NASA Chandra, Spitzer Study Suggests Black Holes Abundant Among The Earliest Stars

By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe.

Team shows first nuclear material detection by single short-pulse-laser-driven neutron source

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have successfully demonstrated for the first time that laser-generated neutrons can be enlisted as a useful tool in the War on Terror.

Spintronics approach enables new quantum technologies

Researchers highlight the power of emerging quantum technologies in two recent articles. New technologies exploit quantum mechanics, the physics that dominates the atomic world, to perform disparate tasks such as nanoscale temperature measurement and processing quantum information with lasers.

Bringing cheaper, 'greener' lighting to market with inkjet-printed hybrid quantum dot LEDs

It's not easy going green. For home lighting applications, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) hold the promise of being both environmentally friendly and versatile. Though not as efficient as regular light-emitting diodes (LEDs), they offer a wider range of material choices and are more energy efficient than traditional lights. OLEDs can also be applied to flexible surfaces, which may lead to lights or television displays that can be rolled up and stowed in a pocket.

Correlation phenomena observed by CMS may shed light on exotic state of matter

Observing a phenomenon for the first time helps us fine-tune our understanding of the Universe. CMS physicists found such a phenomenon in September 2012 in proton-lead collisions, an observation that has since been reinforced by much more data from such collisions collected in early 2013. What CMS has found might help us get a clearer picture of the earliest moments of the existence of our Universe.

Quantum model helps solve mysteries of water

Scientists have revealed a major breakthrough in the modeling of water that could shed light on its mysterious properties.

Cool electron acceleration

Physicists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics produced electron pulses from a laser accelerator whose individual particles all have nearly the same, tuneable energy.

Scientists create novel silicon electrodes that improve lithium-ion batteries

Scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy material similar to that used in contact lenses and other household products. The scientists developed a new technique for producing low-cost, silicon-based batteries with potential applications for a wide range of electrical devices.

NASA Announces Major Airborne Pollution/Climate Study June 6

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 6, to announce a new airborne science campaign over the southern United States. The campaign will investigate how air pollution and natural emissions affect climate and the atmosphere.

NASA Awards Aircraft Operations Support Contract

NASA has selected L-3 Vertex Aerospace of Madison, Miss., to support the operations of all aircraft assigned to the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base and the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in nearby Palmdale, Calif.


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