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Researchers Observe East-to-West Variations in Titan’s Atmospheric Gases

Researchers Observe East-to-West Variations in Titan’s Atmospheric Gases

New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one. [More]
New Observational Strategy Helps Determine Amount of Molecular Hydrogen in Distant Galaxies

New Observational Strategy Helps Determine Amount of Molecular Hydrogen in Distant Galaxies

Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Cardiff see good times approaching for astrophysicists after hatching a new observational strategy to distill detailed information from galaxies at the edge of the Universe. [More]
Webcast Explores Role of Quantum Mechanics in Helping Understand Universe’s Fabric of Time and Space

Webcast Explores Role of Quantum Mechanics in Helping Understand Universe’s Fabric of Time and Space

Talking about the state of his profession, Dr. Nima Arkani-Hamed recently said “I haven’t been this excited about physics in a very long time.” He’ll share why he’s so excited during his Perimeter Institute (PI) public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 7 pm EST. [More]
Scientists Develop Theoretical Model of Quantum Memory for Light

Scientists Develop Theoretical Model of Quantum Memory for Light

Study demonstrates that quantum holograms could be a candidate for becoming quantum information memory. [More]
Massive Black Holes Can Prevent Formation of New Stars

Massive Black Holes Can Prevent Formation of New Stars

Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. [More]
Radiation Hazards Could Make Mars Astronaut Ventures Risky

Radiation Hazards Could Make Mars Astronaut Ventures Risky

Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists. [More]
Major Upgrade to Improve Quality of Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source’s X-rays

Major Upgrade to Improve Quality of Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source’s X-rays

The X-rays produced by the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) are bright, but they will soon be even brighter, thanks to a major upgrade that will make the quality of CHESS’ X-rays competitive with the world’s best synchrotron light sources. [More]
New Theory Result Opens Up Novel Path for Generating Spin Hall Effect

New Theory Result Opens Up Novel Path for Generating Spin Hall Effect

Every electrical device, from a simple lightbulb to the latest microchips, is enabled by the movement of electrical charge, or current. The nascent field of ‘spintronics’ taps into a different electronic attribute, an intrinsic quantum property known as spin, and may yield devices that operate on the basis of spin-transport. [More]
University of Houston Recognized as the Site of Discovery of High Temperature Superconductivity

University of Houston Recognized as the Site of Discovery of High Temperature Superconductivity

The University of Houston will be recognized Nov. 17 by IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the site of the discovery by physicist Paul Chu and colleagues of a material that made high temperature superconductivity practical for real-world applications. The University will receive IEEE's prestigious Milestone Award. [More]
Researchers Explain Formation of Jets Emitted by Young Stars

Researchers Explain Formation of Jets Emitted by Young Stars

Using a patented experimental device and supercomputer simulations, researchers have managed to explain the formation of jets emitted by young stars. In perfect agreement with astrophysical observations, the model, which involves the interstellar magnetic field, was developed by an international collaboration1 led by French teams at the Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI, CNRS/École Polytechnique/UPMC/CEA), the Laboratoire d'Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et atmosphères (LERMA, Observatoire de Paris/CNRS/UPMC/Université de Cergy-Pontoise/ENS Paris) and the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI, CNRS). Their work is published in the 17 October 2014 issue of the journal Science. [More]
Researchers Explore Role of Control Engineering in Quantum Systems

Researchers Explore Role of Control Engineering in Quantum Systems

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today. [More]
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]

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