- Rumors are really heating up that LIGO has spotted gravity waves. The details are similar to some things I'd heard, for what that's worth, though that may just mean that everyone is hearing the same rumors. update: Press conference coming (though they may just say that the expt is running well....)
- The starship Enterprise is undergoing a refit.
- This paper reports a photocatalytic approach involving asymmetric, oblong, core-shell semiconductor nanoparticles, plus a single Pt nanoparticle catalyst, that (under the right solution conditions) can give essentially 100% efficient hydrogen reduction - every photon goes toward producing hydrogen gas. If the insights here can be combined with improved solution stability of appropriate nanoparticles, maybe there are ways forward for highly efficient water splitting or photo production of liquid fuels.
- Quantum materials are like obscenity - hard to define, but you know it when you see it.
Monday, February 08, 2016
Brief news items
As I go on some travel, here are some news items that looked interesting to me:
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 7:48 AM