World’s Fastest Spinning Object

Using a high-powered laser, researchers at Purdue University have made a microscopic "dumbbell" the fastest spinning object ever created
Using a high-powered laser, researchers at Purdue University have made a microscopic “dumbbell” the fastest spinning object ever created
Purdue University/Vincent Walter

Back in July 2018, researchers at Purdue University created the world’s fastest-spinning object, which whipped around at 60 billion rpm – and now that seems like the teacup ride at Disneyland. The same team has now broken its own record using the same technique, creating a new nano-scale rotor that spins five times faster. read more

Mini Particle Accelerator

Magnified 25,000 times, this image shows the structure of the channel in Stanford's new particle accelerator-on-a-chip
Magnified 25,000 times, this image shows the structure of the channel in Stanford’s new particle accelerator-on-a-chip
Neil Sapra

Particle accelerators could be incredibly useful for medicine – if they weren’t so huge. The SLAC accelerator, for example, is almost 2 mi (3.2 km) long, while CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) runs for a stunning 16.7 mi (27 km). Now, scientists at Stanford have managed to shrink the tech down to fit on a computer chip, which could lead to more precise cancer radiation therapies. read more

Plastic Waste – A New Source of Fuel

Could plastic waste one day provide a key ingredient for zero-emission transport?
Could plastic waste one day provide a key ingredient for zero-emission transport?
Nanyang Technological University

Our plastic waste problem is a large one, and it’s only getting larger. This is a huge environmental problem that requires some big picture thinking, but scientists are also exploring more subtle ways of chipping away at it and that includes turning plastic waste into sources of fuel. New research out of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has thrown another interesting possibility into the mix, with scientists converting consumer plastic into a chemical used to to produce electricity in hydrogen fuel cells by exposing it to sunlight.

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Weapon Wednesday – Japan’s Lithium Ion Submarine

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Japan Ministry of Defense
  • Submarines use batteries for quiet propulsion underwater.
  • Until recently, submarines used lead acid batteries, which were heavy and less energy efficient.
  • The adoption of lithium ion batteries is a huge improvement over the older batteries but carries some risks. read more

Predicting Lightning Strikes

The system is currently about 80-percent accurate
The system is currently about 80-percent accurate

Given how deadly and destructive lightning can be, it would certainly be good to know in advance where and when it was going to strike. A new artificial intelligence-based system could help, utilizing nothing but standard weather-station data. read more

Charge a Car in 10 Minutes?

Penn State's new fast-charging battery is designed to heat up 140° F (60° C) for just 10 minutes, and then be quickly cooled to ambient temperatures
Penn State’s new fast-charging battery is designed to heat up 140° F (60° C) for just 10 minutes, and then be quickly cooled to ambient temperatures
Chao-Yang Wang/Penn State

While Tesla’s latest superchargers can get its customers back on the road quicker than ever before, we’re still a ways off a world where recharging an electric vehicle is akin to a quick fuel stop. Exciting progress is being made, however, with the latest promising advance coming from chemical engineers at Penn State University, who have built a new battery they say can fully charge an electric car in just 10 minutes. read more

WND Exclusive – Defending France from the Climate Crisis Kids

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The Golden Child of the current climate movement, Greta Thunberg, isn’t quite finished with her 15 minutes of fame.

After her scripted diatribe at the Climate Strike, she and 15 other misguided and misinformed youth headed to the United Nations Climate Summit, where the 16, ranging from age 8 to 17, hailing from 12 different countries, proceeded to lodge, “a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest lack of government action on the climate crisis.”

I’m not sure what constitutes an “official” complaint to the U.N., but I assume it’s anything that advances socialism, communism, hatred of Israel or America, and radical leftism. And the climate crisis complaint pretty much checks most categories – ergo, it’s official.

That and the kids have their own legal representation, courtesy of global law firm Hausfeld LLP and Earthjustice whose motto is … ready for it … “Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer!” Wonder who’s paying these two? Just asking. read more

The Climate Strike is a Form of Child Abuse

by: Brent Smith

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Seeing the millions of children out marching during last weeks Climate Strike was not uplifting, but quite sad.

Our children today are privileged and spoiled and possibly more ignorant than any generation previous. And it’s not their fault.

They have been so thoroughly and successfully brainwashed by radical leftist adults – teachers, parents, actors and politicians that they’ve lost any ability to even listen, much less consider an alternative view.

Oh sure, we’ve all been teenagers that think we have things figured out. But we didn’t predict the end of the world if we didn’t get our way. And we certainly didn’t insist that world leaders heed our warnings of apocalypse.

Usually it was a thought, or lack of, that I can do X, and what could possibly go wrong? A very localized concern. And when it invariably did go wrong, our parents were there to fix it. As smart as we thought we were, we knew Mom and Dad had our backs, although doubtful we’d admit it. read more

Democrats Happily Grilling Meat and Polluting Mother Earth

As if we need more proof that Democrats are a bunch of phonies. They all fly around in private jets, drive in caravans of huge SUVs and now this – tell us that eating meat is bad, grilling is bad. Never allow them to lecture us on the evils of fossil fuels and carbon pollution. They’re all just a bunch of hypocrites.

from the Blaze:

Dems grill more than 10,000 steaks despite lecturing Americans about climate change, meat consumption

WND Exclusive – Trump’s California Emissions Move Unconstitutional

by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

We’ve all heard by now that President Trump is proposing to take away “California’s power to set its own vehicle tailpipe emissions standards, escalating an environmental dispute that has trapped auto makers in the middle.”

This move by Trump is reported to be in conjunction with a rollback of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards.

To date, all of California emission standards restrictions eclipse those of the federal government.

If you are unfamiliar, Corporate Average Fuel Economy(CAFE) Standards are regulations, first enacted by the United States Congress in 1975, after the 1973–74 Arab oil embargo, to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks (trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles) produced for sale in the United States. read more