FUTURUM

FUTURUM is a popular science site and corporate magazine of TORtec GROUP, scientific bulletin SRI TP. A creative laboratory and forum of young scientists and researchers of the corporation TORtec GROUP at the same time.

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  • Yale putting high-tech tests to its controversial Vinland Map

    Yale putting high-tech tests to its controversial Vinland Map0

    The Vinland Map, a source of curiosity and controversy since it entered the public consciousness a half-century ago, is spread out on a table at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) underneath a geodesic-dome cage. An array of cameras and lamps affixed to the dome will photograph the parchment map’s surface as

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  • Moving nanoparticles using light and magnetic fields

    Moving nanoparticles using light and magnetic fields0

    In his 1959 lecture titled ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom’, Richard Feynman envisioned the possibilities of manipulating and controlling things on a small scale. Today controlled manipulation of nanoscale objects, whose sizes are about a billionth of a metre, is a vast area of research. Manipulation of such nanoparticles requires trapping forces that

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  • New laser technology can reduce accidents on slippery roads

    New laser technology can reduce accidents on slippery roads0

    Experts have discovered a problematic substance, known as hydrohalite (NaCl, 2H2O), which can be formed on icy salted roads. Hydrohalite does not react to the usual de-icing method: spreading ordinary road salt. So once hydrohalite has formed, it is not removed by repeated salting. Hydrohalite is invisible to the naked eye, and it can form

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  • Killing It Softly

    Killing It Softly0

    So you drop your smartphone flat on its back. What’s the worst that could happen? These days, maybe a dent. A smartphone’s metal body is made of a crystalline material with a highly ordered arrangement of atoms. Such materials have a clear order to disrupt — with potential weak points defined by “defects” in that

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  • National MagLab’s latest magnet snags world record, marks new era of scientific discovery

    National MagLab’s latest magnet snags world record, marks new era of scientific discovery0

    The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has shattered another world record with the testing of a 32-tesla magnet — 33 percent stronger than what had previously been the world’s strongest superconducting magnet used for research and more than 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet. The Florida State University-headquartered National High

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  • Creating a World of Make-Believe to Better Understand the Real Universe

    Creating a World of Make-Believe to Better Understand the Real Universe0

    Scientists are creating simulated universes, for example – complete with dark matter mock-ups, computer-generated galaxies, quasi quasars, and pseudo supernovae ­– to better understand real-world observations. This plot shows a thin slice through a mock galaxies catalog. The blue and green points are “bright” and “faint” galaxies simulated for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument’s Bright

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