science crafts

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Now is absolutely the time to politicize Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters

“The full suite of data we have incontrovertibly points to one conclusion: the human effects that contribute to climate change are severe, and are making these disasters we’re experiencing far more damaging than they would otherwise be. The time to transform these scientific lessons into a policy that makes our nation and our world a safer, more secure, more resilient place is now. Natural disasters will always occur, but there’s no good reason to make them worse, especially when we can do something about it today. In the long run, it may be both more compassionate and less expensive to simply craft a better policy, but we can’t do that unless we craft those policies based on the best science humanity has to offer.”

Hurricane Irma has, as of this morning, knocked out power to more than 6 million, caused the evacuation of millions more, and has caused flooding and extreme wind damage across hundreds of miles across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. When Irma first made landfall in the Florida Keys, it set a new ‘first’ for 2017: two Category 4 (or stronger) hurricanes made landfall in the USA in the same year for the first time. This is not simply a bad year or an unlucky coincidence, but is an effect of a planet that has been artificially warmed by human activity. This continues a pattern we’ve seen globally of more intense but fewer hurricanes in numbers, and 2017 is shaping up to be the most expensive hurricane season in US history. At the same time, wildfires are ravaging the western United States, and no, that’s not coincidence, either.

We don’t have to do this to ourselves; we could craft a science-based policy on climate change to minimize the damage of these disasters in the future. The time to act is now.

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Lexus Skyjet, 28th Century. A single-seater pursuit craft belonging to the world of Valerian built for agents to use on missions across the galaxy.  Laurent Bouzige, designer at Lexus’s European design centre, sees it as a hybrid between a “space bike” and a fighter jet. It makes use of artificial intelligence in its operation, notably in the interface the pilot uses to control the craft.

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Think I might’ve been misinterpreting the illustration that inspired these but idgaf bc oops I accidentally a way of illustrating waves and paths with 3D embroidered Mylar and there’s only like a million applications for that!!!!!! 3D embroidered Mylar is gonna be one of the top math art trends for fall on my backporch!!!!!!! Signal analysis and integral transforms are also back in style!!!!!!

Gotta nother one almost finished that’s a study of ellipses more than anything and I’m really excited to see how it turns out later today.

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Iteration #5. This one has elliptical spirals with two different eccentricities (blue more eccentric, green less) and a regular circular spiral (black).

Definitely still have a lot of construction things to figure out (e.g. how best to tie off threads, preferred thread types, etc), but I feel like I got enough of a handle on it to start focusing more on explorin some mathematics. If it’s a radial function of time, I’m comin for it. Laplace and z-transforms are 100% happening. I think it’d be cool to try and make a wave packet. I’d probably do some Riemann surfaces if it wouldn’t feel like I was beating a dead math art horse. Idk overwhelming number of potential applications, my next stop is decaying spirals, something something damped oscillations

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Getting the fall pack together took no less than an hour. Each item has been carefully chosen to fulfill a roll in one of four systems. Food, Water, Fire, and Shelter are the cornerstones of a woodland camp. Know what you can do with what you have. If you do not, you will arrive at your campsite disoriented, spinning in circles wondering where to start. Claim your spot, get your equipment out of the elements. Gather your water before you start your fire and tend to it properly. Eat a simple meal, get comfortable, rest warm and dry.

As you get older and enter through the 4 treacherous years of high school, you begin to take a step back on things. You look at everything and see how much you and everything and everyone around you has changed. Your friends, who all once believed in God are now atheists because they went through things and began to forget what potential laid inside of them. People who were once popular, skinny and beautiful are now average, have all but 3 friends, and have zits lining their upper forehead and inner cheeks. People’s sexualities will change and you will either accept it or be unaccepted. The boys who loved football are now stoners who can’t even function a class without a puff, and became sad because their ability of playing a sport became dragged and dizzy. The cheerleaders will become anything and everything but virgins. You will begin to hear things about people who were once so sweet and innocent getting arrested for something you never imagined them doing. People begin to become the things they swore they’d never become and they change into these monsters of people. Or if you’re lucky… they change into these beautiful masterpieces. I know all this from experience. I walk the halls of my high school, examining people who were once these small people and are now a figure that is loved by everyone… and I also see people who I used to be close with who lost control of their life already. I’m only almost a sophomore. You become friends with people you once hated, and enemies with people you once loved. Things happen to people you know. Good or bad. We often wander what went wrong but that is always something we never understand. Maybe you’re one of these people. Or maybe you’re like me, and you stand back and watch the people who once loved you and the ones you once loved; completely turn into someone you never expected. Things begin to happen right in front of your eyes that you only thought happened in movies or books.
—  Abby Wormsbaker; I am seeing everything and everyone changing and it doesn’t scare me anymore.