My picks, 2016-2

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. NASA’s Plan to Make Supersonic Flight Quiet
  2. NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter: Investigating a Colossus
  3. Zhenan Bao: On A Quest to Develop Artificial Skin
  4. QED: experimental evidence
  5. What is Epigenetics?

NASA’s Plan to Make Supersonic Flight Quiet

MIT Technology Review

NASA put up $20 million to design a plane that can blast through the sound barrier without causing a sonic boom.

NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter: Investigating a Colossus

Deep Astronomy

NASA’s Juno mission arrives at Jupiter on July 4th, 2016. This video outlines some of the exciting things we hope to learn about our solar system’s largest planet from the first spacecraft to visit since the Galileo Spacecraft

Zhenan Bao: On A Quest to Develop Artificial Skin

Stanford University School of Engineering

Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford is working to develop electronic materials that mimic the skin’s ability to sense touch, flex, stretch, biodegrade and self-heal. In this video, Bao shares how her team’s research could improve our ability to monitor health, and potentially add a sense of touch to prosthetic limbs. Read more about Bao’s work here: Stanford engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell

QED: experimental evidence


The theory of quantum electrodynamics (QED) is perhaps the most precisely tested physics theory ever conceived. It describes the interaction of charged particles by emitting photons. The most precise prediction of this very precise theory is the magnetic strength of the electron, what physicists call the magnetic moment. Prediction and measurement agree to 12 digits of precision. In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln talks about this amazing measurement.

What is Epigenetics?

The Royal Institution

by Nessa Carey

Why your DNA is not your destiny. Molecular biologist Nessa Carey presents an introduction to epigenetics and explains how it shapes life.

DNA is a vitally important starting point for life, but it’s how it’s used by cells and organisms that is really important. Epigenetics is a rapidly moving field that has transformed our understanding of how one set of genes can create the masterpiece that is each of us. It’s also leading scientists into unexpected and exciting areas such as new ways to treat disease, understand drug addiction or unravel the lifelong consequences of early childhood trauma.

Nessa Carey is a geneticist and author of The Epigenetics Revolution. She has a degree in Immunology, PhD in Virology, was a post-doctoral researcher in Human Genetics, and a senior lecturer at Imperial College London in Molecular Biology. She’s also spent 10 years in the biotechnology industry and now works in the pharmaceutical sector.

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