Truthiness, to Truth Decay…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Truthiness is the belief or assertion that a particular statement is true based on the intuition or perceptions of some individual or individuals, without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. Truthiness can range from ignorant assertions of falsehoods to deliberate duplicity or propaganda intended to sway opinions. The concept of truthiness hasContinue reading “Truthiness, to Truth Decay…”

Integrated Nanodiamonds…

Topics: Nanotechnology, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics, Semiconductor Technology (Nanowerk News) Physicists at Münster University have succeeded in fully integrating nanodiamonds into nanophotonic circuits and at the same time addressing several of these nanodiamonds optically. The study creates the basis for future applications in the field of quantum sensing schemes or quantum information processors. The resultsContinue reading “Integrated Nanodiamonds…”

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Research With COVID-19 reaching the most dangerous levels the U.S. has seen since the pandemic began, the country faces a problematic holiday season. Despite the risk, many people are likely to travel using various forms of transportation that will inevitably put them in relatively close contact with others. Many transit companies have establishedContinue reading “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…”

Science Literacy, and Democracy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Education, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics “The human understanding is no dry light, but receives infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called ‘sciences as one would.’ For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience ofContinue reading “Science Literacy, and Democracy…”

Clocking Dark Matter…

Topics: Dark Matter, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics An optical clock has been used to set new constraints on a proposed theory of dark matter. Researchers including Jun Ye at JILA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, explored how the coupling between regular matter and “ultralight” dark matter particles could beContinue reading “Clocking Dark Matter…”

Diamond Nanoneedles…

Topics: Materials Science, Modern Physics, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Technology If you ever manage to deform a diamond, you’re likely to break it. That’s because the hardest natural material on Earth is also inelastic and brittle. Two years ago, Ming Dao (MIT), Subra Suresh (Nanyang Technological University in Singapore), and their collaborators demonstrated that when bulk diamonds are etched into fine,Continue reading “Diamond Nanoneedles…”

Right-Handed Photons…

Topics: Modern Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Quarks Note: A primer on quarks at Hyperphysics On 17 January 1957, a few months after Chien-Shiung Wu’s discovery of parity violation, Wolfgang Pauli wrote to Victor Weisskopf: “Ich glaube aber nicht, daß der Herrgott ein schwacher Linkshänder ist” (I cannot believe that God is a weak left-hander).Continue reading “Right-Handed Photons…”

Argonne, and STEM…

Topics: Education, Energy, Research, STEM Argonne Educational Programs and Outreach transitioned to virtual summer programming, ensuring that Argonne continues to build the next generation of STEM leaders. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, scientists and educators have found new ways to balance their work with safety needs as the laboratory’s Educational Programs andContinue reading “Argonne, and STEM…”

The Next Authoritarian…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” Frank Herbert No less than “created realities” Karl Rove and “the room where it happened,” and knock-off Yosemite Sam, John Bolton, have saidContinue reading “The Next Authoritarian…”

The Power of ASM…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Atomic-Scale Microscopy, Nanotechnology When Ondrej Krivanek first considered building a device to boost the resolution of electron microscopes, he asked about funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. “The response was not positive,” he says, laughing. He heard through the grapevine that the administrator who held the purse strings declaredContinue reading “The Power of ASM…”