Section 1

Robert “Heath” Rushing

I have been racking my brain trying to find a topic that I found interesting to right about.  I’d take my computer to various places while I did research until my computer was on the verge of death.  When it would be near death I would put it away until I could get it back on it’s charger.  During this down time I would pull out my smart phone and continue researching.  My phone would start dying and this is when I remembered a new technology that I had read about quite some time ago.  This technology is a super capacitor known as “graphene”.

Very little searching took my exactly where I wanted to be on the Internet.  Graphene is a substance created by smearing a graphite oxide on a blank DVD.  After this is done the DVD is placed in a LightScribe drive.  The laser in the LightScribe reduces the graphite oxide into pure graphene.

By now you’re probably thinking “Cool story bro, but what is this graphene you speak of?”.  Graphene, to put it simple, is the most conductive material known to man.  It can be fully charged in a matter of seconds.  Of course that sounds phenomenal.  We could charge our cell phones in a matter of seconds and get back to watching YouTube videos or listening to our music while we play Flappy Bird and it would be happy days from here on out. The problem is that while it recharges quickly it can also discharge very quickly.  This may have lost a few of you, but bare with me.

So now we have this material that charges quickly and discharges quickly, well the good news is it would be fine for charging low power devices, like our smart phones.  If you wanted to use this technology just to power your phone, you are thinking on too small of a scale.

Santhakumar Kannappan at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea have been working with this material and have been focusing on electric cars.  So far they have been able to charge and discharge a graphene super capacitor over 10,000 times, with very minimal breakdown.  Their goal is to use this material to store braking energy.  If they can succeed with this that would put a super capacitor inside the braking mechanism of electric cars that would be charged every time you apply the brakes to slow down.  This would give you an electric car with a battery that is constantly being recharged by the super capacitors that are constantly being recharged by the brakes you are constantly applying…Talk about a mouth full.  Now we have something to be excited about.  While this may seem like it will take a long time to get into the general public for us to use for everyday use.  You may be right, but graphene is already being used inside Li Ion batteries, which has substantially increased their capacity up to 10 times.  While technology has been rapidly improving, it has been limited by the batteries we could produce.  Graphene is going to change all of that.

Graphene Supercapacitors Ready for Electric Vehicle Energy Storage, Say Korean Engineers (November 12, 2013). Retrieved from http://www.technologyreview.com/view/521651/graphene-supercapacitors-ready-for-electric-vehicle-energy-storage-say-korean-engineers/

Anthony, S.  (March 19, 2012).   Graphene supercapacitors are 20 times as powerful, can be made with a DVD burner.  Retrieved from http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/122763-graphene-supercapacitors-are-20-times-as-powerful-can-be-made-with-a-dvd-burner

Section 2

Ashly O’Shea

What do you envision when you think of what our world will look like in 5 or 10 years? What about in 20 years? It seems hard to imagine because, in the past 10 years, we have come so far in such a short time. In my parent’s generation, there was no option of color television. But now, they are using smart phones and computers. What a tremendous leap in science and technology in such a short time.

Today, physicists are calculating that science is doubling in advancement every 18 months. This means, careers in digital technology will continue to change at a rapid speed along with it. But at what expense? Myself being a graphic designer and learning about new technology such as the Internet contact lenses, I can’t help but wonder what will happen to my career when we can simply create with the blink of an eye? Should we be concerned with the fast advancements in discoveries and inventions? Are all of the definitions in new technology bound to take our intellectual freedom away? Within art and design, there is emotion attached to the ideas. When we start to replace visions with manmade versions of intelligence, we transform styles of art completely.

The system of equations, the nano, the micro, the laser, and the mind-blowing theories that are so true to life. The visions in my head are no competition for these things. As of today, the talented minds of physicists have created things like singing greeting cards. The singing greeting card has more computer power than all of the allied forces of 1945. These type of information’s has me asking, “What happens when that computer chip can do what I do”. That artificial intelligence is making our brainpower seem obsolete. All things such as money and medicine will be digital in our future. Will my skill be completed by a machine better than I can do it? I am not sure if it is fair to take the steps out of completing a project or a piece of art, such as swiping a large monitor or waving a wand to choose color, taking the work and satisfaction out of it?

One the other hand, will inventions like these take the world or artists to another level? Imagine at the point where the creation of the Internet contact lens are perfected and put on the market for sale? With in the lens, you can translate your thoughts into colors, images. Being able to edit photos with a single swipe like we switch pages on an ipad. The endless possibilities of multiple dimentions hanging on the walls of galleries and museums all over the world.

Depending on which side of the scale you find your balance on, the strong feelings on how digital careers will change through the waves of science are still quite a mystery. Will you be the type of artist who follows old school traditions and creates your path to success by sticking to your roots, or will you be on the cutting edge of technology and follow the trends to keep up with the times? The answer is yours!

Humaid, Al, Ali. (2013). Dr. Kaku [“What does the future look like]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UgE-NhcmbM

Patricia Savala

From childhood I always looked up at the stars and wondered, how magnificent the sky is and what is out there? How did this universe even begin? Where did it come from? Is there more than one universe? How did the stars get placed where they are? I had so many questions as a child that no one could truly answer and the answers that I did receive just did not satisfy my craving for an answer because they all had some religious tie to them. As time goes by I realize that everything has to come from something. It had to start somewhere regardless of religion or philosophical views. So, I believe that the universe began at one singular point and expanded out to what we see today, better known as The Big Bang Theory. Scientists believe that at one time the universe was only one, hot, energy filled singular point that eventually became so dense that it expanded very rapidly outward causing matter to be able to form, it became less dense, and everything cooled down. Everything used to be one uniformed force, which became separated to what we see today. How they became separated, scientists are not sure on that yet but I am sure we will discover that in time. When I wrap my brain around the whole idea I think how small we really are in comparison to the universe and crazy amazing it is! How complicated and beautiful the universe is and how much more we need to learn about it. There is so much more to the sky than people really give the time to think about it. And unfortunately, humans are so closed minded that they do not look beyond their own beliefs and viewpoints to discover what is out there.

Recently I read an article on WND.com that a physicist by the name of Nathan Aviezer had proven The Big Bang Theory! The article stated that “One thing the announcement does do is make it clear that the universe had a definite starting point – a creation – as described in the book of Genesis,” he said “ To deny this now is to deny scientific fact.” He said that the announcement would not prove any existence of God however if he could match up one story to the theory it would be the one in the book of Genesis in the bible. He said it’s pretty close to what really happened. The article also points out that Alan Guths theory about inflation is correct. Basically he says that the universe was violently ripped apart when it was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old. They also state they had proven John Kovacs theory that the ripples in the fabric of space-time, also known as gravitational waves, was a creation event. The New York Times said that if corroborated, Kovac’s work “will stand as a landmark in science comparable to the recent discovery of dark energy pushing the universe apart, or of the Big Bang itself.”

If you get some time take a look at the article. It’s pretty awesome!

http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/physicist-big-bang-breakthrough-confirms-creation/

 

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