Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 (almost) gone already? Whoa! Whiplash!

Year's end is, traditionally, a time for reflection, for looking both forward and back. I'll do the same here -- trying not to compile the kind of things you'll find on other sites. No blah-dy blah blah blah "Best of" or "Worst of" lists here!

Cool stuff ;-)
So what will you find? As in the image at left, cool stuff!

Chances are, we (the Universe, not any of us individually) have a long future ahead. To that end (sorry!), we'd all kinda like to know that the subatomic particles of which planets and people are made will continue to hang around. Hence, I'm happy about the recent finding that "Electron lifetime is at least 66,000 yottayears."

Life, the Universe, and everything
(Yotta? Per Wikipedia, "Yotta is the largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system, denoting a factor of 1024. Hence, a yottayear is a lotta years.)

Electrons may (beyond the capability of modern science to detect) have a finite lifetime, but some things evidently will never change. Like the selective reading abilities of too many aspiring writers. See "The Do’s and Don’ts of Manuscript Submissions: Please Read the Guidelines."

Akatsuki finds its way
But do we want change? Sometimes, we do. After a heartbreaking glitch, it was great to read that the Akatsuki space mission reaches Venus after five-year detour." Way to go, JAXA!

Just as it was great to see (and you probably did see this item already; it's just too smile-inducing not to mention)  "SpaceX Finally Manages to Land an Orbital Rocket Back on Earth." (Yes, Blue Origin pulled off its own soft landing a short while earlier. The two feats were not the same. Check out "Two Quick Illustrations to See How Badly SpaceX Beat Blue Origin.") Reusable launchers? That's gotta make spaceflight cheaper.

And for no better reason than ending the year's postings with a smile, don't miss "Keyboard Shortcuts for Novelists."

Happy New Year! See you back here in 2016!

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