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BaZnGa: Hit TV Show ‘Big Bang Theory’ Inspires Groundbreaking Discovery of a New Compound

Famous catchphrase Bazinga! from Big bang theory helps scientists discover a new compound, with properties like superconductivity

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The big bang theory, has served as an incitement for the creation of a new chemical compound – BaZnGa. Pixabay
  • A fictional show called Big Bang Theory was recently in news for being the reason behind a groundbreaking scientific discovery
  • Researchers at Iowa State University and avid fans of the show were inspired by the catchphrase Bazinga! and helped discover a ternary compound
  • The ternary compound is made of barium (Ba), zinc(Zn), and gallium (Ga)

New Delhi, August 06, 2017: The work of the eminent physicist, Dr. Sheldon Cooper of hit TV show The big bang theory, has served as an incitement for the creation of a new chemical compound – BaZnGa!

Those familiar with Dr. Cooper will know that his use of the phrase ‘bazinga!’ tends to be associated with a joke. Despite this, Paul Canfield, a researcher at Iowa State University, and his team decided that Dr. Cooper’s fearsome scientific reputation merited the thorough investigation of the compound he so frequently proposes.

The compound BaZnGa, made of barium (Ba), zinc (Zn) and gallium (Ga), forms a new, never-before-seen crystal structure.

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However, BaZnGa did not have any other exciting features, scientists said. It behaves like other non-magnetic quasicrystals but has a different arrangement of atoms.

Its creation is part of scientists efforts to discover new materials and characterize them, said Paul Canfield, a professor at Iowa State University in the US.

Na Hyun Jo, a graduate student at Iowa State University, was the first person to get the inspiration. “I was at home and turned on the TV, and there was a show about The big bang theory and a character said Bazinga! They showed the elements barium, zinc and gallium. So I thought, Wow, I think no one has ever tried to grow this material, and maybe this could be a new discovery of a high-temperature superconductor or some kind of a quasicrystal” or something like that,’ she explains.

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When Canfield was made aware of this he further probed into the matter, to check it as part of the scientific method. According to his knowledge, there was no known ternary compound with barium, zinc, and gallium. In his scientific opinion, it would have been a groundbreaking discovery to find one, hoping the compound would have interesting properties. Upon advancing their research they found that the ternary compound had superconductivity, and novel topological electronic properties, conceivably it could be not crystalline but quasi-crystalline, and a number of calculated assumptions were being made.

Sadly, further analysis did not reveal any particularly remarkable properties. However, this has not dampened the team’s enthusiasm. The researchers, who were already planning to study three-part compounds that contained barium and zinc, went ahead to create BaZnGa.

“Whenever you find a new structure, it gives you further information on how nature arranges atoms,” Canfield said.

These findings, along with others, will be discussed at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in 2018. Incidentally, the meeting is to be held in Los Angeles – the home of Dr. Cooper. Canfield and his team hope that he will be in attendance.

-Prepared by Nivedita Motwani. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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‘Tarzan of the Apes’ Returns to the Small Screen this December

Tarzan is the latest in a series of popular characters to make it to the All Slots game library

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November 29, 2016: Tarzan is one of the most popular characters created in the 20th century. Needless to say, the character which became popular over time, is more than 100 years old and first appeared in print in 1912. Tarzan has been the protagonist of over 200 movies, several TV series, radio dramas, screen dramas, and other popular works, making his way into comic books and the shelves of toy stores as well. The only popular culture universe that had to make do without him was that of the video games – although he was featured in quite a few games, either officially or unofficially, nothing serious was ever released bearing his name and likeness. This year, in turn, he might finally break the ice – he will be the protagonist of a new slot machine set to be released at the All Slots Casino this December.

Slot machines and popular culture

Online slots games are insanely popular both inside and outside the gambling industry. Millions of people play them on a daily basis online, at real money gaming facilities like the All Slots, or in land-based gambling destinations all around the world. They are the ‘protagonists’ of several popular social games as well – games like Slotomania, Big Fish Casino or DoubleDown are constantly among the top grossing apps in both major app marketplaces. This means that, although being revived as a slot machine protagonist might not seem like a worthy way for Tarzan to return, it might just be the necessary step in the right direction to turn him into a popular video game character.

Slot machines reach out for inspiration into a vast variety of sources, including movies, TV series, game shows and video games. Tarzan is the latest in a series of popular characters to make it to the All Slots game library – in the past, the gaming portal has seen games inspired by characters like the Titans, Hades, Thor, Loki, Batman, Hellboy, and many others.

Tarzan – a short biography

Most modern renditions of his story depict Tarzan as a feral child, “jungle-wise” but not very well versed in the matters of the modern world, it’s not the way his creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, has imagined him. In his stories, Tarzan is the child of a British noble couple stranded in the jungle of Africa. Tarzan’s parents both die in the jungle and the orphaned child is adopted by a tribe of big apes known as the Mangani. Tarzan – John Clayton, Viscount of Greystoke – acquires the necessary skills and knowledge to survive the jungle, but he learns a lot about the human world from his parents’ books. He grows up to be a noble, handsome male, intelligent, loyal, steadfast, and extremely ethical. Although he is able to pass within society, Tarzan always prefers to “strip off the thin veneer of civilization”, and return to nature.

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How was Earth formed? New Research reveals exciting answers regarding similar chemical origin in Earth and Planetary Objects

In 2005, a small variation in 142Nd was detected between chondrites, which are stony meteorites, considered essential building blocks of the Earth and terrestrial rocks

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  • Neodymium-142 (142Nd) is one of seven isotopes found in the chemical element neodymium which may explain the origin of Earth and Solar system
  • In 2005, the small variation in 142Nd was detected between chondrites, which are stony Meteorite
  • These results were widely interpreted as an early differentiation of the interior of the Earth and these chondrites within the first 30 million years of its history

Ontario, September 15, 2016: Neodymium-142 (142Nd) is one of seven isotopes found in the chemical element neodymium which is widely distributed in the Earth’s crust and most commonly used for magnets in commercial products like microphones and in-ear headphones.

These results were widely interpreted as an early differentiation of the interior of the Earth (including the crust and mantle) and these chondrites within the first 30 million years of its history.

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The new results published in the journal Nature from Bouvier and Boyet showed that these differences in 142Nd were in fact already present during the growth of Earth and not introduced later, as was previously believed.

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In 2005, a small variation in 142Nd was detected between chondrites, which are stony meteorites, considered essential building blocks of the Earth and terrestrial rocks.

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“How the Earth was formed and what type of planetary materials were part of that formation are issues that have puzzled generations of scientists. And these new isotopic measurements of meteorites provide exciting answers to these questions about our origins and what made the Earth so special,” said Audrey Bouvier, Cosmochemist at the Western University. (IANS)

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Black money stalemate: If Modi government gives the promised Rs 15 lakhs, what’d you do?

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By Shilpika Srivastava

Last year’s Lok Sabha election campaigns had witnessed amazing election promises made by various political parties and politicians. On one hand, Andhra Pradesh based Lok Satta Party promised to nationalize the sale of liquor, while MDMK, a BJP ally in Tamil Nadu, guaranteed to rename the country as “United States of India” to put emphasis on the federal structure. However, amid all the unique and weird promises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ignited a hope in the hearts of 1.252 billion of Indians by promising Rs 15 lakhs to be transferred in their bank accounts by recovering black money within 100 days.

The 100 days swiftly passed away and Pradhan Mantriji even travelled abroad on janta’s hard-earned money. Soon, Bhartiya Janta Party president Amit Shah declared Modi’s promise as a chunavi jumla (idiomatic expression).

As Sheldon Cooper, a character from famous American sitcom Big Bang Theory, says, “Once again, you’ve fallen for one of my classic pranks. BAZINGA,” similarly, Modi tricked billions of Indians by his empty promises.

Gradually, the moment of truth struck the blind followers who ended up trolling Modi heavily on social media channels. Prime Minister received major heartburns when the followers asked him directly ‘Where is my Rs 15 lakhs?’ on Twitter.

While the followers are still hoping for the ‘best,’ NewsGram asked people what will they do if they get 15 lakhs in their bank accounts as promised by our very own Modiji.

Rohan, who was on a shopping spree in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, told us, “I would keep those 15 lakhs with myself and would buy a house.”

Mohammad Iqbal, a tailor, said that he will invest it in a business and will open a clothing shop. “I will expand my business and would also increase the wages of my employees,” he added.

Mohammed Iqbal would like to start his own business.
Mohammed Iqbal would like to start his own business.

On the other hand, Zakir, a shoe shop salesman, has lost all the hopes that Narendra Modi will even fulfill his election promise. “Let the money come first. I see no hope of Rs 15 lakhs coming in our accounts,” told Zakir.

Zakir doesn't believe that black money is going to come back.
Zakir doesn’t believe that black money is going to come back.

In the world of greed and insatiability, there are still a few people who want to contribute towards the improvement of the Indian society.“I want to do something for senior citizens. I will open an old-age home once I get the money,” told Ramesh Pradhan, a second-hand bookstore owner in Lajpat Nagar, to NewsGram.

Ramesh Pradhan has more charitable concerns on his mind.
Ramesh Pradhan has more charitable concerns on his mind.

Indeed, there were few who found the promise humorous. “I will quit work and spend my lifetime with those Rs 15 lakhs,” laughingly told Janardan, a rickshaw-puller.

Janardan wants to live an easy life if he gets the money.
Janardan wants to live an easy life if he gets the money.

Well, we can still digest the fact that Modi’s ’Rs 15-lakh promise’ is a chunavi jumla, but what about crores of black money stashed away in foreign banks? Where are those Acche Din (good days) that you promised, Mr. PM?