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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: August 2011

Image: A Planet Made Of Diamond Discovered
A Planet Made Of Diamond Discovered
Source: Swinburne   Posted: 8/31/11
A once-massive star that’s been transformed into a small planet made of diamond: that’s what astronomers think they’ve found in our Milky Way.

Image: Cassini Closes in on Saturn's Tumbling Moon Hyperion
Cassini Closes in on Saturn's Tumbling Moon Hyperion
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 8/29/11
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured new views of Saturn's oddly shaped moon Hyperion during its encounter with this cratered body on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Image: Movies of electrons
Movies of electrons
Source: MIT   Posted: 8/20/11
Lasers that emit pulses lasting a quintillionth of a second could characterize the behavior of individual electrons during chemical reactions.

Image: Physicists ‘Entangle’ Two Atoms Using Microwaves for the First Time
Physicists ‘Entangle’ Two Atoms Using Microwaves for the First Time
Source: NIST   Posted: 8/15/11
Physicists have for the first time linked the quantum properties of two separated ions (electrically charged atoms) by manipulating them with microwaves instead of the usual laser beams.

Image: Exotic Quantum crystal discovered
Exotic Quantum crystal discovered
Source: Kiel DE   Posted: 8/12/11
University of Kiel researchers discover novel state of crystal matter.

Image: Escaping gravity's clutches: the black hole breakout
Escaping gravity's clutches: the black hole breakout
Source: York UK   Posted: 8/12/11
New research may suggest that information can after all escape the gravitational pull of the black hole.

Image: NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface
NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface
Source: JPL/NASA   Posted: 8/12/11
After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before.

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