Volume 50 – November 30, 2012
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New Matter at LHC?!
As you know, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles. Two beams of subatomic particles, protons or lead ions, travel in opposite directions inside the accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. The goal is to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang.
The newest Data from lead-proton collisions has yield surprising results. It seems the collisions might be producing a new type of matter called gluons or color-glass condensate. A paper describing this surprising findings is now available on arXiv.
To read the paper, please visit: http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/1210.5482
To read a related article, please visit: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/lead-proton-collisions-at-large-hadron-collider-yield-surprising-results-1127.html
To learn more about LHC, please visit:
It seems some plants have the natural tendency to absorb unwanted chemicals and toxins from the soil. For example, the flower Alyssum, draws the chemicals arsenic and platinum from the land. A team of scientists led by the University of Warwick in United Kingdom are planning to use this fact to turn the fields of native flowers into high tech nanoparticle factories.
Other than cleansing the land, an ultimate goal of the project is to create nanoparticles for many applications including cancer treatments.
If successful, the group is hoping to have industrial applications of the process working within 3 years.
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What do June Lockhart, William Shatner, Wil Wheaton -stars of Lost in Space, Start Trek TOS, Star Trek TNG- have in common with Alex Trebek, Will.i.am, Norah Jones, Stephen Colbert and Arthur Christmas cartoon character? They are all entertainment icons who have lend their celebrity status to new public service announcements that highlight how some of NASA's outstanding accomplishment in space are used to improve our life on Earth. These accomplished individuals talk about how science fiction has become science fact, resulting in new products and services and ISS technologies
To see these PSAs, please go to:
Ketabe Dana, or Dana Book, is an educational and illustrated children book series in Persian introducing children to the lives of inspirational individuals of past and present.
The very first book uses playful rhymes and whimsical illustrations and is dedicated to the story of Anousheh and how she worked hard and never gave up on her dream of space travel.
The book is available through Amazon, Amazon Europe, and Create Space Publishing.
To learn more details of the book, please visit:
My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer: a book by Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam.
In her memoir, Anousheh recalls her long path to success and to achieving her dream. To learn more about the book, please visit: http://www.anoushehansari.com/book/
To find a book signing, please check the upcoming appearances section of this newsletter.
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