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Like my main one, a big 4MB beauty I found at
Or this contrasting pair of African maps - colonized, and tribal

Here's a Future Map of North America, according to Gordon Michael Scallion, of Watch out for 2012...

Here's a clickable and zoomable map of the Moon...

Via updates in technology, we have an improved map of the Human Brain and a new 3-D map of Mars

Here's a very cool world map of Podcasters. Represent your feed!

Check out this cool map of UFO sites...

Here's a map of Central America and the Caribbean from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas...
Here'a a community area map of the greater Los Angeles megacity...

From the CIA, a 1.3 MB map of Iraq, and a 1.6 MB NIMA map of Baghdad, from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas...

Here's an 1805 allegorical map of "The Paths of Life" that outlines the different potential courses that a person's life can take...

"The United Countries of Baseball" shows the territories of the different American and National league teams...

The "Map of BCS Conferences" shows the names and locations of the college football teams that make up the different conferences, plus the Independent schools...

Additional Conferences: WAC, Conference USA, Mountain West, Sunbelt

A new high-resolution map of American per-capita CO2 emissions. It shows the amount of carbon dioxide produced in 100 square kilometer regions of the United States divided by the number of residents in that area. I'm using a much smaller version, but you can download the full eight megabyte ultra-high-resolution file here.

In honor of the Berlin...I mean, the Beijing Olympics. here's a pdf download Tiananmen Massacre map that points out the street locations and hospitals where the students died in and around the Square...

From the USGS, a real-time Earthquake Tracking Map for California and Nevada...

From Barry Cooper, narcotics interdiction expert, a Narcotics Interdiction Map showing the locations citizens are likely to encounter drug interdiction officers. Some officers are rated on their willingness to violate the 4th amendment...

From OurAmazingPlanet, here's a map of Earth's Atmosphere, which extends 200 miles out from the planet...

Here's a basic London Olympic Map with locations of the venues...

Sundown Lounge No. 358

See Tegan and Sara Backstage
YOU'RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes


See Tegan and Sara Backstage

Tegan and Sara have offered to give away two free meet and greet tickets to the Prismatic Tour this summer. If you want to meet the band, it's not too late to enter! Just go to

You can also increase your chances of winning by inviting your friends. But hurry! The contest closes on Friday, April 18th...

Tegan and Sara here.

Your voice is the strongest weapon for fighting injustice and standing up for the issues that matter most. That’s why voting is so important!

Did you know this year is an election year? Most Members of Congress are up for re-election, along with several state Governors across the country. We’re excited to join Rock the Vote to kick off the 2014 election season with two free meet and greet tickets to our upcoming tour with Katy Perry...


YOU'RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes…

Thursday, April 17th
Doors at 6:30pm
Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St.

$10 at the door.
If you sign-up to perform, get in for free.
Proceeds go to the future of YG2D.

There will be a set list of performers [guaranteed lovelies] to take up part of the night... & for this particular night, they arrrrrre:

Meg Anderson
Steven Gray
Jack Sevens
SB Stokes
Carrie Leilam Love
Jon Siegel

& featuring the special guest of the night:

Chris Chandler [accompanied by Cosmos John Elliott]

CHRIS CHANDLER is a thought-provoking and often-hilarious provocateur, described by the legendary storyteller Utah Phillips as “the best performance poet I’ve ever seen.”

He is celebrating his 25th year as a performance artist with a new anthology of his work entitled “Avoiding Godot.” He is an American Eisteddfod Laureate (2012) and has performed on thousands of tiny stages across the thin highways of fat America, Canada and the UK. Where-ever the rabble needs to be roused, you will find Chris Chandler working with such legendary figures as Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Mojo Nixon and Ani DiFranco. “This man is dangerous.” - The Washington Post

SIGNUPS will also be that night for anyone else. The list fills up quickly, so if you want to perform, you'd better get there early...

If you're going to perform, keep it under 5 MINUTES. That's right: 5 MINUTES. WE WILL TIME YOU. And we will hug you when we have to stop you [just to make it easier on you (or harder - depending on your propensity for intimacy)].


Scientists unlock the future of beer

Man-made yeasts could irreversibly change everything from the biofuel to the brewing industry. A team of geneticists led by Jef Boeke at Johns Hopkins University is genetically engineering a yeast from scratch, as part of the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project. They have designed and written a code made up of roughly 11 million letters of DNA—the As, Cs, Gs, and Ts that write the book of life—which they are synthesizing and subbing in for a yeast’s natural DNA.

To integrate their new chromosome, the researchers used the organism’s natural affinity for uptaking segments of DNA, slowly introducing chunks of it into a living yeast in an 11-part process. And as they reported today in the journal Science, their project is progressing splendidly. They have just finished their first phase, building and integrating an entire chromosome.

“Yeasts have 16 chromosomes, and we’ve just completed chromosome 3,” Boeke says. “Now it’s just a matter of money and time.”

Yeasts are one of nature’s great decomposers, found worldwide on places like rotting plants. They can ferment sugars into alcohol and bubbly carbon dioxide, and their importance in modern society can’t be understated. Your insulin injection, biofuel in your car—even your cold pint of beer owes its existence to these microbial alchemists. Finding ways to hack in and build synthetic yeast from scratch could change industries around the world.

“This is a tour-de-force in synthetic biology,” says James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University, who is not involved in the project. He says the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project “highlights our ever-expanding ability to modify and engineer DNA.”

Tinkering With Chromosomes

While there have been experiments to make entire synthetic life forms—including a 2010 project that replaced a bacteria’s DNA with a man-made carbon copy—Boeke’s project differs in two key ways. First, a bacteria has much smaller genome in a simple loop of DNA, while the much more complex yeast has distinct chromosomes. And unlike any previous experiment, Boeke and his colleagues are making significant changes to their organism’s DNA.

“On average, our chromosomes are 10 to 15 percent smaller. They’ve been downsized,” Boeke says.

The chromosomes, designed by undergraduates in a ‘Build-A-Genome’ course at Johns Hopkins, are trimmed versions of the natural ones, with a few additional changes. The researchers have cut what they believe are the redundant or unnecessary segments of code—so called ‘junk-DNA’—that are byproducts of the chaotic process of evolution.

“So what we’re doing is, in some sense, a risky business,” Boeke says. “There’s not a flag on each segment saying ‘this one’s not important’. It’s really a judgment call at a certain stage.” Luckily, yeasts, like fruit flies and mice, are one of the best-understood organisms in all biology, so the scientists relied on a huge genetic database to guide them. “But if we make a mistake, as we’ve found in some of our unpublished work, the penalty could be a dead yeast,” he says. “So we were pretty conservative.”

The researchers found their snips to the third chromosome had no apparent impact on the livelihood of their microbe—it lives and breeds as any other yeast would. “But we can’t completely predict the effect of all the changes we’re making,” Boeke says. For one thing, over the last few decades researchers have discovered that often what seems to be genetic junk is anything but. Lines of seemingly useless DNA can encode for important properties during periods of high stress—such as low temperature or food availability—and it’s possible that the researchers could have accidentally deleted genes that are occasionally beneficial.

But for the geneticists, that’s just fine. Any accidental deletion, or any change caused by their synthetic DNA, will help the researchers to understand how their code translates to their living organism. Boeke says that alone was his biggest impetus for this project—he sees his man-made yeast as a learning tool. However, this new technology has other researchers excited for different reasons.

The Beers of the Future?

The prospect of yeast-by-design is tantalizing for many researchers in industries, such as brewing and biofuel, that require yeasts for industrial purposes but are limited to the best that nature can offer.

“This could be absolutely groundbreaking,” says Chris Baugh, a former brewer and current research scientist at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. “I’m personally more excited about these [synthetic] yeasts than any other scientific advancement I see coming into the brewing industry.”

Baugh is speaking for himself here, he insists, and not for Sierra Nevada. Like many breweries, it sets its brewing standards based on traditional methods such as using only whole cone hops, and Baugh admits that any sort of modified yeast goes against that philosophy. But as a beer researcher, he’s got plenty of reason to get excited.

“It depends on what style of beer you’re brewing, but I would say the yeast is responsible for at least half that flavor, though less so in beers like IPAs where the yeast’s flavor can be overpowered by hops,” he says. “Right now, the issue brewers face is that a lot of yeasts will produce these amazing flavors, but they may not ferment right”—for example, they’ll produce too low of an alcohol level, he says. “But if you could tailor-make your yeasts, with the understanding of what genes code for the different flavor molecules, well, that opens the doors to the mass production of beer with totally untasted characteristics.”

Because the public has been wary of GMO foods, Baugh says we’ll probably see synthetic yeasts in biofuels long before we see them in the beers of the future. “The corn ethanol industry will be very excited about this. Their entire feedstock is already GMO, so there’s no concern about using GMO yeasts.” The science is here, Baugh says, and Synthetic Yeast 2.0 is proof. “There’s nothing stopping this technology from advancing—the question is which industries are going to step forward and accept it.”

Scientists discover mechanism that could regrow damaged nerves

Spinal cord injuries are currently irreparable. Most people who suffer from such an injury never fully recover, and many end up with partial or even full paralysis. Although we’ve made great strides in understanding how spinal injuries damage nerves and how we might fix the spinal cord in the future, and even how those patients can cope in the meantime, we still don’t know how to repair the nerves themselves when such an injury occurs. However, scientists at Imperial College London have recently discovered a mechanism that allows them to repair, and even regenerate, nerves in the central nervous system after a spinal cord injury.

The research team started by studying the peripheral nervous system (which controls the nerves not associated with the brain and spinal cord). The PNS will actually grow back about 30% of its nerves when damaged, allowing the return of some feeling and movement in those parts of the body. Because the central nervous system (CNS) doesn’t do this, the researchers wanted to understand the process in the PNS and see if they couldn’t also use that process on the CNS. By studying mouse models and cells, they compared the two responses. They discovered that the PNS has chemical processes that signal and jumpstart new nerve growth and that a protein called P300/CBP-associated factor, or PCAF, triggers this process.

The next test of the team’s discovery was to inject PCAF into mice with damaged central nervous systems. The results were promising: these mice had an increased number of nerve cells that grew back. This means that there is now a potential for growing back nerves in the central nervous system, even after a spinal cord injury. Obviously, this research is still in its early stages. The next step will be to attempt recovering movement to the mice that received the PCAF treatment. If that’s successful, the idea is to create a drug that can trigger this mechanism in humans, eventually leading to clinical trials.

New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery.

Called electrochemically mediated seawater desalination (EMSD) this technique has improved upon the current water desalination method.

Richard Cooks, chemistry professor at the University of Austin said : “The availability of water for drinking and crop irrigation is one of the most basic requirements for maintaining and improving human health.”

Cooks continued: “Seawater desalination is one way to address this need, but most current methods for desalinating water rely on expensive and easily contaminated membranes. The membrane-free method we’ve developed still needs to be refined and scaled up, but if we can succeed at that, then one day it might be possible to provide fresh water on a massive scale using a simple, even portable, system.”

Kyle Krust, lead author of the study said: “We’ve made comparable performance improvements while developing other applications based on the formation of an ion depletion zone. That suggests that 99 percent desalination is not beyond our reach.”

This “water chip” method “could bring relief to millions around the globe who lack potable water.”

This method “is much simpler and consumes less energy than other forms of desalination.”

Crooks explained : “To achieve desalination, the researchers apply a small voltage (3.0 volts) to a plastic chip filled with seawater. The chip contains a microchannel with two branches. At the junction of the channel an embedded electrode neutralizes some of the chloride ions in seawater to create an ‘ion depletion zone’ that increases the local electric field compared with the rest of the channel. This change in the electric field is sufficient to redirect salts into one branch, allowing desalinated water to pass through the other branch.”

The Ion depletion zone prevents salt from passing through which creates fresh water out of salt water.

An estimated 780 million people across the globe do not have access to drinkable water. Of those estimated, 345 million reside in Africa.

There is an estimated 366 million, trillion gallons of water on planet Earth. That number appears to be fixed, according to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Program (HIP).

The HIP are a UN program system devoted to researching and finding natural water resources and managing those resources found. While the UN is well aware that the necessity of water as a vital source for life means the retention of power over all life, they are well into their schemes to develop global governance over all sources of fresh, clean water.

The IPCC document HS 15332 Climate Change Impacts: Securitization of Water, Food, Soil, Health, Energy and Migration explains how the UN plans to secure resources to use at their disposal.

Through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under-developed countries are forced to sell their resources to the global Elite as “full cost recovery” to the global central bankers.

Once those resources are under the complete control of the IMF they become assets to be reallocated back to the enslaved nations for a price.

This scheme makes water sources under central privatization cost more and become less accessible to those who desperately need it. Water prices rise while the quality of it diminishes.

This forces natives in places like South Africa and India to collect water from polluted streams and rivers, which compromises their health. The cycle in complete when those who had their water stolen from them through coercion die from contaminated water that they were forced to use.

At the High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (ICWC) conference , entitled “Water in the Anthropocene” states that humanity’s impact on freshwater resources were assessed and it was determined that a 3rd of the estimated 7 billion people on earth have limited access to clean water.

Millions if individual local humans affect the regional, continental and global water cycles which facilitates a drastic shortage and untold damage of aquatic ecosystems.

The document stated: “In the short span of one or two generations, the majority of the nine billion people on Earth will be living under the handicap of severe pressure on fresh water.”

Human populations utilize water resources the equivalent of the size of South Africa to tend to the needs of crops. Another Africa-sized amount of water is used on the care of livestock.

Fresh water makes up 2.5% of the total water supplies across the planet. It is estimated that 70% of it is snow and ice-pack.

The document says that because of the impact of man on the planet, the earth’s chemistry and climate have been altered which has evidenced itself in the measureable hydrological cycles of the planet.

This obviously unsustainable course is causing the contamination of our fresh water supply.

UN-Water, a non-governmental organization (NGO), controlled by UNESCO, published the 4th edition of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR4) in 2012.

In this report, the world’s freshwater resources were analyzed. Internationally controlled infrastructure was recommended to save those resources from being depleted.

Research data shows that nearly 1 billion people are using finite water resources. Therein lay a portion of the problem.

Sundown Lounge No. 357.5

Not This Week, except for...


Here's a poem Adam Watson posted up at Facebook in Feb.

I lost track of the original message that went with it, a month passed, and mea culpa. To make up I'm sharing the poem here, and I'll keep it up for today, if Adam would like...

Here's how it begins; click it to read the full...


Sundown Lounge No. 357

Bay Area Generations #7
Jenene Ravesloot @ "the Cafe Gallery"
Eva Lin, Drew Torres, Lauren O'Brien, Roland Ramos & 2nd Chance For Liars at NMP
Nicholas Barron - New Chicago Blues and Soul
Tony Fitzpatrick - The Secret Birds


Bay Area Generations (a reading for the ages) #7

On Monday, March 24, 2014, Bay Area Generations will present the following readers at Reader Bookstore in Fort Mason.

Margot Rudell + Stephen Kopel
Gina Goldblatt + Brenda Usher-Carpino
Charlene Caruso + RJ Ingram
Paul Corman-Roberts + John Panzer

Plus a surprise musical guest TBA.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 sharp. As usual, Bay Area Generations will request a $5.00 donation with no one turned away for lack of funds. There will be wine and snacks available on a donation basis as well.

This edition of Bay Area Generations is curated by co-founders Charles Kruger + Sandra Wassilie and guest curator Fred Dodsworth.


Jenene Ravesloot @ "the Cafe Gallery"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00pm until 9:00pm CST

Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, March 26th 2014 for our open mic with the Jenene Ravesloot feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time at - or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.


Kipp Elbaum, David Tanner, and Carrie Long... with DJ Mitch Evans Distefano and Alison AttheDoor... present the rockinest stripped down acoustic and balls to the wall future folk noise Wednesday Nite!!

Here are the deets:

Wednesday March 26th at 8pm
at The No Malice Palace !
197 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-9184

***no cover! FREE!!***

Acts include:

Eva Lin

Drew Torres

Lauren OBrien

Feminist punk poetry rock comedy hybrid for the new millennium, Lauren O’Brien, is “fierce, fearless, and a force to be reckoned with,” according to MPress Records CEO Rachael Sage. Lauren has recorded two studio albums: Inconsequential Dream & Panic, and is a two-time winner of a New Century Music Award. She is constantly evolving: from performing leading roles with experimental theatre troupe Terra Incognita, to creating award winning spoken word tracks, to blowing the doors off NYC’s busiest rock clubs... "Lauren O’Brien takes her fans from the spoken word onto a circus ride through never never land, then kicks their rocknroll ass all over town before she heals them with love's cascade. And if you hang out with her after the show, who knows where you’ll end up….” - David Tanner GNYC

Roland Ramos is an arts organizer who finds his inspiration from his travels setting up art exhibitions in diffferent cities throughout the world and working with local arts groups. Roland lives in Jersey City and has way too much fun!

2nd Chances For Liars

DJ Mitch Evans Distefano will be supporting as soundman, playing some songs with Lauren O'Brien *and* spinning after the live acts!! Triple Threat!

See you there!


Nicholas Barron - New Chicago Blues and Soul

Sunday, March 30
at 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 826-2402

Nicholas Barron is a highly celebrated chicago singer-songwriter. James Taylor called him "undeniable" when he introduced him as the launch artist for the New York Times emerging artists series @joes pub in NYC. Wayne jackson of the Memphis horns says he's the real deal! He's got a rare voice and totally authentic guitar style and sounds like a whole band by himself!

Nicholas has opened for Al Green, Buddy Guy, BB king, John Martyn, Shawn Colvin, Charlie Hunter, The Meters, Maceo Parker, Johnny Cash, Joan Armatrading and many more!

$10-$15 suggested door


Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds

Friday, April 4
at 7:00pm - 10:00pm

AdventureLand Works On Paper
1513 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622


​Myth That 10,000 Hours Of Practice Can Turn Anyone Into Expert Has Been Debunked

Can you become an expert at anything with 10,000 hours of practice? The widely touted theory, highlighted in a 1993 psychology paper and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, says that anyone can master a skill with 10,000 hours of practice. There’s even a Macklemore song about it, so that makes it real.

Scientists, however, remain skeptical. A recent study by a group of psychologists from five universities, rebuffs Gladwell’s wisdom. Different levels of deliberate practice can only explain one third of the variation in performance levels in chess players and musicians, the authors found, “leaving the majority of the reliable variance unexplained and potentially explainable by other factors.” In other words, practice is great! But practice alone won’t make you Yo Yo Ma. It could also have to do with personality, the age you started, intelligence, or something else entirely.

The psychologists reanalyzed data from six previous studies of chess competitions (1,083 subjects in total) and eight studies of musicians (628 total) for correlations between practice and success, and found huge disparities in how much chess grandmasters and elite musicians had practiced. One chess player, for example, had taken 26 years to reach a level that another reached in a mere two years. Clearly, there’s more at work than just the sheer volume of hours practiced, the study (and a similar one by the same authors published in May) argues. “The evidence is quite clear that some people do reach an elite level of performance without copious practice, while other people fail to do so despite copious practice,” according to the researchers. K. Anders Ericsson, the scholar whose 1993 paper Gladwell cited, publicly disagreed with these findings, arguing that his critics had examined too many beginners rather than expert performers.

However, Ericsson–among others–has called the specifics of Gladwell’s version of the theory into question, and Gladwell has caught plenty of flack recently over inaccuracies in his books.

So, if your childhood music lessons never turned into a concert orchestra gig, rest assured: It’s probably not just that you didn’t practice enough. Thank your innate lack of talent!

Revolutionary Solar-Powered Toilet

More than a quarter of all people—some 2.5 billion humans—still lack access to basic sanitation services. But thanks to this revolutionary solar-powered toilet, even the most remote throws of civilization will be granted both a safe place to poop and a means of turning their business into brown gold.

Developed by a team of researchers at Colorado University at Boulder led by Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering, this self-contained waterless toilet uses the Sun's energy to sterilize solid human waste and transform it into biochar, a porous charcoal that makes for excellent fertilizer and soil amendment. In fact, soil mixes with at least 10 percent biochar can hold up to 50 percent more water, reducing water requirements and improving yields. It can also be used as a fuel source, providing the same energy characteristics as commercial charcoal—though you'd have to imagine the smell would be quite shitty.

"Biochar is a valuable material," Linden said in a press release. "It has good water holding capacity and it can be used in agricultural areas to hold in nutrients and bring more stability to the soils."

Just like other solar thermal systems, such as the Ivanpaugh power plant in TK, this toilet concentrates the Sun's energy onto a quartz-glass rod the size of a postage stamp using eight overhead parabolic mirrors. This quartz rod then transfers the heat energy (roughly 700 watts of it) through a bundle of eight fiber-optic cables into the reaction chamber, heating it to more than 600 degrees F. That's high enough to not only sterilize the waste but also convert the solid bits into biochar.

This prototype was built with an initial $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," as well as a secondary $1 million grant, again from the Gates Foundation, enabling the dozen-member research team to work full time on the project. As it is, the toilet can accommodate four to six people's bowel movements per day. However, the team hopes to develop a larger, multi-family design—one that would cost just five cents a day (per person) to operate.

Would You Customize Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favor of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from three donors, not the usual two, is used to create a fetus—and has once again stirred the pot of reproductive controversy. So where exactly is the line between prenatal treatments and eugenic experiments?

Granted, the IVF procedure is being developed in order to prevent debilitating hereditary diseases from mother to child and could, theoretically, be used to wipe out these genetic scourges the same way we did Polio—which is good for everybody. At the same time, what's to stop us from adding more and more donors until we're simply picking the most desired traits at will and not so much making new life but literally constructing it? If you learned that your potential child would likely suffer from an incurable hereditary disease would you be willing to add a third genetic donor to prevent that? What about if you found out your child would be a ginger, would you add a third donor to prevent that? It's a slippery slope.

Sundown Lounge No. 356

March Music Connection
Jamie Lynn Fletcher
Words As Works/Punk Hostage Press at Pegasus Books
Tom Roby @ "the Cafe Gallery,"
Raw Feed @ Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing
Lair'z St. Patrix Birthdaze
G.P.A. & Roberta Miles @ Waiting 4 the Bus - Special guest host Robin Fine



Dear Music Beauties!

A couple of fun gigs this weekend, so come on out for some warmth and playtime!

Groove Master Bassist Justin Zopel and I be jammin' from 7-10:30 p.m. at A's Restaurant in De Pere on Saturday night. Don't let the weather keep you from your favorite sing-a-long tunes! Come play!

Sunday brings the fantastic Arti-Gras Festival at Shopko Hall in Green Bay next to Lambeau Field and your favorite recently-tanned cheddarhead pianist be yodeling (okay, singing) from 1 - 5 p.m. for this art event extrodinaire! Not to be missed (the art, of course)!


Words As Works/Punk Hostage Press at Pegasus Books

An opportunity to hear the latest and upcoming authors from Punk Hostage Press read their work, meet them and purchase signed copies in person as well as support one of the bookstores in the bay area that has been supportive of Punk Hostage Press / Words As Works since the beginning, Pegasus On Shattuck.

Hosted by co-founder of Words As Works / Punk Hostage Press, A. RAZOR


Tom Roby @ "the Cafe Gallery"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, March 12th 2014 for our open mic with the Tom Roby feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time at - or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.


Raw Feed @ Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing

An Open Mic Variety Show Hosted by Chicago Poet Elizabeth Harper and Rich Experience

Open mic night for poetry, music, comedy, performance art, literary experiments, and whatever you can come up with. Push the envelope; hurt me with your weirdness. We welcome the cerebral, the obscene, the grotesque, the random, the perverted, the odd, the comforting, and the disconcerting. We request donations for the featured performers.

The next show on March 12, 2014 will feature Spoken Word/ Improv Electronica combo Raw Feed. The theme for the open mic will be "It' s My Party and I'll Kill Who I Want To."

Elizabeth Harper has read her poetry at various Chicago venues including Phyllis’ Musical Inn, Trace, Jaks Tap, Weeds, and others. Her two books of poetry are Love Songs from Psychopaths and Fairy Tales Gone Awry. Rich Experience is an insane Chicago musician with a keytar filled with happy cheese.

Phyllis' Musical Inn is near the Division Blue Line stop
and # 70 Division, #9 Ashland, and #50 Damen bus stops.

Next show is Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10 pm


Lair'z St. Patrix Birthdaze

The Mutiny Chicago
2428 N Western Ave, Chicago

Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:00pm until 2:00am in CDT

Celebrate St. Patrix and Lair's Birthdaze Showcase with comix, Darren Marshall and Kate Cullan along with Lisa Lightning, Ziggy 2000 from Stardust The David Bowie Tribute Band, Futuristic Dragon (T-Rex Tribute),Downhole , Fornication Station and Hamsterdam FREE SHOW 21+ w/ID


G.P.A. and Roberta Miles are Waiting 4 the Bus +open mic

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar, 901 W. Jackson, Chicago

Monday, March 17, 2014

7:30pm in CDT

Come on out for a night of Naughty Narratives as W4tB gets invaded by a pair of Storytelling features

Open mic sign up is at 7:30 pm
Show time is from 8-10pm
Special guest host Robin Fine

We do request a donation for the feature
We do not charge a cover
The food is great
The beer selection awesome
And the poetry ever so lovingly crafted for your enjoyment


​Autonomous drones flock like birds

The first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock has been created by Hungarian researchers. The team watched as the ten autonomous robots took to the air in a field outside Budapest, zipping through the open sky, flying in formation or even following a leader, all without any central control.

The aircraft, called quadcopters because they have four rotors, navigate using signals from Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, communicate their positions to one another via radio and compute their own flight plans. They were created by a team of scientists led by Tamás Vicsek, a physicist at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

“This is remarkable work,” says Iain Couzin, who studies collective animal behaviour at Princeton University in New Jersey. “It is the first outdoor demonstration of how biologically inspired rules can be used to create resilient yet dynamic flocks. [It suggests] we will be able to achieve large, coordinated robot flocks much sooner than many would have anticipated.”

Drones are typically designed to fly alone, and although other research groups have created flocks before, Vicsek says that those attempts involved cutting some corners — the copters were restricted to indoor arenas or controlled by a central computer.

According to Vicsek, the only other truly autonomous drone flock was created in 2011 by robotics researcher Dario Floreano at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne1. But his machines were fixed-wing fliers that could move only at constant speeds and had to fly at different heights to avoid collisions. “It looked like a swarm but wasn’t a real one because they didn’t interact with one another,” says Vicsek. By contrast, his drones can coordinate their movements to form rotating rings or straight lines. If Vicsek tells them that they face a wall with a gap in it, they can queue up to squeeze through.

Vicsek and his team drew inspiration from a computer program called Boids, created in 1986 by Craig Reynolds, a computer graphics expert now at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Reynolds simulated virtual flying objects that move according to three rules — they match the average direction of their neighbours and move towards them, but keep a distance to avoid crowding.

These rules — alignment, attraction, repulsion — were enough to produce a computer simulation of a bird-like flock, but real fliers face other problems. “The big enemies are noise and delay,” says Vicsek. The GPS (Global Positioning System) signals are very noisy, so it is hard for the copters to accurately discern their position. The fliers also need time to receive and process those signals, and these lags mean the drones often get too close to one another or overshoot their mark.

The drones did not flock successfully until the team managed to speed up their reaction times — a challenge that Floreano and his team also had to overcome. Vicsek and his team submitted their results as a presentation at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, to be held next September in Chicago, Illinois.

For now, the drones communicate among themselves via radio, but that sometimes leads to jammed signals. Fitting them with cameras might provide a workaround. “It’s not by chance that birds have very good vision,” says Vicsek. “The big next step is to make the copters see each other.”

Microgrids will soon make large electrical grids obsolete

The head of America’s second-largest power company, David Crane, said microgrids will soon phase out large centralized electrical grids making the industry’s current business model obsolete.

Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy, said as solar power, wind power and energy storage grow more efficient, and as more American homes also come to rely on cheap natural gas, energy customers will switch from buying power to generating their own through “microgrids” – perhaps in as little as 30 years.

“There will come a day, in a generation or so, when the grid is at best an antiquated system to a completely different way of buying electricity,” he said Tuesday during a panel discussion before a crowd of hundreds at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit outside Washington, D.C.

“Everyone just stop a moment and think how shockingly stupid it is to build a 21st-century electric system based on a system of 130 million wooden poles,” he said. “Stop trying to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, and start talking about, ‘How do we get rid of the grid?’”

The statements were not purely altruistic – NRG plans to roll out a microgrid generator, dubbed the Beacon 10, early next year, Crane said. Able to pump out 10 kilowatts via a building’s gas line, the generator will not only provide enough power to supply a large house, but also give off heat to warm up showers, sinks, pools or the building itself.

What did raise eyebrows, though, was Crane’s projected timeline. While there’s some consensus among energy experts that a “huge movement to decentralized grids will take place,” in the words of University of California, Berkeley, energy professor Daniel Kammen, it’s happening in just three decades is far less certain.

“I have to say that’s naive,” says James Kirtley, a professor of electrical engineering at MIT. “It’s very highly unlikely that we will at any point in the foreseeable future be able to get rid of the baseload [electricity] generation that will be produced in central stations. Within a generation – that’s simply not going to happen.”

Kammen agreed.

“Central grids are still very useful – the system backbone,” he says. “David Crane maybe right in spirit, but not in substance.”

The economies of scale, alone, combined with low energy prices, are intensely difficult to overcome: While residents may save some money through cogeneration – heating and powering their homes through a gas line, while largely eliminating their need for an outside electrical line – the price of purchasing the microgrid generator, and then maintaining it, will still far outstrip their regular utility bills.

“It’s hard for me to imagine houses with gas-fired turbines in their basement being competitive with the typical price of large-scale generation as we have it today,” says Ross Baldick, energy professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “In Europe, where energy prices are very high, it might make sense. In the U.S., where we have [mostly] low energy prices, I would guess it would be hard to justify.”

Others, though, were far more confident – most notably Robert Hebner, director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. Speaking one week after hosting a microgrid conference – what he dubbed a “rodeo” – he says the country’s movement toward microgrids was not merely past a tipping point, but “already gone over a hill, and rolling.”

In fact, just as “the smartphone did for telecommunications,” the “microgrid is absolutely the killer app for the [centralized] grid,” he says.

“Places like Nome, Alaska, have always been on a microgrid, or places like the Virgin Islands. It’s not like it’s a new thing,” Hebner argues, pointing to one estimate that microgrids will start coming online in earnest within a decade. “I think we’re just crossing off the list of low-hanging fruit where it makes sense to do it today [to install microgrids], and the technology keeps getting better, and that list keeps growing.”

In fact, NRG, which officially unveiled the world’s largest solar plant in California last week, has built microgrids at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey, on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands and in Haiti.

Energy storage for the solar and wind systems remain a challenge – “the battery costs, the storage costs are killing us,” Crane said. Yet he remained upbeat.

“There are already 40 million American homes that are tied to natural gas systems,” he said. “All those 40 million American homes need is an electric gizmo in the basement that turns natural gas in to electricity and you’re done. You tell your electric company to go jump in the lake.”

Richard Lester, who is head of MIT’s department of nuclear science and engineering and joined Crane on stage Tuesday, urged energy companies to brace themselves.

“The electricity industry over the next 20 years is going to be looking at changes the scale of which we haven’t seen in this industry for 100 years,” he said.

Four women with transplanted wombs are trying to get pregnant with IVF

Four women who underwent womb transplants have received embryos in an attempt to get pregnant, according to Swedish doctors. The women are the recipients of wombs from their mothers or other relatives, as part of an experiment to see whether a womb transplant can yield a successful pregnancy. The embryos are the result of in vitro fertilization before the women had their transplants.

In January, the same team of doctors successfully transplanted wombs into nine women in their thirties who were either born without a uterus or had it removed for health reasons. Other research groups are attempting similar surgeries to see if transplanted wombs could help these women have children. So far no womb transplants have resulted in a birth.

The researchers do not expect every woman to carry to term, but are hopeful that a few will give birth.

Photo credit: Telegraph

Sundown Lounge No. 355

Elizabeth Marino @ "the Cafe Gallery"
Bill Yarrow @ AWP Bookfair


Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, February 26th 2014 for our open mic with the Elizabeth Marino feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time at - or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.


AWP Bookfair signing: Bill Yarrow, author of "The Lice of Christ"

Washington State Convention & Trade Center
800 Convention Place, Seattle

Bill Yarrow will be in Seattle at the Bookfair of the Conference of the Association of Writers' Programs 2014 to sign copies of the newly-released MadHat Press book, "The Lice of Christ" on Friday, February 28th from 11 am – 12 pm.

MadHat Press is a subsidiary of MadHat, Inc., publishers of MadHat Annual (formerly Mad Hatters' Review). Come find us, and meet Bill, at table J19!


"A HOME BRINGING FOR AMIRI": A celebration of the life and livingness of Amiri Baraka

Sunday, March 2, 2014


The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, San Francisco

Over 25 poets and musicians will gather to proclaim the livingness of Amiri Baraka's life and legacy: performers include: poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, devorah major; Alejandro Murguia, Michael Warr; Diane DiPrima; Ramu; D. Scot Miller, Jack Hirschman; Dottie Payne; Agneta Falk, David Meltzer, ...and many more..Musician/singers include: Nic Bearde; Jorge Molina, Rado and Lela and Jardn De Voz; Destiny Muhammad; Keenan Webster; Geroge Long; David Bullers and company; Colin O'Leary...I mean WOW! WOW!!


JOIN US!! in an evening of artistic affirmation of the African belief that no one ever dies as long as there are those among the living to remember them.


This is a FREE EVENT co-sponsored by ArtInternationale! Gallery and Art Lounge, the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and the Emerald Tablet-- All are welcome!!


THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AR THE EMERALD TABLET--80 Fresno Street--behind the Saloon and across the street from Cafe Trieste in North Beach. Come prepared to CELEBRATE!!


​Instant skin graft spray gun offers new treatment for burn victims

Doctor Jörg Gerlach, of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has created a prototype medical device that literally sprays skin cells onto burn victims to re-grow skin.

Once grafts took weeks, but now the skin gun does the work in under two hours and the burns heal within days. It has successfully treated over a dozen patients so far.

Doctor Gerlach has discovered a method which regenerates healthy skin stem cells from the victim and sprays it on the burned skin.

How the skin gun works in three stages. The operation takes about about 90 minutes to spray on the new skin and the healing takes days rather than weeks

Though scientists have been able to regenerate sheets of skin for decades, it is a lengthy process and the resulting skin is extremely fragile.

Patients are open to dangerous infections as they heal and some burns victims can die while they are waiting, even with the right care and dressing.

The stem cell shooting spray gun treats the skin in 90 minutes and reduces healing time to days.

Stem cells are known for their ability to renew themselves and act as a repair system for the body.

Dr Steven Wolf, of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio said: ‘The standard techniques we have now takes weeks and months and people can die while waiting for the skin to heal.

‘So if we can find a way to get as much normal healthy skin as we want within a week – well that is the holy grail of burn surgery.’

It works by isolating stem cells from healthy parts of the patient’s skin and adding them to a solution which is prepared for spraying.

The cells are then applied to the damaged area via a spray mechanism.

Matthew Uram, a state police officer from Pennsylvania, was one of the first people to be treated by the gun after he received severe second degree burns after attending a friend’s July 5th party.

While he was standing next to the bonfire, someone threw a cup of gasoline over it and the flames leapt onto his body.

He said: ‘The worst part was my face. The whole right side of my face – my ear, my neck, my shoulder and the entire top part of my arm.

‘The arm kinda looked like a piece of char grilled meat, like a hot dog that was left on the grill for too long.’

The doctors told Mr Uram he was a candidate for the new procedure and asked him if he would be interested.

He said: ‘It looked like a gun from Star Wars or something. But I agreed.’

Four days after the stem cell spray treatment, his skin was completely healed.

Doctor Gerlach said: ‘It is like a paint sprayer but you need a more sophisticated, computer-controlled device.

We isolate the stem cells from the healthy part of the skin which can be taken in a water solution and is then prepared for cell spraying.

‘It takes one and a half hours to take the biopsy, to isolate the cells and to spray the cells.’

Mr Uram’s skin is now completely healed with no obvious signs he was ever burned.

He said: ‘They did the procedure on a Friday and my follow up was a Monday and the burns unit said it was completely healed.’

The cell spray gun will be featured on the National Geographic Channel’s How to Build a Beating Heart, which will be shown on Monday February 7.

The program delves into the science of tissue engineering and shows how scientists are beginning to harness the body’s natural powers to grow skin, muscle, body parts and vital organs, even hearts.

​New 3D printed materials lighter than water and as strong as steel

A Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair using precision lasers. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making.

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, led by Jens Bauer, believe such 3D printers may help craft a new generation of materials lighter than water and strong as steel.

Today, the sturdiest materials tend to be the densest (like metals), and the least dense materials tend to be the weakest (like foams). Ideally, materials are both lightweight and strong. A rocket’s skin, for example, needs to contain a column of super-pressurized fuel and at the same time weigh as little as possible.

As it turns out, some of the strongest, least dense materials aren’t manmade at all—they’re naturally occurring. Wood and bone, for instance, are both strong and light. The reason? On molecular scales, they’re riddled with holes.

Like arches in the Roman Coliseum, the shape of all those tiny spaces maximizes strength and minimizes material. The resulting structures are, of course, immensely useful. Bird bones, for example, are strong enough to support muscles and ligaments and, at the same time, lightweight enough to permit flight.

Although bone and wood are already strong and light, nature’s design can be refined. Inspired by organic materials, Bauer and his team set out to build the strongest, lightest materials they could.

But how to build the equivalent of Roman arches into a material on near-molecular scales? Previously, there was no answer. Now, there’s the Nanoscribe 3D printer.

The printer’s mirror-focused laser shines on and hardens a droplet of liquid plastic on a slide. A computer moves the plate under the laser, selectively hardening it, layer by layer, to match a digital 3D model. Once complete, the excess liquid is washed away, leaving a pristine structure—with features a few millionths of a meter across.

The team experimented with a number of structural patterns, and to further strengthen the polymer, they coated it with a thin film of alumina (aluminum oxide). The best configuration, a honeycomb lattice with a 50 nanometer coat of alumina, is less dense than water—that is, it would float—and as strong as some steel alloys. (See video of their experimentation at the bottom.)

Such materials would not have been possible even a few years ago. Microscale 3D printing is still new, but it’s quickly progressing. In 2012, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology 3D printed a race car and cathedral smaller than a dust mite. A year later, Nanoscribe printed models of about the same size, only four times faster.

Though there isn’t yet a good way to cheaply scale the process up to an industrial level, it’s a fascinating peek into a future where information technologies may direct the fabrication of amazing new “microarchitectural” materials. And indeed, it may not be the only new computer-enabled approach to materials research.

In a recent article, Scientific American predicted supercomputers “will yield a Golden Age of materials science.” The article went on to note that the powerful modeling capabilities of supercomputers and the principles of quantum mechanics are together allowing scientists to build virtual materials atom by atom.

Whereas, in the past, researchers had to go through a laborious, sometimes decades-long process of trial and error, such “high-throughput materials design” would sort through hundreds or thousands of theoretical materials, cherry picking the ones with the most promising properties before ever conducting an experiment.

Our world relies heavily on useful materials, from the filament in a light bulb to the silicon in a computer chip. Whether we 3D print them or assemble and sort the vast possible molecular permutations by supercomputer—or both—the discovery and implementation of new super materials may soon kick into high gear.

Sundown Lounge No. 354

Rabbit Heart 2014 Poetry Film Festival
Larry Janowski Birthday Extravaganza
Tony Fitzpatrck and Heather Wilcoxon @ Jack Fischer Gallery
Marianne Schaefer @ "the Cafe Gallery"
Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing featuring Dana Jerman
Excited Utterance: Winter What-Have-You's
Lyrics & Dirges in February is for Lit Lovers


Rabbit Heart 2014 Poetry Film Festival

Presented by Doublebunny Press and based out of Worcester, MA

This film festival is about bringing together poetry and the visual arts at the intersection of film.** Anyone can make a video of a poet reading a poem, but that’s not what Rabbit Heart is looking for. What we’re looking for is what you can do visually with a poem, without showing performance.*** Use the poem as your soundtrack, add sound effects and music if you’d like, and let that be your springboard for what happens visually – show, don’t tell, and do it up hella good.

You will be rewarded for awesome work! Yes, really! Rabbit Heart will be awarding prizes! Best Overall Picture will win $200, and there will be $100 prizes in categories for Best Animation, Best Music in a Video, Phone Shot, Under 1 Minute, and Valentine.

For all the details, please check out their submissions page.

Submissions will remain open until June 1, 2014.


The Larry Janowski Birthday Poetry Extravaganza

Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:00pm until 9:00pm in CST

Powell's Bookstore 1218 S Halsted St Chicago

Come on out to Powell's to help us celebrate 70 years of one of Chicago's finest poets.

featured readers:
Albert DeGenova
Chris Green
Chris Gallinari
Barbara Perry
Nina Corwin
Bonnie Summers
Jan Botigleri
Patricia McMillen
Buddha 309
Esteban Colon
Tom Roby

and of course Larry Janowski

show time is at 7pm from the back room at Powell's in University Village.


"Winter Work" - Tony Fitzpatrck and Heather Wilcoxon @ Jack Fischer Gallery

Jack Fischer Gallery
311 Potrero Ave, San Francisco

Sat. 2/8, opening reception 4:00pm until 7:00pm


Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, February 12th 2014 for our open mic with the Marianne Schaefer feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time at - or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.


Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing
Open Mic Night
2nd Wednesday of the Month, 10 pm
Phyllis' Musical Inn
1800 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

An Open Mic Variety Show Hosted by Chicago Poet Elizabeth Harper and Rich Experience

Open mic night for poetry, music, comedy, performance art, literary experiments, and whatever you can come up with. Push the envelope; hurt me with your weirdness. We welcome the cerebral, the obscene, the grotesque, the random, the perverted, the odd, the comforting, and the disconcerting. We request donations for the featured performers.

The next show on February 12, 2014 will feature poet Dana Jerman. The theme for the open mic will be "Sweet-Talkers and Heartbreakers."

Born in the dawn of a western Pennsylvania spring to a Secretary and a Salesman, Dana Jerman has been published multiple times online and in print in the US and abroad. She considers herself to be a strictly short form writer and also enjoys writing triolet, haiku and tanka.

By way of an artist statement, Dana likes to use writing as a way of re-appropriating memories to create an alternate history or a loose space for magic featuring primarily a configuration of varied voices of spectators as the spectacle.

Mostly though, she writes about love.

Her self-published chapbook Briefly,The Heart remains available at She keeps a blog updated once a month of writing and visuals:



The Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 6:00pm

I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR WHORE [love songs for Billy Corgan] is a poetry chapbook by Alexandra Naughton published by Punk Hostage Press. Come join us for an evening of partying and poetry.

Guest readers include: Brandon Brown, Amy Berkowitz, Jesse Prado, Cassandra Dallett, and Zarina Zabrisky.


Excited Utterance: Winter What-Have-You's

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 7:00pm until 9:00pm in CST

Uncommon Ground, 3800 North Clark Street, Chicago

Excited Utterance is the brainchild of poet, educator, journalist, singer and songwriter, Larry O. Dean. A longtime presence on the spoken word circuit, Dean is no stranger to hosting such occasions, having done so as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, while living in San Francisco, and during his tenure in Chicago, including two "mega-readings" during the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in 2009 and 2012. Organizing such ongoing events has become second nature to Dean, who also curates an annual concert dedicated to the sui generis Big Star guitarist, Alex Chilton, as well as a monthly songwriter round robin, Folk You!

In fact, Folk You! was the impetus for Excited Utterance. In a city with many noteworthy reading series, the distinguishing factor behind EU is that it also follows an "in the round" format, with Dean and two other writers presenting material in three mini sets apiece. This gives each author a chance to present their work in more compartmentalized bites, rather than one singular spiel, and the audience an opportunity to savor the readers in a variety of modes.



Lyrics & Dirges in February is for Lit Lovers

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 7:30pm

Join us in showing Michael Warr Blanca Torres D. Scot Miller and Rj Equality Ingram some literary love at February's Lyrics & Dirges!

See you there sweethearts!


​There are now 83 (and counting) cryptocurrencies in the world

In the cryptocurrency world, Bitcoin (and Litecoin) garner the most attention, but there are now 83 (and counting) virtual currencies to store your wealth in. Bitcoin’s market cap is over $10 billion and is by far the highest but we wonder whether the miasma of mimiccers – from Unobtainium to the ironically-named StableCoin and from ‘Philospher Stones’ to HoboNickels - serves to reduce the confidence in Bitcoin as a new method payments, or bolsters it as the clear market winner.

The full list, sorted by market cap, is here.

​NASA plans to make water and oxygen on the surface of the Moon and Mars by 2020

NASA is working on plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. It is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets if we ever want to colonize other planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.

In 2018, NASA hopes to put a rover on the Moon that will carry the RESOLVE (Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen & Lunar Volatile Extraction) science payload. RESOLVE will contain the various tools necessary to carry out in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Basically, RESOLVE will sift through the Moon’s regolith (loose surface soil) and heat them up, looking for traces of hydrogen and oxygen, which can then be combined to make water. There is also some evidence that there’s water ice on the surface of the Moon — RESOLVE will find out for certain by heating the soil and seeing of water vapor emerges.

A similar payload would be attached to Curiosity’s successor, which is currently being specced out by NASA and will hopefully launch in 2020. This second IRSU experiment will probably suck in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere, filter out the dust, and then process the CO2 into oxygen.

If either tech demonstration works as planned, future missions might include large-scale ISRU devices that are capable of producing significant amounts of hydrogen, oxygen, and water on the Moon or Mars. This would probably be the most important advance since we first landed on the Moon in the ’60s. Basically, as it stands, space travel needs lots of hydrogen and oxygen (rocket propellant) and water (to keep astronauts alive). Water has the unfortunate characteristic of being both heavy and incompressible, meaning it’s very difficult and expensive to lift large amounts of it into space (gravity can be really annoying sometimes). Likewise, unless we come up with some other way of powering our spacecraft, it’s infeasible to carry the rocket fuel that we’d need for exploration from Earth.

In short, if we want to colonize space, we really, really need some kind of base outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, preferably on the Moon — but Mars would be good, too.

How human empathy will shape the design of artificial intelligence

Harvey Milk understood the power of human empathy when he famously advised his “gay brothers and sisters” to come out, but “only to the people you know, and who know you.” It is hard to hate people you know and who know you.

We’ll soon see how human empathy shapes the design of artificial intelligence because, as it turns out, our empathy is so strong we will consider objects people if we can interact with them like people. Her played with this idea in a future where Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore falls in love with his operating system, Samantha. But right now on Indiegogo, you can contribute to EmoSPARK, “the first artificial intelligence console committed to your happiness.”

The campaign claims that EmoSPARK can track your emotions, creating a record of each person’s facial expressions, preferences, and reactions. The device then tries to improve and maintain your mood by sharing with you pictures, music, and video that its observations and analysis indicate will make you happier.

Obviously, there are some key differences between EmoSPARK and Samantha. EmoSPARK doesn’t appear to read your emails. Its voice is closer to the emotion-less Majel Barrett-Roddenberry on Star Trek than the flirty Scarlett Johansson. Its ability to have real interactions with users is suspect and might be limited to suggesting YouTube clips and Facebook posts. But they’re both designed to get to know you and adapt their actions to what they learn. And both EmoSPARK and Samantha interact with people using a conversational interface.

If humans start to think of their EmoSPARKs as actual people, that interface might be the reason. When we have conversations with a machine, we start to think of that machine as a person. The late Stanford professor Clifford Nass said, “Our brains are built to treat these conversations with computer-based voices to an incredible degree like [conversations] we are having with actual people—including flattery, flirtation and all the rest.” If EmoSPARK determines that nothing perks you up after a bad day like Community bloopers and starts to verbally tell you about clips available on the Internet, your brain will rewire itself to think of the AI appliance as a fun, quirky roommate.

Smart developers and manufacturers will start to incorporate this into their designs. Siri, for example, is a step in that direction, as users have described “her” as “a good listener [and] funny in a smart, dry way,” while also undercutting those compliments by saying “She’s just a little too glib.” Although Siri’s hit-or-miss execution can limit the bond users feel with their iPhones, Apple clearly knows that there is real value in developing a Siri personality that users interact with. It has sought writers, looking to expand and solidify Siri’s conversation skills, and appears to want to leverage Siri’s “emotional relationship” with iPhone customers to compensate for its performance deficiencies.

When it comes to Siri, I don’t think designing a verbal interface to increase user satisfaction with a product is problematic. It’s a sort of benign design. However, what if a future conversational robot—or even, say, a toaster—is designed to develop a relationship with users before strongly suggesting/advertising other products sold by the machine’s manufacturer? Or a smartphone app designed by Fox News or MSNBC that tries to influence your politics after its interpersonal analysis algorithm establishes you have formed an emotional bond with the program? Machines and programs like this move beyond benign design into a morally questionable area that could be legally actionable.

Right now, there’s no way to know. The legal duty owed by the manufacturers of these hypothetical products might be no more than a warning: “This product is going to make you love it and then trick you into doing things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Please see past manipulative boyfriends and girlfriends for examples.” But depending on the results of future research, companies whose products create the impression of emotional connection may be required to exercise a certain amount of caution and restraint. Manufacturers might even owe a fiduciary duty to customers because they will have such superior knowledge of their products’ abilities to connect and manipulate.

Harvey Milk’s understanding of, and belief in, human empathy was a turning point for the LGBT community. If AI becomes a world-changing technology, I hope that its developers share his respect for our empathy.

Sundown Lounge No. 353

Exact Change Only release party and show
Lauren O'Brien Birthday Bash
Wayne Allen Jones @ "the Cafe Gallery"
Polar Vortex Silliness from Jamie Fletcher


Exact Change Only release party and show

these people are in the new issue.

Michael Lee Johnson
Jenene Ravesloot
Elizabeth Harper
Holly Day
Susie Sweetland
Wilda Morris
Jennifer Dotson
Caroline Johnson

some of them may be at the release party show, but I am not gonna tell ya. there will be other peolple reading too. there will be editors, and past contributors, and there might be monkeys and ponies and chocolate milk, but you are gonna have to show up to find out.

come out to

Powell's bookstore
1218 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL
(312) 243-9070
January 24


a.Muse art gallery & meeting place
614 Alabama St., San Francisco

On Monday, January 27, Bay Area Generations will present the following readers and musicians at a.Muse Gallery:

SB Stokes + Yume Kim
Martin A. David + Jessica Wickens
Melissa Burke + Meryl Natchez
Gina Goldblatt + Brenda Usher-Carpino
Miles Karp + Steven Gray

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 sharp. As usual, Bay Area Generations will request a $5.00 donation with no one turned away for lack of funds. Drink will be available on a donation basis.


Happy New Year!

I wanted to let you know that I am doing a monthly residency at *No Malice Palace* on the lower east side. (Thank you *No Malice Place*!)

We are kicking off the residency in 2014 with my Birthday Show on Wednesday January 29th at 8pm!

“Lauren O'Brien, is fierce, fearless and a force to be reckoned with! Her stage presence and rock 'n roll theatrics are, alone, worth the price of admission; in the spirit of artists like Patti Smith and Blondie, she is always surprising her audience - whether it be with her outrageous banter, liberated physicality, or the sheer chutzpah she has, as a lyricist, writing about what pisses her off or conversely, inspires her to enviable, euphoric heights...” - Rachael Sage, MPress Records


Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, January 29th 2014 for our open mic with the Wayne Allen Jones feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time online, or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.


Polar Vortex Silliness from Jamie Fletcher

My winter snowbunnies,

Just sending a quick hello and well wishes for an excellent 2014! I missed many of you over the holidays as I was a bit internet-less for a short time at sea. (fantastic, nonetheless!) I hope you are all warm and safe wherever you are on this amazing planet.

Late 2013 brought a fun journey to London to check out the music scene, shop a few tunes, and head off to Vienna to catch up with Eddie and the Swing Cats with our CD release party for "That's the Way We Play", found now on iTunes. Pics of the goofiness can be viewed here.


​New pills that cure us with bacteria instead of drugs

Scientists connect another medical condition to atypical gut bacteria populations almost every day it seems. Researchers have claimed that gut bacteria play a role not just in digestive health but even in basic brain function and mental health.

Certain bacteria are so clearly good for us that several companies are looking to market pills filled not with chemical drugs, but with bacteria.

A few pharmaceutical startups have already begun testing bacterial medicines in hopes of finding the right strain or stains of bacteria to cure widespread and still mysterious illnesses.

The strongest evidence connects gut bacteria to gastrointestinal conditions, though even there, the science is still too raw to identify the bacterial causes of illnesses. Desperate patients have already turned to fecal transplants to treat such difficult conditions as Clostridium difficile, which causes life-threatening bouts of diarrhea, but it’s not clear which donor bacteria do the trick.

Seres Health, an offshoot of Cambridge-based incubator Flagship Ventures, took its previously secret work public last month and is testing a bacterial cocktail to treat C. difficile on human patients.

Seres combs through research on the human biome and runs it through a computational algorithm to identify which communities of bacteria seem to support healthy functions and which are linked to illnesses including C. difficile and inflammatory conditions. The company then assembles bacterial combinations using purified strains.

How a company finds, produces and delivers the organism constitute its intellectual property, which for drug companies is synonymous with profit. Naturally occurring organisms likely cannot be patented in the United States, according to a Supreme Court decision from earlier this year.

Mountain View-based Osel is also conducting Phase 2 trials on amedication to treat C. difficile. The company delivers a single bacterial strain in each of its medications, which are usually genetically modified and therefore patentable.

Even at these cutting-edge companies, the state of the science is correlation, not causality. Borrowing big data methods from metagenomics, R&D departments identify patterns of “dysbiosis,” or particular differences in microbiota makeup that could account for negative health impacts, such as Irritable Bowel Disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Whether or not the “dysbiosis” causes the diseases, it can be used as a way to identify patients for clinical trials and gauge their responses to treatment.

It seems odd to think that we may soon be taking pills whose mechanisms aren’t fully understood, but that’s nothing new (to wit: antidepressants). What is new is that, instead of annihilating the microbes that live on and in us, these pills would add to their numbers.

​Scientists attach tiny sensors to bees to study decline in colonies

Scientists in Australia have devised a way to pinpoint the causes of the global die-off of bees that pollinate a third of the world’s crops: Attach tiny sensors to 5,000 honey bees, and follow where they fly.

The sensors, each measuring 2.5 millimeters by 2.5 millimeters (0.1 inch by 0.1 inch), contain radio frequency identification chips that broadcast each bee’s location in real-time. The data is beamed to a server, so scientists can construct a three-dimensional model of the swarm’s movements, identifying anomalies in their behavior.

Worker bees tend to follow predictable daily schedules—they don’t call them drones for nothing—leaving the beehive at certain times, foraging for pollen, and returning home along well-established routes. Variations in their routines may indicate a change in environment, such as exposure to pesticides.

Over the past decade, millions of bees have died as entire beehives have suddenly turned into tombs, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Scientists have struggled to identify the causes of CCD. Some studies indicating that a class of agricultural pesticides called neonicotinoids are responsible for bee deaths. Others have pointed to everything from poor nutrition to stress to automotive exhaust.

But none of those studies have involved tracking bees’ behavior in real time in the real world. That’s where scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) come in. If the sensor-equipped bees transmit data indicating that they have changed their behavior, say, by flying a circuitous
path to and from the beehive, it may point to exposure to something in the environment, whether a pesticide or parasite. Researchers suspect that some pesticides may interfere with bees’ ability to orient themselves as they fly and forage. That’s crucial, as bees are social insects that communicate the location of pollen to other bees in the beehive.

If the bee sensors indicate that’s happening, scientists can immediately go to the bees’ location and investigate whether the crops and wildflowers in the area contain pesticides, and if so, how much. The 5,000 bees are being released in the Australian island state of Tasmania. “If we can model their movements, we’ll be able to recognize very quickly when their activity shows variation and identify the cause,” Paulo de Souza, the CSIRO scientists leading the swarm sensing effort, said in a statement.

So how do you attach a sensor to a bee?

Put them in a refrigerator. The cold induces a coma-like state long enough for the sensor to be attached to their backs with adhesive. The procedure takes a couple of minutes, and the bees then wake up and return to their hives. “The sensors appear to have no impact on the bee’s ability to fly and carry out its normal duties,” de Souza said.

The project will be watched closely in the rest of the world, particularly in Europe where a recent study found that demand for pollination is fast outstripping the supply of bees.

​Triton scuba mask turns divers into human fish

Jeabyun Yeon, a South Korean designer, just unveiled a conceptual scuba mask that would allow divers to breathe underwater without oxygen tanks. The mask, called the Triton, consists of two branching arms designed to serve as “gills” that extract oxygen from the water and deliver breathable air directly into their wearer’s lungs. Instead of hauling around heavy scuba equipment, swimmers could simply bite down on a plastic mouth piece.

The device is covered in plastic “scales” which allow water to enter through small holes, where it enters a chamber that separates the oxygen from the liquid. The Triton’s internal filter utilizes fine threads with holes smaller than water molecules, so that only air is able to pass through. The oxygen is then compressed and stored in a miniature storage tank. The entire gadget is powered by an incredibly small, easily rechargeable microbattery.

So far, the design is just a concept, but Yeon has high hopes that it will someday be turned into a commercial product that can completely replace complicated scuba gear.

Amazon patents anticipatory system to ship your product before you order it

In December Amazon patented a system that will reduce logistics costs and dissuade customers from ever entering a physical store again by shipping your stuff before you order it, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon software will predict when a customer will order an item, then push it through Amazon’s shipping process. Packed orders would wait at shipping hubs until a customer’s order arrives.

At this point, it can be dispatched to the customer’s address far more quickly. It’s a system aptly called “anticipatory shipping.”

Keep in mind this is just a patent and Amazon hasn’t announced any plans to implement such a service. But it does give us a hint at Amazon’s thinking when it comes to getting stuff to you faster.

Sundown Lounge No. 352

Patrick Hurley @ "the Cafe Gallery"
PANDEMIC University Tour's SF Stop
Astro-Blackness Colloquium


Say Aloha to poetry and performance art with "the Cafe Gallery" at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N. Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry, music and performance art. Come out on Wednesday, January 15th 2013 for our open mic with the Patrick Hurley feature!!!

There will be video recording of the evening, so join us and hang out at this artist-friendly space for a great performance in Chicago!!! Sign up & read at the open mike for this great evening!

You can learn about later features on line any time at - or get in touch with host Janet Kuypers or side-kick Bob Rashkow...

For info about the open mic and the upcoming schedule you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules. (Also check out the scheduled pages or "recorded features" pages for PAST features, and tons of additional video!) For this one event, email Janet Kuypers or Bob Rashkow through facebook with any questions.



Friday, January 17, 2014

The Chapel, 777 Valencia st., San Francisco, 9 pm

Hailed as “Africa’s James Brown,” Sila has made an immediate and lasting impact on the music world. As a 2010 NAACP Award winner for his last record, Sila has delved deep into his soul, taking cues from his musical idols Fela and Bob Marley to create a fiery new record that resounds with inspiration and positivity while speaking to issues of adversity and struggle. Set to hit February 25, SuperAfrican boasts rhythms and a groove that are so uniquely Sila that it will no doubt have you dancing through each and every listen.

The Kenyan-born artist has lived in San Francisco for the last decade



San Francisco • PANDEMIC University Tour

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street, San Francisco

PANDEMIC, the conclusion to the INFECTED trilogy, hits stores January 21, 2014, but you can be among the first people in the world to get your hands on a copy if you come to this blowout event at Borderlands Books.

I love this store and I love the people who run it. Come out and have a great time with me, then Tweet pics of you with your copy of PANDEMIC and piss off all the other fans.

- Scott Sigler


Astro-Blackness: Remaking and (Re)Mixing Black Identity Before, Now and Beyond

Astro-Blackness is a two-day colloquium scheduled to take place February 12th and 13th at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California. The colloquium serves as a “space” where the intellectual, creative, literary and even visual expressions of the “black experience” is examined through the prism of Afrofuturism, in a manner that is both abstract and plausible and no longer dominated by monolithic tropes perpetually tied to an urban landscape or exclusively earthbound.

Thank you for your informal commitment to participate in this collection of artists, intellectuals and academics.

This is a formal invitation for you to attend this colloquium. Below is the topic list and time schedule.

Best regards,
adilifu nama


Adilifu Nama — LMU

9:45am-10:25am: The Black Imagination and Afrofuturism: Issues and Ideas of an Aesthetic
John Jennings — University of Buffalo

10:30am-11:45am: Science Fiction and Race
Reynaldo Anderson — Harris Stowe State University
Nnedi Okorafor — Chicago State University
Scott Heath — Georgia State University
Isaiah Lavender — LSU

12pm-1:15pm—Lunch Break

1:30-3:00: Milestone, Graphic Novels, Animation and Afrofuturism
Mike Davis & Denys Cowan — Milestone Media Founders
Jonathan Gayles — Georgia State University
Kevin Grevioux — Co-creator of Underworld (2003) film franchise.
LeSean Thomas — Animation Director (Boondocks, Black Dynamite)
Enrique Carrion – Creator/Writer of Vesell

3:15pm-5:45pm: Afrofuturism and Multimedia
The Love Brothers (Jeremy and Robert) — Artists
Brandon Easton — Writer
Tony Puryear—Writer
Kevin Sipp — Multimedia Artist


Adilifu Nama

9:45am-10:30am: The Black Imagination and Science Fiction: A Conversation on Gender, Race and Ideas
Nalo Hopkinson — UC Riverside
Nnedi Okorafor — Chicago State University
Moderator: John Jennings — UB

10:45am-11:45am: The Articulation of Racial Ethics and Afrofuturism
Safiya Noble — University Illinois Urbana Champaign
Rev. Andrew Rollins — Writer
Walidah Imarsha — Writer/Activist
Adrienne Maree Brown — Writer

12pm-1:15pm—Lunch Break

1:30-2:45pm: Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany & Ismael Reed: Radical Race Talk, Crit/Lit and Sci-Fi
Bill Campbell — Writer
Nalo Hopkinson — UCR
Ayize Jama Everett — Writer
D. Scott Miller — Writer/Artist

3pm-4:30pm: Spaceships, Motherships, and Black Arks as Metaphor and Motif: Janelle Monae, Sun Ra, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Flying Lotus and Alice Coltrane
Scot Brown — UCLA
Didier Sylvain – PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Gabriel Solis — Musicologist
Ytasha Womack — Author/Futurist

5:00-6:00pm: Parting Shots
M. Asli Dukan — Filmmaker
Ebony Thomas — UPENN
Grace Gibson — UC Berkeley
Sherryl Vint — UC Riverside


​Snake oil vs. legitimate health supplements: Here’s where you may be wasting money

There are many conflicting studies and reports about health supplements. Is Vitamin C worth taking or not? Does Echinacea kill colds? Am I missing out not drinking Goji juice, wheatgrass extract and flaxseed oil every day? Author David McCandless has created a visualization of scientific evidence of health supplements.

The image below is a “balloon race”. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble.

You might also see multiple bubbles for certain supps. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition. For example, there’s strong evidence that Green Tea is good for cholesterol levels. But evidence for its anti-cancer effects is conflicting. In these cases, we give a supp another bubble.

D-Dalus: A new kind of aircraft propulsion system made of rotating cylinders

Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology (IAT21), an Austrian engineering firm debuted a new type of hovercraft at the Paris Air Show [last] week. They claim the hovercraft can take off and land vertically without using any rotor blades or fixed wings.

The D-Dalus vehicle uses four contra-rotating turbines for propulsion, each reaching 2,200 rpm. Each turbine blade has a variable angle of attack, which according to the designer allows the main thrust to be fired in any direction, around any axis. This allows the craft to launch vertically, hover, rotate in any direction and even thrust upwards, holding itself down.

The designer maintains a sparse website that says the craft has several patented inventions, including “a friction-free bearing at the points of high G force, and a system that keeps propulsion in dynamic equilibrium, thereby allowing the guidance system to quickly restore stability in flight.”

IAT21 has been working on a prototype for three years and has recently completed initial testing using a 120 bhp KTM engine to drive the turbines, according to Gizmag. The company completed tests transitioning from vertical to forward flight in a laboratory near Salzburg, Austria.

The current model has 5-foot-long turbines and can lift a payload of about 150 pounds. IAT21 is working with Cranfield University in the U.K. on a larger, more powerful motor, a new hull shape and advanced guidance and control systems, Gizmag says.

It’s designed to work as a drone for sea- and land-based uses, like search and rescue, disaster monitoring and surveillance, IAT21 says. Eventually, larger models could be used for passenger flight.

Sundown Lounge No. 351

Bay Area Generations (a reading series for the ages) #4


Monday, December 30, 2013, 6:30pm until 9:00pm, PST

The Terrace Room, 1800 Madison Street, by Lake Merritt in Oakland

Bay Area Generations (a reading series for the ages) #4

Joel Landmine + Cassandra Dallett

Michael Warr + Hugh Behm-Steinberg

Sharon Coleman + Rosa Lane

Paul Corman-Roberts + Alexandra Naughton

and musicians Powell St. John + Bob Fagan

For this occasion, the regular Terrace Room menu will be offered for dinner, and the happy hour menu (bar bites + drink specials) will be in effect throughout the event. So come early, nosh and enjoy some good food, good drink, good company and some outstanding literature in a beautiful setting.

The performance will start at 7:30 sharp. Patrons may arrive any time to dine. As usual, Bay Area Generations will request a $5.00 donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.


No Weird Science This Week...

Sundown Lounge No. 350

Chicago Poetry Press Holiday Book Sale
A Winter Solstice Literary Salon
A Very Queer Fest-Of-Us



Chicago Poetry Press Holiday Book Sale.

All deals good until December 31.


$10 off entry into the JOMP 17 Contest. For details check out this link _


Five copies of JOMP 16 for only $24 ($4.80 each) __


Three copies of JOMP 16 for only $16.50 ($5.50 each)


Bindle Stick by Donna Pecore for only $7.50


One copy of the HUGE Poetry Cram Anthology for only $12.99


ALL SEVEN Chicago Poetry Press titles for $37.50. INCLUDES: Clever Gretel By Jennifer Dotson, Journal of Modern Poetry 15, Jomp 14, Poetry Cram: The Ultimate Chicago Poetry Anthology, Point Nemo By CJ Laity, Bindle Stick By Donna Pecore, Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 16


For more information about each title please see or email back with a request for more information.


A Winter Solstice Literary Salon

Saturday, December 21, 2013

7:00pm until 10:00pm in CST

Galway Arms, 2442 N Clark St, Chicago

On this winter's solstice The Puddin'head Press will be sponsoring a celebration at the Galway Arms! It will be sponsored by the charming and multitalented Jeffery Wayne Helgeson. It will include performances by Dave Gecic, Jeff Helgeson, Barbara Button, Terry Kristensen, Leonard de Montbrum, Dan Cleary, Jenene Ravesloot, Maureen Flannery, Carol Anderson, Tom Roby, Sam Du Bois, Mick Greco, Gary Brichetto and Lynn West. Magic will be provided by Lord Isaac Hood.

We will have a special John Dickson Memorial and tribute.

Come have a meal at a wonderful restaurant and see a spectacular show!

$5.00 cover.


A Very Queer Fest-Of-Us

This GLN benefit is long overdue !
Join host, Lair Scott and the QFA Comix Thomas Bottoms, Darren Marshall, Patty Vaccarella, Kate Cullan, Chris Sowa, Warren Debra and Kristin Revere open our showcase at 8pm, followed by soloists, Ken J. Martin, Mike Oboza, Busker Slim, Narciso Lobo and Ziggy 2000 from Stardust The David Bowie Tribute Band.

Ours bands at 10pm include When Flying Feels Like Falling, Fire9



​Secret code discovered in human DNA

A secret second code hiding within DNA which instructs cells on how genes are controlled has been discovered by scientists. The amazing discovery is expected to open new doors to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, according to a new study.

Ever since the genetic code was deciphered over 40 years ago, scientists have believed that it only described how proteins are made. However, the revelation made by the research team led by John Stamatoyannopoulos of the University of Washington indicates that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages.

“For over 40 years we have assumed that DNA changes affecting the genetic code solely impact how proteins are made,” said Stamatoyannopoulos, according to the press release. “Now we know that this basic assumption about reading the human genome missed half of the picture.”

Scientists discovered that the second language instructs the cells on how genes are controlled, according to findings published in Science magazine on Friday. The study is part of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, also known as ENCODE.

The second language remained hidden for so long because one language is written on top of the other, scientists said.

Scientists already knew that the genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons. The research team discovered that some of the codons can have two meanings – one related to proteins, the other to gene control. Those codons were given the name ‘duons.’

And it’s those duons that are expected to change the way physicians interpret human genomes, and give clues for the treatments of diseases.

“The fact that the genetic code can simultaneously write two kinds of information means that many DNA changes that appear to alter protein sequences may actually cause disease by disrupting gene control programs or even both mechanisms simultaneously,” said Stamatoyannopoulos.

Speaking about the discovery, Stamatoyannopoulos said that the “new findings highlight that DNA is an incredibly powerful information storage device, which nature has fully exploited in unexpected ways.”

Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour. That oil can then be refined into gasoline that can run engines.

Excited yet? Try wrapping your head around the implications of a breakthrough like this. As one of the most plentiful lifeforms on the planet, algae is a perfect candidate for conversion to biofuel. It's especially good because the energy is packed pretty tightly into that green sludge. To replace all of the petroleum in the United States with algae fuel, you'd need a farm that took up just 0.42 percent of the country's landmass. By comparison, it would take up half of the United States to grow enough soybeans to replace petroleum with biodiesel.

Algae fuel is not a new idea, of course, and this is not the first time scientists have turned algae into fossil fuel. It is the first time they've done it so effortlessly and so quickly, however. Other methods require too much time and energy for the conversion to make sense as a petroleum replacement. The new process solves that problem. "It's a bit like using a pressure cooker, only the pressures and temperatures we use are much higher," said Douglas Elliott, who led the research. "In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We're just doing it much, much faster."

This magic gas could be coming to your local gas station sooner than you think. The Department of Energy already has a partner, Genifuel, working on commercializing the process and making the algae fuel competitive with what's already on the market. But, boy, is it going to be futuristic when you pull up to a gas station and pump your tank full of algae. Talk about going green.

What happens when we put computers in our brains

This may seem like a wild idea, but within 40 years neurons made from nanomaterials could enable humans to survive even the most horrendous accident, and as a bonus, acquire some remarkable new abilities.

Researchers at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering have created a functioning synapse using neurons made from carbon nanotubes. In tests, their synapse circuits perform similar to normal biological neurons.

Of course, duplicating synapse firings in nanotube circuits does not mean that scientists are ready to replace the human brain, but a new interdisciplinary research center at MIT aims at nothing less than unraveling the mystery of intelligence; which promises to fast-forward this technology.

The MIT researchers hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain gives rise to intelligence, and how we can build machines that are as broadly intelligent as we are.

Reverse-engineering the brain.

This massive Blue Brain effort with completion expected by mid-to-late-2020s will enable scientists to simulate the brain in a machine. This is the first step in creating computers more powerful than human brains, says futurist Ray Kurzweil, in The Singularity is Near.

“The key lies in decoding and simulating the cerebral cortex, the seat of cognition,” Kurzweil continues; “The human cortex has about 22 billion neurons and 220 trillion synapses.” Today, computers capable of crunching this amount of data do not exist, but IBM experts believe that supercomputers with increased computational and memory capacity that can process this data will be available within three years.

Nano engineer John Burch, commenting on this molecular nanotechnology video, predicts in his blog that expected advances in molecular nanotechnology will one day enable us to replace brain cells with damage-resistant nanomaterials that process thoughts faster than today’s biological brains.

“The new brain would include an exact copy of the structure and personality that existed before the conversion,” Burch says, but it would run much faster and would increase our memory a thousand-fold. We could even control thought speeds, shifting from 100 milliseconds, the response time of todays brains, to 50 nanoseconds, millions of times faster.

Creating thoughts at high speeds would slow everything down; at least that’s how it would seem in our mind. Our perception would quicken, but activities would appear to happen slower. Events that seem like minutes in our mind would actually be happening in seconds. We would no longer panic in emergencies.

Burch describes how we would switch to this new brain. A daily pill would supply nanomaterials and instructions for nanobots to form new neurons and position them next to existing brain cells to be replaced. These changes would be unnoticeable to us, but in six months, we would sport the new brain.

Our artificial brain will allow wireless interface with computers and other digital technologies. We could access the Internet, control electronics, and make phone calls, with just our thoughts. In addition, we would understand complicated subjects; even speak a new language, without need for study.

The most important benefit of our new brain could be its ability to survive disaster. Should we suffer a fatal accident, our body may be a total loss, but the moment the accident happened, nanobots would quickly repair our brain, if damaged. Information is then transmitted to a processing center where a new body is cloned, identical to our old body, except with all the latest features; ready for transfer of our brain.

The accident victim would ‘wake up,’ not even realizing they had died. Biological brains die within minutes after the heart stops, but our new brain will simply turn itself off and wait for a new power supply.

Experts predict these technologies could be in place by mid-century, but some wonder, will this make us less human; are we becoming cyborgs. Proponents explain that we already enjoy glasses, false teeth, titanium hip replacements, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. Artificial brains and body clones are just the next stage in making our 21st century high-tech life more secure and enjoyable.

Hey readers; does this radical technology make sense to you? Personally, once I get over the “yuck” factor of replacing my brain I see this as an incredible life-saving medical procedure.

Sundown Lounge No. 349

Music Connection Dec. Edition
East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest
Blow Wind Blow @ Elizabeth's Crazy Little Thing



The Fourth Annual EBABZ is committed to make available the chillest hang zone for buying, trading and collaborating with zine/comix/diy/publishing comrades in the East Bay.

Held at the lower lounge of Berkeley City College, this community event is FREE to the public.

Scheduled throughout the day include workshops and a reading by Bay Area poetry and performance art collective SISTER SPIT.


Open Mic Night
2nd Wednesday of the Month, 10 pm
Phyllis' Musical Inn
1800 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

An Open Mic Variety Show Hosted by Chicago Poet Elizabeth Harper and Rich Experience

The next show on December 11, 2013 will feature Ryan Suzuka's band Blow Wind Blow. The theme for the open mic will be "Hawaiian Christmas."

Blow Wind Blow is the music of Ryan Suzuka (vocals/ukulele/harmonica), amplified into appropriate proportion with the help of bandleader Rami Atassi (lead guitar), Aaron Ervin (guitar/keyboards), Conner Hollingsworth (bass), and Paul Newmann (drums). Although he frequently smiles, Ryan sings sad songs on his ukulele. Some songs are happy, some are angry, but most are sad, though, sad in a way that will make you smile just like he does. This band is here to display the beauty, power, and depth of someone who lived through his entire youth without knowing he had a musical voice. In one moment you experience his accumulated ache and the next, a thunderous declaration of purpose. This band is creating rocking indie pop that owes as much of its creation to the ethereal falsetto of Skip James and command of Son House, as it does to the lush vulnerability of Camera Obscura and rootsy melodic drive of Neko Case. Welcome to the wonderful world of Blow Wind Blow!

Phyllis' Musical Inn is near the Division Blue Line stop and # 70 Division, #9 Ashland, and #50 Damen bus stops.


​A male birth control pill that causes a temporary vasectomy

It's the 21st century and men still don't have a birth control pill to call their own. But now, scientists from Britain and Australia have figured out a way to prevent sperm from escaping during the moment of ejaculation — and without affecting sexual function.

To date, most attempts at creating a male birth control pill have focused on the development of sperm or hormonal techniques to produce dysfunctional sperm. Problem is, those approaches tend to create various health problems for men, including reduced libido or permanent alterations to the way the body produces sperm. Worst of all, some methods even cause males to transmit detrimental changes to future offspring.

But the new technique, which is described in a recent edition of PNAS, targets the autonomic nervous system. It doesn't affect the long-term viability of sperm, nor the health of males. In fact, men would keep on producing sperm as per usual, it just wouldn't join the ejaculate. It's like a vasectomy in a pill, but one that's easily reversible.

Working with mice, the researchers disabled two specific components in the nervous system (specifically, the P2X1-purinoceptor and α1A-adrenoceptor) that prevent sperm from leaving the vas deferens (a kind of holding area in the testes just prior to ejaculation). Basically, they produced mice that couldn't squeeze the sperm out of their vas deferens.

After the treatment, these mice were 100% infertile and no deleterious effects to their sexual behavior or function could be detected. The sperm looked completely normal and the mice were able to produce healthy offspring. Well, to be completely accurate, the mice did experience a slight drop in blood pressure — a side-effect that has the researchers slightly worried about potential human applications. That said, it's being seen as an important find.

"[This provides] conclusive proof of concept that pharmacological antagonism of the P2X1-purinoceptor and α1A-adrenoceptor provides a safe and effective therapeutic target for a nonhormonal, readily reversible male contraceptive," write the authors in the study.

The next step will be to find a pair of drugs that work in humans. One may already exist in the form of a drug that treats benign prostate enlargement, but the other will have to be made from scratch — a process the researchers say could take another ten years.

Space technology company builds a functioning artificial heart

An artificial heart that took 15 years to develop has been approved for human trials. The device, which was fashioned from biological tissue and parts of miniature satellite equipment, combines the latest advances in medicine, biology, electronics, and materials science.

It's built by the Paris-based company Carmat and it's the brainchild of French cardiac surgeon Alain Carpentier. The state-of-the-art device is the result of a collaboration with aerospace giant Astrium, the space subsidiary of EADS, along with support from the French government.

In order for it to qualify for human trials, the developers had to create a heart that could withstand the demanding conditions of the body's circulatory system. It has to pump 35 million times per year for at least five years — and without fail. This is why Carpentier's team turned to space technology, which is known for its resilience and compact size.

"Space and the inside of your body have a lot in common," said Astrium's Matthieu Dollon in an ESA statement. "They both present harsh and inaccessible environments."

Indeed, Telecom satellites have similar demands placed upon them; they have to last for at least 15 years and function 36,000 km above Earth.

"Failure in space is not an option," he added. "Nor is onsite maintenance. If a part breaks down, we cannot simply go and fix it. It's the same inside the body."

In addition to space-tech, the artificial heart combines synthetic and biological materials as well as sensors and software to detect a patient's level of exertion and adjust output accordingly. MIT's Technology Review explains more:

In Carmat's design, two chambers are each divided by a membrane that holds hydraulic fluid on one side. A motorized pump moves hydraulic fluid in and out of the chambers, and that fluid causes the membrane to move; blood flows through the other side of each membrane. The blood-facing side of the membrane is made of tissue obtained from a sac that surrounds a cow's heart, to make the device more biocompatible. "The idea was to develop an artificial heart in which the moving parts that are in contact with blood are made of tissue that is [better suited] for the biological environment," says Piet Jansen, chief medical officer of Carmat.

That could make patients less reliant on anti-coagulation medications. The Carmat device also uses valves made from cow heart tissue and has sensors to detect increased pressure within the device. That information is sent to an internal control system that can adjust the flow rate in response to increased demand, such as when a patient is exercising.

The French company hopes to finish human trials by the end of 2014 and obtain regulatory approval for an EU launch in the following year. Human trials were approved back in September and will be tested on four patients in three French hospitals.

Sundown Lounge No. 348

Not this week...


Sundown Lounge No. 347

Benefit Concert for Red Poppy Art House
Lauren O’Brien @ Bowery Electric
Crankshaft Thanksgiving Update
Two Chicago Book Expo Events
BSFS Genesis Anthology II



Hi My Friends!

Happy Wintertime and all that stuff. I hope that you are enjoying some snuggly Wintertime happiness and creativity.

Sooo… I got a couple performances coming up that I am very excited about…

*this Saturday November 23rd* I’ll be headlining the *ART RHYTHM & RHYME* event at Chayse’s Lounge (205 N. West St) in Syracuse! It’s gonna be a wild night… with Artists Live Painting, Poets, Comedians, Rave & Hop Hop DJs… If you are anyone you know is gonna be in the Syracuse area… Come on out!

If not… I’ll be doing a full band show at Bowery Electric in NYC on Monday December 2nd. Great way to kick off end o year celebrations…

And see you soon!


Lauren O


Crankshaft Thanksgiving Update,

Hello everyone!
This is an exciting month for me! Thanksgiving day will mark the world wide release of my new music videos on YouTube, I can't wait to share them on the internet with out of state family and fans that were unable to make it to the release party, yeah!

The night before Thanksgiving I'll be hosting a canned food drive at Magillycuddy's in Anoka, it's a $10 donation at the door, or $5 if you bring a canned or dry food item. 100% of the money collected will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland, for every $5 raised Second Harvest Heartland will be able to provide 18 meals for the hungry.

Since the last update I've been working on finishing up on the new live album "Boogie Melt." A collection of ten live tracks recorded with a giant rhythm section last February, a horn section, backup singers, piano, harmonica, the works! It will be released on December 14th at Famous Dave's in Calhoun Square. This will be a limited edition CD, only 1,000 copies will be released, and will not be available on any download site, get physical baby!

Sat. November 23th - 9pm - $8
Nomad World Pub - Minneapolis, MN
Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders + The Sex Rays

Wed. November 27th - 7pm door
$10 donation or $5 with any dry or canned food donation
Crankshaft's 3rd Annual Canned Food Drive!
Magillycuddy's - Anoka, MN
Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders
Javier & The Innocent Sons
Kevin "KP" James w/ Tony Comeau

Fri. November 29th - 7pm - $10
Fundraiser for Slim Dunlap
First Avenue & Seventh Street Entry


Alex "Crankshaft" Larson


Chicago Book Expo

St. Augustine College, 1345 West Argyle on Sun. Nov. 24th from 11 AM until 5 PM, CST.

In Expo Hall, Stop by the Chicago Poetry Press table to check out the new issue of Journal of Modern Poetry, no. 16, released exclusively on that day. Then, from 5 to 6, the JOMP 16 release READING will be happening at Chaplin Hall on campus...

There is a parking lot with free parking at St. Augustine (be warned that the speed bumps to enter and exit are very nasty, and can sometimes scrape the bottom of a car). If you prefer to park elsewhere, there is free street parking in the area, and free meter parking on Clark or Broadway on Sundays. If you take the CTA, the Red Line Argyle stop is about 3-4 blocks east.


Poet and critically-acclaimed songwriter Larry O. Dean reads from Brief Nudity, while Davis Schneiderman discusses his DEAD/BOOKS trilogy, which includes the blank novel Blank and his new book [SIC].

The Chicago Book Expo exhibition hall will be open 11 am-5 pm on Sunday, November 24 at St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle, in St. Augustine’s Hall, with author events in Chaplin Hall and various classrooms.

Be sure to visit the expo hall, where there will be several interactive events, including Poems While You Wait (11 am-2 pm) and Story-O-Matic at the 826Chicago table. And in between programs in Chaplin Hall, Essanay Centers will be projecting films that relate to this historic venue.


After the success of our first book Genesis Anthology, we had to come back with another great publication that showcases 25 more great works of science fiction from the minds of Black Authors. It has been three years and now it’s time to share more great science fiction with the world.


$1000 3D printer that prints metal

The Mini Metal Maker prints 3D objects from digital files directly in precious metal clay, rather than in plastic. Once these clay objects air-dry, they are fired in a kiln to produce beautiful solid metal objects of high purity and precision. Using metal clay essentially replaces the entire wax-casting or lost-wax process ordinarily needed to do this. The Mini Metal Maker will add new capability for the DIY inventor or artist by making fabrication in metal easy and direct. It will be a boon for anyone interested in creating their own gears, miniature mechanisms, or printing detailed jewelry or metal ornaments. The Mini Metal Maker is built around the concept of using the minimum number of parts, reducing the cost to produce and also eliminating many chances for error during assembly.

They have raised about $7500 out of $10,000 to improve the precision from 500 microns to 200 microns.

We aim to raise $10,000 for materials to refine and package our technology into a producible product.

 In order to achieve the reliability and price point needed to make this good invention a great product, we need to finish our research and development. Funds will go toward the following activities:

* Refine the metal clay recipe for each of five different clay types:
 Copper, Bronze, Steel, Silver & Gold. * Refine our high-pressure extruder design. We currently have a reliable extrusion trace at around 0.5mm but believe this can be reduced to 200 microns. * Add a second print head for use with additional metal clays or support material. * Optimize the integrated motor carriage design so that it can be easily printed on low cost printers such as the Makerbot and RepRap. * Refine custom firmware for the printer to further optimize printing for clay. * Create the Mini Metal Forge software environment in order to foster a good user experience, particularly for the non-technical craftsperson. * Work with industrial partners to tool up for production of the machine with injection molding.

Mission to map Earth's magnetic field readies for take-off

A trio of European satellites is being readied for launch tomorrow from Russia’s Plesetsk spaceport to study Earth's magnetic field in unprecedented detail. The €220-million (US$296-million) mission, known as Swarm, will map the magnetosphere for at least four years.

At 12.02 gmt, a Russian Rockot launcher is scheduled to take off, lifting the three identical satellites into polar orbits. If all goes according to plan, two of the spacecraft will orbit the planet side-by-side at an initial altitude of 450 kilometres. The third satellite will fly 70 kilometres higher, and at a slightly different inclination.

Mission managers with the European Space Agency (ESA) are awaiting the launch — postponed twice owing to problems with the Russian rocket’s upper stage — with anxiety. In 2009, a Rockot carried two ESA Earth-observation satellites — GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) and SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) — safely into orbit. But in 2005, ESA’s ice-observing CryoSat satellite crashed into the Arctic Ocean after a Rockot vehicle failed to reach orbit.

Carrying three satellites, each 9 metres long and weighing 473 kilograms at launch, atop a single carrier poses extra challenges. “There are some genuine worries,” says Rune Floberghagen, Swarm’s mission manager.

Last week, two Russian workers were killed while cleaning tanks at the Plesetsk launch facility. The accident was unrelated to the launch preparations for Swarm, says Floberghagen.

If the Rockot lifts off as planned, some delicate manoeuvring will still be required in space to push the three satellites into the right position. After a three-month commissioning phase, the trio will begin to independently measure the various electric currents in and around Earth.

Field effects

Equipped with sensitive magnetic- and electric-field monitors, the satellite constellation will provide the most detailed survey yet of the ever-changing magnetic field that helps to shield Earth from charged particles streaming from the Sun.

The mission's primary objective is to separate Earth's geomagnetic field from the magnetic field induced in the uppermost magnetosphere by the Sun's charged particles. “One man’s signal is another man’s noise,” says Floberghagen.

“The satellite constellation will allow us to simultaneously observe the day and night sides of the Earth at any time,” says Eigil Friis-Christensen, who chairs the Swarm mission advisory group. “We can thus distinguish between signals stemming from things that happen on the Sun from signals generated in the Earth’s core, mantle and crust.”

Small differences in simultaneous measurements made by the lower pair of satellites will reveal the location of magnetized rock in Earth’s upper crust. “If the pair flies over a large iron mine, we would expect to see a magnetic signal,” says Friis-Christensen. Mapping crustal ‘magnetization’ at high resolution will help to characterize geological provinces and identify mineral and ore deposits, he says.

Swarm will also help scientists to understand how the geomagnetic field is evolving over time. The magnetic north and south poles wander about all the time, and every few hundred thousand years the poles flip around, so that a compass would point south instead of north. Moreover, the strength of the geomagnetic field has decreased by 10–15% since ground measurements began around 1840.

Time to flip?

Perhaps the decline is no more than a magnetic 'jerk'. But it could also be the prelude to a looming geomagnetic-field reversal. Geophysicists know from analyses of volcanic rock — which records the direction of the magnetic field at the time it solidified from lava — that Earth’s polarity last flipped some 780,000 years ago. “A reversal is overdue, if you will,” says Friis-Christensen.

The weakening, he says, is probably the result of changing currents and vortices in the planet's outer core, an ‘ocean’ of molten iron that slowly whirls around a solid, inner core. Swarm's data should help to improve computer models of these currents and to provide more-informed projections about the evolution of the geomagnetic field, says Richard Holme, a geophysicist at the University of Liverpool, UK.

“Earth’s magnetic field is still a bit of a mystery,” he says. “Swarm could shed light on many questions, and it will open up a completely new window on previous data and historical records.”

Most solar panels are facing in the wrong direction: Study

Solar panels should face in the general direction of the sun. You would think that would be easy to do. But most installers of solar panels, especially the ones for homes, follow conventional wisdom handed down from architects, which holds that in the northern hemisphere, windows and solar panels should face south.

This makes intuitive sense since it would seem to maximize the amount of sunlight a panel will get as the sun tracks from one horizon to the other. But it isn’t true, at least according to a single study of homes in Austin, Texas. The Pecan Street Research Institute found that homeowners who aimed their panels toward the west, instead of the south, generated 2% more electricity over the course of a day.

More importantly, those west-facing panels reduced household electricity usage during the times when electricity is most expensive—and power grids are most likely to become overloaded—by 65%, while south-facing panels only reduced usage during those times by 54%. In Texas, as in most places, those “peak times” are from 3pm to 7pm, and correspond with the heat of the day.

It’s obvious that west-facing solar panels produce more electricity later in the day, when the sun is setting in the west, but quantifying the way that favoring late-day sunlight helps homeowners save money and utilities flatten out demand could lead to a simple but effective hack for the world’s solar installers: Simply re-orienting solar panels could shorten the amount of time it takes for them to pay for themselves.

Sundown Lounge No. 346

Benefit for the BeLoved Community
"The Suppression of Sound" - Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis @ Red Poppy Art House


Benefit for the BeLoved Community

Sunday, November 17, 2013, 7:00pm in EST

On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, at 7 pm
in Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, North Carolina








a volunteer organization that feeds, clothes, and advocates
for the homeless and disenfranchised citizens among us...



Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:30pm

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco

An Evening of Poetry and Sound featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. This eclectic duo has been performing together for nearly two years and was recently given the thumbs up by poet Amiri Baraka (for their mixture of Free Jazz, GoGo, Be Hip Bop Hop and deep Groove) when they opened for him in New York City. The combination of Mr. Ellis’s bold, lyric activism and meditations on race and American culture are pushed and purposely punished by Mr. Lewis’s muscular and exhaustive tenor. A highlight of the performance is "Mr. Dynamite Splits," a searing avant-gutter tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.


Japanese inventor finds solution to global trash problem by converting plastic to oil

We are all well aware of plastic’s “rap-sheet.” It has been found guilty on many counts, including the way its production and disposal raises resource issues and lets loose extremely negative environmental impacts.

Typically made from petroleum, it is estimated that 7% of the world’s annual oil production is used to produce and manufacture plastic. That is more than the oil consumed by the entire African continent.

Plastic’s carbon footprint includes landfilling and incineration, since sadly, its recycle rate is dismally low around the globe.

Plastic trash is also polluting our oceans and washing up on beaches around the world. Tons of plastic from the US and Japan are floating in the Pacific Ocean, killing mammals and birds. Perhaps this tragedy is best captured in the TED presentation by Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

Using less, or use it better?

Thankfully, there are those who fully appreciate that plastic has a higher energy value than anything else commonly found in the waste stream. A Japanese company called Blest created a small, very safe and easy to use machine that can convert several types of plastic back into oil.

Though Japan has much improved its “effective utilization” rate over the years to 72% in 2006, that leaves 28% of plastic to be buried in landfills or burned. According to Plastic Waste Management Institute data, “effective utilization” includes not just the 20% that is actually recycled, but also 52% that is being incinerated for “energy recovery” purposes, i.e., generating heat or electric power.

“If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.

Blest’s conversion technology is very safe because it uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame. The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene but not PET bottles. The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kwh of electricity, which is approximately ¥20 or 20 cents’ worth.

The company makes the machines in various sizes and has 60 in place at farms, fisheries and small factories in Japan and several abroad.

“To make a machine that anyone can use is my dream,” Ito says. “The home is the oil field of the future.”

Perhaps that statement is not as crazy as it sounds, since the makeup of Japanese household waste has been found to contain over 30 % plastic, most of it from packaging.

Continually honing their technology, the company is now able to sell the machines for less than before, and Ito hopes to achieve a product “that any one can buy.” Currently the smallest version, shown in the videobrief, costs ¥950,000 (US $9,500). [Note of 30 November 2010: Blest informs us that, since we visited them last year, improvements have been made to the machine and the price is now ¥1,060,000 (around US$12,700) without tax.]

Changing how we think

But it is the educational application of the small model of the machine that Ito is most passionate about. He’s taken it on planes on many occasions as part of a project that began some years ago in the Marshall Islands. There he worked with local government and schools to teach people about recycling culture and the value of discarded plastic, spreading the Japanese concept ofmottainai, the idea that waste is sad and regrettable.

In such remote places, the machine also serves as a practical solution to the plastic problem, much of it left behind by tourists: the oil produced is used for tour buses or boats, Ito says.

“Plastic’s carbon footprint includes landfilling and incineration, since sadly, its recycle rate is dismally low around the globe.”

“Teaching this at schools is the most important work that I do,” Ito reflects. In Japan too, he visits schools where he shows children, teachers and parents how to convert the packaging and drinking straws leftover from lunch.

If we were to use only the world’s plastic waste rather than oil from oil fields, CO2 emissions could be slashed dramatically, he says.

“It’s a waste isn’t it?” Ito asks. “This plastic is every where in the world, and everyone throws it away.”

A mountain to climb down

The wonderful invention of plastics has spawned a huge problem that we are struggling to solve. With peak oil looming, things are set to change, but we find ourselves on top of an oil and plastic mountain, and the only way forward is down.

So while many solutions like this are not without hiccups or detractors, they are a step forward in coming to terms with our oil and plastics dependence and help raise awareness of the carbon footprint of its production and use. Somehow we all know that plastics is a habit we need to kick. But that doesn’t seem to make it any easier.

Perhaps the best thing you can do is to look more deeply into this issue. A good place to start is the 2008 Addicted to Plastic documentary from Cryptic Moth productions. You can watch the trailer online and maybe request it at your local video rental store.

According to the blurb, “the film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability.”

Next it is just a matter of taking action to break our love affair with plastic.

[Original article published April 14 2009. Below is a statement from Blest Co...]

This YouTube video about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views. This shows that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.

Here on Our World, on the video’s YouTube page and those of re-posters too, as well as on the hot Reddit Science link, the topic has generated much interest and debate amongst commenters.

Many think that this type of recycling is not a solution, but that instead the world should be seriously focused on the first “R” — which is reduce. We should shun single-use plastic (such as your average PET bottle or disposable container) altogether, they argue. The world’s oil resources are diminishing; does technology like this enable our denial of that fact, or is it a hopeful and constructive step in the right direction?

Others have concerns about pollution or toxic residue from the conversion process. Blest tells us that, if the proper materials are fed into the machine (i.e., polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene — PP, PE, PS plastics), there is no toxic substance produced and any residue can be disposed of with regular burnable garbage. They also explain that while methane, ethane, propane and butane gasses are released in the process, the machine is equipped with an off-gas filter that disintegrates these gases into water and carbon.

Lastly, commentators from around the world are anxious to know if and where they can purchase a machine. Though the company still mainly produces larger, industrial-use machines, Blest Co. will be more than happy to hear from you. Please contact them directly at

3D printed human cells could end animal testing within 5 years

A hundred million animals are killed in labs and classrooms across the U.S. every year. Many of these mice, rats and rabbits are needed in part to develop the early stages of new vaccines and medicines, which might later go on to treat human illnesses. It is a harsh reality for the animals involved, but one which may be about to change.

Bio-ink and 3D-printed human tissues have been in development for a couple of years now. In the future they just might be used to print living organs for those in need. Large 3D printers could someday replace the surgeon’s table, printing layers of bone, tissue and skin onto the injured. And while those days are a few years off yet, 3D-printed human tissue could very soon begin saving millions of lives — those of the humble lab mice.

By 3D-printing human tissues for use in drug trials, we could not only eliminate the need for animal testing, but garner better scientific data than any mouse could ever deliver. 3D printed tissues would afford scientists the ability to test their drugs on actual human systems, without the possibility of the loss of life. Within five years, 3D printed tissues could actually be used to test how a particular patient might react to a vaccine, eliminating complications from rare side effects.

Cheap Hydrogen from Sunlight and Water

By making a solar photovoltaic material more resilient, researchers may have found a way to make artificial photosynthesis—that is, using sunlight to make fuel—cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels.

If you want hydrogen to power an engine or a fuel cell, it’s far cheaper to get it from natural gas than to make it by splitting water. Solar power, however, could compete with natural gas as a way to make hydrogen if the solar process were somewhere between 15 and 25 percent efficient, says the U.S. Department of Energy. While that’s more than twice as efficient as current approaches, researchers at Stanford University have recently developed materials that could make it possible to hit that goal. The work is described in the journal Science.

One way to make hydrogen using sunlight is to use a solar panel to make electricity and then use that electricity to power a commercial electrolyzer that splits water, forming hydrogen and oxygen. But combining the solar panel and the electrolyzer in one device might be cheaper and more efficient. The electrons produced when light hits a photovoltaic material could facilitate chemical reactions, and the capital costs of one machine would likely be lower than the cost of two (see “A Greener ‘Artificial Leaf,’” “Sun Catalytix Seeks Second Act with Flow Battery,” and “Artificial Photosynthesis Effort Takes Root”).

For some time now researchers have known that you could approach 15 to 25 percent efficiency if you combined two solar cell materials in such a system. One solar cell would power half of the water-splitting reaction—forming hydrogen. The other could form oxygen.

The hydrogen part is pretty much solved now, but researchers have had trouble with the oxygen half. The most efficient solar cell materials for this reaction (silicon, for example) quickly corrode. The Stanford researchers discovered that they could make silicon last for days, rather than just a few hours, by coating it with a protective layer of zinc just two-billionths of a meter thick. The materials split water for three days before the researchers stopped the experiment to examine the materials for damage. They found none.

Other materials—such as metal oxides—can last this long, but they split water very slowly. The new materials are an order of magnitude faster, says John Turner, a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. “Over 40 years of work on oxides has not produced a result like this,” he says.

It could be a while before the materials are used in commercial hydrogen production. To achieve the needed efficiencies, the materials would still need to be incorporated into a system that uses two solar cells. And a big remaining question is how long the materials can last. To be economical, a system would have to run for at least five years, Turner says.

Map Room Archives:

345 - Food industry adding larger doses of caffeine to more and more products, Researchers develop cheaper, longer-lasting futuristic copper foam batteries, Evolution of Species Not as Hard as It Seems
344 -  ‘Li-Fi’ – A plan to turn every lightbulb into an ultra-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, Aeromobil flying car prototype makes its first test flight, This Pumpkin Tap Turns Your Halloween Gourd Into an Edible Keg
343 - MIT Researchers Discover Self-Healing Metal, The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now), Resistant Cancers May Hijack Fetus's Detox Switch
342 - The Next Frontier in Cybercrime? Your Body, The First Evidence That Alzheimer's Can Be Thwarted With A Pill, A New Programming Language That Can Shape Our DNA
341 - 3D printing will be used to construct buildings here and in outer space, A universal flu vaccine may be possible in five years, Stanford engineers successfully build world’s first carbon nanotube computer
340 - Designing Classroom ‘Makerspaces’ to Transform Learning in Schools, Self-destructing Microbial Robots Turn Wastewater into High Value Products, Why We Need to Think Differently About Our Genomes...
339 - Not This Week... 
338 - 20% of scientists considering leaving the U.S., Change to a single gene increases mouse lifespan 20%, MIT’s fog harvesting technology brings water to deserts
337 - MakerBot’s 3D scanner scheduled to arrive mid-October for $1,400, NASA's New Martian Explorer Will Explain Where All the Water Went, Scientists Detect Magmatic Water On Moon's Surface
336 - Chinese shipping firm begins using new arctic shipping route to Europe, Rogue planets can form without a parent star, Periodic Table of Booze, An Inexpensive Fuel-Cell Generator
335 - Researchers Identify 12 Asteroids Close Enough for Space Mining, Laser System Tracks Iceberg Evolution and Ocean Temperature, SpaceX's Grasshopper Blows Minds With Its Latest Launch
334 - A silk brain implant that treats epilepsy then melts away, How Quantum Theory Screws With Our Perception of Reality, A Speeding Ticket Camera Company Is Doctoring Evidence Photos
333 - Light completely stopped for 1 minute inside a crystal, A self-balancing skateboard/Segway project, This Agricultural Breakthrough Makes Every Crop Self-Fertilizing, The Kite patch makes you invisible to mosquitoes
332 - The negative effects of vitamins, 4D printing - The new human bionics, The Fountain of Youth Is in Florida and It's Radioactive
331 - Smart Scalpel Can Smell Cancer as It Cuts, We're Way Behind Schedule For Curing the Common Cold, Scientists May Have Found a Genomic Off Switch for Down Syndrome    330 - 35 of the most shocking science ‘facts’ that are totally wrong, ThinkerThing – 3D-print objects with your mind, A nanotechnology fix for nicotine dependence
329.5 - Not This Week
329 - Researchers ID Thousands of Organic Materials for Use in Solar Cells, Three Habitable Worlds Found Around the Same Star, Invisible Headphones Implanted in the Ear
328 - Why thinking about buying something makes us happier than buying it, 95% of people don’t wash their hands correctly, Twist-Off Wine Cork
327 - The Untold Story of Africa’s Farming Boom, The HIV-Prevention Pill Really Works, Why Would Aliens Come All This Way Just To Invade Earth?
326 - AlgaeBulb Lights Up With Green Algae, Plastic From Grass, Help Scientists Discover Warps In Spacetime
325 - Scientists discover the secret to what makes us itch, A Flood-Powered Gate That Automatically Raises As the Waters Rise, Giving Kids Computers Doesn’t Help Them In School At All, Devices That Listen To Your Life All The Time - The Next Creepy Tech Trend
324 - The plan to end world hunger with 3D printed food, A Real-Life Tricorder Is Now Available For You To Buy And Scan Yourself, Will our lives become easier with the Internet of Things?
323 - 40% of chronic back pain patients could be cured with antibiotics, SheerWind wind turbine can generate 600% more energy than conventional turbines, What your body will do in the next 30 seconds, A human stem cell has been cloned for the first time
322 - Twice as many entrepreneurs are over the age 50 as are under 25, Mobile phone carriers profit from phone theft, We still use the same words we did 15,000 years ago, The future of medicine is wearable, implantable, and personalized
321 - Twenty Years Ago the World Wide Web Went Public, How a Cheap Plastic Film Can Give Your Smartphone a 3-D Screen, It's Time to Stop Predicting the End of the World
320 - Fundawear – underwear with touch technology lets you feel your lover’s touch from anywhere on the planet, Drones, bacteria, and 3D printers will build the cities of the future, Masdar Institute researchers create way to prevent misinformation from spreading through social media
319 - News is bad for your health, Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions, A device that controls your mind with pleasurable stimulation, Why does chemotherapy cost $70k in the U.S., but only costs $2.5k in India?
318 - How the Tar Sands Are Crushing Science in Canada, Breathprint could one day be used to help diagnose disease, ‘Anti-rape’ lingerie zaps attacker and automatically texts police for help, Are algorithms better storytellers than human journalists?
317 - Excessive cleanliness may be making us sick, Researchers see antibody evolve against HIV, Kinect-Powered Depression Detector is Amazing and Creepy
316 - New Protein Discovery Could Change Biotech Forever, Scientists Grow Human Organs in a Lab, Photovoltaic Polymer Lets Damaged Retinas See the Light    315 - Scientists can tell who we are thinking about by scanning the brain, World poverty rate is shrinking rapidly: Study, Should We Revive Extinct Species? 
314 - Salt can trigger autoimmune diseases, Flipping a single molecular switch can make an old brain young, Wearable electronic sensors printed directly on the skin
313 - Infographic shows shelf life of food in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer, The future of education eliminates the classroom, Hacking the ‘Internet of Things’ 
312 - 59 percent of tuna in the U.S. isn’t actually tuna, Pilotless aircraft could be flying before cars go driverless, Dolphins refer to each other by name, The Suit Won’t Save You - Four Ways Space Can Kill You Dead
311 - Amazing Mobile Mini House, Urbee – World’s first 3D printed car ready for production, First ‘bionic eye’ implants will hit the U.S. market this year, A revolutionary new computer that never crashes 
310 - Coursera moves closer to academic acceptance, Wireless Carriers Leave Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers, Why Spanish Fly only works on men. And is deadly 
309 -  U.S. scientists make a breakthrough in tuberculosis, European Space Agnecy wants a 3D printed building on the moon, German Activists Punch Out Big Brother’s Eyes
308 - How crowdfunding can change the investment status quo, When trees die so do people, Suicidal Sensors: Darpa Wants Next-Gen Spy Hardware to Literally Dissolve 
307 - New bricks fabricated out of junk we aren’t using, A chip that can turn body heat into electric energy, Photography based proof that we actually did land on the moon, Harvard geneticist looking for ‘adventurous’ woman to give birth to a Neanderthal baby
306 - SmartBook - McGraw-Hill’s adaptive ebook, Ending the global food crisis, U.S. Cities Relying on Precog Software to Predict Murder 
305 - Not this week...
304 -  MP3 players are a dead technology, Ten surprising and scary health findings of 2012, DARPA’s robotic pack mule, Chicken farms turn to oregano as a substitute for antibiotics 
303 - The world is running out of helium, Mississippi River Faces Shipping Freeze as Water Levels Drop, Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future 
302 - Could there be planets better suited for supporting life than Earth? Top 20 tech trends for 2013, Golden Spike Company Unveils Plans to Fly Commercial Crews to the Moon, 8 Incredible Nanotechnologies that Actually Exist Today 
301 - How can post-industrial journalism adapt to the new realities of news? Will Big Data Destroy the Stock Market? Does multitasking make you dumber? Why futurists get it wrong    300 - EyeSee – seeing-eye mannequins that check out customers for age, sex, and race, The smartphone era is coming to an end, The future of Google’s self-driving car and morality
299 - Not This Week... 
298 - Volkswagen’s futuristic flying car concept, Aakash 2 – The $20 tablet that could transform computing as we know it, What happens to women denied abortions?
297 - New HIV vaccine Shows Promising Results and No Adverse Side-Effects, Re-healable Concrete to Undergo Key Outdoor Testing, New Prosthetic Hand Has Sweet Skills, Terminator Looks 
296 - If you are looking for a new startup idea, try farming, Most U.S. Drones Openly Broadcast Secret Video Feeds, Help Discover Dark Matter in the Universe, Win Money  
295 - Quality Lapses at Big Drug Manufacturing Plants Lead to Shortages and Danger, Darpa’s Rescue Robot, Seven Creepy Experiments That Could Teach Us So Much (If They Weren’t So Wrong) 
294 - Within 10 years college could be totally free, The Google era may be over, Cardboard bicycle can change transportation habits around the world 
293 - Inventing the 3D Pill Printer, Fend Off Trolls, Bots and Jerks With ‘Empathy’ Test, 7 Signs We Are Heading for a Mass Extinction 
292 - Everyone Who Wants a Drone Will Have One in the Near Future, Rent-to-Own Laptops Secretly Photographed Users Having Sex, FTC Says, Acoustic Cell-Sorting Chip May Lead to Cell Phone-Sized Medical Labs 
291 - Medical inkjet printer could one day print living tissue on demand, Why every single one of you should learn a little code, First 3D printer retail store opens in California 
290 - DNA from a crime scene could help police create an image of suspect’s face, Arctic Sea Ice Melt May Trigger Extreme European Winter, Africa’s answer to the iPad and iPhone, Is the era of the personal computer over? 
289 - Estonia’s ambitious plan to get 6 year olds to learn coding at school, How Childhood Neglect Stunts the Brain, Dark Energy Is Real, Say Astronomers 
288 - You Can Own a Self-Driving Car Today for $10,000, Researchers Hack Brainwaves to Reveal PINs, Other Personal Data, Concordia Researchers Develop Tools that Make Sense of Social Media, Recycled Dishes Form Telescope Network 
287 - Microwave Ovens May Help Produce Lower Cost Solar Energy Technology, What do successful people do during the first hour of their work day? What Happens When Cars Start Talking to Each Other? 
286 - 9 Technologies of the Future that will Radically Change the World, Job Burnout Strikes Nearly Half of all U.S. Doctors, Arctic Ice Set for Record-Breaking Summer Melt    285 - Legitimate e-book lending site taken down by angry authors, Every poor family in India may get a cell phone under a new government plan, Reveton ransomware resurges
284 - Chemotherapy can backfire and cause cancer to grow, Tool-using dolphins have been found to socialize in cliques, Steve Wozniak worries about cloud computing, What happens to your body when you lose 10 pounds?
283 - Smart headlight system lets drivers see through rain and snow, 2012 London Olympics goes green with recyclable basketball stadium, NSA Chief Tells Hackers His Agency Doesn’t Create Dossiers on All Americans
282 - Granny designs carrying solution for iPad, GiraDora – a foot-powered washing machine that will change millions of lives, 3 Computer Simulations that Changed The World (And 2 That Are on the Verge)
281 - 11 ways consumers are bad at math, Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 50 Meters Away, Japanese researchers transmit electricity through solid concrete, Sitting more than three hours a day cuts life expectancy by two years 
280 - Drone Hijacking, Secretly Monitor Cop Stops With New ACLU App, New Comic 'The Inventor' Electrifies Nikola Tesla’s Mad Genius 
279 - New twist on trash pickup in Portland, Ore., The future of content: Louis CK and Amanda Palmer, Mind-reading speller allows vegetative-state patients to communicate 
278 - SportVU - Missile tracking technology that will remake the NBA, Intel’s neuromorphic chip design that works more like the human brain, iPhone Jeans, No, You Can’t Use a Drone to Spy on Your Sexy Neighbor
277 -  Legal medical marijuana shops do not boost drug use in teens: Colorado study, Washington’s 5 Worst Arguments for Keeping Secrets From You, Belief in an angry God is the strongest predictor of a country’s crime rate, The Virus that Inspired the Whole Zombie Genre 
276 - Making it harder to learn beneficial to students, New tech boom in San Francisco brings jobs but also worries, Plants can see, smell, feel and remember but can they think? 
275 - Scientists restore sight to blind mice by regenerating optic nerve, Egyptian teenager invents new space propulsion system based on Quantum Physics, Science may have just beaten Prostate Cancer, After 15 Months in Orbit, Secret Space Plane Finally Returning to Earth 
274 - HP busted for putting less and less ink into printer cartridges, Quantum object teleported 100 kilometers by Chinese Scientists, Low-Cost nanosheet catalyst discovered to split hydrogen from water, We’re heading towards a future where brain scans replace the SAT 
273 - The first private spaceship that will dock with the International Space Station, Kid invents candy cure for ailment, 15 powerful things happy people do differently, Global Warming: Wheat and barley plants are finding it too hot as well
272 - Scientific retractions increasing exponentially, Ancient bacteria emerge from melting ice sheets, How to make yourself smarter, Here’s how much body parts cost on the Black Market 
271 - Not This Time...    270 - Drugs cause about five times more side effects than realized, Most college students in the U.S. prefer digital over print when reading, People who daydream have sharper brains 
269 - Scientists discover gene that holds key to extending life 20 years, Scientist implanted with RFID Chip gets computer virus, Homeless People Hired To Act As 4G Hotspots at SXSW, Microsoft's Universal Translator Preserves Inflection, Intonation and Accent 
268 - Spherical solar cells capture sunlight from all directions, Futuristic speech-jamming gun immediately silences you whether you like it or not, Heart disease drug reduces racial prejudice: Study 
267 - Google Offers $1 Million in Hacker Bounties for Exploits Against Chrome, Smartphone Sensor Scans Food for E. Coli, Two New Blood Types Identified, What Creatures are Living on your Smartphone? 
266 - Single-atom transistor is end of Moore's Law, Eating dessert at breakfast may help you lose weight, Albert Einstein's 10 Biggest Scientific Mistakes
265 - Green tea the secret to healthy old age: study, MIT creates solar panels from leaves and grass, Scientists create human brain cells from skin
264 - Humans are still evolving, Air pollution from traffic can impair the way the brain functions, What did the world’s first language sound like?
263 - Brain continues to learn even while asleep, Taiwan develops rewritable paper that works without electricity, Farewell to Fermilab's Tevatron 
262 - Not Ths Week 
261.5 - Is Cancer A New Parasite Species, $2 Erasable E-Paper Aims to Replace Paper, New antiviral Drug Could Destroy Nearly Any Viral Infection
261 - Scientists Stabilize Antimatter, Could Lead to Starships, Scientists A Step Closer to a 'Miracle' Treatment for Genetic Diseases, Scientists Discover Protein to Restore Grey Hair to It's Original Color 
260 - World's First Solar Power Plant That Generates Electricity at Night, Your Brain Can't Handle More Than 150 Friends, U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right 
259 - Donkey's Milk Helps You Lose Weight, 22 Year Old College Student Finds 'Missing Mass' of the Universe, A Drug That Can Erase Your Memories
258 - Carbon Nanotube Patch Could Help Heal the Heart, British Inventor Plans Spectacles Revolution for Developing Countries, Swiss Researchers Look Forth to Generate Power From Human Blood Flow
257 - Antihydrogen Could Lead to Anti-gravity, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Proven, Astonomers Begin Search for Alien Life on 86 Planets, The Difference Between a Genius and an Idiot May Come Down to a Single Gene
256 - First Practical Artificial Leaf Developed, World's First Interactive Paper Computer, A Virus Could Help You Lose Weight    255 - Music Lessons in Childhood Make You Smarter, More Intelligent, RIP Typewriters, Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors, Brain Takes ‘Naps’ to Recharge...
254 - Every Language in the World Evolved From Single Prehistoric Mother Tongue, Researchers Create Printed Battery That Stores 40% More Energy, UK Gets Viagra-Laced Beer, Energy Saving Light Bulbs May Cause Cancer...
253 - Everything Will be Powered by the Sun in the Future, Big Brother Needs No Warrant to Snoop at Your Cloud Emails, An Apple a Day Really Does Keep the Doctor Away...
252 - Nanotechnology Breakthrough for Antibiotics, Junk Food as Addictive as Cocaine, Chemical Discovered Which Makes Bone Marrow Repair Skin, Better Thinking Through Neurogenesis...
251 - Microsoft Switches Off Privacy for Hotmail Users in War-Torn and Repressive States, The World is Getting Windier and the Waves Higher, Marine Microbes Found Feasting On Plastic, 'Blue Petroleum' Fuel Could Be the Fuel of the Future, Is Your Meat Made With Meat Glue...
250 - World's Largest Source of Spam Email Shut Down By Microsoft and U.S. Marshals, Nine Jobs People May Lose to Robots, What's In Movie Theater Popcorn?...
249 - Smart Contact Lenses Will be the Bluetooth Headsets of the Future, Translucent Concrete, NASA Researches 5kW Galactic Trash Disposal System...
248 - Kite-Powered Electric Car Crosses Australia Using Only $15 Worth of Electricity, Kepler Spacecraft Finds 2 Planets Sharing Same Orbit, Amazing Skin Gun Heals Severe Burns in Days, 1 in 5 Americans Use the Internet While Driving...
247 - Antibody Created as Medical Smart Bomb to Fight Cancer, Solowheel Reinvents the Wheel with Next-Gen Segway Unicycle, Plastic That Can Conduct Electricity, Astronomers Warn Mankind Should Prepare For a Global Katrina-style Disaster...
246 - Sticky Tape Could Soon be Used to Diagnose Skin Cancer, Sexual Reproduction in Space Will Likely be Impossible Says Nasa, emPower Electronic Corrective Eyeglasses to Replace Progressive Lenses and Bifocals...
245 - Chocolate Healthier Than Fruit, Google Earth Uncovers Thousands of Tombs, Top Ten Most Nutritious Vegetables and How to Grow Them in Your Garden, Junk Food Lowers a Child IQ...
244 - SoundBite Hearing Aid Uses Teeth to Transmit Sound, China Blocks the Word 'Egypt' From Internet Searches, Skier Airbags - Motorcyclist Protection Technology Coming to the Ski Slopes, Woman Grows Out Her Fingernails for 22 Years in the Hopes of Meeting Oprah...
243 - Future Criminals Could be Identified as Toddlers, The United States of Shame, Most Students in U.S. Are Not Proficient in Science, Central Heating is Making You Fat...
242 - Superstreet Traffic Design Promises Faster Travel Times by Eliminating Left Turns, Smoking Causes Genetic Damage to the Body in Minutes Rather Than Years, Man Discovers Glasses-Free 3D, Driving Three Hours at Night as Bad as Driving Drunk...
241 - Study Links Meditation to Telomerase, An Anti-Age Enzyme, E. Coli Bacteria Could Become Our Next Computer Hard Drives, UNSW's Sunswift IVy - world's fastest solar-powered vehicle, Earbuds Beat Depression by Shining Lights Into Your Brain...    240 - Living Earth Simulator – Predicting the Future of Everything, Man’s Brain Has Been Shrinking Over Last 20,000 Years, Scientists Find Evidence For ‘Chronesthesia,’ or Mental Time Travel...
239 - Humans and Neanderthals Co-existed with Another Humanoid Species, Biting Cold Winters Driven by Global Warming, Watching Television on a T-Shirt, Maverick Flying Car – Street and Air Legal Flying Car...
238 - Tobacco Mosaic Virus Boosts Lithium Batteries, Scientists Create Mouse From Two Fathers, Google Body Browser – New 3D Medical Browser That Will Make Us All Doctors...
237 - Spray-On Stem Cell Healing Technology, Anesthetic Gases Cause As Much Warming As 1 Million Cars, Sonex Aircraft’s DIY Electric Airplane Makes Maiden Flight, World’s Smartest Teenagers Are From Shanghai...
236 - Physicist Finds Universe Existed Before the Big Bang, Study: WiFi Makes Trees Sick, Sex Everyday Keeps Diseases Away, The Solar Oven Restaurant in Chile...
235 - Streetlights Could be Replaced by Trees Infused with Glowing Nanoparticles, Computer Touchpad Made Out of Paper, ‘Racetrack’ Memory Could Make Your Computer 100,000 Times Faster by 2015...
234 - Volcanoes Have Shifted Asian Rainfall, Genetic Secret to AIDS Immunity Discovered, Stanford Students Design Recyclable Laptop That Disassembles In Just 2 Minutes, China’s Chery Auto Launches Its First Electric Vehicle...
233 - U.S. Researcher Claims Dream Recording Device Possible, New Super Hero Style Spacesuits Simulates the Effects of Gravity on the Body, Virus Breakthrough Could Mean a Cure for the Common Cold, Eye Implant Developed That Allows Blind to See Shapes and Objects...
232 - Scientists Develop a $1.50 Lens-Free Microscope, Young Inventor Honored by Nobel Winners for Solar-Powered Fridge, Blest Machine: Convert Plastic Trash into Usable Oil at Home...
231 - Making a Baby in Space Could be Dangerous, Windstalk – Wind Farm Without the Turbines, Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP...
230 - Mystery of the Honeybees Solved, Special Door Serves As Earthquake Shelter, New Research Shows How the Prison-Poverty Cycle Creates ‘Toxic Persons’ Condemned to Failure, Children at a Greater Risk of Mental Problems the Longer Their Screen Time...
229 - Human Trials to Begin for Cutting-Edge Suspended Animation Surgery, Malaysian Astrophysicist Appointed As United Nations ‘Alien Ambassador’, Genetically Modified Silkworms Produce Spider Silk, Aluminum Foam Made from Recycled Cans...
228 - Keeping Your Mind Active Delays Dementia But Speeds Up Decline Later On, Cannabis Catering, MERL develop roaming charging stations to power EVs anywhere, Self-Assembling Solar Cells Created That Repair Themselves...
227 - Scientists Create Liver Cells from Human Skin, Scientists Crack the Genetic Code of Wheat, Cannabis Electric Car, Black Rice is the New Cancer-Fighting Superfood...
226 - Copenhagen Wheel – Transforms Any Bicycle Into a Hybrid Electric Bike, Air Force In Brazil To Record UFO Sightings, Desk Lamp Turns Table-Top Into 3D...    225 - Unlocking the Savant Brain In All Of Us, Make Microwave Popcorn Using a Simple Brown Paper Bag, Surgeon To Carry Out World’s First Full Leg Transplant, New ‘Sophisticated’ Trojan, Which Is Undetectable, Has Emptied Bank Accounts Worldwide...
224 - Artists Video Charts Every Nuclear Explosion on Earth Since 1945, New Solar Cells Can Produce Electricity From Light and Heat Simultaneously, Using the Internet to Predict the Future...
223 - Wisconsin School Cuts Crime By Changing Menu, High Doses Of Controversial Chemical BPA Discovered In Paper Receipts, Japan’s Future Threatened by Strict Immigration Rules, Risk of Earthquakes in the U.S. Midwest May be More Widespread Than First Thought ...
222 - Earth’s Upper Atmosphere Suffers Record Breaking Collapse, Beyond the Gulf Oil Spill: Five Ongoing Ecological Disasters With No End In Sight, New Energy Technologies to unveil see-through glass SolarWindow ...
221 - Researchers Discover Gene Pattern That Predicts Who Will Live the Longest, Black Inventor Reveals Two Amazing Energy Saving Inventions On CNN, The Secret to Running and Swimming Faster – The Position of Your Belly Button, Scientists Prove Which Came First — The Chicken or the Egg...
220 - RoseStreet Labs Triple-Layered Solar Panel Catches Full Solar Spectrum, How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks, America’s First Electric Highway...
219 - First Cell Phone Radiation Law Passed in San Francisco, Europe Will Be Powered By Solar Panels in the Sahara Desert Within 5 Years, Scientists Create ‘Plastic Antibodies’ to Fight Antigens...
218 - Coming Soon, One-Shot Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer, High Heels can Ruin a Woman’s Health, Scientists Produce Liver from Stem Cells, Girls Reaching Puberty Before Age 10 – A Year Earlier Than 20 Years Ago ...
217 - Air Pollution Ups the Risk of Sudden Heart Attack, Wave of Labor Unrest in China Signals End of Cheap Labor, New Peanut Created That Could Free Millions of People from Fear of Deadly Allergic Reaction ...
216 - Safest Car Ever Built Destroyed by the U.S. Government, Transforming the Wind’s Vibrations into Electricity, Are Cell Phones to Blame for the Disappearance of Honey Bees?
215 - On the webpage - Kevin Costner's Oil-Separating Machine, Bacteria Found in Garden Soil That Can Make You Smarter and Happier, A Chain Reaction of Space Junk Could Destroy Communications on Earth ...
214 - Nano-Spiders: DNA Robots that Could One Day Be Walking Through Your Body, Spacecraft To Test Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity, Girl Grows Two New Kidneys After Old Ones Fail...
213 - Tesla-Inspired Bladeless Wind Turbine Could Generate Power Comparable to Coal Power Plants, A UV Water Pitcher Kills 99.999% of Germs in Drinking Water, Using DNA to Replace Silicon Microchips, Bird Washing Machine Cleans Oil Covered Birds in 7 Minutes...
212 - Cellphone Payments – An Alternative to Paying with Cash, A Step Closer to Personalized Genetic Medicine, Pokeberries Could Be the Key to Spreading Affordable Solar Power Around the World, Listening to Prayer Shuts Off Brain Activity Responsible for Scepticism ...
211 - $3 Hand-Powered Suction Device Quickly Heals Wounds, Drinking Too Much Pop Linked to Premature Aging, ‘Corn Smut’ – Revolting Fungus That Could Make You Younger and Healthier...    210 - New Era of Designer Babies with Three Parents and No Hereditary Diseases, Student in Kenya Invents Solar Powered Forest Fire Detector, 16 Year Old High School Student Discovers Microbe That Eats Plastic...
209 - Magnets Shown to Manipulate Morality, The Future of the College Classroom, ProDigits – Individual Prosthetic Fingers Can Replace Any or All Fingers on a Hand, Togolese student builds working robot from old TVs ...
208 - Land Peel – Carpet That Transforms Into Furniture, Grandmother Invents Foolproof Needle, Looking At Photos Of Sick People Boosts Your Immune System, The Sahara Forest Project – A Renewable Energy Oasis...
207 - Acne Drug Prevents HIV Breakout, YikeBike, Seaweed to Tackle Rising Tide of Obesity, Java In A Puff...
206 - A Photographic Memory in a Pill, Flowering Plants May Be Considerably Older Than Previously Thought, Eco-Friendly Homes Made From Recycled Plastic, Blocks of Life Bubbling in the Orion Nebula ...
205 - Tata Nano EV – World’s Cheapest Electric Car, Forget Fingerprints – Supersleuths Develops Software to Analyze the Nose, Physicist Discovers How to Teleport Energy, ‘Brain Washing’ Technique Could Reduce Disability In Newborn Babies...
204 - Pesticide Turns Male Frogs into Females, An Unintended Consequence of Mass Layoffs: Fewer Boys Being Born, NASA Project M Could Put Humanoids on the Moon in 1000 Days, ‘Smart Salad Dressing’ Could Keep Venice from Sinking...
203 - United Nations Identifies e-waste as an Urgent And Growing Problem, Chronic Health Problems in Children Have Doubled in 12 Years, EDUIT Announces $50 Million eSingularity Prize for Global Education, Cloning Neanderthals...
202 - Scientists Fear Lightning Deaths Will Increase Due to Global Warming, Hubless Zigzain Bicycle Concept Powered by Simple Driveshaft, Baking Garden Rhubarb Dramatically Increases Anti-Cancer Chemicals...
201 - Bioactive Nanomaterial Promotes Growth of New Cartilage, UN To Discuss International Air Traffic Control For Outer Space, Your Baby’s DNA Is Being Stored In A Government Lab, 1 in 5 Have Inherited the ‘Unfitness Gene’...
200 - Forests Are Growing Faster, Spray-On Liquid Glass Can Protect Almost Any Surface From Damage, Tobacco Plants Used To Grow Cheap Biodegradable Solar Cells, 2010 Tapping World Summit...
199 - Evidence of the Afterlife, The Puffin: A Personal Aircraft, Venus Flytrap for Nuclear Waste ...
198 - The Future of Work, Dell Froot Concept Design Does Away with Keyboard, Monitor, Haiti Earthquake Relief – Solar Panels To Help Light The Night, Solution for Haiti – HydroWell Village – Produces Clean Water From Virtually Any Water Source...
197 - Anti-Alzheimer’s Milkshake Boosts Memory, Our Brains Have a Distorted Concept of Time, The Transparent House, ‘Swelling Glass’ can pick and choose pollutants from water...
196 - Nanotech Infused Viagra Bed Sheets, Pedal-Powered Submarine To Go On The Market, Every National Geographic Available on External Drive, Top 10 Forecasts for 2010 and Beyond From The Futurist Magazine, Cancer Victim Beats Disease By Using Mistletoe Instead Of Chemotherapy...    195 - Not This Week...
194 - Future of Light Bulbs May Be ESL’s, China On Pace To Become World’s Largest Wind Power Market, Super Efficient Next-Generation Solar Cells From Nanotubes, World’s First Algae Powered Car Unveiled...
193 - Solar Panel Made From Human Hair, Converting Vinegar Into Gasoline, Cellphone Radiation, Forgotten Memories Are Still in Your Brain...
192 - Bike Camper, Study Shows Drinking Beer Improves Bone Density, Aspirin Taken By Healthy People Does More Harm Than Good, Tumors Feel The Deadly Sting Of Nanobees...
191 - Retina Cells Created From Skin-derived Stem Cells, Congo Lake Gas, America’s Most Stressful Cities, Fastest Evolving Technology – DNA Sequencing...
190 - Existing Osteoporisis Drugs Effective In Killing Flu Viruses, Anti-Cancer Compound Discovered, IBM Uses ‘DNA Origami’ To Make Next-Gen Microchips, Astronauts could mix DIY concrete for cheap moon base, Wireless Power Spec Nears Completion, Official Logo Released ...
189 - Research on plastics that conduct electricity receives funds, 3-D Printers Make Manufacturing Accessible, First Wi-Fi Pacemaker In US Allows Doctors To Monitor Health Over The Internet, Molecular Condom Could Protect Women From HIV...
188 - Tiny Battery Traps Solar Power To Run An Entire House, Living Near A Wind Farm Could Be Bad For Your Health, Eating A Diet High In Fructose Impairs Memory, New Microbe Strain Makes More Electricity, Faster...
187 - Students Embed Stem Cells In Sutures To Enhance Healing, Ants More Rational Than Humans, Transparent Aluminum Is ‘New State Of Matter,’ Artificial Brain In 10 Years...
186 - New Twists In DNA Model, Potential Neuropoison Could Be in Our Food, Tsunami Risk for West Coast Higher Than Expected...
185 - Plantagon: Dome Farm of the Future, It Doesn’t Pay To Be Intelligent, Solar-Powered Houseboat Can Survive the Harshness of the Ocean...
184 - Human Sperm Created In A Lab, Tweel: Innovative Airless Tire, Ultimate Memory Enhancer Discovered...
183 - Not This Week...
182 - ‘Chemical Nose’ May Sniff Out Cancer Earlier, Morning People And Night Owls Show Different Brain Function, Dinosaurs May Have Been Smaller Than Previously Thought, Cows Bred To Burp Less Will Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Orange Solar Tent Concept Revealed...
181 - Evolution Can Occur In Less Than 10 Years, Guppy Study Finds, World’s First Mass-Produced Zero Emission Car To Hit Roads Soon, Drilling May Be Behind Texas Earthquakes, Awesome Office In The Woods By Selgascano...    180 - RollStick - Generating Renewable Energy Playfully, WindTronics’ Latest Creation Converts The Slowest Of Winds Into Electricity, Giant Inflatable Tower Could Reach The Edge Of Space, 9,000-Year-Old Brew...
179 - Purple Tomatoes, Scientists Engineer Cellular Circuits That Count Events, ‘See Through’ Bikini Lets You Tan All Over, Third Of World’s Gas Reserve Found Beneath Arctic...
178 - Common Cancer Drug Destroys Patients Fingerprints, HIV Vaccine Turns Muscle Into Antibody Factories, Sharp Debuts World’s Thinnest Solar Panels For Mobile Devices, Can Animals Tell The Difference Between Right And Wrong?
177 - Cats Control 42 per cent Of The Internet, Microbes Turn Organic Waste Into Eco-Friendly Plastics, Wind Turbines Using Electrical Transmission Towers, Air-Fueled Battery Lasts 10 Times Longer...
176 - Gene Key To Alzheimer’s-like Reversal Identified, Hot New Adrenaline Sport - Volcano Boarding, Women More Vulnerable To Tobacco Carcinogens, New Results Show, Eco Architecture - Phyte, An electricity generating ‘epiphytic’ mobile tower...
175 - Espresso Book Machine, Fungal Compound With Anti Cancer Activity, Scientists Discover Northern Lights Caused By Electrical Tornadoes, ‘Lunar Oasis’ - Growing Flowers and Vegetables on the Moon...
174 - Quikey – A four-wheeled bike for a transcontinental adventure, Solar Roof Tiles, Scorpion Venom Slows Brain Cancer, Pirate Hunting Drone Boat...
173 - Humans and Aliens Might Share DNA Roots, Batteries Built By Viruses, ‘Kyoto Box’ Solar Powered Cooker Wins Climate Prize, Ancient Diatoms Lead To New Technology For Solar Energy, Tree Houses - Nature With Architecture...
172 - Flying Car Successfully Completes First Test Flight, British Scientists Could Become First To Create Synthetic Human Blood, Neutron Tracks Revive Hopes for Cold Fusion, Eco Tech: Scientists Develop New Capacitor for Ultra-Efficient Electric Cars...
171 - Five' Ways Your Brain Is Messing With You, 'Reactable' May Be The Future Of Music, Nanoball Batteries Could Recharge Electric Cars In Minutes...
170p2 - 'Interplanetary Internet' Passes First Test, Glaciers In China And Tibet Fading Fast, Lab-made Proteins, Class Project: Find bin Laden...
170p - Solar-Powered Radio Stations in Rural Africa, Transgenes Found In Wild Corn, Stem Cells In Hair Follicles, Did Google Earth Find Atlantis?
170 - Electricity From Straw, Vertical Wind Turbine, Laser Guitar, Is The Solar System Unique?
169 - Birds Survived Mass Extinction, Newborn Infants Detect The Beat In Music, Crack Babies - The Epidemic That Didn’t Happen, New Way To Produce Hydrogen Discovered...
168 - New Family Of Antibacterial Agents Uncovered, The Wall Paper House, Water Pollution Linked With Infertility, Mars May Still Be A Living Planet...
167 - Hazards Of Severe Space Weather Revealed, Worlds First Biofuel Flying Car, A Pill To Curb Smoking Damage, Astronomers Discover New Radio Signal Using Large Balloon...
166 - Turn Your Clothes Into Fabric Speakers, Capella: The Electric Backpack Bicycle, Coral Massive Bleaching Event, Transparent Electronics, Study Finds Big Butts Protect Against Diabetes, Titanium Golf Clubs Could Cause Hearing Loss...    165 - Draft Beer TV, Incubators Made Out Of Car Parts To Curb Infant Mortality In Developing Countries, Mp3-Recording Guitar, Platinum-Free Fuel Cells Eliminates Need For Expensive Catalysts, GPS Angel Red Light/Speed Camera Warning System<br>
164 - Brain Cells That Are A Key To Learning Discovered, The Palm Pistol, EU Court to Britain: Your National DNA Database Violates Human Rights, Hubble Finds Carbon Dioxide On An Extrasolar Planet
163 - Infrared Light Could Bring Music To The Deaf, Devote 10,000 Hours To Become A Genius, Microscopic Lightsabers To Fight Cancer, Gocycle For The Urban Commuter
162 - The iPosture Helps You Achieve Perfect Posture, Stress Hormone Found In Children Who Watch Parents Argue, Ten Minute Blood Test To Identify Cancer Proteins, Turning Rubbish Into Dinners In Kibera
161 - Mini Nuclear Plants to Power 20,000 Homes, Aged Arteries Found In Obese Children,  bioHAWT Wind Turbine, New Digital Camera With Built-In Printer, New Spaceship Force Field Makes Mars Trip Possible
160 - Not this week - Making History
159 - Not this week - Halloween!
158 - Study: Cell Phones Can Affect Sperm Quality, 'Green Gasoline' Crafted From Sugar And Carbohydrates, TFAS: A New Procedure That Can Restore Full Use Of Spine, Carbon Is Building Up in Atmosphere Faster Than Predicted
157 - Scientists Discover Method Of Powdering Methane Gas, Software Spots the Spin in Political Speeches, Vatican Says it Does Not Owe Darwin an Apology, New Carbon Material Stores Large Quantities Of Renewable Electrical Energy
156 - Touch-Hear - Knowledge At Your Fingertips, Menstrual Blood May Save Lives, Excessive Thinking Will Make You Fat, Electricity From Dirt
155 - Space Cube - World?s Smallest Computer, Why Cannibalism Is Bad, Rosetta Spacecraft On Its Way To Meet Asteroid Steins, The Large Hadron Collider: how the press demeans science
154 - Japan?s Styrofoam Dome Homes, MIT Developing Super Realistic 6-D Imaging Device, World's Largest Solar Energy Project Planned For India
153 - Dutch Town To Be Paved With Air Purifying Concrete, Orgasms ?with the Touch of a Button,? MIT Working to Create the $12 Laptop, Obama Delivers Space Policy Speech in Florida
152 - Chip Developed That Makes Internet 60 Times Faster, N-Prize Competition, Houston Doctors Say They May Have Found A Way To Destroy HIV, Cheap Catalyst Could Turn Sunlight, Water Into Fuel 
151 - Next Gen Wind Energy Design, Toy Rocket Inspires Variable-Speed Bullets, Potentially Serious Security Flaws Found In Most Bank Websites, Rumor: Apple to Launch MacBook Touch    150 - Magnetic Nanotechnology Used To Capture Cancer, Growing Neural Implants, Women Shifting to Cyber Sex, 1960s documentary: Self-experimenting with magic mushrooms
149 - Peak Metal, Amazing Dolphin-Boat Submarine, New Self Destructing Vaccine, Scientists Prevent Brain-Cell Suicide to Keep Birds Singing 
148 - Summer Break!
147 - Summer Break!
146 - Batch of ?Super-Earths? Found, Old Muscle Becomes Young Again, Cybertecture and the Egg in Mumbai India, Are Trees Warm-blooded?
145- Electrolux Sunny Solar Heated Water Front Loader, UroClub Makes Peeing On The Golf Course A Private Affair, The Coke-Mentos Booby Trap, A Whole New Tiny World, as Microscope Resolution Doubles
144 - The NanoBrewMaster, Plastic Lasers In Our Future, Pentagon Unveils the M-18 Elite, How Are Humans Unique?
143 - Not This Week...Writing...
142 - CCTV Boom has Failed to Slash UK Crime, How to Locate Pinhole Cameras, Motion-Capture Suits Will Spice Up Virtual Sex, Europe Recruits Astronauts for Possible Moon Missions
141 - Survey: Women are Better Managers, Laser May Boost Search For Earthlike Planets, Perfecting An Artificial Pancreas, California: Veggie Oil-Powered ?Grease Car? Owners Are Scofflaws
140 - New Map, Cold Plasma, CSI 2.0: Faster than DNA, Engineers find 'missing link' of electronics, Simple brain exercise can boost IQ
139 - Low Carbon Diet, Thirst Aid ? On-The-Fly Water Purification, Scientists Figure Out How To Grow Plants In Moondust, Nurture Over Nature: Certain Genes Are Turned On Or Off By Geography And Lifestyle
138 - Scientists Take Drugs to Boost Brain Power, Laser Triggers Artificial Lightning, Curious Cloud Formations Linked to Quakes, Nuked Coral Reef Bounces Back
137 - The Grid: Superfast Internet, Spy Camera Sunglasses, USB Digital Camera, Sweat Ducts May Act As Antenna For Lie Detection
136 - Tooth Regeneration, The Lynx - Rocket For Two, Daisies can Lower Triglycerides, Yuri's Night at NASA Ames Lab    135 - Electrons Travel Over 100 Times Faster in Graphene than Silicon, Intel's 60 Mile Long-Range Wi-Fi, Molly Ivins on Hillary, Tibet Once Ruled China 
134 - Scientists Create Room Temperature Superconductor, Win Your March Madness Pool, Molecular Basis of Life Discovered on Extrasolar Planet, Final Thoughts from Sir Arthur C. Clarke 
133 - Unexplained White Nose Disease Killing Northeast Bats, Gene That Can Block The Spread Of HIV Discovered, Man Creates Vigilante Robot to Battle Drug Dealers, Invading Trees Put Rainforests At Risk 
132 - Google Lunar X Prize, Breath Analysis Used to Diagnosis Diseases, ZIF Crystals Trap 80x Its Weight In CO2, Nanoparticles to Make Hydrogen Cheaper than Gasoline 
131 - Peace Sign Turns 50, Powerful People Ignore New Ideas, Poverty Mars Formation of Infant Brains, Study Rejects Internet Sex Predator Stereotype 
130 - Vitamin Beer, Self-Cleaning Wool and Silk Developed Using Nanotechnology, A Chart of Women's Preferred Penis Sizes, Microfiber Fabric Makes Its Own Electricity, The Orgasmatron 
129 - 'Itch-Free' Pyjamas, Take Your Medicine, or Try This Tooth, 80% Efficient Solar Panel, DNA 'Pistons' Could Power Nanoscale Robots 
128 - Macbook Air?Let's Not Lose Our Minds, Nanotech Promises 10X Improvement in Battery Life, Why People Have Irrational Beliefs About Money, Music DRM's Final Days 
127 - Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human Study, Tata Nano Car, NASA Spacecraft to Make Historic Flyby of Mercury, Top British violinist to release record for free online 
126 - NASA Spinoff 2007, Magnetic Foam, Five Key Technologies to Watch in 2008, The Infinitely Geared Bike 
125 - No Map Room This week 
124 - Turning Water into Fuel,  Human Evolution Speeding Up, Chip-Shrinking May Be Nearing Its Limits, Your Encryption Key Is Protected By The Constitution? 
123 - Everyday Ecotech, Virtual Cable Turns Windshield into Navigation Display, Machine Turns Junk into Usable Petroleum and Gas, Mars Rover Spirit Fighting For Survival
122 - 2008 Video Games Report Card, Jesus Hearts Darwin, The Electric Skateboard, Doctors Baffled By Green Sweat 
121 - Nanosolar - Power to the people, Bacteria extract hydrogen at over 90% efficiency, Cannabis compound 'halts cancer'    120 - One Laptop Per Child Sale Has Begun, Study Documents the Power of Indoor Plants, Taser Parties Come to the US
119 - Give (Clean) Coal a Chance, With the Help of GPS, Amazonian Tribes Reclaim the Rain Forest, Organ 'Printing' Creates Beating Heart Cells, Swiss Study has Some Surprises on Marijuana Use
118 - Scientists Envision Growing Human Eyeballs, Organic Produce Really IS Better, Superfast Laser Turns Virus Into Rubble, Ban On Leaded Petrol 'Has Cut Crime Rates Around The World'
117 - Return Of Devil's Bible To Prague, Asteroid Could Hit Earth In 2029, US Scientist Close to Creating First Artificial Life Form, Skies to be Swept for Alien Life, War of the Worlds
116 - Not this week
115 - Physicists Get Two Atoms to Communicate, Bacteria Successful in Cancer Treatment, A Keyboard for the Techno Crowd
114 - Jail Threat Hangs Over Scientific Pioneers, Livestock Meltdown Threatens Developing World, Now Police Can Use Tasers on Children, Battery Breakthrough
113 - $100 Laptop, Meet The $100 Desktop, Increased Floods Due to Shrinking Plant Leaf Pores, Scientists' New Spin on Spider-Man Techniques, Parasites Sneak Entire Genome into Flies
112 - Baby Talk is Universally Understood, Comet Star Leaves Planets in Wake, Meraki's Guerilla Wi-Fi to Put a Billion More People Online
111 - Speed of Light Broken? Solar Sensors Could Monitor Bridges, Microfluidics: Like Computer Chips With Plumbing
110 - Scientists Reveal The Secret Of Levitation, Weed Gave up Sex Long Ago, Hack Your Way Into Space, Fossils Could Force Rethink of Human Evolution 
109 - New Fingerprint Technology, First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq, New Planet Found Near Red Giant
108 - Sleep Patterns Affects Teen Behavior, Newly Declassified Window Film Keeps Out Hackers, Phone Calls, EMPs, Chips: High Tech Aids or Tracking Tools?
107 - Carbon Nanotubes Strengthen Artificial Muscles, Hydrogen-Powered Racecar, Evolution Occurs in the Blink of an Eye, The Secret to More Useful Robots: Tai Chi Training
106 - Microholography and the 500 GB Disc, Using a Robot to Teach Human Social Skills, Prince Points the Way to a Brighter Future for Music, NASA Contractor Designs Lunar Habitat    105 - Study Shows Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Wind-Powered Mobile Phone Charger, Don't Be Fooled by the Swaddling Clothes: Babies Are Liars
104 - World's First Commercial Tidal Energy Generator To Be Built In Northern Ireland, Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works, Scientists find way to separate HIV virus from cells
103 - Men Turn to Belly-Dancing to Lose Beer Gut, New Software to End Traffic Back-Up in Emergencies, Circadian Rhythms Found To Be In Control Of All Mammal Genes
102 - No map room, 2nd Anniversary show
101 - Stem Cell Debate May Be Over, A Step Toward a Living, Learning Memory Chip, Debaptism 2.0: Fleeing the Flock Via the Net
100 - Greenhouse Solution: Sucking The CO2 Straight Out Of The Atmosphere, New View on Hurricanes Could Yield Better Predictions, New Buildings to Dance in the Wind
99 - The Truth About Lie Detectors, Some Fungi Thrive On Radiation, Study Says, Calling all Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky scientists!
98 - Powered Surf Board, Too Many Vitamins May Trigger Prostate Cancer, 25 Schools Join Unique Partnership With NASA, Spintronics Breaks the Silicon Barrier
97 - Phoenix Mars Lander Set for August Launch, Mathematicians Design Wormhole, Snake Coughs Up Entire Hippo, A Foolproof Way To End Bank Account Phishing?
96 - 3G Stepper Fitness Bike, From Darpa - Luke's Binoculars, Doing Good Makes You Feel Good
95 - Status Update of 'Warp Drives', Earth-Like Planet Found Close By, Nanoscale 'Trees' Improve Efficiency of Cheap Plastic Solar Cells
94 - Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors, How to Get Off a Government Watch List, Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Bees?
93 - not this week, though I weigh in on the whole Don Imus flap...
92 - The Lie Detector, Wireless Power
91 - Flexible Battery Charges in a Minute, Broadband Over Powerlines, An Ivy-League End-Run Around Affirmative Action    90 - Huge Amounts of Water at Mars' South Pole, Rapid Victories Against Extreme Poverty, New Irises and Corneas From Stem Cells
89 - First Commercially Available Brain To Computer Interface, World?s First SciFi Interior Design Firm, Energy 2.0: Smells Like Green Spirit
88 - MIT Posts Entire Curriculum Online for Free, Clinical Trials Go Offshore, Why the Media Passes Off Bunk as News
87 - TInt'l Polar Year, Emergency Care Guinea Pigs, Scientists Invent Real-Life 'Tricorder'
86 - Scientists Generate Electricity in Novel Way, Human Compassion Surprisingly Limited, New Cells from Old Brains, Incorrect Results Easy to Get
85 - Cosmic Rays Blamed for Global Warming, Turning Algae into Fuel, Mystery Ailment Strikes Honeybees
84 - Google's Plan to Control the Internet, Drugs that can be 'Smoked,' The X-Hawk Flying Car
83 - The Smart Fuel Cell, Hyperbike, Open Access to Science Under Attack, Military Shows Off New Ray Gun
82 - Why Aliens Haven't Found Us Yet, Robot-Built Home, Invisible 'Radio' Tattoos
81 - Top 10 Detox Foods, Burqini: Muslim Women's Version of the Bikini, Genetically Modified Hens Lay Eggs Loaded with Drugs, Deadly Frog Fungus Spreads to Japan
80 - Black Diamonds Come from Outer Space, NASA Outlines Recent Changes in Earth's Freshwater Distribution, Forget the iPhone - Where's The New Apple Software
79 - Inside Seagate's R&D Labs, UFO Archive To Be Launched By French Space Agency, Flexible Plastic Sheets of Power
78 - New Tattoo Ink May Change The Longevity of Tattoos, Parasite Makes Women More Attractive, Happiness: Good for Creativity, Bad for Single-Minded Focus
77 - Flat Lights, Terrorists Blamed for Our Bad Cellphone Service, Stem Cells Patch Holes in Brain without Prompting
76 - 'Tabletop' Particle Accelerator, The Antikythera Computer, Software Robot That Follows You    75 - The Spray On Condom, The FBI's Scary New Eavesdropping Tool, Scientist Fights Church Effort to Hide Museum's Pre-Human Fossils
74 - Honda's New Fuel-Cell Prototype, Using the Mind to Cure the Body, Global Warming Could Doom Male Crocodiles, 13 Things We Can't Explain
73 - Foam Parties, Five Toughest Questions That Women Ask Men, Antiviral Paint Kills Flu on Contact
72 - The Clever Car, 3rd Annual Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, Functional Air Guitar
71 - Fossilized Virus Brought Back to Life, Nimble New Robot is Safe Around Humans, Solar Power, Sans Silicon
70 - Face Blind, Grancrete, FreeCharge Weza, Blue Jean Dye Kills Cancer Cells<br> 
Venue Verite: 3 Poems by Langston Hughes
69 - Number of Ocean 'Dead Zones' Rises, Fear Could be Linked to Cancer, 'X MINUS ONE' Radio Serial, Bush's Real Secret Plan?
68 - African Mountains Losing Ice Caps, Facial Bones Fade With Age, Generating Power From Kites  
67 - Rare Counting Ability Induced With Magnets, Making Water From Thin Air, Introducing Portugal?s Wave Power Plant
66 - Fungus Could Shorten Pumpkin Supply, Marijuana's Key Ingredient Might Fight Alzheimer's, Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy
65 - Cause of Death - No Health Insurance, Floating Ocean Windmills, Carbon Dioxide As A Fuel
64 - Cause of Death - No Health Insurance, Floating Ocean Windmills, Carbon Dioxide As A Fuel
63 - Paving the Way for the Flying Car, The High Cost Of Common Weeds, One Million Ways to Die...
62 - Noah's Ark Discovered - Again and Again, Chatterbox George, Huge Rise in Teen Oral Sex, Splogs - The Latest Online Scam...
61 - Traditional Healers and Western Medicine Fight AIDS in Zambia, Cassini Probe Saturn Poetry...    60 - DIY Solar Generator, Inflatable Home Theater, Cutting Global Warming With Sulfur
59 - Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic Mutations, Blacklight Tattoos, Cars That Can't Crash
58 - Recovering The Archimedes Palimpsest, Update from The Int'l Space Station, Top 10 Reasons Why People Quit Their Jobs, Evolution Reversed In Mice
57 - Chronic Pain Off-Switch, The Air Conditioned Shirt, Deconstructing Intelligent Design
56 - The Wealth of Science, Sex In Space, Sharing a Bed May Cost You, The Stowaway Guitar, The Science of Implanting False Memories
55 - Artificial Intelligence at 50, Students Fly Battery-powered Plane, Unusual Things to Teach Your Body 
54 - Beyond The Big Bang - The Quantum Bounce, The Line Between Plagiarism and Research Is Blurring, What Kind of Genius Are You? 
53 - Protein A Key To Autoimmune Disorders, Brazilian Trees May Harbor Unidentified Species of Bacteria,, a DIY eBay...  
52 - Not this week...July 4th Break!
51 - Web 2.0, Prototype Pollution-Free Power Plant, Brain Tissue Fused to Computer Chip, iPod Slaves...
50 - Weapons from the Pentagon's Circular File, Jet-Powered Beetle, The Master Gene Located...
49 - AIDS and Sex - 25 years later, Scooter powered by air, Top 10 Cellphones for Radiation Levels, Hugo Chavez, Movie Producer...
48 - The Lifepath Map, Cancer Foils the Immune System, Extracting Oxygen from Lunar Soil, Crackdown on Amateur Scientists...
47 - Pre-Paid Computers, Stress-Relief Sunglasses, Hear Mona Lisa's Voice, The Poverty Gene, Marshall McLuhan (30:30)...
46 - Magnetic Bacteria, No More Bananas, The 8,000 MPG Car...    45 - Motorcycle Airbag, Obesity Vaccine, Invisible Bookshelf, PNAC Cliff Notes
44 - This Week at the Int'l Space Station, Hollywood Does Movie Mashups, Environmental DNA Damage May Drive Human Mutation, Semen Makes You Happy...
43 - Tagging Air Force One, Hubble's 16th b-day, Jenna on the beach, New Penicillin in Wallaby Milk, Is Technology Changing Our Brains? 
42 - Open-Source Digital Rights Management, Scrambled Hacks, Birch Bark
41 - Not this week...Spring Break!
40 - Big Easy to Telcos: Stick It, Remove Tonsils and ADHD Disappears, Is the US on the Wrong Side of the Technology Gap?
39 - The Political Blogosphere Free-For All, Brain Teasers, Flexible Paper Batteries, Body Implants as fashion...
38 - It's a Spring Thing! Regeneration, Wild Triga, Minifarms, The Longevity Meme...
37 - Nanofibers in Neurosurgery, Styrofoam-Eating Bacteria, The Hunch Engine, The Universe Is A Quantum Computer, Brainwashing Techniques, Factual backup for 'Fahrenheit 911'...
36 - Wing Suits, Chinese-Only Internet, Extraterrestrial Rain, Smart Gardens... 
35 - Storm Glass, Wilhelm Reich, A moment of silence for Octavia Butler...
34 - Mutant Chicken Teeth, Energy From Dog Poop
33 - Tabletop Fusion, Jesus Trial Update, Sick Soldiers, Again
32 - Cold Fusion and Sonofusion, Switchgrass, Tap this, Atty. General...
31 - Cold Fusion Is Real (somebody tell Dubya), Breaking the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, Modernist Prefab Houses, Beating Google's Chinese censorship (shhh...)    30 - Digital Rights Management, US Constitution - Read It While You Can!
29 - MP3 Virus hoax, Italian Court decides whether Jesus existed, Text of Gore speech, before the war...
28 - The Pill and Sexual Dysfunction, More Suppressed Medical Cures...
27 - Suppressed Cancer Treatment Essiac...
26 - Gravitational Anomaly, Magnetite and the Human Brain...
25 - Extinction alert, Voudou Physics, Origin of the Devil...
24 - Top 10 weird USB drives; $100 laptop; Why don't we have a moonbase already? 
23 - Caribbean Map, Holographic Keyboard, Beware of Monotheism...
22 - A couple NYC links, and a WTC beer stein...
21 - A couple Anti-Thanksgiving links, and giving thanks that the ice has broken, so to speak...
20 - Boycott Sony story, self-hypnosis spinning disk, Dr. Boyd Graves and the origin of AIDS...
19 - Veterans For Peace, Virtual Canadians, A History of Love and Sex, Sacred Sex, Fox News Through History, Podcasters Map, UFO Map...
18 - E-waste dumped in Nigeria; iMesh returns; Put Congress on Social Security!
17 - Anti-Politician Living Will, Magic Card Trick, Tele-Hypnosis magic program...
16 - Orgone Generators, Gravity Drive Aircraft, Municipal Wi-Fi, 'A Howl Against Performance Poetry,' by Shirley Dent    15 - US / Nazi business alliance, Unicef bombs the Smurfs, The Air Car, Third World growing its own biodiesel...
14 - Helium3, Sonofusion, Frog Secretions Fight HIV...
13 - Water-Based Fuel...Real or Not!
12 - Brown's Gas and a History of Perpetual Motion Machines...
11 - Diagnosis via Nanobiotech, Prototype Powered Backpack...
10 - Water-fueled car, Visualizing Gravity...
09 - Homebrew Biodiesel...
08 - Michael Faraday and make your own unipolar generator...
07 - New America maps, Nikola Tesla's fuelless generator, Animated Hypercube...
06 - KYOU-AM - all podcast radio in SF, Flying Spaghetti Monster...
05 - Trinary computing, Relativity vs. Autodynamics, and solar wind poetry from the Cassini probe...
04 - The Map Room Gazette; Antigravity and Nanofoods
03 - Synthetic Sex Cells
02 - Freakradio,, list of senators who pooh-pooh lynching...
01 - Ibogaine, a cure for drug addiction?

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