Monthly Archives: August 2014

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy – by Kip Thorne

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous LegacyBlack Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book explains, among other thing, a very cool theory about using stable wormholes to create a time machine. Now if we could only make wormholes stable, manipulate them, and pass through them safely without radiation feedback … then I could go back and create a time paradox.

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Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

In a deviation from standard posts, I turn to the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The infographic from Forbes below may shed some light on the relative extent and virulence of this outbreak.

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow to red 100%. (Data: WHO / CC BY: JV Chamary / Source: onforb.es/Y3YjoG)

EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow to red 100%. (Data: WHO / CC BY: JV Chamary / Source)

This short story has nothing to do with Ebola, but if you want to see how a very common pathogen can be use for germ-warfare, then read Cohesion Lost.

About Cohesion Lost: For Alexander Sevik, providing for his family is hard enough without losing grip on reality. His dreams are real. One night, he lives the entire life of a deckhand on a Spanish galleon. The next night, it’s life as an ancient Roman senator. Next, he is a cyborg on a space cruiser. When he wakes, he sometimes forgets who he is. His hands tingle for no reason, and the strange man who is following him talks about aliens. When he discovers the key to his dreams, he uncovers a national threat. And he has to choose between his own sanity or saving lives.

Supermoon

If you have been fortunate enough to have a clear sky in last couple of days, you may have noticed that the moon is especially bright and large. This is no coincidence, since this month’s lunar perigee (221,796 miles) occurs at around the same time as the official moment of the moon’s full phase.

We have had three supermoons in a row this summer, but this weekend’s is the biggest and brightest.

supermoon

supermoon from NASA

A Taste of Earth - Cover

Is someone else out there?  A Taste of Earth (available free on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and others).