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Hello everyone!  I'm Doctor Geek, the director of the Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.  But what is applied Geekdom? I'm so glad you asked that question.  I created a series of Moments of Science to address this and other questions.  While most of these will be in the audio format, what is applied Geekdom was so important we decided to create our very first video episode.

 

This weekend at the Harry Potter convention CONjuration, Brazen Wench Productions, llc debuted the first ever minisode of Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science. The four and half minute video features Doctor Geek and DEUS-X as they show little Virginia what it means to apply your geekdom!

This minisode is the first of many new visual productions for Doctor Geek’s Laboratory and Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science!

 

Ever since the funding for SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, was effectively killed in the 1994 federal budget that cancelled the High Resolution Microwave Survey and terminated NASA’s SETI efforts, SETI has been reduced to looking through the results of other projects such as the volunteer distributed computing project, SETI@home.  That is until now!

 

Through the formation of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has just given SETI $100 million.

 Over the next ten years, the new initiative will be hiring prime observing time on the world’s premiere telescopes.  The telescopes to be used are 50 times more sensitive than the best previously used for SETI. They’ll also be scanning 10 times more of the sky, over 5 times more of the radio spectrum – and they’ll be doing it more than 100 times faster.

The initiative was announced by Milner on July 20th 2015 in London at The Royal Society, where he was joined by physicist Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, SETI research pioneer Frank Drake, UC Berkeley astronomy professor Geoff Marcy and postdoctoral fellow Andrew Siemion, and foundation chairman Peter Worden.

With all this new activity, who knows wat SETI will find.  Let’s hope someone is working on a universal translator so we will have it ready when SETI gets that signal from some strange new world.

 

 

You read that right, a company in Japan called Cyberdyne has created a powered exoskeleton called HAL.  But unlike its fictional namesake, this company is a venture firm which was established by Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in order to materialize his idea to utilize “Cybernics” for the benefits of humankind in such fields as medicine, caregiving, welfare, labor, heavy works, and entertainment.

 

HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb®) is the world‘s first cyborg-type robot, by which a wearer‘s bodily functions can be improved, supported and enhanced. Wearing of HAL® leads to a fusion of “man”, “machine” and “information”. HAL® assists a physically challenged person to move and enables him or her to exert bigger motor energy than usual. HAL® is also considered as the system that accelerates a motor learning of cerebral nerves.

 

The demonstration video is amazing, but I wonder, had Christopher Reeve had access to HAL would Superman be turned into The Terminator?