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Experiments suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, are “electrically charged.” When the wind blows hard enough (approximately 15 mph), Titan’s non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion referred to as saltation. As they collide, they become frictionally charged, like a balloon rubbing against your hair, and clump together in a way not observed for sand dune grains on Earth — they become resistant to further motion. They attach to other hydrocarbon substances, much like packing peanuts used in shipping boxes here on Earth.
NASA has announced that School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Thomas Orlando’s team – Radiation Effect on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces (REVEALS) – is one of four chosen by the space agency for inclusion in SSERVI – the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.
Will we even ever know if a flapping butterfly wing can trigger a tornado a continent away? Chaos theory says calculating and predicting turbulence must be impossible. But physicists are latching onto turbulent patterns with digital optics and math, and their resulting forecasts closely jibe with actual turbulent flows. Their work offers possible paths into growing mounds of weather and climate data to make better use of them.
PickAR includes a headset that uses augmented reality technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders more efficiently The invention is one of six competing for the 2017 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize. The winner will be announced Wednesday night.