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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: October 2011

Image: Bristly particles could be boon for powerplants
Bristly particles could be boon for powerplants
Source: MIT   Posted: 10/30/11
Multi-scale material may have applications in heat transfer, potentially helping powerplants be more efficient.

Image: 'Microring' device could aid in future optical technologies
'Microring' device could aid in future optical technologies
Source: Purdue   Posted: 10/29/11
Researchers have created a tiny 'microring resonator,' which converts continuous laser light into numerous ultra-short pulses.

Image: Diamonds, Silver and the Quest for Single Photons
Diamonds, Silver and the Quest for Single Photons
Source: NSF   Posted: 10/29/11
Tiny crystal towers enlighten understanding of photon emission, could inspire diamond microchips for quantum computing.

Image: Astronomers Explain 'Blue Stragglers'
Astronomers Explain 'Blue Stragglers'
Source: Northwestern   Posted: 10/21/11
Mysterious 'blue stragglers' are old stars that appear younger than they should be: they burn hot and blue. Astronomers now may have an answer.

Image: Scientists Uncover a Delicate Magnetic Balance for Superconductivity
Scientists Uncover a Delicate Magnetic Balance for Superconductivity
Source: Kavli   Posted: 10/21/11
A new imaging technology is giving scientists unprecedented views of the processes that affect the flow of electrons through materials.

Image: 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
Source: Nobel   Posted: 10/5/11
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmid and Adam G. Riess for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae.

Image: 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Source: Nobel   Posted: 10/5/11
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2011 was awarded to Dan Shechtman Technion for the discovery of quasicrystals.

Image: New Multi-Planet System Discovered
New Multi-Planet System Discovered
Source: UTexas   Posted: 10/5/11
An unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other was discovered.



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