High-tech news: first photo of a black hole
Every week in the world of high technology something interesting happens: some send rovers, others create artificial intelligence, and still others try to photograph a black hole. We tried to collect all the most interesting things for the last 7 days, and now we will tell!
1. Scientists have created an alternative rocket fuel, safe for people! The technology they have proposed may well become the standard type of rocket fuel of the future.
Modern rocket fuels are very toxic: people immediately irritate their eyes, shortness of breath and nausea, temporary blindness and damage to the organs of the nervous system, liver and kidneys occur. A recently proposed alternative is based on metal-organic structures containing zinc, cobalt and cadmium.
The researchers managed to create six types of fuel that are configured for different properties – for example, a certain ignition delay. This means that use is not far off in many space missions, but not for such lengthy ones as flights to Mars.
2. Electrical brain stimulation temporarily rejuvenates the human brain for 50 years! Recently, a group of scientists from the University of Boston demonstrated a technique that is able to restore the working memory of 70-year-old people so that it starts working like that of 20-year-old young people.
In particular, we are talking about theta rhythms, which eventually lose their synchronicity, which leads to a deterioration of the working memory. To prove the effectiveness of electrical stimulation, the researchers gathered a group of volunteers between the ages of 20 and 60. They were given the task to view the image, pause, look at the second and name how it differs from the first. It is not surprising that young people coped with this task much better than the elderly. However, stimulation for 25 minutes helped improve working memory by as much as 50 minutes. It is noteworthy that it has improved even in young people.
Finding out that stimulation can make the working memory of older people as effective as that of 20-year-olds, the researchers decided to continue studying brain stimulation. In the future, they intend to carefully examine its impact on the brain in Alzheimer's disease.
3. Researchers at the University of Philadelphia have found that some groups of bacteria can prevent the formation of road pits. By adding them to existing solutions, you can stop the formation of destructive substances and provoke the formation of strong cement.
Interacting with anti-icing solutions, they are able to convert calcium chloride to calcium carbonate, which is a natural cement and gives the road extra strength.
During the study, a series of concrete samples resistant to solutions against ice was created. They were exposed to calcium chloride for 28 days and it turned out that concrete containing bacteria really does not collapse, but becomes stronger. Due to the formation of particles of natural cement, the concrete road has become better able to withstand the acoustic vibrations arising from passing cars.
Someone, tell our "road builders" about these bacteria!
4. Meanwhile, the first ever photograph of the shadow of a black hole has been published! Combining the power of telescopes allowed scientists to achieve a resolution exceeding the sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope a thousand times and to obtain the first data on the nearest vicinity of the central black hole of the M87 galaxy located in the Virgo constellation. The object has a mass of 6.5 billion solar and is located about 53.5 million light years from us.
The researchers hope that analyzing the data received by the Event Horizons last year will help you understand which of these two assumptions is closer to the truth, and also tells you whether the shape of this “donut” or “dumbbell” changes over time.
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