data materialized

Just throwing this out there: Pidge is excellent at computer systems and programming, binary, etc. Hunk is an expert mechanical engineer, and seems to enjoy cooking but as we see in the show, sometimes he has no idea what he’s throwing together hoping to make something edible.

Cooking is just chemistry, putting different elements together to make edible substances that fuel the body. If the ship has any kind of chemistry lab, they can make basic flavorings. But this doesn’t seem to be the specialty of any of the paladins. Shiro and Keith were both fighter/space pilots.

So proficiency in chemistry? I propose Lance. He was training to be a cargo pilot, and apparently taking it pretty seriously since he was the first one to be upgraded to fighter pilot when Keith got kicked out.

Cargo often includes dangerous chemicals. I could totally see part of his education including a variety of chemistry courses and memorizing Material Safety Data Sheets. 

So one day he wanders into the kitchen where someone is trying to help Hunk with his cooking experiments and Hunk is just like “ugh, if only I had some salt!“ and Lance is just like “Sodium Chloride? I could make that pretty easy if this place has a chem lab. Want me to ask Coran?”

Terms used on examination papers ( Physics )

Hello! Here’s the list of the terms used on physics examination papers as promised! Happy studying ♡♡

Annotate: add a brief note to a label

Apply : use knowledge and principles to solve a problem

Assess: present reasons for the importance of particular structures, relationships or structures

Calculate: arrive at the solution to a numerical problem

Cite: quote or refer to

Classify: divide into groups according to observable characteristics

Comment: state opinions or views with supporting reasons

Compare: State similarities and differences

Construct: use a specific format to make or draw a graph, histogram, pie chart or other representation using data or material provided or drawn from practical investigation, build/draw a scale diagram

Deduce: Make a logical connection between two or more pieces of information; use date to arrive at a conclusion

Define: state concisely the meaning of a word or term

Demonstrate: show/ direct attention to

Derive: To deduce, determine or extract from data, by a set of logical steps some relationship, formula or result

Describe: provide detailed factual information on the appearance or arrangement of a specific structure or sequence of a specific process

Determine: find the value of a physical quantity

Design: Plan and present with appropriate practical detail

Develop: Exand or elaborate on an idea or argument with supporting reasons

Differentiate or distinguish (between or among): state or explain briefly those differences between or among items which can be used to define the items or place them into separate categories

Discuss: present reasoned argument; consider points both for and against; explain the relative merits of a case

Draw: make a line representation of the apparatus which shows accurate relationship between the parts

Estimate: Make an approximate quantitative judgment

Evaluate: weigh evidence and make judgements based on the given criteria

Explain: give reasons, based on recall, to account for

Find: Locate a feature or obtain as from a graph

Formulate: devise a hypothesis

Identify: Name or point out specific components or features

Illustrate: Show clearly by using appropriate examples or diagrams, sketches

Investigate: use simple systematic procedures to observe, record data and draw logical conclusions

Label: add names to identify structures or parts indicated by pointers

List: itemize without detail

Measure: Take accurate quantitative readings using appropriate instruments

Name: give only the name of

Note: write down observations

Observe: pay attention to details which characterize reactions or change taking place; to examine or note scientifically

Plan: prepare to conduct an exercise

Predict: use information provided to arrive at a likely conclusion or suggestion or possible outcome

Record: write an accurate description of the full range of observations made during a given procedure

Relate: show connections between; explain how one set of facts or data depend on others or are determined by them

Sketch: make a simple freehand diagram showing relevant proportions and any important details

State: provide factual information in concise terms, omitting explanations

Suggest: Offer an explanation deduced from information provided or previous knowledge

Test: to find out following set procedures

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Tetrodotoxin, frequently abbreviated as TTX, is a potent neurotoxin. Its name derives from Tetraodontiformes, an order that includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, ocean sunfish, and triggerfish; several species that carry the toxin. Although tetrodotoxin was discovered in these fish and found in several other animals (e.g., blue-ringed octopus, rough-skinned newt, and Naticidae) it is actually produced by certain symbiotic bacteria, such as Pseudoalteromonas tetraodonis, certain species of Pseudomonas and Vibrio, as well as some others that reside within these animals.

Tetrodotoxin inhibits the firing of action potentials in nerves by binding to the voltage-gated sodium channels in nerve cell membranes and blocking the passage of sodium ions (responsible for the rising phase of an action potential) into the nerve cell.

TTX is extremely toxic. The Material Safety Data Sheet for TTX lists the oral median lethal dose (LD50) for mice as 334 μg per kg. For comparison, the oral LD50 of potassium cyanide for mice is 8.5 mg per kg, demonstrating that even orally, TTX is more poisonous than cyanide. TTX is even more dangerous if injected; the amount needed to reach a lethal dose by injection only 8 μg per kg in mice.

A World Beyond Silicon

by Michael Keller

Our world is now awash in data—as you read this, computers and sensors in your pocket, your home, the automobile outside and the power plant down the street are all generating reams of information.

Analysts say we’re just at the beginning of our ubiquitous-computing society. Our not-too-distant future will see an explosion of data production, from connected jet engines that create and share data about how they’re performing to wearable technologies that monitor your vital signs to tell you how well your body is performing.

Sensors and processors have already started to mediate a majority of elements that comprise the human experience from birth to death. Meanwhile, the infrastructure undergirding civilization is slowly becoming embedded with electronics while we navigate our social and working life with data-generating laptops, smartphones, apps and entertainment systems.

“Today, we have a humongous amount of data coming from video, text, graphics,” said Stanford University electrical engineer H.-S. Philip Wong during a recent American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. “These are being processed in data centers but also on our bodies in electronics that have different requirements from traditional computers. And soon we’re going to have even more data needing processing from a trillion sensors that will be produced every day.”

Wong says this demand for a range of processors that can fit all the places where people will want to put them means we need to start thinking beyond silicon.

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“The Deepest Dungeon Of Them All” – For centuries dwarves and wizards carved the Underhalls below Mount Waterdeep, even before the founding of the city against the foothills.  Now only the constant incursions of adventurers keep the evil inhabitants of the Undermountain in check.  (Box and book cover art by Brom for The Ruins of Undermountain box set, TSR, 1991.)

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Image by DJ Pangburn &Basile Shingu
text: DJ Pangburn — May 20 2016

Remix Grimes with Your Bare Hands Inside an Interactive Installation

Making music or sound art into an interactive experience is nothing new. REIFY’s 3D-printed sound sculptures can turn musical data into a material reality, while the Sand Noise Device, which debuted in 2014, allows users to make generative music by moving objects around an augmented reality sandbox. But with Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes, a new interactive sound installation at Moogfest 2016, festival goers and fans are remixing Grimes’ track “Realiti”—with their bare hands.

The interactive installation, powered by four Microsoft Kinects arranged at the space’s four corners, allows participants to manipulate the song by touching black netting which hangs from the ceiling to the floor. The movement of the hands against the mesh, which is illuminated by multi-colored LED lights, allows the four Kinect devices to pick up the motion and turn it into 3D data, which then allows people to remix the various elements of “Realiti.”

The effect is not so much visual as it is sonic. So the Realiti experience is, at its core, sound art, though of course festivalgoers look quite mesmerized while using their hands and bodies to collectively remix the track.

“Moogfest is a destination for innovative creators to share new ideas, so it felt natural to bring Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes to the festival,” says Amy Sorokas, Director of Brand Partnerships at Microsoft Brand Studios. “With this installation we’re exploring the unexpected ways that technology can enhance the music experience and are hoping to inspire the community.”

Created by Microsoft’s Music x Technology program, the Kinect system was first used in DELQA, an installation at the New Museum in New York City, which invited the audience to participate in a collaborative experience of manipulating music by electronic artist Matthew Dear.

Realiti - Inside the Music of Grimes runs at Moogfest until May 22.