The Sunshine #8-2 Apr/May 2017

More Than This “I could feel at the time There was no way of knowing Fallen leaves in the night Who can say where they’re blowing As free as the wind And hopefully learning Why the sea on the tide Has no way of turning” ‘More Than This’, written and sung by Bryan Ferry, is…

Engineers Design “Tree-on-a-Chip”

Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and other plants. Image: news.mit.edu Requires no moving parts or external pumps, able to pump water and sugars through chip at steady flow rate for days March 20, 2017: Trees and other…

10 Times As Strong As Steel

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known 3-D-printed gyroid models such as this one were used to test the strength and mechanical properties of a new lightweight material. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT Porous, 3-D forms of graphene developed at MIT bring the strength of 2-D materials and the power of material architecture design together…

First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

Proves cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to make commercial jet fuel Swissport fuel manager Jarid Svraka fuels an Alaska Airlines flight powered with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from forest residuals in Sea-Tac Washington on Nov 14, 2016.                Image: newsroom.alaskaair.com Alaska Airlines makes historic…

The Sunshine #7-6 Dec/Jan 2016

Happiness “Happiness is like the old man told me Look for it, and you’ll never find it all But let it go, live your life and leave it Then one day, you’ll wake up and she’ll be home”   ‘Happiness’, written by Isaac Slade of The Fray, is the last song on the second studio…

Observing Thanksgiving

Be Thankful Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because…