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 Scientists are using models to explore how Europa might support life.  I reeeaaallly want to go there.  :D
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Here is a thoughtful explanation of how accessibility benefits everyone, in this case with keyboard shortcuts.  There are links to keyboard shortcuts for multiple programs.  

This interests me because of my anti-knack with technology.  I can't use most wireless tech.  I fry it.  I NEED the signal to be insulated from my potent energy field.  For example, a wireless mouse lasts ~2 weeks for me.  Laser mice also have  much shorter lifespan than ball mice.  This is one of many areas in which technology is evolving away from things I can use, and nobody cares because they like the other version better.  It's maddening.  So I have to keep an eye out for alternatives in case it becomes impossible to find equipment I can use.
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 [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah tipped me to this awesome video about printable magnets.  Instead of having a single pole on each end, these magnets have many smaller poles printed in a matrix.  It makes the magnet stronger and allows you to do more things with it.  (Be careful putting these things near technology.  All magnets can disrupt electronics but the stronger field and complex patterns do some different things.)  So yes, they're onto something big and they know it.

I can tell you that this is an important step toward creating stable monopoles.  So far people have only managed to simulate them, but yes, they are possible.  This is also a step toward graviton technology.  Because when you start manipulating forces at this level, it's easier to see that everything is, in fact, just made of energy and it is really really malleable.  Go go magnet whisperers!

Yes, I know that the human race is barking mad right now, and it's really easy to blow up a planet trying to learn graviton tech. But magnets!   They're so cool.  They're not going to stop being awesome just because a little farther down the slope things get insanely dangerous.  So's fire.

And remember, magic is just a branch of science you don't understand.  Magnets, like quantum physics, are among the things in the gap between the two, overlapping both.
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 Here's a new invention: a wearable third arm for drummers that jams along with them.  I could see Soundwave rocking a pair of these things.

Sure, Marvel has Doc Oc with those creepy extra arms, but not everyone is a supervillain.  There's nothing wrong with cyborg tech.  Normal, healthy people just think of normal, healthy applications like music instead of trying to take over the world or whatever.
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These tardigrades were found frozen in Antarctica, kept frozen for decades longer, and then revived.  I know that technically, superpowers are abilities unusual  to a species, and tardigrades as a species are fucking indestructible.  I don't care, they have superpowers.  They're resistant to cold damage, heat damage, desiccation, radiation, you name it.  Seriously, if we blow up the Earth, there will be tardigrades on some of the fragments and a zillion years from now they're going to smack into some unsuspecting alien world and POW!  Panspermia.  No deliberation required.
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This poem was inspired by Stephen Hawking's talk about depression. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to The Moon Door series. In sequence, this poem comes after "Lunacy" which hasn't been posted yet, so if you prefer reading things in order then you may want to wait.

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I stumbled across this article about Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and it inspired a Moon Door poem.  It comes after "Lunacy" in the timeline.

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 
Lorina feels inspired by Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and shares her thoughts with the chronic pain support group.
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 Using biology to study folklore to study sociogeography.  I love how science sticks to itself!  This is like a hot fudge brownie delight of scientific goodness.  :D
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 This tablet uses pneumatic technology to produce Braille.  It can also make charts and graphs legible to blind people.
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These patches measure how much UV light you're getting. Terramagne has something similar. They also have an opaque verision with a stoplight strip that can be read at a glance: green is fine, yellow means start looking for shelter, and red indicates sunburn level. They are available with backgrounds to match several different skin tones, and the timing is keyed accordingly, since darker skin has a higher tolerance for solar exposure.
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This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "gizmos and gadgets" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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