Friday Five for July 14th, 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 at 14:17

Last Chance for Nominations for the 2017-18 BruinTech Executive Board!!

Submit your nomination(s) today!
Open positions include:
  • President-Elect (3-year term)
  • Vice President for Events & Outreach
  • Vice President for Information Systems
  • Vice President for Programs & Projects
  • Vice President for Strategic Communications
  • Historian
Please visit the BruinTech website at for details explaining the roles and duties of each position, or email
To nominate someone (including yourself), fill out this short nomination form with the contact information of the nominee AND the position of interest. We will contact each nominee to begin the process of putting together a profile for the BruinTech online elections.
The nomination period for the 2017-18 Executive Board will be from June 23, 2017 - July 14, 2017. 
Please submit your nominations no later than 6:00 pm on Friday, July 14th (that's TODAY!!)

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient Chinese philosopher who died in 391 BC. The rocket placed Micius in a Sun-synchronous orbit so that it passes over the same point on Earth at the same time each day.
Micius is a highly sensitive photon receiver that can detect the quantum states of single photons fired from the ground. That's important because it should allow scientists to test the technological building blocks for various quantum feats such as entanglement, cryptography, and teleportation.
[Monday], the Micius team announced the results of its first experiments. The team created the first satellite-to-ground quantum network, in the process smashing the record for the longest distance over which entanglement has been measured. And they've used this quantum network to teleport the first object from the ground to orbit.
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Not sure photons count as "objects"

Green Method Developed for Making Artificial Spider Silk

Researchers have designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk, and is 'spun' from a material that is 98% water.
A team of architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge has designed super-stretchy and strong fibers which are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles, sensors and other materials. The fibers, which resemble miniature bungee cords as they can absorb large amounts of energy, are sustainable, non-toxic, and can be made at room temperature.
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Wouldn't the stuff just...evaporate??

Google Blocks, the Company's Newest VR Play, is All About Stuff, Man

Last Thursday, I stood in the middle of a vast desert, placing a cherry on top of an ice-cream cone the size of a small child. I was halfway through the tutorial on Google's newest virtual reality app, which happens to be set in the sandy wastes of... well, somewhere. "Why am I in a desert?" I ask the Google employee serving as my chaperone. She says the point of the desert is to disappear, so I can focus on the things I'm building and manipulating in virtual space. That's why I'm here, after all -- to make stuff.
With Blocks, a free VR app the company launched [last Thursday], Google wants to enable VR users to create, share, and modify 3D objects quickly and easily.
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Microsoft's Calibri Font is at the Center of a Political Scandal

Pakistan's government is in trouble. And its fate may hinge on a Microsoft font. Judicial investigators probing the financial assets of the country's Prime Minister and his family allege his daughter (and apparent successor) forged documents to hide her ownership of overseas properties. How did they reach that conclusion? The documents from 2006 submitted by Maryam Nawaz (daughter of PM Nawaz Sharif) were in the Calibri font. That font, according to the investigation team's leaked report, wasn't publicly available until 2007.
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