature and fate of the Universe than at any time in history. Justification? Well, any good description of the Universe has to be able both to provide a framework for understanding what has happened in the past and provide predictions for what will happen in the future. It should, more than anything, be consistent with observations. During the past few centuries, the quantity and quality of observations we have made have...

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          Randy Newman - Dark Matter        
 Album type: Album
 Album language: English
 Released: 2017 year
 Tracks: 9
 Price: $1.08
 Total size: 91.07 Mb
 Bitrate: Constant, 256/320 kbps!
 Genres: 'Pop Rock'
 Artist: Randy Newman

          Dark Matter        
Dark Matter
author: Blake Crouch
name: Tanja
average rating: 4.09
book published: 2016
rating: 4
read at: 2017/05/16
date added: 2017/05/18
shelves: thriller, science-fiction
review:
"Every moment, every breath , contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I build something that could eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice."

Wow. You know all those pivotal moments in your life, that could have turned it one way or another? This book explores this theme at length.

So let's explore some of the roads I didn't take, starting when I was old enough to make choices for myself.

I chose to agree to move back to Thailand when I was 13. If I had accepted requests to become one of several guys's girlfriend at the time, I would have refused. But I couldn't get the one I loved, so I declined the others and I left. If I had stayed, I would probably be living in a small village in Finland as a farmer's wife. I would have had cows, horses and children - and I would probably have been happy. I would probably never had known at what level I could perform academically, because that hadn't dawned on me at all. I cruised school. I didn't realize what results a little bit of effort could bring - not then.

I got married when I was 20 years old and in college. Wrong choice. When I almost died from hospital malhandling at 23 years old I decided to live my life as I best saw fit. If I hadn't almost died, again I would have stayed in Finland. I would not still be married to that first guy, but I would probably have had children from that first marriage. No regrets. I moved to Germany.

I agreed to move back to Finland when I was 27 years old. I hadn't wanted to move back and it destroyed my second second marriage, but not before we had time to move to Norway. I left my second husband because I had not choice. I could not live with that level of conflict.

In 2009 I went to a Halloween party. I was angry, going on bitter. I met what was to be my third husband and after that first night we were never apart. He got a key to my apartment after three days. What if I hadn't gone to that party? Where would I be? I would have moved, that much is certain. With him, I have settled. I have a solid career, a tiny mortgage, two dogs and a comfortable life.

What I do know, at the depth of my heart, is that every active choice I have made has pretty much been the right one. The choices I slipped into or was coerced into, those are the ones that ended badly. I am happy with the choices I made. There are other choices that could have made me happy, but most would not have. I finally learned to do what is right, and not what is easy.

Jason ends up exploring the multiverse, looking for a version that he came from, that has his exact wife and son. I had my reservations about this book, but it turned out a lot better than I hade expected. I also enjoyed the soul searching, the looking for cross-roads. "The road less taken", that I so often took. The paved road, that would have taken me an easier route elsewhere.

          Sinneth Soul - Dark Matter        
 Album type: Album
 Album language: English
 Released: 2016 year
 Tracks: 4
 Price: $0.48
 Total size: 39.33 Mb
 Bitrate: Constant, 256/320 kbps!
 Genres: 'Death Metal', 'Dark Ambient'
 Artist: Sinneth Soul

          TechStars Blog : Intense Debate - Exposing comment “Dark Matter”        
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          Cern’s space station experiment adds to dark matter arguments        

GenevaLunch News GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cern’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) has just delivered its first measurements from the International Space Station and while they don’t provide a clear signal for dark matter in space, it appears likely they soon will be able to do so. The AMS is the first experiment of its type to measure to […]

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          Vintersorg - Discografia.        
Vintersorg é uma banda sueca de folk/viking metal com elementos de black metal, e em uma tradução literal significa "Tristeza de Inverno". O nome da banda foi retirado da série Isfolket de Margit Sandemo, onde a personagem Vintersorg é o filho de um grande líder pagão. 

Nos primeiros três álbuns da banda, Vargher (Marcus E. Norman) - também em Havayoth, Naglfar e Ancient Wisdom - foi responsável pela programação da bateria. De acordo com uma entrevista, Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) costumava cantar a linha da bateria para Vargher que as transcrevesse. Em Cosmic Genesis, Vintersorg programou a bateria sozinho. 

As letras remetem a assuntos como paganismo, natureza, astronomia, ciência e filosofia. 

O projeto começou com uma banda completa, chamada Vargatron (O trono do lobo) em 1994 com a intenção de levar o black metal a novas dimensões. O objetivo era misturar um vocal limpo, guitarras acústicas e riff's pesados.
Depois de muitas mudanças na formação da banda o projeto foi arquivado em 1996. O vocalista e guitarrista, Vintersorg, decidiu continuar sozinho a banda tocando também os demais instrumentos. 

O Ep Hedniskhjärtad, lançado no verão de 1998, foi o resultado. E mais tarde no mesmo ano o álbum Till Fjälls atingiu relativo sucesso. A paixão de Vintersorg pela música folk ficou evidente e ficou ainda mais exposta no álbum Ödemarkens Son, lançado em 1999. 

Para o lançamento de Cosmic Genesis, Vintersorg procurou explorar novos ambientes para continuar sua jornada. Uma atmosfera mais penumbrosa e progressiva foi abordada, assim como uma nova variedade de estilos vocais e arranjos, mas sem nunca esquecer a velha essência. Nesse período um segundo guitarrista, Mattias Marklund, se juntou à banda como membro integral. 

Os álbuns Visions from the Spiral Generator e The Focusing Blur possuem uma aura mais progressiva e melódica, atingindo um aspecto mais vasto, ainda há muita atitude de uma banda de metal, mas foi projetado através de uma energia mais sofisticada e complexa. Inspirado no tema Cosmos. Grandes mestres como Asgeir Mickelson e Steve DiGiorgio se sentiram atraídos a completar as visões artísticas do Vintersorg. 

O novo trabalho em estúdio da banda foi lançado este ano. O álbum intitulado Jordpuls, traz de volta os elementos musicais que tornaram famoso o projeto - como vocais em sueco - que eram integralmente contidos nos álbuns anteriores ao Cosmic Genesis. Texto: Wikipédia. 

Integrantes.

Vintersorg (Andreas Hedlund) (Vocais, Guitarra, Baixo, Teclado e Programação, desde 1994)
Mattias Marklund (Guitarras, desde 1999)
 

Participações.

Ao Vivo.

Nils Johansson (Teclados, Programação, desde 1998)
Johan Lindgren (Baixo, desde 2004, Baixo em Solens Rötter
Benny Hägglund (Bateria, desde 2009)
Tyr (Jan Erik Torgersen) (Baixo, 2003-2004)
Andreas Stenlund (Guitarra, 2001-2002)
 

Estúdio.

Vargher (Teclados)
Cia Hedmark (Vocais e Violino)
Andreas Frank (Guitarra Solo)
Nisse Johansson (Teclados Adicionais, Sintetizador Analógico, Edição de Loop e Hammond)
Steve Digiorgio (Baixo)
Asgeir Mickelson (Bateria)
Lars Are Nedland (Hammond, Vocais e Composições)


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Álbuns.

Hedniskhjärtad (EP 1998)
 
01. Norrland
02. Stilla
03. Norrskensdrömmar
04. Hednaorden
05. Tussmörke

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Till Fjälls (1998)
 
01. Rundans
02. För Kung Och Fosterland
03. Vildmarkens Förtrollande Stämmor
04. Till Fjälls
05. Urberget, Äldst Av Troner
06. Hednad I Ulvermånens Tecken
07. Jökeln
08. Isjungfrun
09. Asatider
10. Fångad Utav Nordens Själ

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Ödemarkens Son (1999)
 
01. När Alver Sina Runor Sjungit
02. Svältvinter
03. Under Norrskenets Fallande Ljusspel
04. Månskensmän
05. Ödemarkens Son
06. Trollbunden
07. Offerbäcken
08. I Den Trolska Dalens Hjarta
09. PÃ¥ Landet

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Cosmic Genesis (2000)
 
01. Astral And Arcane
02. Algol
03. A Dialogue With The Stars
04. Cosmic Genesis
05. Om Regnbagen Materialiserades
06. Ars Memorativa
07. Rainbow Demon
08. Naturens Galleri
09. The Enigmatic Spirit

Link.

Visions From The Spiral Generator (2002)
 
01. Quotation
02. Vem Styr Symmetrin?
03. A Metaphysical Drama
04. Universums Dunkla Alfabet
05. E.S.P. Mirage
06. Spegelstaren
07. The Explorer
08. A Star-Guarded Coronation
09. Trance Location

Link.

The Focusing Blur (2004)
 
01. Prologue Dialogue - The Reason
02. The Essence
03. The Thesis's Seasons
04. Matrix Odyssey
05. Star Puzzled
06. A Sphere In A Sphere? (To Infinity)
07. A Microscopical Macrocosm
08. Blindsight Complexity
09. Dark Matter Mystery (Blackbody Spectrum)
10. Curtains
11. Artifacts Of Chaos
12. Epilogue Metalogue - Sharpen Your Mind Tools

Link.

Solens Rötter (2007)
 
01. Döpt I Em Jökelsjö
02. Perfektionisten
03. Spirar Och Gror
04. Kosmosaik
05. Idétemplet
06. Naturens Mystar
07. Att Bygga Em Ruin
08. Strålar
09. Från Materia Till Ande
10. Vad Aftonvindens Andning Viskar

Link.

Jordpuls (2011)
 
01. Världsalltets Fanfar
02. Klippor Och Skär
03. Till DÃ¥net Av Forsar Och Fall
04. Mörk Nebulosa
05. Stjärndyrkan
06. Skogen Sover
07. Vindögat
08. Palissader
09. Eld Och LÃ¥gor

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Orkan (2012)
 
01. Istid
02. Ur Stjärnstoft Är Vi Komna
03. Polarnatten
04. Myren
05. Orkan
06. Havets NÃ¥d
07. Norrskenssyner
08. Urvädersfången

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Naturbal (2014)
 
01. Ur Aska Och Sot
02. Överallt Och Ingenstans
03. Em Blixt Från Klar Himmel
04. LÃ¥gornas Rov
05. Rymdens Brinnande Öar
06. Natten Visste Vad Skymningen SÃ¥g
07. Elddraken
08. Urdarmåne
09. Själ I Flamma

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Till Fjälls, Del II (2017)
 
01. Jökelväktaren
02. En Väldig Isvidds Karga Dräkt
03. Lavin (6:58)
04. Fjällets Mäktiga Mur
05. Obygdens Pionjär
06. Vinterstorm
07. Tusenåriga Stråk
08. Allt Mellan Himmel Och Jord
09. VÃ¥rflod
10. Tillbaka Till Källorna
11. Köldens Borg
12. Portalen
13. Svart MÃ¥ne

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          G Jones and Ekali collab on 'Dark Matter' [FREE DOWNLOAD]        
Caution, Ekali and G Jones just teamed up on an absolutely dangerous new track appropriately titled “Dark Matter.” There seems to be no stopping these two in their pursuit of high-caliber underground music scene with fresh goodness. Separately, Greg and Ekali have garnered serious credit following massively successful tours and a seemingly never-ending stream of new music. Together, we get exactly what you could imagine; crisp, clean and sinister sounds with enough sub to knock you back a few days.
          Kowta teases new Dark Matter LP with lead single 'Black Hole'        
We always listen to our ShadowTrix hookup when they're hipping us to the new sound. Meet Kowta out of the Lake Tahoe area. This NorCal bass enthusiast joins a stellar team with a fearsome 8-track LP that is actually out today (August 16).
          [SERIE] Dark Matter - Staffel 3        
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          Episode #143: June 8, 2015        
Dark Matter Review
          Vera Rubin, who spotted the first evidence of dark matter, dies at 88        
Dr. Vera Rubin, seen here with the Andromeda Galaxy, was the pioneer of studying the orbital rotations of galaxies. Her discovery of what is known as flat rotation curves is the most direct and robust evidence of dark matter. Portrait by Peter Ginter

Dr. Vera Rubin, seen here with the Andromeda Galaxy, was the pioneer of studying the orbital rotations of galaxies. Her discovery of what is known as flat rotation curves is the most direct and robust evidence of dark matter. Portrait by Peter Ginter

Vera Rubin, a pioneer astrophysicist who discovered the first evidence for dark matter, passed away Sunday night at the age of 88.

Born in Philadelphia on July 23, 1928, Rubin was drawn to watching the stars at an early age. Her passion would lead her to become the sole astronomy major in her graduating class at Vassar in 1948. After Princeton denied her admittance to graduate school due to her being a woman — a policy that stood until 1975 — Rubin pursued her advanced training at Cornell and then Georgetown, where she completed a Ph.D. thesis on galaxy clumping in 1954.

Her fascination with galaxies and their movements would lead to her groundbreaking discoveries at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, Rubin and her colleague Kent Ford noticed spiral galaxies, namely objects furthest from the center, orbit faster than people had predicted.

Based on Newtonian physics, stars at the edge of galaxy should orbit slower than those near the galaxy core, but Rubin and Ford found the speeds matched between the two places in the Andromeda galaxy.

Astronomer Vera Rubin working with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, 1965. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Institution

Astronomer Vera Rubin working with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, 1965. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Institution

After observing this phenomenon in other galaxies, Rubin concluded that the gravity from an invisible mass — or dark matter — must alter the motions of these stars. Though the concept of dark matter had been proposed by Fritz Zwicky in 1933, Rubin and Ford’s work provided the first convincing evidence of its existence.

The research showed there is 10 times as much dark matter as visible material in a galaxy. Thanks to the discovery, physicists now know 90 percent of the universe is made of dark material.

“Vera Rubin was a national treasure as an accomplished astronomer and a wonderful role model for young scientists,” Carnegie president Matthew Scott said in a statement. “We are very saddened by this loss.”

As an ardent feminist, Rubin demanded for improved gender equality in science. She pushed for the renowned Palomar Observatory to admit women. (Rubin became its first female observer in 1965.) She also pushed for the pope to allow more women on his committee. (Pope John Paul II appointed her to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 1996.)

Though she earned several accolades in her 50-plus-year career — second female astronomer elected to the National Academy of Sciences and National Medal of Science in 1993 — many lamented her passing because it eliminates her contention for a Nobel Prize.

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Rubin’s husband, Robert, was a mathematician and physicist who died in 2008. Her four children — David Rubin, Judy Young (died 2014), Karl Rubin and Allan Rubin — earned doctorates in math and science, respectively.

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          THE ELEVENTH DIMENSION        
Continuing my re-release of my "Hedge your pension scheme against a falling Real Yield" blog campaign from six years ago, here is one I published on 30 July 2005:

 
UK Real Yield, 1.47% on 30 July 2005* (Source: Bloomberg)
 
Superstring theory, hyperspace and dark matter make it abundantly clear that there are more than three dimensions to the universe – in fact there are eleven. And, to complicate things further, there is probably an infinite number of parallel universes.
 
We just happen to live in one of them. Somewhere else in another universe, in the continuum of the eleventh dimension is another you doing something slightly different – or very different.
 
In that universe, Elvis is still with us and Napoleon won the battle of Waterloo.
 
That universe is about 10 to the 1028 metres from here – which is beyond astronomically far away – but that does not make it any less real.
 
The estimate is derived from elementary probability theory and doesn’t even assume speculative modern physics; merely that space is infinite in size and uniformly filled with matter – which seems to be backed up by pretty rudimentary cosmological observations. In infinite space, even the most unlikely events must take place somewhere.
 
Now I’m no physicist but it is, I suppose, comforting to know that somewhere out there is a world in which defined benefit pension scheme liabilities aren’t rising faster than the assets which back them. Somewhere in the eleventh dimension there’s a universe where the real yield is at 5% and rising.
 
But since we’re not in it, and the real yield today is stuck at 1.47% and showing little sign of recovery, a hedging strategy is required. For details, see Market Diary, 1 July 05.
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*Six years later, the real yield is hovering around 0% and pension liabilities are sky high and rising.
 
[Please note that all opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s own and do not constitute investment advice.  Click here for full disclaimer]
 

          Dragonfly telescope shines a light on dark matter        
Sometimes a major discovery - like finding evidence to support the theory of dark matter - just requires a bit of creative thinking over a curry, as Dr Karl explains.
          Supplement Review: MHP Dark Matter        

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New adds: Weapons Of Anew (sep), Anubis Gate (sep), Threatin (aug)

In bold, the last updates.


AUG 2017
The Nights: s/t 3.8 Frontiers Records
Accept: The rise of chaos 4.8 Nuclear Blast
Circus Maximus: Live in Oslo 4.8 Frontiers Records
Dead Cross: Dead Cross 4.8 Ipecac Recordings
Dirkschneider: Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted! 4.8 AFM Records
Exit Eden:Rhapsodies in black 4.8 Napalm Records
Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo habitual - Alive at twenty-five 4.8 Rock Fuel Media
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Lay it on down 4.8
Kryptonite: Kryptonite 4.8 Frontiers Records
Marty Friedman: Wall Of Sound 4.8 Prosthetic Records
Quiet Riot: Road Rage 4.8 Frontiers Records
Warbeast: Enter the arena 4.8 Housecore Records
The Winery Dogs: Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 4.8 Loud & Proud Records
World Trade: Unify 4.8 Frontiers Records
Wraith: Revelation 4.8 Cargo Records
Damn Freaks: Damn Freaks 11.8 MIGHTY Music
Dawn Of Disease: Ascension gate 11.8 Napalm Records
Hinder: The reign 11.8 BMG
Incantation: Profane Nexus 11.8 Relapse Records
Kickin Valentina: Imaginary Creatures 11.8 Mighty Music
The Lurking Fear: Out of the voiceless grave 11.8 Century Media
Venom INC: Avé 11.8 Nuclear Blast
Blackmore's Night: To the moon and back: 20 years and beyond… 18.8 Mistrel Hall Music
Eluveitie: Evocation II 18.8 Nuclear Blast
Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner 18.8 Pavement Entertainment
Steven Wilson: To the bone 18.8 Caroline International
Robert Haglund: I wanna be somebody 19.8 MMS Records
Akercocke: Renaissance in extremis 25.8 Peaceville Records
Archange: Flashback 25.8 MIGHTY Music
Cats In Space: Scarecrow 25.8 Harmony Factory
Da Vinci: Ambition rocks 25.8 AOR Heaven
Dagoba: Black Nova 25.8 Century Media
Degreed: s/t 25.8 Gain/Sony Music
Eden´s Curse: Revisited 25.8 AFM Records
The Haunted: Strength In Numbers 25.8 Century Media
Hirsh Gardner: My brain needs a holiday 25.8 Escape Music
Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your Ground 25.8 High Roller Records
Java: Change of heart 25.8 Escape Music
Leprous: Malina 25.8 InsideOut Music
Lionheart: Second Nature 25.8 AOR Heaven
The New Roses: One more for the road 25.8 Napalm Records
Portrait: Burn the world 25.8 Metal Blade
Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains 25.8 Matador Records
Serious Black: Magic 25.8 AFM Records
Threatin: Breaking the world 25.8
Fiction Syxx: Tall Dark Secrets 26.8 MelodicRock Records
Jan Åkesson Shadow Rain: Ascension 26.8 MelodicRock Records
7HY: For the record 31.8 Lions Pride Music
Streamline: Streamline

SEP 2017
Anubis Gate: Covered in black 1.9 Nightmare Records
Darusso: Alternativa 1.9 Melodic Revolution Records
Dynamite: Big bang 1.9 Dynamite Productions
Motorhead: Under cöver 1.9
Paradise Lost: Medusa 1.9 Nuclear Blast
Septicflesh: Codex Omega 1.9 Prosthetic Records
STUD: Circle of lies 1.9
Tony Mills: Streets of chance 1.9 Battlegod Productions
The Quireboys: White trash Blues 5.9 Off Yer Rocka
Alter Bridge: Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities 8.9 Napalm Records
Arch Enemy: Will to power 8.9 Century Media Records
Deep Purple: A fire in the sky 8.9 Rhino Records
Gods Of Silence: Neverland 8.9
Lionize: Nuclear soul 8.9
Living Colour: Shade 8.9 Megaforce Records
Lynch Mob: The brotherhood 8.9 Rat Pak Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 8.9
Stray From The Path: Only death is real 8.9 Sumerian Records
Threshold: Legends Of The Shires 8.9 Nuclear Blast
Travelin Jack: Commencing countdown 8.9 Steamhammer/SPV
Uriah Heep: Raging through the silence 8.9 Cherry Red Records
Voodoo Six: Make way for the king 8.9 Cadiz Music
Pänzer: Fatal Command 9.9 Nuclear Blast
Dan Reed: Confessions 14.9
Airbound: Airbound 15.9 Art Of Melody Music
Belphegor: Totenritual 15.9 Nuclear Blast
Blackfinger: When colors fade away 15.9 M-Theory Audio
Bob Kulick: Skeletons in the closet 15.9 Vanity Music
The Contortionist: Clairvoyant 15.9 Entertainment One Music
Dirty Thrills: Heavy living 15.9 Frontiers Records
Ensisferum: Two paths 15.9 Metal Blade Records
Foo Fighters: Concrete and gold 15.9 Roswell Records/RCA
GUN: Favourite pleasures 15.9
Hell In The Club: See you on the dark side 15.9 Frontiers Records
Josh Todd & The Conflict: Year of the tiger 15.9 Century Media
Kee Of Hearts: Kee of hearts 15.9 Frontiers Records
Nothing More: The stories we tell ourselves 15.9 Better Noise Records
Sherikan Music Attraction: No more tra la la 15.9
Soil: Scream: the essentials 15.9 AFM Records
Steelheart: Through worlds of stardust 15.9 Frontiers Records
Wayward Sons: Ghosts Of Yet To Come 15.9 Frontiers Records
Weapons Of Anew: The collision of love and hate 15.9 OK Good Records
Yusuf/Cat Stevens: The laughing apple 15.9 Verve Records
Black Country Communion: BCCIV 22.9 Mascot Records
Boulevard: Luminescence 22.9 MelodicRock Records
ColdSpell: A new world arise 22.9 Escape Music
Cradle Of Filth: Cryptoriana - The seductiveness of decay 22.9 Nuclear Blast
Diablo Blvd: Zero Hour 22.9 Nuclear Blast
H.E.A.T: Into the great unknown 22.9 Gain/Sony Music
Martina Edoff: We will align 22.9 AOR Heaven
Otherwise: Sleeping lions 22.9 Century Media
The Rasmus: Dark Matters 22.9
Roadcase Royale: First things first 22.9 Loud & Proud Records
Satyricon: Deep calleth upon deep 22.9 Napalm Records
Scherer/Batten: BattleZone 22.9 MelodicRock Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 22.9 L.A. Records
Van Morrison: Roll with the punches 22.9 Caroline International
Wayland: Rinse & repeat 22.9 Mighty Loud
Wolves In The Throne Room: Thrice woven 22.9 Artemisia Records
Darren Phillips Project: Vol one 23.9
Stone Temple Pilots: Core 25Th Anniv 25.9 Rhino Records
36 Crazyfists: Lanterns 29.9 Spinefarm Records
Act Of Defiance: Old scars, new wounds 29.9 Metal Blade Records
Air Raid: Across the line 29.9 High Roller Records
Celeste: INFIDÈLE(S) 29.9 Denovali Records
Debbie Ray: Slave to the system 29.9 Metalapolis Records
Evil Invaders: Feed me violence 29.9 Napalm Records
Jag Panzer: The Deviant Chord 29.9 SPV/Steamhammer
Kadavar: Rough times 29.9 Nuclear Blast
Newman: Aerial 29.9 AOR Heaven
Nocturnal Rites: Phoenix 29.9 AFM Records
Primus: The desaturating seven 29.9 ATO Records
Radio Moscow: New beginnings 29.9 Century Media Records
Ronnie Montrose: 10x10 29.9 Rhino Records
Shania Twain: Now 29.9 Virgin EMI
UFO: The Salentino cuts 29.9
Unsane: Sterilize 29.9 Southern Lord Records
Black Veil Brides: new album
Heaven & Earth: Hard to kill

OCT 2017
August Burns Red: Phantom anthem 6.10 Fearless Records
Autograph: Get off your ass 6.10 EMP Label Group
The Darkness: Pinewood smile 6.10 Cooking Vinyl
King King: Exile & grace 6.10
Panzer: Fatal command 6.10 Nuclear Blast
Patgirl Darkstarangels: Stop 10.10
Bigfoot: Bigfoot 13.10 Frontiers Records
Enslaved: E 13.10 Nuclear Blast
Fozzy: Judas 13.10 Century media
L.A. Guns: The Missing Peace 13.10 Frontiers Records
Midnight Sin: One last ride 13.10 Scarlet Records
Phantom 5: Play to win 13.8 Frontiers Records
Power Quest: Sixth dimension 13.10 Inner Wound Recordings
Revolution Saints: Light in the dark 13.10 Frontiers Records
Robin Beck: Love is coming 13.10 Frontiers Records
Samael: Hegemony 13.10 Napalm Records
Tyketto: Live from Milan 2017 13.10 Frontiers Records
Code Red: Incendiary 20.10 AOR Heaven
Europe: Walk the earth 20.10 Silver Lining Music
GWAR: The blood of gods 20.10 Metal Blade Records
The Radio Sun: Unstoppable 20.10 Pride & Joy Music
Sons Of Apollo: Psychotic symphony 20.10 Inside Out Music
Vuur: In this moment we are free cities 20.10 InsideOut Music
Appice: Sinister 27.10 SPV/Steamhammer
Band Of Spice: Shadows remain 27.10 Scarlet Records
Heretic: A game you can not win 27.10 Dissonance Productions
Theory Of A Deadman: Wake up call 27.10 Atlantic Records
Keldian: Darkness and light 28.10 Perris Records
Adellaide: Flying High Lions 31.10 Pride Music
Annihilator:
Frank Hannon: Undercover RedHawk Records
Kobra And The Lotus: Prevail II Napalm Records
Midnite City:

NOV 2017
Almanac: Kingslayer 3.11 Nuclear Blast
Moonspell: 1755 3.11 Napalm Records
Amberian Dawn: Darkness of eternity 10.11 Napalm Records
Sweet & Lynch: Unified 10.11 Frontiers Records
Cavalera Conspiracy: Psychosis 17.11 Napalm Records
Babylon A.D: Revelation Highway Frontiers Records
Burn: Ice age
Soto: Retribution Frontiers Records
Steve Walsh: Escape Music

DEC
Silked & Stained: Love on the road 18.12 Lions Pride Music

2017
A Perfect Circle: new album BMG
Absolva:
Acacia Avenue:
Adler:
Affäire: Neon Gods
Airrace:
Alicate:
Alissa (White-Gluz): solo album Napalm Records
Ammunition: Ammunition Frontiers Records
Angra:
Animal Drive: Frontiers Records
Arion:
Astral Doors:
Avatar:
Bad Religion:
Believer:
Black Majesty:
Black Rose:
Black Tiger: Tanzan Music
Block Buster:
Blood Red Saints:
Bohemian Lifestyle: Post vintage
Bombay Black: new album Kivel Records
Brett Walker: Archive Anthology MelodicRock Records
Brian Howe:
Britny Fox:
Buckets Rebel Heart:
Bullet: new album SPV/Steamhammer
Bullet For My Valentine:
Bulletboys: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Rain: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Witches:
Byzantine: The Cicada Tree Metal Blade
C.O.P
Care of Night:
Carcass:
City Of Thieves: Frontiers Records
Coming Of Age:
Coroner:
Cyhra: Spinefarm Records
D.A.D:
Dalton:
Dave Bickler: darklight
Death Dealer:
Deicide: new album. Century Media
Dennis DeYoung: Frontiers Records
Dextress:
DIO Disciples
Diztord:
Doomsday Outlaw: Frontiers Records
Edge Of Forever: new album
EISLEY/GOLDY: Frontiers Records
Electric Boys:
Eleventh Hour:
Evanescence: Synthesis
Evilyn Strange:
Exciter:
Exhumed: new album Relapse Records
F.M: new album Frontiers Records
Faith Circus: new album MelodicRock Records
Fall To June: s/t Lions Pride Music
Famous Underground:
Fate:
The Fell:
Find Me:
Foreigner:
Fortune: Comeback album
Fretless:
Gathering Of Kings:
Godsmack:
Göran Edman:
Gozu: Metal Blade Records
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Grand Design:
Grand Slam:
Gunner: All Access
Gunzo:
Handful Of Rain
Hardcore Superstar
Honeymoon Suite: Hands Up
Houston:
Hurricane:
I AM I:
Ignore The Sign: SPV/Steamhammer
Impellitteri:
Impera: Age of discovery
Issa:
JaR:
Jack Russell’s Great White: Once acoustically bitten
Jaded Heart:
Jetboy: Frontiers Records
Jim Peterik Eye of the writer (acoustic album)
Jizzy Pearl: solo album. Frontiers Records
Joe Perry: solo album
John Corabi: 94 Live — One Night In Nashville Rat Pak Records
John Norum:
John Sykes: Sy-Ops
John Waite:
Johnny Gioeli: solo album
Jono:
Judas Priest:
Kane Roberts: new album Frontiers Records
The Killers: Wonderful wonderful
The Killing Floor:
King Diamond: Metal Blade Records
King's X
Lavalle
Leather:
Lee Aaron:
Leverage
Lillian Axe: From Womb To Tomb
Lion´s Share:
London:
Lou Gramm
Love N War:
Loverboy:
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mad Invasion:
Madam X:
Manticora:
Marc Scherer
Marilyn Manson: Heaven upside down
Maritayton:
Mass:
Maxxwell:
Meister/Michels:
Michael Angelo Batio:
Michael Learns To Rock:
Mick Mars: solo album
Midway:
Mitchell Hunt: Give Me A Sign. Lions Pride Music
Monster Magnet:
Morbid Angel:
Morning Dwell: The Guardians Of Time
Mother Road:
Motionless In White: Graveyard Shift. Roadrunner Records
Muse:
Myles Kennedy
Nasty Savage:
Night Legion:
Nite:
Nitro:
No Love Lost:
Not Hot Ashes: Frontiers Records
Old James:
One Soul Thrust
Ossy:
Owens/Caffery: Frontiers Records
Panorama:
Prefect Plan: All rise Frontiers records
Perfect View:
Pestilence: Hadeon
Phil Campbel:
Pink Cream 69:
Piston:
Platens
Playhouse
Powerman 5000: New wave Pavement Entertainment
Pretty Boy Floyd: new album Frontiers Records
Pretty Wild
R.P.G (Reece, Percudani Group)
The Ragged Saints
Rain Or Shine: Lions Pride Music
Rainmaker: Frontiers Records
Raintimes: Frontiers Records
Reach: The great divine
RebelHot:
Rebel Reno:
Red Dragon Cartel
Redvox:
Resurrection Kings:
Restorer: Fall of the world
Reuben Archer: Petrol Head
Revelations: Gatekeeper
Rhapsody Of Fire:
Richard Page: Goin´ south
Risin Tides:
Rob Moratti: new album Escape Music
Robert Fleischman: You gotta believe it
Rock Goddess:
Rockstars On Mars:
The Rockford Heroes
The Rods: Louder Than Loud Steamhammer/SPV
Romeo Riot:
Rose Tattoo: new album Golden Robot Records
Royal Flush:
Russ Ballard: Rockett Love:
Saffire:
Saint Asonia:
Saint Deamon:
Sambora/Orianthi Project:
Sammy Berell:
Sapphire Eyes:
Scream Maker: Back Against The World
SevenTrain
Shadowside:
Shadowspell:
Shakra
Shiraz Lane
Silvertide
Skid Row:
Snakes In Paradise: Step Into The Light Frontiers Records
Soleil Moon:
Sonic State Capital
Sonic Station:
Sons Of Icarus: Beyond The Sun
Space Elevator:
Stage Dolls:
Starbreaker:
Stardust:
State Of Salazar: new album Frontiers Records
Station:
Stellar Revival: Love, lust & bad company
Stephen Chesney:
Steve Perry:
Stingray:
Stoneflower:
Stone Machine
Stone Broken:
Stone Temple Pilots:
Strangers: Survival
Summers:
Sunsët: debut album Lions Pride Music
Sweet Leopard:
T.N.T:
Takara: Wicked and Beautiful
Target: In range Escape Music
Teenage Time Killers: Greatest Hits Vol 1
Temple Of The Dog: s/t 25th anniversary A&M Records
Tesla:
Textures: Genotype Nuclear Blast
Timo Tolkki:
Toby Hitchcock:
Tombs: Metal Blade Records
Tommy Shaw:
Tony Harnell:
Tony Martin: Thornz
Trespass:
Trevor Rabin
Trivium: Roadrunner Records
Two Of A Kind: new album Frontiers Records
Tyketto: live DVD
Ummure: new album. Nuclear Blast
Uriah Heep: new album Frontiers Records
Valentine:
Vandenberg's MoonKings:
Vanishing Point:
Vendetta: new album Lion Music
Vixen: live album
Von Baltzer
Wheels Of Fire
Whitesnake:
White Wizzard: Infernal overdrive
Wildness: new album. AOR Heaven
Wind Rose: Stonehymn Inner Wound Recordings
X Japan:
Zero Tolerance:
Zhenx: Zhenx AOR Blvd Records

JAN 2018
Orphaned Land: Unsung prophets and dead messiahs 26.1 Century Media Records
PAL: Prime AOR Heaven
The Poodles: Prisma Gain/Sony
Saxon: Thunderbolt

FEB 2018
Toto: 40 Trips Around The Sun Sony Music

APR 2018
Shinedown:

MAY 2018
Orange Goblin:

2018
Adriangale: MelodicRock Records
Alice In Chains:
Allen/Lande:
Anvil: Pounding the pavement PledgeMusic
Bonfire: AFM Records
Brigade
The Brink: Frontiers Records
Circus Maximus
Creye: Frontiers Records
Dare: Out Of The Silence 2018
Dare: new album
Devildriver: Outlaws Till The End
Disturbed:
Dokken:
Exodus:
Extreme:
Fifth Angel:
Ghost:
Jesse Damon
King Company:
Last In Line:
Lita Ford:
Magic Dance: Frontiers Records
Magnum: Lost on the road to eternity
Mason Hill: Frontiers Records
Metal Church:
Michael Schenker Fest: Nuclear Blast
Nazareth: Frontiers Records
Nightwish
Nile:
Pleasure Maker: Lions Pride Music
Queensryche:
Ratt:
Reckless Love
Royal Mess
Scorpions
Sevendust:
Spirits Of Fire: Frontiers Records
Starz:
Stryper:
Testament:
Tom Keifer:
Tremonti:
Venom:
Voivod:
W.E.T:
Work of Art:
          to consider for 2017 "BIG list" (4 replies)        
New adds: Amberian Dawn (nov), GWAR (oct), Act Of Defiance (sep), Blackmore's Night (aug), Enslaved (oct), Keldian (oct), Darusso (sep), Yusuf/Cat Stevens (sep)

In bold, the last updates.


AUG 2017
The Nights: s/t 3.8 Frontiers Records
Accept: The rise of chaos 4.8 Nuclear Blast
Circus Maximus: Live in Oslo 4.8 Frontiers Records
Dead Cross: Dead Cross 4.8 Ipecac Recordings
Dirkschneider: Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted! 4.8 AFM Records
Exit Eden:Rhapsodies in black 4.8 Napalm Records
Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo habitual - Alive at twenty-five 4.8 Rock Fuel Media
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Lay it on down 4.8
Kryptonite: Kryptonite 4.8 Frontiers Records
Marty Friedman: Wall Of Sound 4.8 Prosthetic Records
Quiet Riot: Road Rage 4.8 Frontiers Records
Warbeast: Enter the arena 4.8 Housecore Records
The Winery Dogs: Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 4.8 Loud & Proud Records
World Trade: Unify 4.8 Frontiers Records
Wraith: Revelation 4.8 Cargo Records
Damn Freaks: Damn Freaks 11.8 MIGHTY Music
Dawn Of Disease: Ascension gate 11.8 Napalm Records
Hinder: The reign 11.8 BMG
Incantation: Profane Nexus 11.8 Relapse Records
Kickin Valentina: Imaginary Creatures 11.8 Mighty Music
The Lurking Fear: Out of the voiceless grave 11.8 Century Media
Venom INC: Avé 11.8 Nuclear Blast
Blackmore's Night: To the moon and back: 20 years and beyond… 18.8 Mistrel Hall Music
Eluveitie: Evocation II 18.8 Nuclear Blast
Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner 18.8 Pavement Entertainment
Steven Wilson: To the bone 18.8 Caroline International
Robert Haglund: I wanna be somebody 19.8 MMS Records
Akercocke: Renaissance in extremis 25.8 Peaceville Records
Archange: Flashback 25.8 MIGHTY Music
Cats In Space: Scarecrow 25.8 Harmony Factory
Da Vinci: Ambition rocks 25.8 AOR Heaven
Dagoba: Black Nova 25.8 Century Media
Degreed: s/t 25.8 Gain/Sony Music
Eden´s Curse: Revisited 25.8 AFM Records
The Haunted: Strength In Numbers 25.8 Century Media
Hirsh Gardner: My brain needs a holiday 25.8 Escape Music
Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your Ground 25.8 High Roller Records
Java: Change of heart 25.8 Escape Music
Leprous: Malina 25.8 InsideOut Music
Lionheart: Second Nature 25.8 AOR Heaven
The New Roses: One more for the road 25.8 Napalm Records
Portrait: Burn the world 25.8 Metal Blade
Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains 25.8 Matador Records
Serious Black: Magic 25.8 AFM Records
Fiction Syxx: Tall Dark Secrets 26.8 MelodicRock Records
Jan Åkesson Shadow Rain: Ascension 26.8 MelodicRock Records
7HY: For the record 31.8 Lions Pride Music
Streamline: Streamline

SEP 2017
Darusso: Alternativa 1.9 Melodic Revolution Records
Dynamite: Big bang 1.9 Dynamite Productions
Motorhead: Under cöver 1.9
Paradise Lost: Medusa 1.9 Nuclear Blast
Septicflesh: Codex Omega 1.9 Prosthetic Records
STUD: Circle of lies 1.9
Tony Mills: Streets of chance 1.9 Battlegod Productions
The Quireboys: White trash Blues 5.9 Off Yer Rocka
Alter Bridge: Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities 8.9 Napalm Records
Arch Enemy: Will to power 8.9 Century Media Records
Deep Purple: A fire in the sky 8.9 Rhino Records
Gods Of Silence: Neverland 8.9
Lionize: Nuclear soul 8.9
Living Colour: Shade 8.9 Megaforce Records
Lynch Mob: The brotherhood 8.9 Rat Pak Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 8.9
Stray From The Path: Only death is real 8.9 Sumerian Records
Threshold: Legends Of The Shires 8.9 Nuclear Blast
Travelin Jack: Commencing countdown 8.9 Steamhammer/SPV
Uriah Heep: Raging through the silence 8.9 Cherry Red Records
Voodoo Six: Make way for the king 8.9 Cadiz Music
Pänzer: Fatal Command 9.9 Nuclear Blast
Dan Reed: Confessions 14.9
Airbound: Airbound 15.9 Art Of Melody Music
Belphegor: Totenritual 15.9 Nuclear Blast
Blackfinger: When colors fade away 15.9 M-Theory Audio
Bob Kulick: Skeletons in the closet 15.9 Vanity Music
The Contortionist: Clairvoyant 15.9 Entertainment One Music
Dirty Thrills: Heavy living 15.9 Frontiers Records
Ensisferum: Two paths 15.9 Metal Blade Records
Foo Fighters: Concrete and gold 15.9 Roswell Records/RCA
GUN: Favourite pleasures 15.9
Hell In The Club: See you on the dark side 15.9 Frontiers Records
Josh Todd & The Conflict: Year of the tiger 15.9 Century Media
Kee Of Hearts: Kee of hearts 15.9 Frontiers Records
Nothing More: The stories we tell ourselves 15.9 Better Noise Records
Sherikan Music Attraction: No more tra la la 15.9
Soil: Scream: the essentials 15.9 AFM Records
Steelheart: Through worlds of stardust 15.9 Frontiers Records
Wayward Sons: Ghosts Of Yet To Come 15.9 Frontiers Records
Yusuf/Cat Stevens: The laughing apple 15.9 Verve Records
Black Country Communion: BCCIV 22.9 Mascot Records
Boulevard: Luminescence 22.9 MelodicRock Records
ColdSpell: A new world arise 22.9 Escape Music
Cradle Of Filth: Cryptoriana - The seductiveness of decay 22.9 Nuclear Blast
Diablo Blvd: Zero Hour 22.9 Nuclear Blast
H.E.A.T: Into the great unknown 22.9 Gain/Sony Music
Martina Edoff: We will align 22.9 AOR Heaven
Otherwise: Sleeping lions 22.9 Century Media
The Rasmus: Dark Matters 22.9
Roadcase Royale: First things first 22.9 Loud & Proud Records
Satyricon: Deep calleth upon deep 22.9 Napalm Records
Scherer/Batten: BattleZone 22.9 MelodicRock Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 22.9 L.A. Records
Van Morrison: Roll with the punches 22.9 Caroline International
Wayland: Rinse & repeat 22.9 Mighty Loud
Wolves In The Throne Room: Thrice woven 22.9 Artemisia Records
Darren Phillips Project: Vol one 23.9
Stone Temple Pilots: Core 25Th Anniv 25.9 Rhino Records
36 Crazyfists: Lanterns 29.9 Spinefarm Records
Act Of Defiance: Old scars, new wounds 29.9 Metal Blade Records
Air Raid: Across the line 29.9 High Roller Records
Celeste: INFIDÈLE(S) 29.9 Denovali Records
Debbie Ray: Slave to the system 29.9 Metalapolis Records
Evil Invaders: Feed me violence 29.9 Napalm Records
Jag Panzer: The Deviant Chord 29.9 SPV/Steamhammer
Kadavar: Rough times 29.9 Nuclear Blast
Newman: Aerial 29.9 AOR Heaven
Nocturnal Rites: Phoenix 29.9 AFM Records
Primus: The desaturating seven 29.9 ATO Records
Radio Moscow: New beginnings 29.9 Century Media Records
Ronnie Montrose: 10x10 29.9 Rhino Records
Shania Twain: Now 29.9 Virgin EMI
UFO: The Salentino cuts 29.9
Unsane: Sterilize 29.9 Southern Lord Records
Black Veil Brides: new album
Heaven & Earth: Hard to kill

OCT 2017
August Burns Red: Phantom anthem 6.10 Fearless Records
Autograph: Get off your ass 6.10 EMP Label Group
The Darkness: Pinewood smile 6.10 Cooking Vinyl
King King: Exile & grace 6.10
Panzer: Fatal command 6.10 Nuclear Blast
Patgirl Darkstarangels: Stop 10.10
Bigfoot: Bigfoot 13.10 Frontiers Records
Enslaved: E 13.10 Nuclear Blast
Fozzy: Judas 13.10 Century media
L.A. Guns: The Missing Peace 13.10 Frontiers Records
Midnight Sin: One last ride 13.10 Scarlet Records
Phantom 5: Play to win 13.8 Frontiers Records
Power Quest: Sixth dimension 13.10 Inner Wound Recordings
Revolution Saints: Light in the dark 13.10 Frontiers Records
Robin Beck: Love is coming 13.10 Frontiers Records
Samael: Hegemony 13.10 Napalm Records
Tyketto: Live from Milan 2017 13.10 Frontiers Records
Code Red: Incendiary 20.10 AOR Heaven
Europe: Walk the earth 20.10 Silver Lining Music
GWAR: The blood of gods 20.10 Metal Blade Records
The Radio Sun: Unstoppable 20.10 Pride & Joy Music
Sons Of Apollo: Psychotic symphony 20.10 Inside Out Music
Vuur: In this moment we are free cities 20.10 InsideOut Music
Appice: Sinister 27.10 SPV/Steamhammer
Band Of Spice: Shadows remain 27.10 Scarlet Records
Heretic: A game you can not win 27.10 Dissonance Productions
Theory Of A Deadman: Wake up call 27.10 Atlantic Records
Keldian: Darkness and light 28.10 Perris Records
Adellaide: Flying High Lions 31.10 Pride Music
Annihilator:
Frank Hannon: Undercover RedHawk Records
Kobra And The Lotus: Prevail II Napalm Records
Midnite City:

NOV 2017
Almanac: Kingslayer 3.11 Nuclear Blast
Moonspell: 1755 3.11 Napalm Records
Amberian Dawn: Darkness of eternity 10.11 Napalm Records
Sweet & Lynch: Unified 10.11 Frontiers Records
Cavalera Conspiracy: Psychosis 17.11 Napalm Records
Babylon A.D: Revelation Highway Frontiers Records
Burn: Ice age
Soto: Retribution Frontiers Records
Steve Walsh: Escape Music

DEC
Silked & Stained: Love on the road 18.12 Lions Pride Music

2017
A Perfect Circle: new album BMG
Absolva:
Acacia Avenue:
Adler:
Affäire: Neon Gods
Airrace:
Alicate:
Alissa (White-Gluz): solo album Napalm Records
Ammunition: Ammunition Frontiers Records
Angra:
Animal Drive: Frontiers Records
Arion:
Astral Doors:
Avatar:
Bad Religion:
Believer:
Black Majesty:
Black Rose:
Black Tiger: Tanzan Music
Block Buster:
Blood Red Saints:
Bohemian Lifestyle: Post vintage
Bombay Black: new album Kivel Records
Brett Walker: Archive Anthology MelodicRock Records
Brian Howe:
Britny Fox:
Buckets Rebel Heart:
Bullet: new album SPV/Steamhammer
Bullet For My Valentine:
Bulletboys: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Rain: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Witches:
Byzantine: The Cicada Tree Metal Blade
C.O.P
Care of Night:
Carcass:
City Of Thieves: Frontiers Records
Coming Of Age:
Coroner:
Cyhra: Spinefarm Records
D.A.D:
Dalton:
Dare: Out Of The Silence 2017
Dave Bickler: darklight
Death Dealer:
Deicide: new album. Century Media
Dennis DeYoung: Frontiers Records
Dextress:
DIO Disciples
Diztord:
Doomsday Outlaw: Frontiers Records
Edge Of Forever: new album
EISLEY/GOLDY: Frontiers Records
Electric Boys:
Eleventh Hour:
Evanescence: Synthesis
Evilyn Strange:
Exciter:
Exhumed: new album Relapse Records
F.M: new album Frontiers Records
Faith Circus: new album MelodicRock Records
Fall To June: s/t Lions Pride Music
Famous Underground:
Fate:
The Fell:
Find Me:
Foreigner:
Fortune: Comeback album
Fretless:
Gathering Of Kings:
Godsmack:
Göran Edman:
Gozu: Metal Blade Records
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Grand Design:
Grand Slam:
Gunner: All Access
Gunzo:
Handful Of Rain
Hardcore Superstar
Honeymoon Suite: Hands Up
Houston:
Hurricane:
I AM I:
Ignore The Sign: SPV/Steamhammer
Impellitteri:
Impera: Age of discovery
Issa:
JaR:
Jack Russell’s Great White: Once acoustically bitten
Jaded Heart:
Jetboy: Frontiers Records
Jim Peterik Eye of the writer (acoustic album)
Jizzy Pearl: solo album. Frontiers Records
Joe Perry: solo album
John Corabi: 94 Live — One Night In Nashville Rat Pak Records
John Norum:
John Sykes: Sy-Ops
John Waite:
Johnny Gioeli: solo album
Jono:
Judas Priest:
Kane Roberts: new album Frontiers Records
The Killers: Wonderful wonderful
The Killing Floor:
King Diamond: Metal Blade Records
King's X
Lavalle
Leather:
Lee Aaron:
Leverage
Lillian Axe: From Womb To Tomb
Lion´s Share:
London:
Lou Gramm
Love N War:
Loverboy:
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mad Invasion:
Madam X:
Manticora:
Marc Scherer
Marilyn Manson: Heaven upside down
Maritayton:
Mass:
Maxxwell:
Meister/Michels:
Michael Angelo Batio:
Michael Learns To Rock:
Mick Mars: solo album
Midway:
Mitchell Hunt: Give Me A Sign. Lions Pride Music
Monster Magnet:
Morbid Angel:
Morning Dwell: The Guardians Of Time
Mother Road:
Motionless In White: Graveyard Shift. Roadrunner Records
Muse:
Myles Kennedy
Nasty Savage:
Night Legion:
Nite:
Nitro:
No Love Lost:
Not Hot Ashes: Frontiers Records
Old James:
One Soul Thrust
Ossy:
Owens/Caffery: Frontiers Records
Panorama:
Prefect Plan: All rise Frontiers records
Perfect View:
Pestilence: Hadeon
Phil Campbel:
Pink Cream 69:
Piston:
Platens
Playhouse
Powerman 5000: New wave Pavement Entertainment
Pretty Boy Floyd: new album Frontiers Records
Pretty Wild
R.P.G (Reece, Percudani Group)
The Ragged Saints
Rain Or Shine: Lions Pride Music
Rainmaker: Frontiers Records
Raintimes: Frontiers Records
Reach: The great divine
RebelHot:
Rebel Reno:
Red Dragon Cartel
Redvox:
Resurrection Kings:
Restorer: Fall of the world
Reuben Archer: Petrol Head
Revelations: Gatekeeper
Rhapsody Of Fire:
Richard Page: Goin´ south
Risin Tides:
Rob Moratti: new album Escape Music
Robert Fleischman: You gotta believe it
Rock Goddess:
Rockstars On Mars:
The Rockford Heroes
The Rods: Louder Than Loud Steamhammer/SPV
Romeo Riot:
Rose Tattoo: new album Golden Robot Records
Royal Flush:
Russ Ballard: Rockett Love:
Saffire:
Saint Asonia:
Saint Deamon:
Sambora/Orianthi Project:
Sammy Berell:
Sapphire Eyes:
Scream Maker: Back Against The World
SevenTrain
Shadowside:
Shadowspell:
Shakra
Shiraz Lane
Silvertide
Skid Row:
Snakes In Paradise: Step Into The Light Frontiers Records
Soleil Moon:
Sonic State Capital
Sonic Station:
Sons Of Icarus: Beyond The Sun
Space Elevator:
Stage Dolls:
Starbreaker:
Stardust:
State Of Salazar: new album Frontiers Records
Station:
Stellar Revival: Love, lust & bad company
Stephen Chesney:
Steve Perry:
Stingray:
Stoneflower:
Stone Machine
Stone Broken:
Stone Temple Pilots:
Strangers: Survival
Summers:
Sunsët: debut album Lions Pride Music
Sweet Leopard:
T.N.T:
Takara: Wicked and Beautiful
Teenage Time Killers: Greatest Hits Vol 1
Temple Of The Dog: s/t 25th anniversary A&M Records
Tesla:
Textures: Genotype Nuclear Blast
Timo Tolkki:
Toby Hitchcock:
Tombs: Metal Blade Records
Tommy Shaw:
Tony Harnell:
Tony Martin: Thornz
Trespass:
Trevor Rabin
Trivium: Roadrunner Records
Two Of A Kind: new album Frontiers Records
Tyketto: live DVD
Ummure: new album. Nuclear Blast
Uriah Heep: new album Frontiers Records
Valentine:
Vandenberg's MoonKings:
Vanishing Point:
Vendetta: new album Lion Music
Vixen: live album
Von Baltzer
Wheels Of Fire
Whitesnake:
White Wizzard: Infernal overdrive
Wildness: new album. AOR Heaven
Wind Rose: Stonehymn Inner Wound Recordings
X Japan:
Zero Tolerance:
Zhenx: Zhenx AOR Blvd Records

JAN 2018
Orphaned Land: Unsung prophets and dead messiahs 26.1 Century Media Records
PAL: Prime AOR Heaven
The Poodles: Prisma Gain/Sony
Saxon: Thunderbolt

FEB 2018
Toto: 40 Trips Around The Sun Sony Music

APR 2018
Shinedown:

MAY 2018
Orange Goblin:

2018
Adriangale: MelodicRock Records
Alice In Chains:
Allen/Lande:
Anvil: Pounding the pavement PledgeMusic
Bonfire: AFM Records
Brigade
The Brink: Frontiers Records
Circus Maximus
Creye: Frontiers Records
Devildriver: Outlaws Till The End
Disturbed:
Dokken:
Exodus:
Extreme:
Fifth Angel:
Ghost:
Jesse Damon
King Company:
Last In Line:
Lita Ford:
Magic Dance: Frontiers Records
Magnum: Lost on the road to eternity
Mason Hill: Frontiers Records
Metal Church:
Michael Schenker Fest: Nuclear Blast
Nazareth: Frontiers Records
Nightwish
Nile:
Pleasure Maker: Lions Pride Music
Queensryche:
Ratt:
Reckless Love
Royal Mess
Scorpions
Sevendust:
Spirits Of Fire: Frontiers Records
Starz:
Stryper:
Testament:
Tom Keifer:
Tremonti:
Venom:
Voivod:
W.E.T:
Work of Art:
          to consider for 2017 "BIG list" (no replies)        
New adds: Steve Walsh (nov), Band Of Spice (oct), Code Red (oct), Stan Bush (sep), Debbie Ray (sep), Patgirl Darkstarangels (oct), Vuur (oct), Autograph (oct), Frank Hannon (oct), Ronnie Montrose (sep), Fozzy (oct)

In bold, the last updates.


AUG 2017
The Nights: s/t 3.8 Frontiers Records
Accept: The rise of chaos 4.8 Nuclear Blast
Circus Maximus: Live in Oslo 4.8 Frontiers Records
Dead Cross: Dead Cross 4.8 Ipecac Recordings
Dirkschneider: Live – Back To The Roots - Accepted! 4.8 AFM Records
Exit Eden:Rhapsodies in black 4.8 Napalm Records
Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo habitual - Alive at twenty-five 4.8 Rock Fuel Media
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Lay it on down 4.8
Kryptonite: Kryptonite 4.8 Frontiers Records
Marty Friedman: Wall Of Sound 4.8 Prosthetic Records
Quiet Riot: Road Rage 4.8 Frontiers Records
Warbeast: Enter the arena 4.8 Housecore Records
The Winery Dogs: Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 4.8 Loud & Proud Records
World Trade: Unify 4.8 Frontiers Records
Wraith: Revelation 4.8 Cargo Records
Damn Freaks: Damn Freaks 11.8 MIGHTY Music
Dawn Of Disease: Ascension gate 11.8 Napalm Records
Hinder: The reign 11.8 BMG
Incantation: Profane Nexus 11.8 Relapse Records
Kickin Valentina: Imaginary Creatures 11.8 Mighty Music
The Lurking Fear: Out of the voiceless grave 11.8 Century Media
Venom INC: Avé 11.8 Nuclear Blast
Eluveitie: Evocation II 18.8 Nuclear Blast
Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner 18.8 Pavement Entertainment
Steven Wilson: To the bone 18.8 Caroline International
Robert Haglund: I wanna be somebody 19.8 MMS Records
Akercocke: Renaissance in extremis 25.8 Peaceville Records
Archange: Flashback 25.8 MIGHTY Music
Cats In Space: Scarecrow 25.8 Harmony Factory
Da Vinci: Ambition rocks 25.8 AOR Heaven
Dagoba: Black Nova 25.8 Century Media
Degreed: s/t 25.8 Gain/Sony Music
Eden´s Curse: Revisited 25.8 AFM Records
The Haunted: Strength In Numbers 25.8 Century Media
Hirsh Gardner: My brain needs a holiday 25.8 Escape Music
Jack Starr's Burning Starr: Stand Your Ground 25.8 High Roller Records
Java: Change of heart 25.8 Escape Music
Leprous: Malina 25.8 InsideOut Music
Lionheart: Second Nature 25.8 AOR Heaven
The New Roses: One more for the road 25.8 Napalm Records
Portrait: Burn the world 25.8 Metal Blade
Queens Of The Stone Age: Villains 25.8 Matador Records
Serious Black: Magic 25.8 AFM Records
Fiction Syxx: Tall Dark Secrets 26.8 MelodicRock Records
Jan Åkesson Shadow Rain: Ascension 26.8 MelodicRock Records
7HY: For the record 31.8 Lions Pride Music
Streamline: Streamline

SEP 2017
Dynamite: Big bang 1.9 Dynamite Productions
Motorhead: Under cöver 1.9
Paradise Lost: Medusa 1.9 Nuclear Blast
Septicflesh: Codex Omega 1.9 Prosthetic Records
STUD: Circle of lies 1.9
Tony Mills: Streets of chance 1.9 Battlegod Productions
The Quireboys: White trash Blues 5.9 Off Yer Rocka
Alter Bridge: Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities 8.9 Napalm Records
Arch Enemy: Will to power 8.9 Century Media Records
Deep Purple: A fire in the sky 8.9 Rhino Records
Gods Of Silence: Neverland 8.9
Lionize: Nuclear soul 8.9
Living Colour: Shade 8.9 Megaforce Records
Lynch Mob: The brotherhood 8.9 Rat Pak Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 8.9
Stray From The Path: Only death is real 8.9 Sumerian Records
Threshold: Legends Of The Shires 8.9 Nuclear Blast
Travelin Jack: Commencing countdown 8.9 Steamhammer/SPV
Uriah Heep: Raging through the silence 8.9 Cherry Red Records
Voodoo Six: Make way for the king 8.9 Cadiz Music
Pänzer: Fatal Command 9.9 Nuclear Blast
Dan Reed: Confessions 14.9
Airbound: Airbound 15.9 Art Of Melody Music
Belphegor: Totenritual 15.9 Nuclear Blast
Blackfinger: When colors fade away 15.9 M-Theory Audio
Bob Kulick: Skeletons in the closet 15.9 Vanity Music
The Contortionist: Clairvoyant 15.9 Entertainment One Music
Dirty Thrills: Heavy living 15.9 Frontiers Records
Ensisferum: Two paths 15.9 Metal Blade Records
Foo Fighters: Concrete and gold 15.9 Roswell Records/RCA
GUN: Favourite pleasures 15.9
Hell In The Club: See you on the dark side 15.9 Frontiers Records
Josh Todd & The Conflict: Year of the tiger 15.9 Century Media
Kee Of Hearts: Kee of hearts 15.9 Frontiers Records
Nothing More: The stories we tell ourselves 15.9 Better Noise Records
Sherikan Music Attraction: No more tra la la 15.9
Soil: Scream: the essentials 15.9 AFM Records
Steelheart: Through worlds of stardust 15.9 Frontiers Records
Wayward Sons: Ghosts Of Yet To Come 15.9 Frontiers Records
Black Country Communion: BCCIV 22.9 Mascot Records
Boulevard: Luminescence 22.9 MelodicRock Records
ColdSpell: A new world arise 22.9 Escape Music
Cradle Of Filth: Cryptoriana - The seductiveness of decay 22.9 Nuclear Blast
Diablo Blvd: Zero Hour 22.9 Nuclear Blast
H.E.A.T: Into the great unknown 22.9 Gain/Sony Music
Martina Edoff: We will align 22.9 AOR Heaven
Otherwise: Sleeping lions 22.9 Century Media
The Rasmus: Dark Matters 22.9
Roadcase Royale: First things first 22.9 Loud & Proud Records
Satyricon: Deep calleth upon deep 22.9 Napalm Records
Scherer/Batten: BattleZone 22.9 MelodicRock Records
Stan Bush: Change the world 22.9 L.A. Records
Van Morrison: Roll with the punches 22.9 Caroline International
Wayland: Rinse & repeat 22.9 Mighty Loud
Wolves In The Throne Room: Thrice woven 22.9 Artemisia Records
Darren Phillips Project: Vol one 23.9
Stone Temple Pilots: Core 25Th Anniv 25.9 Rhino Records
36 Crazyfists: Lanterns 29.9 Spinefarm Records
Air Raid: Across the line 29.9 High Roller Records
Celeste: INFIDÈLE(S) 29.9 Denovali Records
Debbie Ray: Slave to the system 29.9 Metalapolis Records
Evil Invaders: Feed me violence 29.9 Napalm Records
Jag Panzer: The Deviant Chord 29.9 SPV/Steamhammer
Kadavar: Rough times 29.9 Nuclear Blast
Newman: Aerial 29.9 AOR Heaven
Nocturnal Rites: Phoenix 29.9 AFM Records
Primus: The desaturating seven 29.9 ATO Records
Radio Moscow: New beginnings 29.9 Century Media Records
Ronnie Montrose: 10x10 29.9 Rhino Records
Shania Twain: Now 29.9 Virgin EMI
UFO: The Salentino cuts 29.9
Unsane: Sterilize 29.9 Southern Lord Records
Black Veil Brides: new album
Heaven & Earth: Hard to kill

OCT 2017
August Burns Red: Phantom anthem 6.10 Fearless Records
Autograph: Get off your ass 6.10 EMP Label Group
The Darkness: Pinewood smile 6.10 Cooking Vinyl
King King: Exile & grace 6.10
Panzer: Fatal command 6.10 Nuclear Blast
Patgirl Darkstarangels: Stop 10.10
Bigfoot: Bigfoot 13.10 Frontiers Records
Fozzy: Judas 13.10 Century media
L.A. Guns: The Missing Peace 13.10 Frontiers Records
Midnight Sin: One last ride 13.10 Scarlet Records
Phantom 5: Play to win 13.8 Frontiers Records
Power Quest: Sixth dimension 13.10 Inner Wound Recordings
Revolution Saints: Light in the dark 13.10 Frontiers Records
Robin Beck: Love is coming 13.10 Frontiers Records
Samael: Hegemony 13.10 Napalm Records
Tyketto: Live from Milan 2017 13.10 Frontiers Records
Code Red: Incendiary 20.10 AOR Heaven
Europe: Walk the earth 20.10 Silver Lining Music
Sons Of Apollo: Psychotic symphony 20.10 Inside Out Music
Vuur: In this moment we are free cities 20.10 InsideOut Music
Appice: Sinister 27.10 SPV/Steamhammer
Band Of Spice: Shadows remain 27.10 Scarlet Records
Heretic: A game you can not win 27.10 Dissonance Productions
Theory Of A Deadman: Wake up call 27.10 Atlantic Records
Adellaide: Flying High Lions 31.10 Pride Music
Annihilator:
Frank Hannon: Undercover RedHawk Records
Kobra And The Lotus: Prevail II Napalm Records
Midnite City:
The Radio Sun: Unstoppable Pride & Joy Music

NOV 2017
Almanac: Kingslayer 3.11 Nuclear Blast
Moonspell: 1755 3.11 Napalm Records
Sweet & Lynch: Unified 10.11 Frontiers Records
Cavalera Conspiracy: Psychosis 17.11 Napalm Records
Babylon A.D: Revelation Highway Frontiers Records
Burn: Ice age
Soto: new album Frontiers Records
Steve Walsh: Escape Music

DEC
Silked & Stained: Love on the road 18.12 Lions Pride Music

2017
A Perfect Circle: new album BMG
Absolva:
Acacia Avenue:
Act Of Defiance: Metal Blade Records
Adler:
Affäire: Neon Gods
Airrace:
Alicate:
Alissa (White-Gluz): solo album Napalm Records
Ammunition: Ammunition Frontiers Records
Angra:
Animal Drive: Frontiers Records
Arion:
Astral Doors:
Avatar:
Bad Religion:
Believer:
Black Majesty:
Black Rose:
Black Tiger: Tanzan Music
Block Buster:
Blood Red Saints:
Bohemian Lifestyle: Post vintage
Bombay Black: new album Kivel Records
Brett Walker: Archive Anthology MelodicRock Records
Brian Howe:
Britny Fox:
Buckets Rebel Heart:
Bullet: new album SPV/Steamhammer
Bullet For My Valentine:
Bulletboys: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Rain: new album Frontiers Records
Burning Witches:
Byzantine: The Cicada Tree Metal Blade
C.O.P
Care of Night:
Carcass:
City Of Thieves: Frontiers Records
Coming Of Age:
Coroner:
Cyhra: Spinefarm Records
D.A.D:
Dalton:
Dare: Out Of The Silence 2017
Dave Bickler: darklight
Death Dealer:
Deicide: new album. Century Media
Dennis DeYoung: Frontiers Records
Dextress:
DIO Disciples
Diztord:
Doomsday Outlaw: Frontiers Records
Edge Of Forever: new album
EISLEY/GOLDY: Frontiers Records
Electric Boys:
Eleventh Hour:
Evanescence: Synthesis
Evilyn Strange:
Exciter:
Exhumed: new album Relapse Records
F.M: new album Frontiers Records
Faith Circus: new album MelodicRock Records
Fall To June: s/t Lions Pride Music
Famous Underground:
Fate:
The Fell:
Find Me:
Foreigner:
Fortune: Comeback album
Fretless:
Gathering Of Kings:
Godsmack:
Göran Edman:
Gozu: Metal Blade Records
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Grand Design:
Grand Slam:
Gunner: All Access
Gunzo:
GWAR: The Blood Of Gods Metal Blade Records
Handful Of Rain
Hardcore Superstar
Honeymoon Suite: Hands Up
Houston:
Hurricane:
I AM I:
Ignore The Sign: SPV/Steamhammer
Impellitteri:
Impera: Age of discovery
Issa:
JaR:
Jack Russell’s Great White: Once acoustically bitten
Jaded Heart:
Jetboy: Frontiers Records
Jim Peterik Eye of the writer (acoustic album)
Jizzy Pearl: solo album. Frontiers Records
Joe Perry: solo album
John Corabi: 94 Live — One Night In Nashville Rat Pak Records
John Norum:
John Sykes: Sy-Ops
John Waite:
Johnny Gioeli: solo album
Jono:
Judas Priest:
Kane Roberts: new album Frontiers Records
The Killers: Wonderful wonderful
The Killing Floor:
King Diamond: Metal Blade Records
King's X
Lavalle
Leather:
Lee Aaron:
Leverage
Lillian Axe: From Womb To Tomb
Lion´s Share:
London:
Lou Gramm
Love N War:
Loverboy:
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mad Invasion:
Madam X:
Manticora:
Marc Scherer
Marilyn Manson: Heaven upside down
Maritayton:
Mass:
Maxxwell:
Meister/Michels:
Michael Angelo Batio:
Michael Learns To Rock:
Mick Mars: solo album
Midway:
Mitchell Hunt: Give Me A Sign. Lions Pride Music
Monster Magnet:
Morbid Angel:
Morning Dwell: The Guardians Of Time
Mother Road:
Motionless In White: Graveyard Shift. Roadrunner Records
Muse:
Myles Kennedy
Nasty Savage:
Night Legion:
Nite:
Nitro:
No Love Lost:
Not Hot Ashes: Frontiers Records
Old James:
One Soul Thrust
Ossy:
Owens/Caffery: Frontiers Records
Panorama:
Prefect Plan: All rise Frontiers records
Perfect View:
Pestilence: Hadeon
Phil Campbel:
Pink Cream 69:
Piston:
Platens
Playhouse
Powerman 5000: New wave Pavement Entertainment
Pretty Boy Floyd: new album Frontiers Records
Pretty Wild
R.P.G (Reece, Percudani Group)
The Ragged Saints
Rain Or Shine: Lions Pride Music
Rainmaker: Frontiers Records
Raintimes: Frontiers Records
Reach: The great divine
RebelHot:
Rebel Reno:
Red Dragon Cartel
Redvox:
Resurrection Kings:
Restorer: Fall of the world
Reuben Archer: Petrol Head
Revelations: Gatekeeper
Rhapsody Of Fire:
Richard Page: Goin´ south
Risin Tides:
Rob Moratti: new album Escape Music
Robert Fleischman: You gotta believe it
Rock Goddess:
Rockstars On Mars:
The Rockford Heroes
The Rods: Louder Than Loud Steamhammer/SPV
Romeo Riot:
Rose Tattoo: new album Golden Robot Records
Royal Flush:
Russ Ballard: Rockett Love:
Saffire:
Saint Asonia:
Saint Deamon:
Sambora/Orianthi Project:
Sammy Berell:
Sapphire Eyes:
Scream Maker: Back Against The World
SevenTrain
Shadowside:
Shadowspell:
Shakra
Shiraz Lane
Silvertide
Skid Row:
Snakes In Paradise: Step Into The Light Frontiers Records
Soleil Moon:
Sonic State Capital
Sonic Station:
Sons Of Icarus: Beyond The Sun
Space Elevator:
Stage Dolls:
Starbreaker:
Stardust:
State Of Salazar: new album Frontiers Records
Station:
Stellar Revival: Love, lust & bad company
Stephen Chesney:
Steve Perry:
Stingray:
Stoneflower:
Stone Machine
Stone Broken:
Stone Temple Pilots:
Strangers: Survival
Summers:
Sunsët: debut album Lions Pride Music
Sweet Leopard:
T.N.T:
Takara: Wicked and Beautiful
Teenage Time Killers: Greatest Hits Vol 1
Temple Of The Dog: s/t 25th anniversary A&M Records
Tesla:
Textures: Genotype Nuclear Blast
Timo Tolkki:
Toby Hitchcock:
Tombs: Metal Blade Records
Tommy Shaw:
Tony Harnell:
Tony Martin: Thornz
Trespass:
Trevor Rabin
Trivium: Roadrunner Records
Two Of A Kind: new album Frontiers Records
Tyketto: live DVD
Ummure: new album. Nuclear Blast
Uriah Heep: new album Frontiers Records
Valentine:
Vandenberg's MoonKings:
Vanishing Point:
Vendetta: new album Lion Music
Vixen: live album
Von Baltzer
Wheels Of Fire
Whitesnake:
White Wizzard: Infernal overdrive
Wildness: new album. AOR Heaven
Wind Rose: Stonehymn Inner Wound Recordings
X Japan:
Zero Tolerance:
Zhenx: Zhenx AOR Blvd Records

JAN 2018
Orphaned Land: Unsung prophets and dead messiahs 26.1 Century Media Records
PAL: Prime AOR Heaven
The Poodles: Prisma Gain/Sony
Saxon: Thunderbolt

FEB 2018
Toto: 40 Trips Around The Sun Sony Music

APR 2018
Shinedown:

MAY 2018
Orange Goblin:

2018
Adriangale: MelodicRock Records
Alice In Chains:
Allen/Lande:
Anvil: Pounding the pavement PledgeMusic
Bonfire: AFM Records
Brigade
The Brink: Frontiers Records
Circus Maximus
Creye: Frontiers Records
Devildriver: Outlaws Till The End
Disturbed:
Dokken:
Exodus:
Extreme:
Fifth Angel:
Ghost:
King Company:
Last In Line:
Lita Ford:
Magic Dance: Frontiers Records
Magnum: Lost on the road to eternity
Mason Hill: Frontiers Records
Metal Church:
Michael Schenker Fest: Nuclear Blast
Nazareth: Frontiers Records
Nightwish
Nile:
Pleasure Maker: Lions Pride Music
Queensryche:
Ratt:
Reckless Love
Royal Mess
Scorpions
Sevendust:
Spirits Of Fire: Frontiers Records
Starz:
Stryper:
Testament:
Tom Keifer:
Tremonti:
Venom:
Voivod:
W.E.T:
Work of Art:
          Comment on Dark Matter S03E10 720p HDTV 300MB nItRo by Hassaan Badar        
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          Why Is The Earth's Crust Mostly Silicon?        
A couple posts ago, I mused that it was a pretty goddamn convenient coincidence that most of the crust of the planet we live on was made of the one element that's absolutely essential to all modern technology.  Being a generally lazy person, I was ready to just shrug and say "eh god did it" until I remembered that I'm, at best, an agnostic and not supposed to be doing that.  So I went with my backup plan-- shrugging and saying "eh, astronomy/geology did it."  It wasn't really germane to the earlier post's topic anyway, but the whole point of this blog is to actually try to find out the answers to all the things in life I usually just shrug and accept.  Plus thinking about it got me curious about two things I know next to nothing about: how heavy elements are formed and how the earth was formed.

The answer to this one goes all the way back to the beginning of the universe, when all the matter in existence (your desk, my computer, Andy Reid, etc) was created in the first couple of hundred thousand years after the Big Bang.  Problematically, that matter at the time consisted almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, since a rapidly cooling quark-gluon-lepton plasma (the mess left by the Big Bang) is going to relax into the least energetic state possible. In this case, that means lots of individual or double protons that were eventually able to capture an equivalent number of electrons as the universe continued to cool.

Hydrogen is great for making water and explosions and everyone loves balloons, but as you've probably noticed almost everything solid in the universe is made up of heavier elements like carbon, silicon, and iron.  So how did we go from "shit-tons of hydrogen, helium, and not much else" to the clusterfuck of 100+ elements that makes up the periodic table?

Short answer: explosions, and lots of 'em.  All those clouds of hydrogen and helium in the early universe would eventually (~1 billion years) coalesce into discrete masses, aided by gravity.  Eventually these masses got dense enough that the hydrogen and helium at the cores was under enough pressure to undergo fusion.  The result was lots and lots of gigantic primordial stars. 
 
These primordial stars, being much purer hydrogen-helium blobs than most of our current crop, were able to burn a lot hotter and, as a result, could get quite a bit bigger.  More mass means more core pressure means way more fusion than we see in most "modern" stable stars, which mostly just make helium; large numbers of protons could be fused into heavy elements. Every element from carbon through iron is/was formed via extreme stellar fusion this way.

Conveniently, the stellar mass that's necessary for this kind of higher-order fusion to occur also tends to make a giant star (superstar?) extremely unstable, so after creating heavier elements in its core for awhile it generally goes boom in a supernova/hypernova event, spreading those elements out through the universe.  As a result, the universe's supply of heavy elements consists overwhelmingly of the stuff between carbon and iron on the periodic table.  The elements heavier than iron, created from less-common non-fusion processes in large stars (physical limits on stellar mass mean iron is about the heaviest thing you can make with pure stellar fusion), are quite a bit rarer and get even more so as their atomic number goes up.

Relative abundance of the elements in our solar system (and, by extension, the galaxy/universe).  The weird sawtooth pattern is due to the fact that elements with even atomic numbers have a higher binding energy than odd-numbered ones.  Note that the y-axis is log scale, so differences are bigger than they look.  (thx Wikipedia)

So a lot of the early history of the universe was just giant stars forming and exploding, making lots of heavy elements in the process (it's worth mentioning that this is still going on, although less frequently).  At the same time this supernova-fest was happening, more reasonably-sized stars that didn't explode all the damn time were also getting formed and coalesced into clusters, galaxies, etc, eventually giving us approximately the universe we know and love today.  Once there were stable stars, the whole process of gravitational capture of heavy elements and planetary accretion started creating solar systems, including ours. 

So at the end of the day (or couple billion years or whatever), the top ten most common heavy elements in the galaxy (in order of abundance) are oxygen, carbon, neon, iron, nitrogen, silicon, magnesium, sulfur, argon, and calcium.  It's a pretty safe bet that most of these are going to have a lot to do with Earth's composition.  We can rule neon and argon out almost immediately though; they're noble gasess and aren't going to form anything solid without lots of coercion.  Of the others, oxygen has a tremendous advantage: it can form stable, solid compounds with everything else on the list except the carbon and nitrogen, and lots of other elements too.  More importantly, it's the only top-ten element that's capable of doing this.  So it's pretty much a given that the crust is going to be made up of mostly "rock-like" (solid at planetary temperatures) oxides of abundant elements.  Oxygen, ergo, is pretty much a lock for most common crustal element, and indeed wins by more than a factor of two over the first runner-up.

So now that we're battling for second place, the question now becomes "which oxides?"  You can roughly work this out by looking at all the rock-like oxides, rating them by the galactic abundance (or lack thereof) of the other element involved, and then accounting for each oxide's molecular weight.  The weight matters because Earth was basically a liquid during its formation; heavier elements/compounds had a tendency to sink down toward the core, while the lighter ones floated around in what would become the crust.  So while you'd expect iron oxide to be the most common compound in the crust, its relatively high molecular weight causes it to place a distant fifth, after the silicon, aluminum, calcium, and magnesium oxides.  Same deal with magnesium, to a lesser extent; the less common, but much lighter aluminum and calcium oxides end up beating it out even though aluminum isn't even in the top ten of galactic abundance.

Relative abundance of elements in the Earth's crust.  Note that the green blob (elements that form rocky oxides) is kicking everything else's ass. (thx Wikipedia)
Silicon, though, is the best of all worlds: not only is it the second most common rock-like-oxide forming element in the galaxy (after iron), but the oxide it forms is also pretty light as these things go. Result: lots of silicon oxide in the overall composition of the earth, and nearly all of it floating at the top in what would eventually cool down and become the crust.  The only other oxide that even comes close is aluminum, and even it still lags more than a factor of three behind silicon oxide in crustal abundance.

So as usual, there's a perfectly reasonable, if somewhat long and complicated, explanation for why the most common element in the crust of our home planet is also one of the most useful.  Yes, it's a complete coincidence that silicon happens to also be a semiconductor as far as I can tell, but at least now we know why there's so much of it around.  Still, if silicon didn't semiconduct we'd be pretty SOL; the next most common Si-like elemental semiconductor is germanium, which is about six orders of magnitude less abundant than silicon.  (Slight caveat for the pedantic: carbon, in diamond form, will semiconduct, but not in ways that are very conducive to the low-power digital electronics we like so much.  Still, we might've made it work if we had to, we're clever like that.) 

An interesting, largely unrelated fact I learned while looking all this up is that the galaxy (and by extension probably the universe) is, even now, still more than 99% composed of hydrogen and helium.  All the rest of the other elements put together barely comprise enough matter to even rate as a contaminant.  Even weirder, that contaminated field of hydrogen-helium only comprises about 5% of the universe; the rest is apparently dark matter and dark energy.  And that's where I'll stop, because I really don't want to have to go there.  

Thanks to Wikipedia for most of the basics of this one, and the blog's astrophysicist pal for some fact-checking of the parts with stars in them.

          What Is the Mass of the Universe?        
I don't feel bad about knowing this one because in some sense astronomy is basically the opposite of nanotechnology (my numbers are really small, their numbers are really big, right?).  Still, like any good nerd I read most of the pop-science books and articles I run across about space and the various weird things floating around in it.  Most of those articles concern dark matter and dark energy, the parts of the universe that we know have to be there but can't figure out a way to directly observe.  The question of dark matter and dark energy appears, to this vaguely informed outsider, to be a huge clusterfuck of an issue and not something anybody has a good answer for at this point (this has been confirmed by at least one actual astronomer person that I know, right down to the word "clusterfuck"), so I'm not even going to step in that one.

My question is related, but much simpler: we know "dark matter" exists because the mass of the "visible" universe is much lower than you'd expect it to be from gravity observations.  Ergo, there must be more matter out there than we can directly detect (secret science hint: aforementioned astronomer friend says it's probably just lots of neutrinos, and not "invisible space monsters" as I'd originally guessed).  Implicit in that explanation is something pretty staggering: astronomers have apparently figured out how to estimate the mass of the entire goddamn observable universe to a reasonable level of precision (at least a couple of orders of magnitude).  How the hell did they manage that?

This seemed kind of impractical (image of universe from Wikipedia, image of scale from random google image search)

The answer is kind of an anticlimax, unfortunately; there were no ridiculous calculations or impossibly precise measurements of gravity involved, just some basic observations and lots of extrapolation.

The key is that space, as far as we can tell, is pretty much the same all across the universe: stars of the same type have roughly the same densities, galaxies have roughly the same stellar densities, chunks of space have roughly the same galactic densities, etc etc etc.  There are centuries of astronomical data to back this one up, and the fact that even I know it should say something about its complete lack of controversy. 

So armed with that convenient fact, you can vastly simplify the question: if you can calculate the area of one more or less representative chunk of space, you should be able to extrapolate that number out ad infinitum.  That's still a lot of universe to deal with, but you can keep drilling down until you hit numbers that can actually be measured.

One of the most current (according to Wikipedia, which may not be the leading authority on this matter) estimates of the mass of the universe uses the Hubble volume (a sphere as big as the whole observable universe; what's important here is that it has a volume of about 4 x 10^30 cubic light years) as its representative chunk of space.  It combines this with observations (by the Hubble telescope, natch) of stellar and galactic volume and density to estimate the number of galaxies, and by extension the number of stars, in the gigantic bubble, mostly by assuming that the parts we've been able to observe are the same as all the other parts density-wise.  For what it's worth, there are about 5 x 10^21 stars in there.

So we're almost there, we just need to decide what to use as the mass of a star.  This is where it gets a little heliocentric and sketchy; the mass of the sun (2 x 10^30 kg) gets used as the mean stellar mass, ostensibly because it's about average-sized (there are lots of bigger stars, but also lots of much smaller ones) but also because we know its mass to a conveniently high degree of precision, what with it being right next door and all.  Still, people who know a lot more than me about this stuff seem to think it's a reasonable assumption.

So the mass calculation becomes a simple equation: mass = number of stars * mean stellar mass.  Even I can do that one.  Apparently the mass of the observable universe is approximately 3 x 10^52 kg, which is a lot of kg. There's another estimation that's even simpler, based on the fact that the universe appears to be at near-critical density, but it gives you essentially the same number. 

Interestingly, if you go back and use that number to calculate the density of observable space, you get 1.766 x 10^-26 kg/m^3 as the mean density of the universe.  To put that in nano-perspective, that's slightly under one atom per cubic meter.  The universe is pretty empty when you think about it.
          StarShipSofa No 322 Robert Scherrer        

Coming up…

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis 02:10

“Descartes’ Stepchildren” by Robert Scherrer 16:20

Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  His research area is cosmology, encompassing work on dark energy, dark matter, big bang nucleosynthesis, and the large-scale structure of the universe.  He is also the author of a quantum mechanics textbook and has published several popular science articles and science fiction short stories.

THE SOFANAUTS IS PROUD TO PRESENT A LECTURE FROM HARRY TURTLEDOVE

A big thank you to McPherson College for allowing The Sofanauts to play this...

          172. Dear Cheap Astronomy - Episode 010 - 5 June 2013        
This week we try dunking a hypertoroid in a gravity well of dark matter.

          64. What can the dark matter be? - 23 March 2010        
Cheap Astronomy tries to shine a light on dark matter - but that doesn't seem to achieve much.

          Ep 171: Science... sort of - Beatrice Walks The Plank        

00:00:00 - Katie McKissick, creator of the Beatrice the Biology and contributor to Symbiartic, joins Ben and Ryan to talk about the highs and lows of making comics about biology. (NOTE TO PARENTS: The language does get a bit salty, it is biology after all.) Katie has also recently put out a book of her comics, Amoeba Hugs and Other Nonsense, which you would be an utter fool not to buy.

00:38:39 - Drinks go into your biology and that can be a good thing. Katie has a Gams-bart Roggenbier from Los Angeles Ale Works, aka her husband's brewery! Ben enjoys some sticky sweet soursop juice. And Ryan makes a Corpse Reviver #2 in honor of a certain holiday.

00:49:24 - We talk about zombies often, so how could we avoid covering the trailer for the upcoming fire monkey zombie movie World War Z. And don't forget, we talked to the author of the book, Max Brooks, back in episode 66.

01:13:14 - Some clever chaps at the Max Plank Institute have released their findings readjusting the ratios of dark energy, dark matter, and regular matter. Ben takes a long time to explain this and Ryan forgot to turn on the timer duck. Sorry Christina! (And really everyone else too.)

01:41:52 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like constants in phyisics, they change all the time. Ryan has a generous donation from Bryan E. Thanks, Bryan! And Trevor R. wants to know what's up with this "archive" thing. Turns out it's spelled arXiv and you can go there to learn stuff.

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!

 

Music for this week's show provided by:

The Plank - The Devil Makes Three

Payday at the Pub - Slim Dusy

Search and Destroy - The Stooges

I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys


          Ep 81: Science... sort of - Mad Men        

00:00:00 - Your logo may say more about you than you'd like, so spring for the nicer shirt, because sometimes you just can't fight evolution as a new study shows that name brand can make the difference.

 

00:12:18 - What are we drinking? Charlie talks labels and a different kind of taste. Ben goes back to a brand he trusts. And Ryan tries to stick with the theme with a very convoluted connection.

 

00:17:41 - Trailer Trash Talk gets both high and deep as the Paleopals break down the trailer for Werner Herzog's new 3D documentary The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

 

00:33:08 - Science... sort of gets topical with a story about how language affects culture, politics and so much more when a video from RSA about linguistics gets the Paleopals thinking about current events in the Arab world.

 

00:49:52 - Paleopows are like uprisings, they show up when you least expect it and make you feel much less powerful. But this week we have a few doozies. First off, Ricky sends us a cryptic donation which helps explain last week's sign off. Then Ryan has some followup from the NCAA tournament via Sam A. And finally, Charlie has e-mail from a young whipper-snapper Doug who has been thinking long and hard about dark matter.

 

 

Thanks for listening, we have a blog, sometimes we even us it. It's called The Paleocave.

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Change Clothes - Jay-Z

A Beautiful Mine - Aceyalone & RJD2

The Cave - Mumford and Sons

That was a crazy game of poker - OAR


          Remembering French Actress Jeanne Moreau / Playwright Sam Shepard        
Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema, died on Monday at 89. She starred in the films 'Jules and Jim' and 'The Lovers.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1993 about disobeying her father to pursue acting and working with director Louis Malle. Sam Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including 'Buried Child.' His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in 'The Right Stuff.' He talked with Terry Gross in 1998. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album 'Dark Matter.'
           Search for dark matter in events with a hadronically decaying W or Z boson and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector         
ATLAS Collaboration (Including: Farrington, Sinead, Harrison, P. F., Janus, M., Jeske, C., Jones, G. (Graham), Martin, T. A. and Pianori, E.). (2014) Search for dark matter in events with a hadronically decaying W or Z boson and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Physical Review Letters, Volume 112 (Number 4). Article number 041802 . ISSN 0031-9007
           Search for dark matter candidates and large extra dimensions in events with a photon and missing transverse momentum in pp collision data at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector         
ATLAS Collaboration (Including: Farrington, Sinead and Jones, G. (Graham)). (2013) Search for dark matter candidates and large extra dimensions in events with a photon and missing transverse momentum in pp collision data at √s=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Physical Review Letters, Volume 110 (Number 1). Article number: 011802. ISSN 0031-9007
           Search for dark matter candidates and large extra dimensions in events with a jet and missing transverse momentum with the ATLAS detector         
Atlas Collaboration (Including: Jones, G. (Graham) and Farrington, Sinead). (2013) Search for dark matter candidates and large extra dimensions in events with a jet and missing transverse momentum with the ATLAS detector. Journal of High Energy Physics, Volume 4 . Article number 75. ISSN 1029-8479
          Dark Matter        
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          THE DARK MATTER        

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He Who created the heavens and the earth and ALL THAT IS BETWEEN, in six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of Authority): Allah Most Gracious: ask thou, then, about Him of any acquainted (with such things). (Quran 25:59)
In many verses, Quran talks about creating the heavens and the earth in six days. Only in couple of verses, Quran makes it a point to add something else i.e. wama baynahuma, which means "what's between them". My entire fascination and fixation was initially on "six days", whether it was really six days, six years, periods, stages and I never appreciated this word "what's between them". As I grew up and read and started to sort of study, I was really surprised to see that the truly amazing thing in this verse is the word "what's between them".
So I started going back to see what did our scholars say about this word in the tafsir books and most scholars glossed over this word in its entirety and focused mainly on heavens and earth. One or two books of tafsir said "what's between them" means the trees and animals on the surface of the earth must be what Quran is talking about. We can not say this interpretation is wrong but we can definitely say that today there is a better interpretation.
What is that interpretation in my opinion?
It is the notion of what we have come to learn as a product of 20th century science called "Dark Matter".
We know that everything is made of atoms. Atoms are made of electrons, protons and neutrons. Science advances more, then we say even the electrons, protons and neutrons are made of even smaller things like quarks and so forth. Then all of a sudden science discovers that there is another form of matter out there that we are not able to detect with any of our conventional methods at all. Most of the way, we are able to say that matter exists is because it interacts with electromagnetic radiation either it interacts with light or it interacts with X-rays or gamma rays.
Dark matter does not seem to interact with anything that we know about. We are able to deduce its existence simply because it has gravitational force.
Professor John Vacca in his book "The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems" discusses about the mystery of dark matter in its very first chapter because he considers dark matters as the most basic fundamental problem and everything else is less important than that.
MALE (voice-over) : Stars spinning around the center of galaxies were supposed to behave like the planets.
NATARAJAN: With our solar system, you have the sun in the center and you have sort of the planets orbiting around. And since the dominant gravity is that of the sun, the planets that are the outer planets, they are much slower than the planets that are inside. So naturally what people expected
to find was similarly in a galaxy, if you measure the speed of the stars away from the center towards the Edge, you expect it to fall off.
And what Vera Rubin found instead, which actually she measured that, for a spiral galaxy was that the speed stayed the same. As she sort of mapped the speed of the stars from the inside out all the way to the Edge, they stayed the same.
Rubin was the first to pose the question that baffled the scientist ever since. If all the stars in a galaxy moved with the same speed regardless of their distance from the center, then the center could not be the only source of gravity, something else should be exerting the powerful force, something that we simply can not see.
Rubin had every reason to believe that her discovery will bring great excitement. Her announcement that there was dark matter associated with every individual galaxy was received with much skepticism because of far reaching implications it had on the percentage of dark matter in the universe. From her work, she inferred that almost 90% of the mass in a spiral galaxy had to be dark matter.
Rubin's finding suggested that the destiny of galaxies is governed by a vast and inscrutable network. Every galaxy is enveloped in dark matter, invisibly locking all the stars in its embrace with the gravity of its exertion.
MALE (voice-over) : What was the Dark Matter? Steve Hawking one of the leading scientists of the 21th century says,
STEVE HAWKINGS: By its very nature, (cold) dark matter has to be hard to detect. Finding a way to do so is one of the most difficult tasks in physics today.
There are two possibilities. If there is only a fair small amount of dark matter, the universe will continue to expand forever and on the other hand if there is a lot of dark matter, then the gravity will slow down the expansion of the universe and stop in eventually. Then the universe will begin to contract and will end up in a Big Crunch, like the Big Bang reverse.
As Steve Hawkins indicated, the fate of the universe and Allah knows the best, is ultimately determined based on the amount of dark matter that is contained in this universe. If there is no sufficient dark matter, the universe will keep expanding forever. If there is more than certain critical amount of dark matter, that would be enough for the stars to loose some of the energy and the expansion slows down a little bit, that will be enough for the gravitational force to run this process in reverse, the way it initially began.
Scientists have sent space probe to try to define and they call it gamma. Gamma is a quotient.On the top half of the quotient is the total amount of mass in the universe (an easy enough idea). On the bottom half is the amount of mass needed to provide enough gravity so that the universe doesn't fly apart forever. If gamma is greater than one then the mass of the universe is greater than the amount needed to hold it together and the universe will contract back on itself. If gamma is less than one then the mass of the universe is less than the amount needed to hold it together and the universe will expand out through space forever. All the measurements they made fell on the line very close to gamma being equal to one. We don't really have a good handle yet at all on what is going to happen. But the time scale when the Big Crunch will happen will be determined based on the how much dark matter there is.
"Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed, did Allah create the heavens and the earth, and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny the meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection) ! (Quran 30:8)
When Allah says, "Do they not ponder themselves", it means He is giving us a hint. In one of the very few instances where Allah puts in wama baynahuma, which means "what's between them", He linked "what's between them" to "this is for an appointed period". In my mind what interesting way of looking into this verse is that Allah may be giving us a hint and Allah knows the best that the dark matter is indeed going to determine this "ajal' meaning "how long it would last". Allah further says, despite all of these so many people do not believe that they are going to meet God.
Steve Hawking believes in Big Crunch whereas other scientists believe that the universe will keep expanding. (img:2450103061715)
Allah says in the Quran, "The Day that WE ROLL UP THE HEAVENS LIKE A SCROLL ROLLED UP FOR BOOKS (COMPLETED) (completed), - even as We produced the first creation, so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfill it.." (Quran 21:104)
In the past, science was not developed as we have today and hence tafsirs could not explain this verse the way we described. Hence based on the Quranic verse it is evident that the Universe will contract and Allah knows the best.

          Kommentar zu Monte Cook’s Invisible Sun RPG: You’re so smart von Ingo        
Bin auch total fasziniert. Hab gleich mal zwei andere Spiele bestellt und unterstützt: Glorantha The Gods War (Kickstarter) und Imperial Struggle (GMT). Mit anderen Worten: Ich mache es so wie L3v1athan. Wenn ich etwas sehen würde, was 200/540$ wert wäre, könnten wir reden, aber ich sehe nur Worthülsen, Kitsch und seicht-prätentiöses Eso-Gesülze. Noch schlimmer als das enervierende Numenera-Geblubber. Sorry Monte, nimm es nicht persönlich, dass ich Deinen Kram meist nicht nicht leiden kann. Es ist mir vollkommen schleierhaft, wie Dir Planescape und Dark Matter passieren konnte.
          Geektown Radio 117: 'Dark Matter' Co-Creator Joseph Mallozzi, UK TV News & UK TV Air Date Info!        
Normal service is resumed on the show this week, as we have the return of our TV Editor Andrew to the co-host chair and a very timely interview with Joseph Mallozzi, writer and co-creator of the brilliant Syfy show 'Dark Matter'! Returning to Syfy UK for its Season 3 with a double bill on Monday the 12th June at 8pm, we rejoin the crew of the Raza who had been left in a somewhat precarious situation! Since they awoke on the derelict spaceship with no memory of who they were or how they got there, they have managed to piece together some of their past – but only at the price of becoming ensnared in betrayal, vengeance and deadly interplanetary secrets... This culminated at the end of Season 2 with the EOS 7 space station blowing up with some of the team still aboard. Now, the survivors must stay alive and find the missing. We had a chance to sit down with Joe and talk through what is coming up for the crewmates, and new people that might be joining them. We also chat a little about his previous work on...
          Books in the Mail (W/E 2016-03-12)        
It is Sunday, so that means I post the books I received the weeks before

Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars #4) by Jack Campbell (Ace Hardcover 05/03/2016) – Fourth installment of the side-quel(?) parallel series to Campbell’s extremely popular The Lost Fleet series. I’ve read a handful of the books in the series and enjoyed them, but the series has sort of fallen to the back burner.

The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Fleet returns to the “strong saga”* of a rebellion against a totalitarian regime and the determination of two people to create a better future in the farthest reaches of the colonized galaxy…

The Syndicate Worlds continue to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they’re establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule continues to undermine their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders’ promises of freedom from tyranny.

Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with an even greater threat. An enigma warship has appeared and vanished near a Syndic colony. If the aliens are capable of jumping into other human-occupied star systems, then billions of people could be vulnerable to a hostile invasion fleet anywhere they choose to strike.

But an even greater vulnerability lies with Iceni and Drakon, as a once-trusted adviser-turned-saboteur plans revenge…


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Crown Hardcover 08/02/2016) – New SF Thriller from Crouch, whose popular Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted for television in Summer 2015. The marketing material sent with this book (which came in a big, black bubble envelope) indicates this is the book Crouch has been working his life to finish.

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.


Children of the Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (New American Library, Hardcover 05/10/2016) – A new novel from Guy Gavriel Kay is always cause for celebration. I’m a few novels behind, but I’ve never been disappointed by anything he’s written.


The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new book, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands—where empires and faiths collide.

From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...

          Geektown Radio : Episode 23 – The Game Of Throne Finale Dissection, plus TV News, UK TV Updates & Air Date Info!        

This week is episode 23, and it's another Chris show, as Amanda is currently somewhere in a muddy field listening to bands and eating falafel burgers, and Adam is off up a mountain... or somewhere in a desert... or in a cave... one of those adventurey things he likes to do anyway! So this week, as Chris has managed to watch it, we have an in depth dissection of the Game Of Thrones Finale - WARNING - SPOILERS... There's also all the latest UK TV News and updates you've come to know and love. ;)
In this weeks show:

We take a look at the tv shows & games which have been taking up our time over the last week, including Kerbal Space Program, Batman: Arkham Knight, Orange Is The New Black and Dark Matter.
An in depth dissection of the Game Of Thrones Finale - WARNING - SPOILERS
The TV & Film news from the last week, including Top Gear's new host, the new Spiderman casting & director, and Hannibal's cancellation.
As usual, all the latest air date updates, and a look forward...

          Highway 322 08-03-2017 with Desdemona Finch        
Playlist:

Steve Earle The Dukes- Fixin To Die - So You Wannabe An Outlaw
Phoebe Hunt The Gatherers- New York - Shantis Shadow
Justin Townes Earle- If I Was The Devil - Kids In The Street
Christopher Paul Stelling- The Cost Of Doing Business - Itinerant Arias
- voicebreak -
John Moreland- Aint We Gold - Big Bad Luv
Chuck Prophet- If I Was Connie Britton - Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Josh Ritter- Kathleen - Hello Starling Deluxe Edition
Dayna Kurtz And Mamie Minch- Only The Lonely - For The Love Of Hazel Songs For Hazel Dickens
Malcolm Holcombe- Pretty Little Troubles - Pretty Little Troubles
- voicebreak -
Dom La Nena- Batuque - Ela
Randy Newman- Putin - Dark Matter
Tricca McNiff- Paris Rain - Southern Sun
- voicebreak -
Susan Enan- Skin Bone Silicone - Plainsong
Rachel Sermanni- Bones - Under Mountains
Tim Easton- Right Before Your Own Eyes - American Fork


playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/54/playlistDate/2017-08-03
          Circle City Con 2017 Videos        
Link: http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=videos/circlecitycon2017/mainlist
These are the Circle City Con 2017 videos. Thanks to the staff for inviting me down to record. Big thanks to @irishjack, @0DDJ0BB, @Ajediday, Jim, @securesomething Mike, @KitWessendorf, fl3uryz, InfaNamecheap, Chris and other for helping set up AV and record.

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Keynote: Words Have Meanings
Dan Tentler

And the Clouds Break: Continuity in the 21st Century
Wolfgang Goerlich

DNS Dark Matter Discovery - There's Evil In Those Queries
Jim Nitterauer

Tales from the Crypt...(analyst)
Jeff Man

Trials and Tribulations of setting up a Phishing Campaign - Insight into the how
Haydn Johnson

Everything is Not Awesome: How to Overcome Barriers to Proper Network Segmentation
Jason Beatty

Talky Horror Picture Show: Overcoming CFP Fears
Kat Sweet

Fuzzing with AFL
Adam DC949

Cybersecurity for real life: Using the NIST Framework to protect your critical infrastructure
Ryan Koop

Why is the Internet still working?
James Troutman

Effective Report Writing for Security Practitioners
Benjamin Robinson

The Decision Makers Guide To Managing Risk
Joel Cardella

Application Security Metrics
Caroline Wong

Security Training: Making Your Weakest Link The Strongest
Aaron Hnatiw

Network Security? What About The Data?
0ddj0bb 0ddj0bb

Detecting DNS Anomalies with Statistics
Jamie Buening

It's A Disaster!
Cheryl Biswas

OSINT And Your World A Love Story
Michael James

Network manipulation on video games.
Alex Kot

Threat Intelligence: Zero to Basics
Chris J

The Kids Aren't Alright: Security and K-12 Education in America
Vivienne Pustell

Ph'ing Phishers
JAe

How To Be Curious
Bret Mattingly

Of Flags Frogs 4chan OPSec vs Weaponized Autism
Adrian Crenshaw

The State of Security in the Medical Industry
Cannibal (billy)

Open Sesamee
Max Power

See beyond the veil: Automating malicious javascript deobfuscation
Chad Robertson

Changing our future with 3D Printing
Emily Peed

You're not old enough for that: A TLS extension to put the past behind us
Falcon Darkstar Momot

We Don't Always Go Lights and Sirens
Kendra Cooley

Ichthyology: Phishing as a Science
Karla Burnett

Creating Your Own Customized Metamorphic Algorithm
Raul Alvarez

Peakaboo - I own you: Owning hundreds of thousands of devices with a broken HTTP packet
Amit Serper

Ye Olde Hacking
Johnny Xmas

Closing Keynote: Lectures or Life Experiences - Awareness Training that Works!
Tottenkoph & Cindy Jones

Closing Ceremonies


          BSidesLV 2013 Videos        
Videos: http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=videos/bsideslasvegas2013/mainlist
These are the videos from the BSides Las Vegas conference. Thanks to all of the BSides Crew for having me out to help record and render the videos. @bsideslv, @banasidhe, @kickfroggy, @quadling, @jack_daniel 

"The Security Industry - How to Survive Becoming Management" - Christien Rioux

Discovering Dark Matter: Towards better Android Malware Heuristics - Jimmy Shah, David Shaw, Matt Dewitt

Mom! I Broke My Insulin Pump... Again! - Jay "Rad" Radcliffe

Dungeons & Dragons, Siege Warfare, and Fantasy Defense in Depth - Evan Davidson and Noah Schiffman

HiveMind: Distributed File Storage Using JavaScript Botnets - Sean Malone

gitDigger: Creating useful wordlists from public GitHub repositories - WiK and Mubix

Collaborative Penetration Testing With Lair - Tom Steele and Dan Kottmann

Social Aftermath Responding to Social Pwnage - Steven F. Fox

Silence Equals Death - Violet Blue

The Cavalry Isn't Coming: Starting the Revolution to Fsck it All! - Nicholas J. Percoco and Joshua Corman

A Fire In The Eye - Olli-Pekka Niemi and Antti Levomaki

Defense Evasion Modeling - Frank Artes

"Malware Management Framework" - We detected WinNTI with it! - Michael Gough

Crunching the Top 10,000 Websites' Password Policies and Controls - Steve Werby

Governments and UFOs: A Historical Analysis of Disinformation and Deception - Richard Thieme

Strange interactions in personal data: Brokers and the CFAA - Christine Dudley

Diamonds, Fitness and Cults: Manipulation for Fun and Profit - Katie Rodzon

Vulnerability & Exploit Trends: A Deep Look Inside The Data - Ed Bellis, Michael Roytman

EC2 or Bust - How to Build Your Own Pen Testing Lab in Amazon EC2 - Grecs

Techniques for Escaping the AppSec Labyrinth - Andrew Hay

The Erudite Inebriate's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Purfuit of Happinefs - Jack Daniel

Hack the Hustle! Career Strategies for Information Security Professionals - Eve Adams

Information Sharing, or "I've got 99 problems and they're probably pretty similar to yours" - Chris Mills

Convincing Your Management, Your Peers, and Yourself That Risk Management Doesn't Suck - Josh Sokol

How embracing social media helped me stop the hackers, save the world and get the girl! - Javvad Malik

Malware Automation - Christopher Elisan

Popping the Penguin: An Introduction to the Principles of Linux Persistence - Mark Kita

Network Survival WCS - James Costello

The Slings and Arrows of Open Source Security - Tod Beardsley and Mister X

What if Petraeus was a hacker' Email privacy for the rest of us - Fak3r

Never Mind Your Diet, Cut the Crap From Your Vocabulary - Keli Hay (Brian Martin)

The 7 habits of highly effective CISOs - Franklin Tallah (Wendy Nather)

The Little Dutch Boy - D0n Quix0te (Bill E. Ghote)

Stop Shooting Blanks: No magic bullets in your arsenal - Renegade6 (Nicolle Neulist)

Flameout - Burnout Supernova - Dan Ward (Ally Miller)

The Sensual Side of 3D Printing - Kat Sweet (Javvad Malik)

Fun with WebSockets using Socket Puppet - Mister Glass (Weasel)

Using Machine Learning to Support Information Security - Alex Pinto (Joel Wilbanks)

The Truth, You Thought We Wouldn't Know' - Wolf Flight (Terry Gold)

Vulnerabilities in Application Whitelisting: Malware Case Studies - Jared Sperli and Joe Kovacic (J0hnny Brav0)

The Goodness is Baked In: Baking Assurance into Software - Ebony (Davi Ottenheimer)

Matriux Leandros:An Open Source Penetration Testing and Forensic Distribution - Prajwal Panchmahalkar (Savant42)

Sixteen Colors: Archiving the Evolution of ANSI and ASCII Art - Doug Moore (Brendan O'Connor)

You Are Being Watched! - Bharat Jogi

Calling All Researchers: A Discussion on Building a Security Research Framework - Michael "DrBearSec" Smith

Evil Empire: SIEM FTW - EggDropX and Tha CheezMan

Attribution Shmatribution! FIX YOUR SHIT! - Krypt3ia

Breach Panel - Davi Ottenheimer, Raymond Umerley, Jack Daniel, Steve Werby, David Mortman & George V. Hulme

Roll-your-own Lightning Talks

Attacking and Defending Full Disk Encryption - Tom Kopchak

Say It to My Face - Shannon Sistrunk

Alex Dreams of Risk: How the Concept of Being a Craftsman can Help you Find Meaning and Avoid Burnout - Alex Hutton

You can't make people act more securely, you can help them want to. - Ivan Campbell and Twyla Campbell


          Randy Newman - DARK MATTER (2017) Nonesuch Records | di Rocco Sapuppo        
Stati Uniti   #consigliatodadistorsioni        Della prestigiosa carriera del grande Randall (Randy per gli amici) Stuart Newman, si è scritto a sufficienza, sin da quel remoto 1968 che vide...

DISTORSIONI, il magazine di musica rock, avanguardia, elettronica, folk

          Cold Dark Matter on DecomP        
I've got a new story out on DecomP's new and improved site. It looks great and while I was expecting this story out in January, it's well worth the wait to be on such a handsomely designed page. I'm in good company with fellow Zoetropers Ethel Rohan, Bonnie ZoBell...and many others.

It's is one of my "ships in the night" stories. I keep revisiting that theme for some reason. There's probably some submerged psychological reason for that. I wrote the story for a dear, dear friend, who gets dearer by the day. I hope you enjoy Cold Dark Matter.
          The Playwright - December, 2006        
Playwrights Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Dark Matters"), Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed"), Kia Corthron ("Breath Boom"), Daisy Foote ("Bhutan") and Adam Rapp ("Red Light Winter") discuss why they, as products of the age of electronic entertainment -- and as writers who work in various forms -- choose to tell certain stories in the theatre; consider whether one can be taught playwriting or whether one simply learns it; ponder the prevalence of 90 minute plays against the three-act classics of the past; and reflect upon the writers who most influenced their own work.
          Is Dark Matter "Fuzzy"?        
Screening
Four of the 13 galaxies clusters used in the study. The clusters are, starting at the top left
and going clockwise, Abell 262, Abell 383, Abell 1413, and Abell 2390.

Astronomers have used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to study the properties of dark matter, the mysterious, invisible substance that makes up a majority of matter in the universe. The study, which involves 13 galaxy clusters, explores the possibility that dark matter may be more "fuzzy" than "cold," perhaps even adding to the complexity surrounding this cosmic conundrum.

For several decades, astronomers have known about dark matter. Although it cannot be observed directly, dark matter does interact via gravity with normal, radiating matter (that is, anything made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons bundled into atoms). Capitalizing on this interaction, astronomers have studied the effects of dark matter using a variety of techniques, including observations of the motion of stars in galaxies, the motion of galaxies in galaxy clusters, and the distribution of X-ray emitting hot gas in galaxy clusters. Dark matter has also left an imprint on the radiation left over from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

However, astronomers have been struggling for decades to understand the detailed properties of dark matter. In other words, they would like to know how dark matter behaves in all environments, and, ultimately, what it is made of.

The most popular model assumes that dark matter is a particle more massive than a proton that is "cold", meaning that it moves at speeds much smaller than the speed of light. This model has been successful at explaining the structure of the universe on very large scales, much bigger than galaxies, but it has problems with explaining how matter is distributed on the smaller scales of galaxies.

For example, the cold dark matter model predicts that the density of dark matter in the center of galaxies is much higher than in surrounding regions close to the center. Because normal matter is attracted to the dark matter, it also should have a strong peak in density at the center of galaxies. However, astronomers observe that the density of both dark and normal matter in the center of galaxies is much more evenly spread out. Another issue with the cold dark matter model is that it predicts a much higher number of small galaxies orbiting around galaxies like the Milky Way than astronomers actually see.

To address these problems with the cold dark matter model, astronomers have come up alternative models where dark matter has very different properties. One such model takes advantage of the principle in quantum mechanics that each subatomic particle has a wave associated with it. If the dark matter particle has an extremely small mass, about ten thousand trillion trillion times smaller than an electron's mass, its corresponding wavelength will be about 3,000 light years. This distance from one peak of the wave to another is about one eighth of the distance between the Earth and the center of the Milky Way. By contrast, the longest wavelength of light, a radio wave, is only a few miles long.

Waves from different particles on these large scales can overlap and interfere with each other like waves on a pond, acting like a quantum system on galactic rather than atomic scales.

The large wavelength of the particles' wave means that the density of dark matter in the center of galaxies cannot be strongly peaked. Therefore to an observer outside a galaxy these particles would appear fuzzy if they could be directly detected, so this model has been called "fuzzy dark matter". Because the normal matter is attracted to the dark matter it will also be spread out over large scales. This would naturally explain the lack of a strong peak in the density of matter in the center of galaxies.

This simple model has been successful at explaining the amount and location of dark matter in small galaxies. For larger galaxies, a more complicated model of fuzzy dark matter has been needed. In this model, massive concentrations of dark matter can lead to multiple quantum states (called "excited states"), in which the dark matter particles can have different amounts of energy, similar to an atom with electrons in higher energy orbits. These excited states change how the density of dark matter varies with distance away from the center of the galaxy cluster.

In a new study, a team of scientists used Chandra observations of the hot gas in 13 galaxy clusters to see if the fuzzy dark matter model works at larger scales than that of galaxies. They used the Chandra data to estimate both the amount of dark matter in each cluster and how the density of this matter varies with distance away from the center of the galaxy cluster.

The graphic shows four of the 13 galaxies clusters used in the study. The clusters are, starting at the top left and going clockwise, Abell 262, Abell 383, Abell 1413, and Abell 2390. In each of these images, X-ray data from Chandra are pink, while optical data are red, green, and blue.

As with the studies of galaxies, the simplest model of fuzzy dark matter — where all particles have the lowest possible energy — did not agree with the data. However, they found that the model where the particles had different amounts of energy — the "excited states — did give good agreement with the data. In fact, the fuzzy dark matter model may match the observations of these 13 galaxy clusters just as well or even better than a model based on cold dark matter.

This result shows that the fuzzy dark matter model may be a viable alternative to cold dark matter, but further work is needed to test this possibility. An important effect of the excited states is to give ripples, or oscillations, in the density of dark matter as a function of distance away from the center of the cluster. This would produce ripples in the density of normal matter. The expected magnitude of these ripples is less than the current uncertainties in the data. A more detailed study is needed to test this prediction of the model.

A paper describing these results was recently accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and is available online. The authors are Tula Bernal (National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City), Victor Robles (University of California, Irvine), and Tonatiuh Matos (National Polytechnic Institute).


          Both/And        
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105 years ago, Albert Einstein wrote a scientific paper that changed the world of physics. Among other things, Einstein proclaimed that light was both a particle and a wave. This notion was so radical that it took 20 years to really be acknowledged and even longer to be adequately validated by research to become part of a scholarly consensus.

Einstein's work was at the forefront of what we now call Quantum Physics. As physicists dove under the layers of the visible world to explore subatomic particles, they found in their mathematic equations an interconnectedness that surprised and sometimes frightened them.

The problem with light had been described in either-or terms. Light was either disconnected particles or an interconnected wave. But Einstein theorized and others proved that light is both particle and wave. Neither particle theory nor wave theory can describe light. This understanding of light has now become scientific dogma. In fact, this discovery has been part of the push in Quantum Physics to understand the interconnectedness of all things.

In the Quantum universe, relationships are more important to study than the particles themselves. We once saw the world as filled with more than 90% dark matter, or the absence of stuff. But now scientists can find and show connections between particles where no matter connects the two. There is an essential connectedness among all things.

I write this as tomorrow is Trinity Sunday, the only day of the church year devoted to a doctrone of the church. The readings for tomorrow from the New Testament are ones in which references to Father, Son and Holy Spirit are named in one passage. The word Trinity itself does not appear in scripture, but the idea of the one God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit does. And so I look to scientific understandings which show both/and as possible as I prepare to speak of God as both three and one.

These understandings from Quantum physics would not surprise St. Patrick, or early Christians for that matter, who understood God to be both three persons and one God. Neither the idea that God is three, nor the idea that God is one, could work alone to describe the attributes of God. God is three persons so completely interconnected as to be one. And we, who are made in the image of God, long to be part of that interconnectedness, that koinonia (the New Testament Greek word for communion). This is why St. Augustine wrote, that our hearts are restless until they find rest in God. We who are created in the image of God’s communion long for communion with God and with others.

We act out this Christian belief in koinonia each time we celebrate a communion service. Each of us comes as an individual (particle). We bring our own uniqueness. Through the words and actions of the service we are drawn together (wave). We say the same words, in order to commune with God. Through that communion with God, we realize that as children of God, we are brothers and sisters to all the other people on earth. Our connection to God allows for a deeper connection to other people. This is how we in our imperfect ways participate in the very life of the Trinity.

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How does cosmology differ from Intelligent Design? Well, there are tons of ideas floating about in cosmology that aren't falsifiable - yet. Still, they are testable in the sense that they have to be consistent with known facts, or, if they're not, they'd better have a very convincing reason why not. Also, they often spin off smaller ideas that are testable. In principle, if we keep at it long enough, we stand a good chance of testing many of these ideas. So why does "c" have the value it does? I don't think there's any theory out there right now to tell us, but we know "c" relates intimately to many other physical constants. And even if we buy the multiverse theories that only those universes with just the right physical laws last long enough to give rise to beings capable of science, we still have the question, why do those laws lead to that result, and not others? On the other hand, Intelligent Design may tell us the Universe was the work of an Intelligent Designer (or maybe we're just a science fair project forgotten in the back of the fridge) but there's no apparent way to find out why the Designer chose "c" to have the value it does. If we say the Designer "had" to do it that way to get a consistent universe, then where did that rule come from? Unlike cosmology, Intelligent Design doesn't lead to any additional testable ideas. There is no single Scientific Method. There's a battery of methods that have been proven useful. Falsifiability is a particularly useful one, but not the only one. If I measure the density of a mineral or the radial velocity of a star, exactly what am I "falsifying?" Well, I'm falsifying the idea that the mineral is as dense as platinum or the star is traveling 10,000 km/sec, but that's trivial. In cosmology, it's possible to falsify some ideas, like dark matter is simply lots of faint stars, but logical consistency is equally powerful a testing method.
          Andromeda galaxy        

The Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2,500,000 light-years (1.58×1011 AU) away in the constellation Andromeda. It is also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, and is often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts. Andromeda is the nearest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way, but not the closest galaxy overall. As it is visible as a faint smudge on a moonless night, it is one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye, and can be seen even from urban areas with binoculars. It gets its name from the area of the sky in which it appears, the Andromeda constellation, which was named after the mythological princess Andromeda. Andromeda is the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which consists of the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 30 other smaller galaxies. Although the largest, Andromeda may not be the most massive, as recent findings suggest that the Milky Way contains more dark matter and may be the most massive in the grouping.The 2006 observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope revealed that M31 contains one trillion (1012) stars, more than the number of stars in our own galaxy, which is estimated to be c. 200-400 billion.
While the 2006 estimates put the mass of the Milky Way to be ~80% of the mass of Andromeda, which is estimated to be 7.1 × 1011 solar masses,a 2009 study concluded that Andromeda and the Milky Way are about equal in mass.
At an apparent magnitude of 3.4, the Andromeda Galaxy is notable for being one of the brightest Messier objects,making it easily visible to the naked eye even when viewed from areas with moderate light pollution. Although it appears more than six times as wide as the full Moon when photographed through a larger telescope, only the brighter central region is visible to the naked eye or when viewed using a binoculars or a small telescope.

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Today, a video clip or two for you to enjoy. We had a launch for the Dark Matter 6 chapbook at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough on 27th February, and there is a recording of me reading some of my … Continue reading
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…until Dark Matter 6 is launched! I’m sharing the chapbook with Jim Burns, who is a bit of a poetry legend and has his own Wikipedia page. There’s also a lot about him on line. For example: Here from John … Continue reading
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It’s taken some time but I am proud to say I have a little chapbook coming out at the end of this month. My new poetic home in the North East, the Black Light Engine Room in Middlesbrough, curated, or do … Continue reading
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Physicists are gearing up to send a re-engineered science instrument originally designed for lofty balloon flights high in Earth's atmosphere to the International Space Station next week to broaden their knowledge of cosmic rays, subatomic particles traveling on intergalactic routes that could hold the key to unlocking mysteries about supernovas, black holes, pulsars and dark matter.
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Occasionally, one article epitomizes the issue in I/P.

Such an article came out over the weekend from B'Tselem, the Israeli-based human rights organization (that tracks the settlement movement which seeks to solidify the Occupation of ALL the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convinced Israel has enemies everywhere, seeking to blacken Israel's name internationally. Here is what he has said according to the NY Times: JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Sunday that his country faced “an international campaign to blacken its name” based not on his policies toward the Palestinians but “connected to our very existence,” likening the mounting boycott movement to anti-Semitic “libels” of previous eras.

In pointing the finger outward, three fingers remain pointed at himself and the practices of exclusion by Likud, of the indigenous population. He wants us to believe that criticism of Israel has NOTHING to do with Israel policies, and EVERYTHING to do with irrational hatred of Jews because they are Jews. The man and his extreme right-wing administration is losing touch with reality and losing any remaining shred of credibility. In the so-called international community, here in the US, and even among a growing number of his own citizenry.

There seem to be no release values in the pressure cooker that is continuing to boil. We seem headed toward another explosion. Unstoppable force facing an immovable object is like the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) in Geneva. GENEVA (Reuters) - The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will start smashing particles together at unprecedented speed on Wednesday, churning out data for the first time in more than two years that scientists hope might help crack the mystery of "dark matter". . . .

Nobody knows quite what the LHC might reveal with its new particle collisions -- mini-versions of the Big Bang primordial blast that brought the universe into being 13.8 billion years ago -- but scientists hope it will produce evidence of what has been dubbed "new physics".

Instead of particles colliding, the leaders of Israel and the Arab Palestinians seem intent on having their conflicting narratives collide, and that, at great force, with no compromises. It's all or nothing. Nothing but Unconditional Surrender (WW II) will be acceptable.

We seem to want to establish the reality of "dark matter", that mysterious force that makes up as much as 96% of reality. We are revisiting Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. And yet, as Shakespeare has Cassius say in Julius Caesar: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/ But in ourselves, that we are underlings Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141).

You need to know that Cody O'Rourke (Christian Peacemaker Teams) told many personal stories of how the children of Hebron are treated at the checkpoints, harassing them as they seek to go to school and make their way in and around Hebron, deep in the West Bank. Hebron, the ancient city of Abraham and Sarah, long a city inhabited by Arab Palestinians, but now claimed by a vanguard of Jewish settlers. Over 50 were present at First Presbyterian Church (Pastor Linda Knieriemen as host, along with Sarah Hamm and CPT) last Wednesday evening. Thank you Cody. Thank you Sarah. Thank you Pastor Knieriemen.

We are hosting Archbishop Elias Chacour this September 17. He has been in the vanguard of those seeking reconciliation among the people of the land: the new-comers and the ancient inhabitants of the land. Not an easy task. Put it down on your calendars, for the afternoon and evening sessions. Details are still being worked on.

With thanks to our emerging Board of Directors of KUSA - W. MI Community, JRK
Here comes the article by B'Tselem (also as an attachment). . . .

Israel’s Charade of Democracy
By HAGAI EL­AD MAY 31, 2015 JERUSALEM
Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories is nearing the half­-century mark, and Israel’s new right-­wing government offers little hope of ending it.

Nevertheless, the new government promises something else of value: clarity. And with that clarity, the opportunity to challenge the prolonged lie of the occupation’s “temporary” status.

For if the occupation has become permanent in all but its name, what about the voting rights of Palestinians?
Two months ago, on election day in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel’s Arab citizens were flocking to the polls “in droves”— a clear effort to cast the voting of one­-fifth of Israel’s citizens as a danger to be counteracted. That undermined basic democratic principles, but it paled in contrast to the status of the Palestinian population living next door in territories under direct or indirect Israeli rule. They have no say at all in choosing the government of the occupying power that is in ultimate command of their fate.

If you look at all the land Israel controls between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, that area contains some 8.3 million Israelis and Palestinians of voting age. Roughly 30 percent — about 2.5 million — are Palestinians living outside Israel under varying degrees of Israeli control — in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have some ability to elect Palestinian bodies with limited functions. But they are powerless to choose Israeli officials, who make the weightiest decisions affecting them. International humanitarian law does not grant a people living under temporary military occupation the right to vote for the institutions of the occupying power.

But “temporary” is the operative word. Military occupations are meant to have an end. And common sense says half a century is not “temporary.” Nevertheless, that is the basis for denying Palestinians their political rights: Their status is temporary, we are told, until a political agreement with Israel allows them to vote for sovereign Palestinian institutions.
Now the chances of that happening are more clear. On the eve of elections, Mr. Netanyahu promised that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in office. Does that mean nobody in the occupied territories has a meaningful vote?

No. In fact, some people do: Israeli settlers. In August 1970, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, discussed amending the Knesset Election Law, which stipulated that Israelis — with few exceptions like diplomats on duty abroad — had to be inside Israel to vote. The amendment sought to expand the exception to include Israelis “residing in the territories held by the Israel Defense Force.” In other words, Israeli settlers could vote for the Knesset from outside Israel; their Palestinian neighbors could not participate from anywhere.

In a Knesset session discussing the amendment before it passed, one legislator and peace activist, Uri Avnery, expressed a widely held belief that peace initiatives would soon make the amendment obsolete. He expressed the hope that “it won’t be long — a year, a year and a half, two at most — before the thing called ‘the held territories’ is no more, and the I.D.F. pulls back into Israel’s borders.”

More than four decades later, what has become obsolete is not the amendment, but rather the accuracy of a description of Knesset elections often heard here: general, national, direct, equal, confidential and proportional. How can elections be “general” when millions of people under Israel’s control for almost 50 years cannot take part in electing the institutions that hold sway over them?

Let’s face it. Only the first six of Israel’s parliamentary elections — those held before 1967 — were truly “general.” Even though the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel proper were under military rule inside its borders at the time, they could vote. Settlers now have voted in their communities in 14 Knesset elections. Over time, their numbers rose from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands. Yet one thing remained constant: Millions of Palestinians could not cast a meaningful vote, even as the voting of their settler neighbors — citizens of an occupying power — helped decide the fate of the disenfranchised.

To be sure, after the Oslo accords were signed in 1993, Palestinians in the occupied territories got to cast ballots for some institutions of their own. But Palestinian independence never came to pass, and the interim partial autonomy established in its stead underscored how “temporariness” is abused while ultimate control remains with Israel.

The Oslo Accords themselves were meant to be an interim arrangement, in effect for five years. The most recent Palestinian vote under them, in 2006, proved of little value to the Palestinians; the results were set aside after Hamas emerged as the winner in the new Palestinian parliament — whose autonomous powers in effect merely relieved Israel of responsibilities for infrastructure, health care and education.

In reality, the Palestinian Authority remains subject to the whims of the occupying power — as was demonstrated most recently when Israel froze (and then unfroze) the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues to it.

All this is shameful. And one of the occupation’s most shameful aspects is the democratic facade that obscures an undemocratic and oppressive reality. Israel’s use of military force against Palestinians is one variety of violence.
Its patronizing disregard for millions of subjects, while boasting of its own “celebration of democracy,” is violence of another kind — violence to history, reality and the truth. A day will come when this occupation ends.

It may end with one state, two states, or something else. That specific political choice is beyond the deeper question of human rights, as long as the option eventually chosen respects the human rights of all.

For now, the one choice we cannot make is to continue calling the current reality democratic and the occupation temporary. Clarity may be of value after all, if it helps bring the occupation’s end sooner.

Hagai El­-Ad is the executive director of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. A version of this op­-ed appears in print on June 1, 2015, in The International New York Times. © 2015 The New York Times Company

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Bonnie Raitt- Cry Like A Rainstorm - Takin My Time Remastered
Randy Newman- She Chose Me - Dark Matter
Marti Jones- Follow You All Over The World - Live At Spirit Square
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Flashback- Old Forgotten Home - Foxhounds And Fiddles
Elvis Costello The Attractions- Good Year For The Roses - The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years
Billy Flynn- Sufferin With The Blues - Lonesome Highway
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Cat Clyde- Like A Wave - Ivory Castanets
Nina Miranda- Julia - Freedom Of Movement
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Caf Tacvba- Eres - Un Viaje
La Santa Cecilia- Amor Eterno - Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De Mxico 2017
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John Moreland- Every Kind Of Wrong - Big Bad Luv
Jenny Lewis- Shes Not Me - The Voyager
Janiva Magness- I Love You More Than Youll Ever Know - Blue Again EP
Peter Erskine New Trio- Each Breath feat Peter Erskine Vardan Ovsepian Damian Erskine - In Praise Of Shadows feat Peter Erskine Vardan Ovsepian Damian Erskine
The Secret Sisters- Hes Fine - You Dont Own Me Anymore
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit- Chaos And Clothes - The Nashville Sound
Ian Tyson- Navajo Rug - All The Good Uns
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Nick Moran- Something New - Easier Time
Taylor Shae- Could Have Done - Something To Prove
Cary Morin- Dawns Early Light - Cradle To The Grave
Ryan Adams- To Be Without You - Prisoner
San Miguel- Un Poquito De Amor Everyday Everybody Needs Some Love Today feat Colin Hay - Un Poquito De Amor Everyday
Stevie Wonder- Loves In Need Of Love Today - Natural Wonder
Becca Stevens- Regina - Regina
Yasmine Hamdan- Douss - Al Jamilat
Zoot Sims- Sherms Terms - From A To Z
My Bubba- Dogs Laying Around Playing - Goes Abroader
Becca Stevens- Regina - Regina
Emily Barker- More - Sweet Kind Of Blue
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Twisted Pine- Hold On Me - Twisted Pine
Guy Davis- Saturday Blues - Chocolate To The Bone


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          RANDY NEWMAN - "Land of dreams" (1988)        

Disco nuevo  de Randy Newman en agosto del año en curso... Así, como si tal cosa, me cruzo hoy con dicho anuncio. Como si fuera un "disco cualquiera" más a sumar a las futuribles novedades inmediatas... Un disco del Sr. Newman es a día presente como si el cielo se abriera de repente y los ángeles (con o sin harpas) dejaran caer un inesperado y dorado presente a la humanidad mientras nos sueltan: "Ahí va eso, cabrones !", para volver a sus celestiales asuntos con la misma inmediatez que aparecieron... Como eso, si. O más incluso.


Para realzar aún más el subidón impagable que me supone la próxima aparición de ésta "Dark matter", me dispongo hoy a "defender" al más controvertido (a la hora de ser defendido ante quien lo requiera y/o de requerirse ello, entiéndase) de sus discos de "estudio estándar"... Curioso por eso y respondiendo a esas últimas comillas, -antes de liarnos con lo que hoy pertoca-, que dicha "materia oscura" no será más que el onceavo studio album en la acepción más clásica de ello y en la carrera del tan sinpar músico (si despejamos de dicha e imprescindible carrera toda la retahíla de soundtracks, songbooks y demás, obvio ello) cuyo arranque debieramos situar, de forma  consensuada, en 1968 y con el disco homónimo. Esto és: cada cuatro años y medio, si obviamos ahora que más de la mitad de esos trabajos se concitan en la primera docena de años, tenemos "nuevo Randy Newman" para solaz, jolgorio y dicha putámica absoluta de un ingente, como poco, bastante considerable ... Algo más que con las Olimpiadas, vaya (aunque en realidad sea mucho, muchísimo, más que las Olimpiadas). Así pues: "Dark matter", primera semana de agosto, la onceava "masterpiece" de once (quien tenga la menor duda de ello no conoce al artista y punto -y con toda la chulería recalcitrante que ello acarrea a cuestas-), el "album of the year" con la boina... y todo lo que le dé la real pura (y/o puta) gana a quien sea y donde sea... Exclamen "amén" incluso y si quieren, que no es para menos. Y,ahora ya sí, para "la tierra de los sueños" que nos vamos... 


"Land of dreams", de 1988 y el octavo de sus "discos normales" (con perdones mil por lo estúpido y somero en la etimología elegida pero así nos entendemos lo más rápido y fácil se me ocurre). Y no, para aquellos que hayan reparado especialmente en el año en cuestion, no se libra siquiera Randy del efecto "esas producciones guarras ochenteras"... Hay algo de sintetizadores, lo mismo que algún que otro efecto de percusión o abuso de producción completamente innecesarios (a sumar, que es restar, la frialdad que destila siempre desde tantos y tantos de esos "trabajos de estudio de la época"). Las cosas como son. Con temas producidos por un Knopfler -sobretodo por él- ya muy alejado de sus años de bonanza (buenos, o hasta muy buenos esporádicamente, Dire Straits para mi hasta el doble directo, pero "sefini", hasta ahí y no más) o, entre otros, un Lynne (el eterno "el otro" de los Wilburys por mucho se quiera o pueda reivindicar -que se puede y bastante, faltaría-) quizá en un ejercicio de firmar la paz desde aquella cachonda/irónica tonada del "Born again" con la ELO de por medio, "Land of dreams" suele verse apartado sin miramientos de un manotazo, cual mosca cojonera que nos sobrevuela la paella, llegada la hora de enumerar los incunables del angelino de nacimiento... Y mala cosa (error garrafal y garrafero a la par) a mi, humilde si se quiere pero devastadoramente asertivo en esto, entender. Y porque como dijo Galadriel: "... pero nada puede con el poder del Anillo". Y aquí el "Anillo", faltaría, es el descomunal talento de Randy Newman a la hora de componer e interpretar sus canciones. Que con ello tocamos hueso siempre -SIEMPRE- e invariablemente. Y aunque eso antes señalado para mal está ahí,-me repito sin problema a mediar-, al final todo el acervo y sabiduría del genio emerge a la postre dado que, como siempre y básicamente: ¿acaso había o hay otra opción?.

... de regreso a la familía y amigos en la tierra de los sueños.

Ya solo el tono autobiográfico, con el regreso a su añorada y querida Lousiana (y bien entrado ya en la cuarentena), de la inicial "Dixie flyer", que el bendito canalla sabe extrapolar al retorno hacía el candor -y lugar- de la niñez cualesquiera (puro Rosebud, directamente), convierte el disco en algo digno de atesorarse por siempre y sin remedio posible. Esto es así. Hay más intención y sentimiento vertidos en esa mera breve introducción (con su inseparable piano mediante, ni qué decir) que en tantos y tantos discos enteros que se nos acaban los dedos en el planeta para poderlos contar. Breves apuntes de steels y mandolinas para rematar y, una vez más, estamos en casa (en la de nuestra niñez, si, pero sobretodo en la de Randy -y a "la casa" que no a la niñez me refiero-). Sigue la complementaria a nivel de "trama" (y aún superior en general) "New Orleans wins the war", donde nos remontamos a bastantes años antes de la anterior pieza... De la exaltación, de la alegría de los recuerdos bisoños rematados a lo grande por el padre que vuelve victorioso de la Guerra, a la deriva del inexplicable ataque de realidad mal asimilada que acomete éste por la imperiosa necesidad posterior de sacar a un niño "atrapado en un lugar donde todo son fiestas y fuegos artificiales" y que corre pues el tan equivocado riesgo de estropearse (se sobreentiende fácil, al no hacer acopio de fe como corresponde con esos "valores" carcundas y rancios tan propios del pensar republicano -old school- de la gran nación)... Cosa que, a sus nueve lustros ya de edad, Randy no ha terminado jamás de entender del todo o eso parece (y de ahi el tono de alegría semi-contenida, aún sin caer nunca en autocompasión se cruce), aunque en su bondad parece acabar aceptando (al hacer recuento, ya tantos años después) el que sirviera de autoengaño, de excusa artera para la huida de su progenitor, de un lugar donde no le dejaban olvidar los ecos del pasado, cosa que imposibilita el ansiado borrón y nueva cuenta hacia un lugar distinto donde, realmente, empezar de nuevo. Y tras tan descomunal díptico de inicio la cosa, el disco, entra en terrenos menos estables (volvemos al affaire de "aquellas producciones", si)... Pero, atención, "menos estables" no tiene porque sinonimizar necesariamente "malos". Y con Randy de por medio (y por supuesto), ni qué decir. Más cuando, por si alguien tiene alguna duda todavía, nos enfrentamos al (para resumir) disco temático de la nostalgia y recuerdos de la niñez y primera juventud de tan singular genio, lo que genera un cierto poso literario que suma lo indecible al, a posteriori, todo conseguido y resultante. Sea como fuere, "Four eyes" rememora el primer día de colegio con un Randy que pone un poco de picante al asunto centrándose en la crueldad del primer encuentro con sus nuevos amigos (que le dedican a coro el título de la canción hacía el fin de la misma, cómo no) y a fin de reforzar la sensación de no entender (entonces) nuestro protagonista lo que está pasando, al verse de repente traicionado y abandonado a su suerte por su progenitor ("tienes que hacer que nos sintamos orgullosos de tí"). Un poco tremenda de primeras la canción, quizá, aunque a poco uno azuce la vista (y el oido) más allá, descubrirá su reverso cómico (por lo ex profesamente hiperbólico del tono empleado) que se puede encaber sin problema alguno en la carpeta de temas más ligeros y abiertamente "pop" de Randy (pues también existe ello y también es bienvenido siempre a fin de descongestionar florecimientos de piel entre tanto sentimiento vertido del que es capaz, el puñetero). Para agilizar y tras el insaltable, aunque frugal, recuerdo escolar, el autor da espacio a los dos temas más cándidos y bucólicos del lote (y ñoños, por qué no)... Han empezado "los primeros picores", en efecto. La chirigota tombolera de "Falling in love", con otra producción si bien no tan ominosa como la que precede sí igualmente de las menos memorables suyas, aunque paliada en esta ronda (eso si) por su invencible y adictiva melodía (-búsquenla en directo por las redes con el acompañamiento mínimo a piano-), no deja mucho lugar a dudas. Tras dicho "hitazo popero" que (pese a quien lo haga y de hacerlo) hace salir el sol en la noche, llega su compañera siamesa "Something special", con la que ya pasamos de un vago retratar el estado de ánimo (el aborregamiento innegociable y el irse de todo lo demás en el mundo, que conlleva el primer amorío adolescente -"maybe you're falling..."-) a la presencia física de la otra parte y una tonada digna de Disney, con sus notitas sintetizadas y todo a modo pegamento entre partes (y tan bonitas ellas), que es tan evidentemente hermosa como activa e inexcusablemente cursi según nos pille... Aunque conociendo un algo al tipo... Claro, todo cuadra al fin: el primer acto lo cierra la escueta y mínima "Bad News from Home", mucho más apagada en cualquier frente (un réquiem en contraste), y que no es sino el hostiazo (también innegociable) que deriva del azúcar sentimentaloide que antecede... "You said you love me but I know you lied", y a qué más. Cosas de teenagers, con sus egolatrías y tremendismos, su colección de "siempres" y "nuncas" tan reiterativos como absurdos, y todo lo demás (y tal... aunque todos lo hemos sido, ojo). 


La segunda parte/cara, se arranca con ésta mal lechosa y fascistoide -sino racista y a pesar de su levedad- "Roll with the Punches"... Si, ya lo adivinaron "los fieles". Tras tanta terapia regresiva, Randy se refugia en sus queridos trasuntos para cantar/relatar desde punto de vista ajeno. Cosa que, recordemos, le ha traído problemas a veces aunque el hombre ya se quedó sin saliva (hace tanto que ni se acuerda él), aclarando que no se sino un recurso muy básico presto a hacer mofa y a retratar a perfiles determinados con los que, obvio, no tiene porque estar de acuerdo perentoriamente. "Roll with..." no es sino el redneck "evolucionado" de los "Good old boys" años después, mirando las noticias de la tele con ceño fruncido y gesto simiesco, mientras suelta perlas del tipo: "pues si estos negros viven tan mal en el ghetto qué trabajen, coño, y que dejen mi dinero en paz" (usen otra "perla" en dicha dirección si no les convence el ejemplo más, pero en significancia es eso)... Y ahora, ya: a rapear con "Masterman and Baby J" (!!!???)...  De cabeza, ésta ya sin miramientos, al cajón de sus "cachondeos padre". Y está claro que éste Randy ya adolescente (y más observador de las cosas) empieza a afilar ese cinismo que le iba a a caracterizar por siempre, en casi imposible y perfecto equilibrio entre lo meramente coñón y lo abiertamente hiriente. A Randy se le va la pinza como nunca y construye una historieta que funde el triunfo de alguna rap band de la época (Run DMC, evidente, no hay sino repasar lyrics -y, por otro lado, una de las dos bandas más fundamentales  de la leyenda de dicho subgénero-) con la hipocresía social de dos tipos que son evitados por todo cristo en las calles, por pura y supuesta "chunguez" galopante, para a posteriori ser adorados por todos al alcanzar fama y estrellato... y, sobretodo y en resumen, aceptación (son colocados en "la máquina" y ya son válidos y admitidos sin resquemor medie -un poco como en el final del cítrico de Kubrick, si tienen a bien recordar y tal-). Desde tamaña e insospechada intrusión, toca explicarle a su señora madre que ahora es una especie de motorista con pañuelo rojo-chanante en la almendra ("Red bandana", of course) que se quedó prendado de alguna bailarina de algún antro en Nuevo Méjico... Magnífica y cachonda viñeta que continua, cómo no, la cronología randynewmaniana con este nuevo episodio de locura juvenil. Por su parte "Follow the flag" es la redención/conversión hacia pastos más conservadores, fruto (cómo no) de la enésima crisis de identidad del intérprete. Curioso viraje del bala perdida devora kms. a lomos moteros al esto que ahora nos comenta, queda claro (y, atención con algún guiño compositivo a la inmortal "Marie", que puede erizar vellos sin excesivo problema, ya que se pone). Sensación ésa, reafirmada con la siguiente "It's money that matters" otro de lo himnos poperos del lote, de vivaracho trote y su tan elocuente título... La derrota, el desengaño del "aquí -en USA, vaya- lo que único que vale es la pasta y sanseacabó, no te hagas líos con lo tuyo". Todo ello servido con un tono ya claramente ácido y socarrón, que sabe ser crítico sin molestar a nadie de forma directa (y por ser tan ladino siempre el condenado) y a todos a la vez de igual modo (por la burla que subyace desde  el fondo a la superficie -no, no es ningún canto a la ya mentada Gran Nación esto, que lo adivinistéis bien los menos tochos, sino justo lo contrario-). Sin embargo, si en términos de "derrota" referimos, ninguna como la despedida de "I just want you to hurt like I do". La crítica, la honestidad desgarrada que derrumba el mito idealizado del progenitor,  que rememora sus bajezas y fracasos, regado ello con el pánico por ese parecerse más -el mismo- de lo que hubiera sospechado jamás a la misma persona que lo sacó de su ciudad natal o que le "dejó tirado" en aquella estación de buses el primer día de colegio... "Solo quiero que seas tan cabrón como yo" parece le quiso enseñar a su vástago (y nuestro héroe), para que no le hagan daño, para que salga adelante... Pues eso, tan horrible moraleja y tristemente, es lo único de real valor que puede darle ya que, en definitiva, es seguramente  lo único que a él le enseñaron... Porque bien es eso, o bien entendemos el auténtico significar del crudísimo reproche (a degüelllo y sin más) que Randy otorga al recuerdo de su señor padre y abrazamos sin reservas tan amargo broche... Porque en efecto, sí, lo refractario hacía ello, la esperanza del "yo lo haré mejor que él" queda también en la retina pero, desde luego y para finiquitar, te has quedado a gusto Maestro...¿La canción?. Preciosa en todos los frentes, ni qué decir. Y fin. Hasta aquí llega el viaje con éste, "el peor disco de Randy Newman" que para mi, ni qué decir, es otro diez brillante como un millón de soles. Como cualquier otro de sus "discos normales". Además en "autobiográfico mode"... Qué coño quiere nadie de más... Yo solo un cosa, en verdad y puestos a todo decirlo:  qué sea agosto ayer ! 


          In Search of GOD        
A message about "The Search for GOD"

Blessings all;

A daunting title, no? I've been told there are two types of people. On one hand, you have your groups of people that don't believe in GOD, but disagree on the formulas and equations used to explain it all. On the other hand, you have your groups of people that do believe in GOD, but disagree over who gets to own Him...or Her...or Them. Then, on another hand you have groups of people that pretend whatever gets you to believe in them and what they tell you, they are all the GOD you need. On yet another hand, you have groups of people who don't know who or what to believe, so just keep their minds open and think while they are walking...Wait, how many hands is that? Maybe i should have used fingers...Nevermind, for i would address you all equally.


A daunting task, no? Especially when you consider, that of the groups on the first hand, the only thing they ALL believe in together is that they don't believe and those that do, need a slap. They will tell you there is no GOD to talk to. They figure that since there is no GOD that leaves room for them to be GOD and come up with all these theories, and then one will come along and poke a black hole in one of them and another will come along and pull some strings out the theories until it's just dark matter...and even though it doesn't always add up, they still worship their statistics that prove profits. There minds close at the mention of TRUTH or GOD.
Of the groups on the other hand, the only thing they ALL believe in together is that they do believe and those who don't, need a slap. They figure their GOD is ONLY theirs, so broke apart into different religions to make sure they are the only ones GOD loves. And created churches to make sure only their leaders get to talk to GOD and make up the rules...with the ONLY exception being the Prophets, whom GOD always reaches outside the church to find and folks tend to ignore anyway,  choosing instead to worship the religion the church tells them about to get more profits. There minds close at the mention of TRUTH or THEORIES.
Of the groups pretending to be a hand, the only thing they believe in is themselves and slap whomever they please. They figure even if there is a GOD, they can do what they want cause they own everything and can show you the bodies not yet disposed of to prove it. They figure because GOD hasn't done anything to them yet, they are safe. They worship themselves and the profits. Their minds close at the mention of TRUTH or GOD or THEORIES.

Then of course, there was still that group with the shoes on the other foot, (yeah, definitely should have used fingers, i guess i was told incorrectly...too late now). Those folks who don't know what to believe or whom to slap with which hand, so usually don't slap anyone, just walk it off....but at times feel like slapping them all hoping to hit a reset button. They love TRUTH, THEORIES and GOD because their minds are still open to thinking.
A daunting Intro no? (OK, I'll stop that)

Now Back to you All;
Some have experienced and observed, that which is scientifically spiritual, changing everything they thought they knew and offering definitive proof in the moment to the observers and ones that experience it, but offering little that can be shared with the inexperienced.  Thus a Faith becomes rooted in TRUTH, where a belief system was once built on superstitions and misunderstanding lay crumbled. They are called Martyrs; derived from the GREEK meaning; "A witness to the TRUTH."
( Dictionaries don't actually provide an honest definition for this word, but rather define what society does to the Martyr instead, which is really another word altogether)

Brief Pause for Thought;
Since I'm guessing there are those of you in ALL groups that were unaware of this, a number of reactions are occurring. Walls are going up for some, doors are closing, emotions are stirring and minds are racing for others. Some have already stopped reading and are grabbing dictionaries. (good for you) Some are still trying to grasp why this matters at all. Let us set all this aside for now and suspend your disbelief's and beliefs alike and continue with the journey. (This way, you can still learn as we go)


Journey On;
I encourage the inexperienced to set out on a journey for those moments. Not trying to fill their cup before they leave, but seeking to convince them to empty it first so there is room for what they will find. Jesus did this with his disciples when He told them to walk with nothing, no money in their bags, just the clothes on their backs and the sandals on their feet. Even in that day and age it would have seemed nonsense to go somewhere and not take a few coins or extra provisions along, so not everyone who heard, listened. Some just left , not wanting to walk with nothing , thinking there was nothing to learn here, so didn't. But some who heard did listen, and learned things so simple as how to breathe DEEP and SLOW, or the difference between wants and needs that made them come back to learn more.
In  walking the talk, instead of talking themselves out of walking, they were learning the difference between knowing what it says and understanding what it means.  One can LOOK and still not see or HEAR and still not listen...but even the blind and deaf can SEE and LISTEN to the TRUTH. They still experience LOVE.
 
People on BOTH sides might start asking themselves some REAL questions;
If there is no GOD, why keep killing the witnesses and destroying the evidence?
Why are there so many Rules against living as Buddha or Christ taught?
What are they afraid of you finding?
If there was nothing, then why prevent you from looking properly, why go to all the trouble of making it illegal?


If you are wondering who "They" are, you need not seek them out. Simply give up everything and Sit under a tree with Buddha or Walk with nothing beside Christ.
"THEY" will find YOU....on THAT you can Trust me.


Learn how to Breathe DEEP...Breathe SLOW. Sit through the Silence to hear the 'Tone of Truth'...Then you will hear what rings true and what doesn't.

 
"Seek and ye shall find."

your humble servant,
ancient clown 

          Dark Matter- there's more here than objectivity would propose        
Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxies once crowded with stars I'm including this post to further support my thesis that there is more to *reality* than Objective Reason would purport. Empirical Proof, while necessary in a court of law (think Salem Witch Hunt and 'being vexed')  (insert the term for what...

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          Tube Watch: Dark Matter – Built, Not Born        
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          Astronomers Aim to Grasp Mysterious Dark Matter (In search of WIMPs)        
For the past quarter century, dark matter has been a mystery we've just had to live with. But the time may be getting close when science can finally unveil what this befuddling stuff is that makes up most of the matter in the universe. Dark matter can't be seen. Nobody even knows what it is. But it must be there, because without it galaxies would fly apart. Upcoming experiments on Earth such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Switzerland, and a new spacecraft called Gaia set to launch in 2011, could be the key to closing the...
          Mysterious New 'Dark Flow' Discovered in Space        
As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren't vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered. Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow." The stuff that's pulling this matter must be outside the observable universe, researchers conclude. When scientists talk about the observable universe, they don't just mean as far out as the eye, or even the most powerful telescope, can see....
          Cosmic ray detector confirms hints of dark matter        
News

Space station-based instrument records high amount of antimatter seen in earlier experiments

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Citations

M. Aguilar et al. First Result from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station: Precision Measurement of the Positron Fraction in Primary Cosmic Rays of 0.5–350 GeV. Physical Review Letters. Published online April 3, 2013. [Go to]
Further Reading

A. Falkowski. First results of AMS-02. Blog post. April 3, 2013. [Go to]

R. Cowen. PAMELA may have spotted the dark stuff. Science News. Vol. 174, September 27, 2008, p. 8. [Go to]

R. Cowen. Another clue in the space for dark matter. Science News Online. May 2, 2009. [Go to]

A $2-billion experiment on the International Space Station has released the first data from its unprecedented census of the charged subatomic particles whizzing by Earth. Although the results, presented April 3 at a seminar at CERN in Geneva, largely confirm previous observations, researchers hope they will lead to discovering the identity of dark matter, an invisible form of matter that outweighs normal matter in the universe by more than 5 to 1.

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is the latest and most ambitious attempt to uncover the identity of dark matter by looking for cosmic rays, which are charged subatomic particles cruising through space. Theoretical physicists have proposed that dark matter could be made up of exotic particles that can slam into and annihilate each other, creating detectable cosmic rays such as electrons and their antimatter partners, positrons.

This first batch of AMS results, published April 3 in Physical Review Letters, encompasses about 25 billion particles detected over the course of a year and a half, including 6.8 million measurements of the electrons and positrons that could come from dark matter. AMS improved the precision of earlier data, detected particles at higher energies than previous instruments and found that the particles arrive in equal amounts from all directions.

But none of the new data give clues to the positrons’ source, said Katherine Freese, a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The trajectories of these charged particles can change as they move through magnetic fields, she said, making it difficult to determine where the particles began their journey. Her bet is that rapidly spinning stars called pulsars produce positrons and fling them across the galaxy using extremely strong magnetic fields. “It will take a while to sort this out,” she said.

In the mid-1990s, physicists got a first peek at cosmic rays that could have resulted from dark matter annihilation. The High Energy Antimatter Telescope, a cosmic ray detector attached to a high-altitude balloon, found an unexpectedly high number of positrons, a result that seemed to jibe with the idea that dark matter annihilation creates these charged particles. In the last five years two space-based detectors, PAMELA, for the Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics, and the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, have found even more decisive evidence of excess positrons.

Unfortunately for dark matter hunters, the specifics of the probes’ observations do not match up well with theories that predict cosmic rays resulting from dark matter annihilation. Along with electrons and positrons, dark matter annihilation should produce other signals like extra antiprotons (protons’ antimatter siblings), gamma rays and radio waves. But detectors have found no evidence of any of those signals.

Researchers hope that AMS can bring clarity to this debate because of its leg up on other cosmic ray detectors. Among other strengths, its perch aboard the International Space Station means it can sample the full spectrum of cosmic rays above Earth’s atmosphere, avoiding molecules in the air that prevent most cosmic rays from ever reaching the ground. AMS also sports a strong magnet and precise sensors that allow researchers to easily distinguish between particles that behave similarly, such as protons and positrons.

Samuel Ting, a Nobel laureate from MIT who leads the AMS experiment, is optimistic about the project’s chances. “I think there is no question we are going to solve this problem” of the positrons’ origin, he said. One clue comes from studying the abundance of positrons at very high energies, which AMS is the first to explore. In general, the number of positrons increases as their energies rise, but the new AMS data shows that at a certain point, that increase tails off.

If the number of positrons at high energies suddenly plummets, Ting said, it would suggest dark matter as a source. He said it would take at least several more months for AMS to detect enough of these high-energy particles to come to a definitive conclusion. Piergiorgio Picozza, spokesman for the PAMELA mission, eagerly awaits that announcement, saying it may bring “pleasant surprises,” he said. “We have to wait and to hope.”

Adam Falkowski, a particle physicist at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, is more pessimistic: “There's absolutely no way that measurements of the positron spectrum may give us a robust evidence for dark matter, not now, and not anytime soon,” he wrote on his blog.

For Ting, these results have been a long time coming. He first proposed the idea of a space-based cosmic ray detector in 1994. He kept the project alive through lobbying NASA officials and Congress during years of delays, cost overruns and the 2003 explosion of the space shuttle Columbia. Ultimately his 8,500-kilogram magnum opus made it to the International Space Station aboard the penultimate shuttle flight in May 2011.

Dark matter detection is just one of many goals for AMS. After billions more particle detections, the instrument may find antimatter nuclei that somehow survived the first few moments after the Big Bang when most of their counterparts collided with regular matter and got destroyed. Other possibilities include pinning down the source of cosmic rays within the Milky Way and finding other exotic types of matter.


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           Do Baryons Trace Dark Matter in the Early Universe?         
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           The detectability of dark matter annihilation with fermi using the anisotropy energy spectrum of the gamma-ray background         
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           Relative velocity of dark matter and baryonic fluids and the formation of the first structures         
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           Axion Constraints in Non-standard Thermal Histories         
Grin, Daniel and Smith, Tristan and Kamionkowski, Marc (2009) Axion Constraints in Non-standard Thermal Histories. In: Sources and detection of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. AIP Conference Proceedings . No.1166. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 119-125. ISBN 978-0-7354-0703-9 . http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20100804-142905281
           Robust Identification of Isotropic Diffuse Gamma Rays from Galactic Dark Matter         
Siegal-Gaskins, Jennifer M. and Pavlidou, Vasiliki (2009) Robust Identification of Isotropic Diffuse Gamma Rays from Galactic Dark Matter. Physical Review Letters, 102 (24). p. 241301. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090901-095231038
           Cosmology: Dark matter and dark energy         
Caldwell, Robert and Kamionkowski, Marc (2009) Cosmology: Dark matter and dark energy. Nature, 458 (4). pp. 587-489. ISSN 0028-0836. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090812-112103742
           Dark matter and dark radiation         
Ackerman, Lotty and Buckley, Matthew R. and Carroll, Sean M. and Kamionkowski, Marc (2009) Dark matter and dark radiation. Physical Review D, 79 (2). 023519. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:ACKprd09
           Dynamical and gravitational instability of an oscillating-field dark energy and dark matter         
Johnson, Matthew C. and Kamionkowski, Marc (2008) Dynamical and gravitational instability of an oscillating-field dark energy and dark matter. Physical Review D, 78 (6). Art. No. 063010. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:JOHprd08
           Constraining cold dark matter halo merger rates using the coagulation equations         
Benson, Andrew J. (2008) Constraining cold dark matter halo merger rates using the coagulation equations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 388 (3). pp. 1361-1371. ISSN 0035-8711. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:BENmnras08
           Galactic substructure and direct detection of dark matter         
Kamionkowski, Marc and Koushiappas, Savvas M. (2008) Galactic substructure and direct detection of dark matter. Physical Review D, 77 (10). Art. No. 103509. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:KAMprd08
           Effects of dark matter decay and annihilation on the high-redshift 21 cm background         
Furlanetto, Steven R. and Oh, S. Peng and Pierpaoli, Elena (2006) Effects of dark matter decay and annihilation on the high-redshift 21 cm background. Physical Review D, 74 (10). Art. No. 103502. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:FURprd06
           Impact of dark matter decays and annihilations on reionization         
Mapelli, M. and Ferrara, A. and Pierpaoli, E. (2006) Impact of dark matter decays and annihilations on reionization. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 369 (4). pp. 1719-1724. ISSN 0035-8711. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:MAPmnras06
           Search for small-mass black-hole dark matter with space-based gravitational wave detectors         
Seto, Naoki and Cooray, Asantha (2004) Search for small-mass black-hole dark matter with space-based gravitational wave detectors. Physical Review D, 70 (6). Art. No. 063512. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:SETprd04b
           Kinetic decoupling of neutralino dark matter         
Chen, Xuelei and Kamionkowski, Marc and Zhang, Xinmin (2001) Kinetic decoupling of neutralino dark matter. Physical Review D, 64 (2). Art. No. 021302(R). ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:CHEprd01
          Salvar la galaxia es harto complicado        
SPOILERS DE LA SEGUNDA TEMPORADA DE DARK MATTER 

Reconozco que me costó entrar en el universo propuesto por Dark Matter, no fue hasta el quinto capítulo de la primera temporada cuando esta space opera logró captar mi atención, desde entonces me declaro fan incondicional de la tripulación de la Raza. La serie, creada por Joseph Mallozzi y Paul Mullie, se basa en el cómico homónimo publicado por Dark Horse Comiscs. La premisa es simple, seis personas se despiertan en una nave especial sin saber cómo han llegado hasta allí ni quiénes son. Sus recuerdos han sido borrados y tienen por delante la difícil tarea de averiguar quienes son y quién es el responsable de su amnesia. La nave en la que despiertan es la Raza que cuenta con un androide de apoyo que poco a poco se va desvelando como algo más que un amasijo de circuitos de lógica matemática. 

La serie juega con estilo y soltura con tropos familiares para los amantes de la ciencia ficción y del western; además, cuenta con un reparto estupendo que ya le ha cogido el tono a sus personajes. Desde el piloto, el viaje emocional de todos ellos ha estado bien construido siendo coherente con sus personalidades subyacentes y con las relaciones que han entablado con el resto de sus compañeros de aventura. Una vez descubiertas sus identidades pasadas, cada uno de ellos empezó a construir su nuevo yo, sabiendo que ciertos actos les perseguirían siempre. El cambio operado en los tripulantes de la Raza es evidente; aunque en principio todos ellos representan un arquetipo reconocible han acabado siendo algo mucho más complejo e interesante que el típico matón amante de las armas o la joven con habilidades tecnológicas. 

La apuesta de Syfy por regresar al espacio, lugar abandonado por la cadena desde los finales de Stargate Universe y Battlestar Galactica, ha dado como resultado una de las series más entretenidas de la época estival. La segunda temporada acaba de finalizar con un capítulo de infarto (menos mal que la tercera entrega está asegurada) que confirma que las buenas sensaciones que ha dejado la serie a lo largo de sus 26 capítulos no han sido un espejismo. Dark Matter ha apuntalado sus puntos fuertes convirtiéndose en una propuesta muy a tener en cuenta, es entretenida, vibrante, divertida y emocionante. 

La temporada de la Androide

De cara a la tercera temporada espero que den un poco de cancha a ciertas tramas que se han quedado en stand by debido al gran número de frentes abiertos este año. ¿Quién asesinó a Uno y a su esposa? ¿Qué pasa con el pasado de Cinco? ¿Quién vino del otro universo? ¿Qué pasa con los creadores de Dos?

La temporada comenzó con fuerza, con una evasión carcelaria y la incorporación de nuevas caras entre la tripulación. Uno de los cambios mejor trabajados ha sido el de Cuatro. A lo largo de la temporada hemos visto como intentaba equilibrar su lealtad hacia la Raza con su sentido de la responsabilidad para con Zairon. Finalmente, decidió rescatar los recuerdos de Ryo y reclamar su imperio. Su transformación es evidente pero se siente un tanto precipitada, me hubiese gustado ver un poco más la corte del Emperador para ver cómo se amolda al cargo y a sus recuperados recuerdos. 

La incorporación de Nyx a la tripulación me pareció un acierto aunque su trama, con esa comunidad de personas clarividentes, podría haber sido mucho más interesante. Creo que ahí los creadores desaprovecharon una historia de largo recorrido que podría ser de lo más jugosa. Nyx se ganó su puesto en la Raza y la confianza de Dos, quien la dejó al cargo de la nave en el último capítulo. Sin embargo, está por ver si Nyx sobrevivirá al ataque de Misaki y si podremos contar con su presencia en la tercera temporada. Personalmente, me gustaría verla en la nave más tiempo pero la cara de la Androide presagia el peor desenlace para el personaje. 

La trama más interesante de este año recayó en la Androide y su evolución emocional. La escena final, con la Androide arrodillada junto a Nyx me pareció muy triste. La historia de la Androide ha sido una grata sorpresa dentro de una temporada casi perfecta. Los guionistas parecen tener muy claro hacia donde quieren empujar al personaje y Zoie Palmer está más que perfecta en el papel. El capítulo en el que se infiltra en la estación espacial intentando ser detenida es uno de los más divertidos de la serie y sus escenas haciéndose pasar por humana muy simpáticas. La Androide, que tiene una conexión muy especial tanto con Dos como Cinco, empieza a manejarse con las emociones, a sentir miedo, duda y preocupación. Sus sentimientos hacia los tripulantes de la Raza son genuinos, por eso resulta tan conmovedor verla en los compases finales del capítulo intentando contactar con ellos y descubriendo a Nyx en el suelo. 

El universo de Dark Matter sigue creciendo, la inminente guerra entre corporaciones (esta trama me recuerda a Continuum) y la traición del emperador de Zairon crean un escenario poco favorable para nuestros héroes pero de lo más estimulante. ¿Estará Cuatro destinado a convertirse en el gran villano de la historia? ¿Qué ha pasado con los demás miembros de la tripulación? ¿Cuáles son las intenciones de Truffault? ¿Qué será de Nyx? ¿Podrá la Androide solucionar la difícil situación?.

          Dark energy as theoretical entity        
Dark matter and dark energy are typical examples of what is known in the philosophy of science as “theoretical entity”: elements of theories, whose existence is hypothesized and with assumed properties and behaviours that can be used for explanation of … Continue reading
          Dark Matter 3x11 Promo "The Dwarf Star Conspiracy"        



Bloopers! No spoilers :)



Melissa is so cute, lol.


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What do you think about the Android's name, Suki? And when can we get Two another girlfriend?

          551: Weaponized stupidty        
Catch-up week: Apple buys Workflow, Super Mario Run 2.0, Wikileaks and Dark Matter, Pokémon Go Water Event, Premium Twitter, and more!
          Sci-Fi This Week: Dark Matter’s Season Two Finale        
Find out what's airing in science fiction and fantasy
          Sci-Fi This Week: Dark Matter Double Feature        
Find out what's airing in science fiction and fantasy
          Dark Matter, Killjoys Win Third Season Renewal        
Both summer hits will be back in 2017
          Bits and Pieces - December 3, 2014        
Despite the ideology of the past few decades that says we're all individuals who owe each other nothing, humans have evolved a cooperative, living together capability. Time to get away from the ideology and make use of it. And we are capable of doing that.

The graphic looks like Van Gogh painted it, but it's the cosmic microwave background. The search for dark matter is not going well.

Working in the Curies' laboratory.

I am not fond of marking up my books, but finding a way to make oneself question them (and the writing we read from the media) is a good thing.

I've had some run-ins with the foreign policy realists who like to argue that the trouble in Ukraine is all the United States' fault because we have been intruding on Russia's sphere of interest, making that enormous country with all its nukes feel insecure. This is how that kind of thing would work in a university.

Beautiful photos of wild animals from Estonia.
          Enhancing Dark Matter Detection with Density Functional Theory: Crystal Defects in a Germanium Detector        
2017 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering Part of PP107 Minisymposterium: Broader Engagement Program Abstract. Dark matter comprises 27% of the total mass in our universe but it has yet to be identified. Experimental physicists are working to develop dark matter detectors capable of distinguishing very small energy deposits. Fourth generation detectors utilize germanium […]
          In Search of Cosmic-Ray Antinuclei from Dark Matter [Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium]        

Cosmic-ray antiprotons have been a valuable tool for dark matter searches since the 1970's. Recent years have seen increased theoretical and experimental effort towards the first-ever detection of cosmic-ray antideuterons, in particular as an indirect signature of dark matter annihilation or decay in the Galactic halo. In contrast to other indirect detection signatures, which have been hampered by the large and uncertain background rates from conventional astrophysical processes, low-energy antideuterons provide an essentially background-free signature of dark matter, and low-energy antiprotons are a vital partner for this analysis. I will discuss the currently planned or ongoing experiments that will be sensitive to antideuteron flux levels predicted for dark matter, focusing on the balloon-borne GAPS experiment, which exploits a novel detection technique utilizing exotic atom capture and decay to provide both a sensitive antideuteron search and a precision antiproton measurement in an unprecedented low-energy range. I will finish by looking ahead to the tantalizing prospect of cosmic antihelium measurements, as a probe of both cosmic-ray and dark matter physics.


          Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium        

When we think about particle physics, the first thing that comes to mind is colliders and high energies. Recently there have been several proposals of low-energy precision experiments that can also look for new particles, new forces, and the Dark Matter of the Universe in a way that is complementary to collider searches. In this talk, I propose two different experiments that search for a type of Dark Matter naturally arising in String Theory. In String Theory, fundamental constants, such as the electron mass or charge, are determined by fields known as moduli. When these fields are the Dark Matter of our Universe, they cause the fundamental constants to oscillate with a frequency set by the Dark Matter mass. For frequencies smaller than 1 Hz, atomic clocks with their unprecedented sensitivity can pick up these oscillations. For higher frequencies above 1 kHz, Dark Matter can excite acoustic modes in resonant mass detectors originally designed to detect gravitational radiation from astrophysical sources. Both techniques extend searches for this type of Dark Matter by several orders of magnitude in the near future.


 

 Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 200. Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

Autumn 2016/2017, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), A, Kapitulnik, R. Laughlin, L. Senatore


          Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium        

Spherical domain walls and vacuum bubbles can spontaneously nucleate and expand during the inflationary epoch in the early universe. After inflation ends, the walls and/or bubbles form black holes with a wide spectrum of masses. For some parameter values, the black holes can serve as dark matter or as seeds for supermassive black holes at galactic centers. This mechanism of black hole formation is very generic and has important implications for the global structure of the universe. Black holes with mass greater than certain critical value contain inflating universes inside. The resulting multiverse has a very nontrivial spacetime structure, with a multitude of eternally inflating regions connected by wormholes.


 

Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.

Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

 

Winter 2015/2016, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), T. Heinz, L. Hollberg, K. Irwin


          In The Mix 45        
La Fuente - Capitol
Watermat Fe. Kelli-leigh - Won't stop
Travis Scott Fe. Kendrick Lamar - Goosebumps
Jaytech - Show you
Klahr - Koto
Gotsome - I don't know
Dark Matter - Chasing stars
Jax Jones Fe. Raye - You don't know me
Chase & Status - Count on me
Funkerman - Silhouet
Herve - Excuse me
George Kwali - Dance with you
Peking Duk & Elliphant - Stranger
Cid - Secrets
Tritonal - Hey mamama
          Ð¢Ñ‘мная материя / Dark Matter (2017) WEB-DL 720p, Сезон 3        
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          Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium        

The past few years have seen a tremendous increase in the scale of galaxy surveys measuring the large scale structure of the universe. Photometric galaxy surveys are now routinely probing the dark matter clustering through the weak lensing technique, while spectroscopic surveys do the same through the redshift space distortions technique. Baryonic acoustic oscillation measurements are determining distances as a function of redshift, allowing one to measure the matter density and the Hubble parameter. In combination with the cosmic microwave background, these data sets are providing invaluable information on the origins of the structure in our universe, its geometry, age, matter content, neutrino properties, and other fundamental properties of our universe. Without trying to be comprehensive, this colloquium will describe some recent advances in the field, and ponder possible directions for the future.


 

Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.

Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

 

Autumn 2015/2016, Committee: A, Linde (Chair), S. Chu, P. Hayden, M. Schnitzer, L. Senatore


          ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider        

SPRC Women in Science Seminar

The Large Hadron Collider, an accelerator in Switzerland which collides protons at the highest person-made energies in history, is trying to uncover the fundamental structure of matter and our universe. To do so, it produces roughly 100 terabytes of data per second. The experiments can only record 1 gigabyte per second. In this talk, I'll describe how we use fast algorithms in custom electronics to decide which of the 0.001% of collisions to keep and how we know that we aren't throwing away valuable Higgs bosons, dark matter particles or other messengers of new physics.


Lunch will be provided for registered attendees

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          Bakuman 3 – 22        

The buildup to the end continues on all fronts. I mentioned in my Chihayafuru post earlier this weekend that Arata is like the dark matter of the Chihayaverse, in that he has a tremendous impact on the story without actually being seen.  Well, it’s pretty obvious that Azuki Miho very […] Read more

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          Can One Cosmic Enigma Help Solve Another?        
Astrophysicists from Johns Hopkins University have proposed a clever new way of shedding light on the mysterious dark matter believed to make up most of the universe. The irony is they want to try to pin down the nature of this unexplained phenomenon by using another, an obscure cosmic emanation known as “fast radio bursts.”
          Did Gravitational Wave Detector Find Dark Matter?        
When an astronomical observatory in the United States this winter detected a whisper of two black holes colliding in deep space, scientists celebrated a successful effort to confirm Albert Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves. A team of Johns Hopkins University astrophysicists wondered about something else: Had the experiment found the “dark matter” that makes up most of the mass of the universe?
          The 100        
"The ground.
That's the dream."
 




This writer is likely to exhibit his age. In viewing The 100 (2014-present) part of me would tell you don't judge this book by its cover and yet the curmudgeon (of which I really don't consider myself) in me might say that's exactly what you can do.

I like kids enough, but teenagers are an entirely different animal. Selfish, self-absorbed teens are fairly distasteful. Are there any other? Isn't that what they are by definition? Well not always. Still, the bad ones are seemingly on full display here in The 100.



For every moment of The 100 Season One that sold me on its apocalyptic science fiction ideas and story it seemed there was an equally disappointing moment undone by the performances of a largely young, and unrefined cast.

Taking the concept of Logan's Run (1977-1978) and Lord Of The Flies (1954) and mixing it all up After Earth (2013) style, The 100, based on a book series by Kass Morgan, sometimes delivers on its B grade science fiction, but there are always those angst-ridden, damn teenagers.

Instead of Twilight's vampires, The Hunger Games or maze runners, we get ground-pounding grounders for serialized television in the form of The 100.



It's difficult to enjoy decent science fiction with troubled teens at every turn. I'm spoiled by quality performances in great science fiction, actors who have aged like a fine wine and deliver science fiction with credibility. Those series, The Expanse (2015-), Stargate Universe (2009-2011), Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009), and others transport me and take me away. The 100 really should transport you, but sometimes the teens would literally make me realize I'm watching teens at play. Was I being a science fiction snob? Was there perhaps a built-in prejudice occurring with a bias toward teens?



For the young adult The 100 is likely a winner and as stories and performances go they really could do much worse, but for this aficionado of all things science fiction The 100 comes up a slightly short in its first season. Having said that, and appreciating the quality developments established for Season Two, The 100 is still a worthwhile sci-fi endeavor. You weren't expecting that reaction were you?

The 100 seems to crash land its post-apocalyptic tale squarely in young adult sci-fi complete with all of the shallow, empty-headed selfishness of teenage humanity in its prime and at its finest. Youth is always wasted on the youth.



Case in point, a teenager is moaning and writhing in pain and a fellow teen yells "would you just die already." That's pretty cold, but these are allegedly, to one degree or another, criminals. Do teenagers actually have consciences today? Of course most do. I think. I'm pretty sure. Though based on some of things seen in today's popular culture perhaps this future variant isn't really all that hard to swallow.

Strangely enough Canadian actor Richard Harmon appears to be in high demand and generally typecast as the villain. Having seen the actor play pretty much an asshole in everything from Continuum (2012-2015) to Caprica (2010) and The Killing (2011-2014) he comes off a little hard to stomach in The 100. He's a largely unlikeable and often overrated performer in my book. Though he appears to be a fan favorite becoming a regular in the main cast for The 100 in which he may have found the perfect role as the fairly deplorable John Murphy character. Does he exhibit any kind of redemptive quality at all? Well, actually, therein lies part of the attraction for the series. Good men and women can do bad things. And the bad can do good. These things can be complicated like real life even if The 100 takes things to the extreme.



The 100, though filled to the gills with teenage misfits and a sprinkling of adult actors, is all about decisions and consequences. It's about survival, but at what cost to our humanity and the series does a pretty effective job exploring these themes throughout its going on five season run.

The adult roster, too, is like a who's who from previous series. Paige Turco (Party Of Five, Damages, Person Of Interest), Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy), and Henry Ian Cusick (LOST). All of these characters further emphasize equally troubling decisions of action and consequence. We all know that teenagers grow up or do they? The drama often follows. But The 100 illustrates that age has nothing to do with making effective good or ineffective bad decisions and explores the balance between the generations as it puts human behavior and cross-generational trust to the test.



In The 100 humans have escaped earth following a nuclear apocalypse and established lives on a space station known as The Ark (see here). The effects work on the station is exceptional and its design complex. As the series opens it's made abundantly clear The Ark has reached its sell by date, systems are overtaxed and overcrowding is forcing the hand of those in charge to essentially kill their own to ensure survival.

100 young adults, who have committed various crimes, have been chosen to be sent back to Earth to determine survivability. So at least one hundred nameless rabble, apart from its stars, will be left to harm, shoot, maim, kill, step on or step into the fold to be a hero over the course of a series. Remember Miles in the episode The Calm? Hardly. LOST did it with its airplane manifesto and The 100 through its titular premise of chosen wayward teens, though that number never really holds firm for long.



Upon landing, the group is immediately sized down to 98 (81 by the final episode of the season I believe). With wrist bands that communicate vital statistics back to the station those at the station will be able to determine if they should descend upon the Earth themselves.

The group is challenged and tested against the After Earth-like elements and animals. Instead of the Others, there are already established Grounders living on Earth and then there are the Reapers and if you recall the Reavers in Firefly (2002) you kind of get the idea.



So while not entirely an original science fiction by any stretch, The 100 is however extremely adept at plumbing the depths of its human characters, digging into their psyches and spinning a wildly entertaining little science fiction yarn. Yes, The 100, as it progresses, inevitably wins the day and over the viewer.

There is a kind of building, disturbing, LOST-styled energy here for the juvenile delinquent set, but The 100 could be smarter for science fiction fans hungry for intelligent viewing. As it turns out by season's end the serialized format works to the benefit of the book series and its vast cast of characters that sells it.



After viewing the first season in its entirety I couldn't help but want to experience what would come next for these not-so nice kids. Apart from just a few they're a fairly unlikable lot. The adults back on the station aren't that impressive either.

Ultimately I hung in there with The 100. As the series reached Episode 4, Murphy's Law, there was a realization that there was a kind of disturbing intensity to these testosterone-driven youngsters. Moments were even at times violent and shocking. Performances, writing and the dramatic beats improved markedly as it progressed.



With His Sister's Keeper (Ep6) and Contents Under Pressure (Ep7) there was indeed a suspense and a growing sure-handedness in each installment's direction and writing.

The 100 lacked a certain dramatic sophistication thanks to its largely youthful cast, but as that cast digs in to its Earthbound realities the group achieves its footing. It's hard to turn away and The 100 on the whole captures the imagination with its story despite its shortcomings.

Some of the performances are forgiven and even improve quickly. Even Richard Harmon becomes tolerable and perhaps enjoys his greatest antagonist role yet.



Where Dark Matter (2015-) was less than this writer expected, The 100 was truly more than anticipated. It gradually becomes more surprising and interesting as the season progresses. The 100 easily placed itself in a category whereby one could dub it a series with potential. By all accounts The 100 is even better beyond this uneven, sometimes amateurish (those damn kids), but still overall impressive first season.

Highlights from the young cast wore me down and won me over. Eliza Taylor as lead Clarke Griffin, Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake, Thomas McDonell as Finn Collins, Devon Bostick as Jasper Jordan and even the sexy Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake all get under your skin in a good way. This is a young adult, sci-fi soap opera, but with a fairly engaging narrative and some very human themes that drives along at a hell of a pace.



Kenneth Brown of Blu-Ray.com was critical of the series and not nearly as optimistic as this writer by season's end. Brown wrote, "The 100 loves nothing more than to puff its chest, stand up tall and let out three sharp yawps: Bold! Original! Dazzling! Unfortunately, the sci-fi series' 13-episode introduction doesn't come close to living up to the more absorbing aspects of creator Jason Rothenberg's vision. A hasty but not quite haphazard assemblage of better shows---Battlestar Galactica and Lost chief among them---it features a cast of too-gorgeous-for-reality teens getting grimier and bloodier by the minute, as if grimier and bloodier will somehow immaculately conceive compelling character arcs and gripping storylines. The scripts are loaded with melodrama, cliffhangers and filler, irritating plot holes abound, daft decisions are out in force, exposition reigns with an iron fist, the series' dystopian future doesn't make nearly as much sense as said exposition insists, and only in its last stab at greatness does the first season make a sizeable impression."



Though it doesn't reach the heights of the best and smartest science fiction dramas like The Expanse or Battlestar Galactica there are signs it aspires to be there even with its young cast. There is a great deal of aspiration on screen and much of it works.

Blu-Ray.com noted the season appeared to work through its growing pains but even moving strength to strength by season's end was "a bitt too little too late." This writer adores that site but, a surprise to some perhaps, vehemently disagrees and felt more confident about the next season. The 100 indeed accelerates into a thoroughly engrossing post-apocalyptic survival tale of mankind against the unknown. Who needs outer space? It's here. Monsters within and without. With several season renewals it's a nice gig for a young actor and an often thrilling, energetic series all the more for it. Season One may not have a 100 score on Rotten Tomatoes for Season One but there's plenty of room for tomato-metric growth.



The closing minutes of The 100 (Ep13 We Are Grounders), a real whopper, are entirely unexpected, promise a new direction and add additional layers to the science fiction elements of the series proving the plan of developer Jason Rothenberg is far from complete and far more ambitious than one is originally inclined to believe. It proves to be a little smarter than anticipated.



The 100 earned its return for a second season and for me easily bests Dark Matter as a go to series that is much more intriguing. Both series surprised me. Dark Matter did not deliver on its promise for me in its first season, but, to the contrary, The 100 built itself into a formidable little series with a grand, epic vision. As problematic as it may have been in consistency or writing or performance it still became an ultimately addictive first season.



The 100, particularly as it moves along throughout Season One and Season Two, is able to play with conventions and debate questions of morality, perception and the idea that any one individual is not the sum of merely good or evil intent or action. The writers manipulate expectations about these people who are all infinitely human with differing degrees of good and evil, both gifted and cursed with sizable motivation to change.



Those damn kids! They do surprise you.


Por eso me ha alegrado leer este artículo en Scientific American titulado "
Reliance on Indirect Evidence Fuels Dark Matter Doubts". El autor, Bruce Dorminey, repasa los diferentes intentos realizados para localizar materia oscura, tanto directa como indirectamente, y concluye que todos han fracasado rotundamente y que ello alimenta las dudas de un número creciente de escépticos.
          Dark Matter        
For his A/W 17 collection, forward-thinking footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood tapped director Rei Nadal to create a promotional fashion film. The collection, entitled 'Dark Matter', spotlights a new black glittering fabric that can be seen on sock boot and slip-on mule alike. The film, shot in black and white in a triptych format sees model Jess Maybury stride around a structural set
          Dark Matter        
Dark Matter
author: Blake Crouch
name: hayden
average rating: 4.09
book published: 2016
rating: 3
read at: 2017/04/30
date added: 2017/04/30
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BLAKE CROUCH WRITING SCHOOL (PREVIEW)

hi.

i'm blake crouch.

welcome to my writing school.

today, i'm going to teach you how to write like me.

there's one key step.

it's the most important step of all.

have you figured it out yet?

no?

don't worry.

you will soon.

very soon, i sense.

...well?

have you now?

probably.

...OK, i'll just give it to you.

the key step to writing like me is:

be blake crouch.

that's a tricky one, seeing as there's only one of me.

(in this universe.

ha ha.

get it.

like the book.)

here's another, less blatantly obvious step:

one sentence per paragraph.

you didn't even notice, did you?

subtle, ain't it?

but there you have it:

one sentence per paragraph.

that's it.

that's all you get.

no exceptions.

except for two exceptions.

one is dialogue.

only because of practicality, or else i'd be breaking all those shits up across multiple paragraphs.

the second exception is scenery description.

because nobody wants to read a full spread-out page of sentences about what a room looks like.

you're allowed to use a cute lil' paragraph for that.

but keep it brisk.

aside from those two exceptions?

no exceptions.

there are more rules, of course.

many more.

i'm not going to give you all of them, though.

otherwise i wouldn't be able to monetize this.

but i'll give you one more, for the road.

the second rule of writing like me is:

plot.

"but blake," you might be thinking.

(though i'd prefer you call me "mr. crouch."

as i am your teacher.

but i digress.)

"'plot' is a word. how is that a rule?"

and you'd be right.

i didn't clarify very well.

here's a better-phrased second rule:

lots of plot.

if your first chapter doesn't read like the wikipedia summary of a novel, you're doing it wrong.

if your plot outline isn't longer than the finished book itself, you're doing it wrong.

if, by the hundredth page, your reader isn't scratching his head, wondering how your main character isn't severely calorically deficient after all the shit he just did—because surely there hasn't been time to eat—you're doing it wrong.

plot, plot, plot.

so, there you have it.

now you've got a couple of tips.

but wait...

there's more!

if you want to learn all the tips , i have some good news for you!

you can sign up for my blake crouch masterclass!

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i hope you enjoyed this preview.

- blake crouch

          Ð¢Ñ‘мная материя / Dark Matter 2017 [фантастика] (03 сезон 01-10 из 13} WEB-DLRip | Кравец         
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          The Spiritual Atheist        
  In my short time as an Atheist - less than a year now - I've heard lots of people talking about spirituality and how Atheists have none. This isn't just coming from believers either. Atheists, on several occasions, have contested it. I wasn't sure why, really. I consider myself a spiritual Atheist. I'll explain why later, but let's look at the word "spirit" and how it's used so that I can better define what I'm talking about here.

  The word "spirit" comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means, simply "breath". It was also equated with "courage" and "vigor" as well as "soul". From what I can gather, it is a consensus among religions that "soul" and "spirit" are not the same. "Soul", from a religious standpoint, refers to an eternal part of a person's being that, in some cases, exists before you were born and, in almost every case, will continue to exist after your physical body dies. A religious definition of "spirit", as I understand it, is sort of the "middle-man" between a person's soul and the creator they believe in, but there are many more, regularly used definitions.

  Ghost hunters, I think, would say "spirit" and "soul" are the same. They refer to spirits haunting a house, for example, and that those spirits can't "move on" until some unresolved issue is put to rest. In their world, spirit and soul seem to be synonymous. They seem to believe that sometimes, particularly when there is some injustice in the events of someone's death, the eternal part of a person's being gets caught between worlds, as it were.

  Cheerleader spout the phrase "We've got spirit! Yes, we do! We've got spirit! How 'bout you?" Are they expecting to see ghosts? No. Are they asking everyone to pray? Nope, not that either. They want you to be excited and feel like part of the team. They want you to cheer and holler for their team to win.

  Would you like a glass of spirits? No, I'm not offering you a glass of ghosts, nor am I offering a glass of Jesus blood. This refers to distilled beverages with 20% or more alcohol. Spirit, in this sense, comes from alchemists back in the day who were interested in making medical elixirs. They referred to the vapors given off in the distillation process as the "spirit" of the ingredients used to make it. This is the "breath" definition, I think.

  We also refer to things like "soul food", which doesn't mean it's food made from ghosts or souls. It doesn't really refer to anything like that. Soul food is food that might not be so good for us, but it gives us the "home-cooked" good feeling that reminds us of having a good meal with the people we love.

  Finally, we have phrases that start with "In the spirit of...". When we say that, we don't think that some dead person is standing next to us, cheering us on for doing things the way they did in life. No. It simply means, in most cases, to emulate or otherwise connect with the things that person did in life. We can also connect with ideas in that same way, for example, when we do things "in the spirit of the season".

  It seems to me there is a common theme among all these definitions. They have to do with how we feel about things. Even the use of "spirit" when referring to alcohol seems apt, as it makes us feel different when we drink "spirits". It has to do with connections between not just people, but ideas and ideals. There seem to be a lot more alternative definitions that indicate that it's not really a "religious" word. I think that's what scares some Atheists about spirituality. They feel it's a step backward.

  I've said, in other blogs, that I feel such a great sense of awe when I contemplate the Universe, in general. There are so many things that I think about that bring tears to my eyes on a regular basis. When I listen to Dawkins talk about the "magic of reality" or when Sagan or Tyson talk about the "star stuff" that we're made of, I get that feeling I used to get when I went to church. I want to throw my hands up and weep at the awesomeness of the reality that we live in.

  That's my idea of spirituality. It has to do with feeling connected, as we have proven to be true in many aspects of our existence. If stars hadn't exploded, we wouldn't be here. If the chemistry of Earth had been slightly different or if the Earth had a slightly different orbit, we might not be here. To know that we're but a tiny speck in the vastness of the Universe is humbling, but also, as Tyson puts it, "I actually feel quite large at the end of that. ...We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us". How can someone contemplate Tyson's statement about us all being connected in the "holy trinity" of the Universe and not feel emotional about it? "We're all connected to each other, biologically, to the Earth, chemically and to the rest of the Universe, atomically." To know that we're not made up of common matter, as most of the matter in the Universe is dark matter, from which we were not evolved, makes me feel pretty damn special. We live in a set of uncommon circumstances, as far as we know. We have yet to find life anywhere else. I think it exists somewhere else, but it is obviously uncommon for life to appear in the Universe.

  Let me qualify a bit here. I am in no way suggesting that the Universe has a soul or has feelings of any kind. I don't think there are ANY supernatural forces at work here. I don't feel like I'm "communicating with the Earth" when I have these feelings. I'm not saying that I can hear the thoughts of the animals when I'm contemplating these things. I know, so far, I probably totally sound like a "tree-hugger", but that's not the kind of idea I'm trying to relay here...or maybe it is.

  It's the idea of connectedness that makes me feel good. Connecting is a basic human need. Without it, a baby could turn out to be like Beth Thomas, a.k.a. the Child of Rage, for example. People who don't connect or associate with others, tend to have severe problems dealing with the real world and often perform actions that are detrimental to other people and/or society. Beth Thomas, because she lacked the connection with people in her very early life, was unable to feel emotions. It took years of therapy for her to actually feel negatively for hurting other living things. She wasn't only hurting other people, but also hurting animals. This is proof, I think, that our emotional side doesn't come from a god. If it did, I don't think little Beth would have had such a difficult time because she would have been born with them. It comes from those connections with other people. We learn what emotions are and we learn that other people have them too. We learn what feels good or bad and our empathy makes us want to share the good and avoid the bad when we interact with others.

  But why do those connection need only be personal connections? Why would someone think that if you're not religious, you're not spiritual? Why are people afraid to feel connections with non-living things? We're made of the same elements you find in the Earth. We can contemplate ideas and get the same feelings of connection that we would get if we were believers praising a god whom we thought put the whole thing together. We could be thankful that stars exploded to put the right chemicals into the Universe. We can be excited by the fact that simple chemistry is what made all life on Earth and that evolution and natural selection took over to make us who we are today. Probable or not, that's an amazing notion that brings me great joy.

  Our existence is the result of a series of amazing events. It's hard for me to contemplate these events and not feel moved by each and every one of them. Maybe I'm completely wrong. I don't fully understand my emotional "explosions" when I think about these things. It is my hope that someday we will.

  One final note: Thank you, Dr. Tyson, for your 57 second speech that has made me see things in a whole new way. You are directly responsible for me writing this as well as helping me understand the feelings that I have about meaning and connection since I became an Atheist. Your passion makes me smile and I only hope that more people will take your words into consideration when contemplating their own places in the Universe.

          Long the stuff of fantasy, wormholes may be coming soon to a telescope near you        
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9:42am, August 5, 2013
Citations

F. Rahaman et al. Possible existence of wormholes in the galactic halo region. arXiv.org. Posted online July 4, 2013. [Go to]

C. Bambi. Can the supermassive objects at the centers of galaxies be traversable wormholes? The first test of strong gravity for mm/sub-mm VLBI facilities. arXiv.org. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.87.107501. Posted online April 21, 2013. [Go to]

For decades now, black holes have been the rock stars of popular astrophysics, both fact and fiction. Physicists rely on them to explain all sorts of mysterious astrophenomena, and black holes have been essential plot devices in various films, from Star Trek (2009) to Galaxy Quest (1999) to (obviously) The Black Hole (1979).

But black holes are not the only famous members of the hole family. Their distorted spacetime cousins, wormholes, are also offspring of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Black holes are regions of extreme gravity, crushing anything they swallow into subatomic smithereens. Wormholes are “bridges” connecting one region of spacetime to another. Black holes are the spacetime analog of bottomless pits; wormholes would be intergalactic (or interuniverse) superhighways. If they exist, wormholes could be the key to establishing theories that the universe occupied by humans is just one cosmic bubble in a vast multiverse. Wormholes could connect different times and places like Twitter connects tweeters.

The possibility of such spacetime tunnels was noticed shortly after Einstein published his general theory in 1916. Einstein and Nathan Rosen worked out the math for wormholes more thoroughly in a 1935 paper, so they are known technically as Einstein-Rosen bridges.

Unlike black holes, inhabitants of galaxies everywhere, wormholes are common only in fiction. You can see them in action in movies — Green Lantern (2011), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Carl Sagan’s Contact (1997) — but real space has not yet yielded any sightings of wormholes.

“Although just as good a prediction of Einstein’s theory as black holes, they have so far eluded detection,” Farook Rahaman of Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, and collaborators write.

But maybe that’s because nobody has properly looked yet.

For decades, Einstein and Rosen’s paper had discouraged would-be wormhole travelers by pointing out that as soon as anybody entered a wormhole, it would collapse. Wormhole interest was revived in the 1980s, though, when Carl Sagan went fishing for a way that characters in his novel Contact could travel quickly through space. He asked the physicist Kip Thorne for advice and Thorne figured out a way to keep wormholes propped open. All you need is some exotic form of matter possessing negative energy.

In fact, it is possible to construct devices creating negative energy (by exploiting a trick called the Casimir effect), but only on tiny scales. Whether nature provides negative-energy material to prop open big wormholes in space remains a matter for Saganesque speculation.

Lately, though, some physicists have suggested that wormholes may actually populate the cosmos but just haven’t been properly identified. Rahaman and colleagues, for instance, say that evidence for invisible “dark matter” in the outer regions of galaxies could actually be evidence for wormholes.

“Seen from the Earth, we would not be able to distinguish the gravitational nature of a wormhole from that of a compact mass in the galaxy,” they write in a paper posted online at arXiv.org.

Their calculations show that the distribution of mass in the outer regions of most galaxies and the rate at which galaxies spin are both consistent with the presence of wormholes big enough to travel through — complete with the negative energy conditions needed to keep the wormholes open.

Still other wormholes may have been detected but misidentified as black holes (which is understandable, as black holes may form one end of a wormhole’s throat). Current conventional wisdom maintains that every ordinary galaxy harbors a huge black hole at its core, ranging in mass from thousands to billions of times as heavy as the sun. Plenty of evidence supports that conclusion, but physicist Cosimo Bambi points out that the case is not airtight. In fact, based on current observations, traversable wormholes are “indistinguishable from the black holes of general relativity” in galactic cores, he writes in a recent paper posted at arXiv.org.

Bambi notes that both black holes and wormholes would cast “shadows” — regions of darkness surrounded by a bright background — but a wormhole shadow would be smaller than a black hole’s, with more brightness surrounding it.

Telescope projects now being considered ought to be able to measure the shadow size precisely enough to determine whether it belongs to a black hole or wormhole, Bambi writes. He says the radio source Sagittarius A*, marking the spot of the black hole supposedly residing in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, should be a prime target for such an investigation.

“It should be relatively easy to check if SgrA* is actually a wormhole,” he writes.

If such an observation did confirm the existence of a big-time wormhole, physicists would be ecstatic. Travel agents would probably have to wait a few millennia before booking trips to distant galaxies, but physicists could begin imagining trips not just to distant galaxies, but also to other universes. And filmmakers obsessed with wormholes could start making documentaries. 


          RE[3]: We can (well I can't)        
The Standard Model will NOT be "wrong" - it works too well for that, is too useful (also ). OTOH its faults are beyond "could never the less" - we KNOW it's basically interim (I won't use the word "wrong") ...mass of neutrinos, not explaining that which forms most of our universe (dark matter and energy), gravity (at odds with general relativity overall), or apparent absence of antimatter, and so on. Post above it was just about mixing concepts; how particles are distinct from the idea of strings, a sort of of them. And an example of elementary (how people often directly name them in such wishes) particles being the limit, since that's how they are (the goalpost move of course, it happened few times; but not the definition). Mildly frustrating, people finding some catchwords and throwing them around; or naively extrapolating rates of progress (scientific method and such did give us the capability to unravel and exploit the world in more swift fashion than was the case throughout most of our existence - hence also made us realize hard limits; and tech plateaus - short spurts of progress are actually rather typical), worse if it leads to cargo cults of sorts. "3D chips will undoubtedly offer tremendous gains" ...maybe, maybe not - we see. Superconductors - what about them? We don't know if high-temp ones are feasible, of the types adequate here (and maybe even just not practical, maybe properties of some other necessary chip components getting in the way; maybe, say, power dissipation of interconnects not being that much of a problem; anyway, do we really want terminators walking around? )Edited 2012-02-27 22:21 UTC
          10 HYPOTHETICAL ASTRONOMICAL OBJECTS THAT COULD ACTUALLY EXIST        

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10 Hypothetical Astronomical Objects That Could Actually Exist
By Paulina Destarac,
Listverse, 24 July 2017.

Space has undoubtedly been a fascinating part of reality for humanity. Ever since we were able to understand our surroundings, we’ve looked up at the stars in search for answers, inspiration, and constancy. Space has been the muse for hundreds of movies and thousands of books. It has inspired calendars and horoscopes that detail how the arrangement of astronomical objects can predict personality traits and major life events.

Space has also inspired numerous visions of the future. We’ve conjured up scenarios of interplanetary travel, alien communication, and even time travel via wormholes. The items on this list look like they have been taken from an old science fiction book. However, numerous scientists believe these objects could exist somewhere in the vastness of space. Here are the top ten hypothetical astronomical objects that could actually exist.

10. Zombie Star

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As the name suggests, this type of star is one that, in a way, comes back from the dead. We’ve all heard of a supernova being referred to as the “death” of a star. In most cases, supernovae do mark the end of stars’ lives, since, during those grand explosions, the star is completely obliterated. However, scientists at NASA now believe that a faint supernova could leave behind a surviving portion of the dying dwarf star.

Astronomers first thought about the possibility of zombie stars when they observed a faint blue star feeding energy to its larger companion star. This process ignited a relatively small supernova, a Type Iax, which is low in brightness and does not spew out as much stellar mass as its cousin, the Type Ia supernova. So far, this is the only known way a white dwarf can explode. Typically, stars that explode at the end of their lifetimes are large, massive, and have very short life spans. White dwarfs, on the other hand, are cooler and tend to live longer, since they do not typically explode. Instead, they tend to expel their mass and create a planetary nebula. NASA scientists believe they have identified 30 of these Type Iax supernovae that leave behind a surviving white dwarf, but additional evidence is needed to safely say that they exist.

9. White Hole

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White holes were theorized by scientists who were working with black holes. While they were working through the complex mathematics associated with black holes, they found that by assuming the singularity at the center of a black hole had no mass, or by assuming that there was no mass within the event horizon, a white hole could be created.

The math explains that if white holes are real, they would behave exactly unlike black holes. That is, instead of sucking up all the matter around them, they would eject matter into the universe. However, the math also states that white holes could only exist if there was absolutely no matter inside the event horizon, not even a tiny cookie crumb. In the instance one atom of matter enters the white hole’s event horizon, it would collapse and disappear, so even if these white holes existed in the beginning of our universe, their life spans would have been incredibly short, since our universe is filled with matter.

8. Dyson Sphere

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The concept of a Dyson sphere was first introduced by Freeman Dyson, a physicist and astronomer who explored the idea through a thought experiment. He imagined a solar system-sized solar power collector. He believed a civilization could enclose its star in a cloud of satellite-type objects (or a “shell” or “ring of matter” in Dyson’s words) in order to beam 100 percent of the star’s radiation to a planet. Dyson created this thought experiment as a way to identify possible alien life in the universe. If we were to find a Dyson sphere, it could indicate the presence of a highly advanced alien civilization.

Here’s a cool fact: If we had the technology to create a Dyson sphere around the Sun, we would generate 384 yottawatts of energy, aka the total power output of the Sun. (Yotta- is the largest decimal unit prefix. It is equal to ten to the 24th power, or one septillion, or one million million million million.)

7. Black Dwarf

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Black dwarf - the name itself does not invoke sci-fi vibes as “zombie star” does. However, the concept behind a black dwarf is equally as interesting as all the other hypothetical objects on this list. So far, astronomers have found white dwarfs, brown dwarfs, and red dwarfs. However, black dwarfs have never been seen and are purely theoretical. Astronomers believe they could be formed from white dwarfs that have cooled for a sufficiently long time, to the point where their temperature matches the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background. The CMB is the radiation left over from the Big Bang that fills up the entire universe. It currently has an average temperature of 2.7 Kelvin.

These black dwarfs are thought to be invisible, since their temperature is so low and they have no internal source of energy. Theoretically, if a 5-Kelvin white dwarf was to turn into a black dwarf, it would take 1015 years. Therefore, the universe is still too young to have created any black dwarfs!

6. Quark Star

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Quark stars, also called strange stars, are thought to be composed of a soup of quarks - the fundamental constituents of matter. Astronomers believe that these stars can be created after a medium-sized star (about 1.44 times the size of our Sun) has run out of fuel and has entered the collapsing stage of its lifetime. As it collapses, it squeezes protons and electrons together, eventually forming neutrons. However, scientists think that if the star is heavy enough and continues collapsing after this stage, the neutrons that were created could break down into their component quarks under the immense pressure, creating an incredibly dense type of matter.

A paper published in 2012 delves into the hypothetical nature of these strange quark stars. The authors of the paper explain that these stars could be enveloped in a thin nuclear “crust,” consisting of heavy ions immersed in an electron gas. However, they could also exist without the crust. In that case, the quark stars would possess ultra-high electric fields that could reach up to 1019 Volts per centimeter!

5. Ocean Planet

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As the name suggests, ocean planets, or water worlds, are thought to be composed entirely of vast, uninterrupted oceans. The idea of water worlds became popular when NASA announced the existence of two planets outside of our solar system: Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f. These planets are thought to be water worlds that could harbor a wealth of aquatic life.

A paper published in June 2004 explains how these types of planets could be formed. It is believed that they form relatively far away from their parent star and slowly migrate toward it (over a time period of about a million years). The planet would have to come five to ten times closer to the star, depending on how far away it initially formed. The paper delves into the internal structure of the planets as well as how deep their oceans could be and what their atmospheres could be composed of. Interesting read!

4. Chthonian Planets

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The idea of Chthonian planets became popular thanks to an extrasolar planet nicknamed Osiris. NASA scientists were baffled when they detected carbon and oxygen for the first time in an atmosphere outside of our solar system. However, Osiris’s atmosphere was seen to be rapidly evaporating.

Scientists have designated a new class of worlds called Chthonian planets, which are created when gas giants, like Jupiter, enter a critical distance from their parent star. When they get too close, their outer layers begin to rapidly evaporate. Chthonian planets are thus the remnants of these gas giants, which have been stripped of their outer layers, leaving behind a dense central core.

3. Preon Star

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A preon star is something that could follow a quark star. As a star is compressed to the point where it becomes a quark star and is still massive enough to continue its collapse, scientists believe that the quarks themselves could break down into these theoretical preons.

So far, scientists have not found a way to break down quarks, so they remain the main constituents of matter. However, if quarks are made of other individual particles - these so-called preons - stars could technically achieve this even denser state, one of matter created entirely of a soup of hyper-dense preons.

2. Ghost Galaxy

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Ghost galaxies, also called dark galaxies, are galaxies that have very few stars. They’re so inefficient at making stars that they’re thought to be mostly composed of gas and dust, making them basically invisible. As of now, they remain theoretical for this very fact, but astronomers believe that dark galaxies are likely to exist. An international team of scientists even thinks they have found the first dark galaxy. However, more data analysis needs to be done before it is confirmed.

Astronomers believe they have also found a different type of ghost galaxy, one that is 99 percent dark matter. They named it Dragonfly 44, and it seems to be the Milky Way’s dark doppelganger in mass, but it contains very few stars and is different in its structure. If this galaxy is ever observed or analyzed in enough detail, it could change how astronomers perceive galaxy formation and dark matter.

1. Cosmic Strings

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Cosmic strings are an insane idea, but the craziest part about them is that they could actually exist. Cosmic strings are slight defects in the fabric of space and time that were created at the beginning of time, left over from the formation of the universe. If one were to interact with one of these defects, one could create a “closed time-like curve,” which would allow for backward time travel. Scientists have speculated how they can make time machines out of these cosmic strings. They believe that by putting two of them close enough together, or one string and one black hole, they could create an array of these closed time-like curves.

To better visualize this, picture the cosmic strings as loops of space-time. Imagine picking up one loop and throwing it across space directly toward another loop. Then, imagine jumping on a space ship and flying around them in a perfect figure eight. This would allow you to emerge at any random point in space and time!

Although these objects are purely theoretical, astronomers believe that, if they exist, they would be very small “lines” in the fabric of space, and their effects would be incredibly strange. It is also believed that their existence could explain bizarre effects observed in faraway galaxies.

Top image: Dyson Sphere by SPAR/DeviantArt.

[Source: Listverse. Edited. Top image added.]


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          PC: Ep.132.5: Explicaciones, Star Wars Celebration y Seven to Eternity        

Fecha de Grabación: Miércoles 26 de abril de 2017.


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  • Star Wars Rebels llegará a su fin en la cuarta temporada de la serie.
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny.
  • Ardian Syaf y su salida de Marvel-
  • DC Dark Matter.
  • Marvel Generations.
      • y mucho más...


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                Fresh Air Weekend: Al Gore; Randy Newman's 'Dark Matter'; Ariel Levy On Loss        
      Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change: "I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," he says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus to address the crisis. Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter': Newman mixes cynicism and romanticism on his first studio album of new material since 2008. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Dark Matter offers a fresh recording of songs both new and old. 'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage: New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived
                Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'        
      Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . (SOUNDBITE OF BILL FRISELL'S "MESSIN' WITH THE KID") DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Randy Newman's new album "Dark Matter" is his first studio album of new material in nine years. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the album offers a wide variety of the styles Newman's long worked in, from the satirical to the sentimental. Here's Ken's review. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GREAT DEBATE") RANDY NEWMAN: (As Mediator) Welcome, welcome, welcome to this great arena. Durham, N.C., the heart of the Research Triangle. We've come to this particular place tonight 'cause we got to look at things from every angle. We need some answers to some complicated questions if we're going to get it right. To that end... KEN TUCKER, BYLINE: Randy Newman leads off his new album "Dark Matter" with the composition that is very nearly the reason for this album's existence. "The Great Debate" is almost nine minutes long, and it's Newman's critique of faith over
                Mantis Radio 135 + Go Hiyama        

      Mantis Radio

      Mantis Radio 135 + Go Hiyama

      DVNT
      dBridge + Skeptikal - Move Way [R+S]
      Ancient Methods - Guardians of an Eternal Bliss [Unknown Precept]
      Ricardo Tobar - If I Love You (Samuel Kerridge remix) [Desire Records]
      South London Ordnance - Modular Splash (Factory Floor - NVC remix) [Aery Metals]
      Afriqua - Tanz [F4TMusic]
      Peter Van Hoesen - To Alter A Vector (Ø [Phase] remix) [Time to Express]
      Alex Smoke - Dust (Tessela remix) [R+S]
      Ingen - Those Who Know, Know [Tribal Waves Recordings]
      Steel Grooves - Funk Monk (Andrei Morant remix) [Sonic Convergence]
      Uexkull - all rac [Brutalist Sunset]
      Versalife - Electrostatic Discharge [Clone West Coast Series]
      South London Ordnance + Femme En Fourrure - Obsidian [Aery Metals]
      Robert Pain - Mozda umres [Black Queen]
      Charlton - Hypersalivation [MORD]
      Savagen - Dirty Mother [dub]
      Gheists - Unja Stair (Corvx de Timor remix) [Gheists]
      Tokee - PA (Free Masonry mix By Frontier Guards) [CRL Studios]
      Mika Vainio - Scale [Blast First Petite]

      GO HIYAMA
      Surgeon - Dark Matter [Dynamic Tension]
      Go Hiyama - LecorW [HueHelix]
      Go Hiyama - Common Blank (OM remix 2nd Edit) [Warm Up]
      Thomas Hessler - Outburst [Graphene]
      Sleeparchive - Papercup [Sleeparchive]
      Go Hiyama - Defector (loop) [HueHelix]
      Adriana Lopez - Preface [Grey Report]
      Pfilter - Universe [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
      Shifted - Bloodless [Mote Evolver]
      Phase - Drive (Phase remix) [Music Man]
      Radial - Asial [MORD]
      Sleeparchive - 3 [Tresor]
      Go Hiyama - untitled [dub]
      Takaaki Itoh - Slicer (Sleeparchive remix [Wols]
      Phase - Binary Opposition [Token]
      Planetary Assault System - Thwack [Mote Evolver]
      Ken Ishii - Extra (Luke Slater remix) [R+S]
      Shifted - Sector D [Avian]
      Inigo Kennedy - Collector [Token]
      Oscar Mulero - Disinformation (Developer remix) [Warm Up]
      Makaton - Goatbone (Regis + Female remix) [Rodz Konez]


                New theory on the origin of dark matter        
      Only a small part of the universe consists of visible matter. By far the largest part is invisible and consists of dark matter and dark energy. Very little is known about dark energy, but there are many theories and experiments on the existence of dark matter designed to find these as yet unknown particles. Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have now come up with a new theory on how dark matter may have been formed shortly after the origin of the universe. This new model proposes an alternative to the WIMP paradigm that is the subject of various experiments in current research.

                Lustmord – Dark Matter        

      CD – Touch

      Brian Williams, aka Lustmord – a veteran of dark ambient scenes and member of the industrial combo SPK – has for the first time published a solo album under his own name with Touch Music, an old

                heika_dm_production@lists.kit.edu - HeiKA Project: Dark Matter Production at the LHC        
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                Ù…قاله ای جامع در مورد ماده و انرژی تاریک        

      حدود 200 میلیارد کهکشان که هر کدام دارای تقریبا 200 میلیارد ستاره است بوسیله ØªÙ„سکوپها Ù‚ابل تشخیص است. اما این تعداد فقط 4 درصد از محل گیتی را تشکیل می‌دهد. حدود 733 درصد از جهان از ماده دیگری ساخته شده است که «Ø§Ù†Ø±Ú˜ÛŒ تاریک» (dark matter) نامیده می‌شود. هیچ کس نمی‌داند که ماهیت این ماده ناشناخته چیست، اما مقدار این نوع ماده از تمام اتمهای موجود در تمام Ø³ØªØ§Ø±Ú¯Ø§Ù† Ù…وجود در کل Ú©Ù‡Ú©Ø´Ø§Ù†Ù‡Ø§ÛŒ Ù‚ابل شناسایی گستره ÙØ¶Ø§ Ø¨Ø³ÛŒØ§Ø± بیشتر است.

      به نظر می‌رسد این نیروی عجیب ، اجزای جهان را با سرعت فزاینده‌ای از یکدیگر دور می‌کند، در حالی که Ù†ÛŒØ±ÙˆÛŒ گرانش Ø¨Ø§ این نیرو مقابله کرده و از سرعت این گسترش می‌کاهد. این اکتشافها بوسیله رصدخانه مداری که Ú©Ø§ÙˆØ´Ú¯Ø± ناهمسانگرد ریز موج ویلکینسون (WMAP) نامیده می‌شود، انجام شده است. این Ú©Ø§ÙˆØ´Ú¯Ø± Ø§ÙØª و خیزهای ناچیز موجود در Ù¾Ø±ØªÙˆÙ‡Ø§ÛŒ ریز موج Ù¾Ø³ زمینه کیهانی را اندازه می‌گیرد که در اثر پژواکهای میرای Ø§Ù†ÙØ¬Ø§Ø± بزرگ بوجود آمده است ... . 

      به ادامه مطلب بروید


      ماده تاریک
      به‌این‌ترتیب، حل‌های گوناگونی در معادله اینشتین صدق می‌کند. یکی از این حل‌ها، حل شوارتزشیلد است. حل شوارتزشیلد توجیه کننده حرکت اجسام به دور یک جرم مرکزی است. مثلاً برای چرخش زمین به دور خورشید از حل شوارتزشیلد معادله اینشتین استفاده می‌شود. جوابی که برای مسیر حرکت زمین به دور خورشید از این روش به‌دست می‌آید عملاً با جوابی که از معادله نیوتن می‌آید، یکی است.
      چون که جرم خورشید آن‌قدر کم است که جواب نیوتنی هم کافی است. برای همین بود که سال‌ها معادله گرانش نیوتن قادر بود که همه برهمکنش‌های گرانشی را توضیح دهد. اما وقتی جرم به اندازه کافی زیاد می‌شود دیگر معادله نیوتن نمی‌تواند حرکت را توجیه کند. مثلاً برای حرکت خورشید به دور مرکز کهکشان راه شیری، دیگر باید از معادله اینشتین استفاده کرد.
      اما نکته این‌جاست که وقتی سرعت حرکت یک جسم مثلاً یک کهکشان به دور حرکت مرکز یک خوشه کهکشانی را اندازه می‌گیرند، عددی که به‌دست می‌آید، خیلی بیشتر از آن است که جرم آن خوشه کهکشانی بتواند چنین سرعتی را تأمین کند.
      پس باید ماده‌ای وجود داشته‌باشد که تأمین‌کننده این سرعت است ولی ما قادر به آشکارسازی این ماده نیستیم. برای همین به آن «Ù…اده تاریک» می‌گویند. هنوز هیچ کاندید خوبی برای ماده تاریک پیشنهاد نشده و این پدیده توجیه درست و درمانی ندارد و یکی از موارد حل نشده نسبیت عام است.
      انرژی تاریک
      معادله اینشتین مدل جهان را هم توجیه می‌کند. حلی که مدل جهان را با استفاده از معادله اینشتین بیان می‌کند، حل فریدمن - رابرتسون – واکر می‌گویند که انبساط جهان را توجیه می‌کند. نسبیت عام خیلی چیزها را در مورد مدل انبساط جهان و انفجار بزرگ توانسته بود به خوبی بیان کند.
      مدل این‌طور بود: «Ø¬Ù‡Ø§Ù† حدود 14 میلیارد سال پیش با یک انفجار بزرگ اولیه آغاز شده‌بود. در آن زمان تمام محتویات عالم در یک نقطه بی‌نهایت کوچک و بی‌نهایت چگال متمرکز بود. این تراکم فضا-زمان را چنان خمیده بود که تمام آن در همان نقطه متمرکز بود. سپس انفجار بزرگ روی داد و محتویات عالم همراه خود فضا-زمان از هم جدا شدند.
      در ابتدا فقط تابش بود سپس ذرات شکل گرفتند و درحدود 300 هزار سال پس از انفجار بزرگ، اتم‌ها شکل گرفتند و به قول فیزیک‌دانان جهان شفاف شد. هرچه زمان گذشت جهان سردتر شد و ساختارهای بزرگ‌تری مثل ستاره‌ها و کهکشان‌ها شکل گرفتند. جاذبه گرانشی بین اجرام آنها را در کنار هم نگه‌داشت.»
      جهان هنوز هم به انبساط و سرد شدن ادامه می‌دهد. الان دمای متوسط جهان 7/2 کلوین یعنی برابر همان تابشی است که پنزیاس و ویلسون کشف کرده‌بودند. با توجه به نیروی گرانش بین اجرام، برای آینده جهان سه حالت قابل توجه بود:
      1 - جاذبه باعث می‌شود که سرانجام روند انبساط جهان متوقف شده و یک انقباض آغاز شود و دوباره همه محتویات عالم در ‌هم ‌بریزند و عین انفجار بزرگ، ماده دوباره در یک نقطه متمرکز شود.
      2 - مقدار ماده موجود در جهان آن‌قدر باشد که جاذبه برای متوقف‌کردن انبساط عالم کافی نباشد و انبساط جهان تا ابد ادامه پیدا کند اما این انبساط کند شونده باشد.
      3 - مقدار ماده به حدی باشد که سرعت انبساط در زمان بی‌نهایت دقیقاً برابر صفر شود.
      اما در اواخر قرن بیستم بود که کیهان‌شناسان با واقعه‌ای حیرت‌آور روبه‌رو شدند.
      اندازه‌گیری‌ها نشان داد که جهان به هیچ‌کدام از این راه‌ها نمی‌رود و راه چهارمی را برگزیده است، «Ø§Ù†Ø¨Ø³Ø§Ø· تند‌شونده»!
      این حالت تنها زمانی پیش می‌آید که نیرویی بیشتر از جاذبه و در خلاف جهت آن در جهان وجود داشته باشد. اما منشا این نیروی اسرارآمیز چیست؟ هنوز هیچ‌کس نمی‌داند. برای همین به آن «Ø§Ù†Ø±Ú˜ÛŒ تاریک» می‌گویند.
      انرژی تاریک یک چیزی حدود 75 درصد محتویات عالم را تشکیل داده و ماده تاریک هم حدوداً 20 درصد عالم را و آن قسمت از ماده و انرژی را که بشر شناخته و در «Ù…دل استاندارد ذرات بنیادی» آن را توضیح‌داده، همه‌اش 5 درصد عالم است. ماهیت ماده تاریک و انرژی تاریک هنوزدو راز بزرگ و فاش نشده فیزیک هستند.
      از سایت همشهری انلاین
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      سال 1998 دانشمندان از تلسکوپ هابل ناسا استفاده کرده و دریافتند جهان هر سال سریع تر از سال قبل رو به گسترش می رود، نتیجه گیری که باعث شگفتی همگان شد. محققان اینگونه می اندیشند که منبعی از انرژی که  Ø¨Ù‡ خاطر نادیده بودنش "انرژی تاریک" نام گذاشته شده است مسئول گسترش جهان می باشد. انرژی پنهان نامبرده حدود 68 درصد از کل انرژی موجود در کیهان را تشکیل می دهد.

       Ø§Ø² آنزمان به بعد تعدادی آزمایش انجام گرفته که هدف از آنها پرده برداری از رموز این انرژی مخفی بوده است. برخی اینگونه می اندیشند که انرژی تاریک در تاروپود کیهان بافته شده است، اما برخی دیگر معتقدند این انرژی در قالب ذرات فرضی وجود دارد.

      سال 2004 نظریه پردازی به نام جاستین خوری از دانشگاه پنسیلوانیا این فرض را پیش کشید که دلیل عدم ردیابی انرژی تاریک مخفی بودن آن است.

       Ø§Ø² تداخل سنج اتمی برای جستجو به دنبال ذرات انرژی تاریک مخفی استفاده می شود.

      خوری که یکی از نویسندگان تحقیقی در مورد آزمایش انرژی تاریک است اظهار می دارد ذرات "مخفی" از نظر جرم بسته به شدت ماده اطراف فرق می کند. داخل محیط آزمایشگاه که ماده در جای جای آن حضور دارد ذراتِ مخفیِ انرژیِ تاریک جرم بسیار زیاد و گستره ی بسیار کوچکی دارند، اما در اعماق خالی فضا همین ذرات به فواصل طولانی تری اعمال اثر می کنند. (در علم فیزیک، جرم کم به معنای نیروی دارای برد طولانی است، در عوض جرم زیاد به معنای برد کوتاه تر است).

      ماده و انرژی تاریک نامرئی هستند، پدیده هایی نادیده که دانشمندان مدت هاست بدنبال شناختشان رفته اند. آیا امکان دیدن ماده و انرژی تاریک وجود دارد؟

      بله، برای ردیابی این اهداف مخفی نیازمند زمان و فناوری هستیم.

       Ø§Ù„بته این نکته را نیز باید درنظر گرفت که تا قبل از تایید شدن کشف این موارد شاید سال ها بر سر تایید این کشف، بحث های مختلفی در محافل علمی جریان داشته باشد.

      برخی نیز بر این باورند که برخی امور این جهان برای انسان ها قابل فهم نیست.  

      هولگر مولر، از لابراتوار ملی لاورنس برکلی می گوید: "در فضای خالی نور وجود دارد و به همین خاطر فضا همانند ماده عادی جمع نمی شود تا کهکشان شکل بگیرد." Ù…ولر نیز جزو تیم دانشمندانی بوده که در جستجوی ماده تاریک هستند.

       Ù‡Ù…لیتون (بعد از مطالعه مقاله ای نوشته کلیر بوراژ از دانشگاه ناتینگهام  Ú©Ù‡ سال گذشته با موضوع چگونگی شناسایی  Ø°Ø±Ø§Øª مخفی منتشر شده بود) به ذهنش رسید از ابزار ساخت مولر که برای شناسایی موارد غیرعادی جاذبه ای ساخته شده است و به مطالعه تفاوت در فاز بین موج های ماده اتمی به موازات مسیرهای مختلف می پردازد، برای شناسایی انرژی تاریک بهره بگیرد.

      در نتیجه، همیلتون و همکارانش اتم های سزیوم را از بالای کره ای آلومینیومی  Ú©Ù‡ قطر 2.5 سانتی متری داشت به پایین چکاندند، و سپس از لیزرهای حساس برای اندازه گیری نیروهایی استفاده کردند که هنگام سقوط آزاد اتم ها روی آن ها اعمال شدند. 

      به گفته مولر: "این ابزار یکی از حساس ترین شیوه های اندازه گیری نیرو به شمار می رود". از آنجایی که انرژی تاریک تنها با خارجی ترین لایه های اشیا تعامل برقرار می کند، استفاده از اتم در خلاء بایستی امکان تعیینِ تعامل داشتنِ ماده ی ØªØ§Ø±ÛŒÚ© با اتم ها را در اختیار دانشمندان بگذارد.

      البته در نتیجه آزمایش، نیرویی به جز جاذبه زمین کشف نشد. هرچند این عدم کشف در ابتدای امر دلسردکننده به نظر می رسد، اما به روند مشخص سازی خصوصیات انرژی تاریک کمک رساند و احتمال وجود نیروهای ماده تاریک مخفی که میلیون ها برابر ضعیف تر از جاذبه باشند و چند فرضیه دیگر را به طور کلی رد نمود.

       Ø¨Ù‡ گفته مولر این آزمایشات نسبت به آزمایشات قبلی بین 1 الی هزار برابر حساس تر هستند.

       ÙˆÛŒ ادامه می دهد "ارتقای حساسیت آزمایشات به اندازه یک مرحله دیگر مطمئنا منتهی به رد اعتبار مدل ذرات مخفی و سایر انواع دیگر روش های رایج برای شناسایی این پدیده ها می شود."

       "ذرات مخفی تا ابد که نمی توانند "مخفی" بمانند، بنابراین اگر انرژی تاریک  Ø¯Ø± این قالب دربیاید یا به زودی به آن پی خواهیم برد یا خواهیم فهمید که اینگونه نیست."

       

      آنجا که ماده تاریک  Ø­Ø¶ÙˆØ± ندارد

       Ø¢Ù†Ú†Ù‡ ستاره شناسان در مورد ماده تاریک می دانند بیش از آنکه به چیستی آن مربوط شود محدود به صرف اطلاع از وجود داشتن آن است. ماده تاریک نیز به شیوه ای بسیار مشابهِ انرژی تاریک در حکم ماده ای رمز آلود باقی مانده است که صرفا به واسطه اثرات غیر مستقیمش بر روی نحوه رفتار ماده عادی شناخته می شود. طی چند دهه گذشته آزمایشاتی به هدف جستجو بدنبال این ماده غیرعادی انجام شده است، اما با این وجود ماده تاریک همچنان ماهیتی بسیار ناشناخته دارد.

      به نظر بسیاری از دانشمندان ماده تاریک متشکل از ذراتی عظیم یا اختصارا WIMPS Ø§Ø³Øª که تعامل ضعیفی با همدیگر دارند، به همین خاطر در بیشتر آزمایشاتی که مستقیما به هدف شناسایی این ذرات انجام شده است، مقصد، یافتن نشانه های حاکی از اثرگذاری ذرات غیرعادی بر روی ردیاب ها بوده است. انتظار  Ø¯Ø§Ù†Ø´Ù…ندان بر آنست که ذرات عظیم یاد شده در درجه اول با نوکلئون های ماده ردیاب به تعامل بپردازند، منظور نوعی از ذرات است که هسته اتم ها را تشکیل می دهند، و سیگنالی به نام پس زنی هسته ای را تولید نمایند. با این وجود هیچ نشانه ای که منتسب به ماده تاریک باشد شناسایی نشده است. 

      با این حال، در برخی آزمایشها نیز دانشمندان به دنبال مشاهده تغییرات سالیانه در تعداد رویدادهای شناسایی رفته اند، زیرا استدلالشان بر اینست که شتاب ردیاب به واسطه چرخش سالانه زمین به دور خورشید دستخوش تغییر می شود. یکی از  Ø§ÛŒÙ† آزمایش هاDAMA/LIBRA  Ø¯Ø± ایتالیاست که در سال 2013 خبر از مشاهده سیگنالی احتمالا مربوط به ماده تاریک را منتشر ساخت. از آنجایی که سایر آزمایش ها بدنبال

                Fab fall fragrances for every nose        

      As you swap out your summer pieces for chic new fall looks, don't forget that your closet isn't the only area that needs refreshing. Reinvigorate your beauty regime with one of this season's many divine new scents. Whether you're into earthy or floral, there's a new fab fall fragrance for all.

      Victor & Rolf BONBON Eau de Parfum’s girly bowed bottle is adorable and it smells like liquid candy. The scent features top notes of blackcurrant and orange, as well as base notes of cedar wood and caramel.  3.0 OZ., $165 for at Saks Fifth Avenue.

      Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne has a leafy aroma with traces of citrus from notes of neroli and orange bigarade.  Basil & Neroli comes in body cream, hand wash, and candles, so you can fill your house with this heavenly scent.  3.4 OZ., $130 at Bloomingdales

      Chanel No. 5 L’eau is a much more subtle version of Chanel No. 5 and is nothing like that old grandma scent you might have previously associated with the legendary fragrance.  L’eau, updated by perfumer Olivier Polge, smells clean, fresh and yet still remains classic Chanel. While it still contains Chanel no. 5's signature notes of May rose, it’s lighter and less overwhelming than its predecessor. 1.7 OZ., $100 at Neiman Marcus.

      McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum are sold exclusively at SAKS and are the first fragrances for the fashion brand, Alexander McQueen.  The bold scents are comprised of sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang.  Both bottles reflect McQueen’s glamorous aesthetic—the glossy black parfum bottle is decorated with gold feathers and the eau de parfum’s glass bottle beautifully frames the blush liquid within. McQueen Parfum, 1.6 OZ. , $395  and Eau de Parfum, 1.7 OZ., $115  at Saks Fifth Avenue.

      Scent of a Dream, this new perfume by makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury comes in an uber chic bottle. The fall floral scent has trace amounts of summer, thanks to notes of lemon, peach, violet and amber. 1.7 OZ., $75  at www.charlottetilbury.com.

      Tom Ford Ombre Leather 16 Eau De Parfum is perfect for those who love the scent of leather for fall. Inspired by Ford’s latest AW16 runway collection, Ombre Leather, features notes of dark leather, jasmine sambac and white moss. 3.4 OZ., $225 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

      Louis Vuitton Matiere Noire is one of Louis Vuitton’s seven new fragrances developed by the renowned French perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.  The packaging is just as lovely as the scent-- you’ll definitely want to show off these gorgeous apothecary products on your dresser.  Matiere Noire, which translates to "dark matter," has a deep, woody smell of patchouli and agarwood. 3.4 OZ., $240 at Louis Vuitton stores nationwide.

       

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      Erica Corsano

                Go deep with Randy Newman into his new album, Dark Matter        

      Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman is one of the greatest songwriters of the rock era, and he’s never been short of opinions or opinionated music. This week on SiriusXM The Loft, Mike Marrone and Randy Newman lock … Continued

      The post Go deep with Randy Newman into his new album, Dark Matter appeared first on SiriusXM.


                Hubblecast 99: Hubble’s biggest discoveries — part 2        
      To many, Hubble is best known for its stunning images of celestial objects, but among astronomers it is admired for the valuable data it delivers. Hubble has helped revolutionise astronomy, including shedding light on dark matter and dark energy, lifting the veil on black holes, and peering into the dusty regions around stars to image exoplanets. This new Hubblecast is the second part of an exploration of some of Hubble’s most important discoveries throughout its history.
                In small collisions, scientists find big new physics questions        

      In physics, the Standard Model describes how particles like quarks, leptons and bosons should interact. But as a review paper detailed in the journal Nature in June, recent experiments at particle colliders around the world have turned up anomalies that the rule book doesn’t quite account for.

      Specifically, observations from the experiments — conducted at particle colliders in Switzerland, Japan and the United States — challenge an assumption of the Standard Model known as lepton universality, which describes how charged lepton particles like electrons, muons and taus should interact.

      “These three particles — the electron, the muon, and the tau — the only differences between them should really be their masses,” says Pearl Sandick, a theoretical physicist at the University of Utah. “So according to the Standard Model, they should [all] act the same way under the weak nuclear force. They should have the same types of interactions.”

      But in the experiments, when physicists studied the decay of a particle called a B-meson after collision, they observed more tau particles in the mix than the Standard Model accounts for.

      “It turns out that all three of these experiments see more events with taus than you would expect from the Standard Model alone,” Sandick says. “So that could mean that there’s something else besides just the weak force, so something else besides just the Standard Model.”

      Further confirmation is still needed before the physics community decides to revise or strike down lepton universality. But taken together, the three results challenge the assumption at the level of four standard deviations, indicating 99.95 percent certainty. “So we’re still waiting to see, but this is definitely an interesting indication,” Sandick says.

      If the results are confirmed, explaining the anomalies could push physics into exciting new territory. As Sandick puts it, “There are a couple possible explanations, and they all have to do with new particles, basically.”

      One explanation, she says, could be a weak nuclear force that taus feel differently than electrons or muons do. “There’s a new particle that carries that new force, and we would call it a W’, an analogy with the W boson that carries the normal weak force,” she explains. “So that’s one possibility. A second possibility is that there’s actually a new type of Higgs boson.”

      The Higgs boson famously discovered in 2012 at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has no electric charge, she points out. “But the particle that would be needed to explain these results actually does need to have an electric charge,” she says. “So there could be a new charged Higgs boson that’s maybe heavier, heavy enough that we haven’t seen it yet at the LHC. So that’s a possibility.”

      The third possibility, she notes, has to do with the fact that the strange events in all three experiments involve both leptons and quarks. (The decaying mesons are composed of quarks and antiquarks.) “And so there could be some type of new particle that actually talks to both leptons and quarks,” she says. “We would call that a leptoquark, and there are models of leptoquarks that might explain this as well.”

      The anomalies have another tantalizing potential link: to dark matter. “At this point, there’s not an obvious connection, but it’s certainly possible,” Sandick says. “And one of the things that might connect to this anomalous result with the need for dark matter is something called supersymmetry.”

      An extension of the Standard Model, supersymmetry predicts a partner for every particle in the Standard Model. Its symmetry is “between particles with integer spin, that we would call bosons, and particles with half-integer spin, that we would call fermions,” Sandick explains.

      “So if this supersymmetry exists, then what that means is that, at a minimum, there are twice as many particles as there are in the Standard Model alone,” she says. “One of those new particles could very likely be dark matter, and it just happens to work out that you get roughly the right amount of dark matter left over in the universe.”

      For now, Sandick and other physicists are eagerly awaiting more data. “These types of experiments that are being done, that look for anomalies — not necessarily just new particles, but that look for other indirect signals of new physics — are really important,” Sandick says.

      Scientists already know there must be something beyond the Standard Model, she says. “The Standard Model only includes three of the four fundamental forces,” she explains: strong force, weak force, and electromagnetic force. “Gravity is not included.”

      “Dark matter — no explanation for dark matter is anywhere in the Standard Model,” she adds. “And so there are reasons why we think there’s something else.”

      This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI's Science Friday with Ira Flatow.


                The Skeptics Guide #572 - Jun 25 2016        
      Interview with Michael Marshall; Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Mary Edwards; News Items: Electric Plane, Naturopathic Licensure, Black Holes and Dark Matter; What's the Word: Crepuscular; Science or Fiction
                The Skeptics Guide #405 - Apr 20 2013        
      Guest Rogues: Jon Ronson and Simon Singh; This Day in Skepticism: Sundogs; Simon Singh's New Book; News Items: Bitcoins, Internet Criminals, BRAIN Project, Evidence of Dark Matter, Hallucinating Music; Science or Fiction
                Book Review | Thin Air by Michelle Paver        

      The Himalayas, 1935.

      Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on earth. Greatest killer of them all.

      Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far—and the mountain is not their only foe.

      As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried.

      And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.

      ***

      It was on the back of the award-winning, six-part Chronicles of Ancient Darkness that Michelle Paver put out Dark Matter. A ghost story inspired by her lifelong love of the Arctic, it attracted flattering comparisons to the work of such giants of the genre as M. R. James and Susan Hill, and became, before long, a bona fide bestseller.

      That the author has now turned her hand to another tale in the same vise-like vein can hardly be seen as surprising; what can is the fact that it's taken her six years and another complete children's series, namely the Gods and Warriors novels. But given the strength of Thin Air, a short, stirring and altogether masterful narrative set on the sheer slopes of the world's third-highest hill, if it takes another decade for Paver to perfect its successor, that's a decade I'll be willing to wait.

      It's 1935, and mountaineering has the nation by the nape. Our protagonist Stephen Pearce has always been a keen climber, but he certainly wasn't supposed to be conquering Kangchenjunga this spring. He was meant to be getting married and starting a family, but something about the life he could see stretched out ahead of him—and the death, yes—didn't feel quite right, so when his big brother Kits basically begged him to follow in the footsteps of Edmund Lyell on an expedition up one of the Himalaya's highest peaks, Stephen said yes.

      Yet Kits' request wasn't exactly selfless. He needed a medic for the expedition to go ahead, and if securing one meant upending his younger sibling's entire existence, then that was a price Kits was only too happy to pay to win the day. As Stephen reasons:
      I know my brother. A couple of years ago, someone came upon Irvine's ice axe on Everest's north-west ridge, and Kits sulked for weeks. Why wasn't he the one to find it and get all the glory? That's what he's after now: relics of the Lyell Expedition; and a chance to complete what the great man began, by being the first in the world to conquer an eight thousand-metre peak—with the added lustre of planting the Union Jack on the summit, and beating the bloody Germans. (p.19)
      Brothers they may be, but Stephen and Kits haven't always—or even often—gotten on, and for all that they're on their best behaviour at the outset of the trek, as the weather closes in and things threaten to get grim, the tension between them fairly flares.

      Now we'll get to the ghost of this ghost story in due course, but it's this developing dynamic that truly underpins Paver's tale. It starts simply enough, with the brothers being brothers, but the gentle jibes that fly at first become unbearably barbed before long, a bit of healthy competition turns into the worst sort of one-upmanship—and all this as they pick their way up a monstrous mountain that's already killed countless competent climbers:
      The sight of it is like music, a deep, strong note thrilling through me. It's utterly different from Everest, or Annapurna, or K2. No lone triangular summit, but a vast broad-shouldered massif spiked with several chaotic peaks, with one jagged fang just dominating the rest. (p.10)
      They really can't afford to be distracted. Alas, that they are, and by more than one another, for as they leave the "fairytale forests" of the lower slopes—note the unreality even here—they emerge into an "eerie upper world haunted by unseen creatures: snow leopard, wild blue sheep—and the coolies' imaginary spirits. To them, this wilderness is thronged. Every rock and stream possesses demons," (p.45) demons that our Englishmen dismiss. Initially.

      But truth to tell, there does seems to be someone, or something else on Kangchenjunga. Something that's signified by an uncanny silence. Something that Stephen, empiricist that he is, struggles to explain away—though he absolutely tries:
      It's no good, I have to face the truth. There's something terribly wrong with Camp Two, 
      What do I mean by wrong? Well I don't mean ghosts. Not in the sense of disembodied spirits, I don't believe in them. [...] But energy, now. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, so isn't it at least possible that some kind of energy—perhaps magnetic, or even some force of emotion—may have lingered here for years? And perhaps—perhaps there's something about me that makes me a sort of physical medium for that energy: like a battery, or a lightning rod? 
      It's a hypothesis, and it makes me feel slightly better. I've put a frame around the wrongness. I've contained it. (pp.122-123)
      Of course, containers break, and when the ghost of this ghost story does come to the fore, it's all the more nerve-wracking because of its protracted absence. Now I don't want to name its nature, but it's a fitting sort of spirit to find near an evil peak, and one ably anticipated by the back story Paver shares in the early sections of the text, such that when the hammer finally falls, you feel it has every reason to.

      In short, prepare to be scared. But it'd be a grave mistake to go into Thin Air expecting a standard supernatural narrative. What horror there is here is tied primarily to the characters: to Stephen and Kits and their struggle to survive in a landscape where almost nothing does; and to the climbers that tried and tragically failed to conquer Kangchenjunga both before and after the brothers at this book's breast.

      Impeccably researched, carefully controlled and terrifically told, Thin Air is a brief but brilliant exploration of the extent of human endeavour. It's about the incredible things people, when pushed, can do... and the terrible things, too.

      ***

      Thin Air
      by Michelle Paver

      UK Publication: October 2016, Orion

      Buy this book from
      Amazon.co.uk / The Book Depository

      Or get the Kindle edition

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                The Skeptics Guide #345 - Feb 25 2012        
      Interview with Fraser Cain and Pamela Gaye; This Day in Skepticism; News Items: Tiny Lizards, Missing Dark Matter, Anti-Climate Gate, Nanoparticle Safety; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
                The Skeptics Guide #274 - Oct 13 2010        
      Interview with Ben Goldacre; News Items: Dark Matter Strangeness, Vaccine Case in Supreme Court, Gliese 581g Follow Up; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Magic Burgers; Science or Fiction
                Skeptics Guide #231 - Dec 21 2009        
      Interview with Michael Specter; News Items: Dark Matter WIMPS, Synaesthesia; Your Questions and E-mails: The Future of Skepticism, LHC Risk with Brian Cox; Science or Fiction; Who's That Noisy
                Skeptics Guide #198 - May 7 2009        
      Interview With Rachael Dunlop; News Items: Four Years of SGU; Oprah Signs Jenny McCarthy; Dark Matter; Six Degrees of Separation; Homeopathy Death; Your Questions and E-mails: I Have Birds in my Pants; Science or Fiction; Who's That Noisy
                Randy Newman: «Donald Trump pourrait être le héros de mes chansons»        
      Dark Matter, douzième disque du chanteur américain depuis 1968, apparaît comme un des albums les plus inspirés d'une carrière hors du commun, loin de la fabrication des tubes.
                10 Facts about Dark Matter        
      Facts about Dark Matter talk about a type of matter which accounts for 27 percent of energy or mass observed in the universe. The presence of dark matter is still a hypothetical type. The term dark matter is used to define the non interaction with the electromagnetic radiation. The experts cannot observe the dark matter […]
                Fresh Air Weekend: Al Gore; Randy Newman's 'Dark Mattter'; Ariel Levy On Loss        
      Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change: "I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," he says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus to address the crisis. Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter': Newman mixes cynicism and romanticism on his first studio album of new material since 2008. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Dark Matter offers a fresh recording of songs both new and old. 'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage: Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes.
                Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'        
      Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . (SOUNDBITE OF BILL FRISELL'S "MESSIN' WITH THE KID") DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Randy Newman's new album "Dark Matter" is his first studio album of new material in nine years. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the album offers a wide variety of the styles Newman's long worked in, from the satirical to the sentimental. Here's Ken's review. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE GREAT DEBATE") RANDY NEWMAN: (As Mediator) Welcome, welcome, welcome to this great arena. Durham, N.C., the heart of the Research Triangle. We've come to this particular place tonight 'cause we got to look at things from every angle. We need some answers to some complicated questions if we're going to get it right. To that end... KEN TUCKER, BYLINE: Randy Newman leads off his new album "Dark Matter" with the composition that is very nearly the reason for this album's existence. "The Great Debate" is almost nine minutes long, and it's Newman's critique of faith over
                Survey Provides High-Precision Measurements of Universe’s Makeup        

      New measurements – made possible by the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile – of the amount and “clumpiness” of dark matter in the present-day cosmos were made with a precision that rivals that of inferences from the early universe by a space telescope, the European Space Agency’s Planck observatory.

      The post Survey Provides High-Precision Measurements of Universe’s Makeup appeared first on News Center.


                V.A. - Visceral Minds 2        

      Fractal fantasy, home of Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones unveils their second compilation. A futuristic universe mixing visual and music, this label is unclassifiable so the words are such difficult to define but it remains just as beautiful in this experimentation.
      'Visceral Minds 2' will be unveiled song by song over the next 20 days on fractalfantasy.net. The entire compilation will be available on August 15th, the day the last song is revealed.

      Fractal fantasy, maison de Sinjin Hawke et de Zora Jones nous dévoile à petit feu leur deuxième compilation. Un univers futuristique mélangeant visuel et musique, ce label est inclassable tant les mots sont difficiles à trouver pour le définir il n'en reste tout aussi beau à la fois dans cette expérimentation. 'Visceral Minds 2' sera dévoilé chanson par chanson au cours des 20 prochains jours sur fractalfantasy.net. La compilation entière sera disponible le 15 août, le jour où la dernière chanson sera révélée.

      Artist : VARIOUS ARTISTS / COMPILATION
      Title : VISCERAL MINDS 2
      Label : FRACTAL FANTASY
      Format : Digital, Cat. # : NA
      Release Date : 15.08.17 Country : NA
      Genre : ELECTRONIC, FUTURE, BASS, GARAGE, GRIME, TECHNO, EXPERIMENTAL
      Best track : FKA Daybreak - Murlo & Zora Jones

      Tracklist :
      1 .Out Da Kitchen - Thast & Zora Jones
      2Killa Season - Swing Ting, Trigga & Sinjin Hawke
      3. The Zone - v1984 & Zora Jones
      4. Raw - DJ Sliink & Sinjin Hawke
      5. Speedlight - Canblaster, Sinjin Hawke, Zora Jones
      6. FKA Daybreak - Murlo & Zora Jones
      7. Bussgun - DVA, Killa P, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones
      8. Dark Matter - Jlin & Zora Jones 



      Buy it (soon)
      Enjoy !

                A New Theory on Why We Haven’t Found Aliens Yet        

      After decades of searching, we still haven’t discovered a single sign of extraterrestrial intelligence. Probability tells us life should be out there, so why haven’t we found it yet?

      The problem is often referred to as Fermi’s paradox, after the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Enrico Fermi, who once asked his colleagues this question at lunch. Many theories have been proposed over the years. It could be that we are simply alone in the universe or that there is some great filter that prevents intelligent life progressing beyond a certain stage. Maybe alien life is out there, but we are too primitive to communicate with it, or we are placed inside some cosmic zoo, observed but left alone to develop without external interference. Now, three researchers think they think they may have another potential answer to Fermi’s question: Aliens do exist; they’re just all asleep.

      According to a new research paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, extraterrestrials are sleeping while they wait. In the paper, authors from Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade Anders Sandberg, Stuart Armstrong, and Milan Cirkovic argue that the universe is too hot right now for advanced, digital civilizations to make the most efficient use of their resources. The solution: Sleep and wait for the universe to cool down, a process known as aestivating (like hibernation but sleeping until it’s colder).

      Understanding the new hypothesis first requires wrapping your head around the idea that the universe’s most sophisticated life may elect to leave biology behind and live digitally. Having essentially uploaded their minds onto powerful computers, the civilizations choosing to do this could enhance their intellectual capacities or inhabit some of the harshest environments in the universe with ease.

       

      The idea that life might transition toward a post-biological form of existence is gaining ground among experts. “It’s not something that is necessarily unavoidable, but it is highly likely,” Cirkovic told me in an interview.

      Once you’re living digitally, Cirkovic explained, it’s important to process information efficiently. Each computation has a certain cost attached to it, and this cost is tightly coupled with temperature. The colder it gets, the lower the cost is, meaning you can do more with the same amount of resources. This is one of the reasons why we cool powerful computers. Though humans may find the universe to be a pretty frigid place (the background radiation hovers about 3 kelvins above absolute zero, the very lower limit of the temperature scale), digital minds may find it far too hot.

      But why aestivate? Surely any aliens wanting more efficient processing could cool down their systems manually, just as we do with computers. In the paper, the authors concede this is a possibility. “While it is possible for a civilization to cool down parts of itself to any low temperature,” the authors write, that, too, requires work. So it wouldn’t make sense for a civilization looking to maximize its computational capacity to waste energy on the process. As Sandberg and Cirkovic elaborate in a blog post, it’s more likely that such artificial life would be in a protected sleep mode today, ready to wake up in colder futures.

      If such aliens exist, they’re in luck. The universe appears to be cooling down on its own. Over the next trillions of years, as it continues to expand and the formation of new stars slows, the background radiation will reduce to practically zero. Under those conditions, Sandberg and Cirkovic explain, this kind of artificial life would get “tremendously more done.” Tremendous isn’t an understatement, either. The researchers calculate that by employing such a strategy, they could achieve up to 1030 times more than if done today. That’s a 1 with 30 zeroes after it.

      But just because the aliens are asleep doesn’t mean we can’t find signs of them. Any aestivating civilization has to preserve resources it intends to use in the future. Processes that waste or threaten these resources, then, should be conspicuously absent, thanks to interference from the aestivators. (If they are sufficiently advanced to upload their minds and aestivators, they should be able to manipulate space.) This includes galaxies colliding, galactic winds venting matter into intergalactic space, and stars converting into black holes, which can push resources beyond the reach of the sleeping civilization or change them into less-useful forms.

      Another strategy to find the sleeping aliens, Cirkovic said, might be to try and meddle with the aestivators’ possessions and territory, which we may already reside within. One way of doing this would be to send out self-replicating probes into the universe that would steal the aestivators’ things. Any competent species ought to have measures in place to respond to these kind of threats. “It could be an exceptionally dangerous test,” he cautioned, “but if there really are very old and very advanced civilizations out there, we can assume there is a potential for danger in anything we do.”

      Interestingly, neither Sandberg nor Cirkovic said they have much faith in finding anything. Sandberg, writing on his blog, states that he does not believe the hypothesis to be a likely one: “I personally think the likeliest reason we are not seeing aliens is not that they are aestivating.” He writes that he feels it’s more likely that “they do not exist or are very far away.”

      Cirkovic concurred. “I don’t find it very likely, either,” he said in our interview. “I much prefer hypotheses that do not rely on assuming intentional decisions made by extraterrestrial societies. Any assumption is extremely speculative.” There could be forms of energy that we can’t even conceive of using now, he said—producing antimatter in bulk, tapping evaporating black holes, using dark matter. Any of this could change what we might expect to see from an advanced technical civilization.

      Yet, he said, the theory has a place. It’s important to cover as much ground as possible. You need test a wide set of hypotheses one by one—falsifying them, pruning them—to get closer to the truth. “This is how science works. We need to have as many hypotheses and explanations for Fermi’s paradox as possible,” he said.

      Plus, there’s a modest likelihood their aestivating aliens idea might be part of the answer, Cirkovic said. We shouldn’t expect a single hypothesis to account for Fermi’s paradox. It will be more of a “patchwork-quilt kind of solution,” he said.

      And it’s important to keep exploring solutions. Fermi’s paradox is so much more than an intellectual exercise. It’s about trying to understand what might be out there and how this might explain our past and guide our future.

      “I would say that 90-plus percent of hypotheses that were historically proposed to account for Fermi’s paradox have practical consequences,” Cirkovic said. They allow us to think proactively about some of the problems we as a species face, or may one day face, and prompt us to develop strategies to actively shape a more prosperous and secure future for humanity. “We can apply this reasoning to our past, to the emergence of life and complexity. We can also apply similar reasoning to thinking about our future. It can help us avoid catastrophes and help us understand the most likely fate of intelligent species in the universe.”

      This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.


                Jeff Lemire vai escrever uma nova equipe para o selo Dark Matter        
      Jeff Lemire está de volta à DC Comics. Afastado da Editora das Lendas desde 2014 – tendo participado apenas dos dois volumes da graphic novel Jovens Titãs: Terra Um -, o roteirista irá escrever Hawkman Found, um dos tie-ins de Dark Nights: Metal. Durante um painel na San Diego Comic-Con, Lemire também insinuou que ele poderá encabeçar […]
                Survey to build largest map of dark matter        
      STARSTUFF PODCAST: The biggest survey of dark energy and dark matter ever undertaken about to begin in Australia. Also; a possible alien planet in our solar system, and oops the prime meridian's in the wrong place!
                How Jupiter was made        
      STARSTUFF PODCAST: The king of planets may have formed from pebbles. Also; Don't panic! Asteroid won't hit Earth next month, says NASA, and studies narrow down the candidates in the search for dark energy and dark matter.
                Pluto up close        
      STARSTUFF PODCAST: Icy mountain ranges and vast frozen plains dominate a geologically young surface on Pluto. Also; dead galaxies saved by dark matter, and a new 100-million-dollar effort to try an answer that eternal question: are we alone in the universe?
                Product Quickview: Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter and Love Sick Eyeshadow Stacks        
      Melt Cosmetics recently upped their brand by adding eyeshadows to their already popular lipstick lineup. Currently, these eyeshadows come in two stacks, both of which has 4 individual eyeshadows that stack on top of each other thanks to magnetized housing. Each shadow has a net weight of 3.57g and each stack retails for $48 ($12 […]
                 Randy Newman: Dark Matter        
      Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, discusses Randy Newman's twelfth studio album "Dark Matter".
                Dark Matter        
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                soreff on Open Thread: November 2009        

      This is a side issue but I'm curious as to what people's reactions are: I'm kind-of hoping that dark matter turns out to be massive neutrinos. Of the various candidates, it seems like the most familiar and comforting. We've even seen neutrinos interact in particle detectors, which is way more than you can say for most of the other alternatives... Compared to axions or supersymmetric particles, or WIMPs, massive neutrinos have have more of the comfort of home. Anyone feel similarly?


                rwallace on Open Thread: November 2009        

      As I understand it, there is a known upper bound on neutrino mass that is large enough to allow them to account for some of the dark matter, but too small to allow them to account for all or most of it.


                FXpansion releases Geist Expander: Dark Matter        
      FXpansion has released Dark Matter, a new Geist Expander with drum sounds designed for gritty urban and electronic music. Carefully selected drum recordings by S. Husky Hoskulds (creator of the 8 Bit Kit BFD expansion) are transformed using Geist’s sculpting and processing to provide dirty, fractured and atmospheric sounds ready to drop into your tracks. […]
                Ainda sem sinais da matéria escura        
      Em abril deste ano o CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) anunciou a detecção de três eventos que poderiam ser atribuídos à partículas de matéria escura de massa pequena. Esses resultados, entretanto, estavam em contradição com os obtidos pelo XENON100 (Dark Matter Seacrh Experiment)  de 2012.
      O detector LUX
      Todos aguardavam ansiosos pelos resultados do LUX (Large Underground Xenon Detector) que deveria observar mais de 1600 eventos caso os dados do CDMS fossem corretos. Ontem foi feita a divulgação dos dados do LUX e infelizmente nada foi detectado. O LUX continuará operando e espera-se que com sua grande sensibilidade possa encontrar algo a medida que mais dados sejam colhidos. Vamos aguardar. Para mais detalhes sobre os resultados do LUX veja aqui.

                Descoberta da matéria escura, novamente?        
      Detector de silício do CDMS
      O experimento CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) está sendo realizado na mina de Soudan  no estado de Minnesota nos Estados Unidos. Ele possui detectores de silício para descobrir colisões de partículas de matéria escura com matéria normal, mais especificamente, para detectar WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles), partículas massivas que interagem fracamente. Nesta semana, anunciaram a detecção de três eventos que podem ser de WIMPs. Vale a pena recordar que em 2010 anunciaram coisa semelhante mas depois descobriu-se que se tratava de colisões entre matéria normal e não matéria escura. Novamente teremos que esperar mais dados para confirmar a descoberta da matéria escura. Outros comentários podem ser encontrados aqui e aqui
                Go deep with Randy Newman into his new album, Dark Matter        

      Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman is one of the greatest songwriters of the rock era, and he’s never been short of opinions or opinionated music. This week on SiriusXM The Loft, Mike Marrone and Randy Newman lock … Continued

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                With Daggers Drawn - Heart Of The Universe [2011]         



      Band: With Daggers Drawn
      Album: Heart Of The Universe
      Genre:  Rock / Alternative / Metalcore / Progressive
      Country: USA
      Year: 2011
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      Tracklist:
      1.King Cobra
      2.Amnesiac
      3.Goddess
      4.Champion of Justice
      5.Dark Matter
      6.Whipping Boy
      7.Ares
      8.Blood Fire
      9.Coward
      10.Four Year Term
      11.Behind A Faded Star
      12.Monolith

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                Neil deGrasse Tyson questioned by police for carrying physics books        
      Neil deGrasse Tyson is now a superstar astrophysicist. He's also a black man - one who has experienced something that's so typical for people like him: police harassment. Tyson posted an excerpt from his 2004 book, Dark Matters, on Facebook this week, detailing some of the "dozen different encounters" with police he drew from as he spoke with fellow attendees at the National Society of Black Physicists in 1991. Here's one example from the book: "I had been stopped by the police while transporting my home supply of physics textbooks into my newly assigned office in graduate school. They had stopped me at the entrance to the physics building where they asked accusatory questions about what I was doing. This one was compl
                Arkham Asylum 2 Announced at SDCC        

      Look, I never have high expectations for DC SDCC announcements. The con is just so packed with anything but comics trying to make big announcements, it really has become where they announce an expected thing or two, then more on... I'm expecting an Outsiders or something book from Jeff Lemire and Ivan Reis for Dark Matter then word on this not exactly monthly thing All-Star Batman is turning into with other titles in the same style.

      Then they just announced Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham are creating Arkham Asylum 2, set in the Damian Wayne #666 future.

      Fuck.
                Fun with Metaplay in RPGs        
      When my game group played a really epic game of Primetime Adventures back in 2009, we took to the language of television shows like ducks to water. In particular, we talked about the game in terms of our shows fans and what the forums were saying about us. Our five-episode show was called “Dark Matter”, and was
                CONSOLATION TEN: ZEST FOR LIVING (1)        
           Most non-atheists see atheists as unhappy campers.  They think that atheists find no meaning or purpose in human life and nature as a whole.  They believe that without a transcendent, supernatural intelligence to validate it, nature offers no basis for human joy.  To them, it seems impossible that an atheist who on one hand denies a divine plan for humanity and on the other affirms a random materiality at the core of being can find human life happy or fulfilling.  They feel that all atheists must be  uniquely prone to pessimism and depression in the face of existential discouragements like those caused by today's hard economic times.
           In this and follow-up posts I want to explain to those who feel this way why I and most other atheists do not agree.  On the contrary, we feel at least as much zest for living and as much pleasure in having been born as they.  Furthermore, we much prefer our explanation of the world to theirs.  The world is not the creation of supernatural and immaterial deities, we hold, but instead a boundless web of material substance that during the Big Bang lost its initial symmetries and became the time-space-mass-energy manifold that generated every atom in our cosmos,
           Today I'll begin by explaining how I think this human zest for living, joie de vivre, or Lebensfreude originated.  As I've said in earlier posts, materialists like me believe that all existence is material and that so-called nothingness and non-existence are human fictions.  Everything, including human thought and feeling, consists at bottom of mass-energy.  Every particle in our cosmos came from the Big Bang, which released all the matter of our stars and galaxies as well as the space-time they occupy.  All the best evidence indicates that the Big Bang was a chance eruption of unknown natural forces.
           We infer from the facts of our own cosmos that this eruption was not caused by a human attribute like cognition or emotion but was, like all the natural objects it produced -- stars, galaxies, black holes --, the result of a fundamentally non-rational, non-human randomness at the heart of reality.  But how could objects as predictable as the black holes, galaxies, and stars of our world have emerged from such unpredictability?
           Almost certainly, I would argue, from the same kind of clash between material order and disorder we see everywhere around us.  Electromagnetism, gravity, and the strong and weak nuclear forces obey a rigid lawfulness yet intersect randomly in space-time.  Not one black hole, galaxy, or star was planned, predestined, or "necessitated."  They all arose from these four fundamental forces blindly driving atomic mass into black holes and stars.  Then they just as blindly began recycling the debris from exploding stars and colliding galaxies into subsequent-generation solar systems.  Everything in the cosmos emerged from a material order utterly oblivious of itself.
           So too our solar system.  Its originatiing clouds of dust and gas were pulled by gravity into a rotating disk with just enough mass and motion to cause a nuclear ignition at the centerpoint and just enough debris elsewhere to coalesce into orbiting satellites.  Among these satellites, our earth was just close enough, just tilted enough, rotating on its own axis just fast enough, with an orbit just circular enough (and so on) to evolve human sentience.  The laws of nature formed our oxygen-wrapped planet and us by chance.
           Somehow human sentience emerged from this mystifying blend of order and disorder.  I say "mystifying" because from a human point of view the ultimate facts of existence are unknown and quite probably unknowable.  So-called supernatural revelations are products of human fraud or delusion and useless except as case examples of crime or craziness.  Scientific study is incomparably more useful and valid, but it too is limited by its current inability to verify anything beyond the physics of our cosmos -- or even to understand that physics fully.  It hasn't yet ascertained what the "dark energy" making space-time balloon nor what the "dark matter" comprising most of cosmic mass are.  It doesn't yet know for sure whether neutrinos travel faster than light.  It has no idea how or why the Big Bang happened.
           All we can currently do is speculate about where nature's from and headed by extrapolating from what we know about it here to the mysterious unknowns that enfold us.  One conclusion I've drawn from this kind of speculative extrapolaton is that infinite reality is as natural and material -- and as interconnected and continuous -- as the finite reality we experience here.  The All, as materialists since Epicurus and Lucretius have termed it, is an endless and timeless continuum of some fundamental substance.
           Another conclusion I've reached is that the finite particulars of our Big Bang, our cosmos, our solar system, and our species are unique and original within the All.  That is, they are finite manifestations of infinite material Being.  No matter how closely ours may resemble other Big Bangs, cosmoses, solar systems, planets, or species elsewhere in the All, the particulars of the mesh of pattern and accident that formed us here can never recur.  That unique mesh created a circumstance and reality different from any other that ever did or will exist.
           We are the only material objects of precisely our shape and substance that could have emerged from the randomly interacting natural laws of our cosmos.  The melding, blending, and amalgamation that resulted from the clash of order and disorder here is inimitable.  As products of evolutionary chance, we think and feel in a way nothing else ever did or will.
           In other words, our sentience is the unique offshoot of random convergences in this unique cosmos.  While it may resemble sentience elsewhere here or in the All, it can never be duplicated or even approximated.  It stands irreducibly alone, occupying an entirely new and unrepeatable existence within the totality of the All's patterned chaos.  It's as worthy and valuable as the All itself simply because it too exists.  Material existence in any form never needs any validation or justification.  It is as infinitely self-validating and self-justifying as the All itself, which is all material being.  Its possibilities for self-realization are limitless, to me an exciting and inspiring thought.  Moreover, my sense of my own value and uniqueness in this infinity of material being makes me especially glad that, unlike the inorganic matter I'm made of, I'm somewhat self-aware.
           In my next post, I'll extend this notion of value and uniqueness to human evolution and argue that my zest for living is rooted in, but not confined to, that same inorganic matter.

                                                                            **************
                Comment on Dark Matter Review: Built, Not Born by mikewest007        
      It was "Sanctuary", not "Salvation". Also, an unrelated but related bit: remember how the Android tried to persuade that android guarding Tabor's stash a few episodes back to join the uprising? I found it a little weird, all things considered, but in light of this episode, it got weirder.
                Comment on Dark Matter Review: Built, Not Born by Fiery Little One        
      Hmm... So much to look at here... Two - It was interesting to see more of her pre-wipe backstory. The ... complication... of her connection to the person who made the Android was interesting. The Android - I think I was just as surprised as she was when we found out who made her and, to a degree, why. I think she said it best: "Well, this is awkward." Victor - I've been suspicious of him pretty much from the get go. The fact that he was lying about what happened at the beginning... Yeah. Sarah - I'm pleased that she is back in the real world now. I'm just worried about what Victor and/or Shaw has in mind for her. Shaw - ... Oh boy... I found myself doing a Malcolm Reynolds when they showed her. (For those not in the know: Stare, tilt head, "Huh.") I'm also a little concerned that she's not entirely on the up-and-up.
                Armchair Migraine Journey "Cosmic Space Drone" CD        
      An edition of 300 numbered copies with different artwork than the forthcoming LP and available tape editions. The first 50 copies will include an original piece of artwork from the 'hand' sessions and signed insert. Packaged in a custom made gatefold sleeve with insert. Also includes a bonus remix of 'Part One' by Scot Solida/Christus & the Cosmonaughts. “Cosmic Space Drone” lives up to its name, travelling into the deepest void, its gaping maw swallowing up meteoric dust and wayward celestial souls alike to fuel its endless journey into the infinite. Your journey will follow two long tracks, the first a fuzzy, electronic spacerock whiplash effect that surges and shudders, wrenching you away from the scorched earth and all that you know. Once escape velocity is achieved, you will find yourself drifting ever further from home, your only company the thrum and hum of the engines - a soundtrack for a doomed crew. Is it grim, even frightening? Yes, at times. But it’s your only hope for survival -and you’ll thank us when your friends are nothing but smoldering cinders on a world gone mad. So don’t delay! Buy your brain a ticket to ride on these tracks of tachyons, but be warned: this is a one way trip into uncharted territories where ancient machines hum and throb to the forgotten rhythms of distant long-dead pulsars. Once the polychrome porter punches your ticket, there is no hope of return - your consciousness will slowly cook in a churning, burning dark matter stew simmering slowly in a cosmic cauldron. Please, sir, may I have some more? AMJ: bass, sounds, keyboards, voices, HP audio oscillator, effect pedals, field recordings, Caustic Minisynth, DX-7, things that make noise and annoy neighbors and all mix. Scot Solida: big-ass modular synth, VCS3, and Symbolic Sound Kyma System on P. One. Edward Ka-Spel: vocals, effects on P. One.Ty Hodson: drums on P. One. Artwork and design by AMJ. Mastered by Randall Frazier at Helmet Room. Part Two dedicatded to Jesse Peper and the Shadow Folk.
                Armchair Migraine Journey Title: Cosmic Space Drone CD boxset of 50 copies        
      Issued mid Jan. 2012. An edition of 50 numbered and signed copies with different artwork than the forthcoming LP and available tape editions. CD with handmade artbox containing the album "Cosmic Space Drone", art print, custom art CD sleeve, numbered and signed insert. Standard CD edition forthcoming. Also includes a bonus remix of 'Part One' by Scot Solida/Christus & the Cosmonaughts. “Cosmic Space Drone” lives up to its name, travelling into the deepest void, its gaping maw swallowing up meteoric dust and wayward celestial souls alike to fuel its endless journey into the infinite. Your journey will follow two long tracks, the first a fuzzy, electronic spacerock whiplash effect that surges and shudders, wrenching you away from the scorched earth and all that you know. Once escape velocity is achieved, you will find yourself drifting ever further from home, your only company the thrum and hum of the engines - a soundtrack for a doomed crew. Is it grim, even frightening? Yes, at times. But it’s your only hope for survival -and you’ll thank us when your friends are nothing but smoldering cinders on a world gone mad. So don’t delay! Buy your brain a ticket to ride on these tracks of tachyons, but be warned: this is a one way trip into uncharted territories where ancient machines hum and throb to the forgotten rhythms of distant long-dead pulsars. Once the polychrome porter punches your ticket, there is no hope of return - your consciousness will slowly cook in a churning, burning dark matter stew simmering slowly in a cosmic cauldron. Please, sir, may I have some more? AMJ: bass, sounds, keyboards, voices, HP audio oscillator, effect pedals, field recordings, Caustic Minisynth, DX-7, things that make noise and annoy neighbors and all mix. Scot Solida: big-ass modular synth, VCS3, and Symbolic Sound Kyma System on P. One. Edward Ka-Spel: vocals, effects on P. One.Ty Hodson: drums on P. One. Artwork and design by AMJ. Mastered by Randall Frazier at Helmet Room. Part Two dedicatded to Jesse Peper and the Shadow Folk.
                Armchair Migraine Journey "Cosmic Space Drone" tape with forthcoming CD, LP with Edward Ka-Spel, Scot Solida and Ty Hodson        
      An edition of 50 numbered copies. “Cosmic Space Drone (tape mix)” lives up to its name, travelling into the deepest void, its gaping maw swallowing up meteoric dust and wayward celestial souls alike to fuel its endless journey into the infinite. Your journey will follow two long tracks, the first a fuzzy, electronic spacerock whiplash effect that surges and shudders, wrenching you away from the scorched earth and all that you know. Once escape velocity is achieved, you will find yourself drifting ever further from home, your only company the thrum and hum of the engines - a soundtrack for a doomed crew. Is it grim, even frightening? Yes, at times. But it’s your only hope for survival -and you’ll thank us when your friends are nothing but smoldering cinders on a world gone mad. So don’t delay! Buy your brain a ticket to ride on these tracks of tachyons, but be warned: this is a one way trip into uncharted territories where ancient machines hum and throb to the forgotten rhythms of distant long-dead pulsars. Once the polychrome porter punches your ticket, there is no hope of return - your consciousness will slowly cook in a churning, burning dark matter stew simmering slowly in a cosmic cauldron. Please, sir, may I have some more? Your crew for Part One will include Scot Solida: big-ass modular synthesizer, EMS VCS3 and Symbolic Sound Kyma . Edward Ka-Spel: vocals and effects. Ty Hodson: Drums. And on bass, synthesizers and effects? The nameless entity, forever mysterious as it pulls the strings, pokes and prods at the sad and twisted figure lying on the table.
                Expo '70 "Sonic Messenger" DLP        
      Issued late September 2010 as an edition of 300 numbered copies all on 220 gram vinyl and housed in a custom made book bound gatefold sleeve. What if the Voyager space craft became sentient? Would it destroy humanity? Who is to say it wouldn’t become the most far-out musician of the galaxy? Expo ‘70’s sonic reach seems to extend past even the concept of space/time itself. One Eno Eon past normal, the patter of Expo ‘70’s dark matter squeaks and moans in wave forms, like the Doppler buzz of an armada of flying fortresses piercing through the black vacuum. A fiery comet tail of piercing Kraut flavored psych trails behind. The whistles of cosmic winds commingle with acid fury as the Expo ‘70 command craft slowly leads the armada in for a truly great gig in the sky. Ambience morphs into a monstrous, heavy psychedelic blaze colour of Big Bang proportions. Eventually, the searing doom-crush folds in on itself until, once again, only the spheres patiently whisper from the deep. After which, a quantum of solace resonates with the frequency of the earth below us; drifting, falling; floating weightless; calling, calling home.
                The Wrigglers In The Dirt        

      As you know I find subjects to write about by simply walking out into Garden65.  It won't be long before the question 'What's that?' has popped up and sent me scurrying back to Wikipedia.

      The other day I stepped out of the front door to go Christmas shopping and come face to face with this tiny centipede wriggling on a stump not two feet from the front door. It is as though Nature had flung a challenge. “Go on, call yourself a nature blogger, see what you can do with this then.”

      “Ha!” I replied. “Easy”

      Nature waggled a cautionary finger, “No boring your readers with 500 words on the difference between centipedes and millipedes.”

      I hesitated for only a moment. There must be more to centipedes than the anatomical arrangement of their legs. As we have learnt from this blog before, where nature goes humankind follows with reams of words. I typed ‘centipede’ into Google.

      Nature quickly quashed that impulse. “And don’t go thinking repackaging Wikipedia pages counts, either.”

      I was stumped. I don’t possess any fascinating knowledge or amusing anecdotes about centipedes. Sorry. I filed the photos of the little chap, and carried on shopping.

      But today, finally, a use for our many-legged friend has sprung to mind, so we shall proceed knowing his brave appearance in the front garden was indeed highly significant, and not mere coincidence.


      Centipedes, and other tiny invertebrates, are the unseen foundation on which all ecosystems are built. Not only are they food for higher forms of animal (I'm sure our centipede was eaten by a hungry winter bird), but provide what is termed in the cold world of modern conservation, 'ecosystem services'. They help in making soil and aerating it, pollination, decomposition, pest control, and nutrient recycling. The world would be a different place without them, and yet they are generally unacknowledged, overlooked in favour of larger, fluffier more attractive animals.

      The phenomenon is repeated when we go further down the food chain. Micro-organisms are even more numerous and microscopic than the tiny insects in our gardens, and, again, are vital to the health of our world. I'm sure you have been reading about the microflora in our own guts, and how our health relies on the right balance of bacteria. Scientists are beginning to study these small entities and discovering their importance. Similarly, I've noticed an increase of articles in nature journals about the need for micro-organisms in soil to maintain and improve fertility, and simply to stop it from running away into the sea. These reports include the concern about the  over use of antibiotics and artificial fertilisers, unwittingly, but dangerously, killing off important organisms. (In the same way neonicotinoids kill not only aphids but bees as well).

      The theme I'm picking up is that science, and the media that reports it, is coming to terms with the realisation health is built on the unseen elements of nature, not on machines nor the chemicals or food products we manufacture.

      It also occurs to me that the concept of dark matter is of similar significance. I don't understand it at all, but if the general idea is that the universe is largely made of a force that cannot be seen, then it must have the same impact on our understanding of life as the recognition of its microscopic foundations.

      The new narrative of our place within the scheme of things may be moving from a human centred (together with gods created in our own image) one to one in which the invisible, the ugly, and the downright scary are the true citizens. Our health and our existence relies on the 'insignificant'.

      It would be good if the world's leaders, political and commercial, came to this understanding too. Is the health of a nation, and the worldwide social system in which it exists, dependent on the wellbeing of the many: the silent, the poor, the unattractive, the dangerous? The wrigglers in the dirt?

                Episode 26        
      It has been almost three months since the last Matt P Music Podcast Episode, and it has been an active three months in the trance music industry as well. So here we are with the 26th episode which contains not less than 26 carefully selected songs from my favorites. This episode also features a handful set of 2011 remixes of insanely great classic trance tunes, including the Elles de Graaf remake of Tears from the Moon, the Arnej club mix of Dark Side of the Moon, and Mark Sherry's rework of Lange's Songless. 01. Statica – Shades of Red (Intro mix) [Coldharbour] 02. Moonbeam feat. Matvey Emerson – Wanderer (Progressiver remix) [Moonbeam Digital] 03. Forgotten feat. Blackfeel Wite – Earth (Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic dub) [LiftedSounds] 04. Elles de Graaf – Tears from the Moon (Beat Service remix) [Amsterdam Trance Records] 05. Rafaël Frost – Smash (Original mix) [Flashover] 06. Nitrous Oxide – iPeople (Space Rockerz remix) [Anjunabeats] 07. Erick Strong – Rainfall (Original mix) [High Contrast] 08. Beat Service feat. Cathy Burton – When Tomorrow Never Comes (Original mix) [Armada] 09. Dakota – In a Green Valley (Basil O'Glue remix) [Coldharbour] 10. Skytech – Motion (Original mix) [Coldharbour Red] 11. Aerofoil – 2 A.M. (Original mix) [Coldharbour Red] 12. Junkie XL – Molly's E (Nicky Romero's "Molly's E" remix) [Nettwerk] 13. Lange & Gareth Emery – Another You Another Me (Rafaël Frost remix) [Lange] 14. Grace – Not Over Yet (Max Graham vs. Protoculture remix) [Perfecto] 15. Ferry Corsten – Check It Out (Kyau & Albert remix) [Flashover] 16. Ernesto vs. Bastian feat. Susana – Dark Side of the Moon (Arnej club mix) [High Contrast] 17. Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Be Your Sound (Tristan Garner remix) [Black Hole] 18. Klauss Goulart – No Man's Land (Original mix) [Coldharbour] 19. KhoMha – 507 (Original mix) [Coldharbour Red] 20. Protoculture – Liquid Logic (Original mix) [Re*Brand] 21. Dark Matters feat. Ana Criado – The Quest of a Dream (Dabruck & Klein remix) [S107] 22. Fedde Le Grand – Metrum (Manuel De La Mare remix) [Toolroom] 23. Lange feat. Jennifer Karr – Songless (Mark Sherry's Outburst remix) [Lange] 24. Nifra – Strangers (Dub mix) [Soundpiercing] 25. Foyle & Zo – Simple Things (Original mix) [Soundpiercing] 26. Alex Kunnari feat. Emma Lock – You and Me (KhoMha & Julius Beat remix) [Magik Muzik]
                Dark Matter - Temporada 3 [HDTV][Cap.310][Español Castellano]        
      Torrent Dark Matter - Temporada 3 [HDTV][Cap.310][Español Castellano]Director Ron Murphy T J Scott Paolo Barzman Bruce McDonald T W Peacocke Lee Rose John Stead Amanda Tapping Guion Joseph Mallozzi Robert C Cooper Trevor Finn Martin Gero Paul Mullie Natalie Rachel Cooper Fotografia Craig Wright Reparto Marc Bendavid Melissa O Neil Anthony Lemke Alex Mallari Jr Jodelle Ferland Roger R Cross Zoie Palmer David Hewlett Jessica Sipos Russell Yuen Amanda Brugel Jon Cor Productora Prodigy Pictures Genero Serie de TV Ciencia ficcion Serie de TV (2015) Basada en la novela grafica del mismo nombre la tripulacion de una nave espacial despierta sin recordar nada de si mismos o de la forma en que se unieron al viaje
                Dark Matter - Temporada 3 [HDTV 720p][Cap.310][AC3 5.1 Español Castellano]        
      Torrent Dark Matter - Temporada 3 [HDTV 720p][Cap.310][AC3 5.1 Español Castellano]Director Ron Murphy T J Scott Paolo Barzman Bruce McDonald T W Peacocke Lee Rose John Stead Amanda Tapping Guion Joseph Mallozzi Robert C Cooper Trevor Finn Martin Gero Paul Mullie Natalie Rachel Cooper Fotografia Craig Wright Reparto Marc Bendavid Melissa O Neil Anthony Lemke Alex Mallari Jr Jodelle Ferland Roger R Cross Zoie Palmer David Hewlett Jessica Sipos Russell Yuen Amanda Brugel Jon Cor Productora Prodigy Pictures Genero Serie de TV Ciencia ficcion Serie de TV (2015) Basada en la novela grafica del mismo nombre la tripulacion de una nave espacial despierta sin recordar nada de si mismos o de la forma en que se unieron al viaje
                Astronomers Unveil Most Accurate Map Of Dark Matter In The Universe        
      The Dark Energy Survey collaboration releases the largest and most accurate measure of dark matter. Astrophysicists now have a better understanding of how the universe ages.
                On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry         

      The problem with their legacy universe is that you just can’t *control* digital things the way you can paper things, and that’s the real reason the traditional publishing industry is cutting off its nose to spite its face when it comes to ebooks. It’s precisely what DRM represents: an absurd and pathetic attempt to recreate in the digital realm a command-and-control system that profits off the characteristics of *paper.*

      To be clear, what I’m saying is that traditional publishers actually make their money not from the traits of novels, or biographies, or any other kind of *text:* they make their money from bundles of paper that can essentially be seized or held up at the border, or be pulped, or burned, or just deteriorate in ways a digital file can’t.

      From On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry | TechCrunch


                KEEW playlists, fall 2016        
      No, KEEW hasn't been on hiatus this fall. We've only been on hiatus from updating our playlist records. Now that December is almost here, it's time to fill in the gaps.

      September 7/8, 2016


      The (mostly) ProgPower USA edition.

      ARTISTALBUMTRACK
      Stream of PassionEmbrace the StormPassion
      Spock's BeardThe Oblivion ParticleBennett Built a Time Machine
      DragonforceIn the Line of FireDefenders
      GloryhammerSpace 1992 - Rise of the Chaos WizardsRise of the Chaos Wizards
      Blind GuardianA Night at the OperaAnd Then There Was Silence
      Gentle StormThe DiaryThe Greatest Love
      Fates WarningA Pleasant Shade of GrayIn Trance
      Scar SymmetryDark Matter DimensionsDark Matter Dimensions
      AscendiaThe Lion and The JesterAt the End of It All
      Devin Townsend ProjectTranscendenceFailure
      Green CarnationLight of Day, Day of DarknessLight of Day, Day of Darkness (radio edit)
      HakenThe MountainCockroach King
      Serious BlackAs Daylight BreaksSetting Fire to the Earth
      AnnihilatorSet the World on FireBats in the Belfry
      Skull FistChasing the DreamBad for Good
      KurokumaAdvorsusDark Triad
      Ill OmenPestilential Hierophanies - split 7" EPWhited, Pestilent Sepulchre
      SpireEntropy CD/LPEnds

      September 14/15


      ProgPower edition revisited.

      September 21/22


      ARTISTALBUMTRACK
      ArkonaYavGorod Snov
      ValfreyaWacken Metal Battle Canada Vol. 1Confront Immensity
      ProtokultCupid Metal compilationDesert Scourge
      Bolt Thrower...For Victory...For Victory
      Yeti on HorsebackDewar PR Compilation Vol. 2Psycho
      Vow of ThornsFarewell to the SunGreat Abomination
      NucleusSentientCube
      Van HalstWorld of Make BelieveSave Me
      Astral WitchBlack Denim
      Black AbsintheEarly Signs of DenialPigs
      SahgMemento MoriDevilseed
      UsurpressThe Retal TribeThe one they call the Usurpress
      Fractal CypherThe Human ParadoxEndless Circle
      DGMThe PassageGhost of Insanity
      AYAHAUSCAYinDark Matter god
      NosoundScintillaThe Perfect Wife
      VölurDisirWhite Phantom
      AbominationTragedy StrikesPull the Plug
      Bloodnut