Physics and Astronomy News Archive: February 2003
When it comes to nanotechnology, many researchers turn to nature for inspiration. Of particular interest to nanoengineers is the naturally occurring protein kinesin -- one of several 'motor molecules' that facilitate movement in living cells. Stanford University researchers use the two-dimensional optical force clamp to study this amazing molecule.
Optical trap provides new insights into motor molecules
Source: Stanford University Posted: 2/26/03
In the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 1953, an amateur astronomer Dr. Leon Stuart in Oklahoma photographed what he believed to be a massive, white-hot fireball of vaporized rock rising from the center of the Moon's face. Almost 50 years after his observation, NASA scientists finaly offer an explanation to this mystery.
NASA Solves Half-Century Old Moon Mystery
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 2/25/03
Why has the Arctic warmed so dramatically in recent years? How does the Arctic's circulation keep frigid air over the poles and sometimes allow it to spill across the United States? And how might global change affect the behavior of this circulation? NCAR scientist Clara Deser addresses these and other questions.
The Arctic Oscillation
Source: UCAR Posted: 2/24/03
To most vehicle owners, the value of their vehicle decreases while the mileage on the engine increases. That wisdom does not hold true for NASA's ion engine, whose odometer continues to spin, to the delight of its owners. This little engine that could has more than made up for its diminutive size, proving that sometimes less is more -- particularly in space. It was the first non-chemical propulsion system to be used as the primary means of propelling a NASA spacecraft.
Ion Engine to Open Up the Solar System
Source: NASA Posted: 2/24/03