About 2,500 years ago, during the 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). We are seeing a dramatic fulfillment of this in our day. Recent inventions include the following:
(1) An IBM team has taken photographs of single molecules that show the details of the bonding of individual atoms (“Atomic bond types discernible,” BBC News, Sept. 13, 2012). The photography uses atomic force microscopy (AFM). The technique requires complete isolation from any kind of vibration coming from the surroundings and the cooling of the apparatus to -268C.
(2) A British team is developing a car that it hopes will break the land speed record by traveling at 1,000mph (“Training to break the world land speed record,” BBC News, Sept. 13, 2012). The rocket-powered Bloodhound Supersonic Car, driven by RAF fighter pilot Andy Green, will produce 133,000 horsepower and travel 12 miles in less than two minutes or faster than the muzzle velocity of a bullet fired from a .357 magnum handgun.
(3) Ultra-thin electronics that dissolve inside the body have been invented by U.S. scientists (“‘Melt in the Body’ Electronics,” BBC News, Sept. 27, 2012). The technology, part of a field of research called “transient electronics,” involve the use of super-thin sheets of silicon encased in a silk shell that controls the timing of the dissolution.
(Friday Church News Notes, January 18, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)