TransAsia GE235 crash - Plane Missed Power Cables

The Transasia ATR 72-600 which crashed into the Keelung river narrowly missed flying into high voltage power cables strung across the Keelung river.  Flight into those high voltage power distribution cables would have been unsurvivable: fire would have been a virtual certainty.

The images below, from Google and from show that power distribution lines cross the Keelung river at a point which the ATR 72-600 would have reached had it not banked left.

The plane's wings were level approaching the power lines across the river.

In 2011, in Washington, DC, Dr. Robert Shiller, an economics professor at Yale, gave a seminar at the Society for Neuroscience meeting as a special “Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Society.” You can watch the seminar here. His presentation got me thinking about how supply and demand dynamics in economics might help me better understand biological processes.

As a pharmacologist, I work with a very simple supply and demand dynamic. On a basic level, I am interested in how a drug interacts with a receptor. To this end, when I have taught classes, I try to incorporate simple finance to help students understand how drugs interact with biological systems. I will provide a simple example today.
Trilemma - a quandary posed by three alternative courses of action.


“Agriculture is having increasingly strong global impact on both the environment and human health, often driven by dietary changes.”
Babying a weapons code at 2 A.M. gave me a lot of time to think over eight years. Writing fiction, I did a lot of actionable research on youth cocktails and Singularity concepts. What I present below are the latest updates, including the youth pill that has come to market by an MIT researcher.

Remember all those great Super Bowl ads for beer? According to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youth was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking.

Alcohol is the most common drug used by young people. In 2013, 66.2 percent of U.S. high school students reported trying alcohol, 34.9 percent reported alcohol use in the past 30 days and 20.8 percent reported recent binge drinking.

TransAsia ATR 72 Crashes Into Keelung River

A twin engined ATR 72-600 turboprop suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan Airport, destination the Kinmen islands.  The plane, which was less than one year old according to Flightglobal crashed into the Keelung river.  The number of survivors is uncertain at this time.
AirAsia 8501 - News, Rumours, Facts And FACs

Until such time as an official report is issued it will be difficult for both professionals and ordinary members of the public to determine what most probably happened during the last flight of AirAsia 8501.  That is most unfortunate because passengers have a right to fly as safely as is humanly possible, and safety cannot be assured unless manufacturers, operators and pilots have the most up-to-date knowledge available about the causes of accidents, so as to avoid repetition.
Today I collected in my mailbox the hefty "Review of Particle Physics", the publication of the Particle Data Group which contains a summary of everything we know about subatomic particles. For the first time, the publisher is a Chinese journal: Chinese Physics C. This might be considered a detail, but it is a sign of times: China has been increasing its involvement in fundamental physics research in the last decade, and it may well become the leading country in this business in the future.

In this post, I will provide the ultra orthodox fringe view (translation: just my view) on the problems that face physics when doing classical problems with gravity.  The difference between this blog and a more conventional presentation is that I will emphasize the problems instead of starting off with the leading proposals of the day.

The mysterious, distant and yet unexplored by any probe world of Pluto and its moons, located on the edge of our solar system, is about to get visited.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14 will perform the first ever close-up flyby of the fallen planet. Downgraded in 2006 to dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Pluto holds key clues to our understanding of the formation of our solar system.