Physics in the News

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Meet the former NASA engineer who wants to build a giant robot that can juggle cars(VIDEO)


via businessinsider

Baby universe picture brought closer to theory

 The anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today. (Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration - D. Ducros)

The anisotropies of the Cosmic microwave background (CMB) as observed by Planck. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing the seeds of all future structure: the stars and galaxies of today. (Credit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration – D. Ducros)

via redorbit

Massive neutrinos may not bring about cosmological concordance after all

Scientists have found that tension among different data sets persists even after accounting for massive sterile neutrinos, possibly indicating systematic biases in the measurements. (Credit: Leistedt, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society)

Scientists have found that tension among different data sets persists even after accounting for massive sterile neutrinos, possibly indicating systematic biases in the measurements. (Credit: Leistedt, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society)

via phys

Grad student aims to improve particle accelerators

Siddharth Karkare, left, and Laurent Boulet '14 in the Newman Hall photocathode research lab. (Credit: Lindsay France/University)

Siddharth Karkare, left, and Laurent Boulet ’14 in the Newman Hall photocathode research lab. (Credit: Lindsay France/University)

via cornell

Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘zombie star’

(Credit: NASA)

The two inset images show before-and-after images captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of Supernova 2012Z in the spiral galaxy NGC 1309. The white X at the top of the main image marks the location of the supernova in the galaxy. (Credit: NASA)

via time

Pew Finds Experts Divided On Whether Robots Will Be Good For Society

Nearly half of the respondents (48%) predicted that robots and AI will displace more jobs than they create over the coming decade. While that left a slim majority believing the impact of technology on employment will be neutral or positive. (Credit: Humanrobo/Wikimedia Commons)

Nearly half of the respondents (48%) predicted that robots and AI will displace more jobs than they create over the coming decade. While that left a slim majority believing the impact of technology on employment will be neutral or positive. (Credit: Humanrobo/Wikimedia Commons)

via forbes

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array Moves onto Two-Year Extension

Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech)

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array Moves onto Two-Year Extension. (Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech)

via azoquantum

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