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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: October 2008

Image: Sharper Jupiter Images From Next-Generation Adaptive Optics
Sharper Jupiter Images From Next-Generation Adaptive Optics
Source: Berkeley   Posted: 10/12/08
A two-hour observation of Jupiter using an improved technique to remove atmospheric blur has produced the sharpest whole-planet picture ever taken from the ground.

Image: Mars Odyssey Shifting Orbit for Extended Mission
Mars Odyssey Shifting Orbit for Extended Mission
Source: NASA   Posted: 10/12/08
The longest-serving of six spacecraft now studying Mars is up to new tricks for a third two-year extension of its mission to examine the most Earthlike of known foreign planets.

Image: New Material Mimics The Ability Of Gecko Feet To Grip Surfaces
New Material Mimics The Ability Of Gecko Feet To Grip Surfaces
Source: GeorgiaTech   Posted: 10/12/08
The race for the best “gecko foot” dry adhesive got a new competitor this week with a stronger and more practical material reported in the journal Science.

Image: Scientists Engineer Superconducting Thin Films
Scientists Engineer Superconducting Thin Films
Source: Brookhaven   Posted: 10/12/08
Brookhaven scientists have successfully produced two-layer thin films where neither layer is superconducting on its own, but which exhibit a nanometer-thick region of superconductivity at their interface.



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