Atom Wave: July 2007

Atom Wave

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Life & Getting High

Many of us have come to decide that many of the adventures in life were for getting high on. Still, when I sit alone life comes to get more well known. The more I know the less I know. I need more of myself then what is out there. What is killing me is that life is more about what is inside then out in the abyss.

One of the many failures of modern exobiology is its missing imagination. Since you bring it up, since when did life need to be carbon based in hydro-chemistry? One of the repeating patterns of life every time I visit the well is that it reproduces and generates self-energy. It also must be capable of producing work or you wouldn’t be here right now.

Understandably, life in science is about testability. Without it we might as well forget about it all and go home. We all know that carbon derived life works so why stray? Well the universe is a titanic expanse, from here to the most distant Quasar. Since when did life need to obey the same rules? It need only obey the same physics, and let the rest tend to itself. If you don’t trust me, then read up about the funky creatures living in our own ocean on Earth.

One of the groovy things about science fiction is that it sometimes assembles innovative life forms to dwell on. In the legendary Babylon 5 series the man Captain John Sheridan encounters a life form composed of gas or even pure energy. Since you mention it, it is already known that alternate biochemistries are possible.

One of the popular ones is silicone, which while not without drawbacks presents a serious alternative. It would be possible to construct organisms out of silicones, and their chemistry would be more stable than hydrocarbon compounds in sulfuric acid rich conditions. Still under classical temperatures it would remain insoluble to water, notwithstanding alternate pressures.

Another one could be nitrogen and phosphorous, which when combined can form a wide array of stable molecules. It is well known that plants could absorb nitrogen dioxide from the atmosphere and mix it with phosphorous, with the output being oxygen and a unique form of sugar.

Did I mention arsenic? While it is still poisonous to most life, it is also used in the biochemistry of some marine algae to make arsenosugars and other molecules. Sulfur is another possibility that is already incorporated into some exotic sulfur-reducing bacteria.

Face it; the universe is a strange place. The more you imagine the closer you may get to the truth. The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Quest For Ratings

Breaking News
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Filed 9:00 p.m. CST

London, England-A well placed source smart to the Harry Potter series claims to have discovered the final reckoning of Potter and associates at the creepy school otherwise known as Hogwarts, and to the truth that secrets have a way of getting out. Now if you are one of those fans that are dying to know the ending that J.K. Rowling’s has formulated then stay with this article, or else leave and remain ignorant.

This is your last chance to leave. Do you understand that this is your very last chance!

The saga of the Harry Potter series has survived 10 long years, this despite the vast weirdness of the characters. Many of you already know how the story begins, and I will spare you the review. The ending to the series is also traditional, and would not be out of place in a Lord of The Rings novel.

We begin at Hogwarts, where war is now in season. Harry has ascended from an ordinary teenage boy into a resistance leader, all the while still wishing for the former. In an incredible act of valor, he is also courting a particular woman that you may be aware of. The battle cry has already settled over the population, and some of his friends have already fallen. Quite expectantly, Harry isn’t an idle leader. He along with his friends Hermione and Ron are busy hunting down magical artifacts and Potter is getting some good vibrations up until his final stand with Voldemort.
The end of the series is very much like the rest of the series. It is about the lives of ordinary people living extraordinary lives. The characters still fall in love and they still feel jealously. They still dream of better days and more than likely don’t sleep in the night.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You Shouldn't Be Here

You shouldn’t be here! You’re in trouble!
You ought to have known better.
America is no place to get sick.
Michael Moore tried to tell us.
Will we listen?
Life is too important to be profitable.
Too many have died when it came to the mighty dollar.
We rise and fall together.
The British and French know better.
Did I mention the Canadians?
Or Cubans.
Time to learn or die.