A Taste of Earth: Scene 2

This is the second scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story in ten scenes. I will post the entire story one scene at a time each Friday. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Earth, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Research Ship James Cook II, Atlantic Ocean, 240 km east of Cape Cod Seven years ago, Oceanographer … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 2

A Taste of Earth: Scene 1

This is the first scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story in ten scenes. I will post the entire story one scene at a time each Friday. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Earth, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA “Eight minutes to impact.” Astrophysicist Dipesh Patel, member of … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 1

Is the Standard Model Wrong?

Science is based on doubt. One of its greatest strengths is self-checking assumptions. It is never one hundred percent correct. Woe to those who blindly follow it as a religion. In the last posting, I briefly described what the Standard Model explains, and what it doesn’t. Now a recently discovered problem with the model may open the door to new discoveries and a better model. … Continue reading Is the Standard Model Wrong?

The Standard Model in Layman’s Terms

You can’t see what sub atomic particles look like because they’re smaller than light itself … well, at least smaller than the wavelength of visible light. But if you hit an atomic nucleus hard, really hard, you can break it apart and see what it’s made of and how those pieces interact. It’s somewhat like trying to figure out how a Swiss watch works by … Continue reading The Standard Model in Layman’s Terms

Calling All Disaster Recovery Robots

A few weeks ago, DARPA (the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced that it would hold competitions for autonomous robots that would give aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations.Calling it the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the agency is looking for anyone who can advance current robot technology past existing limits to create an autonomous bot for the DOD’s “disaster … Continue reading Calling All Disaster Recovery Robots