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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: October 2010

Image: Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet
Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 10/23/10
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place.

Image: Spring Has Sprung ... On Titan
Spring Has Sprung ... On Titan
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 10/23/10
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent back dreamy raw images of Saturn's moon Titan that show the appearance of clouds around the moon's midsection. These bright clouds likely appeared because the moon is changing seasons and spring has arrived in Titan's northern hemisphere.

Image: The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Measured
The Most Distant Galaxy Ever Measured
Source: ESO   Posted: 10/20/10
A European team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has measured the distance to the most remote galaxy so far.

Image: Can fluid dynamics offer insights into quantum mechanics?
Can fluid dynamics offer insights into quantum mechanics?
Source: MIT   Posted: 10/20/10
Experiments in which fluid droplets mimic the odd behavior of subatomic particles recall an abandoned interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Image: Growing Galaxies Gently
Growing Galaxies Gently
Source: ESO   Posted: 10/20/10
New observations for the first time, provided direct evidence that young galaxies can grow by sucking in the cool gas around them and using it as fuel for the formation of many new stars.

Image: The Noise About Graphene
The Noise About Graphene
Source: LBL   Posted: 10/20/10
In last week’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences lauded graphene’s “exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics.” So what's all the noise about?

Image: Physicists break color barrier for sending, receiving photons.
Physicists break color barrier for sending, receiving photons.
Source: UOregon   Posted: 10/2/10
University of Oregon scientists have invented a method to change the color of single photons in a fiber optic cable.

Image: A step closer to Big Bang conditions?
A step closer to Big Bang conditions?
Source: MIT   Posted: 10/2/10
More study is needed to confirm the latest findings from the Large Hadron Collider, reported by CERN physicists last week.

Image: Habitable Exoplanet Discovered
Habitable Exoplanet Discovered
Source: NSF   Posted: 10/2/10
Newly discovered planet may be first truly habitable exoplanet. Discovery suggests our galaxy may be teeming with potentially habitable planets.

Image: Hello, Saturn Summer Solstice: Cassini's New Chapter
Hello, Saturn Summer Solstice: Cassini's New Chapter
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 10/2/10
Turning a midsummer night's dream into reality, NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins its new mission extension -- the Cassini Solstice Mission.



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