Physics

May Sky: Clock of the Gods

Saturn, visible all night this month, is among the most beautiful of planets. But ancient observers saw it as a symbol of mortality.

Students Launch Rockets at SLP Challenge

More than 600 students launched rockets of their own design April 21 at the 2012-13 NASA Student Launch Projects challenge.

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for California Solar Mission Launch

News media planning to cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California should apply for accreditation by June 18.

Space Station Communications Test Bed Checks Out; Experiments Begin

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) test bed has begun its experiments after completing its checkout on the International Space Station.

NASA Announces 2012 Small Business Industry Awards

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday recognized three companies as winners of the agency's 2012 Small Business Industry Awards.

The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces

(Phys.org) —An ambitious new paper published in Physical Review Letters seeks to describe intelligence as a fundamentally thermodynamic process. The authors made an appeal to entropy to inspire a new formalism that has shown remarkable predictive power. To illustrate their principles they developed software called Entropica, which when applied to a broad class of rudimentary examples, efficiently leads to unexpectedly complex behaviors.

Near-field behavior of semiconductor plasmonic microparticles measured

For the first time, researchers have measured nanometer-scale infrared absorption in semiconductor plasmonic microparticles using a technique that combines atomic force microscopy with infrared spectroscopy.

Germanium is now laser compatible

Good news for the computer industry: a team of researchers has managed to make germanium suitable for lasers. This could enable microprocessor components to communicate using light in future, which will make the computers of the future faster and more efficient.

Astronaut TJ Creamer to Speak to Boys & Girls Club

On April 24, TJ Creamer will speak to more than 200 members of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ala.

NASA Successfully Launches Three Smartphone Satellites

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday, April 21, aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

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