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Outcomes, Language and Syntax…

Credit: michaelmjc/Getty Images (chalkboard); Scientific American (words and design) Topics: Biofuels, Civilization, Climate Change, Existentialism Climate change is already disrupting the lives of billions of people. What was once considered a problem for the future is raging all around us right now. This reality has helped convince a majority of the public that we must act to…

The New McCarthyism…

New liberal ad ties presumptive future House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to ‘red scare’ icon Joseph McCarthy, Peter Weber, The Week Topics: Civics, Civilization, Democracy, Economics, Existentialism, Fascism Debt Ceiling and Dystopia The debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of…

Wonderful…

Image Source: MedPage Today Topics: Biology, Biotechnology, Civilization, COVID-19, DNA, Epidemiology Currently authorized bivalent COVID-19 boosters demonstrated similar protection against symptomatic illness from the XBB/XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariants as from BA.5-related subvariants, according to a CDC study. From December 2022 to January 2023, the bivalent boosters’ vaccine effectiveness (VE) against symptomatic infection was a similar 48%…

When Water Outpaces Silicon…

On target: Water is fanned out through a specially developed nozzle, and then a laser pulse is passed through it to create a switch. (Courtesy: Adrian Buchmann) Topics: Applied Physics, Lasers, Materials Science, Photonics, Semiconductor Technology A laser-controlled water-based switch that operates twice as fast as existing semiconductor switches has been developed by a trio of…

Magnetic Plasmons in Nanostructures…

FIG. 1. (a) Sketches of the excitations of surface plasmons polaritons – SPP (top), localized surface plasmons – LSP (middle), and magnetic plasmons – MP (bottom). All these excitations are associated with a collective motion of surface charges under light illumination. (b) Diagram of MP-based plasmonic nanostructures that are used for both fundamental studies and their…

Ripples, Waves, and Genesis…

Numerical simulation of the neutron stars merging to form a black hole, with their accretion disks interacting to produce electromagnetic waves. Credit: L. Rezolla (AEI) & M. Koppitz (AEI & Zuse-Institut Berlin) Topics: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Gravity, Research Scientists have advanced in discovering how to use ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves…

Hierarchy, Power, and Resources…

The Last Kingdom recap: season one, episode three: succession in Wessex, Sarah Hughes, The Guardian Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Civilization, Democracy, Existentialism The modern martial arts belt ranking system started emerging in 1907 when the creator of Judo, Jigoro Kano, introduced the iconic Judo uniform and belt. Before that, his students practiced traditional Japanese kimonos.…

Life Detector…

An Orbitrap cell. Credit: Ricardo Arevalo Topics: Astrobiology, Astronautics, Biology, Laser, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration As space missions delve deeper into the outer solar system, the need for more compact, resource-conserving, and accurate analytical tools have become increasingly critical—especially as the hunt for extraterrestrial life and habitable planets or moons continues. A University of…

Graphullerene…

Credit: Nicoletta Barolini Topics: Chemistry, Graphene, Materials Science, Modern Physics, Nanotechnology Graphullerene, an atom-thin material made of linked fullerene subunits, gives scientists a new form of modular carbon to play with. Carbon, in its myriad forms, has long captivated the scientific community. Besides being the primary component of all organic life on earth, material forms…

Chip Act and Wave Surfing…

Massive subsidies to regain the edge of the US semiconductor industry will not likely succeed unless progress is made in winning the global race of idea flow and monetization. Topics: Applied Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Semiconductor Technology Intelligent use of subsidies for winning the global idea race is a must for gaining and…

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