Thursday, April 2, 2009

Somehow This All Fits Together

Who Knew?

No Spots Until 2012?

Picture of spotless sun taken March 31, 2009

The sun hasn't been this quiet
in over a century.
Scientists are still speculating.

Nanotube Batteries

Carbon nanotube based ultra-capacitator, battery 2.0

( -- For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.

Three years ago,
an MIT team led by Belcher reported that it had engineered viruses that could build an anode by coating themselves with cobalt oxide and gold and self-assembling to form a nanowire.

In the latest work, the team focused on building a highly powerful cathode to pair up with the anode, said Belcher, the Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. Cathodes are more difficult to build than anodes because they must be highly conducting to be a fast electrode, however, most candidate materials for cathodes are highly insulating (non-conductive).

To achieve that, the researchers, including MIT Professor Gerbrand Ceder of materials science and Associate Professor Michael Strano of chemical engineering, genetically engineered viruses that first coat themselves with iron phosphate, then grab hold of carbon nanotubes to create a network of highly conductive material.

Because the viruses recognize and bind specifically to certain materials (carbon nanotubes in this case), each iron phosphate nanowire can be electrically “wired” to conducting networks. Electrons can travel along the carbon nanotube networks, percolating throughout the electrodes to the iron phosphate and transferring energy in a very short time.

Who Knew?
Autism and Hurricanes?

I found this in an article about Autism.
They believe that stress plays a central role in dysregulation of the LC-NA system, especially in the latter stages of prenatal development when the fetal brain is particularly vulnerable.

The central tenet of the theory, published in the March issue of Research Reviews, is that is a developmental disorder caused by impaired regulation of the locus coeruleus, a bundle of in the brain stem that processes sensory signals from all areas of the body.

As evidence
, the researchers point to a 2008 study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, that found a higher incidence of autism among children whose mothers had been exposed to hurricanes and tropical storms during pregnancy. Maternal exposure to severe storms at mid-gestation resulted in the highest prevalence of autism.

My sister sent me a link to a
birthday calculator website.

It has a bunch of commercials,
but you only need to use this;

This is just a picture. Use the real thing at the website.

I used it today, April 1, 2009
and the following appeared;

21 May 1945

Your date of conception was on or about 28 August 1944 which was a Monday.

You were born on a Monday
under the astrological sign Taurus.
Your Life path number is 9.

Your fortune cookie reads:
If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 7 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 8 & 22.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2431596.5.
The golden number for 1945 is 8.
The epact number for 1945 is 16.
The year 1945 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/13/1945 and ending 2/1/1946.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rooster.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Elk; your plant is Mullein.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Epipy, the third month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 10 Sivan 5705.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 11 Sivan 5705.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 16 katun 11 tun 7 uinal 12 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Monday, 8 Jumadiyu'th-Thani 1364 (1364-6-8).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 1 April 1945.

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 9.12954990215264 years old. (You old hound dog, you!)

Your lucky day is Friday.
Your lucky number is 6.
Your ruling planet(s) is Venus.
Your lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.
Your opposition sign is Scorpio.
Your opposition number(s) is 9 & 11.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 50 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 64 candles.

There was more info, but you get the drift.

No Tropical storms during mid-gestation.

I can sing and play most of the songs of 1945.

That might explain a lot.

Newborn Dipsomaniac Lullaby?

They look a little scary to me. Probably drove me to drink.

Rum and Coca Cola -Andrews Sisters

New Hat

A woman at the bakery said it looked good, so I bought it.

I figured I should get a new hat for summer. The other hat is a little warm when the temperature is over 100, and the winter that never happened is almost over, so I have been looking at summer hats. I was never a hat kind of guy until I moved to Redding. People had told me that the weather would be extreme, so I got a hat to keep my head warm. Last summer, I noticed it kept the sun out of my eyes and provided shade. Cool.

This new hat
is even cooler.

High Tech Recording

Recording studio.

Adding bass part.

Cleaning up and adding tracks to songs in anticipation of the new microphone that I ordered. The time has come for me to polish up my wares and do some quality recording.

I have been putting the right equipment together over the past year, to help capture the "feeling" part of music, in a recording.

The right combination
of microphones and recording equipment can put you in the song when you listen to it. A performance that gives you goose bumps or makes your heart ache, can be captured for posterity to be experienced again, when recorded with the right stuff. Or, the recording sometimes doesn't get it. Many a "perfect take" has been lost in translation between live and Memorex. My recordings are letting me know I am on the right track.

Everything seems to be on schedule and coming together marvelously.

Speaking of Time

American Clock-Salvador Dali Gallery

This from PHYSORG.COM ;

As if extra dimensions weren’t strange enough, new research has probed an even more mind-bending possibility: that spacetime has dimensions that change depending on the scale, and the dimensions could have on small scales. In a recent study, Dario Benedetti, a physicist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, has investigated two possible examples of spacetime with scale-dependent dimensions deviating from classical values at short scales. More than being just an interesting idea, this phenomenon might provide insight into a quantum , which also has been suggested to have scale-dependent dimensions. Benedetti’s study is published in a recent issue of .

What they are studying is how the scale of the sphere also determines the number of observable dimensions. I think they sum up their research with the following statement;

"In both k-Minkowski spacetime and the quantum sphere, the dimensionality becomes non-integral, which is a typical signature of fractal geometry."

It's nice to know that others see the universe in ways that are similar to my own observations and deductions.

This supports my thoughts regarding how God's Universe uses fractal geometry, and how human artifacts use Euclidean geometry.

I am so grateful
that I am able to use the internet to find that other people have discoveries and observations similar to my own. In addition to being relieved to know I am not alone, it is exciting to see these concepts and theories being put into practical applications.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;

Till The End Of Time -Lennon Sisters

Life is Amazing

God is Good

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