Four unique talents at the Rose Gallery

The Rose Gallery: Sisi Biedermann

The Rose Gallery, located at Kaya Angel’s stunning Angel Manor, and curated by  Shakti Sugafield (Shakti Adored) is hosting a further ensemble art exhibition across its two floors of exhibition spaces, featuring 2D and 3D work by several SL and physical world artists.

On the ground level, in Galleries 1 and 2, Sisi Biedermann presents a series of 17 images of her physical world art, the majority of which might be drawn together under the collected title of Illusions (although several of the pieces do have a title of their own). Rich in colour, all 17 are individually stunning pieces of art.

The Rose Gallery: Sisi Biedermann

Fantastical, emotive, evocative, and each with its own story to tell, these are pieces with a glorious depth and beauty. Some are presented in a “flat” traditional style of paint on paper / canvas; others are presented in an embossed, richly textured finish that is marvellously  tactile in appearance – in this, I found myself particularly drawn to Illusions 10, a simply exquisite study of two kingfishers. Some of the images present their subject matter in a fairly straightforward study, others are more abstract in tone, which one or two have an almost Bosch-like feel about them, albeit it without his darker thoughts and representations.  Any and all of them would add grace to one’s home (and are available for sale).

The Rose Gallery: Juro

Also on the ground floor, Galleries 3 and 4 offer ten pieces by digital and virtual artist Juro (JurisJo). These are quite the most stunning studies of Second Life wildlife and animals I’ve yet seen. All feature Juro’s preferred use of yellow and red within them, together with a rich processing of sky, all of which draws the eye into each image, encouraging the visitor to focus on the primary study within it whilst also adding context and depth the overall scene.

The ten pieces presented across the two halls range from the highly evocative through to the gently humorous, the mix carefully balanced so that the eye is both awed and captivated, and the lips given cause to relax and smile. Who cannot, for example find their breath catching at the sight of White Tiger or Goodnight Sun (to name but two of the more dramatic pieces), whilst also feeling the need to offer a chuckle on seeing Baja Sands or Owls (again to name but two of the lighter pieces)? Would that we had room to display all of these pieces at home.

The Rose Gallery: Juro

Take the gallery staircase up and to the right, and you’ll arrive in Gallery 7, featuring an artist whose work is entirely new to me. Matt Thomson has 20 years experience as a physical world digital artist and photographer. His work might at first glance appear to be abstract in nature.  It’s an approach Matt calls Techno Fusion, combining traditional  mediums for art – oil, watercolour, acrylics, ink – brought together as “music”, blending and mixing like the rhythm and beat of dance track. “Let your eyes have a treat,” he says of his work. “Colour is the music as it blends it dances weaves a tapestry that allows your eyes to follow the flow … enjoy the dance!”

The Rose Gallery: Matt Thomson

The rearmost gallery space on the upper floor is given over to a display of sculptures by Reycharles Resident. Mounted on plinths and along the walls, this exhibit features some 14 3D pieces of varying sizes, although their respective LODs might require you cam into some of them in order for them to render correctly.  The pieces are richly diverse: from delicate pieces that appear almost woven together, through to sold pieces which appear to have been carved from a single block.

The Rose Gallery: Reycharles Resident

For those looking for an additional  treat, Shakti offers a small selection from her personal collection of Molly Bloom’s always fascinating and eye-catching  – and perception defying – art. This includes one of my personal favourites of Molly’s work The Queen is NOT Amused, a simply marvellous triptych.

A set of four – or five, including the modest display of Molly’s art – very different displays of art, all of which are more than worth the time taken to store through the Rose Gallery’s halls.

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2018 viewer release summaries week #22

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Updates for the week ending Sunday, June 3rd

This summary is generally published on every Monday, and is a list of SL viewer / client releases (official and TPV) made during the previous week. When reading it, please note:

  • It is based on my Current Viewer Releases Page, a list of all Second Life viewers and clients that are in popular use (and of which I am aware), and which are recognised as adhering to the TPV Policy. This page includes comprehensive links to download pages, blog notes, release notes, etc., as well as links to any / all reviews of specific viewers / clients made within this blog.
  • By its nature, this summary presented here will always be in arrears, please refer to the Current Viewer Release Page for more up-to-date information.
  • Note that test viewers, preview / beta viewers / nightly builds are not recorded in these summaries.

Official LL Viewers

  • Current Release version 5.1.5.515811, dated May 31, promoted June 1 – formerly the Love Me Render Release Candidate – NEW
  • Release channel cohorts (please see my notes on manually installing RC viewer versions if you wish to install any release candidate(s) yourself):
    • No updates.
  • Project viewers:
    • No updates.

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Third-party Viewers

V5-style

  • Kokua updated on 3rd as follows: RLV to 5.1.5.43454 and non-RLV to 5.1.5.43453 – release notes.

V1-style

  • No updates.

Mobile / Other Clients

  • No updates.

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Space Sunday: drills, neutrinos and a spaceplane

In May I wrote about an attempt to return the drill mechanism on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity to operational status. As I noted in that report, use of the sample-gathering drill was suspended in December 2016, after problems were encountered with the drill feed mechanism – the motor used to extend the drill head leading to fears that continued use of the drill feed mechanism would see it fail completely, ending the use of the drill.

At the time of that report, a live test of the drill on Mars had just been carried out, but the results hadn’t been made public. However, on May 23rd, NASA issued an update confirming the test had been successful, and a sample of rock had been obtained.

The new drilling technique is called Feed Extended Drilling (FED). It keeps the drill head extended and uses the weight of the rover’s robot arm and turret to push the bit into a target rock. This is harder than it sounds, as it requires the weight of the rover’s arm to provide the necessary pressure to help push the drill bit into a rock – something it is not designed to do, and risks either breaking the drill bit or cause it to become stuck.

Engineers had spent more than a year developing the technique using Curiosity’s testbed “twin” on Earth before carrying out a preliminary test on Mars in February (see here), which was not intended to gather any sample. For the May 19th, 2018, test the mission team combined the FED approach to drilling with using the drill’s percussive mechanism with the intention of both testing the combined technique with an attempt to obtain a sample of rock.

The sample in question is of specific importance to the mission team, although it required a literal turnaround for the rover. For the last few months, Curiosity has been traversing “Vera Rubin Ridge” on “Mount Sharp”. In doing so, the rover passed a distinct rock formation mission scientists realised could fill a gap in their understanding about how “Mount Sharp” may have formed. However, at the time, there was no way to obtain a sample. Once it looked likely that drilling operations could be recovered, the decision was made in April to reverse the rover’s course and return to the rock formation, where the test was successfully carried out.

The team used tremendous ingenuity to devise a new drilling technique and implement it on another planet. Those are two vital inches of innovation from 60 million miles away. We’re thrilled that the result was so successful.

– Curiosity Deputy Project Manager Steve Lee.

The 5 cm (2-in) deep hole in a target called “Duluth”, captured by the rover’s Mastcam on May 20th, 2018 (Sol 2057) after a successful test allowed a rock sample to be gathered by the rover since October 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL / MSSS

The rover has since resumed its traverse towards an uphill area enriched in clay minerals that the science team is  also eager to explore. The next stage for the engineers it so figure out how to transfer the gathered sample ready for analysis by the rover’s on-board laboratory.

Previously, this would have involved passing the sample through another system on the rover’s “turret”, called CHIMRA (Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis). However, transfer into CHIMRA in part requires the use of the drill feed mechanism. As this can no longer be used in case it breaks. the idea – yet to be tested – is to try positioning the drill head over the hoppers feeding the science suite and then running the drill in reverse, allowing the sample  – held within the hollow drill bit – to trickle back out, and hopefully into the hoppers.

If It’s A Particle Jim, Then It’s Not As We Know Them

Neutrinos are elementary particles that interact only via the weak subatomic force and gravity. Their behaviour is explained by the Standard Model of particle physics.

In essence – and very broadly speaking – the Standard Model is a list of particles that go a long way toward explaining how matter and energy interact in the cosmos. Some of these particles – quarks and electrons, for example – are the building blocks of the atoms that make up everything we’ll ever touch with our hands. Others, like the three known neutrinos, are more abstract: high-energy particles which can be created naturally (within the core of stars or during supernova events, for example), or artificially (e.g. in nuclear reactors or nuclear explosions), and which stream through the universe, barely interacting with other matter. Billions upon billions of solar neutrinos pass through each of us every second without ever affecting us.

The LSND. Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory

These neutrinos can be broken into three known “flavours”:  electron, muon and tau neutrinos. As waves of neutrinos stream through space, they periodically “oscillate,” jumping back and forth between one flavour of the three flavours and another – or that’s the theory.

In the 1990s, the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, reported more neutrino detections than the Standard Model’s description of neutrino oscillation could explain, resulting in a new flavour of “heavy” neutrino being posited: the “sterile neutrino”.

At the time, the discovery met with excitement; physicists had long noticed a discrepancy between the predicted and actual number of anti-neutrinos, or the antimatter partners to neutrinos, produced in nuclear reactors. Sterile neutrinos could offer an explanation for the discrepancy. The only problem with the idea is that other than the LSND results, no-one has been able to find evidence for the existence of “sterile neutrinos”.

Until, possibly, now. A paper just published suggests that another neutrino detector – the MiniBooNE, operated Fermilab in Chicago – has also reported a similar result to LSND, resulting in the suggestion some neutrinos are oscillating into the “heavier” sterile neutrinos and then back into one of the recognised flavours. What’s more, combining the results of the MiniBooNE experiment with those of LSND suggests there is just a one-in-500 million chance of both results being a fluke.

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