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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: June 2010

Image: Voyager 2 at 12,000 Days: The Super-Marathon Continues
Voyager 2 at 12,000 Days: The Super-Marathon Continues
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 6/29/10
NASA's plucky Voyager 2 spacecraft has hit a long-haul operations milestone today (June 28) -- operating continuously for 12,000 days.

Image: Model Helps Search for Moon Dust Fountains
Model Helps Search for Moon Dust Fountains
Source: NASA   Posted: 6/11/10
Fountains of electric dust may be responsible for a mysterious glow seen on the lunar horizon during the Apollo 17 and other missions.

Image: Explained: Quark gluon plasma
Explained: Quark gluon plasma
Source: MIT   Posted: 6/11/10
By colliding particles, physicists hope to recreate the earliest moments of our universe, on a much smaller scale.

Image: Stretching Molecules Yields New Understanding of Electricity
Stretching Molecules Yields New Understanding of Electricity
Source: NSF   Posted: 6/11/10
Researchers recently stretched individual molecules and watched electrons flow through them, proving that single-molecule devices can be used as powerful new tools for nanoscale science experiments.

Image: A new use for gold
A new use for gold
Source: MIT   Posted: 6/11/10
Engineers turn a drawback — the stickiness of gold nanoparticles — into an advantage.

Image: Two Peas in an Irregular Pod
Two Peas in an Irregular Pod
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 6/1/10
Our sun may be an only child, but most of the stars in the galaxy are actually twins. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are acting like sonograms to reveal the early birth process of snug twin stars.



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(1822-1895)


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