Shuttle Will Fly Again Soon
Source: ESA Posted: 3/31/05 Launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will soon see the Shuttle blasting off again for a new exciting mission in space.
Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms
Source: NIST Posted: 3/30/05 Patterns of noise—normally considered flaws—in images of an ultracold cloud of potassium provide the first-ever visual evidence of correlated ultracold atoms, a potentially useful tool for many applications, according to physicists at JILA.
Snake-like robot conquers obstacles
Source: UMich Posted: 3/25/05 A virtually unstoppable 'snakebot' developed by a University of Michigan team resembles a high-tech slinky as it climbs pipes and stairs, rolls over rough terrain and spans wide gaps to reach the other side.
Building a Better Nanoworld with Microbes
Source: UWisc Posted: 3/25/05 Taking a new approach to the painstaking assembly of nanometer-sized machines, a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has successfully used single bacterial cells to make tiny bio-electronic circuits.
Physicist gets the 2005 Templeton Prize
Source: UCBerkeley Posted: 3/16/05 Charles Townes, 89, a physicist, the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics winner and the inventor of the maser was awarded the 2005 Templeton Prize.
Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 3/10/05 Thirty-five years after Moon-walking astronauts placed special reflectors on the lunar surface, scientists have used these devices to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to unprecedented accuracy.
The Neutrino Underground
Source: NSF Posted: 3/8/05 Fermilab's NuMI/MINOS experiment will fire trillions of the ghostly particles through the Earth in an effort to learn their secrets.
Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted
Source: NIST Posted: 3/3/05 A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today’s best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature by a NIST scientist.
Saturn's A Ring has oxygen, but not life
Source: UMich Posted: 3/1/05 Data from the Cassini-Huygens satellite showing oxygen ions in the atmosphere around Saturn's rings suggests once again that molecular oxygen alone isn't a reliable indicator of whether a planet can support life.
'The strength and weakness of physicists is that we believe in what we can measure. And if we can't measure it, then we say it probably doesn't exist. And that closes us off to an enormous amount of phenomena that we may not be able to measure because they only happened once. For example, the Big Bang. ... That's one reason why they scoffed at higher dimensions for so many years. Now we realize that there's no alternative... '