Unique organic molecule discovered in deep space

Originally posted on Mayine Tree Consciousness:

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A new kind of organic molecule has been discovered in a giant gas cloud in interstellar space, indicating that more complex molecules – the very core building blocks of life – can potentially form outside of the Earth and even be widespread in space.

The analysis of a star-forming gas cloud some 27,000 light years away from Earth, published in the journal Science, detected an iso-propyl cyanide molecule with a unique structure that is common in life-forming molecules, such as amino acids.

While finding a simple organic chemical in space is nothing new, a carbon-bearing molecule with a branched structure has been discovered for the first time, indicating that biologically crucial molecules can form not only on Earth, but in deep space too.

“This detection suggests that branched carbon-chain molecules may be generally abundant in the ISM [interstellar medium],” the study’s abstract reads.

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Freezing people to preserve life – a possibility or a dream?

Originally posted on Daydreamer.:

If it was possible that you can be frozen and preserved until some point in future and awaken to life and health, would you do it?

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Since my first published novel was an e-Book, more than once I’ve been stumped by the request for a signed copy. I ordered postcards with the book cover, blurb and QCR code to the buy page, which I’ve used as a proxy for the book. But this outfit called Authorgraph has come up with a better solution, and it seems tons of authors use it. A writer registers his or her books available in Kindle format with Authorgraph–no charge–and readers can request through Authorgraph–also no charge–a signed copy. The writer receives the request and an email notice, and can log in to Authorgraph and provide a signature, and even a personalized message. The message is typed. But the signature is either a canned “script font” signature, or an actual signature, which, for me with a Surface and the pen that comes with it, is really easy to provide.

Don’t ask me how Authorgraph makes money. I think it’s through selling features for purchase beyond the basics I just described. But for my purposes, at least right now, and yours, it’s a gift.

So don’t hesitate. Check out the authors you like to see if they’ve registered their Kindle books with Authorgraph. And another cool thing–I can sign short stories, too, since short stories can also be published as Kindle books. Many of my previously published short stories are now on Kindle for 99¢. Here are the books and stories I have that are presently available on Kindle and at Authorgraph. Some of these are also available for Nook, iPad and other formats.

Books and Anthologies (with one or more of my stories)


Short Stories



Some Q&A from Authorgraphs FAQ:

What is an Authorgraph?

It’s a personal, digital inscription for an e-book. It is sent directly from an author to a reader’s digital reading device.

What does an Authorgraph look like?

Here is an example

Is Authorgraph.com affiliated with Amazon?

No, Authorgraph.com is not affiliated with Amazon except that Authorgraph.com earns an affiliate fee for any books purchased from Amazon.com after clicking on one of the Amazon links on Authorgraph.com.

Do readers need to own a Kindle device to receive an Authorgraph?

No, Authorgraphs are viewable on a wide variety of platforms. Readers can simply enter a regular email address at the time of their request and they will receive an email with links to download a PDF version (viewable in applications like iBooks) or an AZW version (viewable in all Kindle apps on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, etc.) of their Authorgraph.

Is the Authorgraph inserted into the e-book?

No, it is a separate document. This allows a reader to create a “collection” where she can keep all of her Authorgraphs together.

Can Authorgraphs be personalized?

Yes! Every Authorgraph goes only to the specific reader that requested it so an author can write a custom message for each reader. In addition, readers can include a short message to the author in order to provide a bit more context for personalizing the Authorgraph.

Is there a cost to send or receive an Authorgraph?

Requesting, sending and receiving Authorgraphs are free! However, if a reader uses Amazon’s Personal Document Service to receive the Authorgraph on his/her Kindle then Amazon may charge a small delivery fee.

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Gentle Push Available as a FREE Kindle Download This Weekend

Starting today, Friday 10/17, for the next few days, my short story GENTLE PUSH is available as a FREE #kindle download. So please, head over to Amazon and get it. Both Science-Fiction fans and non-Science-Fiction fans (and even some anti-Science-Fiction … Continue reading

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Looking at NaNoWriMo 2014 and Facing the Decision

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I, like many, have participated in NaNoWriMo for a number of years. It sounds like a big demand–write 50,000 words in a month. But really, it’s the fun part and not that tough. Some years I don’t hit 50k. But … Continue reading

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Nickel Stream now Released in PERIHELION SCIENCE FICTION

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The new issue of Perihelion Science Fiction is out today and available to read online for free, including my new short story, “Nickel Stream.” Perihelion is a long-running science-fiction periodical with an impressive tradition. It is now available exclusively online, … Continue reading

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Let’s Support Mental Health and Grow Understanding

This Saturday I will join thousands of Angelinos participating in NAMIWalks Los Angeles County 2014–the county’s largest event to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. The money we … Continue reading

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New Mystery in One of Titan’s Largest Hydrocarbon Seas

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Saturn’s large moon, Titan–the potential fuel depot of the future if we continue to rely upon hydrocarbon technology–has been under scrutiny for some time, and recently NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected an unexplained, changing feature in Ligeia Mare, one of … Continue reading

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Medicinal Need Released as a Kindle Short Story

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Now released as a stand-alone short story for Kindle is “Medicinal Need,” my first Western-based tale. “Medicinal Need” was first released as part of the multi-genre print and e-book anthology, In Vino Veritas (In Wine There is the Truth), still also … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Nickel Stream

Perihelion Science Fiction has accepted for a future issue my new short science-fiction story, “Nickel Stream.” This tale, set in a fairly distant, star-faring future, is about a blue collar worker, Gina, stationed at an outpost close enough to a … Continue reading

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