Innovation pushes the envelope of imagination. Dr. Pamela Gay, astronomer, writer, and podcaster, discussed the three avenues most likely to be explored next in the space program: the moon, asteroids, and Mars. She laid out some ground rules for her hypotheses to start. Assumptions: Heavy lift rockets will be available Tech process remains steady (things get smaller and faster) No… Read more →
Perception is relative. That’s essentially the crux of Einstein’s theory of special relativity. For example, if you’re standing on the side of the road and a car passes you going 55 mph, from your perception, the car is going really fast. Conversely, if you’re in a car on the highway going 50 mph and that same car passes you going… Read more →
In “The Genetics of Harry Potter,” Saturday 1PM in Marriott A601–602, charismatic and down-to-earth Duke professor Eric Spana, PhD, gave a fantastic layman’s breakdown of how we can genetically determine whether offspring in a family could be magical or non-magical. He was specific on acceptable sources of character lineage, which included the Harry Potter novels and movies, tangential books such… Read more →
The last time we were in an “LGBTQIA in YA” panel, we were at RWA (Romance Writers of America) and they were afraid to write “gay characters” (said in a whisper) into their books because of the conservative backlash. To my joy, the tenor of this panel was completely different. Authors Zac Brewer, Cinda Williams Chima, Alexandra Duncan, and Shaun David… Read more →
Stand on the ground and look up at a building-sized rocket, looming above you, dominating your vision. That is a chemical rocket, and 90% of the mass of that vehicle is fuel. Most of the fuel is used to achieve escape velocity from the Earth’s gravity. Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, COO of Escape Dynamics, has a different vision for launching… Read more →
A mix of hard-core academics collided with practical field experience in the highly charged “Fission, Fusion, and other Energy Sources” panel. For those who couldn’t pick fission, fusion, or a bison from a police lineup, it’s pretty elemental. In the case of fission, Einstein’s famous equation for special relativity E=MC2 isn’t just a clever T-shirt slogan. When the nucleus of… Read more →
Stand in front of a mirror and close your eyes. Picture yourself in your mind—every detail from the shape of your face to the length of your fingers. Hold onto that image and open your eyes, what do you see?