[…] CERN and LHC are famous for their role in the recent discovery of what very likely is the Higgs boson, a particle crucial to the standard model of physics. But now, CERN will house another exciting first: their first TEDx event.
This Friday, May 3, CERN will bring together thinkers of all kinds to examine our universe and provide insight into why studying it matters. And lucky for you, you don’t have to go to Switzerland to watch in real time. The program will stream live online at the TEDxCERN website from 13:45 to 20:00 (CEST).
So why should you tune in?
The quantum spin liquid state, predicted to be achievable in two-dimensional hexagonal lattice systems, may not occur in such structures after all.
Reblogged from scienceisbeauty
A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie
Scientists are known for loving their work. Biologists tend to their cultures and animals. Physicists polish their exquisite machines like sports car entusiasts treat vintage Ferraris. So do chemists love atoms? Apparently they do. At least enough to write a love story with, and about them.
IBM scientists have created the world’s smallest movie using individual atoms. It’s the story of a boy and his playful atom buddy, drawn in stop motion and with each quantum pixel positioned using a scanning tunneling microscope. Every frame is magnified a stunning 100 million times!
This amazing feat was accomplished by using a charged atomic needle to drag single carbon monoxide molecules (the individual atoms we see are one side of that two-atom molecule) around on a copper substrate. I’ve posted a little bit about these feats of atomic art before, with these “quantum corrals” and “ferrous wheels”.
See those ripples around each atom? They remind me of pebbles being tossed into a still pond. They are actually ripples in the electron field of the copper surface below! It’s a reminder that, contrary to many textbooks, electrons behave more like waves than particles following an orbit. And like any other wave, they can form intricate interference patterns. Check out this previous post for more on that.
The hope is that manipulating atomic structures like this may lead to even greater information storage capacity. Imaging all the world’s books and movies on your mobile phone at once!
Here’s a “making of” movie from IBM, featuring the sound of atoms being moved as well as the encouraging sight of several female team members.
This makes me as happy as atom boy there.
Reblogged from jtotheizzoe
This Week in Science - April 22 - 28, 2013:
- Bone marrow stem cells here.
- Olympic torch spacewalk here.
- Dutch reality show for Mars volunteers here.
- Small fairyfly here.
- Theory of gravity test here.
- Maya civilization origins discovery here.
- Earth’s center here.
- Sea-surface temperatures here.
- Synthetic skin here.
- Iron clumps in bird ears here.
- Students discovered comet here.
- Illegal drug breathalyzer here.
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Reblogged from iheb222
So.. erm I check out the latest Mars One applications from time to time, and I saw this guy. The video wasn’t too bad, so I scrolled down to his description and then this happened. And I just.