SAM ROLFE, our science correspondent, is in the studio bringing us more fantastic
A team from the University of Rochester in New York have reported a method of creating
waterproof surfaces that could be used to produce easily maintained and hygienic devices and the material would not suffer from rust or icing up in the cold weather.
The material “self-cleans” as dust is drawn away with water droplets as they hit the surface.
However, as with many new techniques, it is currently expensive and time consuming to
produce these materials.
Source and Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30915266
FLY BY PLUTO!
The spacecraft New Horizons is nearing its encounter with Pluto.
Launched in 2006, the craft will fly by Pluto in July. It will be performing correction manoeuvres to make sure the instruments on board will be pointing in the correct direction when it makes its closest approach on 14th July 2015, approximately 11:50 GMT . Pluto is one of the “classical” planets, the last to be visited by a space probe. We have been
able to remotely observe it using instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope, which has distinguished ‘light’ and ‘dark’ features.
SCIENTIST OF THE MONTH
Clyde Tombaugh (Tom-boar) (4th Feb 1906 – 17th Jan 1997, 90)
Built his own telescopes, grinding the lenses and mirrors himself. He drew Jupiter and Mars,
which earned him a job at Lowell Observatory.
During WWII he taught navigation to naval personnel at Northern Arizona University.
He discovered nearly 800 asteroids, mostly as a by-product during his search for Pluto and
other celestial objects.
He also was involved in the search for Near-Earth Objects.