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DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. announces release of, “MYRA-HATI: Crossed Paths” written by Fabio Evangelista of Brazil

DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C., Founder-CEO & President, Ms. D. L. Quesinberry announced release of, “‘MYRA-HATI: Crossed Paths,’ written by Mr. Fabio Evangelista from Brazil, South America. Mr. Evangelista moves readers through a new universe of adventure, fantasy and science fiction in this post-apocalyptic thriller. This is the first in Fabio’s intended series and he’s done an exceptional effort on readers’ behalf thus far. Gold star Fabio!”

Fábio Evangelista was born in Marília, a town of 300,000 inhabitants in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. At the age of thirteen, he had the idea of telling the story of MYRA-HATI, though not in book form; rather as a comic’s story. The project was sidelined for some time, as Evangelista started studying biomedicine  . . . it was then he found writing a pleasurable way to recover from emotional distress. After writing some short stories, Evangelista decided to resume his former project of MYRA-HATI and started writing the saga once more from a more mature point of view. Recently, Evangelista has begun to study philosophy at the São Paulo State University (UNESP). He intends to improve his knowledge of history and the evolution of human thought in order to apply these understandings to future stories.

In the second half of the 21st century, the world witnesses the creation of plugs. These are devices created by Japanese scientists, which record the five human senses. With the help of these devices people record their own life experiences in order to relive them at any time and they can share them with others. When shared with a friend or acquaintance, the receiving mind feels the experiences as if they were their own. In a short time, these devices become a worldwide phenomenon and that is where trouble begins. Entertaining and illusive novel.

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Lockheed Martins New Compact Fusion

This is an invention that might possibly modify the civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It’s about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works state that it will be operational in 10 years.

Aviation Week had complete access to their stealthy workshops and spoke to Dr. Thomas McGuire, the leader of Skunk Work’s Revolutionary Technology section. And ground-breaking it is, certainly: Instead of utilizing the similar strategy that everyone else is using— the Soviet-derived tokamak, a torus in which magnetic fields limit the fusion reaction with an enormous energy cost and thus tiny energy production abilities—Skunk Works’ Compact Fusion Reactor has a fundamentally different methodology to anything people have tried before. Here are the two of those techniques for contrast:

fusionThe old-style Soviet tokamak scheme of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a huge system being constructed in France.

The crucial point in the Skunk Works arrangement is their tube-like design, which permits them to avoid one of the boundaries of usual fusion reactor designs, which are very restricted in the sum of plasma they can sustain, which makes them giant in size—like the gigantic International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. According to McGuire:

“The traditional tokamak designs can only hold so much plasma, and we call that the beta limit. Their plasma ratio is 5% or so of the confining pressure. We should be able to go to 100% or beyond.”

fusion2The Skunk Works' recent compact fusion reactor design.

This design lets it to be 10 times smaller at the same power output of somewhat like the ITER, which is anticipated to produce 500 MW in the 2020s. This is essential for the use of fusion in all kind of uses, not only in huge, costly power plants. Skunk Works is committed that their structure—which will be only the size of a jet engine—will be capable enough to power almost everything, from spacecraft to airplanes to vessels—and obviously scale up to a much bigger size. McGuire also claims that at the size of the ITER, it will be able to produce 10 times more energy.

The one thing here to remind everyone is that Lockheed Martin is not a stupid dude working in a garage. It’s one of the world’s major aerospace and military corporations. McGuire also understands that they are just starting now, but he says that the architecture of this compact fusion reactor is sound and they will progress rapidly until its final operation in just a decade:

“We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years, and we’ve already shown we can do that in the lab. So it wouldn’t be at full power, like a working concept reactor, but basically just showing that all the physics works.”

After five years, they believe to have a completely operative model prepared to go into full-scale construction, capable of producing 100MW— which is enough to power a huge cargo ship or an 80,000-home city—and its size will be 23 x 42 feet only which is quite amazing.

Source: sci-techuniverse

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace

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A group of chemists and engineers who work with nanotechnology published a paper this month in Nature Nanotechnology about an ultra-fine mesh that can merge into the brain to create what appears to be a seamless interface between machine and biological circuitry. Called “mesh electronics,” the device is so thin and supple that it can be injected with a needle — they’ve already tested it on mice, who survived the implantation and are thriving. The researchers describe their device as “syringe-injectable electronics,” and say it has a number of uses, including monitoring brain activity, delivering treatment for degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, and even enhancing brain capabilities.

Writing about the paper in Smithsonian magazine, Devin Powell says a number of groups are investing in this research, including the military:

[Study researcher Charles Lieber’s] backers include Fidelity Biosciences, a venture capital firm interested in new ways to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The military has also taken an interest, providing support through the U.S. Air Force’s Cyborgcell program, which focuses on small-scale electronics for the “performance enhancement” of cells.

For now, the mice with this electronic mesh are connected by a wire to computer — but in the future, this connection could become wireless. The most amazing part about the mesh is that the mouse brain cells grew around it, forming connections with the wires, essentially welcoming a mechanical component into a biochemical system.

lace2A 3D microscope image of the mesh merging with brain cells

Lieber and his colleagues do hope to begin testing it on humans as soon as possible, though realistically that’s many years off. Still, this could be the beginning of the first true human internet, where brain-to-brain interfaces are possible via injectable electronics that pass your mental traffic through the cloud. What could go wrong?

Source: gizmodo

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Distance Wireless Charging Enhanced by Magnetic Metamaterials

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Wireless charging of mobile devices is possibly one of the most desired technological milestones. Some devices can already be charged wirelessly by placing the mobile device on top of a charging base. The next step, charging devices without the need of taking them out of one’s pocket, might be just around the corner.

A group of researchers from the Department of Physics of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has developed a system which can efficiently transfer electrical energy between two separated circuits thanks to the use of metamaterials. This system is still in the experimental stage, but once it has been perfected and can be applied to mobile devices, it will be able to charge them wirelessly and at a longer distance than currently possible.

Today’s wireless devices make use of induction to charge through a special case adapted to the device and a charging base connected to an electrical socket. When the device is placed on top of the base, this generates a magnetic field which induces an electric current inside the case and, without the need of using any cables, the device is charged. If the device is separated from the base, the energy is not transferred efficiently enough and the battery cannot be charged.

The system created by UAB researchers overcomes these limitations. It is made up of metamaterials which combine layers of ferromagnetic materials, such as iron compounds, and conductor materials such as copper. The metamaterials envelop the emitter and receiver and enable transferring energy between the two, at a distance and with unprecedented efficiency.

With the use of metamaterial crowns researchers were able in the lab to increase the transmission efficiency 35-fold, “and there is much more room for improvement, since theoretically the efficiency can be increased even more if conditions and the design of the experiment are perfected” explains Àlvar Sánchez, director of the research.

“Enveloping the two circuits with metamaterial shells has the same effect as bringing them close together; it’s as if the space between them literally disappears”, states Jordi Prat, lead author of the paper.

Moreover, the materials needed to construct these crowns such as copper and ferrite are easily available. The first experiments conducted with the aim of concentrating static magnetic fields required the use of superconductor metamaterials, unfeasible for everyday uses with mobile devices. “In contrast, low frequency electromagnetic waves – the ones used to transfer energy from one circuit to the other – only need conventional conductors and ferromagnets”, Carles Navau explains.

Published this week in Advanced Materials, the study was conducted by researchers from the Electromagnetism Group of the UAB Department of Physics Àlvar Sánchez (also an ICREA Acadèmia researcher) and Carles Navau, and by Jordi Prat, currently researcher at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck.

The device has been patented by the UAB and companies from several different countries have already shown interest in applying the technology. The research was funded by the PRODUCTE project of the Government of Catalonia, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness.

Source: solarthermalmagazine

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Two Daring Americans Aim to Connect into Artificial Intelligence ‘Matrix’ through Black Market Brain Implants

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Two leading personalities in the artificial intelligence domain plan to secretly get brain surgery to connect experimental implants to their brains. Such an achievement would lead to the possibility of humans connecting to a ‘central brain’ similar to the matrix.

According to The Mirror, the two men are looking for a doctor who is skilled enough and willing to propel them into the matrix. The procedure itself has a high risk of failing, since the technology at hand hasn’t been tested before (at least on humans).

If they come out of this alive, the two men will be able to establish a direct communication route with the first forms of artificial intelligence that’s currently available. This “cranial chip” may provide the first step towards creating “the matrix.” If this proves to be successful, the unprecedented advantages will probably tempt others to undergo the same surgery, and eventually have the entire population plugged into this new reality.

Zoltan Istvan, the global leader of the Transhumanist movement and US Presidential candidate, claims to personally know the two matrix innovators, and even more, supports their mission as he is convinced that humans should utilize technology to artificially boost their intelligence and physical capabilities. His vision of the future allows for basic body functions to be stimulated using these futuristic implants that would allow humans to heal or access unreachable functions of the brain. The technology is similar to what DARPA is currently developing for the future soldiers.

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In an interview, Istvan stated the following: “I have friends who are buying tickets to Central America to perform this kind of surgery. I know two people who are doing this, but it’s secretive because even getting a doctor to do this in Central America is difficult.”

According to Istvan, one of them will try his luck with a doctor from Honduras, while the other will travel to Eastern Europe. Their identities remain undisclosed because otherwise, American authorities could attempt to prevent them from traveling abroad to perform the unusual surgery.

Source: ewao

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

DARPA found an easy way to implant chips in brains

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In both science and science fiction, the pinnacle of human evolution is a brain that connects directly to a computer.

We’re not quite there yet, though scientists have made significant headway in using chips implanted in human brains, known as brain-machine interfaces, as the neural equivalent of a prosthetic limb, targeting damaged areas of the brain to achieve things like restoring mobility to patients who are paralyzed. A significant hitch is that implanting such devices is the brain is incredibly risky. But now scientists at DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm, have pioneered a method of chip implantation that’s less invasive—and that could lead to an expansion of the use of brain-machine interfaces.

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researchers at the University of Melbourne working under DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program describe a study in sheep that recorded signals from the motor cortex of the brain (which controls movement) using a new device they’ve dubbed the “stentrode.” The stentrode can be implanted into the brain through blood vessels without even opening the skull, eliminating the need for the sort of invasive surgery required to implant traditional electrode arrays.

Instead, researchers insert the device via a blood vessel in the neck, then guide it to the appropriate location in the brain using real-time imaging. Once in place, the device expands and attaches to the walls of the blood vessel to read the activity of nearby neurons. In past studies, DARPA and other scientists have successfully demonstrated that paralyzed patients outfitted with electrode array brain implants that intercepted the brain’s electrical signals in a similar way could move prosthetic limbs.

Researchers are planning a human trial of the stentrode next year. If it’s successful, it could be a very big deal, effectively eliminating the biggest risk in implanting brain-machine interfaces, which is open brain surgery.

A recent Wired profile of neurologist Phil Kennedy, a pioneer in the realm of brain machine interfaces, revealed just how dangerous implanting the devices can be. Kennedy, eager to test his device on a healthy brain, flew to Belize to have his own device implanted in himself. Due to swelling in his brain, his recovery at first went poorly, rendering him unable to really speak for days. And after just 88 days, he had to have his bulky implant removed.

Kennedy envisions a future in which brain chips will be a normal thing for all humans. He told Wired:

“The first goal is to get the speech restored. The second goal is to restore movement, and a lot of people are working on that—that’ll happen, they just need better electrodes. And the third goal would then be to start enhancing normal humans.”

Eventually, Kennedy said, we’re all going to “extract our brains and connect them to small computers that will do everything for us, and the brains will live on.”

DARPA is also exploring using brain chips to treat PTSD and to help soldiers returning from war with traumatic brain injuries impacting memory. In other instances, DARPA’s ambitions for neural prosthetics veer a little more toward sci-fi, like, as Annie Jacobsen describes in her recent history of DARPA, using implants to allow soldiers on the battlefield to communicate by thought alone.

But, as Wired’s profile of Kennedy points out, invasive brain implants are also going out of style. Instead, research has begun favoring electrocorticography, which involves laying a flat surface of electronics on top of the brain to capture less detailed information than invasive implants might. DARPA’s new method, if successful, could offer a third option: a way of measuring detailed signals without having to open up the skull at all. And that will make us all one step closer to living on forever as disembodied brains in a vat.

Source: fusion

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Three potentially habitable worlds found around nearby ultracool dwarf star

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Astronomers using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star. The new results will be published in the journal Nature on 2 May 2016.

A team of astronomers led by Michaël Gillon, of the Institut d’Astrophysique et Géophysique at the University of Liège in Belgium, have used the Belgian TRAPPIST telescope to observe the star 2MASS J23062928-0502285 now also known as TRAPPIST-1. They found that this dim and cool star faded slightly at regular intervals, indicating that several objects were passing between the star and the Earth. Detailed analysis showed that three planets with similar sizes to the Earth were present.

TRAPPIST-1 is an ultracool dwarf star — it is much cooler and redder than the Sun and barely larger than Jupiter. Such stars are both very common in the Milky Way and very long-lived, but this is the first time that planets have been found around one of them. Despite being so close to the Earth, this star is too dim and too red to be seen with the naked eye or even visually with a large amateur telescope. It lies in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water Carrier).

Emmanuël Jehin, a co-author of the new study, is excited: “This really is a paradigm shift with regards to the planet population and the path towards finding life in the Universe. So far, the existence of such ‘red worlds’ orbiting ultra-cool dwarf stars was purely theoretical, butnow we have not just one lonely planet around such a faint red star but a complete system of three planets!”

Michaël Gillon, lead author of the paper presenting the discovery, explains the significance of the new findings: “Why are we trying to detect Earth-like planets around the smallest and coolest stars in the solar neighbourhood? The reason is simple: systems around these tiny stars are the only places where we can detect life on an Earth-sized exoplanet with our current technology. So if we want to find life elsewhere in the Universe, this is where we should start to look.”

Astronomers will search for signs of life by studying the effect that the atmosphere of a transiting planet has on the light reaching Earth. For Earth-sized planets orbiting most stars this tiny effect is swamped by the brilliance of the starlight. Only for the case of faint red ultra-cool dwarf stars — like TRAPPIST-1 — is this effect big enough to be detected.

Follow-up observations with larger telescopes, including the HAWK-I instrument on ESO’s 8-metre Very Large Telescope in Chile, have shown that the planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 have sizes very similar to that of Earth. Two of the planets have orbital periods of about 1.5 days and 2.4 days respectively, and the third planet has a less well determined period in the range 4.5 to 73 days.

“With such short orbital periods, the planets are between 20 and 100 times closer to their star than the Earth to the Sun. The structure of this planetary system is much more similar in scale to the system of Jupiter’s moons than to that of the Solar System,” explains Michaël Gillon.

Although they orbit very close to their host dwarf star, the inner two planets only receive four times and twice, respectively, the amount of radiation received by the Earth, because their star is much fainter than the Sun. That puts them closer to the star than the habitable zone for this system, although it is still possible that they possess habitable regions on their surfaces. The third, outer, planet’s orbit is not yet well known, but it probably receives less radiation than the Earth does, but maybe still enough to lie within the habitable zone.

“Thanks to several giant telescopes currently under construction, including ESO’s E-ELT and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope due to launch for 2018, we will soon be able to study the atmospheric composition of these planets and to explore them first for water, then for traces of biological activity. That’s a giant step in the search for life in the Universe,” concludes Julien de Wit, a co-author from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA.

This work opens up a new direction for exoplanet hunting, as around 15% of the stars near to the Sun are ultra-cool dwarf stars, and it also serves to highlight that the search for exoplanets has now entered the realm of potentially habitable cousins of the Earth. The TRAPPIST survey is a prototype for a more ambitious project called SPECULOOS that will be installed at ESO’s Paranal Observatory.

This article originally appeared at European Southern Observatory – ESO.

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Researchers Accidentally Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer

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Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery.

Instead of lithium, researchers at UC Irvine have used gold nanowires to store electricity, and have found that their system is able to far outlast traditional lithium battery construction. The Irvine team’s system cycled through 200,000 recharges without significant corrosion or decline.

However, they don’t exactly know why. The original idea of the experiment was to make a solid-state battery: one that uses an electrolyte gel, rather than liquid, to help hold charge. Liquid batteries, like the common lithium variety, are extremely combustible and sensitive to temperature. The Irvine team was experimenting by substituting a much thicker gel.

“We started to cycle the devices, and then realized that they weren’t going to die,” said Reginald Penner, a lead author of the paper. “We don’t understand the mechanism of that yet.”

Although you may have never cracked one open (we hope), most of the batteries in your gadgets contain liquid. Liquid is used in part because its conductivity allows flexible and partial charging and discharging. Finding highly conductive electrolyte gels has proven difficult.

gelThe Irvine battery technology uses a gold nanowire, no thicker than a bacterium, coated in manganese oxide and then protected by a layer of electrolyte gel. The gel interacts with the metal oxide coating to prevent corrosion. The longer the wire, the more surface area, and the more charge it can hold. Other researchers have been experimenting with nanowires for years, but the introduction of the protective gel separates UC Irvine’s work from other research.

“[The gel] does more than just hold the wire together. It actually seems to make the metal oxide softer and more fracture-resistant. It increases the fracture toughness of this metal oxide that is doing the charge storage,” Penner said.

Source: popsci

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

Clean Energy Is Worth Trillions

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Clean energy is the biggest economic opportunity the world has ever seen, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

Compared to the initial phase of the tech revolution, he added, clean energy offers far bigger rewards — with a value of many trillions of dollars and billions of potential customers.

But money aside, there’s a human cost to ignoring issues like rising sea levels, the harm to human health from burning coal, and disruptions to food and water supplies, Kerry told the audience at Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance conference.

“Unless we harness the power of the sun, the wind and the oceans, the consequences will be devastating,” he said.

In introductory remarks for the annual gathering, which draws attendees like the energy and mining ministers of Argentina and Chile, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed the importance of business investment in addressing climate change. “The single biggest reason the Paris [climate change] conference was successful was economics,” he said.

Renewable energy is a far better investment than fossil fuels, in both financial and social terms, both men said. The record $330 billion global investment in renewable energy last year makes it clear that “the world is already moving straight to the low-carbon world we need,” Kerry said. “The only question is will we get there fast enough.”

Citing the many issues tied to a changing climate, Kerry said that “what can seem like the cheapest energy in the short-term actually has insurmountable cost in the long-term.” To address this, Kerry called for government policy to account for the true costs of burning fossil fuels. While he did not directly propose a single policy to achieve this, he pointed to his own past support for a market to trade carbon, and to the Obama administration’s regulations to reduce pollution from power plants.

Kerry singled out politicians who deny that climate change is real for particular ridicule. The science on the issue is clear, and each of the last three decades has set a new record for the hottest 10 years on record.

“You’d think that people in positions of public responsibility would understand it.,” he said. “Politics — sheer politics — keeps them from admitting it.”

Despite resistance — the Supreme Court put the Obama’s administration’s signature climate regulation on hold in February — Kerry was optimistic that because it made clear economic sense, progress towards a low-carbon world would not be derailed by any single lawsuit or election.

Source: huffingtonpost

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Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.