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Japan Articles:Traditional Japanese Inns - Your Questions Answered - We are exporting the Tatami to 38 countries from Japan. Blood Test Gets a Makeover. Photo: Mitchell Feinberg The blood test is, when you think about it, a remarkable thing.

Blood Test Gets a Makeover

With the prick of a needle, the molecules coursing through your veins can be extracted, centrifuged, and translated into a stream of digits, units, and acronyms. Blood becomes data, and in these numbers lies knowledge about your current health, your risks for disease, and your potential response to treatment. Of course, you yourself would have a hard time deciphering any of this. The typical blood test report is an exercise in obfuscation, a document that needs to be translated by a lab technician or physician, and that’s if you somehow manage to see a copy of your results.

But lab reports don’t have to be unintelligible. On the next few pages, Wired has given the lab report a makeover. It’s your body. The Water-based Economy. Ruthenium water splitting. Ruthenium water oxidisation. Atomic Rockets: Life Support. "Pegasus to Acheron," he replied.

Atomic Rockets: Life Support

"I have three hundred passengers aboard. I cannot hazard my ship if there is danger of an explosion. " "There is no danger, I can guarantee that. We will have at least five minutes' warning, which will give us ample time to get clear of you. " "Very well—I'll get my airlocks ready and my crew standing by to pass you a line. " There was a pause longer than that dictated by the sluggish progress of radio waves. Halstead whistled and turned to his navigating officer before answering. "There's nothing we can do for them," he said.

"Pegasus to Acheron. Halstead did not know that Commodore Brennan had other ideas, and had by no means abandoned hope, desperate though the situation on board the Acheron seemed. "This is what we're going to do," said the small, dark man who a few months ago had been one of the best surgeons on Venus. "We'll be alongside the Pegasus in a couple of hours. "Now listen carefully. The Real Santa. There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world.

The Real Santa

However since Santa does not visit children of the Muslim, Hindu or Jewish religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million. Santa has about 108 million homes to visit and 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels from east to west. This works out at 967.7 visits per second.This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him and get on to the next house. Hitting a plane is nothing compared to the mess Santa would make if he existed 600,000 tonnes travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance.

Therefore if Santa did exist, he’s dead now. Boids (Flocks, Herds, and Schools: a Distributed Behavioral Model) In 1986 I made a computer model of coordinated animal motion such as bird flocks and fish schools.

Boids (Flocks, Herds, and Schools: a Distributed Behavioral Model)

It was based on three dimensional computational geometry of the sort normally used in computer animation or computer aided design. I called the generic simulated flocking creatures boids. The basic flocking model consists of three simple steering behaviors which describe how an individual boid maneuvers based on the positions and velocities its nearby flockmates: Each boid has direct access to the whole scene's geometric description, but flocking requires that it reacts only to flockmates within a certain small neighborhood around itself. The neighborhood is characterized by a distance (measured from the center of the boid) and an angle, measured from the boid's direction of flight.

A boid's neighborhood A slightly more elaborate behavioral model was used in the early experiments. Since 1987 there have been many other applications of the boids model in the realm of behavioral animation. Flocking.