Can Robots Do Better Than Skilled Waiters?
Computers

Can Robots Do Better Than Skilled Waiters?

Researchers at the Munich Institute for Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI), affiliated with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have developed a model that allows a robot to serve tea and coffee more quickly and safely than humans. [more…]

Einstein and the Photoelectric Experiment
Physics

Einstein and the Photoelectric Experiment

Albert Einstein's Photoelectric Effect experiment provided evidence for the quantization of energy in light. In this experiment, Einstein observed the emission of electrons from a metal surface exposed to light. However, the energy of the emitted electrons is not related to the intensity of the light, [more…]

Turkish Scientist Aydogan Ozcana Award
SCIENCE

Award to Turkish Scientist Aydoğan Özcan

Aydoğan Özcan received the 2023 SPIE Dennis Gabor Diffractive Optics Award. Outstanding achievements in diffractive wavefront technology, particularly those driving the development of holography and metrology applications, were awarded the SPIE Dennis Gabor Diffractive Optics Award. [more…]

Antarctic Sea Glacier is Melting Fast
Environment and Climate

Antarctic Sea Glacier is Melting Fast

On December 11, 2022, the NASA Aqua satellite's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer captured the image shown above (MODIS). The image shows a section of the Antarctic Peninsula about 1.000 kilometers (600 miles) long. It's icy and [more…]

Drugs to Extend Lifespan in COVID Patients
Cuff

Drugs to Extend Lifespan in COVID-19 Patients

In the Randomized REMAP-CAP Study (JAMA. 2023;329(1):39-51) published in the JAMA medical journal, IL-6 receptor antagonists (tocilizumab, sarilumab, satralizumab, and siltuximab) and anti-platelet agents in patients with COVID-19 were in poor general condition. survive long term (six month) [more…]

Slaying a Star in a Black Hole
Astronomy

Killing a Star in a Black Hole

These are called “Tideal Disruption Events”. But this phrase hides the subtle, unfiltered violence of a black hole encounter. A balance between black hole radiation ejecting matter and gravity pulling in stellar matter [more…]