- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
NASA finds planet that is closest yet to Earth's twin. It is called Kepler-22b and it is orbiting a home star that is almost a solar twin, some 600 light years away. Kepler-22b's year is almost the same length as the Earth year: 290 days instead of 365. Read more about it on NASA's home page.
Cornell University and Israel Technion - Institute of Technology are going to build an applied science camp in New York. The 20-million-square-foot, 11-acre Roosevelt Island campus will incorporate green landscaping and will serve as a center for entrepreneurship and technology innovation to rival California's Silicon Valley.
Cupertino Teen Angela Zhang won national science competition and a $100,000 scholarship. "I created a nanoparticle that's kind of like the Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment in that it can detect cancer cells, eradicate the cancer cells and then monitor the treatment response. So the major aim of the project was to personalize cancer medicine," said Zhang. She conducted her research at Stanford University School of NMedicineSheSheShe conducted her research at Stanford University School of Medicine while studying in high school.
Transcendent Man: A Conversation About the Future was broadcasted on Wednesday August 3rd in 500+ movie theaters across the country. The speakers panel included physicist Michio Kaku, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, inventor Dean Kamen and others. It was a live discussion of the Transcendent Man documentary by Barry Ptolemy with the subject of it - futurist Ray Kurzweil present. Discussion explored Ray Kurzweil's idea that in next twenty years exponential growth in nanotechnology, genetic engineering and robotics will lead to merging between man and machines that is called Technological Singularity. Our library has the following several books by Kurzweil that explain his ideas and the movie Transcendent Man.