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Nov 2012

Hurricane Sandy

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This week I experienced my first severe natural disaster, when Hurricane Sandy came ripping through New Jersey.  Growing up in Arizona, the only disasters we ever had were fire and drought, neither of which personally affected me.  This time though, I am right in the middle of it all.  My town didn’t get hit horribly bad, but we still don’t have heat or power three days after the storm.  I had to go onto campus to get electricity, charge phones, check internet and such.

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Oct 2012

Money is weird

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As I was driving to medical school this morning for my two practical tests of the day (histology and anatomy), instead of rehearsing in my mind the branches of the axillary artery or the dermatomes of the lower leg I was thinking about how money and wealth is weird.  May not be the best use of my time but it was interesting.  The basic question/thought I had was “How is wealth created?”  It led to a kind of deep, abstract and a little scary thought that my wife didn’t really care to hear at 8 o’clock in the morning.

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Oct 2012

Singularity Thoughts – part 1

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Seeing as our comic is advertised as a “post-apocalyptic singularity” web-comic, I better share some of my thoughts about the singularity aspect.  For those who don’t know what singularity means, in science fiction it basically means the point in time in the future when computers/robots gain self-awareness and sentience.  After that humans either become cyborgs or the computers take over the world.  Basically.

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Oct 2012

Invisible Fish?

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Cloaking and invisibility are topics that Nick and I have talked about to see how to include them in our story.  You’ll see what we came up with eventually.  Discovery News reported a new Nature article about some species of fish that are able to bend light with their skin layers to such an extent that they aren’t reflective.  Basically they can become almost invisible to other fish.

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Oct 2012

Medical school helps me write better

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So I’m in my first year of medical school.  That obviously involves learning a lot about the human body and such.  It also requires a lot of studying to understand why things happen.  I figured I’d post an example of the type of detail I need to know for my anatomy tests this week.

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20

Oct 2012

Scientists can synthesize gasoline from CO2 and H2O

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So apparently some British scientists figured out a way to make gas from CO2 and H2O.

The article talks it up big, saying that it:

promises to solve the energy crisis as well as helping to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

That’s kind of ridiculous.  You remove some CO2 only to burn it later and turn it back into CO2 again?  Not really helping.  Not to mention the fact that it takes more energy to produce the synthetic fuel then you get out of it.

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