Thursday, April 18, 2013
The scientist in me has returned. I am now a Research Scientist with the Space Sciences Group at the University of Texas at Dallas. We are model bits and pieces of interactions with the Global Electric Circuit. There are many interactions, most not known, but currently we deal with modeling collision coefficients for atmospheric aerosols and particles. These coefficients eventually lead to relationships with observable parameters.
It's late and I'm at the end so wait for my next posting about this....
Friday, March 22, 2013
As a young girl, I was glued to the TV for every Apollo lift-off and if not, I was down at Cape Canaveral where we had on site passes from my NASA employed uncle to watch lift-offs close-up. While my buddies were outside riding bikes and lamenting my absence at the local creek where we usually played, I was seriously camped out on the floor for nearly a week in front of our TV for the Apollo 11 moon flight. It was the spark that gifted me as well as millions of other young people over the globe to become scientists. Even if we had only dreamed of ourselves as future space travelers.
So, here's a post about the Virgin Galactic ships that have been test flying for the last few years. The video below is Virgin Galactic's SS2 First Feather Flight which took place at their Mojave test site in May 2011.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
|Just how big....?|
How Big is Space?
I checked this out on the BBC Science site. It's actually quite good, one starts at ground level Earth, then proceeds upwards to edge of the Solar System where one is informed that the rest of space to the edge of the universe is available for view if one has the time (22 million years) to scroll continuously the rest of the way!
Actually the scrolling stops there. No way is the BBC going to employ 22 millions years worth of human generations to keep this thing running. I thought that the next time I'm adopted via 'Adopt-A-Physicist' I'd refer my mentees to this nifty little web depiction of our neighborhood!
Friday, January 25, 2013
Each video is a layman's dream spiel on an important concept in our understanding of the universe. So many of the ideas we hear about when physicists discuss the Standard Model, Quantum Mechanics, etc. seem abstruse and disjointed. How can they come together to make a coherent picture of what we think may be happening? One may get a somewhat more coherent picture by viewing everything historically rather than all at once. It worked for me
Saturday, December 15, 2012
What I have gotten is this; most Mayan traditions have it that something significant is going to happen on December 21st, 2012. The Coba Mayans however apparently had a different calendar so December 21st 2012 was of no significance to them.
End of days is a recurrent theme in most religions and amongst all prophets and naysayers. So Jim and I, to make the best of the situation have decided that for our 30th anniversary we are going on the Not the End of the World Cruise aboard Norwegian cruise lines. It's a true Geek affair arranged by a consortium of scientists and authors with lectures, workshops and yes - a masquerade ball. The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the Coba Mayan Ruins in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It's located about 90 km east of Chichen Itza and about half that far northwest of the Tulum site. It's the Tulum and Chichen Itza Mayans that really believe the 21st to be significant. According to our itinerary, we'll be near - not really at epicenter should whatever 'end of days' scenario plays out. It does look as if we'll read Mayan glyphs and move around a courtyard where prisoner heads were used soccer ball style in games. I personally plan to take pictures of this whole zen affair to bring back to my clan after the 21st!
Check it all out at: Not the end of the World Cruise.
And on a final note, given our busy traveling itinerary to Mexico and afterwards Florida, there's likely to be no new posts after this one until I return in January 2013.....