Physics and Astronomy News Archive: October 2004
A team of physicists at the Gatech has taken a significant step toward the development of quantum communications systems by successfully transferring quantum information from two different groups of atoms onto a single photon.
Physicists Transfer Information Between Matter and Light
Source: Gatech Posted: 10/23/04
Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine, which last year emitted neutrons to enter the race to provide the world virtually unlimited electricity from, essentially, seawater, has received approval from the NNSA to proceed with a $61.7 million refurbishment.
Z to get a $61.7 milion refurb
Source: Sandia Posted: 10/21/04
New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal that planets are built over a long period of massive collisions between rocky bodies as big as mountain ranges.
Astronomers Discover Planet Building is Big Mess
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 10/19/04
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered a new melt curve of hydrogen, resulting in the possible existence of a novel superfluid - a brand new state of matter
Source: LLNL Posted: 10/11/04
Using the Cosmic Background Imager (CBI) in Chile, Caltech cosmologists have detected movements of primordial matter on its way to forming galaxy clusters and superclusters about 400,000 years after the Big Bang.
Remote Seeds of Galaxy Clusters in Early Universe Detected
Source: Caltech Posted: 10/8/04
The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2004 goes to: David J. Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczek, "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction".
The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2004 Announced
Source: NobelPrize.org Posted: 10/7/04
Three powerful blasts from three wholly different regions in space have left scientists scrambling. The blasts, which lasted only a few seconds, might be early alert systems for star explosions called supernovae, which could start appearing any day now.
Supernova Is Imminent
Source: NASA Posted: 10/3/04