Physics and Astronomy News Archive: January 2007

Image: STEREO Sends Back First Solar Images
STEREO Sends Back First Solar Images
Source: NASA   Posted: 1/28/07
NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories (STEREO) sent back their first images of the sun this week and with them a view into the sun's mounting activity.

Image: Ultra-Dense Optical Storage — on One Photon
Ultra-Dense Optical Storage — on One Photon
Source: URochester   Posted: 1/28/07
Researchers at the University of Rochester have made an optics breakthrough that allows them to encode an entire image's worth of data into a photon, slow the image down for storage, and then retrieve the image intact.

Image: Blood-Cell-Sized Memory Made
Blood-Cell-Sized Memory Made
Source: NSF   Posted: 1/28/07
Researchers have created an ultra-dense memory device the size of a white blood cell that has enough capacity to store the Declaration of Independence and still have space left over.

Image: Magellanic Clouds May Be Just Passing Through
Magellanic Clouds May Be Just Passing Through
Source: Harvard   Posted: 1/28/07
Scientists discover that the velocities of the two Magellanic Clouds are unexpectedly large - almost twice those previously thought.

Image: Geologists Discover Origin of Earth’s Mysterious Black Diamonds
Geologists Discover Origin of Earth’s Mysterious Black Diamonds
Source: BNL   Posted: 1/15/07
Geologists have discovered that black diamonds came from none other than interstellar space.

Image: NASA funds instrument to probe life on Mars
NASA funds instrument to probe life on Mars
Source: Berkeley   Posted: 1/15/07
NASA funds a 'lab on a chip' instrument to fly aboard the European ExoMars rover mission in 2013.

Image: Exploring the Universal Glue
Exploring the Universal Glue
Source: JLab   Posted: 1/15/07
Jefferson Lab's nuclear physicists are studying how the strong force combines nature's fundamental building blocks into the lightest particle built of quarks: the pion.

Image: Researchers Observe Rare Light-emitting Decay of Neutrons
Researchers Observe Rare Light-emitting Decay of Neutrons
Source: NSF   Posted: 1/15/07
Researchers have caught the photons from a neutron 'radiative decay' for the first time.