Congratulations to LIGO and Virgo collaborations for their stunning achievement in detecting gravitational waves! The results are free to read here. While for a less technical explanation (but still brilliant ) one can refer to the amazing video of PHD Comics.
Four new chemical elements will take their places in the periodic table, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced last week. IUPAC verified the discoveries of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, which complete the periodic table’s seventh row.
“The study, conducted this fall, focuses on developing new methods of synthesis for super heavy elements. The newly discovered, exotic nuclei are one isotope each of heavy elements berkelium, neptunium and uranium and two isotopes of the element americium. [..] Apart from discoveries themselves, the discovery is the first proof of the new technique for production of these exotic nuclides.” [From Phys.org ]
Read more “Observation of new neutron-deficient isotopes with in multinucleon transfer reactions” Physics Letters B, Vol. 748, (2015)
E. coli bacteria
Can bacterial activity have a measurable influence on shear viscosity? Well, yes! Bacteria swimming in a fluid can eliminate the fluid’s viscosity, making it into a helium-like superfluid. The microbes can even generate negative viscosity. AMAZING!
Take a look here -> Synopsis: Bacterial Superfluids
Well, it seems Google doesn’t care about the 104th Anniversary of the discovery of Superconductuvity. No #levitatingdoodle for us. Nonetheless today we celebrate superconductivity!
A nice occasion of outreach about this fascinating topic:
What is a superconductor?
Superconductivity was discovered on April 8, 1911. We have launched the campaign #LevitatingDoodle to ask Google for a doodle to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery.
Come on, help us -> http://www3.icmm.csic.es/superconductividad/quienes-somos/actividades/levitating-doodle/
La superconduttività è stata scoperta l`8 Aprile del 1911. Abbiamo lanciato la campagna #LevitatingDoodle per chiedere a Google di commemorare l’ anniversario della scoperta con un doodle.
Partecipa anche tu! Scopri come qui -> http://www3.icmm.csic.es/superconductividad/quienes-somos/actividades/levitating-doodle/
it seems that our open days about superconductivity are so funny that even the spanish tv starts to be interested in condensed matter! The last episode of the Órbita Laika show (on air every sunday nigth) was dedicated to superconductivity. The experiments performed in the studios have been realized in cooperation with our team of researchers of the ICMM-CSIC.
Enjoy the video ‘Órbita Laika – Superconductores’
La demostración de Antonio Martínez Ron en el programa número 9 de Órbita Laika (emitido en La 2 de TVE 08/02/2015) contó con la aparición estelar de nuestros superconductores y la primicia de nuestro nuevo tren!¿No lo has visto aún? No te lo pierdas! ‘Órbita Laika – Superconductores’
For more information about the outreach activity on superconductivity of the ICMM-CSIC
take a look here
Más información sobre actividades de divulgación de superconductividad aquí