Sunday, January 28, 2007

Onwards and upwards

Well hasn’t everyone been busy this month:

1) No more googlebombs. Their time it seems, is past. If you google ‘failure’ it no longer leads to the US President's website. That made a lot of people smile.

2) A team of scientists in UCLA and Nottingham managed to weave a Solomon’s Knot out of molecules. It’s a symbol that seems to have been around for thousands of years. The molecular version is two nanometers high - pretty incredible, even if no-one’s quite sure of the practical applications yet.

3) And two Brazilian scientists, after two years’ work, have succeeded in making artificial ball lightning. Er, very small artificial ball lightning. Lightning that they let run all over a floor covered in wires.

Now if that isn’t asking for trouble…

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