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Researchers correlate incidences of rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis with solar cycles

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a “highly significant” correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), two potentially debilitating autoimmune diseases.

Researchers correlate incidences of rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis with solar cycles

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a “highly significant” correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), two potentially debilitating autoimmune diseases.

COLLOQUIUM: Efforts in New Jersey to Prepare for a Changing Climate

As a densely populated, highly urbanized coastal state, New Jersey is especially vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. An innovative network of organizations, facilitated by Rutgers University, has been spearheading efforts to build capacity at the state, local and community levels to prepare for and adapt to the conditions of a changing climate in the Garden State.

COLLOQUIUM: A Wild Solution for Climate Change

The impacts of climate change on biodiversity and nature is increasingly prevalent. Projected ahead climate change has increasingly greater impacts beyond what the Climate Convention refers to as allowing systems to adapt naturally.

The presentation will examine the two degree target for climate change and what biological systems can contribute toward reducing (mitigating) climate change.

COLLOQUIUM: Future Electrical Technologies From a GE Viewpoint

I will give a brief overview of the technologies being pursued within GE, the largest conglomerate. I will then focus more on the electrical technologies for a more detailed description. These will include new devices such as SiC MOSFETs, electrical systems, controls, electrical machines, superconducting equipment, medical equipment, lighting, power conversion, materials, and energy storage. Work with PPPL on tubes will be discussed. 

COLLOQUIUM: Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Controlling quantum dynamics phenomena spans a wide range of applications and potential technologies. Although some experiments are far more demanding than others, the experiments are collectively proving to be remarkably successful considering all of the complexities involved in manipulating quantum coherence phenomena. The presentation will include experimental results ranging from NMR control of a few spins out to laser control of complex dissociative ionization channels of polyatomic molecules.

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