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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: March 2005

Image: Shuttle Will Fly Again Soon
Shuttle Will Fly Again Soon
Source: ESA   Posted: 3/31/05
Launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will soon see the Shuttle blasting off again for a new exciting mission in space.

Image: Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms
Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms
Source: NIST   Posted: 3/30/05
Patterns of noise—normally considered flaws—in images of an ultracold cloud of potassium provide the first-ever visual evidence of correlated ultracold atoms, a potentially useful tool for many applications, according to physicists at JILA.

Image: Snake-like robot conquers obstacles
Snake-like robot conquers obstacles
Source: UMich   Posted: 3/25/05
A virtually unstoppable 'snakebot' developed by a University of Michigan team resembles a high-tech slinky as it climbs pipes and stairs, rolls over rough terrain and  spans wide gaps to reach the other side.

Image: Building a Better Nanoworld with Microbes
Building a Better Nanoworld with Microbes
Source: UWisc   Posted: 3/25/05
Taking a new approach to the painstaking assembly of nanometer-sized machines, a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has successfully used single bacterial cells to make tiny bio-electronic circuits.

Image: Physicist gets the 2005 Templeton Prize
Physicist gets the 2005 Templeton Prize
Source: UCBerkeley   Posted: 3/16/05
Charles Townes, 89, a physicist, the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics winner and the inventor of the maser was awarded the 2005 Templeton Prize.

Image: Eight Receive President's 2003 National Medal of Science
Eight Receive President's 2003 National Medal of Science
Source: NSF   Posted: 3/16/05
President Bush presented medals today to eight scientists and engineers, including two Nobel laureates, for their distinguished careers and lifelong and individual achievements.

Image: Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton
Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 3/10/05
Thirty-five years after Moon-walking astronauts placed special reflectors on the lunar surface, scientists have used these devices to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to unprecedented accuracy.

Image: Temperature inside collapsing bubble four times that of sun
Temperature inside collapsing bubble four times that of sun
Source: UIUC   Posted: 3/9/05
Using a technique employed by astronomers to determine stellar surface temperatures, chemists at the UIUC have measured the temperature inside a single, acoustically driven collapsing bubble.

Image: The Neutrino Underground
The Neutrino Underground
Source: NSF   Posted: 3/8/05
Fermilab's NuMI/MINOS experiment will fire trillions of the ghostly particles through the Earth in an effort to learn their secrets.

Image: Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted
Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted
Source: NIST   Posted: 3/3/05
A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today’s best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature by a NIST scientist.

Image: Saturn's A Ring has oxygen, but not life
Saturn's A Ring has oxygen, but not life
Source: UMich   Posted: 3/1/05
Data from the Cassini-Huygens satellite showing oxygen ions in the atmosphere around Saturn's rings suggests once again that molecular oxygen alone isn't a reliable indicator of whether a planet can support life.






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