Physics

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

NASA has awarded $12.6 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission.

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

NASA has awarded $12.6 million to colleges and universities to conduct research and technology development in areas important to the agency’s mission.

NASA Extends Electrical Systems Engineering Services Contract

NASA has awarded a contract extension to MEI Technologies, Inc., of Houston for the Headquarters Electrical Systems Engineering Services (ESES) Interim contract.

International Space Station Astronauts Land Safely In Kazakhstan

Three members of the Expedition 33 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months.

Homeless Planet Found Wandering Near Earth's Solar System

An artist's rendition of planet CFBDSIR2149. The planet's faint
glow looks blue through an infrared telescope. In visible
light the cold planet would actually appear red.
It's cold and young and massive. And they call it the wanderer.

Astronomers recently discovered a new planet, named CFBDSIR2149, that is relatively close to our solar system. It is also the first convincing evidence of an accepted but yet unsubstantiated theory of roaming planets.

Homeless Planet Found Wandering Near Earth's Solar System

An artist's rendition of planet CFBDSIR2149. The planet's faint
glow looks blue through an infrared telescope. In visible
light the cold planet would actually appear red.
It's cold and young and massive. And they call it the wanderer.

Astronomers recently discovered a new planet, named CFBDSIR2149, that is relatively close to our solar system. It is also the first convincing evidence of an accepted but yet unsubstantiated theory of roaming planets.

Probing the mystery of the Venus fly trap's botanical bite

Plants lack muscles, yet in only a tenth of a second, the meat-eating Venus fly trap hydrodynamically snaps its leaves shut to trap an insect meal. This astonishingly rapid display of botanical movement has long fascinated biologists. Commercially, understanding the mechanism of the Venus fly trap's leaf snapping may one day help improve products such as release-on-command coatings and adhesives, electronic circuits, optical lenses, and drug delivery.

What's behind the success of the soccer 'Knuckleball'

What makes soccer star Christiano Ronaldo's "knuckleball" shot so unpredictable and difficult to stop? At the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) meeting, November 18 – 20, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., a team of researchers investigating this phenomenon will reveal their findings.

Important progress for spintronics: A spin amplifier to be used in room temperature

A fundamental cornerstone for spintronics that has been missing up until now has been constructed by a team of physicists at Linköping University in Sweden. It's the world's first spin amplifier that can be used at room temperature.

Beating the dark side of quantum computing

A future quantum computer will be able to carry out calculations billions of times faster than even today's most powerful machines by exploit the fact that the tiniest particles, molecules, atoms and subatomic particles can exist in more than one state simultaneously. Scientists and engineers are looking forward to working with such high-power machines but so too are cyber-criminals who will be able to exploit this power in cracking passwords and decrypting secret messages much faster than they can now.

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