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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scientists use world’s largest laser to recreate Jupiter’s core

The interior of the target chamber at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The object entering from the left is the target positioner, on which a millimeter-scale target is mounted. Researchers recently used NIF to study the interior state of giant planets. (Credit: Image by Damien Jemison/LLNL)

The interior of the target chamber at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The object entering from the left is the target positioner, on which a millimeter-scale target is mounted. Researchers recently used NIF to study the interior state of giant planets. (Credit: Image by Damien Jemison/LLNL)

via sciencedaily

Panning for dark matter in an Australian gold mine

Michael Slezak goes deep under the outback to find a home for the southern hemisphere's first WIMP detector, which could confirm our best direct signal yet(Credit: Michael Slezak)

Michael Slezak goes deep under the outback to find a home for the southern hemisphere’s first WIMP detector, which could confirm our best direct signal yet(Credit: Michael Slezak)

via newscientist

Let me ask you this: ‘Are bananas radioactive and is it true that eating too many can kill you?’

Yes, you will certainly die from radiation poisoning if you are able to eat 10,000,000 bananas at once. You may also witness chronic symptoms if you eat 274 bananas a day for seven years.

Yes, you will certainly die from radiation poisoning if you are able to eat 10,000,000 bananas at once. You may also witness chronic symptoms if you eat 274 bananas a day for seven years. (Credit: Ping Zhu)

via independent

Higgs boson glimpsed at work for first time

Fresh from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (Credit: CERN)

Fresh from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (Credit: CERN)

via newscientist

Scattered neutrons could mimic DAMA-LIBRA’s ‘dark matter’ modulation

On a high: do muons and neutrinos mimic DAMA's signal? (Credit: DAMA/LIMA)

On a high: do muons and neutrinos mimic DAMA’s signal? (Credit: DAMA/LIMA)

via physicsworld

OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission will use Canadian 3D technology

Canada is about to build technology that will be used to map an asteroid in 3D using lasers on an upcoming space mission.

Canada is about to build technology that will be used to map an asteroid in 3D using lasers on an upcoming space mission. (Credit CSA)

via cbc

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