Physics in the News

Friday, August 22, 2014

Traces of one of the Universe’s first stars detected

The first stars were born a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, as this artist impression shows. (Credit: NASA)
The first stars were born a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, as this artist impression shows. (Credit: NASA)
via bbc

Scientists pulled hydrogen from water using an AAA battery

The nickel-based catalyst is just as effective as platinum. (Credit: Tunnicliffe, Stanford)
The nickel-based catalyst is just as effective as platinum. (Credit: Tunnicliffe, Stanford)
via tcetoday

Cyborg moths can be controlled mid-flight by scientists(VIDEO)

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Study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders(VIDEO)

via mit

Asteroid had active volcanoes, reveal researchers

New meteorite evidence shows volcanic activity began much earlier in the history of the solar system than previously thought.(USGS)
New meteorite evidence shows volcanic activity began much earlier in the history of the solar system than previously thought. (Credit:USGS)
via abc

Telescope captures spectacular view of nebula, star cluster

This mosaic of images from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. (Credit: ESO/G. Beccari)
This mosaic of images from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. (Credit: ESO/G. Beccari)
via forbes

The next space race is for a rental car into orbit

Boeing in among three companies bidding for the next NASA contract to take astronauts into space. The company is  offering its CST-100 space capsule in the competition. (Credit: Boeing)
Boeing in among three companies bidding for the next NASA contract to take astronauts into space. The company is offering its CST-100 space capsule in the competition. (Credit: Boeing)
via washingtonpost

Quantum gravity expert says “philosophical superficiality” has harmed physics

Carlo Rovelli: "Theoretical physics has not done great in the last decades. Why? Well, one of the reasons, I think, is that it got trapped in a wrong philosophy." (Credit: Horgan)
Carlo Rovelli: “Theoretical physics has not done great in the last decades. Why? Well, one of the reasons, I think, is that it got trapped in a wrong philosophy.” (Credit: Horgan)
via scientificamerican

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

The scientists reported a 40-times-larger effect than previously achieved in semiconductor materials, with the largest value measured comparable to a record high value of the spin-Hall effect observed in heavy metals such as Platinum. (Credit: UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology)
The scientists reported a 40-times-larger effect than previously achieved in semiconductor materials, with the largest value measured comparable to a record high value of the spin-Hall effect observed in heavy metals such as Platinum. (Credit: UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology)
via spacemart

Physics in the News

Tuesday, July 7, 2014

Europe targets black holes with next big space mission

This artist’s impression shows a galaxy releasing material via two strong jets (shown here in red/orange), as well as through wide-angle outflows (shown in gray/blue). The black hole at the galaxy’s center drives both jets and outflows. (Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab)
This artist’s impression shows a galaxy releasing material via two strong jets (shown here in red/orange), as well as through wide-angle outflows (shown in gray/blue). The black hole at the galaxy’s center drives both jets and outflows. (Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab)
via space.com

Era of astronomical discovery: MIT professor helps detect gravitational waves

Nergis Mavalvala (pictured) aims to detect elusive gravitational waves. (Credit: Len Rubenstein)
Nergis Mavalvala (pictured) aims to detect elusive gravitational waves. (Credit: Len Rubenstein)
via MIT

Reinterpreting dark matter

This figure shows that a comparison of the distribution of matter is very similar on a large scale between wave dark matter, the focus of this research, and the usual dark matter particle. (Credit: UPV/EHU)
This figure shows that a comparison of the distribution of matter is very similar on a large scale between wave dark matter, the focus of this research, and the usual dark matter particle. (Credit: UPV/EHU)
via spacedaily

Droplets and pilot waves vs quantum mechanics

The story is that Bush et al. at MIT did some playful experiments with droplets and the conclusion is supposed to be that this strengthens the case for de Broglie’s pilot wave theory. (Credit: Motl)
The story is that Bush et al. at MIT did some playful experiments with droplets and the conclusion is supposed to be that this strengthens the case for de Broglie’s pilot wave theory. (Credit: Motl)

via motls

Don’t Blame Einstein!

Albert Einstein Standing Alone in Palm Springs Desert
Albert Einstein Standing Alone in Palm Springs Desert
via mysteriousuniverse

How NASA reinvented the tortilla, and other tales of food in space

A sample meal demonstrates what NASA astronauts might eat aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)
A sample meal demonstrates what NASA astronauts might eat aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

 

via cnet.com

Supermassive Black Hole Jet Mystery Solved

One of the most enduring mysteries behind the dynamics of supermassive black holes, and their impacts on galactic evolution, has been uncovered by an international team of astrophysicists. (Credit: NASA)
One of the most enduring mysteries behind the dynamics of supermassive black holes, and their impacts on galactic evolution, has been uncovered by an international team of astrophysicists. (Credit: NASA)

 

via discovery