Archive for October 27th, 2010

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Buckyballs thrive in space

According to NASA, its Spitzer Space Telescope has found little carbon spheres known as Buckyballs throughout our Milky Way galaxy, in the space between stars and around three dying stars.

Spitzer also detected a large number of Buckyballs–the equivalent in mass to about 15 of our moons–around a fourth dying star in a nearby galaxy.

Buckyballs, also known as fullerenes, are soccer-ball-shaped molecules consisting of 60 linked carbon atoms. They are named for their resemblance to the architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. Buckyballs inspired the shape of Spaceship Earth, Disney’s Epcot theme park’s giant ride in Orlando, Fla. Disney’s “Buckyball” has become the park’s main icon.

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27
Oct
10

CHOOSE HAITI

CHOOSE HAITI is an initiative to create sustainable jobs in Haiti by building demand for Haitian-made products and services.

Since the earthquake in Haiti, earlier this year. 80% of Haiti is unemployed, aid is diminishing, and jobs are needed now.

One of the popular products, the CHOOSE HAITI bracelet, has attracted the support of major US retailers, The Clinton Foundation, and WorldVision. The bracelet is made of 100% recycled material derived from bottles bought in bulk from tent camp residents, sanitized, cut and covered with newspaper paper mache. Read more about this initiative by clicking here.

To visit the CHOOSE HAIT Web site, and see other products, click here.




The Editor

John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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