In screenwriter-director news: An lapd fox pilot idea, a gifted kid’s pilot to direct and now officially signed on as the sci-fi film franchise reboot director in town–JJ Abrams week was just full on. In the architecture of Hollywood’s global market and movie audience reach, Abrams is a newly crowned king of sci-fi geeks escapist movie texts and the look of California’s sci-fi merch empires. A busy lad.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.1.13~
On the twelfth wing platform of the secured rooftop garden circle, David strolled through
the aisle between the rows of lush bountiful green taking what he needed. He altered the
the nutrient blends that feed into the garden's atmos-derived mist jets once a week, according
to his body's shifting eruthrocyte and leukocytes needs. Mesculin, garlic chives and baby kamo kamo
took his fancy today. The sky's light in the setting sun calmed the circadian rhythm system of the
circus called his nerves from the day. (more…)
NZ scientists may develop a new form of vitner’s luck in wine making practices:
Science news: A Chinese scientist claims they have discovered an anti-ageing formula called resveratrol.
“Lamin A and SIRTI would be boosted with resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes and other fruits which has been touted by some scientists and companies as a way to slow aging or remain healthy as people get older… as resveratrol is found in red wine that reduces heart disease and ageing… the amount of resveratrol in red wine is very low [to deter ageing in a capacity that it could do].”
–Zhou Zhongjun, University of Hong Kong.
NZ needs to infuse resveratrol in vitner’s practices…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.12.12~
Graphene research gets £21.5m investment fund. The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced extra funding to boost the UK’s development of the so-called “super-material” graphene.
It is one of the lightest yet strongest and most conductive materials known to man – and was originally discovered by scientists at Manchester University.
Now other universities will be asked to research potential commercial uses. (more…)
Billionaire and millionaire’s favorite new make up products have arrived. New science that is fun.
A personalized blue print of your dna (in particularly your body’s cells) can now be made into stem cells and restored, to patch up the body and stave off the ageing process. The stem cell research breakthroughs are the elixor cure to repair general wear and tear.
CNN News: Sir John B. Gurdon 70 of the UK and Shinya Yamanaka 50 of Osaka Japan, have scooped The 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The award was given on Monday for work that revolutionized the understanding of how cells and organisms develop.
The groundbreaking research is set to increase longevity in the human body. The scientists discovery that “mature, specialised cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body,” is winner said the the Nobel Assembly, which consists of 50 professors at the Karolinska Institute.
The reprogrammed cells are new stem cells. They can then be placed into other areas of the body and the cells “are able to develop into all types of cells in the body,” the professors collective said in a statement. (more…)
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced work on quantum optics won the physics Nobel prize.
Some reaction to physicists David Wineland and Serge Haroche winning the Nobel from British scientists came via the Science Media Centre in London.
Professor Sir Peter Knight, a colleague in the same field as Serge Haroche and David Wineland, and president of the Institute of Physics talked up his colleague’s virtues:
Haroche and Wineland have made tremendous advances in our understanding of quantum entanglement, with beautiful experiments to show how atomic systems can be manipulated to exhibit the most extraordinary coherence properties; Haroche working with cavity quantum electrodynamics and Wineland with trapped ions. (more…)
Avatar Solar Array – James Cameron’s latest project:
MNN.Com reports: Back in May 2011, after relocating his production company to the MBS Media Campus, director James Cameron constructed a massive solar array to power the next to Avatar sequels.
“These are things the studios need to be thinking about,” Cameron told the Washington Post. “When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set.
Late last month, Stellar Energy announced that they had completed work on Cameron’s vision – successfully installing 3,692 solar modules to the rooftops of the director’s production studios. (more…)
Kermadec Islands adventures on Raoul, Kiwi teens and a spirit of adventure in nature’s playground. Miriama Kamo and the Sunday team, swish a beauty of a tale in an adventurous expedition of a lifetime.
Education as learned from nature is one of the oldest forms of knowledge traditions ever taught in New Zealand and our oceanic Island terrains. The story is positioned as keeping Sir Peter Blake‘s legacy alive. It’s a beauty.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
In gadgets watch: The unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider is expected to fly above the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu at Mach 6 for 300 seconds Tuesday.
LA Times: In Mojave Desert, a team of aerospace engineers has been putting the finishing touches on a lightning-quick experimental aircraft designed to fly above the Pacific Ocean at 3,600 mph. A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.
On Tuesday a key test is set for the unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider. It will take the aircraft to about 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu. From there, its high-speed journey at Mach 6 is expected to last only 300 seconds, but that’s twice as long as it’s ever gone at that speed.
The Pentagon itself is funding six major hypersonic technology programs. Over the last 10 years, the Pentagon said it spent as much as $2 billion on hypersonic technologies and supporting engineering.
The WaveRider program is estimated to cost $140 million, according to Globalsecurity.org, a website for military policy research.
For more about marine surveillance mechanisms America has become obsessed with testing in the Pacific, watch video animation at LA Times.
[Of course in reality, with drought being a key factor that USA should plan for, and given the fact that global warming due to industrial pollution and war's destructive and selfish effects on the planet in the world is a matter we shouldn't be seen to be overtly encouraging - we all need to be looking at ways to reduce weapon's destruction in the world to the earth.
We can't afford to be destroying the planet any more than we have. Food for thought too - with the fantasy rhetoric involved of weapons makers manufacturing, spend and sales.
It is a game for billionaires profits and as a story of news, has little to no relevance for most people in the USA at this time].
Incidentally, the video appears in the LA Times business section. It’s like, why not just list new jobs for Americans in the same section instead?! Really!
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Absolutely love the geek factor of the story though. Clever.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~
For a different view, here’s the Curiosity rover, Mars exploration, NASA project footage. ABC News.
As a novel concept, the story inspires imagination of new levels of amazing attainability.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.8.12~
Curiosity + Nasa + Pasadena California + Mars. Watch.
News selection: Pippa Wetzell & Miriama Kamo.
Photo caption: Photo: MSL Flight director Keith Comeaux (R) celebrates with Martin Greco after a successful landing. (AFP)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.8.12~
Moscow – An unmanned Russian cargo ship docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in a record time, officials said Thursday, taking just under six hours from launch to complete the journey. In the past, the journey has taken two days.
The Progress M-16M is reportedly believed to have been loaded with more than 2,600 kilogrammes of fuel, oxygen and other supplies linked up with the ISS at 05:18 am Moscow time (0118 GMT).
News Source & Photo – AP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.8.12~
Longevity is what we aim to do.
After being ordered to pay $3billion in a groundbreaking and controversial US court case, GlaxoSmithKlein are taking a long term investment approach with a company acquistion.
Human Genome Sciences Purchased: Several reports indicate today (including one from Forbes magazine) that GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) has bought Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ: HGSI) for $2.8 billion.
The two companies have battled over the price for several months.
GSK believes it needs the latest biotech products and research to offset the slow growth that has hit a number of big pharma companies as many of their blockbuster drugs come off patent.
To close the transaction, GSK increased its offer to $14 a share from $13, writes Douglas A. McIntyre for Reuters.
Forbes notes how cardiovascular disease is the largest cause of death in the world. Of particular interest in GlaxoKleinSmith’s acquistion, is HSGI’s work developing cures for heart disease prevention that are aimed to reduce inflammation in arteries, that many scientists believe causes cholesterol plaque to rupture inside the artery wall, causing heart attacks and strokes and stroke reduction.
GlaxoKleinSmith‘s acquistion of HSGI is viewed as a long term investment where R&D will yield a good return on investment in time.
[I have friends who are academic activists, strongly against human genome dna data collection. So, for the pros and cons on Human Genome Science to the environment as well as being largely unregulated area of law in the USA, also go to Ornl.Gov for more]
My thoughts: muscle repair protein accelerator-bricks. There you go. :)
Photo Caption: The double helix structure of DNA, discovered 15 years after William Astbury‘s first x-ray photographs. Photograph: Deco Images II/Alamy. Guardian.Co.UK – Science.
If you’re an athlete at the Olympics, watch your gene pool too!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
Taming the Sun to make sustainable energy: DAY 5: MILLION STILL WITHOUT POWER…
A website that can help all homes across the USA save America’s sustainability as a nation is this one:
If every home in the USA had a solar roof – think of how much more sustainable and happier the USA and the world will be.
[Photo: from the book, The Sun, TT Design website].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.7.12~
Tonkin & Taylor are doing way too much, with their Geotechnical Playground virtual world on their website.
Zoom in for a look. Nice website pictures. Clever.
The “nic” part, cracks me up!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.7.12~
[Fonterra votes to be partially globally owned].
In the biggest news story so far this year in New Zealand, concerning farming real estate, the building block of the New Zealand economy, and the biggest cash cow in our history, (dairy farming) Nadine Chalmers Ross was assigned the night shift in over-time to cover the story.
Fonterra farm co-op, made up of 10,500 farmers were proposed a scheme where they could trade shares amongst each other, and also sell to foreign (or external investors) up to 20% of the co-op. Or, to give consent to a trading scheme – where the biggest land mass of useable productive farming land in NZ, went partially on the block as collatoral.
Under strictly private filming conditions, Chalmers Ross explains how a 75% result of voters being ‘in favor of’ would have been the result needed to ensure the co-op’s shareholders would create the stable and unified environment of shareholders, showing trust in Fonterra’s managements future development plans with the $500million plus money, raised from the vote and partial sale of the trading shares plan.
The reporting was worded this way: “Farmers continue to worry that letting outsiders invest in their co-operative will ultimately lead to a loss of control. Among comments from farmers voting against the scheme today were that it takes Fonterra too far away from tried and proven co-operative principles, it is not needed and that it has not been well enough tested.
They also say 50% is not enough and that 75% shareholder support should be required to see it pass. “Anything less than that will actually create a rift in the shareholder base,” said Allister McCahon, a Dargaville farmer.”
Well 2/3rds or just over 60% of farmers agreed. Well below the 75%, the spin doctors of Fonterra, claim it’s enough and they’re romping off with 20% of farmers capitol to invest in arable farming land in new territories abroad.
The benefits: Agricultural knowledge, the scinence of the technology and expertise can now be exported to feed far reaching markets with farming ventures on foreign land. This reduces freight expenses and allows for business networking to develop for the NZ co-op in foreign territories, if the scheme goes well. I hope it does.
The risks: Those dumb balance sheets at AGM’s (in a drastic scenario, such as witnessed in an AIG styled Wall Street banking tale) that declare, ‘oh we made a loss of $200 million over there and $100 million over there.’ Followed by ‘oops, we hope to make it up to you next year,’ so your farming co-op can remain 80% yours. They do happen.
How to reduce this: A more risk-managed culture of shadow managers (of NZ citizenship and preferably children of NZ farmers, Maori farmers children even, for a change!), working with the top execs in each global territory is now needed.
What it says: Both existing capital and projected profit earnings, were drawn down on in this business gamble of measured risk in light of food needs increasing in the world. It allows for 1 in 5, virtual ’Wall Street farmers’ to now own the co-op. They’re soon to be in the mix. Then it becomes a shark chomping game of shares now. Today, farming culture changed. This is perhaps, something that the farming industry is not au fait with, as collective community objectives have made the dairy industry pony up and work together to be the world’s no.1 dairy supplier. It introduces a new element, of comptetiveness now. Naive farmers need to choose who they trust more wisely from here on in. Now the external components of investors, can put pressure on the farmers in the future.
Management: The good - Ralph Norris (who is used to getting paid $20 million a year) is on the board. He’s doing white milk and black milk (dairy and oil portfoilio mix, this year). He sits in the middle of ‘liquid economies NZ’ where soil quality while furthering both dairy’s growth and export product, as well as energy development (that includes oil, mining energy products) must co-exist side-by-side in his two portfolios. Ralph is a good manager. The Co-Op should be able to expect a lot from him. Hopefully Norris and his buds will recoop the investment in strategic ways. (more…)
Estimates ahead news: “Our global population will grow from seven billion to nine billion by 2050, and all will need food, water and clean air.”
The same things we need now, just that by then, the quality of all these things is uncertain, unless we change our piggish ways of consuming too much, too quickly.
Solutions: 22 scientists warned last week of rapid and unpredictable environmental changes. (We are already experiencing these).
The conservative camp of brains believes the answer is for humans to do less of everything. (That’s not what the government tells people on a benefit in NZ). The radical camp believes technology and human ingenuity will prevent catastrophe. (If the corporate nature of greed doesn’t stuff that up).
Technology and innovation has already saved us from plagues, low crop yields, water shortages, reliance on fossil fuels and more. The report via the BBC also sounds a bit fishy. One suggestion (that is probably highly likely) is: Conservatives argue that we should reduce consumption, waste, population, fertiliser use, pesticides, fishing, etc., and in this way reduce our species’ influence back to being just another part of the biosphere, rather than its driving force.
To read in full, conserve here.
What this means: Countries that can grow our own grass, crops, regenerate safe water supplies, produce abundant food supplies all year round, replenish fisheries supplies around coastlines of minerals rich soils, are winning. We need to negotiate stronger in trade deals ahead. Abundance is the guide to provide our shared future.
Major lifestyle changes need to happen in many parts of the world.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.6.12~
In the super powers show in space, China’s got spin going on today: Either Captain Wang Yaping (l) or Major Liu Yang will join the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft docking mission. Photograph: EyePress/Photoshot.
One of two female fighter pilots will become the first Chinese woman in space later this month, after the two were shortlisted for a place in the three-person team that will blast off in the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, the state news agency Xinhua said.
“They are selected as members of the first batch of female astronauts in China because of their excellent flight skills and psychological quality,” said Xinhua.
This month’s mission is regarded as an important stage in China’s ambitious space programme. “The Shenzhou-9 will perform our country’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module,” Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the manned space program, told state media.
“It means China’s spacecraft will become a genuine manned shuttle tool between space and Earth. It can send human beings to space stations or space labs. This will be a significant step in China’s manned space flight history.”
China will be the eighth country to see one of its female citizens go into space, and only the third to put one there itself. Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union became the first woman to go into space in 1963.
ZME Science reports: Both ladies are over 30 and both have a child. China’s policy is that space travel may affect fertility, hence their selection for the programme. Space Daily has studied the blogs on the topic noting:
“Wang Yaping had been the Chinese media favourite to make the flight for many months, but some sources have been championing Liu’s cause recently, so it is impossible to make any evidence based judgement, on who is more likely to make the flight. Assuming that Shenzhou 9 launches successfully on Saturday, a manual docking with Tiangong 1 will follow after two days, ahead of a ten day stay onboard the orbiting module.”
Other crew members include: Nie Haisheng (Commander), Zhang Xiaoguang and Jing Haipeng (Commander), Liu Wang.
Bulk News Source: Guardian.Co.UK.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
A Science Engineering Lesson:
The front page of the national paper in New Zealand says today, in some cities Kiwis moving to Aussie has increased 100% in the last year or two.
Or, Australia has become like the pied piper story, effectively mining New Zealand of population numbers in some key areas. I blame the ‘writers’ behind Gina Reinhart‘s giant magnate in the sky, held above Australia’s iron ore and metal (minerals) supplies, with Chinese backing … for that constructed phenomenon – of Gina and her ‘friends’ mangetic ‘star template.’ (I don’t really, I’ve never met Reinhart. But we all feel her presence).
As a ‘construct’ of ‘model Australian citizenship’ Gina and her kind can be criminal to the environment! Although you could argue Reinhart and co are redistributing wealth (in their own way), I’m beyond being down about it now.
To cope, I read Net Worth of American Family Falls 40% in 3 years ... The story also reminds me that redistributing wealth around most families is a phenomon of national shame, in many ‘civilized’ Western nations. We will look back on these years and go, “yuck!”.
Emerging classes are in a stranglehold of this miserly trend occurring around the world.
All it says is that greed is alive and well. The premise of the story is also dumb, as it posits that the only way out of the economic debate is ‘mining.’ A few are given the power to re-engineer over entire communities, busting them up – just to have first go, at the lucractive resources for a few wealthy families and their ‘imported’ new mining buddies. Or, with the aid of economic engineers (the World Bank, the IMF and banking actor architects hard at their schemings) some peoples’ cultures have been bombarded more so than others. “Class wars” are all the rage. And I find that topic really dumb too. New Zealanders are much more noble people at heart, across the board - than this thinly veiled elitist funneling to a few’s pockets.
The good news for New Zealand Citizens is that – It is a good problem to have: New Zealanders are lucky to have two options of fun countries nearby to take the family to visit, educate and raise their children in and live. New Zealand citizenship status’ flexibility allows for this choice. I prefer NZ. There’s no place like it. The views alone, are worth ten times more, than all of the paper gangsta carrots in the world. The landscape (our whenua) is more real, than all of their lies. :)
Mining in New Zealand: Mining in New Zealand must be in line with The Treaty of Waitangi’s spirit that shares with Iwi. Furthermore, Iwi should know more than most New Zealanders how valuable each New Zealand citizen is. We know what it feels like, to have missed out. Therefore, mining in New Zealand also must benefit New Zealand citizens in significant ways. Anything that erodes that fairness of spirit ‘in good faith,’ needs to be reviewed strongly – as it is illegal in New Zealand to engineer an economy in a way that only benefits a few, or to allow it to happen and impact within NZ’s EEZ territories. That’s why I like our Minister of Energy, because he is schooled to know what is noble and right.
Scientific Truism Conclusion: For every magnate in society, half a million fellow citizens could suffer from their paper money wrangling-effects. This is what the science of magnates’ engineering teaches us. Very disruptive!
[Photo: An Australian Science Lesson, Science Photo. Beefeaster's hat photo - Reuters].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~