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When technology goes too far

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In this article, part of our collaboration with El Nuevo Día, Wilson González Espada explains what happens when technology jumps ahead of science and launches products that have not been tested for safety. Some examples include X-rays, the pigment green of Paris, radioactive materials sold as energy boosters and recently, some pain medications that ended up having adverse cardiovascular effects.

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Supernovas and X-Rays

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The Puppis A Supernova Remnant. The square shows the Bright Eastern Knot which is the target of the Micro-X rocket.

When we look at the sky during the night it is possible to appreciate stars of different colors and brightnesses. However, although we may think that stars will bright forever, the stars, as all the existence on the Earth and space, also have their life-cycle. There’s a type of stars called the supergiants that emit lots of luminosity. When a supergiant star collapse with itself in a way that they can produce an explosion, it produces what is known as supernova. A supernova is the process that occurs when a star’s life-cycle ends and explodes. In this process, the supernova explosion may produce a huge amount of energy similar to the one emitted by the Sun that is also a star.

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