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Worlds Within Worlds: The Story Of Nuclear Energy by Isaac Asimov

Posted by adlar at May 3, 2016, 9:10 pm in Ebooks » Science

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The Story of Nuclear Energy: Worlds Within Worlds covers the entire story of nuclear energy from a basic explanation of atomic weights, energy and electricity to nuclear fission, fusion - beyond. First coming to public consciousness as The Bomb that ended World War II, it is now the forefront of our attention as a source of peacetime energy, whether from nuclear power plants or from the sun.

In the last 20 years, Isaac Asimov has written more than 150 books, including science fiction and many technical guides to scientific subjects. His prodigious output has made him one of America's favorite interpreters of the roles of science and... read more

THE CANCUN UNDERWATER MUSEUM

Posted by crispino at April 19, 2016, 12:02 pm in Movies » Documentary - Nature

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In 2009 a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was formed in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.

The project founded by Jaime González Cano, Director of the National Marine Park, Roberto Díaz Abraham, then President of the Cancun Nautical Association and English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor now consists of over 500 permanent life-size sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.

The Museum aims to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science and form part of a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit whilst increasing biomass on a grand scale. All of the sculptures are fixed to the seabed and made from specialized materials used to promote coral life. The total installations occupy an area of... read more

The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide

Posted by amauri at April 10, 2016, 3:23 pm in Movies » Documentary - Technology

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It’s a war and cyberspace is the theater. Do Internet hosting services have a moral responsibility when it comes to what’s available on the Internet? Norton sends out his investigators to explore the secret world of what has become known as bulletproof hosting. They are called this because they are the most secure, impenetrable and inaccessible servers in the world. These are kingdoms and companies that are the Switzerland of the Internet because they host information in servers that only they have access to and some of them offer cybercriminals the privacy to conduct illegal exchange of information, malware attacks and ransomware breaches, among others. They operate beyond the reach of law enforcement and between international legislation.

The first stop is Sealand, an abandoned World War II gun platform. This fort that was built in international waters and has since then been declared a principality. A young man named Ryan Lackey founded the worlds’ first sovereign online state by creating a bulletproof data hosting facility there. His idea was to have a physical location where people could host servers for Internet sites with users all over the world. The attraction... read more

Think Yourself to Death by Stephen Marlowe

Posted by imarion at March 26, 2016, 7:12 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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If you've never read a Johnny Mayhem story before, you are in for a treat. Johnny, who wears different bodies the way ordinary people wear clothes, is one of the most fascinating series characters in science fiction.

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When he reached Ophiuchus, Johnny Mayhem was wearing the body of an elderly Sirian gentleman.

Nothing could have been more incongruous. The Sirian wore a pince-nez, a dignified two-piece jumper in a charcoal color, sedate two-tone boots and a black string-tie.

The loiterers in the street near the Galactic Observer's building looked, and pointed, and laughed. Using the dignity of the dead Sirian, whose body he wore like other people wear clothing, Johnny Mayhem ignored them. They had a point, of course. It was hot and humid on Ophiuchus IX. The loiterers in the dusty, evil-smelling streets wore nothing but... read more

David Bowie - Sound and Vision

Posted by Artavan at March 18, 2016, 6:13 pm in Movies » Documentary - Biography

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Few artists have made their rise to fame in such an unorthodox and revolutionary way as David Bowie. Known as The Chameleon Of Pop this unlikely pop star has created an enigma that has rivaled bands for over four decades.

High profile publicity has surrounded Bowie throughout his career, brought upon by his ever changing personas, appearance and music styles. Pushing gender boundaries in his early career, Bowie became a source of intrigue. He was a controversialist who explored sexuality and transvestism and developed fantastic characters and alter egos to accompany his avant-guard style of music.... read more

Cyclists chased by an ostrich

Posted by koula.koula at March 7, 2016, 1:19 pm in General » Misc

We came down to South Africa for the Cape Argus Tour. It is the biggest cycling event in the world, probably.
On Friday, to stretch out the legs we went on pre-race ride [~130km why not?] to the Cape of Good Hope [I love this name!]. The road by the ocean side was quiet and a lille deserted.

Suddenly, I spotted a white ostrich on my left, then this beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends! It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell of my bike from laughter. The ostrich didn't have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat. ... read more

Between Friends by Robert W. Chambers

Posted by Aketeron at March 4, 2016, 6:33 pm in Ebooks » Romance

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What secrets are held between friends? Drene, a dramatic, moody sculptor, shares many secrets with his hood friend, Graylock. Women wed and wooed, death courted and shunned, sanity doubted and restored, these are all part of the dramas between the lifelong friends and sometimes enemies. And to think it all starts when a woman comes between friends.


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Like a man who reenters a closed and darkened house and lies down; lying there, remains conscious of sunlight outside, of bird-calls, and the breeze in the trees, so had Drene entered into the obscurity of himself.

Through the chambers of his brain the twilit corridors where cringed his bruised and disfigured soul, there nothing stirring except the automatic pulses which never cease.

Sometimes, when the sky itself crashes earthward and the world lies in ruins from horizon to horizon, life goes on.

The things that men live through—and live!... read more

The evolution of the parasite

Posted by koula.koula at February 23, 2016, 7:58 pm in General » Misc

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The Simulation Hypothesis

Posted by colibri at February 23, 2016, 7:13 pm in Movies » Documentary - Philosophy

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Is reality real, or are we living in virtual reality? Can movies like Inception paint a real picture, that we are living in a dream, where we built our own world?

The simulation hypothesis tries to answer all those questions, with appearances from Neil Degrasse Tyson, James Gates, Paul Davies and many more leading experts from the field of cosmology, mathematics, physics and information sciences.

We, as observes, living inside a simulation, have power over the simulation. We are actually participating in the creation of the reality we live in? This is the conclusion that physicists and mathematicians have come to. Several years ago, this premise would be quickly denied and... read more

Recruit for Andromeda by Stephen Marlowe

Posted by timon at February 16, 2016, 8:44 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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Stephen Marlowe

Born
in Brooklyn, NY, The United States
August 07, 1928

Died
February 22, 2008

Genre
Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy



Aka Milton S. Lesser, Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames.

Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955).... read more

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