Physics

Mug handles could help hot plasma give lower-cost, controllable fusion energy

(Phys.org)—New hardware lets engineers maintain the plasma used in fusion reactors in an energy-efficient, stable manner, making the system potentially attractive for use in fusion power plants.

Research findings in solar cells will have an impact on solar panel industry

University of Luxembourg's Laboratory for Photovoltaics has established a method to observe and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is finished, which has implications for the solar cell manufacturing industry since chemical damage to solar cells can occur quickly.

Fusion energy: Mug handles could help hot plasma give lower-cost, controllable fusion energy

New hardware lets engineers maintain the plasma used in fusion reactors in an energy-efficient, stable manner, making the system potentially attractive for use in fusion power plants.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/physics/~4/d7N... height="1" width="1"/>

Moving Naturalism Forward | Cosmic Variance

<p>I&#8217;m very excited about a workshop I&#8217;ll be at later this month: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://preposterousuniverse.com/naturalism2012/">Moving Naturalism Forward</a>. By &#8220;naturalism&#8221; we mean the simple idea that the natural world, obeying natural laws, is all there is. No supernatural realm, spirits, or ineffable dualistic essences affecting what happens in the universe.

Quantum effects observed in cold chemistry

Physicists have combined two low-temperature supersonic beams to produce chemical reactions in quantum conditions, near absolute zero. The method, a first, confirms longstanding theories.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/physics/~4/pD7... height="1" width="1"/>

Plasma screens enhanced as disorder strikes: Study looks at ways to improve the quality of matter akin to that found in plasma screens

A new study improves our understanding of plasma sources, a state of matter similar to gas in which a certain portion of the particles are ionised and which are used for example in plasma display panels.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/physics/~4/GuE... height="1" width="1"/>

Researchers racing to develop world's most accurate thermometer

The University of Queensland (UQ) physicists are on a quest to build the world's most accurate thermometer.

New iPad application helps students understand how conditions affect blackbody radiation

Understanding the phenomenon of blackbody radiation – electromagnetic emissions that play a role in a broad range of physical systems – is an important part of physics instruction at both the high school and college level. Thanks to researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), explaining this to students just became a little easier.

Solar cell degradation research to have impact on solar panel industry

Researchers in Luxembourg have established a method to observe and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is finished, which has implications for the solar cell manufacturing industry since chemical damage to solar cells can occur quickly.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/physics/~4/lmq... height="1" width="1"/>

Mars Rock Touched By NASA Curiosity Rover Offers Surprises

The first Martian rock NASA's Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions.

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