Physics

New Space Station Crew Members to Launch and Dock the Same Day

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination.

NASA Administrator Congratulates Apollo Engine Recovery Team

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the successful recovery of Apollo Saturn V first stage engines announced Wednesday by Jeff Bezos, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the aerospace company Blue Origin and Amazon.com.

Researchers' new method may sharpen microscopic images

(Phys.org) —UT Dallas researchers are developing a new low-light imaging method that could improve a number of scientific applications, including the microscopic imaging of single molecules in cancer research.

Observed: The Day the Universe Lit Up

Although it was born in the fireball brilliance of the Big Bang, the universe spent much of its infancy in the dark. Clouds of primordial particles expanded and cooled forming atoms--hydrogen, mostly that were opaque to light. Galaxies did not yet exist. Even stars did not yet exist. These are known as the cosmic Dark Ages. That era is shrouded in mystery, since scientists literally cannot see what was happening then.

Then gravity did its work. Gas collapsed into bright stars, larger clumping

Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser

(Phys.org) —Researchers working at Japan's NTT Basic Research Laboratories have successfully built an all mechanical phonon laser. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built a phonon laser without using any optical parts by basing it on a traditional optical laser design.

Laser-like photons signal major step towards quantum 'Internet'

The realization of quantum networks is one of the major challenges of modern physics. Now, new research shows how high-quality photons can be generated from "solid-state" chips, bringing us closer to the quantum "Internet."

Powerful New Radio Telescope Officially Kicks Off Observations

By Govert Schilling

Just over a week ago, at three miles above sea level in the Chilean Atacama desert, Atacameño indians offered gifts to Mother Earth in a traditional ceremony to bless a decidedly modern object: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Four days later, on March 13, the largest-ever ground-based astronomical observatory was officially inaugurated. “ALMA is now a reality, and not a fairy tale anymore,” said Dutch astronomer Thijs de Graauw, the project’s direc

Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy convention

To engineers, it's a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists have now found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current.

NASA to Hold News Teleconference to Discuss Planck Cosmology Findings (Update)

NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT, Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation.

Herschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.

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