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All Stars Appear to be About the Same Age in Large Middle-Aged Clusters

All Stars Appear to be About the Same Age in Large Middle-Aged Clusters

An examination of middle-aged star clusters reveals an unexpectedly narrow age range among their stars, suggesting that large groups of stars evolve differently than previously understood [More]
Black Holes Don't Have to be Very Powerful to Shut Down Star Formation

Black Holes Don't Have to be Very Powerful to Shut Down Star Formation

High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy's star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called "red and dead" galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones. [More]
Exact Solution to Model Galactic Structure, Supernova Explosions and High-Energy Particle Collisions

Exact Solution to Model Galactic Structure, Supernova Explosions and High-Energy Particle Collisions

Unlike in mathematics, it is rare to have exact solutions to physics problems. [More]
Possible Method to Determine Involvement of Higgs Boson in Matter-Antimatter Imbalance

Possible Method to Determine Involvement of Higgs Boson in Matter-Antimatter Imbalance

Several experiments, including the BaBar experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have helped explain some – but not all – of the imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe. Now a SLAC theorist and his colleagues have laid out a possible method for determining if the Higgs boson is involved. [More]
Voyager 1 Experiences Three "Tsunami Waves" in Interstellar Space

Voyager 1 Experiences Three "Tsunami Waves" in Interstellar Space

The "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers have seen in interstellar space. [More]
Quantum Materials CEO to Present at Launch of Rice Center for Quantum Materials

Quantum Materials CEO to Present at Launch of Rice Center for Quantum Materials

Stephen Squires, CEO and founder of leading North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp, will be speaking at the launch event for the Rice Center for Quantum Materials (RCQM) on December 16th, 2014. [More]
Rocky Exoplanets Stretched out by Gravity of the Stars

Rocky Exoplanets Stretched out by Gravity of the Stars

Astronomers could soon be able to find rocky planets stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit, according to a group of researchers in the United States. The team, led by Prabal Saxena of George Mason University, describe how to detect these exotic worlds in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. [More]
Quantum Mechanics Harnessed to Create Fraud-Proof Credit Cards

Quantum Mechanics Harnessed to Create Fraud-Proof Credit Cards

Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for consumers and industries. Though corporations and individuals work to improve safeguards, it has become increasingly difficult to protect financial data and personal information from criminal activity. Fortunately, new insights into quantum physics may soon offer a solution. [More]
Most Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes Also Generate Strong Bursts of Radio Waves

Most Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes Also Generate Strong Bursts of Radio Waves

Each day, thunderstorms around the world produce about a thousand quick bursts of gamma rays, some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. By merging records of events seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope with data from ground-based radar and lightning detectors, scientists have completed the most detailed analysis to date of the types of thunderstorms involved. [More]
Historic Landing of Philae Probe onto Comet 67P Named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year

Historic Landing of Philae Probe onto Comet 67P Named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year

The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014. [More]