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Nabta Playa…

Topics: African Studies, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Diversity in Science For thousands of years, ancient societies all around the world erected massive stone circles, aligning them with the sun and stars to mark the seasons. These early calendars foretold the coming of spring, summer, fall and winter, helping civilizations track when to plant and harvest crops. TheyContinue reading “Nabta Playa…”

Conditional Sedition…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Human Rights, LGBT Rights, Women’s Rights Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).Continue reading “Conditional Sedition…”

3D Hydrogel Polymers…

Topics: Chemistry, Materials Science, Polymer Science AbstractHydrogel-polymer hybrids have been widely used for various applications such as biomedical devices and flexible electronics. However, the current technologies constrain the geometries of hydrogel-polymer hybrid to laminates consisting of hydrogel with silicone rubbers. This greatly limits functionality and performance of hydrogel-polymer–based devices and machines. Here, we report aContinue reading “3D Hydrogel Polymers…”

Quantum Jumps…

Topics: Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics Quantum mechanics, the theory that describes the physics of the universe at very small scales, is notorious for defying common sense. Consider, for instance, the way that standard interpretations of the theory suggest change occurs in the quantum turf: shifts from one state to another supposedly happen unpredictablyContinue reading “Quantum Jumps…”

2020 Nano Highlights….

Topics: Biology, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Research Snake vision inspires pyroelectric material design Bioinspiration and biomimicry involve studying how living organisms do something and using that insight to develop new technologies. Pit vipers have two special organs on their heads called loreal pits that allow them to “see” the infrared radiation given off by their warm-bloodedContinue reading “2020 Nano Highlights….”

The Path Forward…

Topics: Climate Change, COVID-19, Existentialism, Science Science, as Carl Sagan wrote, has to be our “candle in the dark.” The Scientific Method we developed as a hunter-gatherer species. The tools of hunter-gatherers were utilitarian, and pragmatic. Our ancestors observed things, and noticed patterns. They made mental notes of these patterns, and codified them through rituals,Continue reading “The Path Forward…”

Dark Winter, Brighter Spring…

Topics: Biology, Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Human Rights I have taken the following vaccines this year: Pneumonia, Seasonal Influenza (Flu), Shingles in two booster shots. Therefore, I am very likely to take the Coronavirus vaccine either offered by Pfizer or Moderna. Pfizer is pushing back on the Trump administration’s suggestion that the company isContinue reading “Dark Winter, Brighter Spring…”

No Strings Attached…

Topics: Einstein, General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory For decades, most physicists have agreed that string theory is the missing link between Einstein’s theory of general relativity, describing the laws of nature at the largest scale, and quantum mechanics, describing them at the smallest scale. However, an international collaboration headed by Radboud physicists has nowContinue reading “No Strings Attached…”

TNOs…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Comets, Space Exploration Invisible structures generated by gravitational interactions in the Solar System have created a “space superhighway” network, astronomers have discovered. These channels enable the fast travel of objects through space and could be harnessed for our own space exploration purposes, as well as the study of comets and asteroids. ByContinue reading “TNOs…”

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