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Whit Williams is a writer, a medic and a swordsman. He has never actually treated a lion, but once lent a hand to a fish in the Okavongo. He currently lives in Atlanta with an army of dogness and a tactical detachment of cats.


Lion Country

by Whit Williams

Early night was a good time, the calm before the storm. The heat rising from the ground kept the locals quiet for the first few hours; time to sleep, or read, or just contemplate. Currently I was contemplating murder. Should I suffocate my partner with the trash bag or shoot him up with a morphine overdose? Anything to stop the snoring. My thoughts were interrupted by the Ambulance rocking to the right. I turned and stared into the face of a good sized lion staring expectantly. This I remembered was why you keep the windows up. “What?”

“I don’t mean to scare you, man, I just—” The lion’s reply was interrupted with a loud belch.

“Back up, man.” I gestured with one hand while covering my nose with the other. The mix of rancid meat and booze that permeated the lion’s breath was horrendous. The lion pushed away from the window but still had his paws on the door. “Back up!” The lion dropped off the side and took a few steps rearward. “What do you want?”

“I don’t mean no harm, man. Can I get some change to get something to eat?”

“What? You’re a lion, go hunt something”

“Man, I got TB. I can’t catch anything. Come on, anything you got I’ll take.”

That seemed true enough. Enhancement had not saved the big cats from the diseases of Africa and I had no doubt he would take anything other than a bath or a job. “I’m sure you would. I don’t have anything for you.”

At that the lion started looking past me and I realized Nick was looking over my shoulder now. “How about you, man, can you help me out?” Nick shook his head and managed to light up a smoke in the same gesture. I suddenly felt my day brightening exponentially with lions to the right of me and cancer to my left. “Hey, can I get a smoke, at least?”

“I thought you had TB?” I waited for an answer. The lion just stared past me, as I was no longer of interest. Nick handed a cigarette over. I snatched it and flipped it to the lion’s feet. He lipped it up and disappeared around the back. “Lions.” Lions were always a problem, had been for my entire paravet career at least. The ambulance leaned to the left suddenly and now Nick had the lion in his face. He cracked his window.


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Joseph Meany, originally from Keene, NH, is a PhD Candidate in Chemistry at The University of Alabama. His research focuses on the design of molecules for nanomaterials in tiny electronic circuits. Space exploration and science fiction were Joseph's inspiration to become a scientist. In his spare time, he enjoys beer brewing and attending SF conventions.



The Incredibly Small Exploring the Cosmically Huge: Nanotechnology to Enable Future Space Probes

by Joseph E. Meany

Introduction

Exploring the solar system and finally ‘meeting the neighbors’ is one of the most hailed achievements of the twentieth century. Getting the chance to see, up close, the other major bodies in our Solar System is a wonder that was left to the imaginations of astronomers even as late as World War I. Carl Sagan famously said in the series Cosmos: “How lucky we are, to live in this time. The first moment in human history where we are, in fact, visiting other worlds.”

Even now, humans continue to break new ground as we send missions to comets, asteroids, and the Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet, Pluto. We’ve come a long way in the interim from the Mariner program, through the Voyager Probes, to the recent missions involving Dawn, New Horizons, and MAVEN.

Each of these crafts, as they had been launched, were equipped with steadily increasing computational power and storage capability reflecting the state-of-the-art technology of the time. As computer components continue to get smaller, they get lighter and cheaper to produce. This means that we can gather and store more data about the solar system in subsequent missions. The technology has matured to the point where private citizens can even launch little satellites of their own into low Earth orbit for experiments! These little vessels are called CubeSats. However, there is a problem with traditional semiconductors as they get smaller and smaller.

As the size of circuits shrinks, the random noise from fluctuations in the circuitry grows. On top of this, there are physical deviations from the traditional materials when quantum physics comes into play on the nanoscale. Nanoscale is defined as one billionth of a meter, or roughly ten-thousand times thinner than the width of a human hair.

Both academic research and industry are focusing right now to address the issues that plague circuits on the nanoscale. Part of this focus includes moving away from silicon as the dominant carrier of electricity to carbon-based molecules. This field of research is called Organic Electronics. Another focus is on the development of new ways to construct the circuits that bypass limitations presented by more traditional manufacturing. Using known properties of atoms, scientists and engineers can use chemistry to coax the atoms to arrange themselves into specific patterns with desirable characteristics.


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