Month: July 2012

Building unimaginable shapes

Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they’re buildable — and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form. Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of algorithms and …

Bizarre disappearing space dust leaves astronomers stumped

A team of astrophysicists has published a paper revealing that a huge disk of dust circling a star 450 light years from Earth has mysteriously disappeared. “Nothing like this has ever been seen in the many hundreds of stars that astronomers have studied for dust rings,” marvelled Benjamin Zuckerman, a co-author on the paper and …

Flow – Energized Focus

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is …

Autotelic

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes people who are internally driven, and as such may exhibit a sense of purpose and curiosity as autotelic. This determination is an exclusive difference from being externally driven, where things such as comfort, money, power, or fame are the motivating force. “An autotelic person needs few material possessions and little entertainment, comfort, …

Apathy – They may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in their life

Apathy (also called impassivity or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life. A Pathological State They may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in …

Levitation of a Superconductor

How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail — completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss. (Source: http://www.ted.com) See also: – Gravity: the weakest natural …

Gravitational anomaly

In theoretical physics, a gravitational anomaly is an example of a gauge anomaly: it is an effect of quantum mechanics–usually a one-loop diagram—that invalidates the general covariance of a theory of general relativity combined with some other fields. The adjective “gravitational” is derived from the symmetry of a gravitational theory, namely from general covariance. It …