Physics and Astronomy News Archive: December 2011
Data-enabled science allowed detection of Type Ia supernova just hours after explosion.
Supernova Caught in the Act
Source: NSF Posted: 12/19/11
Two experiments at the LHC have nearly eliminated the space in which the Higgs boson could dwell. However, the ATLAS and CMS experiments see modest excesses in their data that could soon uncover the famous missing piece of the physics puzzle.
Possible Hints of the Higgs Remain in Latest Analyses
Source: BNL Posted: 12/19/11
Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a new study.
Meteorite Shockwaves Trigger Dust Avalanches on Mars
Source: UA Posted: 12/19/11
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the 'habitable zone,' the region around a star where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.
First Habitable Planet Discovered
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 12/7/11