Felix Finally Jumps

Hello Geeks,

Most of you have probably already seen/heard about this and if you haven’t…actually, I can not think of any reason why you haven’t. I mean a MAN jumped from a stratospheric balloon to make a  FREE FALL to earth from 120,000 FEET at SUPERSONIC SPEED, FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF SOUND before PARACHUTING to the ground. C’MON SON. C’MON. And to top it off, he has one of the coolest names going, FELIX BAUMGARTNER. C’MON.

Ok, now that I’ve officially and un-ashamdely geeked out :-), I would also like to high-light the science behind this Red Bull Stratos mission/collaboration and the valuable medical and scientific research data now available for future pioneers/researchers. The data produced during the test runs has proven to be invaluable to the future development off aerospace engineering, aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation, balloon fabrication and technology to name but a few. So if you are one of those people who is wondering what all the fuss is about, I hope the above puts you at ease. Remember without so called “crazy” efforts like this, by people who take risks to find out something new, we probably would not be able to get to the other side of the earth in a plane for our holidays let alone space.

All the above is brilliant but what is also amazing is that we got to WATCH IT ALL LIVE.
Can you just imagine the young kid who wants to be a astronaut and his/her excitement? Not only did we get to watch it live, FELIX TWEETED WHILE IN SPACE! I mean, C’MON SON.

I also want to say that Red Bull did a fantastic job with the website, not only was it informative and easy to use but it also made the science easy to understand. Click on the link and learn more about this event than just the hype.

Furthermore, the fact that Joe Kittinger, the man who made history before Felix was a member of Felix’s team and the voice of “reason” during his jump, ultimately helping him beat his own record was inspiring. Remember, Joe did it when no-one knew if you could even survive such a jump. He ascended to 102,800 feet in a high-altitude balloon and jumped to Earth, setting four world records in 1960.

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Play the video below to learn more about Joe Kittinger, he deserves it.

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If you have not already seen the advert before the jump you must. I love it.

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And finally, here is Felix’s Jump. Click play and watch history being made.

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I personally think Felix could give James Bond a run for his money so I deemed this song appropriate (perfect timing Adele). Click play and listen while you read some of the tweets from yesterday that made me laugh out loud below:

“OMG They are going to let him jump with the faceplate not working! Please space Aliens let this man land okay, with his face in tact.”

“She’s 16 and performing on X-Factor, what an inspiration” … A MAN JUST JUMPED FROM THE EDGE OF F****G SPACE!!!!”

“Is everyone ignoring my phone calls because a man decided to spend his day jumping from space?”

“Well impressed with crazy Felix. Remembering daring myself to jump last three stairs instead of 2 as a kid. He must have felt amazing”

“Felix Baumgartner jumped from 24 miles above earth today. I’ve taken three separate naps”

“Felix Baumgartner tweeted from space then broke the sound barrier. I’m tweeting this from bed. I give up. You win this time, Baumgartner”

haaa haaa haaa, you win indeed Felix, you win. Congratulations.

Until next time, stay blessed all.

Eyman

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Geek Out: Reggie Watts

Hey Geeks,

Hope you are all well and have been enjoying the Olympics so far. The energy is amazing in and out of the events arenas, on sofas, in parks and just about anywhere and everywhere in London Town.

I came across this video a week ago and I geeked out and now I’m sharing it with you all. Reggie Watts is thoroughly entertaining to watch and has an amazing career. Click on this Wiki Link to find out more about him. Check out his music composition for Louis CK’s show, Louie. The dude has many skills. He is an utter geek.

I love the way he uses scientific words in this piece to make you listen and laugh all at the same time. He really does disorient you in the most entertaining way. Hope you enjoy it too.

Share it, Re-blog, Tweet and all that good stuff.

Thank you for reading.

Eyman

The sound of colour

Hi guys,

Its been a while since I posted. I decided to put up a quick post of an interesting video I came across a couple of weeks ago.

The video below is of a man called Neil Harbisson who was born completely colour blind. He suffers from a condition called achromatopsia causing him to see no colour at all, only black and white. That was until he was fitted with an eyeborg. This is a headmounted camera that picks up colours and translates them to real time soundwaves. The eyeborg consists of a camera, an antenna and a computer chip that converts light into sound. The chip is mounted in the back of his head transmitting the vibrations directly into his skull. He memorized the different frequencies and now is able to tell the difference between colours very easily. It’s fascinating that different colours emit different frequencies. Neil even produces art! He calls himself a cyborg because it’s a ‘union between the software and his brain’. He has created the CyborgFoundation, an organization to help humans become cyborgs by creating and applying cybernetic extensions to the body. He has donated eyborgs to blind communities and taught colour blind children to use the device.

Science never ceases to surprise me and it makes me curious of what is yet to come especially with how quickly technology is advancing.

Have a peep at the video, and his cool colour clashing fashion sense. He is truly and interesting human being.

Lukeki

Made With Molecules- Art, Science and Dope Jewelry

Hello Geeks,

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a huge fan off jewelry, especially Silver. So you can imagine how hard I geeked out when I came across this jewelry designer who uses molecules as inspiration in a artistic and creative way. I LOVE THESE DESIGNS.

You must check out Made With Molecules, click here to get onto the site for the full collection, but here a few of my favorites.

This one makes you happy 🙂 and I love the way they explain the significance of the molecule.

You cannot tell me these earrings are not cool. No you cannot. I am a geneticist.

For the chocolate lovers. I know a few.

Gentleman, do not worry, they have something for you too. These are the greatest cufflinks I have ever seen. I would most definitely swoon if you approached me wearing these #just saying. lol.

Share the goodness geeks. Thank you.

Ex

Meet Lukeki

 It’s Follow Friday Geeks,

Hope you all had a great week. Last month I had the pleasure of being a member of the “leading Ladies” Panel and leading a workshop for Inspirational You titled “The Power and Influence of Science”. It was a pleasure to be apart of such a beautiful movement. If you are in London and you missed it, I have been invited to speak again at the next one. Click here for details. After my workshop, I was approached by a charming and inspiring young lady who asked me to be her mentor. I was honored, but above all, I believe that she will also teach me much. I’m enjoying the opportunity to learn and grow from her also.

I asked her to write a short paragraph about her-self so that I could introduce her to you all. She will be writing some posts for the blog as off next week and I can’t wait to read about what she finds interesting within the world of geekdom. Please share the post, and the blog and like the page. If we cannot support our younger generations then what is the point of it all. Really. Click play for some background music and Meet my new intern Lukeki :-). Lets Shake it out.

Lukeki 

A recent graduate in Biochemistry and Genetics MSci from the University of Nottingham, science and health have always been subjects that I found interesting. I love to learn and I have always had a fascination with understanding how things work, both in technology and the human body. Outside of science, I’m an avid reader when I have the time, I love to travel and experience different cities, countries and cultures. I am excited about sharing some of my interests with you. 

Unitl next-time. Peace and Love.

Eyman

Aloe Blacc, Ghana and Malaria

Hey Geeks,

This is short and sweet. I came across this video yesterday on Al-jazeera world news and wondered why we had not heard about it here in the UK and why it wasn’t on UK online news? or maybe I just missed it? :-/

I decided that I am going to put this story on blast here. I mentioned before that my first ventures into the scientific world centered around Malaria and Mosquitoes. This is a short film featuring Aloe Blacc’s trip to Ghana in Spring 2012. Aloe joined forces with No More UK, a charity, to support Ghana’s goal to make sure every home in the country has access to a mosquito net by the end of 2012.

A very admirable and amazing feat. The same NEEDS to happen all over the world. Click on the video below and see how beautiful the smiles of the children he speaks with are. They made my heart melt and I donated a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte and Muffin worth. Click on the hyperlink and show your support Ghana and the UK, if only one more Kid gets a net, it is one more kid who has a better chance of not falling ill to Malaria. Surely that’s better than nothing.

Peace and Love

E

Surgeons Rock

Hello All,

I haven’t blogged for a minute, but I have a really really good excuse :-). I have been super-busy helping my mother prepare for her full knee replacement surgery! That’s right, a FULL KNEE REPLACEMENT.

I titled this geek out post surgeons rock because it absolutely amazes me that Doctors and surgeons have advanced so much that they can replace whole body parts. It is a whole different thing knowing something and actually seeing it happen personally. Watching my mother take on the pain that comes with the surgery with so much grace and the unwavering confidence of the surgeons was a huge inspiration to me. It puts many things into perspective.

Even more amazing, whilst at my mums bedside I tried to keep up-to date with general news and I came across this story on the guardian detailing one of last weeks medical miracles, a successful full face transplant.

FACE TRANSPLANT GEEKS! SOMEONE GOT A NEW FACE! AMAZING.

Press play to watch the video of this amazing story that made headline news:

But wait, does anyone remember the lady who’s face got ripped up by a chimpanzee? I remember the shock of that story and how it made world-wide news, even Oprah interview her. Click on the blue link if you want to watch that interview with Oprah but you must click play below and see the miracle these surgeons worked on this womans face. Outstanding work.

Now for my music segment and this may seem like a strange choice of song but I chose it for two reasons. One, me and my younger sister have been “schooling” each other on “new” and “old” music whilst watching mama sleep, walk and eat in the hospital, so this is a combo of my “old” Mayer Hawthorne and her “new” Rizzle Kicks lol. Two, I actually like the song and it fits the theme of this post as I am starting to worry that my mama will soon remember that she will soon have the ability to chase me down again and I cant just slowly walk away!

Until next time, count your blessings and stay blessed.

Ex

My Kind of Superwoman- Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Happy Monday Geeks,

Last-night my alarm on my phone went off and reminded me to sit-down in-front of the TV and watch Satellites on BBC 2 (if you missed it, you can catch it on BBC i-Player). Why I hear you ask? because it was being presented by my personal geek black female scientist role model. I went to a talk of hers at UCL many years back and have developed a secret career crush on her ever since (not so secret now, Maggie if you are reading this, please call me 🙂 )

This immense woman has achieved so much that today’s headline in the evening standard was “Maggie Aderin-Pocock: A woman on a mission, proving science isn’t just for rich, white men”.  YES.YES.YES. I GEEKED OUT.

Maggie Aderin-Poncock was born in Britain to Nigerian parents who separated when she was four. She grew up in a council flat in Camden, north London, and was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight. This did not stop her from going to university, earning a PhD in physics from Imperial College London, propelling a career developing space instruments at UCL and beyond, and embarking on a second career as a television science presenter. She is on a personal mission to explain science to the sort of kids she mixed with as a child in inner-city London. OOOOF. SHE IS AMAZING.

Click here for the link to the full article. My favorite part is when it reads:

“she mentions that at some point in the interview she may have to breastfeed her baby daughter, Lauren”.

Proof that you can do both ladies, you can nurture a strong career and a baby, it is possible. I LOVE IT.

Here is a snippet of her show, press play;

And here is an endearing interview with her I also wanted to share;

I want to be her (minus the physics lol), and I will be with god’s blessings but in the meantime I wanted to say;

Thank you to Maggie for helping pave the way for young female black scientists, you inspire me. Here is your musical tribute, it presents inspiring superwomen like yourself-Gladys Knight, Patty LaBelle, Dionne Warwick and Oprah! POW

Until next time, be inspired.

E

Drug Wars-India Saves Lives

Happy Monday Geeks,

This Geek Out Post is a little different but I geeked out nevertheless. I cannot tell you how happy I was to read in the news that India has taken a stand and wrestled with the pharmaceutical companies that monopolise life saving drugs.

India has decided to end the monopoly of pharmaceutical giant Bayer by overturning its patent of anti-cancer drug Nexavar. A domestic company, Natco, will now be allowed to produce a copy-cat version of Nexavar, and sell it for a fraction of the price. The decision means thousands of Indian cancer patients who would not otherwise be able to afford the drug, now have a realistic chance at treatment.

WELL DONE INDIA.

Very early on in my career I worked for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, I lasted a total of three months. Pharmaceutical companies say overruling patents inhibits innovation of new medicines. I say that is a bunch of BS! excuse my french. Unfortunately, or fortunately, my heart was way too soft for that industry, and I made the decision to jump out while I still could.

Click here to read more about it and press play before for Al-Jazeera’s Inside Story

I think India, Brazil, and Thailand deserve a clap for this, life saving drugs should not be policing peoples lives. Lets Evolve for the better.

Discuss. Share. Thoughts. Please.

E

Angry Birds Gets Geeked

Hello Geeks,

How many of you have the game Angry Birds on your mobiles or have played it on someone elses? Personally, I am not a Angry Birds Nerd, they are the ones who will only move onto the next level after they have achieved the 3 stars (I have friends who are like that, you know who you are lol) but I am an Angry Birds and all things Apple Geek.

If you don’t know, Angry Birds is a strategy puzzle mobile game developed by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Mobile and was first developed by Apples iOS in December 2009. Since then, over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apples App Store. The success of this highly addictive and fun game has prompted the company to design versions for other touchscreen-based smartphones, of-course and why not!

In the game, players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield. As players advance through the game, new birds appear, some with special abilities that can be activated by the player.

The game has spawned two-sequels, but Rovio has now announced what it’s describing as its biggest launch since the original game. Angry Birds Space will be released on March 22nd, and the company has enlisted NASA and National Geographic as launch partners for the game. GEEKED OUT.

What that means, no-body knows just yet but I am guessing things like zero gravity and  “lightspeed destruction” birds. Rovio promise it to be BIG and plan to reveal more details as March draws nearer and they better coz the trailer below doesn’t give much away, it just teases. Roll on March.

Have a great Sunday All

Ex