Physics and Astronomy News Archive: March 2007
By shining a laser beam through a soapy liquid, scientists produced a long jet of liquid that broke up into droplets after traversing a surprisingly long distance.
Physicists shine a light, produce startling liquid jet
Source: UChicago Posted: 3/27/07
New data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows how the small moon, Enceladus, is weighing down Saturn's magnetic field so much that the field is rotating slower than the planet.
Tiny Enceladus Masks Mighty Saturn's Clock
Source: PPARC Posted: 3/27/07
Scientists have mapped E8 math group -- a feat numerically akin to the mapping of the human genome -- allowing for breakthroughs in geometry, number theory and the physics of string theory.
A Mathematical Solution for Another Dimension
Source: NSF Posted: 3/27/07
An odd, six-sided, honeycomb-shaped feature circling the entire north pole of Saturn has captured the interest of scientists with NASA's Cassini mission.
Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 3/27/07
For the first time, scientists using the BaBar experiment at SLAC have observed the transition of one type of particle, the neutral D-meson, into its antimatter particle - a process known as 'mixing'.
New form of matter-antimatter transformation observed for first time
Source: PPARC Posted: 3/17/07
New measurements of Mars' south polar region indicate extensive frozen water. The polar region contains enough frozen water to cover the whole planet in a liquid layer approximately 11 meters (36 feet) deep.
Mars' South Pole Ice Deep and Wide
Source: NASA Posted: 3/17/07
Physicists at Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have succeeded in turning a Rubidium atom into a single-photon server.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
Source: Max Planck Soc. Posted: 3/17/07
Sandia’s huge Z machine, which generates temperatures hotter than the sun, has turned water to ice in nanoseconds.
Ice created in nanoseconds by Sandia’s Z machine
Source: Sandia Posted: 3/17/07
In a series of landmark observations, NASA's Swift satellite has challenged some of astronomers' fundamental ideas about gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), which are among the most extreme events in our universe.
Gamma-Ray Burst Challenges Theory
Source: NASA Posted: 3/11/07
The three-dimensional shells of tiny ocean creatures could provide the foundation for novel electronic devices, including efficient gas sensors.
From Diatoms to Gas Sensors
Source: GaTech Posted: 3/11/07
A decade-long mystery has been solved. The brightest member of the so-called 'magnificent seven' has been found to pulsate with a period of seven seconds.
XMM-Newton finds the leader of the Magnificent Seven in a spin
Source: ESA Posted: 3/11/07
Researchers have created an anti-reflective coating that allows light to travel through it, but lets almost none bounce off its surface.
New Coating Is Virtual Black Hole for Reflections
Source: NSF Posted: 3/11/07