Physics and Astronomy News Archive: March 2005
Launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will soon see the Shuttle blasting off again for a new exciting mission in space.
Shuttle Will Fly Again Soon
Source: ESA Posted: 3/31/05
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.
Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms
Source: NIST Posted: 3/30/05
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.
Snake-like robot conquers obstacles
Source: UMich 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.
Building a Better Nanoworld with Microbes
Source: UWisc Posted: 3/25/05
Charles Townes, 89, a physicist, the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics winner and the inventor of the maser was awarded the 2005 Templeton Prize.
Physicist gets the 2005 Templeton Prize
Source: UCBerkeley Posted: 3/16/05
President Bush presented medals today to eight scientists and engineers, including two Nobel laureates, for their distinguished careers and lifelong and individual achievements.
Eight Receive President's 2003 National Medal of Science
Source: NSF Posted: 3/16/05
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.
Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 3/10/05
Using a technique employed by astronomers to determine stellar surface temperatures, chemists at the UIUC have measured the temperature inside a single, acoustically driven collapsing bubble.
Temperature inside collapsing bubble four times that of sun
Source: UIUC Posted: 3/9/05
Fermilab's NuMI/MINOS experiment will fire trillions of the ghostly particles through the Earth in an effort to learn their secrets.
The Neutrino Underground
Source: NSF Posted: 3/8/05
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.
Quantum Computers May Be Easier to Build Than Predicted
Source: NIST Posted: 3/3/05
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.
Saturn's A Ring has oxygen, but not life
Source: UMich Posted: 3/1/05