Mars mission sheds light on habitability of distant planets

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. […]Read More

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Spanning disciplines in the search for life beyond Earth

The search for life beyond Earth is riding a surge of creativity and innovation. Following a gold rush of exoplanet discovery over the past two decades, it is time to tackle the next step: determining which of the known exoplanets are proper candidates for life. […]Read More

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Mars mission sheds light on habitability of distant planets

How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. […]Read More

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Meteors Explode from the Inside When They Reach the Atmosphere

A new study from Purdue University indicates that Earth’s atmosphere will break up small meteoroids, which is good news for planetary protection The post Meteors Explode from the Inside When They Reach the Atmosphere appeared first on Universe Today. […]Read More

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ANU astronomers create best map of the southern sky

Astronomers at ANU have created the most comprehensive map of the southern sky that can be viewed online by anyone around the world. […]Read More

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars

Having survived its eight winter in a row, the Opportunity rover continues to operate long past its original, anticipated lifespan. The post NASA’s Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars appeared first on Universe Today. […]Read More

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Rapid-response program to explore a double neutron star merger

Two years ago, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves for the first time, proving Einstein’s theory of relativity and his prediction of their existence. The waves were triggered by two black holes colliding. […]Read More

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New discovery finds starving white dwarfs are binge eaters

University of Canterbury astrophysicist Dr Simone Scaringi has made an unexpected and exciting new discovery related to the way white dwarfs grow in space. […]Read More

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Light perfects interfaces

Shining light on a growing semiconductor modifies its interface with the surface and could improve the optical properties of each. […] Read More

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The wet road to fast and stable batteries

An international team of scientists has discovered an anode battery material with superfast charging and stable operation over many thousands of cycles. […] Read More

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Stirring up a quantum spin liquid with disorder

New, unexpected paradigm discovered: Disorder may actually promote an exotic quantum state, with potential for ultrafast computing. […] Read More

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Gecko adhesion technology moves closer to industrial uses

Scientists are looking into how gecko adhesion technology could be applied in a high-precision industrial setting, such as in robot arms used in manufacturing computer chips. […] Read More

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Vehicles could get ‘nerves’ that sense damage with new research

Helicopters, tanks and other vehicles could someday be made of “smart material” that senses damage, similar to how nerves tell the body it has been injured. […] Read More

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New ultra-thin diamond membrane Is a radiobiologist’s best friend

Researchers developed a diamond-based detector that can control the dose of radiation given to live cells down to a single particle. […] Read More

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Advance in light filtering technology has implications for LCD screens, lasers and beyond

An innovative new light polarizer has been designed that efficiently tailors polarized light for various optical applications. […] Read More

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Humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

New study on the sensitivity of human touch could pave the way for advanced haptic technologies. […] Read More

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Nanoelectromechanical switch improves cyber security in harsh environments

The researchers designed a physical unclonable function based on nano-electro mechanical switches (NEMs), which are often used in circuits and are known for their low power consumption. […] Read More

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Creating surfaces that repel water and control its flow

To prevent water and ice from making our shoes soggy, frosting our car windows and weighing down power lines with icicles, scientists have been exploring new coatings that can repel water. Now one team has developed a way to direct where the water goes when it’s pushed away. […] Read More

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Bringing ‘Avatar’-like glowing plants to the real world

Researchers report a way to infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. […] Read More

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Accelerating the self-assembly of nanoscale patterns for next-generation materials

Using polymer blends, scientists rapidly generated highly ordered patterns that could be used in the fabrication of microelectronics, antireflective surfaces, magnetic data storage systems, and fluid-flow devices. […] Read More

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86 Stars Just got Official Names from the IAU

The IAU just approved the names of 86 new stars, the majority of which are derived from Chinese, Hindu, Aboriginal, South African, Coptic, Mayan, and Polynesian traditions. The post 86 Stars Just got Official Names from the IAU appeared first on Universe Today. […]Read More

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MWA radio telescope expansion complete—Exploration of the universe’s first stars begins

When and how were the first stars in the universe born? The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the desert of Western Australia, one of the largest of its kind, was constructed to clarify this and many other mysteries. The MWA is an international radio-astronomy project conducted by seven countries including Japan and Australia. In Japan, Kumamoto University (main), Nagoya University, Kagoshima University, University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, and…

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Stellar nursery blooms into view

The OmegaCAM camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and re-emit the light of hot young stars within the nebula. […]Read More

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How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is

There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent collision of two ultra-dense, massive stars more than 100m light years from the Earth earlier this year. Not only did they catch the resulting gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – they also saw a practically instantaneous flash of light. This is exciting in itself and was the first direct evidence for a merger of neutron stars. […]Read…

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3-D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body parts

Much as a frame provides structural support for a house and the chassis provides strength and shape for a car, a team of engineers believe they have a way to create the structural framework for growing living tissue using an off-the-shelf 3-D printer. […]Read More

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Stirring up a quantum spin-liquid with disorder

Disorder is generally thought to be detrimental to creating materials with unusual magnetism or other quantum phenomena. However, a team found that weak disorder surprisingly stabilizes a rare quantum state called a quantum spin liquid. In this state, fluctuations of electronic spins persist all the way to temperatures near absolute zero. The particular material is made of praseodymium, zirconium, and oxygen (Pr2Zr2O7). The material contains rare earth ions (Pr3+) with…

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Physicists show feasibility of building a trapped Rydberg ion quantum computer

(Phys.org)—Physicists have built one of the first basic elements of a trapped Rydberg ion quantum computer: a single-qubit Rydberg gate. The achievement illustrates the feasibility of building this new type of quantum computer, which has the potential to overcome the scalability problems facing current approaches to quantum computing. […] Read More

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Medium Load Precision Motorized Positioning Systems Catalog, from PI

Applications for linear and rotary stages with classical DC and stepper motors include the industrial fields and research where precise positioning of measuring tools, processing tools and cameras is mission critical. […] Read More

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Plasmonic biosensors enable development of new easy-to-use health tests

Researchers have developed a biosensor that enables creating a range of new easy-to-use health tests similar to home pregnancy tests. The plasmonic biosensor can detect diseased exosomes even by the naked eye. […] Read More

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Engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure

Researchers are the first to observe the electronic structure of graphene in an engineered semiconductor; finding could lead to progress in advanced optoelectronics and data processing . […] Read More

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