"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrick Nietzsche

Atheist, scientist, secular Buddhist, rat lover, etc.

Originally from Iowa,I am a biology graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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Scientists Create Star Trek’s Tractor BeamScientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic have created a real-life “tractor” beam, as featured in the Star Trek movies that, for the first time, allows a beam of light to attract objects.Although light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s, this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level. Researchers from the Univ. of St Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments (ISI) in the Czech Republic have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses radiation pressure of light.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/01/scientists-create-star-treks-tractor-beam

laboratoryequipment:

Scientists Create Star Trek’s Tractor Beam

Scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic have created a real-life “tractor” beam, as featured in the Star Trek movies that, for the first time, allows a beam of light to attract objects.

Although light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s, this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level. Researchers from the Univ. of St Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments (ISI) in the Czech Republic have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses radiation pressure of light.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/01/scientists-create-star-treks-tractor-beam

Ode to Spot
Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

By

Data

Star Trek: TNG Season 6, Episode 5 “Schisms”

Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey — reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. By Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek Generations (1994)