Physics in the News

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome to the weird and wild west of private spaceflight

This is Spaceport America's Operations Center. The building, which Hendrickson notes is affectionately called "the sock," houses the facility's mission control center on its upper floor. (Credit: Dan Hendrickson)

This is Spaceport America’s Operations Center. The building, which Hendrickson notes is affectionately called “the sock,” houses the facility’s mission control center on its upper floor. (Credit: Dan Hendrickson)

via theverge

Happy 10th Birthday Cassini!

Saturn’s northern storm marches through the planet’s atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Saturn’s northern storm marches through the planet’s atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

via universetoday

Researchers create quantum dots with single-atom precision

This image shows quantized electron states, for quantum numbers n = 1 to 6, of a linear quantum dot consisting of 22 indium atoms positioned on the surface of an InAs crystal. (Credit: Stefan Fölsch/PDI)

This image shows quantized electron states, for quantum numbers n = 1 to 6, of a linear quantum dot consisting of 22 indium atoms positioned on the surface of an InAs crystal. (Credit: Stefan Fölsch/PDI)

via phys.org

Reigning in chaos in particle colliders yields big results

A method to correct tiny defects in the LHC’s superconducting magnets (example shown above) was crucial to the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was announced in 2012. (Credit: CERN)

A method to correct tiny defects in the LHC’s superconducting magnets (example shown above) was crucial to the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was announced in 2012.
(Credit: CERN)

via aip.org

Russia to Create Super-Heavy Rocket Carrier

(Credit) J.Gabás Esteban/cc-by-nc-sa 3.0

(Credit) J.Gabás Esteban/cc-by-nc-sa 3.0

via voiceofrussia

Scientists develop force sensor from carbon nanotubes

 A group of researchers from Russia, Belarus and Spain, including Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology professor Yury Lozovik, have developed a microscopic force sensor based on carbon nanotubes. (Credit: Computational Materials Science journal)

A group of researchers from Russia, Belarus and Spain, including Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology professor Yury Lozovik, have developed a microscopic force sensor based on carbon nanotubes. (Credit: Computational Materials Science journal)

via phys.org

India’s Mars mission ‘cost less than the film Gravity’

Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation work in the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System control room at the Indian Deep Space Network (Credit: AP)

Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation work in the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System control room at the Indian Deep Space Network (Credit: AP)

via the independent

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