By Olivia Poisson – Almost 100 years ago, astronomers discovered that the spectrum of star light arrived on earth with dark gaps, so-called interstellar bands.
Ever since, researchers have been trying to find out which type of matter in space absorbs the light and is responsible for these “diffuse interstellar bands” (DIB) of which over 400 are known today.
The research team led by Prof. John P. Maier from the Dept. of Chemistry at the Univ. of Basel has been studying the electronic absorption of the ionized Buckminsterfullerene since 1993. In fact, the spectrum measured in the lab did show absorption features at two wavelengths that were near two DIB that had been discovered by astronomers the following year. more> http://tinyurl.com/qjq2bjq
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Tagged Astronomy, Buckminsterfullerene, Chemistry, DIB, Diffuse Interstellar Bands, Physics, Space, Spectrum, Technology
By Jason Karaian – The contradictions, provocations, and twisted logic are enough to make your head spin.
And yet, time and again, Europe has defied the “this time it’s different” crowd. On the edge of the abyss, at the eleventh hour, a solution is devised to avert disaster (but give little cause to celebrate).
The EU, euro zone, and related institutions did not emerge by chance, and for political, economic, and emotional reasons they won’t be dismantled so easily—or quickly, since nothing in Europe ever moves that fast.
Of course, one cannot just blithely rely on eurocrats to keep on keeping on indefinitely. After all, short-term fixes can generate bigger long-term problems that even the most clever compromises can’t solve. more> http://tinyurl.com/pqq2fel
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