Physics and Astronomy News Archive: August 2012

Image: MIT-developed ‘microthrusters’ could propel small satellites
MIT-developed ‘microthrusters’ could propel small satellites
Source: MIT   Posted: 8/24/12
A penny-sized rocket thruster may soon power the smallest satellites in space.

Image: Flat lens offers a perfect image
Flat lens offers a perfect image
Source: Harvard   Posted: 8/24/12
Physicists have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without imparting the distortions of conventional lenses.

Image: NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 8/24/12
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today, Aug 22ns, they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.

Image: One-molecule-thick material has big advantages
One-molecule-thick material has big advantages
Source: MIT   Posted: 8/24/12
MIT researchers produce complex electronic circuits from molybdenum disulfide, a material that could have many more applications.

Image: Spacetime: A Smoother Brew Than We Knew
Spacetime: A Smoother Brew Than We Knew
Source: MichiganTech   Posted: 8/24/12
Spacetime may be less like beer and more like sipping whiskey. Or so an intergalactic photo finish would suggest.