Recent inventions include the following:
(1) A camera on a military drone with a 1.8 gigapixel camera (“Latest US Military drone,” Digital Trends, Jan. 3, 2012). The camera, which is part of the Argus-IS drone helicopter package, is 900 times the resolution of a standard 2-megapixel camera. The drone can lock on multiple targets simultaneously from altitudes as high as 20,000 feet.
(2) A nano-ear capable of detecting sounds six orders of magnitude below the threshold of human hearing to detect sounds made at the bacterial level (“The World’s First ‘Nano-Ear,’” Popular Science, Jan. 11, 2012). The invention uses an optically-trapped gold nanoparticle as a listening device. The particle is 60 billionths of a meter or roughly a thousand times smaller than a human hair.
(3) Microrockets that can zip around the human stomach, powered by hydrogen bubbles (“Microrockets,” Popular Science, Jan. 18, 2012). A team from the University of California, San Diego, has created the tiny self-propelled motors that can move around in an acidic environment without the need for any external fuel. The power is supplied by hydrogen bubbles produced by a reaction between an acidic solution and the zinc that the microrocket is made of.
(4) X-Ray laser that super-heats aluminum foil to 3.6 million degrees (“World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser,” Popular Science, Jan. 25, 2012). The Linac Coherent Light Source SXR chamber at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory creates and measures 2-million-degree matter, which can be used to watch biological molecules at work and to understand the processes of nuclear fusion.
(5) First bionic leg that fuses to the body to be fitted in Australia (“Woman’s Bionic Leg,” Fox News, Feb. 13, 2012). The leg, which will be fitted to a woman who lost her leg after falling beneath a train on the London Underground in 1996, is supposed to fuse to muscle and bone. Orthopedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis described the procedure as “the future for amputee patients.”
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, March 2, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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