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The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 85 Table of Contents Chapter 87 Chapter 86 And Baby Makes Four, March 18, 2060 At the next UNGETF meeting, Rhamaposa reported that Group 12 was sponsoring an Arctic sunbug project. He didn’t have a lot of details, just that Group 12 had contracted with Graves and Lorenz…

Nanotechnology: Small-Scale Engineering Leads to Oversized Opportunities

By Travis Earles, Lockheed Martin Senior Manager, Advanced Material and Nanotechnology Initiatives “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.” -Carl Sagan, famed astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist   Imagine a world where we have the ability to understand and control matter at the nanoscale, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. A world where…

Mike Rowe star of TV’s Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, would like to add “skilled” trades to the well-known acronym of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). “Adding an ‘S’ to the end of STEM would further get across the vital role that training and jobs in skilled trades are playing in the future…

Swedish Linux Users: Avoid Elgiganten

As detailed here before, a few Samsung laptop models have a firmware bug that makes them liable to becoming inert bricks if you install Linux. It’s a one-way process. This happened to me when I bought an ultrabook from the Elgiganten big-box store last summer. Both Samsung and the store refused to reimburse me for…

I just read a really neat study from researchers at Texas A&M University. While admittedly this is not comparative physiology, it was just too interesting not to share. In a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos and colleagues found that administering peach extract to mice inhibited the metastasis (i.e. spread)…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 84 Table of Contents Chapter 86 Chapter 85 Tephra, February 3, 2060 I got a late night call from Rhamaposa that shocked me awake. “I just wanted to check how you were coming with that Cambridge Bay inquiry,” he said. With a sinking feeling, I realized that between…

Epilepsy in sea lions

According to a press release from Stanford University, California sea lions develop epilepsy from exposure to a toxin produced by algae called domoic acid. The animals develop seizures which can result in memory loss, tremors, convulsions and even death. The hippocampal region in the brain of the affected sea lions shows similar damage as humans…

Aside from its tragic nature and its apparent media value as a mystery greater than who will be the Next American Idol, the apparent disappearance of flight 370 has another meaning, I think, that has been entirely missed as far as I can tell. The other day I was having a conversation with some colleagues,…

Meet Women Innovators Who Are Creating Cool, New Ways to Inspire Young Girls in STEM

Get ready as Festival Expo 2014 introduces you to a growing number of women innovators who are spearheading efforts to create exciting ways to inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers! This includes designing STEM-inspired toys for young girls, immersing them in positive experiences that dispel the ¨nerd¨ stereotype that STEM-motivated females often…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 83 Table of Contents Chapter 85 Chapter 84 The Sorceror’s Apprentice, January 27, 2060 A couple of days after the December UNGETF meeting, I got a call from Drew Matheson in Yellowknife. He was a field worker slash forester reporting to Group10. Behind him as we talked I…