First Observation of ‘Persistent Flow’ in a Gas
Source: NIST Posted: 11/28/07 Using laser light to stir an ultracold gas of atoms, researchers a have demonstrated the first 'persistent' current in an ultracold atomic gas —a frictionless flow of particles.
‘High Q’ Nanowires May be Practical Oscillators
Source: NIST Posted: 11/28/07 New research suggests that High-Q nanowires might be used as oscillators in nano-electromechanical systems for future nano-sensors and communications devices.
NASA Scientist Confirms Light Show on Venus
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 11/28/07 Venus is a hellish place of high temperatures and crushing air pressure. The ESA Venus Express mission adds into this mix the first confirmation that the Venusian atmosphere generates its own lightning.
ASU Study Depicts Earth As Living Organism
Source: ASU Posted: 11/5/07 Seismologists recently have recast their understanding of the inner workings of Earth from a relatively benign homogeneous environment to one that is highly dynamic and chemically diverse.
Massive Black Hole Smashes Record
Source: NASA Posted: 11/5/07 Astronomers have discovered the heftiest known black hole to orbit a star. The new black hole, with a mass 24 to 33 times that of our Sun, is more massive than scientists expected for a black hole that formed from a dying star.
Mars Express Probes Red Planet's Unusual Deposits
Source: JPL/NASA Posted: 11/5/07 The radar system on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has uncovered new details about some of the most mysterious deposits on Mars: the Medusae Fossae Formation.
Single Nanotube Makes World's Smallest Radio
Source: Berkeley Posted: 11/5/07 Physicists at the UC Berkeley, have built the smallest radio yet - a single carbon nanotube one ten-thousandth the diameter of a human hair that requires only a battery and earphones to tune in to your favorite station.
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