Physics and Astronomy News Archive: May 2006

Image: Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards?
Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards?
Source: Rochester   Posted: 5/22/06
Researchers at the University of Rochester have pushed light into reverse. As if to defy common sense, the backward-moving pulse of light travels faster than light.

Image: Proton May Not Be All That Strange
Proton May Not Be All That Strange
Source: JLab   Posted: 5/22/06
The HAPPEx experiment, rather than adding to the complexity, is actually simplifying our view of the nucleus' constituents.

Image: Researchers Use Bacteria To Reduce Uranium
Researchers Use Bacteria To Reduce Uranium
Source: Stanford   Posted: 5/22/06
Scientists demonstrate a promising technique for cleaning up uranium from some of the most severely contaminated areas with the help of bacteria.

Image: First Pictures From The Map Of The Universe Mission
First Pictures From The Map Of The Universe Mission
Source: PPARC   Posted: 5/22/06
An ambitious mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to make a new, high resolution map of the universe has just successfully returned its first pictures.

Image: Hubble Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's Red Spot Jr.
Hubble Snaps Baby Pictures of Jupiter's Red Spot Jr.
Source: HubbleSite   Posted: 5/8/06
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers their most detailed view yet of a second red spot emerging on Jupiter.

Image: Cassini Offers New Hints on Length of Saturn Day
Cassini Offers New Hints on Length of Saturn Day
Source: NASA   Posted: 5/8/06
We all know Earth rotates every 24 hours, but scientists have long had difficulty pinpointing how long the day is on Saturn.

Image: World-Leading Microscope Shows More Detail Than Ever
World-Leading Microscope Shows More Detail Than Ever
Source: EPSRC   Posted: 5/8/06
A unique 3-dimensional microscope that works in a new way is giving unprecedented insight into microscopic internal structure and chemical composition.

Image: Dual Properties of Carbon Nanotubes Revealed
Dual Properties of Carbon Nanotubes Revealed
Source: BNL   Posted: 5/8/06
For the first time, researchers have directly measured the electronic structure of individual carbon nanotubes whose physical properties had already been determined.