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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: May 2013

Image: 'Tis the Season -- for Plasma Changes at Saturn
'Tis the Season -- for Plasma Changes at Saturn
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 5/4/13
Researchers have discovered one way the bubble of charged particles around Saturn -- known as the magnetosphere -- changes with the planet's seasons.

Image: NASA Probe Gets Close-Up Views of Large Hurricane on Saturn
NASA Probe Gets Close-Up Views of Large Hurricane on Saturn
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 5/4/13
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

Image: Unleashing oxygen
Unleashing oxygen
Source: MIT   Posted: 5/4/13
‘Superlattice’ structure could give a huge boost to oxygen reaction in fuel cells, increasing their power potential.

Image: Understanding the turbulence in plasmas
Understanding the turbulence in plasmas
Source: MIT   Posted: 5/4/13
New experiments in a tokamak fusion reactor reveal details of a cooling process, potentially bringing practical fusion closer.





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