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2Physics Quote:
"Eckhard D. Falkenberg, who found evidence of an annual oscillation in the beta-decay rate of tritium, was either the first or one of the first to propose that some beta-decay rates may be variable. He suggested that the beta-decay process may be influenced by neutrinos, and attributed the annual variation to the varying Earth-Sun distance that leads to a corresponding variation in the flux of solar neutrinos as detected on Earth. Supporting evidence for the variability of beta-decay rates could be found in the results of an experiment carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory."
-- Peter A. Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Jeffrey D. Scargle

(Read Full Article: "Indications of an Influence of Solar Neutrinos on Beta Decays"
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Nanotechnology: "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom"

In 1959, Richard Feynman gave his visionary talk entitled "There's Plenty
of Room at the Bottom" on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, CA. This great
presentation by Feynman now holds a preeminent, defining, and inspirational
place in the history of the now-emerging field of Nanotechnology. In what
were approximately 7000 words, he mapped out potentialities that are only
today beginning to be realized.

In January 2001, President Clinton visited the Caltech campus and, in a
preview of his upcoming State of the Union address, announced his
administration's launch of the "National Nanotechnology Initiative." This
impetus has since led to a huge upsurge of activity; a number of major
universities and research institutions have now embarked upon their own
"nano" initiatives in diverse areas of nanoscale science and technology
that covers important areas of biotechnology too.

Caltech launched the Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) in order to enhance
its multidisciplinary research activities in all ares of nanoscience. To know
more about nanotechnology, visit KNI website. Yes, you will get a link to
many interesting and popular articles about this field, including that
celebrated article by Feynman also!


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