Physics and Astronomy News Archive: July 2006

Image: MIT scientists create fiber webs that see
MIT scientists create fiber webs that see
Source: MIT   Posted: 7/10/06
In a radical departure from conventional lens-based optics, MIT scientists have developed a sophisticated optical system made of mesh-like webs of light-detecting fibers.

Image: NSF Launches Distributed Data Analysis of Neutron Scattering
NSF Launches Distributed Data Analysis of Neutron Scattering
Source: NSF   Posted: 7/10/06
The NSF has awarded nearly $12 million to the CalTech for computer software to analyze neutron-scattering experiments.

Image: Europe launches its first polar-orbiting weather satellite
Europe launches its first polar-orbiting weather satellite
Source: ESA   Posted: 7/10/06
MetOp-A, new European satellite designed to monitor the Earth’s atmosphere from low Earth orbit, is to be launched on 17 July.

Image: Secret GPS Codes Cracked
Secret GPS Codes Cracked
Source: Cornell   Posted: 7/10/06
Members of Cornell's GPS Lab have cracked the so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes of Europe's first global navigation satellite.

Image: Can you hear me now? Not on Mars
Can you hear me now? Not on Mars
Source: PSU   Posted: 7/1/06
It may be difficult for two people to have a conversation on Mars, according to a research paper by Penn State scientists.

Image: A Link Between Rainfall and Magnetism
A Link Between Rainfall and Magnetism
Source: NSF   Posted: 7/1/06
Scientists at UCLA and the Santa Fe Institute have gained a deeper insight into rainfall patterns and atmospheric dynamics by using techniques originally developed for magnetic materials.

Image: Leicester Leads Leap Into ‘Inner Space’ Void
Leicester Leads Leap Into ‘Inner Space’ Void
Source: Leicester   Posted: 7/1/06
The University of Leicester is leading a three-nation consortium in a ‘fantastic voyage’ to explore empty space - with potential benefits that have only been explored in the realms of science fiction.

Image: Scientists Accurately Simulate Appearance of Sun's Corona During Eclipse
Scientists Accurately Simulate Appearance of Sun's Corona During Eclipse
Source: NSF   Posted: 7/1/06
The most true-to-life computer simulation ever made of our sun's multimillion-degree outer atmosphere, the corona, successfully predicted its actual appearance during the March 29, 2006, solar eclipse, scientists have announced.