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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: June 2006

Image: First 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistor Demonstrated
First 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistor Demonstrated
Source: GaTech   Posted: 6/22/06
A research team from IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the first silicon-germanium transistor able to operate at frequencies above 500 GHz.

Image: NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Captures Saturnian Moon Ballet
NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Captures Saturnian Moon Ballet
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 6/22/06
The cold, icy orbs of the Saturn system come to life in a slew of new movie clips from the Cassini spacecraft showing the ringed planet's moons in motion.

Image: Scientists find the reason behind black holes' light shows.
Scientists find the reason behind black holes' light shows.
Source: UMichigan   Posted: 6/22/06
A team of astronomers led by the University of Michigan may know how black holes are lighting up the Universe.

Image: Scientists tackle long-standing questions about plutonium
Scientists tackle long-standing questions about plutonium
Source: LLNL   Posted: 6/22/06
Scientists have gone a long way to solving a question about the nature of plutonium that has remained a mystery since the Manhattan Project.

Image: Inexpensive Detector Sees the Invisible, In Color
Inexpensive Detector Sees the Invisible, In Color
Source: NASA   Posted: 6/13/06
An inexpensive detector developed by a NASA-led team can now see invisible infrared light in a range of 'colors,' or wavelengths.

Image: Physicists Devise New Technique for Detecting Heavy Water
Physicists Devise New Technique for Detecting Heavy Water
Source: Caltech   Posted: 6/13/06
Scientists at Caltech have created a new method of detecting heavy water that is 30 times more sensitive than any other existing method.

Image: XMM-Newton spots the greatest of great balls of fire
XMM-Newton spots the greatest of great balls of fire
Source: ESA   Posted: 6/13/06
Thanks to data from ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray satellite, a team of international scientists found a comet-like ball of gas over a thousand million times the mass of the sun.

Image: Smashing young stars leave dwarfs in their wake
Smashing young stars leave dwarfs in their wake
Source: McMaster U.   Posted: 6/13/06
Astronomers have discovered that the large disks of gas and dust around young stars will fragment if two young stars pass close to each other and form smaller brown dwarfs stars with disks of their own.



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