Saturn has rings. That’s awesome. I reported awhile ago that Saturn also has Ice Volcanoes, which is also awesome. Saturn, however, has pushed itself into the legendary category by being one of the first (actually second) planets to be a natural dynamo generator with one of its moons. Literally the moon, Enceladus, is creating an ionosphere around itself, which is interacting with the magnetic sphere around Saturn, creating natural electricity. We’ve actually seen this before near Jupiter but Saturn is becoming a hot bed if near finds. For example did you know one of Saturn’s moons, Rhea, has oxygen on it? Not nearly as much as earth, and for a different reason that how our atmosphere works.
So many discoveries to make. Imagine what we could learn from this natural dynamo. Could we, at some point in the far future, harness the energy of this natural dynamo? Or perhaps even create artificial moons ourselves which will help power the earth?
Plus this time we have a video to help explain it:
The cure isn’t perfect, to start off with. The procedure kills one third of the patients who under go it so far, but the cure exists.
Man Officially Cured of HIV by Brian Barrett (Gizmodo.com)
It uses excessive chemotherapy that kills off the patient’s immune system, literally, then using specialied stem-cells, implants a “new” immune system that is present in a very small percentage of the human population known to be virtually immune to HIV.
It’s radical, it’s amazing, and it isn’t really a viable mass cure but what it is is a great start towards a real and true cure. At some point in the near future, we might actually have fully survivable gene therapies which will completely rid the human race of one of its more prolific killers.
For those of you who are more medically inclined, here are the published results from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Score one for humanity!
Well not on earth. On Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.
Supposedly these volcanoes actually spew forth ammonia and ice water, rather than lava and rock.
Apparently this phenomena has actually been observed on other icy moons. First time I’ve heard of it. Neat idea huh? I wonder if we’ll find alternate forms of life inside these volcanoes like we did in the lake the other week.
I think this is a neat idea, although I’d like to know what long term effects it has on the trees. I think the idea is definitely on the right track in terms of how we should strive to develop technology. We spend a lot of time replacing what the world around us has already perfected, if perhaps not in the most rigid sense and making use of those natural solutions could make scientific and technological advancement that much better for both us and the world around us.
There is a TED talk that I may have brought over to this blog but unfortunately I can not remember the speaker or the topic. But I remember her discussing the use of biotechnology and modernizing the materials used in modern construction by making use of living materials. Basically grow walls using hard organic materials rather than dead organic or constructed materials, so that they’ll last longer with minimal maintence.
Neat idea? I’m not sure I explained it very well.
Did you know that certain configurations of carbon nanotubes are scared of water? I didn’t. In reality they just repell water really well. To the point that water droplets will break up into tinier droplets, rather than get absorbed or pass through the carbon nanotubes. What’s this mean? Highly waterproof clothing! And umbrellas, and the like. Perhaps. The applications haven’t been fully experimented on.
Finally! Some new news about Carbon Nanotubes!
New research by MIT scientists suggests that carbon nanotubes — tube-shaped molecules of pure carbon — could be formed into tiny springs capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, and potentially more durably and reliably.
Found by two cuties from MTI (if the picture is correct). (I knew I should have gone to MIT!)
For those of you who want more of the hard science:
Not exactly and end result technology of carbon nanotubes but basically we can force ions to go through a carbon nanotube one at a time. This is predicted to lead to even better water filtration systems and detection systems than previously thought of using carbon nanotubes.
Hurray for Carbon Nanotubes!
Basically we found a exo-planet (a planet outside our solar system) that astrophysicist think is “just right” for the purposes of containing inhabited life. IE, a Goldilocks planet. Some of them are so sure, they’re stating that it is more of a matter of disproving that this planet doesn’t contain life, rather than proving it!
The planet is called Gliese 581g and it is about 20 light years away. One of it’s more interesting characteristics is that it is tidal locked to it’s sun. Similar to our moon, it only shows one side of itself to it’s sun at all times. IE it doesn’t rotate on it’s axis. It is, far denser than Earth, so it is capable of generating enough gravity to keep an atmosphere. It’s location from the sun suggests the capability of having liquid water, which is the big deal with life searching at the moment.
So it’s not Carbon Nanotubes, but I still think it is pretty awesome. Perhaps even more so than finding water on the Moon.
More info will be printed in this week’s issue of issue of Astrophysical Journal. Which you may or may not be able to access.
I’ve reported so much news about the wonder of Carbon Nanotubes I’m starting to wonder if I’m repeating myself. But this just announced: Carbon Nanotubes can be used to make an ultra sensitive bio-sensor that could detect proteins quicker than almost any laboratory test currently developed.