Physics

NASA, National Science Foundation Announce Support for White House STEM Engagement Plan

NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with other federal agencies, have committed to a White House-led effort to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Microscopic 'sunflowers' for better solar panels

The pads of geckos' notoriously sticky feet are covered with setae—microscopic, hairlike structures whose chemical and physical composition and high flexibility allow the lizard to grip walls and ceilings with ease. Scientists have tried to replicate such dynamic microstructures in the lab with a variety of materials, including liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), which are rubbery networks with attached liquid crystalline groups that dictate the directions in which the LCEs can move and stretch.

Radio JOVE From NASA: Tuning In to Your Local Celestial Radio Show

What does Jupiter sound like? If you had to take a guess, would you imagine the sharp staccato of popcorn popping? The slow static of waves reaching the shore? The universe is full of radio emissions, and all you need to hear them for yourself is a box the size of a DVD player.

A step closer to fusion energy

Harnessing nuclear fusion is a step closer after researchers showed that using two types of imaging can help them assess the safety and reliability of parts used in a fusion energy device.

New building block in quantum computing demonstrated

Researchers have demonstrated a new level of control over photons encoded with quantum information. The team's experimental system allows them to manipulate the frequency of photons to bring about superposition, a state that enables quantum operations and computing.

Florida Students to Speak with First Cuban-American Astronaut on Space Station

Elementary school students from Florida will talk live this week with the first Cuban-American astronaut to live and work aboard the International Space Station.

Florida Students to Speak with First Cuban-American Astronaut on Space Station

Elementary school students from Florida will talk live this week with the first Cuban-American astronaut to live and work aboard the International Space Station.

ESA team blasts Intel's new AI chip with radiation at CERN

An ESA-led team subjected Intel's new Myriad 2 artificial intelligence chip to one of the most energetic radiation beams available on Earth. This test of its suitability to fly in space took place at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The AI chip is related in turn to an ESA-fostered family of integrated circuits.

A bit of a stretch... material that thickens as it's pulled

While examining the capabilities of Liquid Crystal Elastomers, scientists have discovered the first synthetic material that becomes thicker -- at the molecular level -- as it is stretched.

Discovery of single material that produces white light could boost efficiency of LED bulbs

The equation to make the inorganic compound combines a lead-free double perovskite with sodium.

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