Cotton candy has come to be known as a carnival food staple practically all over the world. Kids and adults alike always seem to be completely fascinated by the feathery treat’s unique lighter than air properties. Believe it or not, the chemistry behind making cotton candy might prove to be useful in laboratory research to help grow new tissues in the lab.
On August 25, 2016 The National Park Service will be turning 100 years old. To get ready for this huge milestone in the organization’s history, they have been partnering with institutions across the country on different programs, events and activities to help increase awareness and support for America’s 407 national parks. Now more than ever, it’s important we encourage students to go outdoors and explore everything that nature has to offer and thanks to the National Park Service, we have been able to do that for almost 100 years.
You already know Ohaus has perfected the science of mass measurement with their state-of-the-art balances and scales. They’re constantly improving their capabilities and functions as well as ensuring their products are easy to use. Another field that Ohaus continues to raise the bar in is water analysis and testing pH levels. Their Starter Series line of water analysis products all contains intuitive software that is both straightforward and highly accurate. The Yonkers Brewing Company, located in Yonkers, New York, took notice of this and decided to use Ohaus’ equipment for their brewing process.
What has the world come to when you can be betrayed by your household appliances? Is nothing safe from cyber attack? Surprisingly, answers to these questions are related and very timely. In the world of cyber security, hacking has been taken to a new high with the recent development of “Funtenna.” While it may sound like fun and games, “Funtenna is malware that intentionally causes compromising emanation”, says developer Ang Cui of Columbia University and Red Balloon Security. In other words, it’s software that can steal protected data from networks whose owners thought were perfectly safe.
Meteorology is a complex and imprecise science. Despite technological advancements, forecasting volatile weather patterns, such as tropical storms, remains a challenge as it involves predicting numerous dynamic atmospheric and environmental interactions. Results of recent research however, have shown that soap bubbles may provide a simple, inexpensive and effective means for predicting the strength of hurricanes and typhoons.
As this year’s National Engineering Week comes to a close we thought it would be a good idea to take a moment and recognize some engineers who’s contributions impacted society in a major way. Without their tenacity and innovation, many aspects of our daily lives that have become second nature to us would simply not exist. These engineers and inventors had to overcome great adversity to make a difference in the world and we are grateful for their commitment to improving the lives of others. This post features Mark Dean, Peter Goldmark, Igor Sikorsky and Larry Page.
This is a guest post from Maggie Keeler (@KeelerMS). Shared with the permission of our friends at Swift Optical.
Microscope work in science class is often a solitary endeavor. Traditionally, one student searches to find a seemingly invisible organism while patiently waiting for the teacher to come confirm that they’ve found it. Not anymore! With the MotiConnect App from Motic, this isolated experience becomes collaborative. MotiConnect allows you to connect up to six iPads wirelessly to a Moticam X camera or digital microscope with Moticam software. Each student is then able to capture images, record videos, annotate, and measure images from the microscope.
Four hundred years ago, the world of the microscope was unexplored. That means the structure of things like plants and the tissues of animals were a mystery, and there were thousands of other plants and animals that we didn’t even know existed! The causes of the diseases could only be hypothesized about and medical science was limited. Antonie van Leeuwenhook’s invention of the microscope in the 17th century brought about a revolution in scientific knowledge.
To say there have been many advancements in the field of microscopy since the development of the first compound microscope by Zaccharias Jansen in the late 16th century is an understatement. Jansen and his father, Dutch spectacle makers, built the first microscope by using three draw tubes with lenses inserted into the ends of the flanking tubes. They discovered a much larger image than expected; much larger than simple magnifying glass provided. The very first compound microscopes only magnified images between 6x – 9x. Microscopes of today can magnify images to the nanometer.
Image this scenario: You’re hiking through the primeval forest with your favorite hiking companion – your dog. You two have enjoyed many similar excursions through all kinds of terrain without incident, but today, neither of you are so lucky. A freak rockslide leaves the animal severely cut and bleeding profusely. You know the blood flow is dangerously fast and must be stopped before your canine friend bleeds out. You have to do something quickly.