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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 + Quantum Physics = One Camera Shy Computer

The Raspberry Pi 2 Computer

The new Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer has a problem: it’s camera shy. Or at least only when it’s flashed. If a camera’s flash is directed at the tiny-yet-powerful computer it reboots.
But how can light force a computer to reboot without any kind of sensor or camera to detect that light? As the BBC reports here, quantum physics has the answer.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Broken Photon

A group of physicists at Glasgow University  have demonstrated that the speed of light is not quite so fixed as it’s believed to be.

Read about their impossible discovery in this BBC News article.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The ‘Philae’ has landed!

Yesterday history was made when the ESA’s robotic lander, Philae, successfully landed on a comet after having travelled through space with the spacecraft, Rosetta, for over 10 years. This has never been done before and represents a major progression in our space-faring technologies. Philae‘s mission is to examine everything about the comet’s composition and physicality.

You can find out more about Philae and Rosetta at the ESA’s website by following this link here.

Below is a gif summarising the successful voyage and landing sequence:

spacetravelco: Updated xkcd coverage of the #CometLanding via Tanya Harrison

Source: ScienceJunkie

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Rochester ‘invisibility’ Cloak

The Rochester Cloak

A new ‘invisibility cloak’ – the Rochester Cloak – named in a very round-about way after our very own fine city, has been developed at the University of Rochester, NY.

Read more here on CNET, where you can also find a video showing how the cloak works and instructions on how to make your own!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Molten Metal Batteries aimed at National Grid

Molten Metal Battery

Molten Metal Battery

American engineers have created a feasible way of storing electrical energy generated from renewable sources that are very much conditional on the weather (wind, solar etc.) – a battery containing liquid lead, antimony and lithium. Could this be another step towards mainstream renewable energy production?

Read more here.

Friday, September 19th, 2014

New breakthrough in clean electricity production?

Transparent Solar Cells

Transparent Solar Cells

The problems with solar panels up until now have been that in order to be of any real use they have to be large in size, placed in huge arrays (solar farms), and are frankly rather unsightly. But now, a team at Michigan State University may have just the answer…

Read more here.