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Daily Download: October 3, 2013 (Light sabers, Sinead O’Connor)

Star Wars light sabers finally invented — My boys have had a collaborative vision to invent light sabers, but they haven’t advanced very far in their attempts.  Fortunately, it appears that another team of scientists has also been working on the problem of bringing light particles into a mass that can be self-contained and do a little intergalactic damage.  And who says we don’t have scientific priorities in the United States?  This science is coming out of Harvard and MIT, thank you very much.  Says Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin:

Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless and do not interact.  What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they act as though they have mass, and bind together to form molecules.  It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers. When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.

Hopefully they’ll have the technology completely figured out in time for light sabers to be the Christmas gift of choice the year the new Star Wars Episode VII comes out.  Maybe they could even create a miniature version for inclusion in LEGO Star Wars sets.

Sinéad O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus — I’ve posted quite a bit about this Miley Cyrus image change.  I’m intrigued by it and the business behind it.  Many are acting like this is a personal problem without recognizing the business strategy behind it, and the combination and merging of the personal and business in this situation is what keeps me thinking about it.  Sinead O’Connor is thinking about it as well now that Miley said in a Rolling Stone interview that her look and the “Wrecking Ball” video took inspiration from Sinead O’Connor’s own look and her “Nothing Compares 2 U” video.  Sinead wrote a compelling open letter to Miley, and she doesn’t pull any punches in laying out her iconic angst toward this executives who run the music industry.  Having lived  a life of making waves  in the music industry, Sinead writes from experience, and her advice is worth the read for all women, but particularly those in entertainment.

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