Category Science News

String Theory and the Multiverse-Do we share our universe?

A very nicely written paper concerning the possibility of our universe as a multiverse, as well as a nice brief overview of multiverse theory and why it came to be following the introduction of string theory.   The Quantum Thought *This is a paper I wrote for my Writing 340 course with Dr. Ashley Karlin […]

New Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Frameworks

[note: Figures are in the source article and not highlighted in this summary] This is a summary of work reported in the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry concerning crystallin inorganic-organic frameworks and their properties. In the literature, is is obvious that crystalline open frameworks have many potential uses in the storage of gases, magnetism, and catalytic […]

BARF & Advances in Macrocyclic Coordination in the S Group

[note: Figures are in the source article and not highlighted in this summary] This is a summary of work reported in the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry concerning macrocyclic coordination chemistry in the periodic S group. In the literature concerning these molecules we see that large cyclic chelate-type ligands, termed macrocyclic ligands, are often useful in […]

Too Viral for You

Rhinovirus Below is a 3D rendering of a Human Rhinovirus (C-15) , one of the ~100 rhinovirus types which occur worldwide. These viruses are responsible for what is commonly referred to as the common cold. The symptoms are wide and cover a variety of systems from sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion, to sneezing and coughing. […]

How regular people can help shape science —

Not a scientist? As David Lang shows, you can still play a meaningful role in solving science’s hardest problems. It’s hard to find a silver lining in the water crisis of Flint, Michigan. The striking images of jugs of brown water being held high in protest are a symbol of institutional failure on a grand […]

CONFIRMED: Four New Elements Synthesized.

It was recently confirmed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) that four new elements have been successfully synthesized. Their atomic numbers are 113, 115, 117, and 118. With these four new elements we finally fill out the 7th row of the Periodic table. If you have been living under a rock or you […]

Catalytic Segregation of Graphene Using Silver Nanoparticles

INTRODUCTION The field of graphene research is quickly developing due to graphene’s unique physical, electrical and thermal properties. [1] Its performance in the lab has garnered it a lot of attention from the scientific community. Therefore, having the ability to cut graphene sheets precisely became an important goal in developing the correct shapes needed for […]

The Halloween Asteroid

What is being dubbed the “Halloween Asteroid”, Asteroid 2015 TB145, is some 400 meters across and will pass safely by at around 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET) on the 31st of October. The space rock was discovered in Hawaii on October 10th. On the 11th of October, just 12 hours after its discovery, the object was confirmed by ESA from […]

Neurotransmitters: N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG)

Overview of transmitter CHEM218 Seminar Neurotransmitters are chemicals that enable the communication of signals between nerve cells and other cells. They act as “signal bearers”, leaping across the synaptic cleft, exiting the axonic surface of one neuron and attaching to receptor proteins on the dendritic surface of another neuron. Neurotransmitters also enable nerves to communicate […]

GoPro takes a ride into space.

A group of students used 3D printing technology to construct a custom chassis for a GoPro camera, and attached it to a weather balloon. They sent it off from the edge of the Grand Canyon. The weather balloon took it to the edge of space before bursting and sending it back down, still filming, to […]

Spin up is 1, Spin down is 0: Manipulating a Single Electron

Nature Physics just published an article on the ‘Strong mechanical driving of a single electron spin’ which deals with the manipulation of a single electron. Computers need to be able to store the values with which they are computing, and quantum computing involves using the spin states of an electron to measure the corresponding 1’s […]

A Process on Working Together, by Feynman

It is an idea we often have in the workplace, the idea of working together. Cooperation! How beautiful a thing. Yet so often we fail to achieve that which we set out to do, quibbling and arguing without giving proper time to hear our fellow man’s words. Here is an excerpt from Nobel Prize winning […]