Engineers at the Johns Hopkins and Lehigh Universities are pushing the limits of a phenomenon called Raman scattering, and are beginning to ask if it is possible to actually cool a circuit using beams of light.
October 17th, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
September 21st, 2012
Friday Roundup: A Room Temperature Superconductor? Evolution in the Lab, and Turning Heat to ElectricityNo Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
In today’s Friday Roundup we spot evidence of superconductivity at room temperature, and researchers beat a record for transforming heat directly into electricity. Meanwhile, the genetic evolution of a new trait in bacteria is documented in detail.
September 7th, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Researchers have managed to return feeling to patients with paralysis for the first time ever, and a new theory makes predictions that could resolve the dark matter and dark energy problems faced by current physics. Meanwhile, we discover that a species of bird appears to hold “funerals” for their dead.
August 23rd, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
For today’s Friday Roundup, scientists invent a bacteria that could turn waste into fuel, and NASA discovers that Titan probably has DNA fragments in its atmosphere. Meanwhile, Harvard stores 700 terabytes of data on a DNA microchip, and a chimp solves problems using stone tools.
August 16th, 2012
Friday Roundup: New Breakthrough at LHC, Record Shattering Entanglement, and Plate Tectonics on MarsNo Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
For today’s Friday Roundup, the LHC probes quark soup, plate tectonics are discovered on Mars, and a quantum entanglement record has been shattered. Also a method for extracting energy from wastewater could turn water treatment plants into giant batteries.
August 2nd, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
For this week’s Friday Roundup, actual humans (not rats) are being cured of cancer and HIV, and ancient humans bred with an unknown species. Happiness centers in the brain are being discovered, and laziness and fatness might have nothing to do with each other. A record breaking laser is blowing up atoms, Germany set a new record for green energy, and if you want to remember something: rest your eyes for a while.
July 21st, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
I’ll keep this intro short so you can dive right into the intro. Madeline Ashby is on the cutting edge of written SF. (That’s “science fiction” or “speculative fiction” for those of you who are more familiar with “sci-fi,” a phrase that’s flamed by some in the SF community.)
So far she’s played mostly in the short story realm, but her first novel’s due at the end of the month, and it’s already proven worthy of highly positive reviews from sites like i09. Here’s what she has to say about her book, vN, and a number of interesting topics.