Cats, Llamas, Coronavirus Therapies…

Topics: Chemistry, COVID-19, Physics, Research As the world anxiously awaits development of one or more vaccines to tame the SARS-CoV-2 virus, other research continues at a feverish pace to find effective treatments for the disease it causes, COVID-19. That work, in which physicists and chemists are deeply involved, has made significant strides in the pastContinue reading “Cats, Llamas, Coronavirus Therapies…”

Remnant…

Topics: Astrophysics, Interstellar, Plasma, Supernovae, Radiation Scientists have found new evidence that Earth has been moving through the remains of exploded stars for at least the last 33,000 years. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Australian researchers describe how they extracted a special isotope of iron called iron-60Continue reading “Remnant…”

Plasma Guides and Lasers…

Topics: Lasers, Optics, Plasma, Research, Star Trek, Star Wars In science fiction, firing powerful lasers looks easy — the Death Star can just send destructive power hurtling through space as a tight beam. But in reality, once a powerful laser has been fired, care must be taken to ensure it doesn’t get spread too thin.Continue reading “Plasma Guides and Lasers…”

APS…

Topics: COVID-19, Materials Science, Optics, Photonics, Research From chemistry to materials science to COVID-19 research, the APS is one of the most productive X-ray light sources in the world. An upgrade will make it a global leader among the next generation of light sources, opening new frontiers in science. In the almost 25 years since the Advanced Photon Source (APS), aContinue reading “APS…”

Entropy and Existence…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Entropy as Time’s Arrow: “One of the ideas involved in the concept of entropy is that nature tends from order to disorder in isolated systems.” Hyperphysics The Senate Intelligence Committees’ bipartisan report confirming Russian interference in the 2016 election, and that Putin’s puppet; his coterie lied in official testimonyContinue reading “Entropy and Existence…”

Photography of the Invisible…

Topics: Applied Physics, Optics, Women in Science, X-rays In February 1896 Sarah Frances Whiting, founder of the physics and astronomy departments at Wellesley College, conducted a series of x-ray experiments. She was working only a few weeks after the public announcement of Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery of the rays, and she was not alone; amateur andContinue reading “Photography of the Invisible…”

Bright, Tiny, Powerful…

Topics: Light-Emitting Diode, Nanotechnology, Solid-State Physics A new design for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) developed by a team including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may hold the key to overcoming a long-standing limitation in the light sources’ efficiency. The concept, demonstrated with microscopic LEDs in the lab, achieves a dramatic increaseContinue reading “Bright, Tiny, Powerful…”

Neutrons Eye COVID…

Topics: COVID-19, High Energy Physics, Neutrons, Particle Physics Advanced neutron facilities such as the Institut Laue-Langevin are gearing up to enable a deeper understanding of the structural workings of SARS-CoV-2. The global scientific community has mobilized at an unprecedented rate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, beyond just pharmaceutical and medical researchers. The world’s mostContinue reading “Neutrons Eye COVID…”

Strange Metals…

Topics: Black Holes, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Superconductors, Theoretical Physics Even by the standards of quantum physicists, strange metals are just plain odd. The materials are related to high-temperature superconductors and have surprising connections to the properties of black holes. Electrons in strange metals dissipate energy as fast as they’re allowed to under the lawsContinue reading “Strange Metals…”

Pig Slop…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Farmers feed their pigs slop, a messy, wet mix of various leftovers—and when they do, they can say they slop the pigs. A derogatory way to talk about food that doesn’t look very tasty is to call it slop. And you can call sticky, overly sentimental music, writing, or films slop as well. Source:Continue reading “Pig Slop…”