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Beam Me Up #267 Luna Voices…con. Nick Wood






Here we are!  Beam Me Up episode 267 and after minor malfunctions we are off and running.

I open the program with a track from Weird Al’s new album, a parody of Lady GaGa’s Born this Way called “I perform this way!”  This song strikes (excuse the pun) a cord with me plus it shows that Al Yankovich still has the mojo.

Earth and Sky is a new addition to the program.  They provide science articles to podcast of various lenghs that I plan on bringing snippets to the program each week.  This week is about the search for  Dark Matter, and a plan to build a nineteen mile long particle accelerator in hopes of creating the elusive particle.

From the BMU blog at, The ESA is developing a space transport vehicle while the US is fast becoming a cargo cult to its’ own space effort,  Nevada has said OK for Driverless Cars to operate on their roads, well it is a bit more complicated than that, but when it DOES happen they most likely will be first.  New technology in the works that might mean you will never have to worry about focusing your camera  EVER!  I review Metropolis… not the Lang version but an obscure anime version from 2001!

And finally part two and the conclusion to Nick Wood’s fantastic story Luna Voices on the Solar Winds.  In part 2, a painful and gruesome death awaits.  He is already seeing things…..because what he does see can not possibly be there under ANY circumstances!  Let alone the the raw radiation environment of the airless moon!

That and more, plus some general ravings this week in episode 267 of Beam Me Up

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Beam Me Up #266 Luna Voices on the Solar Wind pt1 – Nick Wood Dark Inspectre episode 13 – Jason Kahn






This week on Beam Me Up episode 266 – I start first with a geek tribute to nerd farthers everywhere!   Singer songwriter John Anealio gives us Geek Dad which can be downloaded for free mind you!
The first story of the day is our ongoing serial Dark Inspectre from writer Jason Kahn.  In this month’s episode para-normal detective Jack Garett  finds that his investigation has brought him to the wrong of the table when brought in for questioning in an unusually brutal murder investigation – only to find a warning of dangerous dealings from a most unusual ally.

The Main story this week is part one of Luna Voices on the Solar Winds by Nick Wood.  In the first part of this great story – a research outing on the surface of the Moon goes horribly wrong when a science / research outing gets trapped in the open by a solar eruption which blinds their maps, and scrambles their communications.  Plus the leader of the expedition knows where they are, only problem,  he is unconscious.  Now a man caught between the old ways of his grandfather and being accepted in the high tech present and a deaf girl must learn to communicate and trust each other to find their way back to base.  Help come in an unusual voice from the past…..

From the beam me up blog:  I review the anime version of Witchblade, thankfully its not the crappy tnt version!, Is Dark Energy a lie?  Is there no such thing or is time simply running out? Voyager one is closer than ever to leaving the solar system proper.  Will turbines replace the beating human heart someday, and a Japanese researcher has created fake meat from all thing, sewage mud!  Believe it or not its the world’s first Turd Burger?!

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Beam Me Up # 265 Memory con. – Michael Merriam





This week’s episode of Beam Me Up is 265!  As you know I am a fan of the ability of the web to bring together diverse talents to complete a project.  Mostly it is the ability of very talented producers to give us unique productions of well known song titles.  This week I start with a piece originally from the Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, but this project brings together diverse instruments and vocal talents for a very rousing rendition.

From the Beam Me Up Blog  I review the animated feature Megamind.  A funny well animated movie with voice talents of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey.  From CERN scientist have seemingly done the impossible by trapping anti-hydrogen for an astounding 16  minutes!

Our story this week is part 2 and conclusion to Memory by Michael Merriam.  In the conclusion this week, Lucza Antreus finds out that what she want and what she has to do are not the same thing.  We learn the real reason that her home planet and the rest of known space has spiraled into chaos and the sacrifices that will have to be made to arrest and reverse what has taken centuries to build up to.  If you enjoyed part 1 then your going to really enjoy the conclusion!

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Beam Me UP # 264 Memory pt1 – Michael Merriam + Fertilizer – Duncan Shields



Get ready to get your brain fried on episode 264 of Beam Me Up!

I bookend today’s blog entries of science news and observations with a couple of great stories.

At the beginning of this week’s program I play Duncan Shield’s flash fiction piece “Fertilizer”.   Earth is making a massive push to terraform Mars.  Bio domes are up and machines are generating oxygen  for a breathable atmosphere in the future, but what Mars really needed was……

I end this week with part one of “Memory” by Michael Merriam.  Chaos had come to her planet.  In the centuries that had past, the once beautiful and vibrant culture that had existed here had crumbled, turned on itself and had died.  Nothing now survived except mutated dogs and a few equally mutated humans.  Even she wasn’t the she that she remembered who had grown up, loved and grown old.  Now the rest of the known galaxy had followed her planets fall into the selenium long collapse.   Now she was back not to rebuild but to join her centuries long dead husband.

And that is just part one!  Part two will floor you!!!

From the Beam Me Up Blog at…… Have you heard about the Casimir effect?  Well in short it seems to show how to get something from nothing!?  Yep, it describes a virtual particle and a anti virtual particle being kept from destroying each other and when this happens real particles like Photons are created…. Yep, that’s light from nothing…   next, a professor of computer science at Wake Forest University, is training digital ant to ferret out the hiding places on the net of nefarious  software like viruses and destroying them.   Antipodean issue 156 is now online.  Great Australian flash fiction site.  Science Daily blog has an interesting article concerning new technology that “detect(s) a number of neurological symptoms, such as …. epileptic seizure(s), and treating them simultaneously.   It seems that electrical engineers at the University of Maryland may have been a bit hasty,  Time Travel may indeed be possible!  Jeff Conaway, best known to genre fans as Security Chief Zack Allen on the syndicated series Babylon 5, died May 27th at 60.  What would cause Isaac to blow a gasket if he were still with us?   Well I can tell you one thing for sure….

That and other articles and observations.  Great show this week.  Come join us!

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