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Continuous atom laser one step closer, say physicists

Physics World - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:05
New way of cooling atoms is unveiled
Categories: Conventional Science

New Jersey is now home to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is opening the fourth largest planetarium in the world on December 9, 2017.
Categories: Astronomy

Interactive 3-D map traces galaxies in Local Supercluster

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers have produced the most detailed three-dimensional map ever for the motions of nearby galaxies.
Categories: Astronomy

Seeking rogue comets

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 05:00
The discovery of ‘Oumuamua this year was a first, but not an unexpected one. Alan Stern's 1997 article in Astronomy predicted this type of object ... 20 years before we'd see it.
Categories: Astronomy

Photo of the Big Bang’s afterglow wins Breakthrough Prize

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:00

This photo of our young universe further backs up the theory that the cosmos is predominantly comprised of dark matter and dark energy.

Categories: Astronomy

Evidence for plate tectonics mounts on Europa

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:00
Sinking ice plates could carry nutrients to the ocean below.
Categories: Astronomy

Gyrated dice achieve perfect packing

Physics World - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 04:52
A twist in the tale of granular compaction
Categories: Conventional Science

Oversized planet or undersized star?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:00
Astronomers are one step closer to determining whether planetary-mass companions are exoplanets or just failed stars.
Categories: Astronomy

Qubits transferred between atomic gas and a crystal

Physics World - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 03:11
System uses optical fibre and three different photons
Categories: Conventional Science

Kepler and Newton help solve mystery of how some algae swim

Physics World - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:48
Biophysicists identify “universal law” of microbe motion
Categories: Conventional Science

Good News! Worms Make Babies in ‘Martian’ Soil

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:00
Worms can not only survive in faux Martian soil — they can start a new generation. That’s the conclusion from biologist Wieger Wamelink who recently discovered two baby worms in his simulated Mars soil experiment. Since 2013, scientists from Wageningen University & Research have been growing crops in Mars and moon soil simulants designed by NASA. They’ve been successful in growing edible crops (including green beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and more), according
Categories: Astronomy

The ISS is getting a small space junk sensor

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:00
The sensor is meant to detect things less than 4 inches long.
Categories: Astronomy

Theorists identify stable tetraquark

Physics World - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:30
Particle with two bottom quarks could be seen at CERN
Categories: Conventional Science

Check out NASA’s latest Mars rover

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
NASA’s next Mars rover mission, under development, features advanced instruments designed to detect ancient planetary life.
Categories: Astronomy

Organic molecules make up half of Comet 67P

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
The Rosetta spacecraft collected more than 35,000 dust grains from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to help determine its chemical composition.
Categories: Astronomy

Voyager 1 Fires Dormant Thrusters for the First Time in 37 Years

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:00
Man, they just don’t build ’em like they used to. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has fired up a pair of thrusters that haven’t been used for 37 years. Meanwhile, I’m on my third car in two years. The set of four small thrusters came online Wednesday after NASA engineers noticed the spacecraft’s attitude control thrusters had been degrading for several years. Those served to make minute adjustments to the craft’s orientation to keep its antenna po
Categories: Astronomy

Gravitational effect reveals earthquake magnitude

Physics World - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 04:04
Secondary waves induced ahead of the primary wavefront carry additional information
Categories: Conventional Science

UK Catapults fall short, claims review of technology innovation centres

Physics World - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 05:34
Independent analysis calls for a halt to any new centres until “significant progress” is made
Categories: Conventional Science

Quantum simulators shed new light on magnetic phase transitions

Physics World - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:00
Separate experiments use ions and Rydberg atoms for qubits
Categories: Conventional Science

The story of the fossil meteorites

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00
What four small pieces of rock can teach us about the history of the solar system.
Categories: Astronomy

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