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To return to the giant…

It is sadly time to say goodbye to the Cassini Satellite. Cassini was launched back before the turn of the century to study Saturn and its several moons. It took over six years to reach the ringed giant, and since then has revealed brilliant pictures and years’ worth of data. The Satellite is set to sail into the giant itself as it has run out of fuel needed to maintain a proper orbit. This Friday, Cassini will become one with the giant and will be remembered in history as one of the greatest space missions to date.

With the power of the Sun…

It may sound like its right out of a Sci-Fi movie, but MIT researchers have discovered a new recipe to create Plasma a lot easier. Plasma, the same stuff the Sun is made out of, could potentially revolutionize the way we generate power for cities and towns. With recent research and confirmation from other labs, MIT may have created a fuel, using the simplest elements of nature to create large amounts of Plasma.

Supercharging the green stuff…

The power of the Sun is nearly infinite and we’ve just recently began tapping into a power that plants have used for millennia. Researchers from the University of California – Berkley, have gone one step further than solar panels, they have created solar powered bacteria. This bacterium can create the base for fuel, plastics, and food. With a few modifications, they supercharged the bacteria to produce the base on mass. More research will be need bring it out to full production, but the future is looking green.

Don’t know about the taste though…

It seems every which way we turn, the miracle material, Graphene, seems to be making headlines. A team of researchers from the University of Manchester have created a graphene straw. This graphene straw is capable of filtering out 97% of the salt in salt water. Allowing people to drink directly from the ocean for those with no access to fresh water. More testing is needed to mass produce this device, but it’s a good step in the right direction.

The promise of a cure…

Within six degrees of separation everyone knows someone who had to deal with Type 1 Diabetes on a daily basis. Type 1 Diabetes is the need for regular management and injection of insulin to maintain a healthy life. But if recent experiments prove successful, then those affected by Diabetes may only need a credit card sized device to cure this disorder. Recently approved by the FDA, the tests are on their way with a possible cure.

Turned into batteries…

It may not seem like it but we humans are energetic creatures. And harvesting that energy is the focus of researchers from Vanderbilt University. They have created a Black Phosphorus thread material that once adjusted through moment, generates electrical current. Imagine a jacket with a phone charger in the pocket, the more you move the more charge you get for your phone. Gives a new purpose to going for a run.

Getting a closer look…

Our gas giant of a neighbor, Jupiter, has always possessed mysteries that had the worlds scientists pondering for decades. The most pondering mystery is that of Jupiter’s iconic Giant Red Spot. A gigantic storm capable of fitting three Earths end to end within itself. NASA’s Juno probe has made a historic close flyby of the spot, recording and beaming back as much data it can grab. In time, it will give new insight on one of the most noted storm in our solar system.

Franklin would be proud…

As the research and growth of renewable energy grows, a potential energy source has blown in. Kite power, using industrial strength kites to harness the power of high winds. The system runs with twin kits, as they are pulled out by the high winds, they windup an electrical generator. Such a system can be setup in urban city centers, open plains, coastal seas, and disaster relief areas. Still in an experimental stage its interesting avenue for renewable energy.

Largest found so far…

Researchers from the Dublin Institute have released what may be the most detailed picture of a star other than our own. And it’s no normal star, a giant of giants, a star named Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) is some 1400 times larger than our own sun. Large enough that it would touch Jupiter if it was where our Sun is. This giant of a star is acting quite peculiar and has been giving much needed answers on the building blocks of stars.

Learning from mistakes…

The good fight against Cancer is never ending and can lead to unexpected roads. A team of researchers found to what would be the “Achilles heel” of cancer. They believed by removing this function of cancer cells, it would greatly hinder their growth and development. But the exact opposite happened, the cells grew in greater numbers. It may be considered a failure, but it opened new information and avenues for continued research. When it comes to science, failure is always an option.