Physics in the News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Weirdly wonky binary star system discovered

Artist’s impression of the discs around the young stars HK Tauri A and B (Credit: R. Hurt (NASA/JPL-Caltech/IPAC)
Artist’s impression of the discs around the young stars HK Tauri A and B (Credit: R. Hurt (NASA/JPL-Caltech/IPAC)
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NASA’s asteroid mission takes a beating

This Document is a Parody (Credit: Richard Binzel)
This Document is a Parody (Credit: Richard Binzel)
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The tiniest propeller ever can sneak between cells

The nanoprop is able to easily pass between polymer chains, like those present in bodily fluids. (Credit:
The nanoprop is able to easily pass between polymer chains, like those present in bodily fluids. (Credit:
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Incredible GIF shows early Earth being pummeled by asteroids

The GIF below shows the impacts the model suggests happened. They go forward in time from red to blue (4.5 billion years ago to 3.5 billion years ago). (Credit: Simone Marchi)
The GIF below shows the impacts the model suggests happened. They go forward in time from red to blue (4.5 billion years ago to 3.5 billion years ago). (Credit: Simone Marchi)
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Scientists have recreated the core of Jupiter on Earth

The GIF below shows the impacts the model suggests happened. They go forward in time from red to blue (4.5 billion years ago to 3.5 billion years ago). (Credit: Collins et al)
The GIF below shows the impacts the model suggests happened. They go forward in time from red to blue (4.5 billion years ago to 3.5 billion years ago). (Credit: Collins et al)
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50-foot-wide Muon g-2 electromagnet installed at Fermilab

The 50-foot-wide Muon g-2 electromagnet at rest inside the Fermilab building that will house the experiment. The magnet was moved into the new building on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The magnet will allow scientists to precisely probe the properties of subatomic particles called muons. (Credit: Fermilab.)
The 50-foot-wide Muon g-2 electromagnet at rest inside the Fermilab building that will house the experiment. The magnet was moved into the new building on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The magnet will allow scientists to precisely probe the properties of subatomic particles called muons. (Credit: Fermilab.)
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The Gaia Satellite will map one billion of the Milky Way’s stars (VIDEO)

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Scientists explain mystery of our ‘lemon Moon’

A new accurate map of the Moon has shown that it bulges slightly at one side and is flattened at the top and bottom - but how did it get this way? (Credit: NASA)
A new accurate map of the Moon has shown that it bulges slightly at one side and is flattened at the top and bottom – but how did it get this way? (Credit: NASA)

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Physics in the News

Friday, June 13, 2014

Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth

This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captures the first of three giant flares erupting from the sun’s surface on June 10, 2014. Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captures the first of three giant flares erupting from the sun’s surface on June 10, 2014. (Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger)
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Stunning Hubble time-lapse of stellar explosion(VIDEO)

 V838 created an expanding light echo that illuminated the interstellar dust surrounding it and generated one of the most amazing scenes captured by Hubble.
V838 created an expanding light echo that illuminated the interstellar dust surrounding it and generated one of the most amazing scenes captured by Hubble. (Credit: NASA)
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NASA to Launch Carbon Dioxide-Monitoring Spacecraft Next Month

Artist's rendition of the OCO-2 Observatory. Credit: JPL/NASA
Artist’s rendition of the OCO-2 Observatory. (Credit: JPL/NASA)
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The International Space Station Is About to Get Its First 3D Printer

Made in Space's 3D Printer. Image: Made in Space
Made in Space’s 3D Printer. (Credit: Made in Space)
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Like Magic! Tiny Particles Can Pass Through Long-Distance Barriers

Quantum particles transmit through a whole series of barriers under conditions where a single particle could not do the move. Credit: University of Innsbruck
Quantum particles transmit through a whole series of barriers under conditions where a single particle could not do the move. (Credit: University of Innsbruck)
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Meet the Cosmic Tootsie Pop

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There’s a prize hidden inside this red giant. (Credit: Getty Images)
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Physics in the News

Updated Friday, June 6, 2014

Rosetta Space Probe To Land On A Comet

Comet 67P can be seen evolving a tailon-a-comet.75125/
Comet 67P can be seen evolving a tailon-a-comet.75125
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 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.
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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
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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.
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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

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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/