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Black Hole Storm…

Topics: Astrophysics, Black Holes, Cosmology, Einstein, General Relativity Note: From comments on a previous post, maybe science writers need to work on their chosen list of metaphors? In the far reaches of the Universe, a supermassive black hole is throwing a tantrum. It’s blowing a tremendous wind into intergalactic space, and we’re seeing the stormContinue reading “Black Hole Storm…”

Nano Laser…

Topics: Applied Physics, Bose-Einstein Condensate, Lasers, Nanotechnology, Optics Physicists have taken a step towards realizing the smallest-ever solid-state laser by generating an exotic quantum state known as a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in quasiparticles consisting of both matter and light. Although the effect has so far only been observed at ultracold temperatures in atomically thin crystalsContinue reading “Nano Laser…”

The Edge of the World…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming Antarctica’s monster Pine Island Glacier—one of the fastest melting glaciers on the continent—is giving climate scientists new reasons to worry. The trouble has to do with its ice shelf, a frozen ledge at the edge of the Pine Island Glacier. The ice shelf helps stabilize and contain the vastContinue reading “The Edge of the World…”

Quantum Microscope…

Topics: Biology, Biotechnology, Instrumentation, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Optics In a major scientific leap, University of Queensland researchers have created a quantum microscope that can reveal biological structures that would otherwise be impossible to see. This paves the way for applications in biotechnology, and could extend far beyond this into areas ranging from navigation to medicalContinue reading “Quantum Microscope…”

Common Sense…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, History, Human Rights Note: This post meant for Friday was delayed by a crashing hard drive. I now have a brand NEW solid state version thanks to Best Buy and the Geek Squad (shameless plug). I now have the dubious and quaint job of finding all of my files onContinue reading “Common Sense…”

Nano, to Planck…

Topics: Barrow Scale, Kardashev Scale, Exoplanets, SETI The Kardashev Scale is a discussion, and ranking of civilizations based on energy output: Type I: able to marshal energy resources for communications on a planet-wide scale, equivalent to the entire present power consumption of the human race, or about 1016 watts. Here, Carl Sagan begged to differ, due to powerContinue reading “Nano, to Planck…”

Ganymede…

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration Ganymede, get ready for your close-up. No probe has gotten a good view of Jupiter’s largest moon since 2000, when NASA’s Galileo spacecraft swung past the strange world, which is the largest moon in the whole solar system. But on Monday (June 7),  at 1:35 p.m. EDT (1735 GMT),Continue reading “Ganymede…”

Drops in Cells…

Topics: Applied Physics, Biology, Microscopy, Molecules A major challenge in cell biology remains unraveling how cells control their biochemical reaction cycles. For instance, how do they regulate gene expression in response to stress? How does their metabolism change when resources are scarce? Control theory has proven useful in understanding how networks of chemical reactions canContinue reading “Drops in Cells…”

Collider Neutrinos…

Topics: CERN, High Energy Physics, Particle Physics, Research Think “neutrino detector” and images of giant installations come to mind, necessary to compensate for the vanishingly small interaction probability of neutrinos with matter. The extreme luminosity of proton-proton collisions at the LHC, however, produces a large neutrino flux in the forward direction, with energies leading toContinue reading “Collider Neutrinos…”

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