Manufacturing Bits: Oct. 29

Searching for dark energy The first tests have been conducted on a new cosmic cartography system that will soon search for dark energy and galaxies in the universe. The system, called the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), is a complex unit with 5,000 fiber-optic eyes. The DESI system is mounted on top of the 4-meter Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Ariz... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: July 19

Detecting anapoles A*STAR has detected invisible particles. Researchers from the Singaporean R&D organization have observed a new optical effect in nanoscale disks of silicon, which are patterns of radiation that do not scatter light. One example of a non-radiating source is called an anapole. An anapole, according to A*Star, is a distribution of charges and currents. They do not radiate wi... » read more

Expert on Expert: The Higgs Boson

Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines, a materials scientist, talks with Dr. Sean Carroll, a particle physicist at the California Institute of Technology about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the cost of future discoveries, and what's left for physicists to discover. [youtube vid=qokwittw_8k] » read more