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Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles

By: Tom Kratman

Description: This article describes the the psychological tactics used in war. No matter the mistakes made each time, it’s the same thinking pattern and execution that continuously keeps repeating itself through history and modern times.

Excerpt: Similar to Dickson’s Tactics of Mistake? Yes; think about it: Boyd proposes an analogy from the individual fighter pilot to the commander of a ground combat organization. Dickson proposed an analogy from an individual fencer to the commander of a ground combat unit. Boyd proposed that by cycling through the OODA loop faster than the enemy, we would finally get so far ahead that he would find himself in a position of vulnerability. Dickson similarly proposed a se...

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The Amazon's Right Breast

By: Tom Kratman

Description: This article addresses the famous and known women from around the world that were apart of and made their mark in the armed forces.

Excerpt: Then, in the Great War, there was Maria Bochkareva’s somewhat tackily named “Women’s Battalion of Death.” There were other Russian all female formations, but that was probably the only one of note. Discipline was fierce, with roughly 85 percent attrition before ever leaving for the front. Fierce discipline? I recall reading one anecdote in which Bochkareva supposedly came upon one of her women making the beast with two backs with a male soldier from a nearby reg...

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Putting the Science in Science Fiction

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: This article describes the influence of the evolving science world and how it directly affects the creative part of the 'New Age' science fiction novels and movies.

Excerpt: It is no longer necessarily the case, unfortunately. Perhaps it is because I am now one of those supposedly older, wiser professors who should think professional science all the time and not discuss SF with my students. But perhaps it is because SF itself has changed. Most of my fellow students and early colleagues grew up reading the SF of the '40s, '50s and '60s. During the '70s and '80s SF became much more nihilistic, dark, meaningful and eventually political...

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The Drugs of War

By: J. R. Dunn

Description: In this article, they talk about the different varieties of drugs that are used in the military and how it affects the people using them.

Excerpt: (This, by the way, is why the LSD experiments carried out at the Edgewood Arsenal in the 1950s never went anywhere2. LSD sprayed on an enemy would leave most of them laid back and grooving, as the experimenters hoped. But there was that small percentage that would have bad trips and then acted out. Bummer, man -- not at all recommended when they might be in control of, say, nuclear weapons.)

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On the Road to the Brainships: A Look at the Current Science of In...

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: Baen Books asked Tedd Robers to reflect on brain and machine connections in science fiction compared to the present-day neuroscience of brain interfaces.

Excerpt: From the start, it is very important to understand that most neuron (i.e. brain cell) activity is electrical. There is some chemical activity in there, too, but what we can most easily work with in terms of brain interfaces is the electrical activity. Since electrical technology is well within our current technological capabilities, we can assume the ability to both read and write neuron signals with the BCIs we'll discuss here (and get back to a discussion of t...

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Gravity's Punch: The Heat of the Universe Got You Down? Fight Back...

By: Tony Daniel

Description: This article expressed Tony Daniel's interpretation on gravity and time and the theory of the the universe coming to an end.

Excerpt: Physical time and psychological time (and, in a broader sense, concepts of nature and nature itself), while not the same, are obviously fundamentally related. Witness how easy it is for us to grasp the relativity of time as predicted by the General Theory of Relativity, for instance, once we’ve understood a few appropriate analogies and/or mastered some math. The idea that nobody can understand Einstein is so much hogwash. People have adapted quite nicely to the...

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Why Science is Never Settled

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: This article goes into detail about why science is a constant never ending process in discovering new things in many different areas.

Excerpt: Science is a process, not a conclusion -– you'll read that quite often in this article and in my other writing. I think that the exact wording is original to me, but it may have already escaped my control and entered the 'net at large, given that I use it quite often. I have a small plaque in my academic office which states: Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. [I may have to use that in a title someday.] My graduate research ment...

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The Conquest of Planet Baen

By: Bob Kruger

Description: Bob Kruger explains the history of his creation of a social media video game called Planet Baen with Tony Daniel. Bob and Tony wanted to figure a way to integrate eBooks into the game as form of advertising as well as making it fun for everyone playing the game.

Excerpt: Planet Baen so far represents a very small step toward realizing Tony’s vision for using a game to promote books. So far, I’m encouraged. I can foresee mapping the territory of Planet Baen, placing the various freeholds in spatial relation to each other and allowing the players to compete for new territories to manage. I see possibilities for one-on-one challenges; player-contributed content; new, more responsive interfaces. The audience will determine what happ...

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Getting Guns Right

By: Michael Z. Williamson

Description: This article describes the history of firearms and how firearms have played it's role through history.

Excerpt: At its basic level, a firearm is a piston engine. A propellant is ignited and powers a projectile down a bore. Instead of working a crank, it is forced out in a chosen direction. The impact energy is simple to calculate, being only a matter of mass and velocity. The terminal effects of certain projectile designs on tissue are more complex, but plenty of data and tests exist, and modern computer models can predict the outcome quite well. Nor do most media stories...

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The Aliens Are Not Among US

By: Les Johnson

Description: The Aliens are Not Among Us touch into the scientific theory that we are not the only living 'beings' in our universe. It touches into the theories of evolution and science and based on research that it is almopst close to impossible that we can be the ONLY living beings.

Excerpt: Consider dolphins. Many believe that dolphins are intelligent, that they have language and that they experience many of the higher-order thought processes that we previously considered being the sole province of humanity. That’s just great for the dolphins—as they swim around in the ocean, seemingly carefree, playing with each other and amusing human biologists and tourists alike. But without fire they will never be able to alter their environment to build space...

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War Fury: Issue 3

By: Comic Media
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War Fury: Issue 2

By: Comic Media
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Columbia's First Victims

By: Terry Burlison

Description: Nick Mullen along with three fellow astronauts were the first victims of the Columbia space shuttle. This article describes exactly what took place during the accident as the four astronauts were poisoned by gasses from the space shuttle and how they almost lost their lives.

Excerpt: At 9:15 a.m., when they reached the 130-foot level of the RSS, Bjornstad, Cole and Wolford logged in, walked across the access ramp to the shuttle, then climbed down the four-foot ladder to the platform outside door 50-1 of the orbiter. Their task was to inspect and “close out” equipment in the back of the vehicle, near the main engines. The access door had been replaced by a curtain to provide easier access. According to their timeline the aft GN2 purge was com...

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Even Fantasy Needs a Little Science: (Even Magic Needs Rules)

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: The artice explains why 'realistic science' should be applied to an extent to fantasy novels and films to make it appealing to readers and viewers.

Excerpt: Perhaps the most obvious application of Magic as Technology is in Rick Cook's Wiz Biz books in which the most powerful wizard of our world, is pulled through to magical realm to assist in a war of good versus evil. Instead of a wizard, they get master hacker Wiz Zumwalt, who quickly figures out that spells are a lot like computer programs. He and a few friends construct a spell compiler and they are off and running creating and using spells pretty much the same ...

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Stars That Wonder, Are You Bright: Are Stars Conscious?

By: Dr. Greg Matloff

Description: The purpose of this article is, in part, to flesh out the concept of stellar consciousness as an alternative to Dark Matter and to present it to a wider audience. This article also discusses some of the observational and experimental approaches suggested by responders to the Centauri-Dreams blog to verify or falsify the hypothesis. This article also examines some observations reported after the blog was published and before the JBIS article was published tha...

Excerpt: According to the Big Bang theory, a vacuum fluctuation in a tiny volume became stabilized in some fashion about 13.7 billion years ago, resulting in our universe. The dynamic vacuum is therefore the ultimate free lunch and could be considered the most creative agency in the universe.

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Bloodied by Starlight

By: Jonathon Laforce

Description: Jonathon LaForce goes into detail about his first battle with the Taliban when he was in the Marines.

Excerpt: I was growling by then, making sounds more fit for a raging Sith Lord. But I was totally and completely calm. No sweating, no shakes, no hesitation. Simply the mind of a man drilled in his craft. This is what sergeants and corporals have built with throughout the centuries: mortal men, the greatest and most challenging of all materials. From it they craft professional soldiers fit to wear the cloth of a nation, to bear arms in her name across the sands of foreig...

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Siberian Dawn: Tapping Solar System Resources

By: Dr. Greg Matloff

Description: Dr. Greag Matloff discusses the different resources and matters found in space in which we could find as useful resources here on Earth and the value of these useful matters.

Excerpt: The JPL NEO website also includes some discussion of the potential value of minerals in the asteroids. If we can economically tap the main-belt asteroids, the estimated cumulative mineral content of these objects could enrich every human by about $100 billion! More will be said about such forecasts later.

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Dungeons and Dragons: the 40-year Quest for a Game That Breaks All...

By: Bob Kruger

Description: This article goes through the history of Dungeons and Dragons. It explains the creative background of the video game and Bob Kruger's opinion on the development of the game.

Excerpt: On the other hand, he said in the original Dungeon Master’s Guide that “hit points,” the measure of damage a character could sustain, represented a mix of skill, luck, and divine favor more than physical toughness. Whereas wounds like broken bones weren’t, as he put it, “the stuff of high fantasy,” both trichinosis and trichophobia apparently were.

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Family Therapy: Learning to Love Mercury and Pluto

By: William Ledbetter

Description: William Ledbetter describes our growing curiosity to discover more about our galaxy and universe as we want for a new exciting discovery to spark our interest.

Excerpt: So what do we do in the interim? Try to understand or at least accept the quirks and oddities of those we are stuck with? We actually have a great planetary family. Yes, the bigger siblings, Jupiter and Saturn, always get their way, but have used their impressive gravity to nearly sweep our Solar system clean of dangerous debris, making it a safer place for the little ones like Earth and Mars. Of course there is solemn and moody Venus who refuses to talk to anyo...

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Fracking and the American Comeback

By: J. R. Dunn

Description: America has now developed fracking - extraction of oil for means of making money and oil prices here cheaper. This article explains the history of fracking and the strategy developed so it benefits our economy.

Excerpt: Hydraulic fracturing is accomplished by pumping fluids at extremely high pressure into shale beds. Fracturing fluids consisting of 90 percent water, 9.5 percent sand, and a pinch of various chemicals are mixed in a blender on site before being injected at pressures of over 9,000 pounds per square inch into a shale formation. The water breaks up the shale, the sand holds the fractures open, and added chemicals aid extraction. Guar, an organic gum, assists water i...

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