JP Barnaby

JP Barnaby

JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and Painting Fire on the Air. When she's not hanging out with porn stars or being spanked by hot guys in leather, she binge watches shows like Daredevil and Agents of Shield. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

The Rings of Mars

The Rings of Mars

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Innovation pushes the envelope of imagination. Dr. Pamela Gay, astronomer, writer, and podcaster, discussed the three avenues most likely to be explored next in the space program: the moon, asteroids, and Mars. She laid out some ground rules for her hypotheses to start. Assumptions: Heavy lift rockets will be available Tech process remains steady (things get smaller and faster) No other major breakthroughs Current NASA/FAA rules in place Problems: Radiation can kill The sun is only semi-predictable (with respect to
 
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Relativity, a Study in Spaghettification and Rings of Fire

Relativity, a Study in Spaghettification and Rings of Fire

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Perception is relative. That’s essentially the crux of Einstein’s theory of special relativity. For example, if you’re standing on the side of the road and a car passes you going 55 mph, from your perception, the car is going really fast. Conversely, if you’re in a car on the highway going 50 mph and that same car passes you going 55 mph, it doesn’t seem to be going very fast. It’s all a matter of perspective. Sprinkle a little gravity
 
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Squib Genes vs. Wizard Genes: A Battle for Dominance

Squib Genes vs. Wizard Genes: A Battle for Dominance

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In “The Genetics of Harry Potter,” Saturday 1PM in Marriott A601–602, charismatic and down-to-earth Duke professor Eric Spana, PhD, gave a fantastic layman’s breakdown of how we can genetically determine whether offspring in a family could be magical or non-magical. He was specific on acceptable sources of character lineage, which included the Harry Potter novels and movies, tangential books such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Pottermore website, and of course JK Rowling’s twitter feed. Sources he
 
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Using “Bacon” More Frequently than “Gay” in LGBT+ YA Fiction

Using “Bacon” More Frequently than “Gay” in LGBT+ YA Fiction

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The last time we were in an “LGBTQIA in YA” panel, we were at RWA (Romance Writers of America) and they were afraid to write “gay characters” (said in a whisper) into their books because of the conservative backlash. To my joy, the tenor of this panel was completely different. Authors Zac Brewer, Cinda Williams Chima, Alexandra Duncan, and Shaun David Hutchinson and librarian Christopher Elliot manned the panel and were passionate about writing characters with whom LGBT+ youth can identify.
 
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To Boldly Go:  Beamed Energy Propulsion

To Boldly Go:  Beamed Energy Propulsion

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Stand on the ground and look up at a building-sized rocket, looming above you, dominating your vision. That is a chemical rocket, and 90% of the mass of that vehicle is fuel. Most of the fuel is used to achieve escape velocity from the Earth’s gravity. Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, COO of Escape Dynamics, has a different vision for launching payloads into space. Her company has already started on a path to use microwaves to power their rockets from the
 
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The Reed Richards of Georgia Tech

The Reed Richards of Georgia Tech

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A mix of hard-core academics collided with practical field experience in the highly charged “Fission, Fusion, and other Energy Sources” panel. For those who couldn’t pick fission, fusion, or a bison from a police lineup, it’s pretty elemental. In the case of fission, Einstein’s famous equation for special relativity E=MC2 isn’t just a clever T-shirt slogan. When the nucleus of an atom splits into several smaller fragments, those fragments have slightly (about 0.1%) less mass. With the speed of light
 
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