Physics in the News

Updated Saturday, June 7, 2014

Evidence Of Theia, The Planet That Formed Our Moon?

New scientific evidence from the Apollo missions could prove that a planet the size of Mars called Theia once collided with Earth and created our moon. Credit: NASA
New scientific evidence from the Apollo missions could prove that a planet the size of Mars called Theia once collided with Earth and created our moon. (Credit: NASA)
via inquisitr.com

Big Bang: Indian physicist says he’s vindicated

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The Big Bang theory suggests that at some moment all matter in the universe was contained in a single point, which is considered the beginning of the universe.
via timesofindia.com

Another Glimpse of ‘New Physics’ at the LHC?

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(Credit: CERN/LHC/LHCb)
via discovery.com

Space: A New Hope or an Old Dream?

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(Credit: NASA)
via scientific american

Can gravity behave as fluid to cause turbulence?

Simulated view of a black hole (center) in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Note the gravitational lensing effect, which produces two enlarged but highly distorted views of the Cloud. Across the top, the Milky Way disk appears distorted into an arc.
Simulated view of a black hole (center) in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Note the gravitational lensing effect, which produces two enlarged but highly distorted views of the Cloud. Across the top, the Milky Way disk appears distorted into an arc.
via zeenews

Physics in the News

Updated Friday, June 6, 2014

Rosetta Space Probe To Land On A Comet

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Comet 67P can be seen evolving a tailon-a-comet.75125
via crazyengineers.com

 Giant Asteroid ‘The Beast’ To Sail Past Earth On Sunday

A gigantic asteroid nicknamed ‘The Beast’ is expected to fly by Earth on Sunday, June 8. The asteroid 2014 HQ124 is roughly the size of a football stadium, reports Space.com.
A gigantic asteroid nicknamed ‘The Beast’ is expected to fly by Earth on Sunday, June 8. The asteroid 2014 HQ124 is roughly the size of a football stadium.
via rtnews

New research shows that gravitational fields around black holes might eddy and swirl

This artist's concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-gravitational-fields-black-holes-eddy.html#jCp
This artist’s concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
via phys.org

Moon Rocks Reveal Evidence of Primordial Smash-Up

An artist's conception shows the impact of Theia and the young Earth.
An artist’s conception shows the impact of Theia and the young Earth.
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Kepler Returns! Exoplanet Mission Makes New Discoveries

Artist's impression of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, which has now begun a new phase of its exoplanet-hunting mission.
Artist’s impression of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, which has now begun a new phase of its exoplanet-hunting mission.
via news.discovery.com

Amazing New X-Ray Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy Shows it is Dotted with Black Holes

The Whirlpool galaxy seen in both optical (red, green and blue) and X-ray (purple) light. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112332/amazing-new-x-ray-image-of-the-whirlpool-galaxy-shows-it-is-dotted-with-black-holes/#ixzz33snF4D1V

The Whirlpool galaxy seen in both optical (red, green and blue) and X-ray (purple) light. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

via universe today

Time Travel Might Be Possible Through Wormholes, Claims New TheoryRead more at: http://www.learning-mind.com/time-travel-might-be-possible-through-wormholes-claims-new-theory/
Time Travel Might Be Possible Through Wormholes, Claims New TheoryRead more at: http://www.learning-mind.com/time-travel-might-be-possible-through-wormholes-claims-new-theory/

Physics in the News

Updated Thursday, June 5, 2014

60-year-old Prediction of Atomic Behavior Confirmed

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Researchers at Washington State University have used a super-cold cloud of atoms that behaves like a single atom to see a phenomenon predicted 60 years ago and witnessed only once since.
via scientificcomputing.com

Big Bang research blunder leaves multiverse theory in ruins, theoretical physicist claims

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Scientist says the search for the multiverse is not stymied
via www.independent.co.uk

A violent, complex scene of colliding galaxy clusters

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Colliding galaxy clusters MACS J0717+3745, more than 5 billion light-years from Earth. Background is Hubble Space Telescope image; blue is X-ray image from Chandra, and red is VLA radio image.
via www.astronomy.com

Kapteyn b and c: Two Exoplanets Found Orbiting Kapteyn’s Star

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This artistic representation shows the potentially habitable exoplanet Kapteyn b and the globular cluster Omega Centauri in the background. It is believed that this cluster is the remaining core of a dwarf galaxy that merged with our own Milky Way Galaxy billions of years ago bringing Kapteyn’s star along. Image credit: PHL / UPR Arecibo / Aladin Sky Atlas.
via www.sci-news.com

Light from huge explosion 12 billion years ago reaches Earth

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Light from the explosion 12 billion years ago of a massive star at the end of its life reached Earth recently. An image of its peak afterglow, circled with blue and yellow, was captured by Southern Methodist University’s ROTSE-IIIb telescope at McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, Texas. A bright star sits alongside the afterglow from GRB 140419A. Credit: ROTSE-IIIb, SMU
via phys.org

Miniature Digital Zenith Telescope For Astronomy And Geoscience

This shows the DZT-1 prototype and observation image. Credit: ©Science China Press
This shows the DZT-1 prototype and observation image. Credit: ©Science China Press
via technology.org

Powerful magnetic fields challenge black holes’ pull

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A computer simulation of gas (in yellow) falling into a black hole (too small to be seen). Twin jets are also shown with magnetic field lines. Alexander Tchekhovskoy (LBNL)
via www.astronomy.com

Astronomers Find “Mega-Earth,” Most Massive Rocky Planet Yet

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Rocky world could be the first of an entirely new class of planet. An illustration of mega-Earth Rocky world could be the first of an entirely new class of planet. An illustration of mega-Earth The newly discovered ”mega-Earth” Kepler-10c dominates the foreground in this artist’s conception released by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 2, 2014.
via news.nationalgeographic.com

Penn science and art at the edge of space

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Penn astrophysicist Mark Devlin and Jackie Tileston, an associate professor of fine arts at PennDesign, collaborated on the ARTacama Project, the “highest known art installation in the world” three miles above sea level in the Chilean mountains.
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Physics in the News

Updated Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hubble team unveils most colorful view of Universe captured by space telescope

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via nasa

Investigating unusual three-ribbon solar flares with extreme high resolution

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via phys.org

Surprise! Fireballs light up the radio sky, hinting at unexplored physics

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via universetoday.com

A stellar discovery on the Milky Way’s far side

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via scientific american

Do-it-yourself solar system

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via sciencenews.org

 Maybe classical clockwork can explain quantum weirdness

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via sciencenews.org

Exciton: Physicists detect energy carrying quasiparticle in metal

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via sci-news.com

Physics in the News

Updated Monday, June 2, 2014

International collaboration replicates amplification of cosmic magnetic fields

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via uchicago news

NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

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via cbc news

Elliptical galaxies: Chandra helps explain ‘red and dead galaxies’

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via phys.org

Finding the God particle: Understanding Higgs Boson

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via dna

What if the Universe has no beginning

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via the edge of the Universe