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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: January 2013

Image: New Material Harvests Energy From Water Vapor
New Material Harvests Energy From Water Vapor
Source: MIT   Posted: 1/16/13
Polymer film could be used in artificial muscle and to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices.

Image: How To Treat Heat Like Light
How To Treat Heat Like Light
Source: MIT   Posted: 1/11/13
New approach using nanoparticle alloys allows heat to be focused or reflected just like electromagnetic waves.

Image: More Habitable Planets Than We Knew
More Habitable Planets Than We Knew
Source: Yale   Posted: 1/11/13
The number of known places in our galaxy theoretically hospitable to life may be significantly greater than previously thought, according to new research.

Image: Chips That Can Steer Light
Chips That Can Steer Light
Source: MIT   Posted: 1/11/13
Record-setting ‘optical phased arrays’ could lead to better laser rangefinders, smaller medical-imaging devices and even holographic TVs.

Image: Magma in Earth's Mantle Forms Deeper Than Once Thought
Magma in Earth's Mantle Forms Deeper Than Once Thought
Source: NSF   Posted: 1/11/13
Magma forms far deeper than geologists previously thought, according to new research results.





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