Daily Archives: February 20, 2012

The man who tightrope walked across the World Trade Center

August 7, 1974, the historic day Philippe Petit smuggled his tightrope and balance pole to the top of the World Trade Center. With some help from his cohorts they set up a tightrope between the towers and wire walked between the World trade center buildings and proceeded to entertain New York City for the next forty minutes.

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Open hospital windows to stem spread of infections

Hospitals might thwart the spread of dangerous infections by taking a tip from Florence Nightingale and throwing open their windows. But while the Victorian nurse championed fresh air and cleanliness as a defence against infections, the incoming air might help control nasty pathogens by letting more microbes inside. Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist at the US government’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, offers the unconventional view that unwanted microbes might gain a foothold in hospitals because they had too little competition … Continue reading

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Single-atom transistor is end of Moore’s Law

The smallest transistor ever built — in fact, the smallest transistor that can be built — has been created using a single phosphorus atom by an international team of researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne. The single-atom device was described Sunday (Feb. 19) in a paper in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Michelle Simmons, group leader and director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication at the University of New South … Continue reading

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First test-tube hamburger ready this year

The world’s first “test-tube” meat, a hamburger made from a cow’s stem cells, will be produced this fall, Dutch scientist Mark Post told a major science conference on Sunday. Post’s aim is to invent an efficient way to produce skeletal muscle tissue in a laboratory that exactly mimics meat, and eventually replace the entire meat-animal industry. The ingredients for his first burger are “still in a laboratory phase,” he said, but by fall “we have committed ourselves to make a couple … Continue reading

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Vermeer Redux

Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ distilled, reduced & remixed down into 168 exact circles of colour. Part of Gary Andrew Clarke’s Art Remixed series.

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