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LIGO BEGINS NEXT SEARCH FOR GRAVITATIONAL WAVES:
NSF DIRECTOR REFLECTS ON THE LASER INTERFEROMETER
GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE OBSERVATORY’S NEWEST QUEST Statement from National Science Foundation Director France Córdova regarding news that, after a series of upgrades, researchers have reactivated the twin detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and resumed the search for ripples in the fabric of space and time known as gravitational waves: “The last time scientists from the NSF-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) searched for gravitational waves, they succeeded. They detected gravitational waves from merging black holes 1.3 billion light-years away. Researchers devoted more than 40 years to get to this point, and the National Science Foundation – I’m proud to say – was there all along the way, providing critical support to make this scientific achievement possible. Today, that journey continues. Already LIGO has exceeded our expectations, and, like most of the scientific world and beyond, I am excited to see what a more sensitive, upgraded LIGO will detect next. “The significance of this expanding ‘window to the universe’ cannot be stressed enough, as it will illuminate the physics of merging black holes, neutron stars and other astronomical phenomena that cannot be reproduced in a laboratory setting.
The world waits with eager anticipation of what we will see and learn next, all because of the long-range vision and skills of hundreds of researchers around the world.”
The whole sky is glowing
Flying over a Montana pine forest during the first snowfall of the year
Houston Mini Maker Faire was an awesome experience. Melody Lam, Brandon Plost, and I setup a booth with all of our creations. We had lots of visitors and lots of Bellaire students came out too. The Bellaire robotics team has their own booth as well.
I will be back next year with something new to show off.
My name is Jimmy Newland and I am a physics, astronomy, and (sometimes) computer science teacher at Bellaire High School. Over the last few years, I’ve been learning electronics. This stuff fits in perfectly with computer science and physics. I’ve been experimenting with labs for physics based on Arduinos and sensors. I was inspired after reading an article in The Physics Teacher about a lab studying simple harmonic motion using an Arduino board and an ultrasonic sensor. There is also another from the same author about an RC circuit analysis lab using Arduinos.
Check out the physics labs I’ve cobbled together that have students using Arduino boards and sensors to gather data from the real world.
I’ve also made a hobby out of electronics and was very excited to partner with 2 of my former students to display our handiwork at the 2016 Houston Mini Maker Faire.
Here are a few of my creations: