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June 22, 2005

(one of the most brilliant writers I've read - Alan)

Kenji Siratori:

Acidhuman Project
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Creation Books
ISBN: 1840681179

Book Description

"I believe that the novel becomes a cultural trigger-but this requires the
digital narrative of nerve cells that had the creature
intensity-simultaneously we must perceive the instant when the novel is
networking as a part of the human body emulator."

Acidhuman Project is the follow-up to Siratori's unique cyberpunk classic
Blood Electric, which was acclaimed by David Bowie, among others.

Kenji Siratori is a Japanese author delivering "the reality of symbolic

best regards

Lyndie England

this / i was asked which way I proceeded, in other words was there any
rhyme or order to these the direction of pfo dcufd, 5 con'g kno, shzg c
oulc d ghd szy , shzg szhg, con'g bic md, hello i'm choking to death at
this moment in time yes yes choking to death the first time i performed
thi s was in Virginia no west virginia Lyndie England was from the eastern
part of the state near the factories that were torturing chickens to
death, this was in response to that and abugharayb \the wolf is at the
door\ noise happened. considerable noise. frank came to te window. frank
said: i will wrap you to this window. did you know what he meant/ i
didn't. there something was in the air... something... i forgot and the
wireless ran furiously 'throhe air' through the air might say a certain
nervous quality i am testing you

and this _the crack of Lyndie England_ i do not know where recorded but
the additional? or are you tired of repetition. augmented by audio mulch/
fabricated by triggering? in Lyndie England?

on Lyndie England, triggering

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Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 14:12:41 -0400
To: sondheim@PANIX.COM
Subject: Physics News Update 734

The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Physics News
Number 734  June 22, 2005  by Phillip F. Schewe, Ben Stein

demonstrated in an experiment at MIT, where an array of vortices has
been set in motion in a molecular Bose Einstein condensate (BEC) of
paired lithium-6 atoms.  There have been previous hints of
superfluidity in Li-6, for example,
( but the presence of
vortices observed in the new experiment clinches the case since
vortices manifest the most characteristic feature of superfluidity,
namely persistent frictionless flow.  Wolfgang Ketterle and his MIT
colleagues use laser beams to hold the chilled atoms in place and
separate laser beams to whip up the vortices.
In general the quantum behavior of bosonic atoms (those whose total
internal spin---the spin of the nucleus added to that of the
electron retinue---is an integral number of units) and fermi atoms
(those with a half-integral-valued total spin) is very different.
Gaseous Li-6 represents only the second known superfluid among fermi
atoms, the other being liquid helium-3. (Superconductivity is also
a  form of fermion superfluidity, but in this case the constituents
are charged particles, electrons, unlike the neutral atoms used in
the experiments described here.)  There are great advantages in
dealing with a neutral superfluid in dilute gas form rather than in
liquid form: in the gas phase (with a material density similar to
that of the interstellar medium), inter-atomic scattering is
simpler; furthermore, the strength of the pairing interaction can be
tuned at will using an imposed external magnetic field.  According
to Ketterle, one of those who won a Nobel prize for his pioneering
work with boson BECs, the study of fermionic superfluidity is much
richer than for bosons: control over forces will permit researchers
to vary the strength and nature of the pairing (fermi atoms must
pair up before falling into BEC form) and to load atoms into an
optical lattice.  Additional pairing mechanisms can also be
One further superlative: the ultracold lithium gas represents, in a
narrow sense, the first "high-temperature" superfluid.  Consider the
ratio of the critical temperature (Tc) at which the superfluid
transition takes place to the fermi temperature (Tf), the
temperature (or energy, divided by Boltzmann's constant) of the most
energetic particle in the ensemble.  For ordinary superconductors,
Tc/Tf is about 10^-4; for superfluid helium-3 it is 10^-3; for
high-temp superconductors 10^-2; for the new lithium superfluid it
is 0.3.  (Zwierlein et al., Nature, 23 June 2005)

GRAVITY IS NORMAL DOWN TO THE 100-nm LEVEL.  Gravity at the level of
planets is well studied, and was known accurately even in Newton's
day.  This is owing to the fact that the other physical forces, such
as the strong and weak nuclear forces, don't operate over such great
distances, and electromagnetic forces between immense far-apart,
electrically-neutral objects like planets are dilute.  Gravity at
shorter lengths, by contrast, is harder to measure, partly because
all the other forces are in full play.  Furthermore, theories of
particle interactions hypothesizing the existence of additional
spatial dimensions suggest that the strength of gravity will depart
from Newton's famous inverse-square formulation.  To test these
propositions, various tabletop setups have been devised to probe
gravity below the micron level.  One previous experiment, conducted
by Eric Adelberger's group at the University of Washington, ruled
out extra gravity components having a strength comparable to
conventional gravity down to a size scale of about 100 microns
(  A new experiment,
carried out by a Indiana/Purdue/Lucent/Florida/Wabash collaboration
examines a shorter distance scale---100 nm---but is able to rule out
only corrections to gravity that are, in fact, a trillion times
larger than gravity itself.  Nevertheless, such measurements help to
constrain the general pursuit of unified theories of particle
physics, including explanations of gravity.  The sort of "Yukawa"
corrections being sought are analogous to the force proposed by
Hideki Yukawa in the 1930s to explain how mesons transmit the
nuclear force between nucleons and would come about because of
transmission of the presumed force particles associated with the
hypothetical extra dimensions.  The present measurements improve the
exclusion of such corrections by a factor of ten. According to
Ricardo Decca of Indiana University-Purdue University
(, 317-278-7123), the sensitivity of the apparatus
should grow by a factor of a hundred over the next year.  The size
of the sample is smaller here than in many other tabletop gravity
The flea-sized torsional apparatus must operate with such concern
for forces acting over small distances that one of the chief goals
here is reducing the background produced by the Casimir force---a
quantum effect in which two very close objects are drawn together
because of the way they exclude vacuum fluctuations (that is, the
spontaneous creation of pairs of virtual particles) from occurring
in a slender volume of
space---between a flat plane and sphere lying only 200 nm apart.
(Decca et al., Physical Review Letters, 24 June 2005)

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