My fantasy novel, which is now renamed “The Harbinger Rises” – Book I of The Red Bargain has now been completed. Or at least, the first draft has been. 116265 words including the glossary, which is about at the level I expected it / planned it to be.
So; now I need to get a printout so that the friend who’s agreed to do a readthrough can do so, and I need to go through it myself and edit it; I am n ot wholly sure what to look for and what to do but I suppose I can find guides online. Part of me can’t help thinking to myself.. now what?
It’s true, or as true as we can determine anyway… the Milky Way is going to collide with the Andromeda Galaxy… don’t worry though it’s not due to happen for… ooh, about another four or so billion years, and Earth and the Solar System are apparently not in any danger… Oh good.
Series of photo illustrations showing merger between milky way and andromeda
Oh wow.. this is just one of the most awesomest sciency things I’ve ever heard.
So, you’ve heard of stem cells? Those cells that can be thought of as building blocks, and that potentially will allow us to grow whole new organs or limbs for use in transplants? They are, as I like to think, damn cool biology stuff.
Well, stem cells can get bad press, because the easiest and most heard of method of making them is to create an embryo.. but hold on a gosh-darned-tooting second I hear you cry.. what about all those awkward ethical questions?!?!
Do not fret! I say, because stem cells can be made from skin cells! Also, researchers at Technion Israel Institute of Technology have managed to turn those stem cells into beating heart muscle! Awesome!
When I see sciencey things I think to myself… wow. Occasionally I see something so awesome I just HAVE to share it with everyone else, beceuse.. well, it’s like, the law or something. I haven’t really thought that thought through very thoroughly but let’s just leave it there.
Anyway, this is one of those second things, and I know it’s rather lame and superfluous but it’s also rather awesome too..
Scientists at MIT have invented a food-safe coating that can be applied to glass or plastic containers that is super-hydrophobic.
What that means is.. tell you what, here, have a video:
The ketchup does not stick to the bottle!
Now, I don’t know the amount of ketchup or mayo that could be saved if this coating was applied to all containers, but I’m going to imagine it could be measured in olympic swimming pools, or possibly areas the size of Wales.