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 …

Review of Project Skyfish

Just finished reading Project Skyfish: In Which the Furdleys Go Land Cruising, by Holelabs Writestaff, and I’m pretty sure I’m having a psychotic break. This stuff makes Monty Python seem like something you had to read in high school. Not that Monte Python isn’t funny, it is, but Holelabs Writestaff has a style that takes comedy …

SHORT STORY REVIEW: Fries with That

Rebecca Waddell’s short story Fries with That appears in the anthology UP, DO: FLASH FICTION BY WOMEN WRITERS. Ever had an encounter where afterward you found yourself saying, “I wished I’d said…”? Who hasn’t, right? Well Rebecca’s unnamed pov character is just fed up enough to finally speak out, like we all wish we did. This very short …

2017 Hugo Nomination Voting Starts

Voting has begun for those eligible to nominate works for the 2017 Hugo awards. If you already know your favorites in all the categories, great! If, like me, you’ve read far too many works in 2016, then you may need a reminder about which works are eligible for this year’s voting. There are a number …

Space Art Endangered?

I was a young boy during the run-up to the Moon landing. It was a magical time for a young person fascinated by the concept of space exploration. It seemed a certainty we would be living on other planets during my lifetime. The visual images that filled my young mind were those created by the …