Roger Dean creates wonderful science fiction scenery.
Recently read Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C Clarke, which is bursting with interesting ideas. Some more for thought:
Outer Space – I bet you can figure out with decent certainty your location across the entire universe just from sampling the nearest bit of space.
Heliosphere – Similar to the above; every drop of space from many AUs away to the nearest lake has a unique composition.
Deep Space Network – at the very least a catchy name
Voyager 1’s Family Portrait
New Horizons – Almost to Pluto!
Thermoelectric Effect – not directly related, but super cool
A mathematical method of converting a set of data (represented as any function) to the sum of its wave components.
Basically, this is a result of the idea that a function can be exactly recreated using only combinations of sin and cosin functions of various amplitude, phase, and frequency. The trick is that most transforms require a lot of computing to tease out every wave component.
Maxwell’s demon and the Nasal Cycle, both things you should know, of course. Don’t mind the damn Jimbo!
Update: Oh, so there is some testing and rationale behind the Jimbo appeal.
Terrific model and easy visualization. The circular jump is a white hole (G. Jannes, R. Piquet, P. Maissa, C. Mathis, G. Rousseaux).
[via Wired Science]