Physics

World's biggest X-ray laser opens vast research vistas

A sleek, subterranean X-ray laser to be unveiled Friday in Germany, by far the most powerful in the world, has scientists in a dozen fields jostling to train its mighty beam on their projects.

NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft -- humanity's farthest and longest-lived mission -- with a public event at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 5.

NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft -- humanity's farthest and longest-lived mission -- with a public event at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Integrated quantum optical circuits soon a reality

A research group in quantum nano photonics has developed a new method that represents a significant step toward enabling optical quantum information processing on a chip.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center Closes Through Labor Day for Tropical Storm Harvey

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will remain closed to all but mission essential personnel through Labor Day due to the effects of now-Tropical Storm Harvey.

NASA Cancels Planned Media Availabilities with Astronauts

Due to the ongoing effects of Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, NASA has canceled an in-flight question and answer session with astronaut Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station.

Why does rubbing a balloon on your hair make it stick?

For centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity.

Scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications

Scientists were able to successfully manipulate the electronic structure of graphene, which may enable the fabrication of graphene transistors -- faster and more reliable than existing silicon-based transistors.

Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells

A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers.

Clamping down on causality by probing laser cavities

By monitoring the optical response of an externally probed laser cavity before and after gain clamping, researchers reveal the underlying mechanisms driving the cavity's responses.

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