Why I don’t Deserve to Live Beyond Today

Cancer took my mother too soon. One can look at the disease and speculate why it took her when it did, but such reasoning brings no comfort. The essential unfairness of the situation still torments me. Though many years have passed since the day she died, I still can’t get over the feeling that something …

Robots in your blood

Nanobots (very small robots, potentially as tiny as molecules) have been a staple of science fiction for decades. But, despite massive investment in scientific research that has produced amazing things, actual nanobots haven’t made it into the real world. However, that may be about to change. This article talks about research at the University of California …

It’s been three years since I first read Linda’s story and reviewed it here on Physics and Art. I’m thrilled to hear that it is being re-released and am honored to host Linda here on this blog. So without further delay, I’ll hand you over to Linda. A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A CAREGIVER’S TALE …

Where are all the aliens?

An article in Science presents research showing that the building blocks of life are more prevalent than previously thought. It says a lot of other things too, but this is what I get out of it. This makes me wonder more than ever about the Fermi Paradox, which states that reasonable assumptions lead to the …

Is the Brain Multi-dimensional?

Neuroscientists have discovered that the brain contains multi-dimensional geometric structures, up to 11 dimensions. The scientists are talking about algebraic topology, and how it describes neurons connecting into ‘cliques’, and that the description requires higher-dimensional geometric objects. This is a mathematical concept, and they are not claiming to have measured higher dimensional space-time objects (after all, …

Schrödinger’s Cat-Box Reaches Record Size

A new distance record has been set for entangled communications. Entanglement is what Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.” When two quantum particles are entangled, their states are then paired. An action on one particle will immediately affect the other, regardless of how far they are separated. If it occurs to you …

BOOK REVIEW: THE PURPOSE OF ME

Molly Shaffer’s young adult novel THE PURPOSE OF ME isn’t light fare for teenagers, but rather serious reading for people on the threshold of adult life. It deals with some of the darkest issues a young person can face; the kind of things that can derail a life before it has really begun. I won’t mention …

Laurie Winter

Home Field set for June 30th release! An unexpected friendship offers her broken heart a second chance at true love. One year after her husband is killed in action, Julie Ellis is back in her hometown and focused on raising her young son. Then Reagan Harrison bursts into her life—a cocky, charming linebacker who leaves …

Culling the Human Race

This article talks about how a very small mutation allowed the H7N9 flu virus to jump from birds to humans, and it disturbs me for two reasons. The first is how minor the change was that allowed this to happen. The second is how long after the fact the science is catching up to this virus. What if …

Distant Star has Building Blocks of life

A recent article at Phys.org talks about finding the building blocks of life in an observation of a distant white dwarf. Make no mistake, they aren’t claiming to have found actual life, just the necessary ingredients. The atmosphere of the white dwarf star  (200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Boötes) is rich in carbon …