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2007-02-10

Science_75

Entry: 10 to 10
Focus: Powers of Ten




Charles and Ray Eames made a nine-minute film called Powers of Ten that still has the capacity today to expand the way we think and view our world. Over ten million people have since seen the film and it continues to be shown in classrooms, business meetings, festivals and retreats everywhere. Starting with a sleeping man at a picnic, the film takes the viewer on a journey out to the edge of space and then back into a carbon atom in the hand of the man picnic, all in a single shot. It is an unforgettable experience.
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http://www.powersof10.com/

Technology_76

Entry: Light
Focus: Rp-photonics



RP Photonics Consulting GmbH, provider of technical consulting services in areas like laser design, amplifiers, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, fiber lasers with an encyclopedia for topics in laser physics, laser technology, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, quantum optics, and general optics.
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http://www.rp-photonics.com/

Technology_75

Entry: Aerospace
Focus: Morphing Aircraft



The design of conventional fixed wing aircraft is constrained by the conflicting requirements of multiple objectives. Mechanisms such as deployable flaps provide the current standard of adaptive aerofoil geometry, although this solution places limitations on manoeuvrability and efficiency, and produces a design that is non-optimal in many flight regimes. The development of new smart materials together with the always present need for better performance is increasingly prompting designers towards the concept of morphing aircraft.
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http://www.aer.bris.ac.uk/research/morphing/morph-main.html