Egyptian Aisha Mustafa, 19, has dazzled the physics world with a new invention that could launch spacecraft off the Earth’s surface and soaring through space without any fuel. Space is filled with a billowing sea of quantum particles that jump in and out of existence, and Aisha Mustafa proposes using thin silicon panels, spaced closely together, to trap these particles and then move against them, creating a propelling force. This innovation would make space exploration lighter, safer and cheaper than the traditional “blast off” method. Mustafa still has some design work to do, but unfortunately her research is currently limited by lack of state funding for space science departments at the university level, though her school’s science club did help fund her application for a patent.
What a woman.
nah lies all oppression
While I’m so happy to hear about this, and am impressed by this woman, I want to say that the MSN article (which this is quoting) has it completely and utterly wrong in this sentence:
new invention that could launch spacecraft off the Earth’s surface and soaring through space without any fuel.
No. What she invented was only the second half, “soaring through space without any fuel”. This propulsion system will not manage to get an object out of the Earth’s gravity well. You still need a heavy-duty lift system for that.
All that being said:
Openly gay Latina wins Texas congressional seat
(Courtesy Mary Gonzalez)
Mary Gonzalez told them she was the best candidate to represent them and El Paso voters agreed, but along the way, the 28-year-old doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin broke her share of barriers.
“[A]t the end of my term, I will be Representative Gonzales and Dr. Gonzales.”
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