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1879 – Hahn – bio

Otto Hahn was born in Germany in 1879 and is considered to be the ‘father’ of nuclear chemistry. Hahn worked in the area of radiochemistry, at the time a new field that involved the study of radioactivity. He discovered several radioactive isotopes. He was nominated many times for Nobel prizes in both the fields of […]

1901 – Fermi – bio

Enrico Fermi was born in Rome, Italy in 1901 and was known as a physicist who helped to create the first nuclear reactor. He worked on the project known as “Chicago Pile-1” which created the first controlled nuclear fission reaction. Subatomic particles that follow Fermi-Dirac statistics are called “fermions” in his honor. At Los Alamos, […]

1898 – Leo Szilard – bio

Leo Szilard was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1898, and was a physicist. He is mostly known for creating the idea of a chain reaction and held a patent with Enrico Fermi for the nuclear reactor. He also invented the linear particle accelerator, and created ideas for the cyclotron and electron microscope. PRECURSOR: 1831 – […]

Things To Do With a Supercomputer

For the purpose of creating a task list, the definition of supercomputer can be loosely expanded to include clusters, grids, clouds and all forms of conglomeration of a large amount of computing power. MODELING Weather forecasting – a complex three dimensional fluid dynamics model being constantly recalculated with a massive amount of dynamic data being […]

Propulsion

Space propulsion engines are very different from thrusting engines designed to boost an object out of a planetary gravity well. They must be more efficient, must not require large quanties of expendable supplies (either fuel or thrusting material) and must be able to operate continually. Thrusters: Chemical thrusters currently used in satellite spacecraft don’t offer […]