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One Simple Reason Why Touching The Sun Is So Hard

This past weekend, NASA successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe: the first spacecraft that will ever touch, with its own instruments, solar material directly in the vicinity of the Sun itself. It seems paradoxical: how could it be so difficult to collide with the source of 99.8% of the mass in …

Astronomy

Smart cement mixture turns buildings into batteries

<b>A smart cement mixture that can store electrical energy and discharge it on demand could convert buildings, bridges, curb stones and even street</b> …

Engineering

This will be the world's largest telescope

Engineers are building the Giant Magellan Telescope in a Chilean desert.

Chile

Pune telescope hailed for discovering galaxy can be booked by students for a peek at stars

<b>The Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope has singularly detected several record-breaking objects.</b><p><b>Bengaluru:</b> A radio galaxy farther away than any …

Nvidia unveils new GPU architecture for computer graphics rendering

The Turing Architecture combines ray-tracing and AI inference for a new kind of hybrid rendering.<p>Nvidia on Monday unveiled a new GPU architecture, …

Alan Turing

Physicists Say There Could Be a Strange Source of 'Negative Gravity' All Around Us

It moves upwards against gravity.<p>The macro world as we know it is governed by Newton's laws of motion and gravity - what goes up, must come down.<p>But …

Physics

Superadiabatic quantum friction suppression in finite-time thermodynamics

• F. L. Curzon,<br>• B. Ahlborn<p>, Efficiency of a Carnot engine at maximum power output.Am. J. Phys. 43, 22–24 (1975).<p>B. Andresen,<br>• P. Salamon,<br>• R. S. Berry<p>, …

Quantum Physics

The optical duality of tellurium nanoparticles for broadband solar energy harvesting and efficient photothermal conversion

• M. Elimelech,<br>• W. A. Phillip<p>, The future of seawater desalination: Energy, technology, and the environment.Science 333, 712–717 (2011).<p>X. Li,<br>• W. Xu,<br>• M. …

Nanotech

ISRO celebrates 99th birth anniversary of its first chairman Vikram Sarabhai- Technology News, Firstpost

Marking the 99th birth anniversary of India's space pioneer Vikram Sarabhai, the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday …

India

Scientists may have solved one of the biggest problems holding back hydrogen-powered vehicles

One of the biggest obstacles the hydrogen fuel industry is faced with — its transportation and storage — may have been solved by scientists at the CSIRO.<p>With some of the world's biggest car companies, including Toyota, Hyundai and BMW, betting on hydrogen as a future fuel source, the national …

Energy

Marvin Minsky and Artificial Neural Networks

Marvin Minsky at OLPCb (1927-2016)<p>On August 9, 1927, American biochemist and the founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Project <b>Marvin Minsky</b> was …

Artificial Intelligence

Currying in calculus, PDEs, programming, and categories

Currying is a simple but useful idea. (It’s named after logician Haskell Curry [1] and has noting to do with spicy cuisine.) If you have a function …

Programming

Organic solar cells set 'remarkable' energy record

<b>Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.</b><p>Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.<p>But organic photovoltaics, made …

Clean Energy

New Horizons Spacecraft Sees Possible Hydrogen Wall at the End of the Solar System

As it speeds away from the Sun, the New Horizons mission may be approaching a “wall.”<p>The New Horizons spacecraft, now at a distance nearly four …

Astronomy

Lithuania's 'Great Synagogue' Fell to the Nazis, But Archaeologists Have Uncovered It

Parts of a Nazi-destroyed Jewish synagogue in Lithuania are seeing the light of day again after archaeologists unearthed the religious center's …

Archaeology

Physicists Just Tied Light in Knots to Study The Strange 'Holes' in Between

What??<p>Using a new holographic technology, researchers have been able to twist and manipulate a beam of laser light to tie it into knots, creating …

Quantum Physics

Parker Space Probe: The Engineering Required to "Touch the Sun"

Flying closer to the sun than ever before requires some of the most advanced manufacturing that humanity has ever achieved.<p>Flying a spacecraft to the sun has been an objective of NASA since the very beginning.<p>In October 1958, just months after NASA was founded, a committee headed by physicists John …

Parker Solar Probe

Sweden's Highest Peak Melts Away as Record Temperatures Hit Arctic Circle

A summer heatwave in the Arctic circle has claimed a victim in Sweden’s highest point, a glacier on Kebnekaise mountain in the north of the …

Climate Change

Strange metals are even weirder than scientists thought

Some strange metals are odd in more ways than one, and that could help scientists understand high-temperature superconductors.

Magnetism

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.<p>With wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Engineered genetic machinery derived from E. coli delivers new amino acids to proteins

Proteins—the molecular machines that drive the processes underlying biology—are made from just 20 canonical building blocks called amino acids. For …

E.coli

Physicists Tied Laser Beams into Knots

A team of physicists has tied light into figure-8 and torus knots.<p>The researchers, according to a paper published July 30 in the journal Nature …

Physics

Michael Ventris and the Minoan Linear B

This clay tabled, dated to 1450-1375 BC is Minoan Linear B and was found at Knossos by Arthur Evans.<p>On July 12, 1922, English architect and linguist</b> …

Cambridge University

Super thin solar cell beats today’s best competition

A prototype semiconductor thin-film has performed even better than today’s best solar cell materials at emitting light, researchers report.<p>Solar …

Clean Energy

‘Through Two Doors at Once’ Review: Interfering With Reality

Richard Feynman said that the double-slit experiment seemed to have been ‘designed to contain all of the mystery of quantum mechanics.’<p>Are you facing a difficult decision? Quantum physics may have the answer, says science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy. Type your dilemma into the Universe Splitter …

Quantum Physics

Absence of Landau damping in driven three-component Bose–Einstein condensate in optical lattices

Article |<p>Open | Published: 01 August 2018<p><i>Scientific Reports</i><b>volume 8</b>, Article number: 11523 (2018) | Download Citation<p>Abstract<p>We explore the quantum …

Quantum Physics

Camillo Golgi and the Discovery of the Golgi Apparatus

Camillo Golgi (1843-1926)<p>On July 7, 1843, Italian physician, pathologist, scientist, and Nobel laureate <b>Camillo Golgi</b> was born. His key discovery was …

Nobel Prize

Toyota's New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Has a 300-Mile Range

Toyota is one of the few automakers actively pushing hydrogen fuel cell technology into the mainstream. Already, it’s said that it wants to bring the …

Energy

Researchers turn powerful, viscous disinfectants into breathable mist for the first time

The technology has broader potential applications too. It could be used to deliver a whole new class of medicines to patients via inhalers.<p>"Our goal …

UC San Diego

Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians

Every four years, at an international gathering of mathematicians, the subject’s youngest and brightest are honored with the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.<p>This year’s recipients, announced on Wednesday at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de …

Mathematics