OPINION: Zika Virus–Harbinger of a Complex World

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2016 by jaksichja

The arrival of the Zika virus promises to be the tip of a proverbial iceberg of problems. That is how many environmentalists view it and the other deadly viruses that have plagued our planet of late. While most notable, public scientists have railed against inactivity that many corporations have pursued– there is no defacto scientist or environmentalist that quickly springs to mind as a spokesperson for the ‘little man’?

The activism of the 1960s and 70s is a faded memory for most. However, the standard-bearers seem to be the groups of individuals– like the Sierra Club or the NRDC…. The groups are great for galvanizing and polarizing opinions into  two camps of individuals.

The obvious problem is — the continued polarization of the US populace. It has resulted in a divided country that, at times, sounds quite disgusting. If it were not a presidential election year–we would have not known the extent  of bigotry  that plagues the US. Zika will cross our borders … No wall can keep mosquitos away…





The figures are adapted from the publication: Moritz U.G. Kraemer and others. The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. Albopictus elifesciences.org Published: 30 June 2015


Our public policies should be to address the coming problems that will accompany warming of the planet—not building walls to keep away the so-called undesirables. At this juncture we can decide to pull together and keep safe our fellow humans. It is often stated– “it is how you treat the least among you– that will dictate your truest and darkest outcome.”  Whether it is  labeled Christianity or Karma— it matters little. It is the coming problems we face that should galvanize our world and not divide us up much like the Tower of Babel.



Here is my hope and almost a prayer… That we can come together and stop the divisive rhetoric. Hate speech may be covered under the First Amendment— but the the US populace will tread a dark path if it continues to find scapegoats to blame… We know better— our hearts seek love as well. In the end, we must ask ourselves– is hatred justified?





Auld Lang Syne: May We Look Back at our Present Endeavors in Space with Pride

Posted in Astrobiology, Astronomy on December 17, 2014 by jaksichja

Artist Concept Voyager 1

“The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.” Image and caption credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

When the first humans venture beyond the Solar System, our present-day experiences with the Voyager and Pioneer craft will be remembered as watershed moments. Our space craft presently experience a space environment that would harm human tissue and would dampen the spirits of the hardiest souls. The specific case is how Coronal Mass Ejections of the  Sun are experienced by the these craft. In spite of the fact that the Voyager craft are entering Interstellar Space–the craft are experiencing the effects of the CMEs.

So raise a champagne glass, a beer mug, or your cup-of-joe to these space craft–for Auld Lang Syne.

–Or experience the video from JPL.

JPL | Videos | Play video: Voyager Experiences Three ‘Tsunami Waves’ in Interstellar Space.

Survival of Life: Something Resembling It–a brief return.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2014 by jaksichja


Panspermia is a topic that falls into and out of favor often. It is not that there is no substance to the paradigm, revolutionary and normal science will find other ‘grails’ worthy for investigation. However, the present research problems surrounding panspermia deal in areas of survivability–can life survive long periods of radiation and an extreme cold–or can life survive the multi-megaton impact upon reaching Earth?

Perhaps one measure of how life’s molecularity can survive cometary impacts is the near-extinction event of early Earth history. Dinosaurs became extinct when a large NEO impacted the Yucatan peninsula. Generations afterward, the first mammals took over the Earth–life didn’t quite resemble the previous generations. Genetic analysis seemingly points towards an abrupt but distinct lineage. Thus–it may be posited that life’s molecular nature, once established, is not readily displaced from its ‘beachhead.’

With this prefatory comment in place, I now discuss the issue of comets…

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Posted in Business, Writing on May 28, 2014 by jaksichja



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Talk: “Finding Alien Life: On Earth, on Mars, and throughout the Cosmos” (05/22/14)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2014 by jaksichja

I thought it appropriate to re-post this blog—inviting the public to a thought provoking lecture.

UW Integrated Sciences Blog

Steven Benner UW Astrobiology & The NASA Astrobiology Institute present:

Finding Alien Life: On Earth, on Mars, and throughout the Cosmos

with Dr. Steven Benner— Director, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
& The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology, Gainesville, FL

When: Thursday, May 22nd, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: 120 Kane Hall, University of Washington

How do we define “life”? This fundamental question has remained largely philosophical, because it has been asked for so long, by so many, and with so few concrete conclusions. In this talk, Dr. Benner will take a different tack. He will show how laboratory studies to create a second example of life help us develop a firmer scientific understanding of what life is. The challenge of “synthetic biology” is on! Dr. Benner will discuss how we are hitchhiking on rockets, rovers, and telescopes to find life elsewhere in the Solar System, and…

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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

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

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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