Posts tagged research
The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics

"The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics" - you mean the Rasu?

It shouldn't be a huge spoiler to say that in TSLG, our Asterion friends expend some time and effort trying to decipher exactly what the Rasu *ARE*. While, don't worry, I don't go into this level of science-gasm detail, in my head I imagine that some of the experiments they run look a little like these. 😎

https://gizmodo.com/the-quest-for-the-most-elusive-material-in-physics-1833846121

 
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Originally posted on Facebook.

The Wonders of Modern Science

And then science goes and invents the one thing that you never foresaw. It's not the slightly off takes on supraluminal space travel or the funny terms for the brain-computer interface that will render my books "quaint" and "dated" in fifty years - it's stuff like this: https://futurism.com/synthetic-alcohol-buzzed-never-drunk/

*shakes head* 
*makes a note to keep tabs on the progress of Alcarelle*

 
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Originally posted on Facebook.

The New Planet Hunters

Life probably exists beyond Earth. So how do we find it? With next-generation telescopes, tiny space probes, and more, scientists aim to search for life beyond our solar system—and make contact: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/03/extraterrestrial-life-probably-exists-how-do-we-search-for-aliens/

Excellent piece by National Geographic on the science and philosophy driving the next generation of planet-hunters. Courtesy of Carolyn McBride.

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Originally posted on Twitter.

AI Performs Better When It Can Sleep & Dream

I knew it was a good idea to have the Asterions need to sleep. 🤗 Granted, their brains are partially organic, but this is definitely one way that the synthetic components would be designed to complement the organic ones.

https://www.sciencealert.com/neural-networks-performance-increases-if-they-re-allowed-to-sleep-and-dream

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(How cool is it that this image is called “robot butterflies”!)

Originally posted on Facebook.

GS Jennsenresearch, musings, writing, tech
SPHEREx Announced

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-new-mission-to-explore-origins-of-universe

The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is a planned two-year mission funded at $242 million (not including launch costs) and targeted to launch in 2023. SPHEREx will survey the sky in optical as well as near-infrared light which, though not visible to the human eye, serves as a powerful tool for answering cosmic questions. Astronomers will use the mission to gather data on more than 300 million galaxies, as well as more than 100 million stars in our own Milky Way.

 
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Originally posted on Twitter.

GS JennsenNASA, research, missions
Imaging ever closer to the event horizon

As the number and variety of ground- and space-based telescopes increases, we’re inching ever closer to seeing the unseeable: what waits on the other side of the event horizon of a black hole (see the earlier article about a new hypothesis that in certain circumstances, they could even be traversable). Considering that only a few brief decades ago, the mere existence of black holes was at best a somewhat dubious theory posited by some admittedly brilliant men, we’ve come a long way in a short time.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/imaging-ever-closer-to-the-event-horizon/

 
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Originally posted on Twitter.

Black holes as 'gentle' portals for hyperspace travel

I thought this piece was click-bait at first (call me gun-shy). However, while the research is highly, highly theoretical, it is legitimate and posits exactly what the headline says: that for sufficiently large, rotating black holes, the punishing effects of the singularity at the heart of the black hole on a spacecraft should be fairly minimal - i.e., survivable.

Of course, we still don’t know what’s on the other side, or where it leads - not that this would ever stop us from finding out ;).

https://theconversation.com/rotating-black-holes-may-serve-as-gentle-portals-for-hyperspace-travel-107062

 
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Originally posted on Twitter.

GS Jennsenspace, research
Excitons

“A PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH COULD LEAD TO A NEW GENERATION OF ADVANCED ELECTRONICS”: https://futurism.com/the-byte/physics-breakthrough-advanced-electronics-excitons.

The Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures sounds like something that would exist in the Aurora Rhapsody universe of 2323, doesn’t it? I’m glad to know one exists today.

As a science fiction writer, I’m well acquainted with the challenges of naming new materials and technologies. The struggle to come up with a straight-forward yet memorable name that conveys meaning without being a tongue-twister is real. Still…’excitons’ made me giggle. And possibly roll my eyes a little.

 
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Originally posted on Twitter.

GS Jennsentech, research