Physical Science

Nothing Boring About Watching Paint Dry

Nothing Boring About Watching Paint Dry

Scientists from Yale University have recently presented a new technique to study the mechanics of colloidal coatings as they dry and peel. The study shows that complex physical principles are involved with these processes, and understanding them better could improve ...

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Print Your Own Lasers

Print Your Own Lasers

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Padua, Italy, have recently presented a development that offers futuristic printing technology. The new development is based on lasers instead of conventional ink, and it could provide users faster ...

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One More Step on the Path to Quantum Computers

One More Step on the Path to Quantum Computers

A team of physicists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany has recently published an article describing an extremely strong interaction between light and matter. Their study brings quantum computers a step closer to realization, since quantum physics relies heavily upon ...

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Unpeeling Atoms and Molecules from the Inside Out

Unpeeling Atoms and Molecules from the Inside Out

An international team of scientists recently published surprising results regarding atoms’ structure, showing that it’s possible to create “hollow” atoms by stripping electrons one-by-one. Their work used one of the world’s most powerful X-ray lasers, located at the Department of ...

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Brown Dwarf Found Orbiting a Young Sun-Like Star

Brown Dwarf Found Orbiting a Young Sun-Like Star

An international team of astronomers has recently captured the image of a new star, a very young brown dwarf. They discovered a unique, rare phenomenon: the proximity between the brown dwarf and its enormous stellar companion is as close as ...

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Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

A new study, published by the European Space Agency (ESA), reports that the planet Venus might have had some oceans in its distant past. Although nowadays Earth and Venus seem very different, it is possible that in the past they ...

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Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel

Star Birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel

NASA has recently reported the birth of a new star, captured by the new camera installed on the Hubble Space Telescope. The image is the most detailed view of star birth ever made. This rare phenomenon occurred in the graceful, ...

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The Gimbal Rig

The Gimbal Rig

The multiple-axis space test inertia facility, fondly called “the gimbal rig,” simulated tumble-type maneuvers that might be encountered in space flight. Three tubular aluminum cages could revolve separately or in combination to give roll, pitch and yaw motions at speeds ...

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Dreamy, Young Stars

Dreamy, Young Stars

The Orion Nebula is a ‘happening’ place where stars are born and this colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The young stars dip and peak in brightness; ...

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Water Formation on Habitable Planets

Water Formation on Habitable Planets

Scientists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan are exploring the origins of water on habitable planets. According to their research, water vapor forms spontaneously in regions of solar systems capable of supporting life. This water forms a ...

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