NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule has passed another test on its way to space, a test of its parachute system. The capsule was dropped from 35,000ft., allowed to freefall for 10 seconds, and then the parachutes deployed without any complications.
Why heat a whole room when you can heat just the people in it?
This is an interesting idea I had never considered before. Certain spaces are especially expensive to heat like office building lobbies. MIT has a lab that has created a concept called Local Warming in which a special motion sensing heat lamp can detect people and aim at them to keep them warm.
You’ve heard of invisibility cloaks? Scientists have created a meta-material unfeelability cloak that prevents feeling anything underneath it.
Meta-materials are the darling of material science. Fabricated painstakingly and complexly at the micro-scale, they exhibit behaviors truly foreign to anything found in nature. Great
advances have been made using them to bend light, heat, or sound around objects making them essentially invisible to certain modes of perception.
The famous Higgs Boson is showing new evidence of being exactly what theory predicts, which is actually a bit of a bummer.
Who can forget the summer of 2012 when CERN finally announced it had officially discovered the horribly monikered God Particle, properly known as the Higgs Boson. This is the particle (field) that imbues mass onto all particles everywhere that have…um…mass.
Materials Scientists have designed a micro-lattice structure that’s 100 times better than its closest competition presaging a sea-change in ultra-lightweight ultra-strong materials.
Materials typically get weaker as they get less dense. Pretty obvious right? Stiffness and strength can be maintained however if you form your desired objects into specific structures like lattices and trusses. This recent design breakthrough was mathematically determined to maximize stiffness yet be as light as possible. That wasn’t the hard part apparently because it took years to turn that geometric structure into a 3D-printed object.
Week of 6/14-20/2014. So many to choose from every week … but there can be only 5!
#5) Who is Braco? From the home page of his website …
Scientists are now using an ultrafast laser to tease out for the first time the details of water’s bizarre super-cooled behavior and structure.
Water is wonderful and weird. It’s more dense than ice, it holds tremendous heat, and its surface tension is so strong it’s like a force field…sort of.