Removing more than 99% of crude oil from ‘produced’ water (well water)

Should you have an oil well nearby (see The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles in an August 28, 2014 photo essay by Alan Taylor for The Atlantic for examples of oil wells in various municipalities and cities associated with LS) , this news from Texas may interest you. From an August 15, 2018 news item on Nanowerk, Oil and water tend to separate, but they mix well enough to form stable oil-in-water emulsions in…

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Breath of Fresh Air

Wildfires are roaring across much of Western North America. British Columbia has declared a province-wide state of emergency. Whether you are on evacuation alert or a couple of provinces or states away from the fires, the fact that these fires are occurring is inescapable, because the smoke is EVERYWHERE. With all the smoke in the [...] Read More The post Breath of Fresh Air appeared first on Schrodinger's Cat.

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Killing bacteria on contact with dragonfly-inspired nanocoating

Scientists in Singapore were inspired by dragonflies and cicadas according to a March 28, 2018 news item on Nanowerk (Note: A link has been removed), Studies have shown that the wings of dragonflies and cicadas prevent bacterial growth due to their natural structure. The surfaces of their wings are covered in nanopillars making them look like a bed of nails. When bacteria come into contact with these surfaces, their cell membranes get ripped apart immediately…

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Dalhousie University’s (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) 200th anniversary with Axel Becke whose discoveries apply to nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals

To celebrate its 200th, Dalhousie University has developed the Dalhousie Originals 200th anniversary storytelling project featuring a number of prominent intellectuals and scientists associated with the university. Axel Becke, whose work has had an impact on nanotechnology and more, is one of them (from the Dalhousie Originals Axel Becke webpage), Though he didn’t know it at the time, Axel Becke’s (1953 – present) career took a turn for the stratosphere during a 1991 lunch on…

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Left-Handed, Right-Handed

There are two types of people in this world. Left-handed people and right-handed people. Yesterday marked International Left-Handed Day. But what determines whether a person ends up being right-handed or left-handed? Is it genetics, an acquired trait, or something else? In today’s post, we will be looking into why you ended either left-handed or right-handed. [...] Read More The post Left-Handed, Right-Handed appeared first on Schrodinger's Cat.

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See Nobel prize winner’s (Kostya Novoselov) collaborative art/science video project on August 17, 2018 (Manchester, UK)

Dr. Konstantin (Kostya) Novoselov, one of the two scientists at the University of Manchester (UK) who were awarded Nobel prizes for their work with graphene, has embarked on an artistic career of sorts. From an August 8, 2018 news item on Nanowwerk, … Nobel prize-winning physicist Sir Kostya Novoselov worked with artist Mary Griffiths to create Prospect Planes – a video artwork resulting from months of scientific and artistic research and experimentation using graphene. Prospect…

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Extinction of Experience (EOE)

‘Extinction of experience’ is a bit of an attention getter isn’t it? Well, it worked for me when I first saw it and it seems particularly apt after putting together my August 9, 2018 posting about the 2018 SIGGRAPH conference, in particular, the ‘Previews’ where I featured a synthetic sound project. Here’s a little more about EOE from a July 3, 2018 news item on phys.org, Opportunities for people to interact with nature have declined…

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SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) and their art gallery from Aug. 12 – 16, 2018 (making the world synthetic) in Vancouver (Canada)

While my main interest is the group’s temporary art gallery, I am providing a brief explanatory introduction and a couple of previews for SIGGRAPH 2018. Introduction For anyone unfamiliar with the Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) and its conferences, from the SIGGRAPH Wikipedia entry Note: Links have been removed), Some highlights of the conference are its Animation Theater and Electronic Theater presentations, where recently created CG films are played. There…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

The launch of the Parker Solar Probe is not the only astronomical event that is happening this weekend. On the nights of August 11 to 12 and 12 to 13, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be lighting up the night sky. Today’s post we will be discussing all you need to know about the Perseid [...] Read More The post The Ultimate Guide to the Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 appeared first on Schrodinger's Cat.

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Scientists, outreach and Twitter research plus some tips from a tweeting scientist

I have two bits today and both concern science and Twitter. Twitter science research A doodle by Isabelle Côté to illustrate her recent study on the effectiveness of scientists using Twitter to share their research with the public. Credit: Isabelle Côté I was quite curious about this research on scientists and their Twitter audiences coming from Simon Fraser University (SFU; Vancouver, Canada). From a July 11, 2018 SFU news release (also on EurekAlert), Isabelle Côté…

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