Best of Last Week – Rethinking black holes, trusting of scientists by Americans and a new 3D cloaking device

September 29, 2014 by Bob Yirka, report

An illustration of water in our Solar System through time from before the Sun's birth through the creation of the planets. Credit: Bill Saxton, NSF/AUI/NRAO
( —What a week for physics—a team of researchers has found evidence that suggests that the water in our solar system predates the Sun—they claim it came from interstellar space even before the formation of our sun. Closer to home and over at Sandia National Laboratory, researchers have produced a "significant" amount of fusion neutrons using a magnetized fusion technique. The process still doesn't achieve the break-even point, but it does demonstrate the validity of their approach.

In unsettling news, researchers at Princeton University have found that scientists are seen as competent but are not trusted by Americans—in part, because they are not seen as friendly or warm enough—there also appears to be some concern about the funding process.

In the applied sciences, a team of researchers claim to have revolutionized solar power with new "gold nanocluster" technology—they say their technique increases solar performance by more than 10 percent. Meanwhile, at the University of Rochester, a team of researchers announced that they'd developed a "cloaking device" that uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across a range of angles—it's the first to achieve continuous 3D cloaking, the team claims.

In news from biology, a research team has found new evidence of ancient multicellular life that sets the evolutionary timeline back 60 million years—fossil find shows living things existed as far back as 600 million years ago. Also at MIT's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, researchers have developed a means to identify early signs of pancreatic cancer, which is very good news, because cancer of the pancreas is one of the most deadly. And in completely unrelated news, a team of geologists found that well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes—perhaps there is a way to predict quakes after all.

And finally, in one last bit of alarming news, if you've had a nagging suspicion that you might have Alzheimer's, researchers in Kentucky suggest you might be right—apparently, we notice when it's more than just normal age related memory lapses.

Explore further: Researcher shows that black holes do not exist

Related Stories

Researcher shows that black holes do not exist

September 24, 2014

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not ...

Water in the solar system predates the Sun

September 25, 2014

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments ...

Recommended for you

Semimetals are high conductors

March 18, 2019

Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room ...

Researchers discover new material to help power electronics

March 18, 2019

Electronics rule our world, but electrons rule our electronics. A research team at The Ohio State University has discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use those electrons—using a material that can serve dual ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

1 / 5 (3) Sep 29, 2014
Americans are the dictionary definition of a bunch of substandard dunces, it's irrelevant what they "think".
Sep 29, 2014
This comment has been removed by a moderator.
not rated yet Sep 30, 2014
............OR it could be things like global warming which are transparent attempts to use the trust built up by science over the span of a century to scam the common man out of his money and worse yet his freedom.
not rated yet Sep 30, 2014
Headline: "Best of Last Week – Rethinking black holes, trusting of scientists by Americans and a new 3D cloaking device"

Yet no mention of black holes in the article

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.