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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: September 2004

Image: Massive Merger Of Galaxies Is The Most Powerful On Record
Massive Merger Of Galaxies Is The Most Powerful On Record
Source: NASA/GSFC   Posted: 9/26/04
An international team of scientists, led by a NASA-funded researcher, announced today, they observed a nearby head-on collision of two galaxy clusters.

Image: Spinach may soon power mobile devices
Spinach may soon power mobile devices
Source: MIT   Posted: 9/19/04
For the first time, MIT researchers have incorporated a plant’s ability to convert sunlight to energy into a solid-state electronic “spinach sandwich” device that may one day power laptops and cell phones.

Image: Is This Speck of Light an Exoplanet?
Is This Speck of Light an Exoplanet?
Source: ESO   Posted: 9/15/04
Is this newly discovered feeble point of light the long-sought bona-fide image of an exoplanet? A research paper by an international team of astronomers [2] provides sound arguments in favour, but the definitive answer is now awaiting further observations.

Image: Physicists Create Artificial Molecule On A Chip
Physicists Create Artificial Molecule On A Chip
Source: NSF/YALE   Posted: 9/13/04
Using integrated circuit fabrication techniques, a team of researchers from Yale University has bound a single photon to a superconducting device engineered to behave like a single atom, forming an artificial molecule.

Image: NASA Gravity Probe B ready to test Einstein's theory
NASA Gravity Probe B ready to test Einstein's theory
Source: NASA   Posted: 9/10/04
Gravity Probe B (GP-B), a NASA spacecraft to test two predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, achieved a major milestone this past week with the completion of the Initialization and Orbit Calibration (IOC) phase of its mission and the transition into the science phase.



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