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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: November 2010

Image: Antihydrogen trapped for first time
Antihydrogen trapped for first time
Source: Berkeley   Posted: 11/21/10
Physicists have succeeded in trapping antihydrogen — the antimatter equivalent of the hydrogen atom — a milestone that could soon lead to experiments on a form of matter that disappeared mysteriously shortly after the birth of the universe 14 billion years ago.

Image: Physicists Demonstrate a Four-Fold Quantum Memory
Physicists Demonstrate a Four-Fold Quantum Memory
Source: Caltech   Posted: 11/21/10
Researchers have demonstrated quantum entanglement for a quantum state stored in four spatially distinct atomic memories.

Image: How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'
How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 11/21/10
There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others. Here is a great guide ...

Image: Energy Harvesting with Nanogenerators
Energy Harvesting with Nanogenerators
Source: Gatech   Posted: 11/21/10
Powering conventional electronic devices with nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires is now a reality.

Image: Physics experiment suggests existence of new particle
Physics experiment suggests existence of new particle
Source: UMich   Posted: 11/6/10
The results of a high-profile Fermilab physics experiment appear to confirm strange 20-year-old findings that poke holes in the standard model, suggesting the existence of a new elementary particle: a fourth flavor of neutrino.

Image: Cassini Sees Saturn Rings Oscillate Like Mini-Galaxy
Cassini Sees Saturn Rings Oscillate Like Mini-Galaxy
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 11/5/10
Scientists believe they finally understand why one of the most dynamic regions in Saturn's rings has such an irregular and varying shape, thanks to images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Image: Researchers discover 'exotic' superconductor with metallic surface
Researchers discover 'exotic' superconductor with metallic surface
Source: Princeton   Posted: 11/2/10
A new material with a split personality -- part superconductor, part metal -- has been observed by a Princeton University-led research team.

Image: Microreactor speeds nanotech particle production by 500 times
Microreactor speeds nanotech particle production by 500 times
Source: Oregon State   Posted: 11/2/10
Engineers have discovered a new method to speed the production rate of nanoparticles by 500 times, an advance that could play an important role in making nanotechnology products more commercially practical.

Image: NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet
NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 11/2/10
The EPOXI mission spacecraft has refined its path toward a Nov. 4 flyby of comet Hartley 2, successfully performing its final maneuver today at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT).

Image: Advance could change modern electronics
Advance could change modern electronics
Source: Oregon State   Posted: 11/2/10
Researchers have solved a quest in fundamental material science that has eluded scientists since the 1960s, and could form the basis of a new approach to electronics.



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