Physics

Creating next-generation materials able to operate in the toughest environments

Scientists have launched a new research project to develop next-generation materials able to operate in the most extreme environments.

Formation of nanoparticles can now be studied molecule-by-molecule

Atmospheric aerosol particles affect our climate by slowing down the global warming, research suggests. Scientists have succeeded in developing measurement techniques that allow detection of aerosol nucleation starting from the formation of clusters from vapor molecules, and the growth of these clusters into aerosol particles.

Researchers discover a way to generate an electron Airy beam

(Phys.org)—A team of physicists in Israel has succeeded in generating an electron Airy beam for the first time. As they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers used a technique similar to that used by previous researchers to create Airy beams based on light.

NASA Astronaut Talks Space With Ventura County Students

NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy captain Stephen Bowen, a veteran of three NASA spaceflights, is set to visit two Ventura, Calif., schools on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to discuss his work at NASA and share his spaceflight experience with students.

NASA Partner Orbital Tests Rocket, Newest U.S. Launch Pad

NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., successfully conducted an engine test of its Antares rocket Friday at the nation's newest launch pad.

NASA Coverage Set for March 1 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The second SpaceX mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Friday, March 1, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST.

NASA Chief Tours Advanced Manufacturing Facility, Highlights Space Program's Contributions to Industry Sector

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured Friday a cutting-edge facility at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center where high-tech manufacturing is creating parts for a next-generation rocket that will launch astronauts to the most distant destinations ever.

NASA Selects Launch Services for ICESat-2 Mission

NASA's Launch Services Program at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to provide Delta II launch services for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2 mission, currently scheduled for July 2016.

Deciphering the mysterious math of the solar wind

(Phys.org)—Many areas of scientific research—Earth's weather, ocean currents, the outpouring of magnetic energy from the sun—require mapping out the large scale features of a complex system and its intricate details simultaneously.

Particle physics research sheds new light on possible 'fifth force of nature'

In a breakthrough for the field of particle physics, researchers have established new limits on what scientists call "long-range spin-spin interactions" between atomic particles. These interactions have been proposed by theoretical physicists but have not yet been seen. Their observation would constitute the discovery of a "fifth force of nature" (in addition to the four known fundamental forces: gravity, weak, strong and electromagnetic) and would suggest the existence of new particles, beyond those presently described by the Standard Model of particle physics.

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