Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mysteries of blackholes

I am not only fascinated by mysteries of very tiny things such as atoms, electrons but also very big things such as life itself, the universe and the growing multi-verses. Amazing to see NASA is being so generous and visionary again!

Black Holes are fascinating and mysteries! We know so little about them. The good news is that the American space agency NASA, has approved a new mission to study the mysteries of black holes.

As you may have heard hypothetically or should I say theoretically they were "created when the very black biggest stars explode at the end of their lives, the massive gravity wells suck in anything that ventures too close, crushing and stretching matter at the subatomic level."

So fascinating that "anything falling past a point called the event horizon will fall forever into the black holes singularity, a place where the laws of physics cease to exist, not even light can escape hence the name. They will start "working immediately with a launch in two years time. The new spacecraft will be called the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. It will use a high energy X-ray telescope in Earth orbit to study black holes." Stay tuned to be informed, of course, it is in my radar; let see how big is a cosmic string is:-)

Here's some background scientific and dramatic background in the mean while about black holes!

Those who cannot see the video, this is how some of us can visualize these mysteries things:

Are you curious about this mystery too? What do you expect as outcome of this study by NASA? They better satisfy our curiosity:-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Nanotechnology is speaking!: new materials to cause rain

Needing rain desperately in my town and other parts of the world, I'd like to share an interesting study from London Centre for Nanotechnology and University College London. The article to introduce the study is titled "Molecular ice chain structure could be used to seed clouds and cause rain" and freshly uploaded on the Nanowerk site, waiting to be read:-)

The article reports that "This week's Nature Materials (9 March 2009) reveals how an international team of scientists led by researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at UCL have discovered a novel one dimensional ice chain structure built from pentagons that may prove to be a step toward the development of new materials which can be used to seed clouds and cause rain."

Dr Michaelides says: "For the first time, we have shown that ice can build an extended one dimensional chain structure entirely from pentagons and not hexagons. This discovery leads to fundamental new understanding about the nature of hydrogen bonding at interfaces (there is no a priori rule that hexagons should form) and suggests that when people are searching for new ice nucleating agents which can be used to seed clouds and cause rain, they do not necessarily need to focus on materials that have hexagonal surfaces - other types of surfaces may be good too."

Look forward to more progressing studies in this area! Your thoughts?


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NanoPen may write new chapter in nanotechnology, in business and in our lives

Writing devices such as pen, pencil and even keyboards were so important once but are taken for granted nowadays. They are important communication enablers; we only appreciate their importance when they disappear in those awkward moments someone will give you an important information and you are in the middle of nowhere with a pen.

In this post I'd like to introduce and cite a new concept called "NanoPen" which is now at conceptual stage and discussed for possibilities in the body of knowledge.

Here is an excerpt from the article titled "NanoPen may write new chapter in nanotechnology manufacturing" "Researchers in California are reporting development of a so-called "NanoPen" that could provide a quick, convenient way of laying down patterns of nanoparticles — from wires to circuits — for making futuristic electronic devices, medical diagnostic tests, and other much-anticipated nanotechnology applications."

This just reminded me an episode in SpongeBob where with his pen he creates himself or new creatures; however he regrets at some point!

A NanoPen could change the world but we need to invest a lot of brain power and financial investment on it. What do you see the opportunities, possibilities and implications for such a breakthrough device?


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