Physics and Astronomy News Archive: December 2005

Image: Movement of Earth's North Magnetic Pole Accelerating Rapidly
Movement of Earth's North Magnetic Pole Accelerating Rapidly
Source: OregonState   Posted: 12/9/05
Earth's North Magnetic Pole has moved nearly 1,100 kilometers out into the Arctic Ocean during the last century and at its present rate could move from northern Canada to Siberia within the next half-century.

Image: Prelude to an Earthquake?
Prelude to an Earthquake?
Source: LBL   Posted: 12/9/05
A geophysicist from the LBNL has identified possible seismic precursors to two recent California earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that wreaked havoc throughout the Bay Area.

Image: Science and Engineering Doctorates Are Up
Science and Engineering Doctorates Are Up
Source: NSF   Posted: 12/9/05
According to new survey results, the number of Ph.D. degrees granted in science and engineering (S&E) fields has increased for the second year in a row.

Image: Quantum Memory Advancement
Quantum Memory Advancement
Source: GATech   Posted: 12/9/05
Researchers at Georgian Institute of Technology demonstrate storage and retrieval of single photons.

Science Quote

'The strength and weakness of physicists is that we believe in what we can measure. And if we can't measure it, then we say it probably doesn't exist. And that closes us off to an enormous amount of phenomena that we may not be able to measure because they only happened once. For example, the Big Bang. ... That's one reason why they scoffed at higher dimensions for so many years. Now we realize that there's no alternative... '

Michio Kaku

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