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Minor Planet Center Honors Seven Amateur Comet Discoverers with Edgar Wilson Awards

Minor Planet Center Honors Seven Amateur Comet Discoverers with Edgar Wilson Awards

The Minor Planet Center, located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Cambridge, Mass., has announced the recipients of the 2013 Edgar Wilson Award for the discovery of comets by amateurs. This is the fifteenth consecutive year that these Awards have been given. [More]
NASA to Host Teleconference on Kepler Space Telescope’s Latest Discovery

NASA to Host Teleconference on Kepler Space Telescope’s Latest Discovery

NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. [More]
IBM Almaden Spintronics Researcher Honored with 2014 Millennium Technology Prize

IBM Almaden Spintronics Researcher Honored with 2014 Millennium Technology Prize

Professor Stuart Parkin of the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA, received the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize for his contributions to interdisciplinary materials research. [More]
Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility Delivers its Highest-Energy Electron Beams

Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility Delivers its Highest-Energy Electron Beams

Late on April 1, the crown jewel of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility ("Jefferson Lab") sparkled its way into a new era. Following an upgrade of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, the CEBAF accelerator delivered the highest-energy electron beams it has ever produced into a target in an experimental hall, recording the first data of the 12 GeV era. [More]
Completely New Properties Can Arise at Interfaces of Two Materials

Completely New Properties Can Arise at Interfaces of Two Materials

Using DESY's bright research light sources, scientists have opened a new door to better solar cells, novel superconductors and smaller hard-drives. The research reported in the scientific journal Nature Communications this week enhances the understanding of the interface of two materials, where completely new properties can arise. [More]
Intrusive Cluster of Neighbors Influence Diverging Gaseous Garb of Rare, Identical Stars

Intrusive Cluster of Neighbors Influence Diverging Gaseous Garb of Rare, Identical Stars

Much like an environment influences people, so too do cosmic communities affect even giant dazzling stars: Peering deep into the Milky Way galaxy’s center from a high-flying observatory, Cornell astronomers have discovered identical, rare stars whose diverging dusty and gaseous garb are strictly influenced by an intrusive cluster of neighbors. [More]
Innovative Technique to Study Interfaces between Materials May Help Develop Novel Superconductors

Innovative Technique to Study Interfaces between Materials May Help Develop Novel Superconductors

A team of scientists, led by Assistant Professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Science, has successfully developed a technique to study the interface between materials, shedding light on the new properties that arise when two materials are put together. [More]
Review on Quantum Manipulation

Review on Quantum Manipulation

Quantum superposition is a fundamental and also intriguing property of the quantum world. Because of superposition, a quantum system can be in two different states simultaneously, like a cat that can be both "dead" and "alive" at the same time. However, this anti-intuitive phenomenon cannot be observed directly, because whenever a classical measuring tool touches a quantum system, it immediately collapse into a classical state. [More]
Particle Physics Student Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Particle Physics Student Wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Listening to Connor Richards, one might easily mistake him for a graduate student. His grasp on high energy physics is solid, his explanations of abstruse concepts in particle physics both clear and complete. [More]
Possible Birth of Tiny Moon within the Rings of Saturn

Possible Birth of Tiny Moon within the Rings of Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons. [More]