Category: Answers With Joe

Are We On The Verge Of A Post-Antibiotic World?

Ever since antibiotics were invented, we’ve known that they come with an expiration date. That’s because bacteria, like everything on Earth, evolve. And they are quickly evolving a resistance to the thing protecting us from them.

Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin by accident in 1928, and ever since then we’ve been dealing with various types of antibiotic resistance. But it’s the recent trend of pan-resistant bacteria – bacteria that’s resistant to all forms of antibiotics.

Multi-drug resistant forms of pneumonia, salmonella, tuberculosis, and even gonorrhea have surfaced over the last 5 years. And researchers are scrambling to figure out how we’re going to protect ourselves in the age of superbugs.

The Black Hole Photo: Mystery Solved

Last week, the Event Horizon Telescope released their first images ever taken of a black hole, specifically the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy M87. I thought this would be a good time to look back at how we’ve visualized Black Holes over the years and what we can learn from them.

4 Fusion Breakthroughs From The Last Year

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Nuclear Fusion is the holy grail of energy, and getting closer to reality every year. Here are some of the biggest breakthroughs in fusion power over the last year.

Some of this year’s breakthroughs include:

China’s EAST tokamak reactor achieved a 100 million degree plasma for 10 seconds, a record for that temperature.

RF beams used to stabilize plasma by reducing magnetic bubbles that can cause plasma to destabilize.

TAE announces their Copernicus reactor – a scaled-up version of their Norman reactor that has proven successful enough to raise $500 million from companies like Google and Microsoft.

Physicists attempt a reverse D configuration in a tokamak and achieve more stable plasma

Why Are Insects Disappearing?

All around the world, insect species are dying at alarming rates. It’e being called the Insect apocalypse, and aA new study looks at why this is happening, what can be done about it, and what would happen if the trend continues.

Does Your Mind Create The Universe?

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In 2005, Robert Lanza introduced the theory of Biocentrism to the world. Using quantum mechanics and tests like the double-slit experiment, he argues that consciousness creates the universe and not the other way around

Pilot Wave Theory: Classical Physics At The Quantum Level

Since the famed Solvay Conference of 1927, the accepted explanation of quantum physics has revolved around the Copenhagen interpretation, which states that quantum particles exist in probability states until they are measured.

But there is another interpretation of the experimental results. One that doesn’t rely on waveforms or probability states – Pilot Wave Theory.