Physics and Astronomy News Archive: January 2006

Image: Nuclear Physics Technology Saves Lives
Nuclear Physics Technology Saves Lives
Source: JLab   Posted: 1/24/06
New imaging technology called Nuclear Functional Imaging save lives with sharper images of cancerous tissues.

Image: Experiments Help Explain Mysterious ‘Floppy’ Space Molecule
Experiments Help Explain Mysterious ‘Floppy’ Space Molecule
Source: NIST   Posted: 1/24/06
A lab method developed for making and analyzing cold, concentrated samples of a mysterious “floppy” molecule thought to be abundant only in outer space has revealed new data that help explain it’s properties.

Image: Spacecraft, heal thyself
Spacecraft, heal thyself
Source: ESA   Posted: 1/24/06
Once a spacecraft is in orbit, engineers have virtually no chance of repairing anything that breaks. But what if a spacecraft could fix itself? Thanks to a new study engineers have taken a step towards that amazing possibility.

Image: MIT researcher sees big impact of little cracks
MIT researcher sees big impact of little cracks
Source: MIT   Posted: 1/24/06
An MIT researcher's atom-by-atom simulation of cracks forming and spreading may help explain how materials fail in nanoscale devices, airplanes and even in the Earth itself during a quake.

Image: Einstein Was Right (Again): NIST and MIT Confirm that E= mc2
Einstein Was Right (Again): NIST and MIT Confirm that E= mc2
Source: NIST   Posted: 1/8/06
Albert Einstein was correct in his prediction that E=mc2, according to scientists at NIST and MIT who conducted the most precise direct test ever of what is perhaps the most famous formula in science.

Image: Hubble Finds Additional Moons and Rings Around Uranus
Hubble Finds Additional Moons and Rings Around Uranus
Source: NASA   Posted: 1/8/06
The Hubble Space Telescope photographed a new pair of rings around Uranus and two new, small moons orbiting the planet.

Image: First Galileo satellite on orbit to demonstrate key technologies
First Galileo satellite on orbit to demonstrate key technologies
Source: ESA   Posted: 1/8/06
The first Galileo demonstrator is in orbit, marking the very first step to full operability of Europe’s new global navigation satellite system.

Image: NASA Astronomers Spot Rare Lunar Meteor Strike
NASA Astronomers Spot Rare Lunar Meteor Strike
Source: NASA   Posted: 1/8/06
Astronomers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., have recorded a small but powerful meteoroid strike in the night on the moon’s surface.