Fifth-Column Fascists…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Propaganda Note: I will be attending the funeral of my brother-in-law. I will take a blog break to mourn. [A] fifth column, clandestine group or faction of subversive agents who attempt to undermine a nation’s solidarity by any means at their disposal. The term is conventionally creditedContinue reading “Fifth-Column Fascists…”

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…”

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”

Steve Austin’s Beads…

Topics: Biotechnology, Magnetism, Materials Science, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Robotics Cultural reference: The Six Million Dollar Man, NBC In recent years, health and fitness wearables have gained popularity as platforms to wirelessly track daily physical activities, by counting steps, for example, or recording heartbeats directly from the wrist. To achieve this, inertial sensors in contact with theContinue reading “Steve Austin’s Beads…”

Flatland…

Topics: Particle Physics, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics Flatland: “The book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.” Source: Wikipedia After decades of exploration in nature’s smallest domains, physicists have finally found evidence that anyonsContinue reading “Flatland…”

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…”

Un-Democracy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Even presidents who don’t believe in history need a historian to rely on. When asked, in 2014, by a delegation of students and history teachers for his chosen chronicler of Russia’s past, Vladimir Putin came up with a single name: Ivan Ilyin. Ilyin is a figure who might haveContinue reading “Un-Democracy…”

Munchausen Oligarchy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Munchausen Syndrome was named after a German cavalry officer Baron von Munchausen (1720-1797), a man who traveled widely and was known for his dramatic but untruthful stories. In 1951 Richard Asher described a pattern of self-abuse, where individuals fabricated histories of illness. These fabrications most often led toContinue reading “Munchausen Oligarchy…”

Habitable Epoch…

Topics: Astrobiology, Evolution, Existentialism, Exoplanets About 15 million years after the big bang, the entire universe had cooled to the point where the electromagnetic radiation left over from its hot beginning was at about room temperature. In a 2013 paper, I labeled this phase as the “habitable epoch of the early universe.” If we hadContinue reading “Habitable Epoch…”

Ingenuity…

Topics: Mars, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. To mark a month of Ingenuity flights, the agency will host several events to bring people along for the ride. A livestream confirming Ingenuity’s first flight isContinue reading “Ingenuity…”