fringe sciences

White-fringed antwren (Formicivora grisea)

The white-fringed antwren is a passerine bird in the antbird family. It is a resident breeder in tropical South America from Colombia southeast to the Guianas and Brazil, and on Tobago.The white-fringed antwren is typically 12.7 cm long, and weighs 9.4 g. This is a common and confiding bird of second growth woodland, usually found as territorial pairs. The southern populations are associated with scrubby bushes on white sandy soils and restinga habitat. These birds inhabit the lowlands, up to around 200 m ASL. The white-fringed antwren feeds on small insects and other arthropods taken from undergrowth twigs and foliage

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This is a terrifying and fascinating article on some of the unclassified programs going on at DARPA. It names some of the pioneering scientists and gives a glimpse into the mindset of these people. Here are a couple excerpts:

“Goldblatt ran the DSO until 2004, and when he spoke to me last year, he could only describe unclassified programs. More than 10 years after his departure, the status of the “super-soldier” pursuits he helped launch is murky; DARPA’s highest-risk, highest-payoff programs remain secret until they are unveiled on the battlefield. Still, given the progress of the exoskeleton, these or similar programs could be closer to reality than anyone realizes.”

“… Imagine a time when the human brain has its own wireless modem so that instead of acting on thoughts, warfighters have thoughts that act,” Eisenstadt suggested…”

Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/military-technology-pentagon-robots/406786/

Looking for a good TV show?

Watch “Fringe”.

Here’s why:

- It’s finished. No waiting on episodes, they’re all there.
- It’s wrapped up after 5 seasons in a way that makes sense; it wasn’t cancelled.
- It’s science-fiction. Packed with mystery, unexplained occurrences and all the other stuff that make your curiosity perk up.
- It’s created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman. Some of these you might know from making the Star Trek reboot or the sci-fi TV show “Almost Human”.
- Main character is a female. She’s an FBI agent. She isn’t sexualized. She isn’t masculine. She isn’t a cliché. She isn’t made fun of for being a female agent. She is actually very intelligent and very appreciated by her co-workers.
- Her boss is a male POC.
- Another female agent is a POC as well.
- John Noble. The ‘mad scientist’ of the show.
- Leonard Nimoy. Yep. He’s a recurring character.
- Sebastian Roché and Jared Harris. Also, Blair Brown.
- Parallel universe!
- The love stor(ies) that happen don’t reduce anyone to a love interest.
- David Bowie references. (You’ll spot them, trust me)
- Cases of the week + serialisation
- Have I mentioned the fact that the characters aren’t a cliché?
- Freaky stuff. You’ll love it. It might freak you out but you’ll love it.

…and many, many other things.

Just go watch it. It’s awesome.

independent.co.uk
New computers could delete thoughts without your knowledge, experts warn
(25 April 2017) “Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind,” wrote the playwright John Milton in 1634. But, nearly 400 years later, technological advances in machines that can read our thoughts mean the privacy of our brain is under threat. Now two biomedical ethicists are calling for the creation of new human rights laws to ensure people are protected, including “the right to cognitive liberty” and “the right to mental integrity”.

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Functions as Science Fiction TV Shows

I saw FunkyMBTI do a post like this and thought I would do my own version as a lover of science fiction. Enjoy! :)


Extraverted iNtuition [Ne]: Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been on tv since 1961 and it is constantly reinventing itself. The show explores, like dominant Ne, possibilities. What would happen if? It constantly pushes for ideas that are unconventional and explores learning and getting meaning from the outside world. The show constantly makes connections throughout time and space that we don’t typically think of. 


Introverted iNtuition [Ni]: Mr. Robot

This show encapsulates the reality of Ni dominance within a person. Told from the perspective of an INTJ (Elliot) we see the Ni detachment from reality and how it pushes against inferior Se. How dominant Ni is not a player of people and situations, but an observer. We see how Ni creates a narrative of meaning of this said reality. What concretely happens is of no consequence, because we are dealing in a show of Ni reality, in which the meaning of said events speaks a deeper truth than what actually is happening.


Extraverted Sensing [Se]: Firefly

Firefly may not be sleek, in fact it is quite grunge-y in its aesthetic, but it encapsulates the spirit of dominant Se. Every character craves adventure and novelty experiences in some way. They adventure into the unknown with the only purpose of experiencing the action that space has to offer. Even the most theoretically oriented of characters are forced to be in the moment and be people of action rather than words. 


Introverted Sensing [Si]: Fringe

Fringe is a show all about the details: facts, numbers, and signs. Every viewer needs to pick up on these pieces to put the show together. Not only does the show in this way make the viewer need to use their Si in a very functionally practical way, but the show encapsulates the essence of Si. That is taking in facts and information that resonates on a personal level creating one’s one individual narrative, one’s own sense of self. That is what each of the main characters of this show does trying to find the inalienable facts that hold meaning in their lives. 


Extraverted Thinking [Te]: The 100

Extraverted Thinking deals with logical principles agreed upon by society. It deals in what is agreed upon being rational, orderly, and expected. In its most dominant form it ignores exceptions to the rule. These are the main principles The 100 explores. Each society deals in different societal standards and these standards clash with on another. Each civilization struggles to understand the standards of the others, coming into constant conflict. 


Introverted Thinking [Ti]: The X-Files

Although the main characters are both xNTJ types, the show encapsulates the dominant function of Ti in how it challenges both of these characters in their strongly held beliefs. Scully with dominant Te only deals with proven and agreed about rationality, making her stubborn to anything that is proven counter to this approach to reality. Mulder is stubborn with dominant Ni in making every piece of information and meaning he comes across fit into his Ni narrative of an alien reality. Without any evidence, Mulder always molds alien life into his cases. Both Scully and Mulder are proven wrong in their stubborn assumptions throughout the series. Ti looks at subjective, logical exceptions to the rule. 


Extraverted Feeling [Fe]: Star Trek: The Next Generation

TNG is a show about diplomacy, culture, and people both within and outside of the federation. All the characters have to learn to deal with different rational social systems and work within them in order to keep and create peace throughout space. Being able to read people and social situations is important to the whole crew. Star Trek doesn’t focus on sense of self, but what people as a community can accomplish together. Of putting the community over the self. That is the definition of dominant Fe. 


Introverted Feeling [Fi]: Orphan Black

Orphan Black at its core is about the subjective human experience, the definition of the Fi focus. Each clone was made by scientific principles, but people making impersonal choices, not seeing the clones as individuals, as unique selves. The show defies that genetics determine who you are and refuses to put people in any box, classic Fi. Each clone is unique from the other shaping who they are on their own. Most importantly the clones are trying to protect this ability to have autonomy. 

erin gilbert notes
  • i think it’s too often glossed over that erin gilbert, canonically, is considered “an asset to modern physics.”
  • she got her undergraduate education at the university of michigan - ann arbor which has the #1 ranked nuclear engineering, #11 ranked physics and #11 ranked particle physics departments in the country. she then spent a brief time at MIT which is the #1 physics department in the country before finishing up her graduate and post-graduate education at princeton, the #2 physics department in the country.
  • she’s up for tenure at columbia university, tied with michigan as the 11th best physics department in the U.S. getting to the point where any teacher is up for tenure isn’t easy. and being up for tenure at such a prestigious university? erin has worked more than hard, and there’s no understating that not only has she worked hard but her contributions have been recognized as valuable enough to be a tenure candidate.
  • in the movie, erin has at least 5 framed awards from the american physical society on her office wall. the only name i was able to catch is the apker award. the leroy apker award is given, yearly, to two (only two!) young physicists who exemplify high achievement in undergraduate physics and have demonstrated “great potential for future scientific accomplishment.” the other awards are likely to be just as prestigious.
  • so let’s just all really appreciate that high-strung, awkward, sometimes emotionally maladjusted erin gilbert went into a STEM field dominated by men, thrived in the soul-gutting world of professional academia and essentially made it her bitch before peacing out to pursue her real, fulfilling passion, and she almost immediately contributes to legitimizing a fringe science. she’s ambitious. she’s dedicated. she’s goal-oriented. and she’s friggin’ brilliant.
  • don’t. sleep. on. erin. gilbert.
Hogwarts: PJO Characters (HoO Coming Soon)
  • Percy Jackson: Slytherin, he's not very ambitious, but he is cunning af. The sea of monsters? Anyone?
  • Annabeth Chase: Case could be made for Slytherin (cunning), but definitely a Ravenclaw. She's really into fringe science and that's too Ravenclaw to ignore.
  • Grover Underwood: I'm going with Hufflepuff because they are super hard working and loyal? Grover's literal job is to sacrifice himself for the good of others?
  • Clarisse La Rue: I legit don't understand (well I do: mean character has to be Slytherin!!!) why people are placing her in Slytherin? Sure she's ambitious but she makes rash decisions and never thinks anything through enough to actually save the people she's putting herself in danger for? That's Gryffindor behavior?
  • Tyson: Hufflepuff. Again, the hard working and loyalness to Percy even though he was kind of a dick sometimes? A case could be made for Gryffindor though.
  • Luke Castellan: Slytherin. He's cunning (he fooled everyone the entire first book?) and he is way too ambitious for his own good. His actions in "The Last Olympian" are pretty Gryffindor-Esque but very rational. I mean, as rational as sacrificing yourself to an evil Titan to save your friends can be.
  • Sally Jackson: Ravenclaw. She' so smart? A case could be made for Gryffindor but she's really in it for the long run, she hella thought keeping Percy "safe" by way of Gabe through.
  • Chiron: This one was a hard one. He's very smart, and he saves children from monsters very self-sacrificing like a Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but he's just too smart and dances around topics like a pro so I'm going to go with Ravenclaw.
  • Silena Beauregard: GRYFFINDOR AS HELL!!! She was brave, and she thought things through just enough to get her friends out of trouble
  • My Wife, Rachael Elizabeth Dare: I love her so I'm biased but Ravenclaw probably. She's really smart, and can think on her feet so well? I could never? I love her?
  • She Beauty She's Thalia Grace, She Will Punch You in the Face: I wish this Slytherin would punch me in the face I would say thank you. She's cunning and smart, I was teetering on Ravenclaw but I went with Slytherin because she want's to protect people smartly? Is that a word?
  • Nico Di Angelo: My death pumpkin. Hufflepuff. People put him in Slytherin because he's dark, but he puts his friends in front of him and is really loyal until someone completely breaks his trust.
  • Bianca Di Angelo: This is hard because she really isn't that big of a character but Ravenclaw. She's really witty, smart, but still a bit selfish.
  • Will Solace: He's a doctor who loves everyone? Why do I have to address this? Hufflepuff?

A cloud, in the shape of a heart, fringed with iridescent colours – what more could you ask for!

This mid-level clouds shape is much to do with chance, but the dazzling colour display at its fringe can be explained. The colourisation is the result of the diffraction of sunlight by tiny water droplets, ranging from 1/10th to 1/1000th of the size of an actual raindrop. Seeing as the drops are so minute, sunlight is not refracted efficiently- instead, the light is deflected in all directions through diffraction. This phenomenon usually occurs in clouds which have formed quite recently and are more likely to have water droplets of small and uniform size.

This amazing shot was captured by Dariusz Dorosz above Zabikow, Poland on July 30, 2010.

-Jean

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Kirlian Photography: Revealing Nature’s Electrical Aura 

Kirlian photography is the term used to describe the techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, a Russian electrical engineer, and his wife Valentina, who in 1939 discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate. They developed Kirlian photography after observing a patient in Krasnodar hospital who was receiving medical treatment from a high-frequency electrical generator. When the electrodes were brought near the patient’s skin, they noticed a glow similar to that of a Neon Discharge Tube. Afterwards, the Kirlians conducted experiments in which photographic film was placed on top of a conducting plate, and another conductor was attached to the a hand, a leaf or other plant material. The conductors were energized by a high frequency high voltage power source, producing photographic images typically showing a silhouette of the object surrounded by an aura of light. Though the Kirlians reported the results of their experiments in 1958, their work remained virtually unknown until 1970, when two Americans, Lynn Schroeder and Sheila Ostrander published a book, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain. While Kirlian photography has been the subject of mainstream scientific research, it has largely been co-opted by promoters of pseudoscience, parapsychology, and paranormal health claims. In many ways, the technique has effected greater mass influence because of these associations, and speaks to the ways “energy-culture” enters popular thought. 

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Fringed leaf frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)

This species occurs in the Amazonian lowlands in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. A high canopy species of primary tropical lowland rainforest, descending to low branches to breed. This is a fairly large hylid reaching up to 80mm in males and 87mm in females, the colouration is outstanding, ranging from green through to blue and even purple, which is mottled with pale blue patches. 

photo credits: John Clare , Jean-Francois Brousseau ,

On April 10, 1818, John Cleves Symmes Jr. issued a claim that the earth was hollow and habitable to a number of American colleges:

“To All The World. — I declare the earth to be hollow and habitable within; containing a number of concentric spheres, one within the other, and that their poles are open twelve or sixteen degrees. I pledge my life in support of this truth, and am ready to explore the concave, if the world will support and aid me in the undertaking.

I ask one hundred brave companions, well equipped, to start from Siberia, in autumn, with reindeer and sledges, on the ice of the Frozen Sea; I engage we find a warm country and rich land, stocked with thrifty vegetables and animals, if not men, on reaching about sixty-nine miles northward of latitude 82; we will return in the succeeding spring.”

skepticidesblog  asked:

Have you seriously considered the Red is Katarina theory? It's the only thing that makes sense now. Red and Kaplan talked about things that happened before they met and that only Katarina would know (not Red). And Red only answered Kirk after he changed his question to "Is Masha your daughter?" This makes all of his statements to Liz truthful like the writers insist, AND what he told Kirk to be true as well. He isn't her father but she IS his daughter. Worth exploring. There's more too.

Mmmm… I’ll have to respectfully pass on this theory. While I personally think Red IS an imposter, I do not believe he used to be Katarina. The show is willing to ‘go OUT there’ (as in being open to fringe science type stuff), and I definitely agree that there is a greater conspiracy going on in the story than most of the characters realize, but I personally draw the believability line at Red having had a sex change.

JB said after the finale episode that he’s aware of the ‘Imposter Theory’ going around, and did NOT shoot it down. However, he has said several times this season in interviews that he is also aware of the ‘Red Is Katarina Theory’ and basically called that one a little too outlandish for him.

If people want to continue to believe it though, by all means, have at it. I’m not going to stop you!

Thanks for the message!

The Article Where JB Acknowledges The ‘Red Is Katarina’ Theory