No, this is not about BEES!
Graphene just might be the world’s most incredible material. A honeycomb-like sheet of pure carbon only one atom thick, it’s one million times thinner than a human hair and yet 200 times stronger than steel. It’s also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is stretchable, flexible, transparent, and impermeable.
And now scientists at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif. say they have figured out how to make the stuff on an industrial scale—a breakthrough that could open the floodgates to a seemingly endless array of graphene-based products……The new process is faster and simpler than the usual approach to making graphene. Instead of 10 hours and up to 10 separate steps, it involves one step and takes just five minutes, according to a written statement released by the university. And unlike the usual approach, which involves temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit), the new process works at temperatures no higher than 420 degrees C. That’s cool enough to be compatible with existing electronics manufacturing processes, according to Boyd.
Discoveries like this depend on federal research grants and university funding. Perhaps we should take time to remind our congresscritters that funding science can keep our technologies cutting edge which is good for business and potentially good for the environment.
Take a look. Hard to believe it’s been 23 years.
Some of the earliest pages from the World Wide Web have been restored and are once again browsable, providing a glimpse of how the web once operated. Stanford Libraries has made these pages available with Stanford Wayback, a customized version of an open source platform that enables long-term access to archived web assets.
The first website featured in Stanford Wayback is the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory site. Originally created in 1991, the SLAC site is the earliest known website in the United States.
“Thankfully, a handful of staff at SLAC who worked on the early web fortuitously saved the files, along with their timestamps, associated with the first and several subsequent versions of their website,” said Nicholas Taylor, web archiving service manager for Stanford Libraries.
America’s No. 1 holiday celebrating violence and candy is just around the corner, and this year it looks to be better than ever, as the glorious union of art and technology has given us several exciting new ways to decorate our houses for the bitchingest Halloween party in history. Provided you have, like, tons of money. Otherwise you can’t afford any of this nonsense. But maybe you can score an invite from someone who can, because a party where everyone is wearing digitally amorphous face masks in front of a glowing Herculean skull is something we all deserve to attend.
Personally, I think the article started with the best one. I look forward to the day that one comes down in price so it can be deployed at “haunted” attractions. “I ain’t afraid of no ghWhat the f*** is that?!”
John Timmer talks about the New Mars Rover over at Ars Technica
When NASA announced its plans for future explorations of Mars, there was a sense of disappointment in some quarters, since it featured a rover much like Curiosity. But NASA made clear that it was only using the proven technology of the vehicle itself; the instruments it carried would be all new, and shaped by both the advancement of technology and the experience of past missions.
Today NASA announced exactly what instruments the mission—currently called Mars 2020— will carry. They included hardware capable of making a more directed search for organic chemicals on the red planet, which could be evidence that life existed there in the past. And it will also carry an experiment designed to test our ability to produce oxygen for future manned explorations of Mars. The rover will also gather and cache samples to be picked up and returned to Earth by a future mission.
by Gina Barreca: Not That I’m Bitter
If your phone is smarter than you, it is not time to get a new phone: It’s time to get a new life.
Many of us have more intimate relationship with our devices than we have with members of our immediate family. We’re more attached to our devices, more fond of them, responsive to them and attuned to every nuance of their tiny, soulless selves than we are to, say, our first cousins.
We remember the day we got our first computer or iPad but forget the exact year our nephew got married. We know how to upload apps but don’t have a current mailing address for our best friend from high school. We’ve bookmarked cute puppy-meets-dolphin videos from “HappyPlace” but erased the performance by our neighbor when she sang in the community theatre production of “The Fantasticks.”
Prof. Frank Gu, is a Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has established an interdisciplinary research program combining functional polymers and polymer-metal oxide hybrid materials to solve problems in medicine, agriculture and environmental protection.
This is really interesting. I also really like the cute illustrations.
Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Charles Dickens founded The Arts Club, Jules Verne published his first novel, and Gerard Adriaan Heineken planned to buy his first brewery.
THE ERA ALSO MARKED THE DAWN OF MODERN TOURISM.