First-ever image of a single molecule (IBM)

Scientists Literally Reinvent the Wheel!

First-ever image of a single molecule (IBM)

First-ever image of a single molecule (IBM)

According to BBC news,  researchers really have reinvented the wheel by creating the tiniest vehicle, ever, whose wheels are no more than chemical groups changing their shape to push the molecule forward.  Being so tiny, the car’s racked up more than 6 billionths of a meter for mileage after receiving 10 electric bursts from a fine point of metal that’s made up of only one or two atoms.

Anyone got some good ideas for how to put these things to use? 😉

Space is Infinitely Awesome, and all in CGI

I’m obsessed with the Discovery Channel’s “How the Universe Works,” because I’m convinced its the new Planet Earth, except its completely CGI based.  As I was watching, I was amazed at how computers have been instrumental to our understanding of the universe through their mathematical prowess and probability comprehension.  It’s so “easy” to recreate the formation of a planet through CGI because of programming such as particle simulations, so it’s very appropriate that Discovery decided to utilize CGI as the show’s main content.

As a whole, the animators do a “stellar” job of creating supernovas and black holes. Pun intended. And paired with the narrator’s suspenseful tone and dramatic music, you’ll be left quaking in your boots thinking of all the 4 billion ways our Earth could be meet its end. But you’ll also learn some reassuring things, like how Jupiter protects us from being hit by comets, and Earth has a magnetic field that protects us from sun farts. True story.

To get a taste of some of the cool things you’ll learn, check out this Cracked article: “The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space.”