Posts

September 20, 2014

+
7:00 PM | The many faces of compact stars
In this school, we want to give a broad overview of all the possible manifestations of compact objects in different astrophysical scenarios. For this purpose, a large list of topics will be addressed during the meeting by renowned international experts: accretion theory, binaries, neutron stars thermal emission, equation of states, microquasar jets, neutron star cooling, radio-pulsars, magnetospheres, compact stars as […]
+
6:09 PM | Adventures in the Sophomoric
Yesternight, I went memory-road-tripping through my blog archives. One of the things I realized, apart from how amazingly enthusiastic I was for the blogging form back in 2007, was how much I reviled my sophomore-year university physics classes. At the time, they were unpleasant; in retrospect, they were deleterious. The worst was the relativity class, […]
+
5:52 PM | Solving the metal problem: new polymer used in organic solar cells to allow wide use of metal cathodes, improve efficiency
Organic solar cells (OSC) are an exciting next-generation option for photovoltaics.  The main advantage is that they’re cheap, easily processed using solution-based methods, which opens up many innovative applications – printable cells, even solar paint! The main issue holding OSCs back is … Continue reading →

Page, Z., Liu, Y., Duzhko, V., Russell, T. & Emrick, T. (2014). Fulleropyrrolidine interlayers: Tailoring electrodes to raise organic solar cell efficiency, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1255826

Citation
+
5:30 PM | Joint WISH + First galaxies International Workshop
WISH (Wide-field Infrared Surveyor for High-redshift) is a space science mission concept whose primary goal is to study the first galaxies in the early universe. WISH will be a Japan-led 1.5m telescope equipped with a 900 arcmin2 wide-field, Near-IR, 0.2-0.5arcsec FWHM, camera that would fly by ~2020 in order to conduct unique ultra-deep and wide-area […]
+
3:23 PM | Il valore estetico di un dipinto
Il dolore è modulato da fattori cognitivi, tra cui l'attenzione e le emozioni. In questo studio abbiamo valutato l'effetto di distrazione dell'apprezzamento estetico sul dolore soggettivo (...) indotto da stimolazione laser della mano sinistra su 12 volontari in salute. I soggetti sono stati stimolati con il laser in assenza di altri stimoli esterni e mentre guardavano diversi dipinti che avevano precedentemente classificato come belli, neutrali o brutti. La visione dei dipinti […]
+
3:00 PM | The Variable Sky: from Tiny Variations to Big Explosions
The Annual Meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft will be held from Sep. 22 through 26, 2014 at premises of the University of Bamberg. The meeting is organized by the Dr. Remeis Observatory Bamberg, Astronomical Institute & Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg on behalf of the German Astronomical Society. The plenary sessions […]
+
12:30 PM | The Starmus Festival
Since the very first Homo Sapiens looked up at a star-filled sky we have been awestruck by the vastness of the cosmos. Even today we remain humbled by the sheer immensity of space, especially as through our progress in physics and astronomy, we are now aware of the tremendous distances involved – even to our […]
+
10:10 AM | Northeastern unveils state-of-the-art 3D nanoscale printing system
Uni­ver­sity leaders and nan­otech­nology researchers joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from industry and gov­ern­ment agen­cies at Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity to unveil NanoOPS, a nanoscale printing system with the poten­tial to trans­form nanoman­u­fac­turing and spur inno­va­tion in a range of areas including elec­tronics, med­i­cine, and energy storage.
+
9:40 AM | Physics Week in Review: September 20, 2014
On the latest episode of the Know Brainer Podcast, I chatted with host Christina Ochoa about Self- Experimentation, Time and Identity, and Body Fluids in Art. It’s available on iTunes or via... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
9:00 AM | Exoplanets with JWST – MIRI
The workshop is aimed on discussing the capabilities and techniques for characterising exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope, in particular with its MIRI instrument. The discussions will cover both transit spectroscopy and direct imaging, covering giant planets to rocky planets and their atmospheres. Poster of the workshopArchiviato in:Astroagenda, Astronomia, Scienze planetarie, Spazio Tagged: astronomy […]
+
5:20 AM | Graphene platform as nanosized hydrogen generator
Researchers have created a small scale 'hydrogen generator' that uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost production of the hard-to-make element.
+
4:00 AM | Fundamental Issues of the Standard Cosmological Model
The Planck Satellite measurement have increased the accuracy of cosmological observations to a level which allows to constrain cosmological models with unprecedented precision. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the implications of these recent results combined with other (i.e. Planck, but also WMAP, galaxy surveys, SNIa data…) on models that aim at describing […]
+
2:47 AM | Writing Activity Metric Tracking
I'm playing around with tracking metrics on my writing activities today.  Clearly I need to enhance my charting presentation skills, but the information here is kind of interesting to me.  It's about me, so of course it is, but it's interesting to think about in terms of why a writing log is useful as well.  Here's what I learned  As the semester has ramped up, I've been doing more writing on EM homework and less on EM notes in preparation for class.  That's not a […]

September 19, 2014

+
10:58 PM | Ask Ethan #54: What’s the Earliest Signal from the Universe?
Is there a way to see past the barrier the Universe puts up before it became transparent to light?Continue reading on Medium »
+
10:34 PM | Research predicts possible 6,800 new Ebola cases this month
Rate of rise in cases significantly increased in August in […]
+
10:00 PM | Bassa e gialla
La bassa, giallaLuna sopra la casaCalma illuminata da una lampadaJack Kerouac, The low yellowIllustrazione di B. E. Pike tratta da The Wonderland of Science di J. C. Sanford, via nemfrog
+
9:01 PM | Weekly Space Hangout - 19 Sept 2014
Missed this week's episode of the Weekly Space Hangout?  Then you missed out on hearing about possible new evidence of dark matter, the Rosetta mission's landing site, citizen science, and much more!
+
4:34 PM | NASA's plan to find asteroids is falling short
The orbits of all currently-known near-Earth asteroids larger than the 140-meter limit set by the US Congress.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL) Our solar system is chock full of asteroids - millions of them.  While most are contained within the asteroid belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter, these rocks can be found pretty much anywhere in the solar system.  Many scientists believe that the majority of asteroids are composed of material left over from the formation of […]
+
3:19 PM | No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new “sleep node” in the brain
A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has […]
+
3:18 PM | Study shows how epigenetic memory is passed across generations
A growing body of evidence suggests that environmental stresses can […]
+
3:16 PM | Scripps Research Institute Chemists Modify Antibiotic to Vanquish Resistant Bacteria
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a […]
+
3:14 PM | Domestic violence more frequent in same-sex couples
Extra stress in same-sex couples may raise risk of domestic […]
+
3:03 PM | Evolution of responses to (un)fairness
The sense of fairness did not evolve for the sake […]
+
3:02 PM | Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours
Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own […]
+
2:55 PM | Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers
Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.
+
2:54 PM | New Hadrosaur Noses into Spotlight
Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs – a newly […]
+
2:53 PM | Simple test can help detect Alzheimer’s before dementia signs show
York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking […]
+
2:51 PM | How Much Cosmic Inflation Probably Occurred?
Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging, and nothing focuses the science like an unexpected experimental result. The BICEP2 claimed discovery of gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background — although we still don’t know whether it will hold up … Continue reading →
+
2:43 PM | Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers
An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer.
+
2:36 PM | Comparing Planck's noise and dust to BICEP2
In case anyone reading this doesn't recall, back in March an experiment known as BICEP2 made a detection of something known as B-mode polarisation in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This was big news, mostly because this B-mode polarisation signal would be a characteristic signal of primordial gravitational waves. The detection of the effects of primordial gravitational waves would itself be a wonderful discovery, but this potential discovery went even further in the wonderfulness […]
456789101112
785 Results