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DESI Project Awarded $1.1M to Fabricate Optics for Studying Dark Energy

DESI Project Awarded $1.1M to Fabricate Optics for Studying Dark Energy

The Heising-Simons Foundation has awarded $1.1M to the DESI project with the goal of helping to fabricate the unique optics needed to capture spectra of the young expanding universe. [More]
MIT Develops Circuit Design for Cheaper Manufacture of Simple Superconducting Devices

MIT Develops Circuit Design for Cheaper Manufacture of Simple Superconducting Devices

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet's most popular sites. [More]
New Quantum Mechanics Technique to Get Photons into Shape

New Quantum Mechanics Technique to Get Photons into Shape

CQT's quantum mechanics have performed a new feat to get photons – the particles of light – into shape. The technique could prove useful for building devices that shuttle information between photons and atoms and back again. The work is described in a 15 October paper in Physical Review Letters, highlighted by the journal as an Editors' Suggestion. [More]
First Potential Indication of Direct Dark Matter Detection

First Potential Indication of Direct Dark Matter Detection

Cutting-edge paper by Professor George Fraser – who tragically died in March this year – and colleagues at the University of Leicester provides first potential indication of direct detection of Dark Matter – something that has been a mystery in physics for over 30 years [More]
American Ingenuity Award Honors Effort to Build Massive IceCube Neutrino Telescope

American Ingenuity Award Honors Effort to Build Massive IceCube Neutrino Telescope

Francis Halzen, the University of Wisconsin-Madison physicist who was the driving force behind the giant neutrino telescope known as IceCube at the South Pole, has been named a winner of the 2014 American Ingenuity Award. [More]
New Academic Journal Focused on Quantum Theory from Chapman University

New Academic Journal Focused on Quantum Theory from Chapman University

Chapman University has introduced a new academic journal focused on quantum theory. Created and published by physicists within Chapman's Institute for Quantum Studies (IQS), the journal is called Quantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundations. Nearly a year in the works, the inaugural issue, which contains 10 submissions from physicists around the world, was just released. [More]
Eddington Luminosity Helps Understand Driving Force Behind Main Sequence of Quasars

Eddington Luminosity Helps Understand Driving Force Behind Main Sequence of Quasars

There’s nothing more out of this world than quasi-stellar objects or more simply — quasars. These are the most powerful and among the most distant objects in the Universe. At their center is a black hole with the mass of a million or more Suns. And these powerhouses are fairly compact — about the size of our Solar System. Understanding how they came to be and how – or if – they evolve into the galaxies that surround us today are some of the big questions driving astronomers. [More]
Scientists Create Complete, 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Scientists Create Complete, 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see today. [More]
Astronomers Make Reliable Remote Distance Measurement of Galaxy That Existed in Universe’s Formative Years

Astronomers Make Reliable Remote Distance Measurement of Galaxy That Existed in Universe’s Formative Years

Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have made what may be the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the Universe’s formative years. The galaxy is one of the faintest, smallest and most distant galaxies ever seen and measuring its distance with this accuracy was possible due only to the incredibly detailed mapping of how giant galaxy clusters warp the space-time around them. [More]
Cassini Detects Strong Electrostatic Charge on Surface of Saturn’s Moon, Hyperion

Cassini Detects Strong Electrostatic Charge on Surface of Saturn’s Moon, Hyperion

Static electricity is known to play an important role on Earth's airless, dusty moon, but evidence of static charge building up on other objects in the solar system has been elusive until now. [More]