Last year’s inventions include the following:
An optical microscope that can see objects of 50 nanometers, which is 20 times smaller than the previous record of 0.001 millimeters (“World’s Most Powerful Optical Microscope,” Science Daily, Mar. 2011). This is beyond the theoretical limit of optical microscopy, which only reminds us that modern science knows very little actually and that theories are not facts. The new microscope, which has advantages over the electron microscope, can potentially view inside human cells and examine live viruses in great detail for the first time.
An endoscope that can provide high-resolution optical images of the interior of a living cell (“Single Cell Endoscope,” Science Daily, Dec. 20, 2011). Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab, the endoscope can “manipulate light at the nanoscale inside living cells for studying biological processes” as well as “deliver payloads into cells with spatial and temporal specificity.”
A trillion-frame-per-second video camera which is fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of a burst of light traveling the length of a one-liter bottle, bouncing off the cap and reflecting back to the bottle’s bottom (“Trillion-Frame,” Science Daily, Dec. 13, 2011).
Micro-generators that harvest electro-mechanical energy from the wings of insects to power onboard micro-surveillance equipment (“Government Eyes Turning Bugs into Spies,” WorldNetDaily, Dec. 3, 2011). Tiny probes near the base of an insect’s antennae or implanted in the central nervous systems also allow government researchers to control the creature’s brain. About 2,500 years ago, during the Medo-Persian Empire, an angel told the prophet Daniel, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). The Psalmist said, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Psalms 119:160).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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