29March2017

Billionaire Sound Pioneer Ray Dolby passes away

Father Of Modern Noise Reduction With a fortune of $2.4 billion at his death, Dolby truly did make silence golden. Dolby’s creation, released in 1966, produced a cleaner, crisper sound for recording studios and record labels and considerably [...]

Amar Gopal Bose: Man who revolutionized sound goes silent

Call him the Minister of Sound. He earned that sobriquet. Amar Gopal Bose, the famously reclusive man who headed the eponymous company Bose Corporation, distinguished himself from the crowd for his imagination, grit, courage and for gifting [...]

Sleights of Mind

What the neuroscience of magic reveals about our brains Neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of NeuroMagic — and also members of the Magic Castle, Magic Circle, International [...]

Gaia:#06: Gaia Payload Module Integration Completed

Integration of the Flight Model of the Gaia Payload Module has been completed. It has undergone acceptance vibration testing; thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing will be carried out towards the end of this year. Gaia Payload [...]

Gaia:#05: Gaia Service Module Thermal Balance/Thermal Vacuum testing completed

The Protoflight Model of the Gaia Service Module has successfully completed thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing in the SIMLES chamber at Intespace Toulouse. These tests verify the thermal performance of the spacecraft module under space [...]

CERN scientists find the ‘God particle’

The five-decade-long hunt for the elusive Higgs boson or the ‘God particle’ has reached a milestone, with scientists at the CERN claiming on Wednesday that they have discovered a new subatomic particle that looks like the one believed [...]

Silicon trick for next-gen memory

Researchers have revealed details of a promising way to make a fundamentally different kind of computer memory chip.The device is a “memristor”, a long-hypothesised but only recently demonstrated electronic component.A memristor’s [...]

CERN director says LHC will find God Particle by end of the year

The Large Hadron Collider is to be switched off at the end of the year to undergo a major upgrade, but scientists hope to have achieved one of the machine’s major goals by the time it does – proving the existence of the so called God [...]

5 Things Jenga Can Teach Us About Structural Engineering

Humans are natural-born structural engineers. If you find that hard to believe, watch a small child play with a set of simple wooden blocks. With no outside instruction — and through lots of energetic trial and error — he or she [...]

Trilayer graphene exhibits quantum effect

Three could be the magic number for making spintronic devices from thin carbon sheets When stacked like lasagna noodles, the thinnest material on the planet changes what it can do — and what those trying to make devices out of it might do [...]