Physical Science

Adler Planetarium – Unveils 64 MegaPixel Screen

This coming July the Adler Planetarium in Chicago will unveil a new, immersive space experience that will take visitors into the depths of space in unprecedented detail. The new Grainger Sky Theater will enable visitors to experience space travel in ...

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Radio Waves Could Help Detect Alien Worlds

A new technique could help researchers detect exoplanets which orbit distant stars. The technique uses Radio waves from the auroras of planets to detect planets in orbit at a large distances from their parent star.   An artist’s concept of ...

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NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

NASA Next Gen Spacecraft Unveiled

On October 11, 2010 President Barack Obama canceled NASA’s Constellation Program. The program aim was to develop the means to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and later to the Moon, and Mars. Five months after it was canceled. ...

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New Type of Moon Rocks Discovered

New Type of Moon Rocks Discovered

Scientists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, have discovered a new type of moon rock thanks to the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard the Indian Space Agency’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. The imaging spectrometer took the first high resolution pictures of ...

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Cosmic Snow Storm Observed

Cosmic Snow Storm Observed

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s EPOXI mission recently observed a cosmic snow storm originating from the comet Hartley 2. Consisting of both ice particles spewing from the ends of the comet and water vapor escaping from the middle of ...

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First SOFIA Missions Completed

First SOFIA Missions Completed

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, successfully completed three planned scientific missions in phase one of the program, remaining airborne for ten hours on November 30, 2010 followed by additional overnight flights on the evenings of December 2nd ...

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Toward Greener Chemistry

Toward Greener Chemistry

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently announced a new, safer method to handle phosphorus – a chemical element which is a critical ingredient in fertilizers, pesticides, detergents, and other industrial and household chemicals. Their ...

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Breakthrough on Blinking Molecules Phenomena

Breakthrough on Blinking Molecules Phenomena

Physicists from the University of Notre Dame discovered new evidence that might lead to a breakthrough in quantum physics. Their experiments dealt with a phenomenon called “blinking molecules”, which was considered one of quantum physics’ mysteries.   Boldizsár Jankó, Pavel ...

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Stretching Graphene

Stretching Graphene

Physicists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have recently presented an innovativew technique to utilize graphene, a pure carbon sheet used in the semiconductor industry. The new study offers ways to stretch graphene, making ...

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Displaced Orbits Possible

Scientists at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are claiming that maintainable displaced orbits – orbits above or below the standard geosynchronous orbits – may be possible with the help of solar sails. Scientist and science fiction writer Robert ...

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