The beauty and speed of light and its importance affects us every day.
It shapes every aspect of our existence, from our religion to our sex drive and understanding light has led scientists to our modern knowledge of the universe.
We use light in art, science, different industries like movies, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry etc.
When God said, “Let there be Light!”, the creation of the universe began according to the book of Genesis.
The light of the Sun gives life to our world.
We can even go a step further and look into photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis if we remember from High School, it is when certain organisms make their own food by capturing energy from the sun. For example, organisms like trees and grass are called producers and during photosynthesis they convert the energy in sunlight into chemical energy by locking it within the bond of the food molecules they synthesize.
There is also artificial lighting which of course does not even come close to the broad spectrum of sunlight and is definitely not close to its brightness.
Fluorescent light emit light in much narrower wavelengths, since they glow from the light given off by specific atomic elements, which apparently is usually mercury or sodium.
It is also no secret that lovers love candlelight.
Not only is it more romantic than electric lightning, the soft, yellowish, orange glow of candlelight seemingly makes your skin tone appear softer, smoother and warmer. Infinitely 120% more touchable.
It may even generate a lovely sparkle in your dates eyes. Hhmmm…. very interesting.
Think about it! The light of fire is the basis of all human civilization. The metaphors of light and vision are so fundamental that we use them in our everyday language.
For instance, we say, seeing is believing, and seeing is so important to us.
So necessary in fact that many of us find ourselves wearing an assortment of eyeglasses or spectacles to compensate for our blurred vision.
The earliest “eyeglasses” were made of gemstones worn by the emperor Nero.
People even began using glass lenses in the Middle Ages to help them focus their vision so that they could read better.
Eyeglasses, or spectacles, have been in use in both Europe and China since approximately the thirteenth century. Certainly, the travels of Marco Polo and the other traders played a role in the exchange. However, we not only see, we look, behold, observe, scrutinize, study, stare, examine etc.
Light is the difference between life and death. It has shaped our world and shaped us. I also believe that vision is a gift and is the most important of our five senses.
Speaking of light-Nothing in the universe travels faster than light. When someone tells you that you run nearly as fast as the speed of light or even as fast as a speeding bullet, you know your fast!
In the incredible vacuum of space, light travels at a velocity of approximately 186,000 miles per second; this is the universe ideal speed limit.
I was also fascinated to find out that even specialist and experts at places like MIT and Caltech have been seen wearing T-Shirts which state:
“186,000 miles per second, it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law!” Lol!
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering.
They revel in a culture of learning by doing. In 30 departments across five schools, their students combine analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination, and an appetite for solving the hardest problems in service to society.
MIT is pioneering new ways of teaching and learning, on our campus and around the world, by inventing and leveraging digital technologies. MITx, the Institute’s portfolio of massively open online courses, offers flexible access to a range of interactive courses developed and taught by instructors from MIT. Another MIT innovation — the MicroMasters credential — is increasingly recognized by industry leaders hiring new talent. And MIT’s original digital learning option, OpenCourseWare, continues to offer teachers and learners worldwide the materials for more than 2,000 MIT courses, freely available online.
For more information visit: http://www.mit.edu/education/
The Tech, first published on November 16, 1881, is the campus oldest and largest newspaper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to my research, it was also the first newspaper to be published on the internet. Cool!
THE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AT MIT
MIT ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
According to CollegeVine.com, MIT has an admissions rate of 6.7%. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most selective schools in the U.S. MIT is especially famous for its top STEM programs in fields like engineering and computer science, but it does have programs in other fields—even in humanities subjects, such as creative writing.
Stated vs. Unstated Admissions Requirements
Because the admissions process at top universities like MIT is holistic and so competitive, there is a difference between stated and unstated admissions requirements.
Selective college admissions are a two-step process. First, you must meet the minimum academic qualifications. This includes explicitly-stated requirements, such as the classes you must take and implicit minimum standardized test scores and GPAs for students of your background. Then, among students who meet the threshold, holistic admissions factors such as essays, your extracurricular profile, and other, more subjective qualities come into play.
For more information visit: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-are-mit-admission-requirements/
MIT RESIDENCE HALLS
Most undergraduates live on campus in one of MIT’s 10 Institute houses, or in one of 37 MIT-affiliated fraternities, sororities, and living groups. (The Institute also offers undergraduate housing in a property in Boston.) All unmarried first-year students must live in one of the Institute’s residence halls.
• Baker House
• Burton Conner House
• East Campus
• MacGregor House
• Maseeh Hall
• McCormick Hall
• New House—including New House 2, New House 3, New House 4, New House 5, Chocolate City, French House, German House, i-House, and Spanish House
• Next House
• Random Hall
• Simmons Hall
For more information visit: http://catalog.mit.edu/mit/campus-life/housing/
Suicide and Mental Health
A number of student deaths in the late 1990s and early 2000s resulted in considerable media attention to MIT’s culture and student life. After the alcohol-related death of Scott Krueger in September 1997 as a new member at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, MIT began requiring all freshmen to live in the dormitory system.
The 2000 suicide of MIT undergraduate Elizabeth Shin drew attention to suicides at MIT and created a controversy over whether MIT had an unusually high suicide rate. In late 2001 a task force’s recommended improvements in student mental health services were implemented, including expanding staff and operating hours at the mental health center.
These and later cases were significant as well because they sought to prove the negligence and liability of university administrators.
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So clearly from all the information gathered, we’ve got experts and specialist at MIT doing their research on many topics, but recently I was reading about EMIT (Enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique).
EMIT (Enzyme-Multiplied Immunoassay Technique)
These are test that use various DNA techniques to amplify trace chemicals in urine. Apparently, it has become the standard approach for screening large amounts of urine samples.
According to my most resent findings, in 1986 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) instituted mandatory drug screening of student athletes.
Eventually many colleges and universities implemented their own drug testing policies.
In addition to its use in collegiate sports, drug testing is conducted in professional and Olympic sports as well as in the work place.
EMIT can be used in a robot tester that employs a light sensor to read urine samples and prints out a value for each of five or six drugs present, it can process 18,000 samples an hour. Wow!
The detection period depends on the type and dose of the drug. EMIT is more than 98% accurate, with error biased towards nondetection.
I also learnt that because EMIT responds to a broad range of opiate and amphetamine compounds, it sometimes produces a positive result for harmless prescription drugs such as herbal teas and poppy seeds.
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
For this reason, samples that show a positive result on EMIT are then retested by more cumbersome but 100% accurate procedures such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Try saying that three times in a row. Lol!
Simply eating things like poppy seeds may trigger a positive signal on EMIT, but apparently the confirmation test tells that a key heroin breakdown product (6-0-acetylmorphine) is not present. This is very important!
Experts state that the tests are highly reliable and any corporation, university, college or sport athlete that has gone through the process should rest assure that they won’t be wrongly accused.