Snapping Polymer Discs…

Topics: Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Research A polymer-based gel made by researchers in the US and inspired by the Venus flytrap plant can snap, jump and “reset” itself autonomously. The new self-propelled material might have applications in micron-sized robots and other devices that operate without batteries or motors. “Many plants and animals, especially smallContinue reading “Snapping Polymer Discs…”

Einsteinium Chemistry…

Topics: Chemistry, Einstein, Materials Science, Research To date, researchers have created more than two dozen synthetic chemical elements that don’t exist naturally on Earth. Neptunium (atomic number Z = 93) and plutonium (Z = 94), the first two artificial elements after naturally occurring uranium, are produced in nuclear reactors by the thousands of kilograms. But the accessibility ofContinue reading “Einsteinium Chemistry…”

Touchdown…

Topics: Mars, NASA, Perseverance, Space Exploration, Spaceflight Editor’s Note: This release was updated on Feb. 22 to correct the metric unit for the speed at which the rover’s wheels made contact with the surface to kph. New video from NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, andContinue reading “Touchdown…”

Splitting Babies, Washing Hands…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics To split the baby is a reference to a story in the Old Testament in Kings 3:5-14, regarding a decision of Solomon that shows his wisdom when given a difficult task. Solomon as king was often asked to judge between people with difficult problems, and hisContinue reading “Splitting Babies, Washing Hands…”

Kondo Mimic…

Topics: Magnetism, Materials Science, Nanotechnology A new type of quasiparticle – dubbed the “spinaron” by the scientists who discovered it – could be responsible for a magnetic phenomenon that is usually attributed to the Kondo effect. The research, which was carried out by Samir Lounis and colleagues at Germany’s Forschungszentrum Jülich, casts doubt on current theories of theContinue reading “Kondo Mimic…”

Well Deserved…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Research, Science Anthony Fauci – director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an expert on HIV and immunoregulation, and the de facto public face of a science-based recovery from COVID-19 – has been named the winner of the 2021 Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, awarded annually by the American Association for theContinue reading “Well Deserved…”

Q Bacca, Q-California, and QANON Sense…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Q Bacca Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has filed an emergency motion before a federal judge in Washington, D.C., “for sustenance.” In the alternative, Chansley is asking to be released from jail pending trial. The requests areContinue reading “Q Bacca, Q-California, and QANON Sense…”

Aiming the Archer…

Topics: Diversity in Science, Moonbase, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight Artemis, in Greek religion, the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation and of chastity and childbirth; she was identified by the Romans with Diana. Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. Source: Britannica The Biden administration’s crucialContinue reading “Aiming the Archer…”

Black History Month…

Topics: African Americans, Diaspora, Diversity in Science, Women in Science Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said “women’s rights are human rights.” Comparatively, Black History is American History. The insurrection at the Capitol wasn’t just white privilege on-steroids, it was ignorance writ large. Not that the information isn’t inContinue reading “Black History Month…”