Science Past and Future, on Diverse Continents

Of Particular Significance

Today, two articles that I found especially interesting and that I recommend to you:

China’s Tianhe-2 retakes fastest supercomputer crownA China-based supercomputer has leapfrogged rivals to be named the world’s most powerful system.

This article caught my eye because I think it highlights the degree to which China is rapidly catching up with Europe, the United States and Japan on certain technologies that matter a great deal.  China, unlike the US, which has been generally cutting its scientific spending since around 2000, is putting a tremendous amount of its money into science and engineering, aiming to surpass the world’s current technology leaders. Though they’re still making their way forward, their efforts are starting to pay off.  Since supercomputers are widely used in developing new technology (e.g., simulating novel aircraft), leadership in supercomputers, should they attain it, will have many benefits for the Chinese economy and military.  Lest you…

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How Chinese Children Are Learning Physics

Of Particular Significance

While we’re on the subject of China… The US has had space stations for decades, and people here now show limited interest, barely caring that the US currently has no rocket that can carry people to space.  Now China has its own rockets and space station, and, with plenty of excitement and national pride, is putting them to good use.

Yesterday, some 60 million Chinese children watched a presentation and discussion from space, involving astronaut Wang Yaping and a Beijing classroom, on basic physics principles: mass versus weight, gyroscopic motion, etc.

I hope she managed to explain that there is gravity in space…

Note Added: The full lecture, with English voice-over, is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUAuZnpoZ58.  Thank you, Yan Wenbin.

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ClosetCast

today’s closetcast: leggy

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Bought this dress ages ago when I was in Japan visiting family and have held on to it – so happy I did! It works perfectly with this huge bump I am sporting in these, my final weeks, of pregnancy! It was such a beautiful day, I just felt like wearing a summery dress instead of a pair of pants.

The sandals are from Zara’s latest collection, not sure if they are still available, but they are a fun pair of part boot/part sandal hybrid that I am loving right now.

blazer: Madewell, dress: E-Hyphen Gallery, sandals: Zara, necklace: Gorjana

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