Pull up a chair for the best science stories on the web!
1. First, it has finally happened. For years they've warned us and for months I've been waiting. Do you remember the frustration and suspense of waiting for April the giraffe to give birth this year? It's been so much worse waiting for this giant iceberg to fall off Antarctica. Now satellite footage has alerted scientists that this terrible event has occurred.
I love the link to the BBC version of the story best, because they compare the 6000 sq km iceberg to the 1500 sq km Greater London, and then to Wales, before including Hawaii and Cyprus in there for good measure (Wales, Hawaii, and Cyprus are all bigger, not surprisingly). I wonder how they chose those points of comparison.
2. This one is for all the doubters who thought we could never teleport anything to space. Researchers have successfully teleported a photon to a satellite called "Micius," so named after a Chinese philosopher. This is a great step toward instant messaging space pirates, all thanks to a convoluted physics thing called quantum entanglement. Below is a quote from the linked article:
"It works by harnessing the strange effects of quantum entanglement, which Einstein described as "spooky action at a distance". The effect describes the behaviour where particles seem to act on each other instantly and in bizarre ways."
"Spooky action at a distance" - I want to use this line in a book one day.
But the best part of the article, and the reason I decided to share this particular link with you, is the excellent comment by the user snanglebreak, who said "Can they teleport that ice berg back?" Bravo, snanglebreak, for linking my first two stories today.
3. For a long time now, we (a royal we: science geeks) have believed insect wings are a bit like fingernails: a bunch of mostly dead stuff that has great uses but is still, alas, dead. Now the gorgeous blue morpho dragonfly is teaching us we were wrong. As a general rule, science geeks should end every paper with "but we're probably wrong."
4. Quantum computing will be a thing someday, and our grandchildren will be amazed at how large and clunky the first versions were. You may notice that this Science Roundup has used the word 'quantum' in two of its four stories. Quantum is a thing now. Rejoice! Someday, we will have super-processors that can solve anything in record time, not because they are smart but because they have enough juice to run through every possible option or scenario and make truly informed "decisions." No one wants to to be in a self-driving car when its processor gets stuck figuring out if it should brake or not - and quantum computers would never do such a thing to you. Here's a link that tells you more about it. No snanglebreak comments on this one, as far as I could see.
Enjoy the articles and come back later for more Science - though I think we've reached the time for a writing update first. Very exciting things happening in that realm, after all. Until then...
Love and hugs and puppies,