The use of solar energy has long been a major goal to provide humans with “free” electricity. This is a very appealing aspiration because on a sunny day the sun gives Earth more energy than we can use. Solar energy has the potential to provide cheap green electricity and eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.
Dr. Phyllis Zee, Chief of the Sleep Medicine at Northwestern Hospital, warned the audience at Horner Park on Wednesday, August 15, that we cheat sleep at our peril. Dr. Zee’s excellent presentation was the first instance of C2ST’s collaboration with the Chicago Park District in the “Science in the Parks” series. Watch the video here.
Dr. Zee explained that three scientists recently shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in the early 1980’s identifying the genes and protein molecules that drive our twenty-four-hour biological clocks, often referred to as our “circadian rhythm.” Every cell in our bodies has the clock mechanism, and all these clocks are coordinated by the master clock in our brains. The mechanism interacts with light and dark. It keeps us awake and productive (usually) during the day and early evening, and puts us to sleep at night to rejuvenate our systems for another day.
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Wearable robots are nothing new to science fiction and comic book heroes, and have been gaining popularity in the real world as a means to extend human physical capabilities.
A new possible application of robotic exoskeletons has now come to light, thanks to a recent study from the University of Chicago – these devices may hold the key for patients hoping to regain the use of a paralyzed limb.
José Francisco Salgado, PhD
Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
Executive Director, KV 265
José Francisco Salgado is an astronomer and visual artist at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Executive Director of KV 265, a non-profit organization whose mission is the communication of science through art. Continue reading “C2ST Welcomes Artist and Astronomer Jose Francisco Salgado to talk about “The Moon””
By Sarah Plumridge
Courtesy: Science in Society (Northwestern University)
Mark Ratner, chair of Northwestern University’s chemistry department, Dumas University Professor of Chemistry, and co-director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), talked to Medill Reports about molecular electronics, what it means to be a theoretical chemist, and the gratification that comes with science.
Professor Roberto Lang, Director of the University of Chicago Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging lab, talks about the wonders of a new “3D Echo” technique. This new technique allows a surgeon an “unprecedented, accurate” view of the location of the procedure, before he or she begins surgery.
Chicago’s Dark Matter was a wondrous exploration in what experts think the nature of matter is.
For Dr.’s Rocky Kolb, Juan Collar, & Carlos Wagner of the University of Chicago, WIMP’s are the best candidates for Dark Matter.
WIMP’s stands for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, the invisible matter that is theorized to constitute nearly 90% of the matter of the entire universe.