Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quantum Dots - Doped and Ready

Scientists in Israel have figured out a way to dope Quantum Dots to form a p-type and n-type pair - the basic building block in creating semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors.

They are particularly well-suited for solar panel applications, or ones needing to be inserted into flexible plastic materials (flex circuits for instance).

An exciting development....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mercury Fly-by Images

It's no accident that the Mercury fly-by space probe was named "Messenger". You probably recognize the winged Roman god, Mercury.  He was the messenger of the Gods.

Anyway, NASA recently released the first images of the planet Mercury taken by the Messenger probe, with more to follow.

Launched in 2004, it took almost 7 years to get there.

I dunno....if you're like me, photos of other planets, our solar system, and the universe STILL makes me jump for joy!