USA- In March, Harvard Physicists announced that they had found evidence of gravitation waves- variations in gravitational strength throughout space, which could act as crucial evidence for the Big Bang. However, new data from the Planck satellite shows that more dust is present in space than was expected. This means it is quite likely that the signals that were believed to be gravitational waves, in fact, could have simply been signals that were distorted from the dust. While this does not disprove the existence of gravitational waves, it does cast some doubt on the supposed confirmation of their existence.
CoorsTek CEO, Dr. John Coors recently announced a major commitment. CoorsTek will provide $26.9 million in funding to the Applied Science and Engineering department at Colorado School of Mines. CoorsTek, headquartered in Golden, is a privately owned manufacturer of ceramics, semiconductor tooling, and other industrial products.
An employee of the Chicago airports O'Hare and Midway has been accused of starting a fire in the FAA Air Route Traffic Control facility in Aurora, III. The fire caused the delay and cancellation of over 2,000 of flights out of both of the airports and disrupted even more throughout the entire country. Since failing to cut his own throat near the location of the fire, he has been charged with the destruction of aircraft and aircraft facilities and faces twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
You just failed your first exam of the year. You are thinking to yourself, "There are two more exams, so if I get an A on both exams, I can still get a B in the class." Want to achieve a better GPA at Mines? Want to be more effective in studying and learning new concepts? If you answered yes to either question, you should know that academic success will come with hard work and motivation. Understanding a concept and excelling at exams is not a walk in the park. CASA (Center for Academic Support Resources) at Colorado School of Mines suggests these strategies for academic success: time and stress management, cooperative learning, and effective studying.
With the Ebola virus going around in Africa and spreading rapidly, there is no wonder why one in four people in the United States are worried they or someone in their family will become the victim of this deadly virus, according to an international poll by CNN. Because the Ebola virus has no treatment or vaccine available, "Ebola outbreaks have a 90% fatality rate," according to CNN. Symptoms include severe fever, intense weakness, and internal and external bleeding. President Obama says that chances of the Ebola outbreak in the United States are extremely low and he said on Tuesday that the United States is leading international efforts to combat the virus. One of the efforts to combat this is shipping hospital equipment from the United States to Liberia starting on Friday. United States Aid Official Nancy Lindborg said, "The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries to respond to this epidemic." The plane will arrive at a facility where it will be staffed by 65 Americans who will help treat about 2500 people who were affected. Finally, according to Reuters,, United States Secretary of State John Kerry will hold discussions with other countries to discuss about the response to Ebola.
Sweden: A team of scientists led by Martin Gustafasson of Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology have captured the sound of an atom for the first time. An important feature of atoms is that "they are much smaller than the wavelength of optical light, making them appear like a point." In order to capture the sound, the scientists use microwave radiation, which has longer wavelengths. Gustafasson said, "due to the slow speed of sound, we will have time to control the quantum particles while they travel." In this way, the scientists can be able to record data of the sound because sound waves travel much slower than light waves. The team hopes to use this information to learn about quantum behavior, including in electrical circuits and on a bigger scale, computers.
Staring up at the ceiling of a planetarium always feels a bit surreal. From watching the sunset in sped up time, to outlining constellations with one's fingers while staring at thousands of tiny dots on the ceiling, to feeling one's stomach drop while plummeting through the stars faster than the speed of light, there is just something amazing about leaning back in that chair, looking up at something so big, and feeling so small. Fiske Planetarium on CU Campus provides just that: the childlike wonder of seeing the universe in all its complexity and vastness.
Tuesday, September 16 found numerous students and residents of the City of Golden gathering in the Green Center. The event that drew everyone was a presentation about the intersection between US Highway 6 and 19th Street. This is an intersection that is known for the inherent danger associated with it, for both cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. In the meeting, the City of Golden had six different areas with presentations and people to talk to and ask questions of. These sections isolated the different topics that needed to be discussed in relation to the upcoming changes to the intersection.
The Oredigger Student Newspaper published its first issue in 1920. Since then, the paper has provided a unique forum for students on campus. Over the last ten years, however, the Oredigger has faced some of the same problems that have plagued national papers. Specifically, advertising revenue for the paper has decreased by over 50% since 2009. On top of this, the level of financial support from the school has decreased. In 2009, the paper received approximately $40,000 from the school. Last year, we received just $32,655 during the allocation process.
With the number of college cases of meningitis on the rise, The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians is warning university students across the state and country to be on the lookout for the tell tale signs of this disease. Dr. Rick Budensiek of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians was available to give comments on this dangerous disease. Bacterial meningitis a very virulent disease caused by three types of bacteria: haemophilus influenza type b, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. These bacteria all cause dangerous swelling of the fluid surrounding the spine and brain. Dr. Budensiek notes that the infection occurs mainly in children, teens, and young adults and is very common on college campuses.
On Friday September 5, Colorado School of Mines was honored to hear a lecture on "Colloidal Dispersions: Where Various Length Scales Become Correlated" by Dr. Jared Chun of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Chun received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and is now performing and leading research looking at various aspects of structured fluids: multiphase flows, granular materials, and suspension rheology. He is also performing studies on millimeter wave rheometry and the prediction of magnetic permeability of ferrites.
Honolulu, Hawaii - A team of scientists led by Brent Tully from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu have found that the Milky Way Galaxy is actually part of a larger supercluster named Laniakea (Hawaiian for "immeasurable heaven") that is 520 million light years across. Previously, the Milky Way was thought to be part of a smaller galaxy cluster called Virgo, a 110 million light year section of space that is also suspected to be part of Laniakea. The team charted the motions of galaxies to infer the gravitational landscape of regions in space to determine where one supercluster cuts off.
The first case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. The virus is named after the Ebola River, which is located near the town of Yambuku. It has a fatality rate of 50% when treated, up to 90% when left untreated, and is also lethal to non-human primates and duikers (a species of medium sized antelope). The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak in history and the first to occur in Western Africa. The countries currently affected include Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is working together with U.S. government agencies, the WHO (World Health Organization), and other domestic and international partners to prevent the spread of the virus and care for those already infected.