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Physical Science

Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage

Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft recently completed a flyby of the asteroid Lutetia, which allowed it to examine closely this celestial object, made mostly of metal. Thanks to NASA’s instruments, installed on the spacecraft, the high quality pictures could ...

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Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have recently reported a breakthrough in their search for more efficient thin-film solar cells. Such cells could help create better solar receptors, improving both capacity and utilization of current devices – ...

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Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula

In the cold vacuum of space, radiation from massive stars carves away at cold molecular clouds, creating bizarre, fantasy-like structures. These pillars of cold hydrogen and dust, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, are located in the Carina Nebula. Violent ...

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Cassini Helps with Dune Mystery

Cassini Helps with Dune Mystery

A recent paper published by Japanese astronomer Tetsuya Tokano suggests a solution for one of the mysteries found on Saturn’s moon, Titan. Using data retrieved from the Cassini spacecraft, he designed a model that solves one of the moon’s paradoxes. ...

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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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