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Hubble has captured an image of the first-ever predicted supernova explosion. The reappearance of the supernova dubbed "Refsdal" was calculated by different mass models of a galaxy cluster whose immense gravity is warping the supernova's light as the light travels toward Earth. The supernova was previously seen in November 2014 behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223, part of Hubble's Frontier Fields program. Astronomers spotted four separate images of the supernova in a rare arrangement known as an Einstein Cross. This pattern was seen around a galaxy within MACS J1149.5+2223. While the light from the cluster has taken about five billion years to reach us, the supernova itself exploded much earlier, nearly 10 billion light years ago. The detection of Refsdal's reappearance served as a unique opportunity for astronomers to test their models of how mass especially that of mysterious dark matter is distributed within this galaxy cluster.
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Turning innovative scientific research into successful market products is a challenging act, but businesses on both sides of the Atlantic face similar issues. Such issues and the paths to success were central themes of the Technology Innovation Forum IX, a part of the MRS Fall Meeting 2015.
The forum showcased talks by CTOs, business development managers, senior engineers and other high ranking officers of successful technology companies and university technology offices. Graphenea’s CEO Jesus de la Fuente contributed a talk with the title “Building a Nanotechnology Company from Scratch: Funding in Advanced Materials Market. The Graphenea Case”.
Jesus spoke about the high capital expenditure investments that nanotechnology and nanomaterials companies usually face in the start-up phase, about the long development time and regulatory issues. Jesus gave his viewpoint on critical success factors, using the example of Graphenea as a leading graphene producer that spun off a research institute.
Image: MRS Fall Meeting 2015.
The ninth “Technology Innovation Forum, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the International Year of Light - Approaches in Europe and America”, featured innovation and investing topics related to materials for light emission and instrumentation. The meeting also shed light on similarities and differences in success pathways in Europe and the U.S., including a discussion on innovation strategies.
The MRS Fall Meeting took place in Boston, MA, from November 29 to December 4. The meeting is a traditional gathering place for materials scientists, the largest such event worldwide.