Physics

Quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices

Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a "star in a jar."

NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

Astronauts Showcase Space Art Created with Childhood Cancer Patients

Patients from around the world will have the opportunity to see a spacesuit art project they helped create.

Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

What makes quasicrystals so interesting? Their unusual structure. Now scientists are actively pursuing this relatively new area of study.

Researchers found that rotation causes the zig-zag of rising particles

Every curious person must have observed air bubbles rising through an aquarium tank of water.

Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

A potential new state of matter is being reported with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity.

Tough, self-healing rubber developed

Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped. Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

2017 Astronaut Candidates Available for Interviews Before Training

NASA’s newest astronaut candidates, a diverse dozen women and men, will participate in media interviews and a final news conference before training on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"Fixed-field" accelerator transports multiple particle beams at a wide range of energies through a single beam pipe

An advanced particle accelerator designed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory could reduce the cost and increase the versatility of facilities for physics research and cancer treatment. It uses lightweight, 3-D-printed frames to hold blocks of permanent magnets and an innovative method for fine-tuning the magnetic field to steer multiple beams at different energies through a single beam pipe.

NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of Research, Development Center

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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