What is the technological singularity?
By: Joanna Fletcher
The technological singularity is a theoretical future moment when humans and electronics will merge to create an entirely new entity or species. Although this sounds a little crazy at first, it could happen incredibly quickly, perhaps within a few decades. Technology is already an integral...
Product reviews: Skywatcher 10mm Plossl eye-piece
By: Matt Kelly
The hobby of Astronomy can at times be a costly one. Telescopes can easily run into the hundreds of pounds and believe it or not there are more and more eyepieces being sold that can cost more than a small telescope. This can be a...
Scientists discover massive star R136a1 in Tarantula Nebula galaxy
By: D. Vogt
In mid-July 2010, scientists announced the discovery of the largest star ever, in the Tarantula Nebula: R136a1 (until a more imaginative nickname is accepted), measured at several hundred times the mass and several million times the brightness of our own Sun. If our Sun were...
Theory: How the discovery of giant 'Buckyball' molecules could point to the existence of life on other planets
By: Wayne K. Wilkins
On July 22nd, 2010, a piece of potentially groundbreaking news reached the mainstream media and has since been promoted all over the world. This is the discovery of “Buckyballs”, the largest known molecules, roaming freely in outer space. The molecules were discovered for the...
Exploring the ozone layer
By: Sharon Mazaka
The glowing sun's energy heats the earth and makes life on earth possible. Plants, animals and humans need the sun to shine brightly so they can live a healthy life, but the strong ultraviolet light from the sun can be extremely dangerous. Fortunately way...
What is a polymer?
By: Samuel Lamphier
Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene), a transparent conducting polymer with the acronym PEDOT that exhibits characteristics of Green Chemistry. PEDOT displays many qualities that make it considerable for use in applications as an environmentally friendly polymer. PEDOT has favorable properties of a low band gap, high conductivity, periodic...
Cooper Pairs and Superconductor History
By: Samuel Lamphier
Cooper Pairs were first described by an American physicist Leon Cooper in 1956. Cooper pairs are described as two electrons that are bound by a phonon at subzero temperatures. They are responsible for a phenomenon known as superconductivity. Cooper pairs can be explained using classical...
By: Lane Olinghouse
The North Star is well-named; its location in the night-time sky enables one to determine where north lies no matter where one stands in the northern hemisphere. For this reason ocean-going navigators and land wayfarers alike depended on the North Star for thousands of...
Past spacecraft that explored Jupiter
By: Anthony Megna
Interplanetary spacecraft have some immense challenges as they reach the neighborhood of Jupiter, and some such as Pioneer 10 and 11 have left the solar system! After crossing the asteroid belt, which is between Mars and Jupiter, they have achieved one big hurdle. Then the...
Atomistic modeling: Using computers to model nanoscale particles
By: Samuel Lamphier
In a world where technology has evolved so rapidly a great focus has been placed on nanoscale materials. These materials possess greater properties than their bulk material. Properties such as superior strength, resistance to cracking, high temperature applications and almost everything you can think of...

 

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