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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: April 2006

Image: Mini MIT satellites rocketing to space station
Mini MIT satellites rocketing to space station
Source: MIT   Posted: 4/27/06
A Russian rocket launched Monday, April 24, is carrying the first of three small, spherical satellites developed at MIT to the International Space Station.

Image: Pieces of NASA's Next Mars Mission are Coming Together
Pieces of NASA's Next Mars Mission are Coming Together
Source: NASA   Posted: 4/27/06
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the next mission to the surface of Mars, is beginning a new phase in preparation for a launch in August 2007.

Image: Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Source: USC   Posted: 4/9/06
Researchers at USC and Brown University said they have achieved near-frictionless motion in water by using lasers to spin a molecule like a propeller.

Image: New Evidence on Disappearing Neutrinos
New Evidence on Disappearing Neutrinos
Source: Caltech   Posted: 4/9/06
Physicists have observed the disappearance of muon neutrinos traveling from the lab's site in Illinois to a particle detector in Minnesota. The observation is consistent with an effect known as neutrino oscillation.

Image: Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria
Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria
Source: NIST   Posted: 4/9/06
A rapid method for detecting and identifying very small numbers of diverse bacteria, from anthrax to E. coli, using a quantum dot sensor, has been developed by scientists.

Image: ESA's Venus Express to reach final destination
ESA's Venus Express to reach final destination
Source: ESA   Posted: 4/9/06
After travelling 400 million kilometres in only about five months, the Venus Express spacecraft is about to reach its final destination.



Science Quote

'There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.'

J. Robert Oppenheimer
(1904-1966)


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