Physics

NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days.

Touch the Moon at the 34th Annual Mainstrasse Village Maifest

NASA is building a new spacecraft to carry humans farther than ever before – and Northern California media are invited to learn more about it May 14 through May 16 when program managers are in the Golden State to work with local companies.

NASA Partners With Ohio Non-Profit on Unmanned Air Challenge

NASA has selected Development Projects Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, to manage a new Centennial Challenge prize competition involving unmanned aircraft systems in 2014.

NASA'S Hubble Space Telescope Finds Dead Stars 'Polluted' With Planet Debris

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place-- the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs.

Exotic atoms hold clues to unsolved physics puzzle at the dawn of the universe

An international team of physicists has found the first direct evidence of pear shaped nuclei in exotic atoms. The findings could advance the search for a new fundamental force in nature that could explain why the Big Bang created more matter than antimatter—-a pivotal imbalance in the history of everything.

Spintronics: Scientists find new magic in magnetic material

From powerful computers to super-sensitive medical and environmental detectors that are faster, smaller and use less energy—yes, we want them, but how do we get them?

Exotic atoms hold clues to unsolved physics puzzle at the dawn of the universe

An international team of physicists has found the first direct evidence of pear shaped nuclei in exotic atoms.

Researcher construct invisibility cloak for thermal flow

By means of special metamaterials, light and sound can be passed around objects. KIT researchers now succeeded in demonstrating that the same materials can also be used to specifically influence the propagation of heat. A structured plate of copper and silicon conducts heat around a central area without the edge being affected. The results are presented in the Physical Review Letters journal.

Elucidating energy shifts in optical tweezers

A small piece of paper sticks to an electrically charged plastic ruler. The principle of this simple classroom physics experiment is applied at the microscopic scale by so-called optical tweezers to get the likes of polystyrene micro-beads and even living cells to "stick" to a laser beam, or to trap atoms at ultra-low temperatures.

Revolutionary muon experiment to begin with 3,200-mile move of 50-foot-wide particle storage ring

(Phys.org) —Scientists from 26 institutions around the world are planning a new experiment that could open the doors to new realms of particle physics. But first, they have to bring the core of this experiment, a complex electromagnet that spans 50 feet in diameter, from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to the DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

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