Physics and Astronomy News Archive: March 2010

Image: Unraveling Silks’ Secrets
Unraveling Silks’ Secrets
Source: MIT   Posted: 3/21/10
A new analysis of the structure of silks explains the paradox at the heart of their super-strength, and may lead to even stronger synthetic materials.

Image: Cassini Shows Saturnian Roller Derby, Strange Weather
Cassini Shows Saturnian Roller Derby, Strange Weather
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 3/21/10
New evidence shows that Saturn rings are a rough and tumble roller derby and the planet itself roils with strange weather and shifting patterns of charged particles.

Image: Self-Assembling Computer Chips
Self-Assembling Computer Chips
Source: MIT   Posted: 3/21/10
Molecules that arrange themselves into predictable patterns on silicon chips could lead to microprocessors with much smaller circuit elements.

Image: World’s Most Precise Clock
World’s Most Precise Clock
Source: NIST   Posted: 3/21/10
Physicists have built an enhanced version of an experimental atomic clock based on a single aluminum atom that is now the world’s most precise clock, more than twice as precise as the previous mercury atom one.

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