Physics and Astronomy News Archive: May 2005
A layer deep in the solar atmosphere can be used to estimate the speed of the solar wind, a stream of electrified gas that constantly blows from the Sun. Estimating the speed of the solar wind will improve space weather forecasts.
Deep Roots of Solar Wind Help Predict Space Weather
Source: NASA Posted: 5/23/05
A crucial step in a procedure that could enable future quantum computers to break today’s most commonly used encryption codes has been demonstrated by physicists at NIST.
Quantum Computing Results May Help in Code Breaking
Source: NIST Posted: 5/23/05
New quantum calculations and computer models show that carbon nanotubes ’decorated’ with titanium or other transition metals can latch on to hydrogen molecules in numbers more than adequate for efficient hydrogen storage.
'Metal-Decorated' Nanotubes Hold Promise for Fuel Cells
Source: NIST Posted: 5/13/05
As the large amount of data collected by the ESA Huygens probe during its descent onto Titan is being processed, new views of this fascinating world become available.
First full mosaics of Titan’s surface
Source: ESA Posted: 5/13/05
A new type of fiber-reinforced bendable concrete will be used for the first time in Michigan this summer—and University of Michigan scientists hope that their new material will find widespread use across the country.
U-M researchers make bendable concrete
Source: UMich Posted: 5/4/05
New laser system delivers pulsed rainbow of colors to improve study of everything from combustion gases to cancer cells.
Laser scientist illuminates research in living color
Source: UWisc Posted: 5/4/05