Debt of Gratitude—

Posted in Gratitude, Uncategorized on April 12, 2014 by jaksichja

I owe a large debt of gratitude to the BALDSCIENTIST, professor Oné R. Pagán. He kindly acknowledged me in his new book, The First Brain  The Neuroscience of Planarians. It is published by Oxford University Press, 2014.

All too often, it is hard to understand the meaning of gratitude.

Thank you very much, Oné.

 

NASA Releases Over 1000 of Their Computer Software Codes Hoping to Spark Innovation

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 by jaksichja

jaksichja:

One of the blogs which i follow —posted this excellent find from NASA—releasing code to spark innovation —much credit is due–

Originally posted on Higher Learning:

Yesterday (4/10/14), NASA officially launched their Tech Tansfer program, making the computer codes for over 1000 different NASA programs available to the public.

NASA published the codes in an open-access software catalog, in the hopes that independent coders or software designers will provide innovations to the NSA.

Front cover of the Tech Transfer catalog (Image: NASA)

Here’s Jim Adams, deputy chief technologist at NASA:

“NASA is committed to the principles of open government … By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Our technology transfer program is an important part of bringing the benefit of space exploration back to Earth for the benefit of all people.”

According to NASA, the new catalog will include codes for:

  • project management systems
  • design tools
  • data handling
  • image processing
  • life support functions
  • aeronautics
  • structural analysis robotic and autonomous systems

Read more from NASA here. If you…

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THOUGHTS on STEM EDUCATION

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 7, 2014 by jaksichja

When one enters the technical field (also known as STEM), there are certain guiding principles that are significant for one’s success. The biggest factor is having appropriate and good role models or mentors. Truth being, it is very hard to lift oneself with one’s bootstraps. The worst is the ‘dumbing down’ that mainstream media portrays as real science or who scientists really are.

For a lot of us, our teachers throughout the formal education process are and were good role models. It isn’t too hard to find a good role model—the main trick is to overlook what you or I might perceive as flaws. In my years of observing human behavior, everyone has ‘clay feet.’ No matter how perfect on the outside, we all battle demons or will fall prey to fads or fallacies from time to time.

To borrow an ‘oft-turned phrase,’ we should keep our eyes on the prize. All too often, that prize resembles an ideal that is ‘borrowed’ from dreams, goals, aspirations and noblest part of ourselves. Once one loses sight of the prize, you or I will find the flaws and discouragements inherent to any undertaking.

The reasons for my seeking and attaining my BA—are fairly mundane in hindsight: I wanted to make a difference. However, as young man or any young person, it is too easy to lose sight. Life is full of distractions and our current media-driven society makes it very difficult to keep a long chain of thought on anything but tomorrow—let alone how one can make a difference in life.

Perhaps, it is best put—what would you want your best friends to say about you after all is said and done—

 

John

Wave of the Future

Posted in Copyright, Ethics, Science, Uncategorized on April 1, 2014 by jaksichja

Presently I am being published at decodedscience.com  & I am inviting anyone who would be interested in subscribing to the site to stop by and first take a look. Things being as they are with the publishing world—paper subscriptions are certainly not dead–but many of us spend time and our personal resources to find, write and self-publish. In the not-so-distant-past, much of the content that is presented would fetch a decent living for science writers and writers in general. The present model of piling ‘ads to pay for content’  cannot go ad nauseam.

Peruse the content at decodedscience and perhaps you will agree that content that is worthy of pay —is justified.

Here are their links: (just copy and paste to your browser if needed)

http://www.decodedscience.com/

http://decodedeverything.com/

 

PLEASE NOTE: I will continue to post my regular content approximately once to twice per month on this site and silentastronomerII.com

I do apologize if anyone feels that this is spam—> it isn’t and I will see you in a week with new content here as well!!  for free!

 

 

Growing Crystals—brief post with link to NY Times

Posted in Astronomy, Chemistry, Uncategorized on March 4, 2014 by jaksichja

To the un-initiated, crystallization and re-crystallization of a ‘organic molecule’ ignites enchantment and frustration. Enchantment ignites the soul as the molecule ‘drops’ out of solution to re-form a stable state of matter. Frustration tempers the impulse to flee the lab bench while a reticent crystal produces oil after oil rather than the ‘sharp-display of symmetric plates.’ Thus, it bears to be said, crystal-growing needs to be a part of every scientist’s training.

While the growth of crystals produces wonder to the imagination of the student-scientist, watching crystal growth done by a professional induces a sense understanding. The understanding of why we wish to understand nature’s secrets, it is a fundamental desire—a love for the cosmos.

 

Shuttle Experiments Seek Clues to Building Blocks of Life

 

Best,

 

 

 

JPL’s entry in robotics for DARPA competition

Posted in Science, Technology, Uncategorized with tags , on January 13, 2014 by jaksichja

The good scientists and engineers from JPL have built an advanced robot that would be of great service to areas like the Fukushima incident, or rescuing trapped individuals after an earthquake. It is so cool that it very well could serve on future space missions. Take a good look–I believe you will like it.

Sincerest Apologies to my Readers–

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2014 by jaksichja

To all who may wonder where I have been–I have posting at decodedscience.com. I sincerely intend to come back and post at my home site. It looks like a monthly posting will be in the offing—

I will be back—-

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