From Redshift to Enlightenment…

Topics: Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Carl Sagan, James Webb Space Telescope, SETI The relief was as deep as the stakes were high. At 7:20 A.M. (ET), the rocket carrying the largest, most ambitious space telescope in history cleared the launchpad in French Guiana, and the members of mission control at the Space Telescope Science Institute inContinue reading “From Redshift to Enlightenment…”

Tardigrades and Qubits…

Topics: Biology, Condensed Matter Physics, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics Note: After presenting my research proposal and acceptance by my committee, I’ve been taking a well-needed break from blogging. I’ll post on and off until the New Year, which isn’t too far off. Happy holidays! In recent years, evidence has emerged that quantum physics seems toContinue reading “Tardigrades and Qubits…”

Borders, Corporations, Race, and Ubuntu…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Star Trek “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutelyContinue reading “Borders, Corporations, Race, and Ubuntu…”

ACE2 Gum and Covid…

Topics: Biology, Biotechnology, COVID-19, Research To advance a novel concept of debulking virus in the oral cavity, the primary site of viral replication, virus-trapping proteins CTB-ACE2 were expressed in chloroplasts and clinical-grade plant material was developed to meet FDA requirements. Chewing gum (2 g) containing plant cells expressed CTB-ACE2 up to 17.2 mg ACE2/g dry weightContinue reading “ACE2 Gum and Covid…”

Cobalt and Caveats

Topics: Battery, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment, Politics KASULO, Democratic Republic of Congo — A man in a pinstripe suit with a red pocket square walked around the edge of a giant pit one April afternoon where hundreds of workers often toil in flip-flops, burrowing deep into the ground with shovels and pickaxes. His polished leatherContinue reading “Cobalt and Caveats”

Lithium and Caveats…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Battery, Biofuels, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment California and the Biden administration are pushing incentives to make the United States a global leader in a market that’s beginning to boom: the production of lithium, the lightweight metal needed for the batteries of electric vehicles, and for the storage of renewable energy from powerContinue reading “Lithium and Caveats…”

Quantum AI…

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Materials Science, Quantum Mechanics Quantum materials known as Mott insulators can “learn” to respond to external stimuli in a way that mimics animal behavior, say researchers at Rutgers University in the US. The discovery of behaviors such as habituation and sensitization in these non-living systems could lead to new algorithmsContinue reading “Quantum AI…”

Willful Ignorance…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Existentialism, History, Human Rights There is a high price for willful ignorance. The above is Dr. Carl Sagan, an Astrophysicist, five years fresh off of the success of the original Cosmos series. He’s speaking about mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases, what is now referred to as global warmingContinue reading “Willful Ignorance…”

Kilonovas and Gold…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Neutron Stars The amounts of heavy elements such as gold created when black holes merge with neutron stars have been calculated and compared with the amounts expected when pairs of neutron stars merge. The calculations were done by Hsin-Yu Chen and Salvatore Vitale at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Francois Foucart at the UniversityContinue reading “Kilonovas and Gold…”

Time…

Topics: Applied Physics, Education, Research, Thermodynamics Also note the Hyper Physics link on the Second Law of Thermodynamics, particularly “Time’s Arrow.” “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time,” Leo Tolstoy, War, and Peace The short answerWe can measure time intervals — the duration between two events — most accurately with atomic clocks. TheseContinue reading “Time…”