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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: February 2010

Image: Suspected Asteroid Crash Leaves Odd Debris Trail
Suspected Asteroid Crash Leaves Odd Debris Trail
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 2/8/10
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

Image: Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results
Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results
Source: Sandia   Posted: 2/8/10
Scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.

Image: New Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes
New Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes
Source: NASA   Posted: 2/8/10
NASA released the most detailed set of images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. Pluto has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern hemisphere is getting brighter.

Image: Learning from toys
Learning from toys
Source: Harvard   Posted: 2/8/10
Researchers gauge how entropy works by creating models.







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(1643-1727)





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