Interest of the day

A blog about miscellaneous topics.

DARPA Robot Challenge

morreale Wednesday 03 of June, 2015
The DARPA Robot Challenge finals will be streamed live on June 5 & 6. Twenty five teams compete for a $2M prize. Each challenger must complete task on a simulated disaster course like search and rescue. The challenge is partly in response to the Fukushima accident that occurred in 2011.


Inspirational Math

morreale Wednesday 03 of June, 2015
YouCubed has posted a week inspirational math lessons. The program was developed at Stanford by professor Jo Boaler, and the lessons are based on her How to Learn Math course. The first lesson explains that all students can perform well in math. Neuroscience shows that the brain in neuroplastic and learning occurs through practice.


13 TeV of power

morreale Tuesday 02 of June, 2015
The LHC become fully operational tomorrow at 1 AM EDT. It will operate at 13 TeV now and the event will be webcast live.

Coronal loops

morreale Monday 25 of May, 2015
NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory capture an multispectal image of a coronal loop on the Sunspot. Ten wavelength were captured and combined with measurements of the magnetic field to create this composite image.


A trillion suns

morreale Monday 25 of May, 2015
The NASA WISE space telescope has discovered a new galaxy that emits as much light as 1 trillion suns. The galaxy is 12.5 light years away and was found by its infrared signature. It is unusual to see such a large old and bright galaxy. It's thought that a super massive black hole is feasting on matter at the center of the galaxy and is the source of so much photonic activity.


Neutrino detector materials

morreale Monday 23 of February, 2015
Symmetry Magazine has posted the article 10 unusual detector materials describing the unusual materials used to detect neutrinos. The materials include:
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Brass
  • Mineral oil
  • Lead
  • Smartphone cameras
  • Sodium Iodide crystals
  • Antarctic ice
  • Octofluoropropane
  • Dry ice

Annie Easley - Rocket scientist

morreale Friday 13 of February, 2015
Annie Easley earned her BS in mathematics and worked as a computer engineer at what became NASA. Her career at NASA (NACA at the time) began in 1955, and she developed battery technology and software for the Centaur upper stage rocket booster that is still in use today.


Women in Space

morreale Friday 13 of February, 2015
The Telegraph has posted an interesting reference of Women in Space. This includes astronauts and women that work in the space sciences.

Valentina Tereshkova is the first women in space