Katie Shields

Humanity’s First Interstellar Space Flight is Powered by Lasers

By Katie Shields / March 10, 2022

Space provides us with endless opportunities to explore the vastness beyond our atmosphere. However, escaping the gravitational pull of Earth has proven difficult. Scientists may have come up with a solution to this problem by asking: instead of flying into space, what if we could sail there? Researchers working for the company Breakthrough Initiatives are…

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Recent Study Verifies Vacuum Decay Method for Detecting Packaging Leaks

By Katie Shields / March 3, 2022

Lenox Laser was recently involved in a study dedicated to testing the viability of an ASTM standard Vacuum Decay method of detecting leaks as put forth in their Abstract: Preface: Vacuum decay, an ASTM standard method (F2338-09) has been well known in the industry as a reliable leak detection method for flexible non-porous pouches, as…

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AI Powered Typing Assistant could Improve how We Use Keyboards

By Katie Shields / February 24, 2022

For most of us typing is second nature, we don’t have to think about where to place our hands, or when and where to move our fingers along the keyboard. A team at Waterloo School of Computer Science is looking to improve upon this process with a program called Typealike. The prototype program utilizes a…

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Do Our Brains Keep Us in the Past?

By Katie Shields / February 10, 2022

We don’t often think about our ability to perceive depth and color when observing the world; for us it is second nature. We also don’t realize just how much information our brain filters out to provide a stable field of view. The amount of information that our eyes take in on a day-to-day basis would…

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Unusual Radio Frequency Pattern has Astronomers Stumped

By Katie Shields / February 3, 2022

Scientists working at Curtin University recently stumbled across a baffling phenomenon in their data that has their team of radio astronomers scratching their heads. An honors student named Tyrone O’Doherty discovered the source while using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in Western Australia. The mystery object gave off intense light in approximately 20-minute intervals,…

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Scientists Discover Breakthrough in the Moon Magnetism Mystery

By Katie Shields / January 20, 2022

A new study researching one of the moon’s biggest mysteries may have been solved; how did the moon form a temporary magnetic field? A team of experts at Stanford and Brown Universities are now seeking answers with rock samples taken from the surface and their formations. According to early evidence, it was theorized that the…

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Looking Back to the Beginning of Our Universe

By Katie Shields / January 13, 2022

The Big Bang theory states that the universe we know today emerged from extremely hot temperatures that began approximately 13 billion years ago. However, there is one important question still trying to be answered today. How was The Big Bang randomly started from nothing? Nobel laureate John C. Mather took on the Big Bang in…

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Advancements in Microscope Calibration could Provide a Better Look at Viruses

By Katie Shields / January 6, 2022

Microscopes reveal many things in the world of science, such as organisms and cells, giving us an up close and personal look at tiny lifeforms. Using new techniques, the accuracy of microscopes could be enhanced to view the cell makeup of a sneeze by studying the volume of micro droplets. This is done by methodically tinkering…

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James Webb Telescope Launch is Successful

By Katie Shields / December 30, 2021

The James Webb space telescope successfully launched into the vastness of space Christmas day this year. This journey was long in the making, beginning back in 1996 when the telescope was first conceived by NASA. The shuttle transporting Webb took off at 12:20am UTC in French Ghana and the telescope is now on its way…

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Flexible Telescope Lenses Could Enhance Scientists’ Ability to Survey the Stars

By Katie Shields / December 2, 2021

Long before civilizations developed, humanity has been fascinated by the stars, and the technological advancements developed over time have given us tools to learn more about the universe beyond our atmosphere. Arguably the most recognizable piece of equipment humans created is the telescope, but as we continue to evolve in our search for knowledge so must the tools we use.…

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