Scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III), including Penn State astronomers, have released to the public a new online data set featuring 60,000 stars that are helping to reveal how our Milky Way galaxy formed.
Pure curiosity led him to embark on graphene research. Then, the hype surrounding the miracle material hit with full force. Now Sergey Kubatkin hardly has time in the lab anymore for what he really wants to spend time with: his own experiments.
Tiny silicon crystals caused no health problems in monkeys three months after large doses were injected, marking a step forward in the quest to bring such materials into clinics as biomedical imaging agents, according to a new study.
The story behind the discovery of the Higgs Boson, which is thought to explain why fundamental particles have mass, is being told by a team from Brunel University, London, at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition this week.
Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters. Lying at the heart of most clusters is a monster galaxy thought to grow in size by merging with neighboring galaxies, a process astronomers call galactic cannibalism.
Some galaxies hit a point in their lives when their star formation is snuffed out, and they become "quenched". Quenched galaxies in the distant past appear to be much smaller than the quenched galaxies in the Universe today. This has always puzzled astronomers — how can these galaxies grow if they are no longer forming stars? A team of astronomers has now used a huge set of Hubble observations to give a surprisingly simple answer to this long-standing cosmic riddle.
With the signing last week of a "master agreement" for the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful optical telescope in the world — the University of California and UCLA moved a step closer to peering deeper into the cosmos than ever before.
The intensity of the jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn's moon Enceladus depends on the moon's proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
A team of physicists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the French CNRS have predicted deviations in the probability of one of the B meson decays that have been detected experimentally in the LHC accelerator at CERN. Confirmation of these results would be the first direct evidence of the existence of the 'new physics', a more fundamental theory than the current Standard Model.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a young stellar system that "blinks" every 93 days. Called YLW 16A, the system likely consists of three developing stars, two of which are surrounded by a disk of material left over from the star-formation process.
The research program of Natcore Technology Inc. being conducted under a joint research agreement with Rice University has accomplished extremely significant steps toward realization of a manufacturable quantum dot solar cell. The work is being supervised by Prof. Andrew Barron, a Natcore co-founder.
It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria published July 28 in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Further illustrating the success of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategic blueprint for nanotechnology-enabled innovation and high-tech job growth across New York, as well as its recognition as a national and global model for economic competitiveness, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Tuesday, July 30 as part of her “Listening Tour” across America.
The University of Toronto’s Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control has announced Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf, both of Yale University, as winners of the prestigious John Stewart Bell Prize for their enormous contributions to the field of quantum mechanics.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced good news for science today: more than $90 million for basic research, specifically in the field of condensed matter physics. The Moore Foundation’s new Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative will focus this budget over a five-year period to explore the exotic and unexpected properties of a broad class of systems termed quantum materials.