I finished reading the newest issue of Scientific American early this morning. Here are a few stories that might be of particular interest to science fiction fans:
If you've read Flatland, you know 2-D space works differently from our everyday 3-D one. (Yes, I'm ignoring the dimension of time here.) Scientists are modeling how gravity works in 2-D space as a way to try to reconcile gravity with quantum mechanics.
Neuroscientists explain why stress can make your mind into mush (something I'm all too familiar with these days).
Private companies and college students are racing to build the next rover that will land on the moon. The winner could get $20 million.
Among other notes, biomarkers are helping neuroscientists fight Alzheimer's, gene therapy has been successfully used to treat a certain type of blindness, and science textbooks may soon become e-books.
As for me personally, I've been very busy with work, family, and writing. I'm close to finishing the first draft of Scattered Seasons, I'm figuring out how to revise Twinned Universes, and I'm preparing the paper version of Lyon's Legacy. At least I wasn't too busy to notice that the lilacs are starting to bloom. It's too soon for spring to spring upon us like this; all my favorite flowers will be gone before I have a chance to appreciate them.
If you're experiencing an early spring, are you enjoying it, or is it freaking you out a bit?