The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever
The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that dwarf the current state-of-the-art instruments. When the mountain blasting and the mirror polishing are all done, we will have the clearest and most detailed views of outer space ever.
This boom has long been in the works for years, as billion-dollar telescopes don’t just fund and plan themselves.Now, these telescopes are starting to break ground. “If it all plays out as expected and budgeted,” writes Dennis Overbye in the New York Times, “astronomers of the 2020s will be swimming in petabytes of data streaming from space and the ground.” Let’s take a closer took at what these billion-dollar telescopes can do for astronomy in the decades to come.
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New Interstellar Trailer
A third incredible trailer from Christopher Nolan’s new film “Interstellar” has been released. In the film, Matthew McConaughey plays an engineer who, along with several other scientists and astronauts, journeys through a newly discovered wormhole to save the world. The trailer features word’s from the beautiful Dylan Thomas poem “Night”.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
I really want to see this!
After the graphic which looked at functional groups, here’s one that looks at some of the simpler heterocyclic compounds in organic chemistry.
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Manufacturing Begins For Fusion Reactor Parts
by Michael Keller
The first components of what will become the world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor are now being manufactured around the world. Once it starts operating in 2020, the multinational ITER demonstration power plant will help scientists understand how to fuse hydrogen nuclei together to make energy, the same phenomenon that powers the sun.
At the heart of the project is the 25,400-ton tokamak, a machine that uses magnetic fields to confine a plasma that burns at 150 million degrees Celsius. The giant magnets used to corral the plasma are now being manufactured at a facility in La Spezia, Italy, as seen in the gifs above and video below.